Planet Preschool Blog
About the Author
Josh Selig is the President and Founder of Little Airplane Productions, producer of international preschool hits The Wonder Pets!, 3rd & Bird and the upcoming CBeebies/Disney Junior series, Small Potatoes.
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Maybe it’s spring. Maybe it’s the economy. Maybe it’s all the new players charging into the preschool space like bulls into Pamplona. I don’t really know why, but I feel optimistic. Towards this end, I’ve compiled a list of 20 reasons to be optimistic and I suspect that at least one or two of these will apply to you.
In an effort to bolster my own readership, I decided to take a page from Carla’s and Anne’s blog-naming playbook. I chose a familiar and universal topic–preschool television–and, after much hand-wringing, I named my post, “15 Secrets To Making A Great Preschool Show.” I felt this contained both promise and gravitas. (Sadly, I could only think of 12.5 secrets which, I know, doesn’t pack the same punch as 15 but, well, it was the best I could do on Memorial Day.)
I came to Toronto for INplay, a conference dedicated to “Exploring the art and business of kids interactive.” Notice that they didn’t say “kids interactive TV” or “kids interactive media.” Just “kids interactive.” For me, this illustrates the quandary of the entire kids’ space at the moment: It’s changing so fast that it no longer has a name.
I have an obsessive personality. There is no discernable pattern to my obsessions and, this week, I found myself obsessed with a post I read on one of the preschool TV network’s Facebook pages about Starfish and one parent’s claim that Starfish do not actually exist.
The hardest thing about having a blog is coming up with something to write about every week. Five hundred words may not sound like a lot but it is when you have nothing to say. Typically I just write about myself but, trust me, that topic gets just as old for me as it does for you. Even my mother suggested that I change it up.
Everything that has happened with the Small Potatoes – from our original CBeebies commission to getting on Disney Junior US, to partnering with Penguin on our books and Universal on our DVD’s – has been absolutely thrilling for my team and me. But perhaps most exciting of all for us has been the creative process of making the Meet The Small Potatoes feature film.
I’m on a train now to Philadelphia to pitch something new to my friends at Sprout. The bombs in Boston went off less than 24 hours ago and the security at Penn Station is very tight. Bomb sniffing dogs and soldiers with large guns check each passenger as we board the Acela. But the train to Philly is full. People go about their business. Work may not heal all wounds, but it does help to heal mine.