Production Bios

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 22 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 2010, Parente won her tenth 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 Emmys by a Television Series with 130 wins.

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Tim Carter

Senior Producer, Sesame Street

Tim Carter has worked on the Sesame Street team for over 20 years and serves as creative right hand to the Executive Producer. Carter supervises content during taping, oversees the post-production department and manages the overall show layout. He has a supervisory role in Sesame Street audio mixes, 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 seven 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.

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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 Scottie, Lottie.

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Melissa Dino

Producer, Sesame Street

Melissa Dino has been with Sesame Workshop for over 17 years and has won ten Emmy Awards for her contributions as Producer of Sesame Street. For Season 41, she worked with her fellow producers primarily on pre-production, script review and post production. Dino works with the Sesame Street producers and writers to create content that can be used both on the series and in home video entertainment.

In addition to her work on the series, Dino is the Senior Producer supervising the production of Sesame Street DVDs, including the recently produced Best of Elmo 2, Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days, Preschool is Cool: ABC’s With Elmo and Firefly Fun and Buggy Buddies. She also wrote the story for and produced the DVD Elmo Loves You, which focuses on emotions. Dino works with many other areas of the company on Sesame Street related content; including the Publishing, Research and International departments.

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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.

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Benjamin Lehmann

Producer, Sesame Street

Benjamin Lehmann is a creative producer with vast and varied experience in production. Prior to Sesame Street, Lehmann was an independent producer, cinematographer and director while running his own production company.

Lehmann currently oversees the Sesame Street script and child talent casting departments as a producer for the iconic children’s show. He works closely with the writers and Muppet™ casting and is responsible for the studio scheduling of the show. He has been with the show for eight very fulfilling years. Most recently, Lehmann won an Emmy for his work on Sesame Street’s groundbreaking 40th season.

Lehmann holds a BA from Colorado University, Boulder. He grew up in Paris, France and Los Angeles, CA. He now lives with his wife and two children in Astoria, Queens.

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Christine Walters

Film Producer, Sesame Street

As Film Producer for Sesame Street, Christine Walters is responsible for the development and creation of original animated, mixed-media and live-action short film segments for the show, as well as the Emmy Award-winning animated segment, “Abby’s Flying Fairy School.”

Walters began her career as a producer’s assistant working on the Sesame Workshop’s production, Ghostwriter. Nearly two decades later, Walters is back with Sesame Workshop as Film Producer for Sesame Street. Walters’ work includes serving as Series Producer of the acclaimed Sundance Channel television series, Iconoclasts. Her other credits include stints writing and producing shows for Comedy Central, A&E, Discovery Channel, Oxygen and Bravo.

Walters is a native New Yorker hailing from Brooklyn. She is an improvisational comedian who has performed with one of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater’s most successful house improv teams for over 10 years. Additionally, Walters has lent her voice to many animated characters on Beavis and Butthead, Sheep in the Big City, and Shorties Watchin’ Shorties. Her greatest production to date is her two-year-old son, Finn.

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Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D.

Vice President, Education and Research, Sesame Workshop

Rosemarie Truglio is in her 13th year at Sesame Workshop and is responsible for the development of the interdisciplinary curriculum Sesame Street is based on, and the formative research conducted to inform production 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: The Children’s Digital Media Center, 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.

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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 2010, Mazzarino won multiple Emmy Awards for his work on Sesame Street including Writing, Directing and Performer in a Children’s Series. Mazzarino won the Writer’s Guild Award for Children’s Episodic & Specials for Elmo’s Christmas Countdown in 2009. 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.

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