Sesame Workshop has promoted SVP of creative development Kay Wilson Stallings to EVP of creative and production, with the task of overseeing the company’s slate and growing the company’s global presence.
Officially starting in the new position June 16, Wilson Stallings replaces Brown Johnson, who retired from the company last month. In her new role Wilson Stallings will report to president of media and education Steve Youngwood, and will drive creative across all of Sesame’s productions, including Sesame Street, Ghostwriter and Helpsters. She will also work with the international teams to grow the company’s global reach.
Wilson Stallings has broadened Sesame’s audience by expanding its production slate, and the company wanted to tap into her experience to continue focusing on international growth, according to a statement from Sesame Workshop.
Wilson Stallings was the SVP of creative development for five years prior to this promotion. Her recent work on Sesame Street, Ghostwriter, Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Helpsters helped the company net 30 Daytime Emmy nominations this year. She was also the founder of Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room, a fellowship that develops talent from underrepresented backgrounds.
Before joining Sesame, Wilson Stallings was an SVP at Nickelodeon overseeing the development of all original series for Nick Jr. and its digital channels, including pre-buys, acquisitions and its global shorts program. While there she supervised development on Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Blaze and the Monster Machines and Shimmer and Shine. She worked at Nick for around 16 years in various positions, working her way up from a manger of production and development to VP and finally to SVP.