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“How Do You Make a Hit Children’s Show?” is the question I typically hear from parents, students, artists and writers as I meet them for the first time. While everyone’s got their own system to create educational media for children, I shared mine this week at The 4th Annual International Children’s Media Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, via live stream.

I was excited to journey outside my typical neighborhood with this project because a key to a better tomorrow lies within the education and happiness of children, on a global scale.

During the talk, I mentioned the importance of understanding one’s vision and the necessity of creating aspirational characters. Using Blue’s Clues, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why!, Creative Galaxy & Wishenpoof as tangible examples of how I implemented such features, I explained their characters’ development and how each show’s curriculum helped to enhance their stories. I typically allude to the secret sauce and timing when discussing my projects, which are both imperative to a “Hit Children’s Show”.

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 Special thanks to Hatice Şehime ÖZÜTLER (TRT Çocuk) for inviting me to share, amidst an educated panel, for this special project.

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  1. avatar Jumpman256 says:

    Hey Angela!
    Long time no….read, I guess! 😉 How are things?
    I got two reasons to write to you today, one on-topic, and one off.
    On-topic:
    FANTASTIC video up there. Really shows your thought processes in making these series. I dig it. 🙂
    Now, off topic:
    Angela, I got a bone to pick with you. (Yeah, you knew this was coming, didn’t you? ;)) In all seriousness, you may have forgotten about this, so….

    Why haven’t you advertised that Super Why is back with a new season??????
    I just found this out last week when I was looking at the list of holiday specials and found out about the new holiday episode (which we’ll get to) 🙂
    I’ve had a chance to see two of the new episodes online (on the official PBS site, don’t worry. ;)) Awesome as usual. (LOVING the subtle new look of the characters.) 🙂
    What I am most excited for though, is the fact that there is a new CHANUKAH special coming up.
    I’m not Jewish, but I have a couple of good friends who are– with kids– –and there aren’t too many Chanukah specials around to pick from. Good on you for making one! 🙂

    We are looking forward to the Chanukah reading adventure next week! 🙂 Happy holidays to you! 🙂

    • Busy..but well, thanks!
      Happy you liked the video. I was going to cut it shorter, but there was a lot of meat there.
      The networks & affiliates handle advertisements & press. A woman can only do so much!! 😉 But you’re right, I’ll pass it along.
      Happy about your positive reviews. Thanks a bunch & a great New Year to you!!!

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