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CMA Live: Join the Conversation with Craig Bartlett

May 9, 2018 @ 9:00 pm EDT

Children’s Media Association is excited to announce CMA Live: a series of online talks with industry leaders available to all CMA members. CMA Live events will be streamed on YouTube, and our host will take live questions from viewers on the comment thread. Come with questions and learn from our community!

Our first CMA Live event is a conversation with Craig Bartlett, creator of Nickelodeon’s Hey Arnold! and PBS Kids’ Dinosaur Train and Ready Jet Go! Craig will be talking with our host, Meghan Sheridan, Director of Original Programming and Development for Universal Kids, and will answer your questions live on YouTube.

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About our Speakers

Craig Bartlett is perhaps best known as the creator of the television and book series “Hey Arnold!” for Nickelodeon. The series played in 80 countries worldwide and was in production continuously from 1995 to 2002, completing over 100 half-hours and “Hey Arnold! The Movie,” released in June 2002. Fifteen years later, Bartlett returned to Nickelodeon to create a two-hour TV movie “Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie,” which picked up where they saga had left off. The Jungle Movie premiered on Nickelodeon Thanksgiving 2017 and is available for streaming and on DVD.

After graduating from Evergreen State College in Olympia in 1981, Craig went to work as an animator at Will Vinton Studios in Portland, Oregon. (Vinton is an Oscar, Emmy and Clio award-winning director and producer of animated films, famous for his use of Claymation.) In 1987, Craig moved to Los Angeles to direct the claymation “Penny” cartoons for “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” on CBS. He remained in Los Angeles, meeting the Nickelodeon execs when he worked as Story Editor and Director on the new series “Rugrats” in 1990/91.

In 2008 Craig created his second television and book series “Dinosaur Train” for PBS. The series plays in over 100 countries worldwide and is produced by the Jim Henson Company. The show is currently in its fourth season. 

In 2014 Craig created his third series, “Ready Jet Go!” which is produced by Wind Dancer Films, also for PBS, which premiered on President’s Day 2016. Production of a second season has wrapped, which brings the series total to 66 half-hours. A 50th anniversary Moon Landing hour-long special is in production.


Meghan Sheridan is Director of Original Programming & Development at Universal Kids.  She is an enthusiastic creative executive and producer, who loves creating quality children’s programming.  Meghan currently serves as the Executive in Charge of Production on NINA’S WORLD and THE BIG FUN CRAFTY SHOW, previously having worked on TOP CHEF JUNIOR, THE OLLIE & MOON SHOW, and CLANGERS.  Before joining Universal Kids, Meghan was Director of Children’s Entertainment at The Jim Henson Company, primarily focusing on the kids’ development slate.  Prior to moving to California, Meghan worked at a developmental psychology laboratory in New York and an educational non-profit in Massachusetts. She is Mom to a 1 year old human and an 11 year old dog who thinks he’s human.



May 9, 2018
9:00 pm EDT
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