National Press Club

Diversity in Children's Television Programming

June 28, 2006

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Run time: 72 minutes

Marva Smalls and two Nickelodeon creators spoke about diversity in children's television programming at a special kids-parents National Press Club luncheon. In addition to Ms. Smalls, who is also the chief of staff for MTV Networks Kids and Family Group, "Romeo!" creator Tom Lynch and "The Backyardigans" creator Janice Burgess spoke about their work. Special Nickelodeon guests included TEENick stars Miranda Cosgrove of "Drake and Josh" and Romeo of "Romeo!" as well as voice-over actor Katheen Herles, the voice of Dora The Explorer. Dora herself greeted children along with SpongBob SquarePants. Ms. Smalls' remarks were followed by a question-and-answer session, where children were encouraged to submit questions.