Andrew Ames

Last updated on 02/03/12

Accomplished Emmy Award-winning production executive, exec producer, showrunner, producer/director/writer with deep experience developing and overseeing multi-platform content in studios and on locations around the world, and a unique blend of skills in all stages of creative as well as in financia… Read more


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Credits and Employment History

VP Global Production
Sesame Workshop, New York, NY
2008-11 (3 years)
In charge of Global TV production department of 30+ staff and freelance, with oversight of: development, production and operations of 28 Sesame-branded international series co-productions, PBS primetime specials, domestic Outreach productions and Sesame library assets.
Accomplishments - International Production:
- Increased international team production output by 30% while reducing staff by 35%;
- Oversaw creation of new Sesame series in Afghanistan, Nigeria and elsewhere.
- Traveled to Pakistan to evaluate and commence new high visibility co-production;
- Plaza Sesamo: played a key role in the revival of Sesame Street’s Latin American version (airing in 17 countries); ratings zoomed from #14 to #1 in Mexico in a single year.
Accomplishments - US Production:
- Oversaw three primetime Sesame specials (PBS) offering strategies & resources for military families and families coping with economic insecurity;
- Primetime Emmy nomination for most recent special, When Families Grieve, hosted by Katie Couric.

Series Producer, Save Our History
History Channel
2002 – 2008 (6+ years)
Oversight of in-house production team for Emmy Award-winning series of quarterly one-hour primetime specials and online content focusing on historical preservation. Each program was designed as an adventure that brought to life a pivotal moment in American history and showcased forensic techniques and new restoration technologies. Responsible for all production, budgets and schedules; produced, directed and wrote all programs.

Co-CEO/Exec Producer, Rocket Science Entertainment
1998 – 2002 (4 years)
Oversaw development and production for series and specials, including:
- Martha Stewart’s Home for the Holidays: The Family Tree (CBS primetime holiday special)
- What’s It Really Like? (syndicated series on unusual jobs)
- America’s Greatest Detective (Court TV)
- Monsterfest with Tim Burton (AMC)
- Between Us with Naomi Judd (WE tv)
- HealthSCOUT iTV (web food & health series, including many segments with chef Michel Nischan)
- Reading Rainbow (PBS) - Emmy Award, Outstanding Children’s Series 2001-2002.

CEO/Executive Producer, Playground 11 Productions
1996 – 1998 (2 years)
Created/Exec Produced all projects, including:
- Capture in the Jungle, one-hour documentary tracking an elephant capture and translocation team in the jungles of Malaysia (producer/director/writer);
- It’s a Jungle Out There, one-hour doc about a US Army unit undergoing jungle survival training in Panama (exec producer);
- Off to Nowhere, unusual reality/doc series featuring celebs on outdoor adventures, named by Entertainment Weekly the “highlight series” of the Outdoor Life Network. Episodes included paragliding in the Venezuelan Andes with Michael McKean; whitewater rafting down Class V rapids in W. Virginia with Tony Shalhoub; searching for wild orangutans in Borneo with David Alan Grier; jungle hiking in Belize with Bill Nye; outrigger canoe competition in Kauai with Kinky Friedman (producer/director/writer).

Vice President, Production, New Media, Inc., Westport, CT
1994 – 1996 (2 years)
Supervised Trailside: Make Your Own Adventure, a how-to adventure weekly series on national public television;
Developed other series, including a kids' version of Trailside and a food/travel series in partnership with Saveur Magazine.

1981 – 1994
Produced, directed and wrote for a wide range of shows & networks, including Good Morning America, Candid Camera, America's Most Wanted, Disney Channel, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.

Industry Qualifications

Directors Guild of America (Director)

Industry Awards

Emmy Award, Outstanding Children’s Series: Reading Rainbow (Producer) PBS 2001-02

Emmy nominations (5)

• Trailside: Make Your Own Adventure (2) PBS

• Reading Rainbow PBS

• Cool Women with Susan Sarandon WE

• When Families Grieve PBS (Primetime)

CINE: Golden Eagle Awards (3)

• Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change PBS 2009

• Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times PBS 2009

• When Families Grieve PBS 2010

CINE: Golden Eagle Awards (6 – productions under my supervision)

• Rechov Sumsum Sesame Workshop-Israel 2010

• Jalan Sesama Sesame Workshop-Indonesia 2010

• Galli Galli Sim Sim Sesame Workshop-India 2010

• Shalom Sesame Sesame Workshop DVD series 2011

• Sesame Tree Sesame Workshop-Northern Ireland/CBeebies 2011

• For Me, For Your, For Later: First Steps to Spending, Sharing,

Saving, Sesame Workshop Outreach 2011

CINE: Special Jury Awards (2)

• Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change, PBS 2010

• When Families Grieve, 2011

Local Emmy Awards (2) - New York People, WABC-TV

Houston Internat’l Film & Video Festival/Gold - Trailside: Make Your Own Adventure, PBS

Mercom Award: Gold Medal/Best Director - Arby’s Employee Training

Media Access Award/Best Children's Program - Mickey Mouse Club, Disney Channel

Internat’l TV/Film Fest: Silver Medal - New York People, WABC-NY



M.A.: Radio/TV/Film 1976


B.A.: English and Comparative Literature 1973