Women last year grabbed half of the leading roles in the top 50 children's programs, according to a Geena Davis Institute analysis.
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It remains to be seen just how Sesame's move to HBO and its stable funding base will provide new opportunities for the creative and research teams at Sesame Workshop. It's clear that partnerships between public broadcasting and commercial venues have enormous potential.
Muppet creator Jim Henson was born on September 24, 1936. The late director, producer and writer who teamed up with Children's Television Workshop to produce Sesame Street is considered one history's greatest puppeteers.
For several years now, the most innovative programming on television has come from cable programmers, not broadcasters. Understanding that, Sesame Workshop has made a bold and creative move.
Right now, no one is neglecting kids' TV -- it's all over TV, newspapers and magazine, blogs and social media. So, let's use this moment to defend media content (not just TV) that delivers flexible, proven, cost-effective, equitable and engaging teaching and learning.
Fred Rogers, the beloved creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, never marched in the black civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Although the registered Republican was far from a street protestor, Rogers eventually became a quiet advocate of racial integration.
Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.
Peggy Charren, sometimes referred to as "the godmother of children's television," died last week. It's a little hard to believe that the New York accented quick witted voice of this indomitable woman will no longer be heard. But it's clear that the many legacies of her words and deeds will be.
The real truth is that Rogers was a pacifist who fashioned Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a platform for sharing his countercultural beliefs about nonviolence.
Worldwide, across about 5,800 speaking or named characters, roughly 69 percent were male and 31 percent female. Fewer than a quarter of the films had a female lead
When we place children into stressful situations for which they are developmentally unprepared, we take a huge risk with their psyches. At what age can a child truly give "informed consent"?
In truth, there are scores of mice in Farmer Al's cartoons (as in other Terrytoons), but they are not mighty. The mightiness is reserved for the more or less human character at their center, not mighty as a character -- he is an oft-besieged man -- but mighty as a star.
Phineas and Ferb is unique among TV cartoons in that it treasures the creativity and resourcefulness of kids while at the same time preserving the dignity and wisdom of parents.