Todd Kessler Bio, Age, Spouse, Family, Net Worth, Movies,Books

Who is  Todd Kessler?

Todd Kessler is an American film and television writer, producer and director of whom among his credits are showrunner and co-creator of Nickelodeon’s preschool series Blue’s Clues and director and producer of the feature film Keith.

Detailed  Todd Kessler Biography?

He is an outspoken critic of the popular belief that young children have short attention spans. In a column which he penned for USA Today in its 26 October 2015 edition, Kessler referred to his own experience launching Blues Clues and the television industry resistance to the series due to the prevailing belief that its unique long-form narrative structure would not succeed with children.

Also, Todd argued that children would be engaged with picture books that featured more prose than current publishing industry standards. He wrote similar sentiments in an op-ed he wrote for a literary review magazine called Forward Reviews.

Education

He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Music Theory and Composition. Shortly after graduating, he released his first LP, We Are the Musicmakers shortly after graduating. Further details about it will be updated as soon as possible.

 Career

He worked for Sesame Workshop’s “Sesame Street”, but found traditional children’s television too static and not visual enough. From 1993 to 1994, Kessler, who was then a freelance producer for Nickelodeon, was assigned to work with Peter Schreck on his seminal interactive television experiments in the network’s Orlando studio, developing concepts which were later incorporated into Blue’s Clues. He was the first creator involved with the show.

Angela Santomero and Traci Paige Johnson were brought later on to complete the Blue’s Clues team. According to variety, Blue’s Clues was at the forefront of a revolution in kids’ TV and was crucial to the growth of Nickelodeon. The innovative and interactive format it created changed children’s programming, including its most important influence Sesame Street, which changed its format in 2002 to be more interactive.

Todd then left Nickelodeon and Blue’s Clues in 2000 after 75 episodes with Blue’s Clue’s original star, Steve Burns, but was credited as an executive producer throughout the show’s run, as well as for all the show’s spin-offs.

In 2008, Kessler acquired the teen romantic drama Keith, a film adapted from a short story written by Ron Carlson. The film, which starred Jesse McCartney and Elisabeth Harnois, was his directorial debut. Also, he produced and co-wrote (with David Zabel) the film, which “concerns a 17-year-old who thinks she’s got it all figured out until she falls for a guy who has nothing to lose”.

Awards

Being a producer for Blue’s Clues, Todd received a Peabody Award, two Television Critics Association Awards from 1997 to 1998 and 1998 to 1999, several Parents’ Choice Awards, and a New York Film Festival CINE Golden Eagle in 1996. Also, he has been nominated for six Emmys.

The film, Keith won first place in the teenage sections of five international film festivals: Italy’s Giffoni Film Festival (in the 15–19-year-old division); the Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth (their Students Choice Award, decided on by high school students); Sweden’s BUFF International Film Festival for Youth and Children; Germany’s SCHLINGEL International Film Festival; and Quebec’s Carrousel international du film de Rimouski.

Todd Kessler Albums

On 3 November 2017, his highly anticipated new album, About Memory. The album finds him going back to his roots, producing a timeless folk sound with hints of alt-rock and classic Americana.

Recorded in Los Angeles at New Monkey Studio (made famous by Elliot Smith), the album was produced by Marc Daniel Nelson (Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat) and Ran Jackson (Katy Perry, Goo Goo Dolls) and mastered by Eric Boulanger, who has worked with industry titans like Adele, Green Day, and Neil Young.

Up to date, he has released two singles from About Memory, Old Fashioned Way, and The Letter.

Todd Kessler Trivia

He formed Todd Kessler and The New Folk, in 2012 and they released their first album, Sea Fever, which was produced by Manny Sanchez (Patrick Stump, Umphress McGee).

The album’s release was supported with a lengthy residency at Schubas Tavern, but as it happened, Kessler missed part of the residency when he was chosen as part of Team Ceelo on NBC’s The Voice.

After gaining exposure from The Voice, Todd Kessler and the New Folk began touring more, playing festivals like Summerfest, Taste of Chicago and Mile of Music. Between 2013 and 2015, the band worked on new material and released two singles: Exactly Where I Should Be and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

In 2015, Todd authored the children’s picture book The Good Dog and The Good Dog and the Bad Cat in 2016. Those books feature long-form narrative storytelling with complex characters and villains, following the adventures of Tako, a dog, and his owner, Ricky Lee; the second volume introduces Allie, a stray cat. Both books are published by Coralstone Press and illustrated by Jennifer Gray Olson. Howard Lavoy, the executive editor at Forward Reviews, wrote The Good Dog series is “long-form and engaging for kids and their grownups.”

Furthermore, he directed the romantic/musical film Bazodee, released on 5 August 2016 and starring Machel Montano, Natalie Perera, Staz Nair, and Kabir Bedi. The story revolves around the complications created when Anita Panchouri (Perera) tries to sacrifice her own needs for the needs of her family.

That movie was filmed on location in Trinidad and Tobago and features soca music and is praised for its authentic cast of Indians and Trinidadians and cultural accuracy, with Film Journal International’s David Noh comparing it to Black Orpheus. Billboard has also compared the movie to The Harder They Come and Prince’s Purple Rain because of Montano’s musical performances, bringing soca to a wider audience.

What is  Todd Kessler Age?

He was born on 6 June 1954 in New York, New York City, USA.

Who’re  Todd Kessler Family Members?

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Who’re  Todd Kessler Children?

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Who’s  Todd Kessler Wife?

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What is  Todd Kessler Net Worth 2020?

He has an estimated net worth of $ 12 Million dollars.

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Todd Kessler Movies

–  Bazodee
–  Keith 2008
–  Blue’s Clues: Blue Talks
–  Blue’s Big Musical Movie
–  Nikki 2000

Todd Kessler Books

–  The Good Dog and the Bad Cat
–  The Good Dog
–  Growing Up with Blue: A 10th Anniversary Story Collection

–  What’s Next?
–  Chew on This
–  Blue’s Spooky Hide-and-seek
–  My Favourite Letters

–  Felt Friends
–  The Blue’s Clues Nursery Rhyme Treasury
–  Blue’s Snack Party: A Lift-the-flap Story

 

 

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