Linda Simensky

Visiting Lecturer in Cinema & Media Studies

209A Fisher-Bennett Hall

Linda Simensky is Head of Animation and Scripted Content for Duolingo. Simensky is leading the company’s efforts to create scripted and character-driven stories featuring Duolingo’s original cast of characters, from original animation to the writing efforts for Duolingo’s hit Stories product. Before Duolingo, Simensky was Head of Children’s Content at PBS.

Prior to joining PBS, Linda was Senior Vice President of Original Animation for Cartoon Network, where she oversaw development and series production of The Powerpuff Girls, among other series. She began her career working for nine years at Nickelodeon, where she helped build the animation department and launch the popular series, including Rugrats, Doug, Rocko's Modern Life, and Hey Arnold!

Linda is a frequent speaker and writer on the topics of children’s programming and animation; she has presented at numerous animation and television conferences and her work has appeared in several books on animation and children’s media.