This week, we’re sharing another behind-the-scenes look at the making of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, through the eyes of our fabulous Producer extraordinaire, Sarah Wallendjack.
Explain your role as Producer & a bit about your creative process.
I am the Producer on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood & am part of a team that oversees the making of the show. I get to participate in all aspects of the show, from brainstorming story ideas, all the way through the end of the process where we put the final sound effects to the finished show. I work closely with the creators & help ensure that their vision ends up on screen.
A large part of my job is communicating between the production company (based in Toronto), PBS, the Fred Rogers Company, the writers, the researchers, the directors & the artists. It’s an extraordinary team of people & I like to think I have the best seats in the house.
What is your favorite aspect of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”?
The neighbors! I get to work with all the team members in the neighborhood & I love the collaboration. So much work goes into an episode – it takes almost a full year to execute an idea & turn it into something you watch on TV.
The world feels very real to me & when Daniel turns to camera, it feels like he is talking directly to me. Although I know what kind of trade secrets it takes to pull off this illusion, I always believe.
There is such immense talent in this neighborhood that I couldn’t imagine taking this trolley ride with anyone else.
What was the funniest moment for you while making the show?
There are endless conversations about Daniel’s pants. I hadn’t anticipated that this would be a source of such controversy, but it gets me giggling every time.
What was the most emotional moment for you while making the show?
We brainstorm new ideas for the show at the Fred Rogers Company offices in Pittsburgh. They operate out of the WQED studios, where Fred Rogers originally shot Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Stepping into the studio was like entering a shrine. Fred, through the work he did at that studio, helped shape me & inspired me to pursue children’s television as a career.
It is a real honor to be working on a show that was inspired by the work of Fred Rogers.
We feel a real sense of pride in the work that we do & challenge ourselves every day to create a show Fred would be proud of.
I got to peer through X the Owl’s tree house door & felt humbled that I get to carry on this legacy.
Sarah is the Producer of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood & Associate Producer of Super Why! Prior to joining the Out of the Blue production team, Sarah worked on Nickelodeon’s Wonder Pets!, Disney’s Go Baby! & Disney’s Johnny and the Sprites! She is a graduate of American University’s Visual Media and Arts and Cultural Management programs. Sarah also serves as the President of the Children’s Media Association. She enjoys scuba diving, skeeball, the Muppets & jumping on a trampoline.
My son loves Daniel Tiger. His 4th birthday was Daniel themed and he was Daniel Tiger for Halloween this year. I was wondering why there have been no more new shows since the week of August 18th? We have been waiting for more new shows with baby Margaret, but their haven’t been any. Please don’t take Daniel Tiger off the air. It is a great show and so many life lessons can be learned from Daniel. Please let me know when to expect new shows. We would also love to see a stuffed Daniel in which his sweater and shoes come off and maybe he could be changed into his trolley PJs for bedtime. We love Daneil!!
Best Regards, Jennifer LeGate
Hello, I was just wondering why is Daniel’s mother the only one with pants on and ALL of the males on the show without bottoms????
I’m confused as the other comment about the pants this need to be addressed or I will have to stop my grandsons from watching this show they wear pants .help…
My name is Jared Saunders. My cousin Ashley Poirier has a 2 and a half year old son named Jake who has autism and is non verbal at this point. They lived with us for 6 months while she had a temporary breakup with her husband. While he was with us the only tv show that he watches and holds his attention is Daniel Tigers neighborhood. He dances and sways to the songs and throws up his arms with joy when it’s on. It has provided an activity as well as comfort for Jake since he was about ten months old. It also provides mom and dad with a break while the cook and clean or just need a minute. I just wanted to say thank you on their behalf. Here is a link to a video of Jake watching Daniel. https://share.icloud.com/photos/0tuKefusG8bLvU_ENcju6woQA#Haverhill,_MA
That makes me so very happy Jared!! I LOVE when we’ve impacted a child’s life and have shared some happiness with them..the adults, are simply another plus!! Thank you very much for sharing a day in the life of Jake with me. PLEASE give him a hug from me & may he continue that joy (& jumping) way into his adulthood!!