Josh Selig

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Josh Selig
Born Josh Selig
1964
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education Sarah Lawrence College[1]
Occupation Television director, producer, writer
Website http://www.littleairplane.com

Josh Selig is an American television producer and director. He is the founder of Little Airplane Productions, a television studio headquartered in New York City.[2] He has won ten Daytime Emmy Awards for his work as a writer on Sesame Street.[3]

Biography[edit]

Josh Selig was born on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.[4] He began his career as a child actor on Sesame Street during its first two seasons.[5][6] As a teenager, Selig attended Sarah Lawrence College, where he studied theater and poetry.[7] He returned to Sesame Street in 1988 as a writer.[8] He also worked on the Israeli-Palestinian[9] and Polish[10] adaptations of the show during the 1990s.[11] In 1998, he conceived the idea for Little Airplane Productions.[12] The company was initially a joint effort between Selig and Lori Sherman.[13] Until 2006, the studio's works were solely live-action, including Oobi and a short film titled The Time-Out Chair. Written and directed by Selig, the film premiered at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival[14][15] and was later acquired by the Museum of Modern Art.[16][17][18]

Selig created Go, Baby! in 2004 as a series of interstitials for Playhouse Disney.[19] In 2005, he directed two pilots for the Wonder Pets! series along with Jennifer Oxley.[20] The show premiered in the United States on March 3, 2006.[21][22] Wonder Pets! merchandise brought in enough revenue for Selig to open new studios in London and Abu Dhabi, established in 2007.[23] Josh Selig's first international co-production, 3rd & Bird, debuted on CBeebies in June 2008.[24] He continued to produce short-form series throughout the 2010s. Small Potatoes, commissioned by Disney Junior, spawned a television movie that Selig directed in 2013.[25] In the same year, he pitched a pilot titled The Jo B. & G. Raff Show! to Amazon Studios, which was not picked up.[26][27] He is currently the creator and executive producer of Disney's P. King Duckling and of the South Korean series Super Wings.[28][29]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Credit(s) Ref.
1969–1971
1988–1999
Sesame Street
  • Child actor (1969–1971)
  • Writer (1988–1999)
[30]
1999–2000 Little Bill Head writer [31]
2000–2007 Oobi
  • Creator
  • Executive producer
  • Director (full-length episodes)
[32]
2003 The Time-Out Chair
  • Writer
  • Director
[33]
2004 Go, Baby! Creator [34]
2006 Tarzan: The Musical Animation director (Son of Man segment) [35]
2006–2013 Wonder Pets!
  • Creator
  • Writer
  • Developer
[36]
2008–2010 3rd & Bird
  • Creator
  • Executive producer
[37]
2010 Tobi! Creator [38]
The Olive Branch
  • Creator
  • Writer
[39]
2011 Small Potatoes
  • Creator
  • Executive producer
[40]
2013–present The Adventures of Napkin Man
  • Creator
  • Executive producer
[41]
2013 Meet the Small Potatoes
  • Creator
  • Writer
  • Director
[25]
2013–2014 Sing It, Laurie!
  • Creator
  • Executive producer
[42]
2014 Domo Rock!
  • Writer
  • Director
[43]
The Jo B. & G. Raff Show!
(Amazon Studios pilot)
  • Creator
  • Writer
[44]
2015–present Super Wings Executive producer [45]
2016–present P. King Duckling
  • Creator
  • Executive producer
[46]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Presenter Category/Award Work Status Ref.
1990 17th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Children's Series (shared with other writers) Sesame Street Won [47]
1991 18th Daytime Emmy Awards [48]
1992 19th Daytime Emmy Awards [49]
1993 20th Daytime Emmy Awards Nominated [50]
1994 21st Daytime Emmy Awards Won [51]
1995 22nd Daytime Emmy Awards [52]
1996 23rd Daytime Emmy Awards Nominated [53]
1997 24th Daytime Emmy Awards [54]
1998 25th Daytime Emmy Awards Won [55]
1999 26th Daytime Emmy Awards [56]
2000 27th Daytime Emmy Awards Nominated [57]
2001 Parents' Choice Foundation Television Gold Award Oobi Won [58]
Coalition for Quality Children's Media Kids First Endorsement Award [59]
Best Children's Film or Video Nominated [60]
28th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Children's Series (shared with other writers) Sesame Street Won [61]
2002 29th Daytime Emmy Awards [62]
2003 30th Daytime Emmy Awards [63]
2004 Humanitas Humanitas Prize for Children's Animation Little Bill [64]
Parents' Choice Foundation Television Silver Honor Oobi [65]
2008 Crain Communications Crain's Small Business Award N/A [66]
2009 NHK Japan Prize Best TV Series Wonder Pets! [67]
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Innovation Award Oobi [68]
2010 2010 Gracie Awards Outstanding Children/Adolescent Animated Program Wonder Pets! [69]
BAMkids Film Festival Best Short Film for Ages 2–5 Small Potatoes [70]
2012 39th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition Wonder Pets! [71]
2014 41st Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Pre-School Children's Animated Program Nominated [72]
Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition
2015 3rd Canadian Screen Awards Best Pre-School Program or Series The Adventures of Napkin Man Won [73]

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