Sesame Workshop will welcome a new president and CEO from September 29th, in the form of Jeffrey Dunn.
Dunn (pictured) was formerly president and CEO at HIT Entertainment from 2008 until 2012. Prior to this, he was group chief operating officer of Nickelodeon Networks group and the president of Nickelodeon Film and Enterprises.
He will succeed Mel Ming who announced his retirement earlier this year.
Dunn currently serves as a 2014 Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University, with a focus on media and education. He has also served on the board of American Greetings and pre-school children’s TV network, Sprout.
"Jeff has an outstanding track record in the world of children’s media," said Vincent Mai, chairman of the board of trustees of Sesame Workshop. "At HIT Entertainment, Jeff led the company’s resurgence and successful turnaround before it was sold to Mattel in 2012.
"And under his leadership, Nickelodeon became one of the industry’s most global networks, largest licensing businesses, as well as the world’s largest digital media business for kids.
"His current experience at Harvard is a testament to his commitment to the educational power of media and we look forward to the Workshop thriving under his creative, inspired leadership."
Dunn added: "Sesame Workshop really invented the business of kids television as we know it today, and all of us in the kids media industry recognise the debt we owe the Workshop for leading the way. I am truly humbled by this opportunity to join the Workshop and help to steer its future and educational mission."