Whether you're a parent, a kid, a caregiver, someone who aspires to make kid-friendly content, or someone who's just curious about the creative process, The Kid Stuff Podcast is for you.
Learn how the people who make the stuff that you and your kids love work, how they got where they are, what inspires them, and more.
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Episode 54 - Nicole Rivera
Nicole Rivera is the Director of Original Series Development for Cartoon Network.
She came from a family of actors but discovered she wasn’t interested in performing. She studied writing at NYU but discovered she wasn’t interested in writing. Then, through a series of internships and and early jobs, she discovered a home as an executive, being the liaison between a network, its creators, its marketing team, and all the other people responsible for bringing a show to life and getting it out to the world.
Keep an eye on Cartoon Network to see what great things she has coming out of the pipeline in 2019 and beyond. Thanks for listening!
Episode 53 - Swampy Marsh
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh left a corporate job to pursue art. Three months later, he found himself learning animation by drawing backgrounds for a fledgling show in its second season called... The Simpsons. After trying for over ten years to get it on the air, he and his creative partner Dan Povenmire got their dream show on Disney, Phineas and Ferb. Spoiler alert, people liked it. A LOT.
Besides now acting as the showrunner for Pete the Cat on Amazon Prime, Swampy also devotes a lot of time to a charity called "A Walk on Water," which provides surf therapy to children with special needs and their families.
A new Pete the Cat Christmas Special arrives on Amazon this Tuesday, November 20th.
Episode 52 - Dan Garza
When you leave your day job to pursue your dream, that’s incredible. In Dan Garza’s case, the day job was already at Disney, so imagine how spectacular the dream must have been.
It’s a dream he’s still living, working as a puppet maker and puppeteer, voice-over artist, and artist. You’ve seen and heard his puppet performances in the family-unfriendly Melissa McCarthy movie The Happytime Murders and in the new Jim Carrey Showtime show “Kidding.” You also may have seen the 11 different digital puppets he gave life to on the Jim Henson Company’s PBS show “Splash and Bubbles.”
Dan and I are also both members of the Children’s Media Association here in LA. If you’re in New York or LA and you have a passion for children’s media, I encourage you to check them out at ChildrensMediaAssociation.org.
You can get updated information on what Dan is up to a dangarzacreative.com. Thanks for listening!
Episode 51 - Lee Overtree
Along with his creative partner Jamie Salka, today’s guest Lee Overtree founded Story Pirates in 2004. For the last 14 years, they’ve taken kids ideas for stories and brought them to life on stage. In the last few years, they’ve expanded their output to include a radio show, a podcast, a book called “Stuck In The Stone Age,” and an album called “Nothing Is Impossible.”
In addition to his work with Story Pirates, Lee is also an award-winning writer and director.
Episode 50 - Shawn Colvin
As an 8 year old, Shawn Colvin taught herself to play songs on the piano from a book called “Lullabies and Night Songs,” with songs Alec Wilder and illustrations by Maurice Sendak. Later, as an adult about to give birth to her daughter, she used some of the songs from that book to record her first kids’ album, “Holiday Songs and Lullabies.” Now, almost 20 years later, she’s released “The Starlighter,” another album of children’s music that draws its source material from “Lullabies and Night Songs.”
You can find everything Shawn Colvin, including her current tour schedule, at shawncolvin.com. You can find “The Starlighter,” both the music and the really incredible animated videos they’ve made to accompany some of the songs, on Amazon.
Episode 49 - Albert Mazibuko
Albert Mazibuko has been a member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo since 1969. They’ve recorded more than 70 albums over the course of their career, all with the same message of peace, love, and harmony. Last year they recorded their first album for kids and families, appropriately titled “Songs of Peace and Love For Kids and Parents Around The World." They’re wrapping up their current US tour, and have enough material ready for another album for families that they’re hoping to record back home in South Africa later this year.
You can find Ladysmith Black Mambazo at www.Mambazo.com. You can also find a web series they’ve been shooting on their current tour on YouTube.
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