Steve YoungwoodPresident, Media & Education and Chief Operating Officer, Sesame Workshop
Steve Youngwood is President of Media & Education and Chief Operating Officer of Sesame Workshop. In this capacity, he supervises all of the Workshop’s U.S. and international businesses including distribution, product licensing, themed entertainment, and educational services. Youngwood helps to drive Sesame Workshop’s overall strategy and to manage key functions including press, marketing, and digital production. He has led the expansion of the Workshop’s programming slate beyond the iconic Sesame Street, with new shows including Esme & Roy, Helpsters, and Ghost Writer and further properties in development. In addition, Youngwood oversees the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent research and thought leadership subsidiary of the Workshop.
Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Youngwood served as Executive Vice President & General Manager of Digital Media & Entertainment Products at Nickelodeon. He directed all digital efforts designed for preschoolers, kids, teens, and parents, including websites, mobile, social, connected TVs, and other emerging platforms. He also led Nickelodeon’s video, gaming, and book publishing businesses across all digital and traditional retail channels.
Previously, Youngwood held various senior management positions in consumer products and strategy focused on Nickelodeon, Paramount, and Comedy Central. He ran the Nick and Nick Jr. Magazines, launched the initial Nickelodeon record label, and worked in television business development. He oversaw the development and launch of the first Nick TV app in 2013, which went on to receive an Emmy Award, and spearheaded several digital acquisitions. Prior to Viacom, Youngwood worked for McKinsey & Company in the U.S. and Germany and at Disney’s multimedia education start-up division.
Youngwood is recognized as a leader in both the media and education sectors. He has delivered keynote speeches at industry conferences including ASU/GSV, TEDxHongKong, and 2nd Screen Summit. He has won an Interactive Emmy Award, numerous Webby Awards, and other industry honors including Licensing Magazine’s Top Young Executive Hot List and Hollywood Reporter’s Digital Power 50. He has served on the Boards of educational product companies Learning Resources and Leapfrog and is currently on the Board of the nonprofit Northside Center for Childhood Development. He holds a BA from Yale and an MBA from Stanford and lives in New York City with his wife and three children.