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Movers and Shakers: Women in Children’s TV
March 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
In celebration of Women’s History Month, come hear from a panel of female producers, content developers, and creative directors at all stages of their career. We will hear from Paulina Orozco, Stacey Greenberger, Lauren Muir, Heather Tilert, and Ginger Brown, as well as our moderator, Lynne McVeigh, who will give us their unique perspectives on how women in children’s TV are making their mark on the industry, including creating female characters, how they got to where they are, and the struggles and triumphs of working in our field.
About our Speakers:
|Ginger Brown is an Executive Producer, and Content Creator with extensive domestic and international experience developing, creating, and distributing award-winning children’s and family entertainment, music, and documentaries. She was the Executive Producer and Vice President of Sesame Workshop for twelve years and currently is the President of Mermaid Media, a production company focusing on children’s media, social impact, and change.|
|Stacey Greenberger is a staff writer on Nick Jr.’s STEM-driven series Blaze and the Monster Machines. A graduate of NYU Tisch, it was in Lynne McVeigh’s class where Stacey met guest lecturer Jennifer Oxley, and the rest is history (well, math). Stacey started as a script coordinator on Jennifer’s math-inspired, award-winning PBS Kids series Peg + Cat and eventually began writing episodes. She has written for Nick Jr.’s Butterbean’s Café, Nickelodeon’s Welcome to the Wayne and the live action Nickelodeon shows Hunter Street and I Am Frankie.|
|Lynne McVeigh has been working in children’s media for over forty years as a producer, director, writer, educational consultant and teacher. Presently, professor at Undergraduate Film/TV Department, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, she is also co-director of The Fearless Theater Company, made up of young people with and without disabilities, whose productions have been done at Lincoln Center, on the radio, and television and on the advisory boards of Children’s Media Association and New York International Children’s Film Festival. Credits include educational consultant for NOGGIN, now Nick Jr., curriculum coordinator for PBS series, Paths of Rebellion, and producer/director of film, History Makers, reflections by students on 9/11, whose high schools were adjacent to Ground Zero. Producer/director five training films for Social Work students, focusing on clinical practices, including Look Back to Move Ahead: Social Work with Survivors on Trauma and, most recently, It takes a Team: Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care Settings. Producer of Accommodation, film directed by Alice Elliott on three disabled NYU students and their accommodations. Producer/Director of Elka’s Growing up in a Changing World, an animated film on the childhood memories of Elly Gross, a holocaust survivor. In 2014 McVeigh served on a National Science Foundation panel to evaluate children’s programs, which focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and technology), for funding.|
|Lauren Muir is a failure. She was supposed to be a Mormon housewife but instead went to UC San Diego to get a degree in Visual Arts. After coming to New York, she got her start in TV working as a writer/producer for two seasons of the show Can’t Get a Date for VH1 and Logo. She then switched to producing short-form work and has spent the last 10+ years creating award-winning spots for Nickelodeon, ESPN, Discovery, the NFL, Food Network, History, and Grey Advertising. Lauren is currently the VP Creative Director of the Nickelodeon Preschool Brand Creative team which oversees branding, promos and digital content for Nick Jr. In that role, she’s supervised the launch and promotional campaigns for PAW Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Shimmer and Shine, Rusty Rivets and most recently, Thomas and Friends. When she’s not making TV spots, she spends a lot of time cleaning spots in the home she shares with her husband, 3 kids and a dog.|
|Paulina Orozco is a Production Coordinator on Nick Jr.’s STEM-driven series Blaze and the Monster Machines. Paulina began on the show as an intern during her senior year at NYU Tisch and was hired full-time upon graduation. Her previous experiences include internships with Yummico, a children’s media company founded by Traci P. Johnson (creator of Blues Clues and Super Why!), and the NY Int’l Children Film Festival.|
|Heather Tilert is a kids’ content creator, showrunner, and creative exec who’s played a key role in the development and production of multiple internationally renowned properties over the past ~15 years. Mom to a preschooler and a kindergartener, Heather’s currently honing her crafting and barrel roll skills. And her patience.|