Sesame Workshop is an American non-profit organization which produces educational children's programs. Their most famous program is Sesame Street.
The company was founded in 1968 as the Children's Television Workshop (CTW). Joan Ganz Cooney, a television producer, and Lloyd Morriset, a foundation executive, thought of the idea of creating a company to produce Sesame Street, a television series intended to help children get ready for school. The Children's Television Workshop was that company, and Joan Ganz Cooney was named its first executive director. The company changed to its current name in 2000.
In 1999, they made a deal with Nickelodeon to launch the children's channel Noggin. Sesame produced several of Noggin's shows, including Sponk! and Play With Me Sesame. The Workshop also co-produced all of Noggin's on-air interstitials, including the Oobi shorts that Nickelodeon later spun off into a series. In 2009, the Noggin channel was replaced with Nick Jr.; in 2015, the Noggin brand was relaunched as an app.
Television series produced by Sesame Workshop:
- 3-2-1 Contact
- Big Bag
- Cro (with Film Roman)
- Dragon Tales (with Sony Pictures Television)
- The Electric Company (1971)
- Esme & Roy (with Nelvana)
- Out There
- Pinky Dinky Doo
- Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (with CineGroupe)
- Sesame Street
- Square One TV
- Tiny Planets
- Zak Tales