Production Bios

Carol-Lynn Parente

Senior Vice President and 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 animated 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 2011, Parente won her eleventh 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 138 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 eight Emmy Awards for his producing and editing work on the show. He has a background in education and previously taught in a school for children with special needs in Queens, NY. Carter is also the father of twin boys who are avid Sesame Street viewers.

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April Coleman

Coordinating Producer, Sesame Street and Home Video

April Coleman 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.

Coleman 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.

Coleman 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 18 years and has won eleven Emmy Awards for her contributions as Producer of Sesame Street. For Season 42, she worked with her fellow producers primarily on pre-production, script review and to monitor studio and post production when needed. 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, Dino is the Supervising Producer for Sesame Street DVDs and has produced over 36 releases to date including Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days, Elmo’s Travel Songs and Games, Bye Bye Pacifier: Big Kid Stories with Elmo, and Abby in Wonderland, which was the winner of a CINE Golden Eagle Award. She also conceived, 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 managing the budgets and daily production operations for 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 such projects as MTV News, MTV’s 1996 Choose or Lose Campaign and various other MTV/VH1 series and specials. In 1999, she 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.

Longardo is a proud aunt to John-Paul, Alexa and Thomas!

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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 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. Lehmann has won two Emmy Awards for his work on Sesame Street.

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

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Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D.

Vice President, Education and Research, Sesame Workshop

Rosemarie Truglio is in her 14th year at Sesame Workshop and is responsible for developing Sesame Street’s interdisciplinary curriculum and for conducting the formative research that informs and enhances both the entertaining and educational components of the program. Dr. Truglio develops and reviews content across all of Sesame Street’s media platforms (e.g., publishing, digital media, home video and products).

Before joining Sesame Workshop, Dr. Truglio 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: 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 written and performed in the first ever Henson direct-to-video feature, Kermit’s Swamp Years.

Mazzarino has 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.