Institute Speaker/Panelist Bio

Kay Wilson Stallings

Head of Production & Development
Sesame Workshop

In this role, Wilson Stallings oversees development and production for original content for multiple platforms. During her time, she has shepherded specials and series such as multi-Emmy nominated, Esme and Roy, the first new series produced by the Workshop in nearly a decade.

In 2017, Wilson Stallings created and directed the first annual Sesame Street Writers Room, an intensive six-week competitive fellowship program dedicated to discovering, nurturing, and increasing the presence of writers with diverse voices in children’s media. Held at Sesame Workshop’s New York City office, participants selected come from across the country to meet weekly with industry writers, producers, agents and executives, with two winners offered creative development deals annually. Upon completing the program, many participants find staff positions on kids’ series for production companies like Netflix, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, and more.

Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Wilson Stallings was Senior Vice President of Production and Development at Nick Jr., Nickelodeon’s preschool programming arm. In her 16 years with the company, she oversaw development of original series and co-productions, including pre-buys, acquisitions, and the global shorts program. Wilson Stallings developed and helped launch a series of hits including Blaze and the Monster Machines, Shimmer and Shine and Wallykazam!, along with more than 20 other series including Wonder Pets, LazyTown, Yo Gabba Gabba! and Fresh Beat Band.