New York Times | 7-30-12
Variety | 7-30-11
New York Times | 7-30-12
Variety | 7-30-11
So honored to be on the same page as Barbara Walters, Ellen Degeneres & more in Variety’s Daytime TV Difference-Makers list.
Click HERE to read the Variety article.
And mind you, I am thrilled to be nominated! Really. It’s an honor.
That being said…. 😉
My shows have been nominated for Emmy awards since 1997 with Blue’s Clues for Outstanding Preschool Series and then again for Blue’s Room and then again for Super Why. Once Blue’s Clues and Super Why! were both nominated at the same time, in the same category…against Sesame Street. And guess who won for the 40th year in a row? And yes, I love Sesame but still…
So, here’s to 2012 giving us our 1st Emmy win! I owe so much to PBS Kids, our fabulous production teams, writing, animation, research and my mom to bring home the win…
But, I do know that it is not what is important. Teaching kids to read through media, teaching them kindergarten readiness skills and having them feel great about themselves is what is important.
I wouldn’t mind just once, hearing our name read from that freshly opened envelope. I’d take a slow walk up to that podium in a gown that makes me feel like a movie star for the night, determined to deliver my most heartfelt acceptance.
On February 7th (9-10a) I will be speaking at the kids’ entertainment industry’s most important annual event, Kidscreen Summit. The session lets you sit down with some of our industry’s most experienced executives and unearth the secret ingredients of effective leadership. Join us and be inspired by the vision, wisdom and personal “growing pains” stories of the following:
Kate Ebner – Panelist – Founder & President: The Nebo Company
Donna Friedman Meir – Moderator – President: Lemonade Creative Consulting
Thomas Lynch – Speaker – CEO & Executive Producer: Tom Lynch Company
Angela Santomero – Speaker Founding Partner & Executive Producer: Out of the Blue Enterprises
As mentioned in an earlier post, I’ll also be moderating the Channel Team Spotlight: PBS Kids Panel at 3p that day. I hope to see you there!
CONGRATULATIONS to Christine Montgomery, Matthew Graham, Jeannine Harvey, Tina Ghubril, Dee Wren, all the amazing folks at PBS and our friends at RocketBoom!
See the Parents’ Choice Recommendation HERE
The Harrington Park Public School likes to live up to its, “Leading the way” and on June 20, the k-8 school recognized Angela C. Santomero, co-writer of the Emmy award-winning children’s television show, “Blues Clues,” as the latest Circle of Leadership inductee during the school’s moving up ceremony.
“I am so honored to be here,” she said. “There’s something in the water in Harrington Park.”
In celebration of the school’s tradition in the development of student leadership, the Circle of Leadership was established in 2006 to honor exemplary former students and community members’ accomplishments.
In his address, Superintendent Adam Fried sited persistence, courage and honesty as key components of leadership qualities.
“The idea of being ‘all in’ is about the total commitment to being the very best you can be,” Fried told the students.
A member of the class of 1982, Santomero is someone who Fried feels embodies this idea.
In her remarks, the soft-spoken mother of two shared the secret of her success with the eighth-grade class, attributing her love of reading, journaling adventures and her concern for student potential as the basis for her vision for her shows.
Santomero is also the creator, executive producer and head writer of “Super WHY!,” a preschool program for PBS Kids that helps build literacy skills. The show has received a Ready to Learn Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the federal Department of Education.
“I want you guys to look around and think about who’s going to be standing here 30 years from now talking and inspiring,” Santomero said to the students.
“And remember that when you use your mind and take a step at a time, you can do anything that you want to do.”
Listen up and pay attention. That’s exactly what Angela Santomero, co-creator of Super Why, key visionary behind Blue’s Clues and the new host of PBSParents.org’s The Parent Show, did as she met and chatted with mom bloggers across the country this past year.
The conversation started about Super Why, the research behind it and how the show was helping children learn to read in a national marketing panel. It evolved into a discussion where moms shared they were very interested in what was happening behind-the-scenes at PBS Kids, would love a forum to keep the conversation going, and more media options and apps.
Santomero took that info to heart, brainstormed with Matt Graham, Director PBS Parents, and The Parent Show With Angela Santomero was born.