Josh Selig

Josh Selig.

Josh Selig (b. 1964) is a writer, producer, & filmmaker.

As a child, Selig appeared in the first 2 seasons of SESAME STREET.

He returned to SESAME STREET as a writer in 1988. While there, he also wrote songs, created short films & worked as a producer for SESAME STREET International. Selig was the resident producer of Rechov Sumsum Shara'a Simsim, the Israeli-Palestinian SESAME STREET episode co-production.

In 1999, he founded Little Airplane Productions, Inc. He named his production company after "Im a Little Airplane", a song featured in a film insert that he produced for SESAME STREET.

He left SESAME STREET in 2002 to work exclusively with Little Airplane.



"I honestly believe that human beings peak at about age 4. The average 4-year-old is more creative, more interesting, & has a better sense of humor than the average 40-year-old -- me included!" (Child interview, 2004)

"When I began working at SESAME STREET, I used to observe pre-school classrooms so I could learn more about this age group. I was & still am amazed by the creativity & decency of very young children. I think adults have much to learn from them. Including this adult." (Big Apple Parent interview, 2004)

On Rechov Sumsum Shara'a Simsim: "Originally there were going to be 2 different sets, an Israeli-Palestinian, & there was going to be a third set that was a park. It was going to be neutral ground where the 2 groups of people could interact. But as we got closer to production a lot of people raised the concern that such a park doesnt actually exist, so there was some hesitation to actually create such a place. So rather than have that third set, the compromise was that the Israeli - Palestiniancharacters would visit each other. But there were some very big screaming matches as these things were sorted out. Its just an area where all these issues are so volatile."

On licensing: "My fear & loathing of licensing goes back to my early days at SESAME STREET where I was taught that a preschool series & its educational curriculum was paramount. All the rest, the amusement parks, the live shows, the closets full of swag that were protected like gold in Fort Knox, meant nothing compared to the Holy Grail that was the show itself. We, the makers of SESAME STREET, felt our show to be the sun around which everything else in the company (if not the world) orbited &, quite frankly, the wider their orbit the better. We were the caretakers of SESAME STREET, the undisputed Barbra Streisand of all preschool shows."


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