In this episode of the Parent Pod, we spoke to Teri Weiss of Dreamworks Animation.
Teri Weiss is EVP, Television Development for DreamWorks Animation reporting to Chief Creative Officer, Television, Peter Gal. In this role, she oversees the creative development of a rapidly growing slate of original television projects, including the content for DWA TV’s groundbreaking multi-year deal with Netflix as well as Peacock, Amazon, Hulu, Universal Kids, and other leading broadcasters around the world. As part of the studio’s global initiatives, Weiss and her creative team are tasked with developing original animated programming inspired by characters from DreamWorks Animation’s iconic franchises and upcoming feature films, the company’s vast Classic Media library, and Universal Pictures, as well as projects based on original and acquired IP.
Weiss previously served as the EVP, Preschool Development and Current Series. Recent projects that Weiss oversaw in this role include Archibald’s Next Big Thing from Tony Hale, Dragons Rescue Riders and Where’s Waldo?, as well as the upcoming series Gabby’s Dollhouse, Rhyme Time Town, Go, Dog. Go! and Madagascar: A Little Wild.
Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation Television, Weiss worked at NBC/Universal where she was hired to head up kids content for Universal Kids Productions group after a 16-year stint at Nickelodeon where she served as EVP of Preschool original programming. She launched a series of hits, including Shimmer and Shine, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Dora and Friends, Paw Patrol, and Wallykazam! She also helped solidify Nick Jr’s leadership position with series hits Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, and The Fresh Beat Band. Prior to Nickelodeon,
Weiss was a producer on Sesame Street, as well as Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and Square One TV.
Raised in New York, Weiss graduated from John Hopkins University with a degree in International Studies. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and daughter.
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