Sesame Workshop, the producer of PBS’s “Sesame Street,” has a new chief executive, hiring former Nickelodeon executive Jeffrey Dunn for the job, Elizabeth Jensen reports in The New York Times.
Dunn replaces H. Melvin Ming, who is retiring. In his new role, which starts Sept. 29, Dunn will be the first outsider to lead the organization, which was founded in 1968 as the Children’s Television Workshop.
“Like other media organizations, Sesame Workshop has focused in recent years on staying on top of rapid changes in media habits, including increased mobile and online viewing. Last week, PBS began broadcasting a half-hour version of ‘Sesame Street’ during its afternoon lineup, in addition to the hourlong morning version,” Jensen writes.
Dunn also previously served as chief executive at HIT, the company that produces the children’s animated show “Thomas & Friends.” At Nickelodeon he was group chief operating officer of the Nickelodeon Networks and president of Nickelodeon Film and Enterprises. While at Nickelodeon, he worked on creating the Noggin joint venture with Sesame Workshop.