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Blue’s Clues Turns 20: What the Creators Learned

September 20, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Blue’s Clues Turns 20: What the Creators Learned

E-mail time! Get your tails wagging and follow the clues to CMA’s 20th Anniversary Celebration for Blue’s Clues! Since Blue’s Clues premiered on Nickelodeon, the show has been called “one of the most successful, critically acclaimed, and ground-breaking preschool television series of all time.” Join the show’s creators Angela Santomero and Traci Paige Johnson, along with Donovan Patton who played Joe, as they discuss clues they learned while making this children’s show.


Date and Time: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Location: 98 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10003


More about our speakers:  

Angela C. Santomero is the Principal of Angela’s Clues and Founding Partner of Out of the Blue Enterprises.

Angela is the Creator, Executive Producer and Writer for award winning kids and family content/brands including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (PBS), Blue’s Clues (Nick Jr.), Super Why! (PBS), Creative Galaxy (Amazon Studios), Wishenpoof! (Amazon Studios), etc. Malcolm Gladwell referred to Angela’s Blue’s Clues as “One of the stickiest TV shows EVER made” in his book The Tipping Point.
Angela obtained a B.A. from The Catholic University of America and her Masters degree in Child Developmental Psychology and Instructional Media & Technology from Columbia University (Teachers College), which awarded her with their 1999 Early Career Award. Angela’s children’s education background coupled with her unique knowledge of kids media and production allow Angela’s work to successfully integrate education, entertainment, and active participation which enable children to learn through play.

Angela was named one of the “Next Wave of Women 2007” by Broadcasting & Cable. A winner of four Peabody awards, seven Parents Choice Gold Awards and annual Emmy nominations. Angela’s legacy is forever changing the way in which preschoolers watch television by presenting them with unique, challenging programs that enable them to learn through play, humor, and respect. Changing the world one preschooler at a time!

In her free time, Angela likes to spend time with her 2 daughters, husband and dogs, Oreo and Samoa, travel and eat lots of organic veggies.


Traci Paige Johnson has been a pioneer in the world of children’s television for 20 years. As Creator, Designer, and Executive producer of Blue’s Clues, Traci brought the series its signature “storybook animation” look. This revolutionary style, an immediate standout from traditional cel animation, was simple, and was the first series to be created entirely on the Macintosh Computer.

Traci also played an integral role in developing Blue’s Clues’ feel and format. Overseeing all of the storyboarding, and directing many of the episodes, she facilitated the integration of animation with live action, pushed for the use of “real kid” voice talent, and nurtured the show’s overriding philosophy that everyday life can be extraordinary. Traci’s most cherished contribution to the show may be the creation of Blue herself: after designing and animating the show’s lovable star, Traci served as her voice as well.

Since wrapping production on Blue’s Clues, Traci’s most recent endeavors include co-creating PBS’s reading show Super Why!! and Amazon’s creativity-themed show Creative Galaxy (Amazon), as well as serving as Creative Director for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (also on PBS). She recently founded her own company yummico, working with Dreamworks developing, APP SQUAD, their first original preschool show and had a successful KICKSTARTER campaign with the food adventure series, Yummiloo.

Traci was recently the recipient of the CYNOPSIS KIDS IMAGINATION AWARDS for her innovative work in the field of children’s animation.


Donovan Patton played “Joe,” replacing Steve Burns as the host of Blue’s Clues, where he received a nomination for an Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s series.  He continued his work with Nickelodeon as the voice of “Bot” on Team Umizoomi, voices characters on Clarence (Cartoon Network) and continues to work with Angela and Traci as the voice of “Chef Zesty” on Creative Galaxy (Amazon). 

A graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and Interlochen Arts Academy, Donovan has had the privilege to act on stage, on television, and in films and video games, in projects with as wide-ranging as Our Town and Monsters University to Grand Theft Auto V.  He really doesn’t like to talk about himself, but he does like to talk. A lot.  He feels extremely lucky to do what he does, mainly because he continually gets to work with incredibly smart and talented people.  


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September 20, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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