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2nd Annual Story Time with CMA: "The Second Time"
Sesame Workshop
1900 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
8th Floor
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6:30 PM EDT
Category: New York Events

Join CMA for our second annual Story Time! This year we welcome a new group of amazing movers and shakers of the industry in sharing stories tied to "The Second Time" in this exciting second installment of our Storytelling event. This unique, intimate experience will give attendees a glimpse into the authentic, true stories of our speakers.

This year, Carly Ciarrocchi, host of "Sprout House" and "The Big Fun Crafty Show," will be hosting, with Ayah Bdeir, founder of littleBits, Jennifer Oxley, creator of "Peg + Cat," Michael Poryes, creator of "Hannah Montana" and "That's So Raven," Hedda Sharapan of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," and Jack Spillum of Sesame Workshop, all sharing stories.

See below for exciting information about this year's silent auction!

Price: $15 members/$40 non-members/$20 students 

As part of this year’s event, CMA is hosting its first silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, gift baskets, craft sessions, and coaching from your favorite children's media veterans. Click below to bid online – and you'll also be able to bid in person at the Story Time! Happy bidding! 

Click here to bid online!


About our Guests

Carly Ciarrocchi (HOST) is a host, actor, DJ, musician and writer. You can find her on Universal Kids hosting "Sprout House," a daily interstitial show for pre-schoolers, and "The Big Fun Crafty Show," the first arts & crafts competition show for kids. She began her journey in children's television in 2012 as a host and writer of Sprout's Emmy-nominated live pre-school morning block "Sunny Side Up." For SSU, she wrote and performed original sketches, music, games, recipes and crafts alongside Chica the Chicken (and occasionally with celebrities like Mariska Hargitay, Jon Hamm, William Shatner, Kate McKinnon, Aubrey Plaza, Yara Shahidi, Mel B). Carly appears on Tim Kubart's Grammy-Award winning children's album "Home" as a songwriter/vocalist, and is featured on his newest record "Building Blocks." Catch her performing around town with the Story Pirates and on the next season of their hit podcast! As a storyteller (for grown-ups!), she recently contributed to a live taping for the NPR podcast Invisibilia. When she isn't making things for kids and families, she's boxing, listening to too many podcasts, making theatre with old college pals and waking up very early (it's the best time of day).
Ayah BdeirFounder and CEO at littleBits, is an engineer and interactive artist. An alumna of the MIT Media Lab, Ayah’s TED talk: “Building Blocks that Blink, Beep and Teach” about littleBits has garnered more than one million views. Ayah has lectured and advised extensively on how to get more girls into STEM, including at the White House "Breaking down gender stereotypes" panel, at Forbes Under 30 “Closing the Tech Gap” and at Women in the World with Tina Brown. She has earned countless awards for her work, including acquisition into the MoMA permanent collection, recognition in Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Business Insider’s 26 Most Powerful Women Engineers, Inc. Magazine’s 35 Under 35, Popular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream, Entrepreneur’s 10 Leaders to Watch, and more. 
Jennifer Oxley was born in Hollywood, California and caught the filmmaking bug early – she made her first film at the age of seven. Since then she has directed fifteen short films for Sesame Street, as well as the award-winning adaptation of Spike Lee and Tanya Lewis Lee’s children’s book, Please, Baby, Please. Her latest film, “The Music Box,” was acquired by The Museum of Modern Art for their permanent children’s film collection. Her work in children’s television includes directing and artistic credits. Jennifer won an Emmy award for her role as director on “Little Bill,” and she created the look and animation style of “The Wonder Pets.” Most recently she re-developed the look of Clifford the Big Red Dog, returning to TV in 2019. And she teamed up with Billy Aronson to create the hit PBS Kids animated series “Peg + Cat!”
Michael Poryes co-created and executive produced the Disney Channel’s Emmy nominated series "Hannah Montana” and “That’s So Raven”. He was also creator and executive producer of YTV’s series, “Life With Boys”. Before working in Children’s programming, he served as co-executive producer on shows like "Veronica's Closet" and "Cybill." Poryes first started out in the entertainment business as a stand up comedian, then became a writer for the television series "The Facts of Life," "Who's the Boss?" and "Saved by the Bell," among others.
Hedda Sharapan has been with Fred Rogers Productions (previously Family Communications, Inc.) for 52 years, and currently serves as a child development consultant for the company’s award-winning PBS KIDS series "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood" and other projects. She began working with Fred Rogers on the very first taping day of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" in October 1966. Over the years she served as Assistant Director, Assistant Producer, Associate Producer, and Director of Early Childhood Initiatives for Rogers’ small non-profit production company. Her monthly e-newsletter, “What we can continue to learn from Fred Rogers,” is distributed through the Fred Rogers Center and reaches more than 16,000 subscribers. Hedda continues to be a highly sought-after speaker at conferences around the country, helping audiences reflect on Fred Rogers’ messages. She received an M.S. in Child Development from the University of Pittsburgh and an honorary doctorate degree from St. Vincent College, home of the Fred Rogers Center.

Jack Spillum Born and raised in Tokyo, Jack kicked off his life in America by joining DIC Enterprises in Los Angeles as a bilingual animation producer during the TV animation boom of the 1980’s when storyboards first started being shipped overseas to Japan, Korea and Taiwan.  He produced for all three Saturday Morning networks and syndication companies on shows like Care Bears, Real Ghostbusters, GI Joe, Where’s Waldo, and Super Mario Brothers Super Show/Legend of Zelda.

When the Nicktoons series “Doug” exploded in New York, Jumbo Pictures lured him away for his series management skills.  Jack served as Supervising Producer/VP of Production on all six seasons of the award-winning “Doug”, the “Doug Movie”, “PB&J Otters” for Disney Channel, “101 Dalmatians”, and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” cartoon.  As Jumbo switched its marquee sign to Cartoon Pizza, his role continued in overseeing Disney Channels’ award-winning “Stanley”, “JoJo’s Circus” , Noggin/Sesame Workshop’s “Pinky Dinky Doo” series and multiple projects in development and straight-to-DVDs.

His latest stint is with the venerable Sesame Workshop, overseeing multi-media education initiatives to help expose English literacy to children all over the world, balancing all aspects of cost, schedule, staff management, administration, politics and the creative. Since 2017, he serves as Supervising Producer of Sesame’s in-house animation unit and supports all formats of output, from Elmo’s Wonderful World series, the IBM/Watson learning app, to Abby’s Amazing Adventure series, the first in-house animated series for Sesame Street Season 49.

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