ALC to Rep Arabic ‘Sesame Street’

Arabian Licensing Company (ALC) has been appointed by Bidaya Media as the master licensing representative for Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arabic Sesame Street, for the United Arab Emirates, ... Continue Reading →

Sesame Workshop Inks China Streaming Deals

Sesame Workshop has entered into collaborations with three major digital platforms in China which over the next two years will bring the international version of its iconic preschool ... Continue Reading →

‘Maleficent’ Director Among Gumby Fest Guests

This year’s Gumby Fest Stop Motion Festival ( will be celebrating the iconic claymation character’s 60th birthday with 16 presentations by TV and film professionals ... Continue Reading →

‘Sesame Amigos’ Coming to Univision

Sesame Street will launch its first Spanish-language series for U.S. viewers this weekend, when Sesame Amigos begins airing exclusively on Univision. The Sesame Workshop series of 26 ... Continue Reading →
Jane Aaron

‘Sesame Street’ Animator Jane Aaron Dies at 67

Animator and children’s book artist Jane Aaron, who is best known for creating dozens of animated shorts for Sesame Street, died June 27 from cancer in New York City. She was ... Continue Reading →

PBS’ ‘Nature Cat’ Gets All-Star Cast

At the PBS Annual Meeting, PBS KIDS revealed the all-star voice lineup for its newest animated series, Nature Cat. Premiering on November 25, 2015, the comedy adventure will star Saturday ... Continue Reading →

Oznoz to Stream Splash Series in Multiple Languages has struck a deal with Splash Entertainment that makes Oznoz the host of Chloe’s Closet, Dive Olly Dive, Cosmic Quantum, Pet Alien, ToddWorld and The DaVincibles in ... Continue Reading →

Animation Director Jeff Hale Dies in Oregon

The following information has been pulled from a tribute compiled by ASIFA-SF president Karl Cohen with the assistance of Geraldine Clarke and Margot Hale. Jeff Hale, a prolific animator ... Continue Reading →
Mel Crawford

Illustrator Mel Crawford Dies at 89

Mel Crawford, a distinctive artist known for drawing and painting children’s books related to animated features and TV shows, died Feb. 23. He was 89. Born in Canada in 1925, ... Continue Reading →

‘LEGO Movie’ Wins PGA Award for Animated Feature

It may have been overlooked by the Academy Awards, but The LEGO Movie is tops with the Producers Guild of America. The Warner Bros. film took the top honor for producer Dan Lin in the ... Continue Reading →