Thursday, February 25th, 15:30 - 19:30
Kennedyallee 70
60596 Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt, Germany
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Thursday, March 10th, 09:30 - 13:30
Via Balzan 3 (angolo via San Marco)
Milano, Italy
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As Vice President of Production and Supervising Producer of Sesame Street, Zylstra supervises the creative direction of the video content produced for both linear and digital platforms, which includes the broadcast show and the interactive and digital work that supports it, as well as all content produced for and YouTube.
Zylstra also serves as one of the directors on the broadcast show.

Prior to Sesame Street, Zylstra worked as a producer, director, and writer in South Africa and joined the Sesame Street family as a director on the regional show, Takalani Sesame. After moving to the United States, she first joined the Workshop as the Executive Producer for the Sesame Street productions in Bangladesh and India, and later led the Digital Media Programming team. In this latter role, Zylstra developed the strategic vision to deliver content to all Sesame Street audiences- including children and their caregivers, teachers, funders and business partners, and fans- via direct digital distribution, and continued making the brand’s educational content accessible on new and innovative platforms.

Zylstra’s body of work has been distinguished by numerous awards, including: PGA Award for Outstanding Children’s Programming, Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Television Series and Outstanding Pre-school Series, Peabody and Webby Awards for her work with, several South African Avanti Awards, and the United Nations/NHK/Japan Prize for Courage in depicting Youth in Difficult Circumstances.

Mr. Leslie began his career as an aide to Senator Edward Kennedy, serving as his political director and as Executive Director of the Fund for a Democratic Majority. He joined Sawyer Miller Group, a prominent political consulting firm, in 1983 and became President of the company in 1985. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Mr. Leslie provided political counsel to dozens of Presidential and statewide campaigns in the United States, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Zylstra resides in Brooklyn with her husband Johnathan, their daughter Ella and son Jack.


Vice President Production &
Supervising Producer

Sesame Street