9 Story Creative Affairs
Creative Affairs sets the creative vision and strategy for the company’s original development, current series and interactive content. The team works to create timely, forward-thinking, stand out shows that respect kids, make them think, make them laugh and motivate them to change the world for the better.
We are committed to creating creator-driven content that challenges, empowers, educates and entertains children – always grounded in answering… Why this show? Why now? We identify and collaborate with the best creative talent to ensure that each property is distinct, signature, breakthrough and resourced correctly.
Child Development Expertise
Our in-house research and curriculum team comes with a rich education and years of experience in Child Development. Working with expert consultants in their respective fields, we advise on all facets of content from curriculum development to scripting to production. Our signature formative research approach is fundamental in creating programming that is both appealing and beneficial for our young audience.
The Creative Affairs team serves as in-house creative executives in charge for each series, actively involved from pitch to post, to ensure all decisions align with and deliver on the overall vision and goals of the series, the network/ broadcaster expectations and connect with the intended audience.
With a strong creative vision, a creator forward approach, a kid-first mentality and a tested research process, broadcasters are assured that our series will have high benefit, appeal and engagement. We have a track record of hit properties with proven impact to both caregivers and kids.
Angela C. Santomero
Angela C. Santomero, Creator & Executive Producer of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Blue’s Clues, Wishenpoof, Creative Galaxy & Super Why has been changing the way children watch TV for more than twenty years. She is the Creator, Executive Producer and Writer for award winning kids and family content for PBS, Nickelodeon, Amazon Studios, etc.
With a Masters in Child Developmental Psychology from Columbia University (TC), Angela’s vision for integrating educational curriculum into entertaining content for kids led her to co-create, executive produce and head write Nick Jr.’s landmark series, Blue’s Clues. Malcolm Gladwell referred to Blue’s Clues as “One of the stickiest TV shows EVER made”, in The Tipping Point.
Angela is the recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award for Outstanding Childrenʹs Programming as well as several gold and silver Parents’ Choice Awards. Her book PRESCHOOL CLUES: Raising Smart, Inspired, and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World (Touchstone) was released April 2018.
Wendy Harris, SVP Content and Creative Affairs, leads and directs the creative content process for development, production and current series of 9 Story Media Group to ensure that all properties realize the company’s creative vision while meeting the company’s business objectives.
Harris is an award-winning, children’s television executive producer and writer with over 20 years in the industry. Beginning her career in live action production, Wendy’s first role in children’s television was Assistant Director on the original Blue’s Clues eventually becoming one of the series Executive Producers, she then Co-Created and Executive Produced the series spin-off Blue’s Room. As Executive Producer and VP of Production & Development at Out of the Blue Enterprises, since the company’s inception in 2005, Wendy has served as Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Super Why! and Creative Galaxy, Executive Producer of Wishenpoof, and Supervising Producer of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood as well as overseeing the production and development of the children’s media production company.
Marcy Pritchard, SVP Business & Creative Affairs, works to grow the 9 Story USA office and integrate it into the 9 Story Media Group.
Pritchard has been working in children’s television since the 90s, starting on the original Blue’s Clues series as the Production Manager, and working her way up to Supervising Producer, earning 5 Emmy nominations along the way. She continued on at Nickelodeon to produce the Blue’s Room spin-off, followed by current hit series Team Umizoomi. After years on the production side, she moved into a network role as the VP, Development & Series Production, where she managed more than 15 animated and live-action current series, development projects, and digital initiatives.
Jeremy Slutskin, Vice President, Live-Action Development and Production, leads 9 Story Media Group’s creative live-action content strategy.
Slutskin is an Emmy-nominated award-winning producer, writer and director with over 25 years of experience in feature films, television and commercials. His career highlights include: co-creating and executive producing Chase Champion for Nickelodeon’s digital platforms; producing Blue’s Room, the Emmy-nominated live-action spinoff of Blue’s Clues; executive producing for Sesame Street for over 12 years; and producing for the hit kids’ show Team Umizoomi. From 2006 – 2018, Jeremy owned and operated Hyperactive Content, an award-winning production company that created and produced long- and short-form content for all platforms, on multiple continents. During his 12 years there, Jeremy created, wrote, directed and produced content for clients including, Nintendo, Awesomeness, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, NBCUniversal, Mattel, Hasbro and others.
Jennie Stacey, VP of Development, leads the company’s overall development efforts for original television series. Stacey has spearheaded many of Brown Bag’s biggest hits, including Henry Hugglemonster, Angela’s Christmas and Sadie Sparks for Disney Channel, which have flourished under her leadership and creativity. Stacey first joined Brown Bag Films in 2008, after roles with RTE and Universal Pictures International in London.
Sarah Wallendjack VP, Production & Development NY, works with the Creative Affairs team to oversee projects from development through production. Wallendjack has been an integral part of the Out of the Blue 2 creative team, overseeing production as the Executive Producer of Super Why, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and Charlie’s Colorform City.
Rachel Kalban VP, Research and Curriculum, is a child development expert with a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College, spearheads New York’s groundbreaking formative research process. She is involved in all projects, to develop curriculum-driven brands that enrich the lives of children and families. Kalban has been a key role in the development and success of Super Why, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Creative Galaxy, Wishenpoof and Charlie’s Colorform City.
Gord Garwood, VP Creative Services, oversees corporate visual strategy, graphic design and branding. Garwood works with production and specializes in style guide creation, consumer products & interactive design. He ensures consistent branding, shared asset creation and resource efficiencies across all platforms. Gord is heavily involved in establishing innovative design and approaches for interactive and new product technologies. With over 18 years of experience in the Marketing & Licensing and TV Show Production industries across Live Action, 3D and 2D animated properties, Gord was an integral member of the Colorforms Brand relaunch and has been responsible for creating 25+ children’s entertainment property style guides.
Alex Breen VP, Interactive at 9 Story US, oversees the creation and distribution of groundbreaking interactive content, focusing on 9 Story properties with inherent digital potential and emerging technologies. Breen is an award-winning producer with over 13 years of experience in digital media, apps and production management at Out of the Blue. His credits also include writing the tentpole SUPER WHY Comic Book: Attack of the Eraser episode, which appeared in movie theaters across the U.S.