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Sesame Workshop Names First Latinx Sesame Street Executive Producer


Sesame Workshop has appointed longtime producer Sal Perez as VP and executive producer of Sesame Street, making him the first Latinx executive producer of the show.

In his new role, Perez will manage the production and creative direction of the series, beginning with its upcoming 53rd season. He will also oversee related domestic social impact productions, digital projects and themed entertainment experiences.

For the past year, Perez has worked as Sesame Street‘s supervising producer, overseeing the production of the 52nd season, See Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special, season two of The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo and more. Prior to that, he was Sesame Workshop’s senior director and supervising producer of international content.

Perez is taking over the role from Ben Lehmann, who is planning to focus on new directing opportunities. Lehmann will continue to direct Sesame Street episodes in the future.

“Sal is a strong leader and an incredible collaborator with invaluable production expertise and a deep love for all things Sesame,” said Wilson Stallings. “I look forward to partnering with him and tapping his global perspective as we plan the future of the Sesame Street brand, helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder in our increasingly connected world.”

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