Linda Simensky

Visiting Professor of Cinema & Media Studies

209A Fisher-Bennett Hall

As Vice President of Children’s Programming at PBS, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners, PBS station programmers, and distributors throughout the development, production, post-production, and broadcast phases for PBS KIDS programming. Since joining PBS in 2003, Linda has worked with renowned producers to develop hit shows that now reach 82% of all kids ages 2-8 in the U.S. – from CURIOUS GEORGE and THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT, to WILD KRATTS and WORDGIRL. Linda also helped bring PBS KIDS’ newest series to fruition: DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, a program that brings Fred Rogers’ social-emotional curriculum to a new generation of children. Linda is currently working on a new PBS KIDS preschool math series, PEG + CAT. Before 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 others. She began her career working for nine years at Nickelodeon, where she helped build the animation department and launch the popular series "Rugrats," "Doug" and "The Ren & Stimpy Show." 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.