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Linda Simensky

Linda Simensky

American television executive

Linda Simensky is a production manager of various works of animation. Simensky served as an executive for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.] She is partly responsible for the development of shows such as Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog, The Powerpuff Girls, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Codename: Kids Next Door, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Johnny Bravo, and others.

Simensky graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1985.

Simensky received the June Foray Award in 2000.

On October 28, 2003, the Public Broadcasting Service appointed Simensky the position of senior director of children's programming.

In the 2008 book, Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics, Simensky stated that many male animators find difficulty in creating strong, positive female characters with substance that can serve as role models. When she questioned the creators of Rocko's Modern Life, one of the series which she produced, why the women in the series were invariably drawn to be well-endowed, she was told that the animators believed that drawing women "the traditional way" was easier. Simensky described the creators as "talented guys" who formed "a boy's club" and added that "we pushed them to be funny, but a lot of their women are stereotypical."



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September 12, 2019
PBS announced that Linda Simensky has been promoted to the new role of Head of PBS KIDS Content. Simensky will lead the development of a multi-platform video content strategy for PBS KIDS, designed to respond to the quickly evolving media environment and meet the needs of current and future viewers. In this expanded role, she will spearhead new, experimental approaches for emerging platforms to engage kids and support their learning, developing a slate of content that represents the next g...
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