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Fred Rogers Productions Event

October 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm PDT

Join us on Saturday, October 20th at 4pm for a unique opportunity to meet the creative team from Fred Rogers Productions and their partners for this exclusive event at The Animation Guild.

Hear behind-the-scenes stories from hit series like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Odd Squad during an engaging production panel. Then, our development panel will share the inside scoop on new projects. This is a unique opportunity to ask questions directly and engage with several leaders in children’s entertainment.

See below for our exciting lineup of notable panelists and be sure to register today for this fun and informative event.

** Pssst…we may have a surprise or two up our sleeve…you don’t want to miss this!

Date & Time: Saturday, October 20th at 4PM (appetizers at 3:30PM)

Location: The Animation Guild at 1105 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Price: Free for CMA members, $15 for non-members

Our Impressive Lineup:


Ellen Doherty is Executive in Charge of Production for Fred Rogers Productions, overseeing creation of television and digital content for the company’s existing PBS KIDS series—Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodPeg + Cat and Odd Squad—as well as developing new properties. She is the creator, head writer, and executive producer of the award-winning Through the Woods, a shortform, preschool series developed for the streaming video service, Curious World. In 2018, Ellen was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like, the retrospective tribute to the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. An Emmy Award-winning producer and writer with more than 20 years’ experience in children’s media, she was previously executive producer and story editor of the PBS KIDS series Cyberchase. Ellen oversaw production of television and digital content for the series for six seasons, including several shortform video series. She began her career as an associate producer on the award-winning PBS KIDS series Reading Rainbow. Ellen has a B.A. in Communications from Boston College.

Sonia Manzano has affected the lives of millions since the early 1970s as the actress who defined the role of Maria on the acclaimed television series Sesame Street. Sonia was twice nominated for an Emmy Award as best performer in a children series and has won 15 Emmy Awards for her television writing. She is also the author of picture books No Dogs Allowed, A Box Full of Kittens and Miracle on 133rd Street, published by Simon and Schuster. Scholastic published Sonia’s first Young Adult novel, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, and a memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. In May 2016, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition as a pioneer in the representation of Latinos on Television and for 44 years of portraying “Maria” on Sesame Street.  Currently she is thrilled to have partnered with Fred Rogers Productions to create an animated series for children.  

Chris Loggins is the Producer of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Production Manager of Peg + Cat and Odd Squad. He is also the creator of Through the Woods, the Emmy Award-winning, original short-form preschool series. Before joining Fred Rogers Productions, Chris worked at WQED, the PBS station in Pittsburgh. He was also volunteer coordinator and Storymobile driver at the Beginning with Books Center for Early Literacy and a librarian assistant in the Children’s Department of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Chris is a graduate of Kenyon College with a BA in American Studies with a focus on African-American history.


Tim McKeon is a three-time Emmy-winning writer. He is co-creator and head writer for the PBS KIDS show Odd Squad. Other writing credits include Disney’s Gravity Falls, and Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Tim has also done development work for Amazon Studios, Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, Warner Bros., Netflix, Apple and Sesame Workshop, among others. He likes national parks and pie.

Alex Rockwell is an executive producer, writer, and creator of children’s entertainment.  Her career began working for Jim Henson as his creative assistant in 1988. In 1992, Alex was named Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs for the Jim Henson Company. In this capacity, she oversaw the company’s television, film, and home video productions worldwide – developing a variety of projects including primetime series Dinosaurs (ABC), Muppets Tonight (ABC) and Farscape (Syfy channel), primetime mini-series Gulliver’s Travels (NBC) and Jack in the Beanstalk (CBS), Muppet feature films The Muppet Christmas Carol (Disney), and Muppet Treasure Island (Disney) and Elmo in Grouchland (Sony pictures), as well as an array of children’s series including Bear in the Big Blue House. From 1999, Alex became a free-lance writer/producer.

Adam Rudman is a prolific writer, with credits ranging from classic cartoons to puppet series, and from children’s books to short film. Adam is a six-time Emmy Award- winning writer for Sesame Street (PBS), Becca’s Bunch (Nick Jr.), Tom & Jerry (Cartoon Network), Cyberchase (PBS), Handy Manny (Disney), ScoobyDoo (WB), Astroblast (Sprout), Arthur (PBS), Sid the Science Kid (PBS) and Jungle Junction (Disney). With his production company Spiffy Pictures, Adam is currently the co-creator, executive producer and head writer for PBS’ Nature Cat. He was creatorhead writer and executive producer on Jack’s Big Music ShowBunnytown and Curious Buddies. He is also the author of the first Cyberchase book for Scholastic, The Search for the Power Orb. Adam wrote and produced the award-winning short film Notes, starring late Blues legend Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. 

Sarah Wallendjack is an Executive Producer at 9 Story Media Group, a leading producer and distributor of family and kids content. For the past 13 years, Sarah was with Out of the Blue Entertainment, which was acquired by 9 Story in 2018. She is the supervising producer of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, executive producer of Super Why! on PBS, and is the executive producer of Charlie’s Colorforms City, a new series launching on Netflix next year. Prior to joining the Out of the Blue production team, Sarah was the President of the Children’s Media Association, worked on Nickelodeon’s Wonder Pets!, Disney’s Go Baby!, and Disney’s Johnny and the Sprites!  She is a graduate of American University’s Visual Media and Arts and Cultural Management programs. She enjoys scuba diving, synchronized swimming, the Muppets, and making things.    


Dan Yaccarino is an internationally acclaimed artist, writer, and animation producer who has created many children’s books and his own animated series. His animated television series, Oswald, premiered on the Nickelodeon network to high praise and ratings as well as a Parents’ Choice Award Recommendation. Dan’s animated series, Willa’s Wild Life, won an Emmy. He is he also the designer behind Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning animated series, The Backyardigans. Dan is currently developing an animated series with Fred Rogers Productions based on his Happyland book series. Dan has written and illustrated over 60 children’s books, most notably, the Happyland series, UnlovableMorris Mole, and I am a Story.



October 20, 2018
4:00 pm PDT
Event Category:


The Animation Guild
1105 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505