SEASON 40 PRESS KIT: BEHIND THE SCENES

PRODUCTION BIOS
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Carol-Lynn ParenteMelissa DinoRosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D.
Tim CarterStephanie LongardoJoseph Mazzarino
April ChadderdonRonda Music

Carol-Lynn Parente
Executive Producer, Sesame Street

As Executive Producer of Sesame Street, Carol-Lynn Parente is responsible for overseeing production for Sesame Workshop’s landmark television program and serves as a creative guide to keep the program fresh and exciting. She is the first executive producer to grow up watching the show.

Parente has been with the Workshop for 21 years, starting out as a Post Production Assistant and rising through the ranks. In her tenure she worked as a Production Assistant, Post Production Coordinator, Associate Producer commissioning live-action and animation films and Producer of the very popular portion of the show, “Elmo’s World.”

In addition to her work on the show, she oversees development of home video production, and has produced several home video titles, including Kid’s Favorite Songs 2 and Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays which were Telly Award winners. She was also Executive Producer of the award-winning network special Elmo’s Christmas Countdown.

In 2008, Parente won her ninth Emmy for Sesame Street in the Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series category, and has helped the program achieve the Guinness World Record for Most Emmy’s by a Television Series with 122 wins.

Tim Carter

Senior Producer, Sesame Street 

Tim Carter has worked on the Sesame Street team for over 20 years.  He currently supervises the post-production department and manages the overall show layout.  In addition, he oversees Sesame Street audio mixes, supervises the film commissions and was Associate Director for Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays, Kids’ Favorite Songs, and several other Sesame Street home videos.  Carter has won five Emmys for his producing work on the show. He has a background in education and previously taught in a school for children with special needs in Queens, NY.  Also, Carter is the father of twin boys, who are avid Sesame Street viewers.

April Chadderdon

Coordinating Producer, Sesame Street and Home Video

April Chadderdon has been with Sesame Workshop since 2001 and is responsible for overseeing the finance, business affairs, facilities and daily production operations of Sesame Street and Sesame Workshop’s domestic home video production. 

Chadderdon began her television production career in 1995 at Lifetime Television as an Associate Producer and then Segment Producer of Our Home. In 1997, she left Lifetime and went on to produce many projects, from The Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, before finding her home in children’s television.

Chadderdon is married and lives in New Jersey with her husband, George, and her Scotty, Lottie.

Melissa Dino 

Producer, Sesame Street

Melissa Dino has been with Sesame Workshop for over 16 years and has won nine Emmys Awards for her contributions as Producer of Sesame Street. For Season 40, she worked with her fellow producers primarily on pre-production and script review. She works with the Sesame Street producers to create content that can be used both on the series and in DVDs.

In addition to her work on the series, Melissa is the Senior Producer supervising the production of Sesame Street DVDs, including the recently produced Abby in Wonderland, Being Green, Best of Elmo 2 and Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days. She also wrote the story for and produced the DVD Elmo Loves You, which focuses on emotions. Melissa works with many other areas of the company on Sesame Street related content, including the Publishing, Research and International departments.

Stephanie Longardo

Line Producer, Sesame Street and Home Video

Stephanie Longardo is responsible for overseeing the finance, facilities, and daily production operations that pertain to Sesame Street and all Sesame Workshop home videos.

Longardo began her career in television production in 1995 at MTV Networks as a Senior Production Accountant where she was responsible for MTV News, MTV’s 1996 Choose or Lose Campaign and various short and long form MTV/VH1 series and specials. In 1999, she left MTV and joined Sesame Workshop as Production Accountant for Sesame Street. She continued on the finance path until 2007 when she crossed over and became Line Producer for Sesame Street. 

Ronda Music

Producer, Sesame Street

As Film & Animation Producer for Sesame Street, Ronda Music is responsible for all the original animated, mixed-media and live-action shorts for the show, including the new segment for season 40, “Abby’s Flying Fairy School.” 

 For over 10 years, Music has worked across various mediums. She began her producing career in the digital media sector for Xceed Interactive, a global internet agency spearheading creative for landmark web sites and online marketing campaigns for companies such as Britt Allcroft, TNT, ABC and more. This was followed by long periods in commercial post-production, motion graphics, animation and live action production. 

Music is the proud working mother of Ozzie and Mischa.

Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D. 

Vice President, Education and Research, Sesame Workshop

Rosemarie Truglio is in her 12th year at Sesame Workshop and is responsible for the development of the interdisciplinary curriculum on which Sesame Street is based, and for the formative research conducted to inform production on how to enhance both the entertaining and educational components of the program. Dr. Truglio also develops and reviews the content across all the Sesame Street media platforms (e.g., publishing, digital media, home video, and products). 

Before joining Sesame Workshop, she was an Assistant Professor of Communication and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Through her research, she has investigated the effects of television on the cognitive and social development of children and adolescents. She has written numerous articles appearing in child and developmental psychology journals; presented her work at national and international conferences; conducted media literacy workshops; and has appeared on both broadcast and cable network programs. Dr. Truglio is co-editor of G is for Growing: Thirty Years of Research on Children and Sesame Street (2001) published by Lawrence Earlbaum Associates.

Dr. Truglio currently serves on several Advisory Boards including: Children’s Digital Media Center, Alliance for a Media Literate America, National Advisory for Child Health and Human Development Council, PBS Kids Next Generation Media Advisory Board, and the Mind, Body and Child Advisory Board.

Dr. Truglio received her Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas, and her B.A in Psychology from Douglass College, Rutgers University.

Joseph Mazzarino

Head Writer, Sesame Street

Joseph Mazzarino has been performing and writing for Sesame Street since 1990. He has co-written screenplays including Muppets in Space and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, as well as wrote and performed in the first ever Henson direct-to-video feature, Kermit’s Swamp Years. 

In 2009, Mazzarino won the Writer’s Guild Award for Children’s Episodic & Specials for Elmo’s Christmas Countdown. As Head Writer for Sesame Street, Mazzarino’s responsibilities include generating storylines for episodes, revising and editing scripts and developing new formats.

Mazzarino’s other writing credits include the preschool series Bear in the Big Blue House and the non-Muppet series Sheep in the Big City.