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NYC: Writers Group – Freelance or Staff: Insights from Top Children’s Television Writers

March 2, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Writers’ Group – Freelance or Staff: Insights from Top Children’s Television Writers

Writing for children’s television sounds like it is full of puppies and rainbows (and often it is) but what about the business side of children’s television writing? Join Emmy winner Jill Cozza-Turner, Emmy nominee Melinda LaRose, and staff writer extraordinaire Lucas Mills for a frank discussion about what it means to write for kids tv on a freelance basis, on staff and anything in between. This event is limited to 15 members and it will fill quickly.


Date and Time: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00pm
Location: ESI DESIGN, 111 Fifth Avenue, 12th Floor New York, NY 11205


More about our speakers:  

Jill Cozza-Turner is an Emmy Award-winning writer whose clients include PBS, Sprout, Nickelodeon, Amazon Kids and many others. Her television writing credits range from humor-driven series like “Nature Cat”, “The Chica Show”, “Astroblast!” and “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!” to curriculum-based shows including “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”, “Word World” and “Little Einsteins”.  She has written interactive games and appisodes and worked closely with directors, producers and artists to create some of the best children’s content on the market today. Jill lives with her family in the Hudson Valley where she currently freelances and develops her own work.





Melinda LaRose is an Emmy-nominated freelance writer creating content for kids across all platforms.  Most recently, she’s written for “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Creative Galaxy” and the Emmy-Award winning Outstanding Preschool Series “Peg + Cat.”   Other credits include Nick Jr.’s “Dora and Friends” and “Bubble Guppies,” Sprout’s “Astroblast” and  the Emmy-nominated Disney Junior series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” where she penned their Valentine’s Day tentpole “Smee-erella,” among others.  For seven years she served as an in-house writer and story editor at Little Airplane Productions where she wrote for and story edited Nick Jr.’s “The Wonder Pets” and Disney Junior’s “3rd & Bird.” She has written for Sinking Ship’s “Dino Dan” and developed pitch materials and a pilot for TV PinGuim’s “Earth to Luna.” She has also written books for Disney Publishing based on “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West,” “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” and “Jungle Junction.”  She is always ready for the next adventure.


Lucas Mills is a Staff Writer on a current Nick Jr. production. He has written for both preschool and older kid audiences and spent three years working as the Staff Writer for Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies. Before he began writing animation, Lucas graduated from Yale Law School and served as the events blogger for CMA (woot!).




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March 2, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
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