ST. PAUL, MN (December 2023) — The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) will recognize a Twin Cities PBS (TPT) Executive Producer this December. TPT Executive Producer Carol-Lynn Parente, who has received 19 Emmy® awards, will be inducted into the inaugural Kids and Family Emmy® Silver Circle for her significant contributions to children’s television.
Parente has worked on a number of PBS Kids franchises. Best known for her work as the executive producer of “Sesame Street,” Parente brought her creative talents to TPT, where she is the co-creator and executive producer of “Hero Elementary,” currently airing on PBS Kids. “Hero Elementary” is an educational animated show about budding superheroes attending a school, mastering their innate superpowers and exploring science. Parente is also the co-creator and executive producer for “Skillsville,” coming to PBS Kids in 2025. Funded by the US Department of Education’s Ready to Learn Grant, “Skillsville” promotes self-regulation strategies to enhance executive function, ultimately preparing kids for success in school and future careers. “Skillsville” also aligns interactive digital games with resources and outreach for educators across the nation.
During the past two years at Twin Cities PBS, Parente has further impacted future generations through a Writer’s Program, which offers mentorship to junior BIPOC writers in developing a story for an educational children’s television show. The success of this mentoring program is portrayed through diverse voices from a range of backgrounds featured in the upcoming “Skillsville” stories.
“Carol-Lynn Parente and the other 2023 Gold and Silver honorees are recognized for their outstanding and ongoing contributions to family entertainment,” said Adam Sharp, NATAS President and CEO. “Their excellence as storytellers has entertained and informed viewers for generations. We look forward to celebrating each of them.”
“Parente is well-deserving of this level of recognition for her contributions to children’s programming,” said TPT President & CEO Sylvia Strobel. “Her productions teach kids of all backgrounds and skill levels to learn and aspire to careers, which is the power of relevant, inclusive, tech-forward and engaging programming for kids.”
Parente will be inducted into the Emmy® Silver Circle at a special luncheon on Thursday, December 14 and honored at the Second Annual Children’s & Family Emmy® Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 17.
About Twin Cities PBS:
Twin Cities PBS (TPT)’s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media. Established 64 years ago, TPT now operates as a public service media organization that harnesses a range of media tools to serve citizens in new ways — with multiple broadcast channels, online teaching resources, educational outreach and community engagement activities reaching more than 2 million people each month. Over its history, TPT has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards, and national and regional Emmy® Awards. Find more information at tpt.org.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational, and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Awards for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, and Children’s & Family programming, as well as achievements in television Technology & Engineering.
NATAS membership consists of more than 18,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including regional student television and its Student Award for Excellence and the National Student Production Awards for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.
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