Louise Ann Gikow

West Side Writer LLC

321 West 78th Street Apt. 7C

New York, NY 10024

(212) 579-8991

lgikow@westsidewriter.com

www.westsidewriter.com

 

 

 

Multiple Emmy-Award-winning writer of television, multimedia, and books for kids and adults.

 

Professional Experience

 

Freelance writing, development, composing and editing                         1983-present

 

     Head writer/creator

     Noah Comprende, a project to teach languages to children, winner of a CPB grant and headed for PBS online in collaboration with WNET in 2011

     Journey to the Stars, planetarium show (American Museum of Natural History)

     Cosmic Collisions, planetarium show (American Museum of Natural History)

     Blockheads, a math show for preschoolers, currently in development

     Go Fetch, a science show for preschoolers, currently in development

     Johnny and the Sprites, a half-hour series based on an affect-driven curriculum, starring John Tartaglia, for Disney Playhouse

     English for Vietnam (for the Business Alliance for Vietnamese Education) to teach an English curriculum to Vietnamese people of all ages; currently airing on Vietnamese television

     Sesame Stories, an Israeli/Palestinian/Jordanian Sesame Workshop project based on a tolerance curriculum, currently airing in Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories

     The Moodsters, a half-hour series based on an emotional wellness curriculum

     Sesame English, an English-language-teaching Sesame Workshop series currently airing internationally that has been used to teach English in 65 countries

     Shalom Sesame (Sesame Workshop video/television programs)

 

     Scriptwriter

     Life: A Cosmic Story, soon to open at the California Museum of Science

     Lomax, the Hound of Music, currently on PBS-Kids

     Between the Lions, Emmy-award-winning literacy show (WGBH/Sirius Thinking/PBS)

     Cyberchase, the successful TV series based on a math curriculum (WNET/PBS)

     Peepanimated preschool TV series (WGBH/Discovery Kids)

     Oobi—live-action preschool show (Noggin)

     Richard Scarrys Funniest Home Video Ever (Random House)

     Moses (Jumbo Pictures home video)

     Eureeka's Castle (Nickelodeon TV series)

     Music Magic Videos (Silver Burdette Ginn)

 

 

 

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       Co-creator

       Noah Comprende!

       The Moodsters

       Blockheads

       Go Fetch

       Johnny and the Sprites

       Lomax: The Hound of Music, (based on a music curriculum by Dr. John Feierabend of the Hartt School of Music) with Norman Stiles and Chris Cerf, for PBS

       The Funny Show, with Norman Stiles and Chris Cerf; for Disney Playhouse

     PigTales, a childrens science show, with Norman Stiles

     The Adventures of Orly and Flick, a show about kids and art, with David Feldman

     Lab 321, a show for teens, with Carol Klein and Judith Simmons

     Pets, an adult animation, with David Feldman

 

     Writer

     Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Book for Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers

     Additional work for clients such as Random House, Scholastic, Henry Holt, Columbia University Press, Knowledge Adventure, Nancy Hall Associates, and Parachute Press, including film novelizations of DreamWorks animated features Over the Hedge,, Shark Tales and Madagascar

     Best-selling film novelization and storybook of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

     Novels based on the Mary-Kate and Ashley characters for Parachute Press

     Novels based on the Spider-Man characters for Parachute Press/Marvel

     An original Barbie series for Random House

     Beginning readers

     Ripleys Believe It or Not nonfiction series

     Film novelization of Buddy

     Songs for 24 Macmillan children's record albums created for school distribution

     Adult humor paperbacks Miss Piggy: The Rules, and How to Bear Children: A Survival Guide for Baby-Free Adults

     Over 100 Muppet and other titles

 

 

Sirius Thinking, Ltd.

Senior Vice-President, Creative Operations                                                      1996-2003

Sirius creates educational, curriculum-based entertainment for children. Its first major project was Between the Lions, the PBS TV show designed to help teach kids to read

     Multiple responsibilities for Between the Lions, including

       Consulting producer

       Staff writer

       Manager, publishing business

       Consultant, licensing business and web site development

     Responsible for other projects, new business development

     Co-creator, head writer of Lomax: The Hound of Music

 

Nickelodeon                                                                                                           1994-1996

Vice President, Editor-in-Chief, Media Works

     Created successful book publishing division (101 titles within first thirty months)

     Managed division (including P&L responsibility)

     Supervised editorial staff

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     Originated successful ongoing relationship with partner Simon & Schuster

     Managed multimedia publishing operation (including P&L responsibility)

     Creative oversight of CD-ROM, videogame titles

     Supervised multimedia staff

     Consulted in the online business

 

Jim Henson Productions                                                                                     1984-1994

Editorial Director

     Wrote over 100 books, songs, and scripts based on Muppet licensed characters

     Supervised editorial projects, freelance writers, editorial staff

     Developed software, researched and consulted re the multimedia industry

     Co-produced four musical book and cassettes

     Creative consultant to licensing, production, and music divisions of the company

     Edited and rewrote manuscripts

 

Muppet Magazine                                                                                                  1983-1984

Managing Editor

     Conception of editorial

     Edited all copy for the magazine and special projects

     Wrote articles for the magazine

                                                                                                                                                 

Ambiance Magazine                                                                                              1978-1980

Managing Editor

     Edited all copy for the magazine and special projects

     Wrote articles for the magazine

 

National Lampoon Magazine                                                                               1972-1978

Writer, Senior Copy Editor

     Edited all copy for the magazine and special projects

     Wrote articles for the magazine

     Wrote for The National Lampoon Radio Hour

 

Education

 

M.A. Columbia University (English literature)

B.A. Magna cum laude, S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook (English literature)

 

Awards

Emmy Award, 2009

Emmy Award, 2004

Emmy Nominations (five)

National Television Critics Association, best childrens show 2001-2002 (Between the Lions)

National Television Critics Association, best childrens show 2000-2001 (Between the Lions)

Parents Choice Award, Between the Lions

Emmy Honors, Emmy-award-winning Muppet Babies cartoon show

Parent's Choice Award, Shalom Sesame television shows

Parent's Choice Award, Are We There Yet book and tape

 

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Professional Affiliations

 

Writers Guild

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

New York Women in Film and Television

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