Carol-Lynn Parente

Carol-Lynn ParenteCarol-Lynn Parente grew up in a generation that watched and learned from Sesame Street, the gold standard of children’s television. Now, as the award-winning executive producer for the non-profit Sesame Street, she is responsible for overseeing production for Sesame Street’s landmark television program, serving as a creative guide to keep the program fresh, exciting and relevant. In November, Sesame Street is due to open its 42nd season.

Parente has been with Sesame Street for nearly 25 years, starting out as a post production assistant. In her tenure, she has worked as a production assistant, post-production coordinator and associate producer, commissioning live-action and animation films. For the past twelve seasons, she has managed the animation and post-production processes of the very popular Elmo’s World segments.

In addition to her work on Sesame Street, Parente oversees development of home video production, and has produced several home video titles including Kids’ Favorite Songs 2 and Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays, both of which were Telly Award winners.

She also has worked closely with independent filmmakers to develop short films for Sesame Street and has played an integral role in the successful re-formatting of the show in 2002. In 2008, Parente won her 11th Emmy for Sesame Street in the Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series category, helping the program top the Guinness World Record for most Emmys by a television series with 138.

Parente majored in marketing and economics at Rutgers University, and currently resides in New Jersey.

Friday, October 14

Both the campus and local communities are welcome to join us for all of Friday's events.

  • 10:00 am — Sesame Street Unpaved: A Look Behind the Scenes of the Longest Street in the World - Gundlach Theatre, Founders Hall
  • 11:00 am — Sesame Street: Fun, Fur and Brand Faith - Gundlach Theatre, Founders Hall
  • 1:30 pm — The Sesame Street Production Model - Gundlach Theatre, Founders Hall
  • 2:30 pm — Q & A with Carol-Lynn Parente - Gundlach Theatre, Founders Hall
  • 3:30 pm — Student Reception with Ms. Parente - Adams 403
  • 4:30 pm — Puppetry Workshop with Kevin Clash and Elmo - Gundlach Theatre, Founders Hall
  • 6:15 pm — Reception - Seiberling Gymnasium
  • 7:00 pm — Dinner and Keynote Address Sesame Street - Starting Small and Thinking Big - Seiberling Gymnasium

Saturday, October 15

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