July 25, 2016 9:37 PM ET

Company Overview of Sesame Workshop

Company Overview

1 Lincoln Plaza

New York, NY 10023

United States

Founded in 1970

Phone:

212-595-3456

Key Executives for Sesame Workshop

President and Chief Executive Officer
Age: 71
Vice President and General Manager of Global Licensing
Executive Producer of Sesame Street
Executive Vice President
Director of Talent Relations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Sesame Workshop Key Developments

Sesame Workshop and IBM Collaborate to Develop Educational Platforms and Products

Sesame Workshop and IBM highlighted a collaboration to use IBM Watson's cognitive computing technology and Sesame's early childhood expertise to help advance preschool education around the world. As part of a three-year agreement, Sesame Workshop and IBM will collaborate to develop educational platforms and products that will be designed to adapt to the learning preferences and aptitude levels of individual preschoolers. Research shows that a significant extent of brain development occurs in the first five years of a child's life1, making this window critical for learning and development. The alliance will draw from Sesame Workshop's educational content expertise garnered from over 45 years of research, and more than 1,000 studies on how young children learn best. This expertise will combine with Watson's natural language processing, pattern recognition, and other cognitive computing technologies to create highly personalized learning experiences intended to complement the roles that parents and teachers play in early development. Watson will continuously hone and improve educational activities by studying and adapting to the aggregate experiences of anonymized groups of students.

Sakar International Announces New Licensing Agreement with Sesame Workshop to Produce New Line of Audio and Electronics Accessories

Sakar International announced it has inked a new licensing agreement with Sesame Workshop to produce a new line of audio and electronics accessories featuring the lovable characters from Sesame Street, the most popular and award-winning children's television program in the world. Sakar announced the new license and product line at the 2014 Toy Industry Association's Fall Toy Preview going on now through October 9 at the Dallas Market Center/World Trade Center. This ubiquitous growth makes Sakar's new character-themed products a perfect fit for the digital generation. The new line will include a range of headphones, earbuds and speakers, and phone and tablet cases, all compatible with any mobile device. Additional products, including karaoke machines, musical instruments and computer accessories, may also be added to the lineup. The first round of the new Sesame Street products is expected to hit store shelves this spring.

Sesame Workshop Announces Executive Changes

Vincent A. Mai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sesame Workshop, announced the appointment of Jeffrey D. Dunn as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sesame Workshop, effective September 29, 2014. Mr. Dunn, formerly the President and CEO of HiT Entertainment, will succeed Mel Ming who announced his retirement earlier this year. Mr. Dunn will lead the organization in its mission to use the educational power of media to help all children reach their higher potential. Mr. Dunn currently serves as a 2014 Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University with a focus on media and education. Previously, he served as President and CEO of HiT Entertainment from 2008 until 2012.

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