March 12, 2009 |
Wednesday was not a sunny day on "Sesame Street." Jobs, not clouds, got swept away. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces the venerable children's series, cut about 20% of its workforce because of the recession. "After careful review, we have concluded that we will have to operate with fewer resources in order to achieve our strategic priorities," the New York-based company said. It said 67 of 355 staff positions were eliminated. Sesame Workshop receives income from product licensing and the sale of "Sesame Street" and other programs to the Public Broadcasting Service and overseas syndication.
May 14, 2008 |
In an updated blast from the past, PBS will air a new version of the 1970s children's series "The Electric Company." The series, aimed at reducing the literacy gap between low- and middle-income families, will promote the idea that "reading is cool" with help from online and community-based activities, Sesame Workshop said. Weekly episodes of "The Electric Company" are scheduled to air nationally in January on PBS Kids.
August 8, 2002 |
Children's network Nickelodeon doubled the size of its Noggin, buying out the other 50% of the educational cable channel seen in 25 million homes from joint venture partner Sesame Workshop. Nickelodeon, a unit of media giant Viacom Inc., wants to use Noggin to further sell the benefits of digital cable. Cable networks are betting that as digital cable reaches more homes, niche channels will gain a wider audience.
November 13, 2012 |
The unnamed man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of pursuing an underage sexual relationship with him when he was just 16 has recanted his story. Andreozzi & Associates, the law firm representing the 23-year-old accuser, released a statement today denying the charges. “He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter.” The law firm did not disclose the identity of their client.
December 28, 2004 |
"Sesame Street" characters have gone around the globe and into space, and soon they'll be exploring the body. Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization, is creating a series of museum learning experiences, and "Sesame Street Presents: The Body" is first up. It will premiere at Phoenix's Arizona Science Center in May and run through November. It will then travel to cities nationwide through 2010.
November 12, 2012 |
Kevin Clash, the man who has voiced “Sesame Street's” beloved Elmo character for the past 27 years, has been put on leave from the show amid claims of an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy. In a statement released Monday morning , Sesame Workshop, the company that produces the long-running children's educational program, explained that it received an email in June from a man, now 23, who contended that he had a sexual relationship with...