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The Fred Rogers Company Names Ellen Doherty Head of Production

Emmy Award-winning producer and writer joins renowned children’s entertainment company.

PITTSBURGH, PA -- The Fred Rogers Company, the celebrated children’s media company behind some of today’s most-beloved hit television series for kids, including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, and Odd Squad, has appointed Ellen Doherty as Executive in Charge of Production. The newest member of the company’s executive team, Doherty brings to The Fred Rogers Company her wealth of experience spanning more than two decades in the children’s educational programming arena.

“We are delighted to welcome Ellen Doherty to our ‘neighborhood,’” said Paul Siefken, Vice President, Broadcast and Digital Media, The Fred Rogers Company. “Ellen brings to the table her extensive experience and innovative approach to creating and producing high-quality content that engages kids while helping them learn and grow. We are excited about working together to support the needs of kids and families, both through our current series and those to come.”

As Executive in Charge of Production, Doherty will work directly with Siefken in overseeing development of the company’s educational children’s media offerings, including Emmy-nominated Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and multiple Emmy winners Peg + Cat and Odd Squad, for PBS KIDS. Doherty will also work with co-production partners, animation studios, and public broadcasters to deliver groundbreaking broadcast and digital media properties as well as oversee digital content producers in creating online and mobile games and apps based on the company’s series.

In addition to her work on screen-based media at The Fred Rogers Company, Doherty will provide content and strategic support for the company’s licensing and merchandising efforts. She will also help guide its outreach and training efforts to promote children’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic health, while supporting parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals in their work with children.

An Emmy Award-winning producer in the children’s television space, Doherty most recently lent her innovative storytelling expertise to the popular math-themed PBS KIDS series Cyberchase as an Executive Producer of the series for WNET, New York’s flagship public media provider. She also led the creation and development of the show’s digital content.

Prior to her 13-year tenure at WNET, Doherty served as Associate Producer for hit PBS KIDS series such as Reading Rainbow and The Puzzle Place while at Lancit Media Entertainment, Ltd. She also produced and wrote various projects for other prominent media companies, including two specials for Discovery International, Countdown to Blast-Off and Blast-Off; an educational video series on media literacy for Harcourt Inc.; two specials for PBS; and a family-focused TV series for the Metro channel.

Over her extensive career, Doherty has written several children’s books for publisher Benchmark Education. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Boston College.

Source: The Fred Rogers Company

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.