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HBO Documentary Films slates Sesame Street doc for 2021

HBO Documentary Films will look back on the first two decades of beloved PBS children’s program Sesame Street in the new feature documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, premiering on HBO and ...
December 8, 2020

HBO Documentary Films will look back on the first two decades of beloved PBS children’s program Sesame Street in the new feature documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, premiering on HBO and HBO Max in 2021.

In the late 1960s, media executive Joan Ganz Cooney and Sesame Workshop co-founder Lloyd Morrisett took on an experiment to harness the burgeoning power of television and create an educational and entertaining show that could reach children nationwide.

Cooney recruited visionary Muppets creator Jim Henson and acclaimed children’s television writer and director Jon Stone to craft the iconic world of Sesame Street.

In Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, HBO Documentary Films highlights the creators, artists, writers and educators who created the program.

The film is a Macrocosm Entertainment production in association with the Exchange, Bondit Media Capital, and Citizen Skull Productions. It is directed by Marilyn Agrelo and produced by Trevor Crafts and Ellen Scherer Crafts.

Lisa Diamond also serves as producer with Brian O’Shea, Nat McCormick, Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Mark Myers and Heather Kenyon executive producing.

Michael Davis is co-executive producer.

 Photo Credit: Robert Fuhring/Courtesy Sesame Workshop/HBO

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