Join CMA President Jordan Geary and our guest speakers Billy Lopez (Welcome to the Wayne), Kristen McGregor and Jennifer Treuting (Squirrel Friends Productions), and Stacey Weingarten (Chinese Mother, Jewish Daughter, LLC) as they discuss what it’s like to create their own content outside of their “9-to-5 jobs” and finding the proper channels to reach their targeted audience. Come hear about the ins and outs of juggling your day job with their dream jobs as independent content creators and distributors.
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: The Actors Theatre Workshop, 145 West 28th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10001
More about our speakers:
Emmy-nominated writer and Emmy-winning composer Billy Lopez is the creator of Nickelodeon’s upcoming animated series Welcome to The Wayne. Lopez started his illustrious career in Emmy-hyphenation in 2005, when he and his brother Bobby co-composed two episodes of Nick Jr.’s The Wonder Pets! This led to an opportunity to write a sample script for the show, which got Billy hired as script coordinator at Little Airplane Productions. Though he couldn’t coordinate his outfits, much less a script, Lopez got to do a lot of writing and to work closely with preschool TV luminaries Josh Selig, Jennifer Oxley, and Billy Aronson. Lopez eventually worked as head writer on several preschool shows, including The Wonder Pets!, 3rd & Bird! (CBeebies, Disney Jr.), Cloud Bread (KBS, Channel Frederator), and most recently PBS’s Peg + Cat.
Hailing from Alberta, Canada, Kristen McGregor is a children’s media producer, director, and writer. She has built 33 playgrounds across Ontario, Canada as the director, developer, and supervising producer of the Canadian Screen Award-nominated, and Youth Media Alliance Award-winning Giver with TVO Kids/Sinking Ship Entertainment (Season I, II, and III). Currently, Kristen can be found producing and directing Sunny Side Up, Sprout Network’s incredible live morning show broadcasting from 30 Rockefeller Plaza! Kristen is one half of Squirrel Friends, an independent children’s media collective. What’s Inside? – a 50-episode interstitial series that was recently picked up by TVO Kids in Ontario, and will commence broadcasting in October of 2015. They’re always in development on several other awesome projects!
Jennifer Treuting is a writer, producer, and creative strategist with over ten years experience in children’s media, comedy, and branded content. She’s passionate about big ideas and the little details, and like good content, she’s platform agnostic. Her promo, interstitial, and on-air branding work has earned an Emmy nomination and several PromaxBDA nominations, including a Gold Award for the series launch of Nickelodeon’s “Wallykazam!” She’s also directed and produced viral comedy videos and web series for UCB Comedy. SCRAPS, her former UCB video team, was named one of the eleven best video sketch groups on the Internet by Splitsider. Jennifer is one half of Squirrel Friends, an independent children’s media collective. Their most recent documentary, Mo’s Bows, had its world premiere at TIFF Kids this past spring. They’re currently in development on several other awesome projects.
Stacey Weingarten is a bookwriter, puppeteer, director, and producer (EP of Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter LLC). She develops original projects for stage and screen that explore a wide variety of subjects often with an agenda of social awareness through entertainment. Her family works include a musical fairytale inspired by her adopted dog called Rescue Rue (NYMF & NYCTF ‘14), the series Monica’s Mixing Bowl that aims to demystify allergies and dietary restrictions for kids and families through narrative, puppets, and song, and Boys Lost that re-imagines the backstory of the lost boys of Neverland. Other favorite projects include musicals 5th Republic (NYMF ’11), Madame (NYMF Reading ’12), and the rock opera LUDO’s Broken Bride (ANT Fest ’13; The Cutting Room ’14). For a smattering of other credits, this Jill-of-all-trades has also built and wrangled puppets/props for programs such as Johnny and the Sprites and Sesame Street, originated “Bubbles the Fish” in John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean Off-Broadway, and served as Avenue Q‘s Puppet Wrangler/Wardrobe Head. Currently Stacey teaches puppetry at Pace University and is a Dramatists Guild Fellow ’14-’15. For more, please visit StaceyWeingarten.com or ChineseMotherLLC.com.
Moderator: Jordan Geary
Jordan is a show creator, producer, director, voice actor and writer. By day he is Head Of Production and Development at FlickerLab. By night he is President of the Children’s Media Association. His background in animation, live-action, post-production, and series development includes 3rd & Bird for Playhouse Disney/BBC, Wonderpets for Nickelodeon, Kappa Mikey for Nickelodeon, Thumbwrestling Federation for Cartoon Network, and others. Jordan hopes to one day punch the guy who first decided that tall people like him should stand in the back row of group photos
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