Sesame Street producer Sesame Workshop has named Sal Perez as the final vice president and executive producer of Sesame Street Production.
Perez will handle production and creative direction for the iconic children’s series after serving as Sesame Street’s supervising producer and longtime international content producer for Sesame Workshop.
The appointment, which makes Perez the show’s first Latinx executive producer, will see him report to Kay Wilson Stallings, executive vice president of creative and production.
Beginning with the upcoming 53rd season of Sesame Street, Perez will oversee production and creative direction for the series and domestic social impact productions, digital projects and themed entertainment experiences.
Perez succeeds Ben Lehmann, who served as Sesame Street’s executive producer for the past five seasons and plans to focus on new directorial opportunities.
Lehmann will remain for the current production season, working with Perez and his team as a consultant. He will continue to direct Sesame Street episodes in the future.
Perez’s career with Sesame Workshop began on Plaza Sésamo, the Mexican co-production of Sesame Street, where he was a producer for several years and oversaw the production of Sesame with broadcaster Televisa.
Perez also produced Sesame Amigos, a Spanish-language series for Univision in the United States. In addition to his work with Sesame Workshop, he has served as a producer for scripted and unscripted television in Mexico, on projects such as the first season of Mexico’s Got Talent.
For the past year, Perez has worked with the National Production Team as Sesame Street’s Supervising Producer, overseeing the production of shows including the second season of The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo.
In his previous role as Senior Director of Sesame Workshop and Supervising Producer of International Content, he managed the creation and production of a wide range of projects in regions such as Lat Am, Brazil, Europe and China. . Throughout his time at Sesame Workshop, Perez has produced bilingual content for many of the organization’s biggest social impact initiatives.
Wilson Stallings said, “Sal is a strong leader and incredible collaborator with invaluable production expertise and a deep love for all things Sesame. I look forward to partnering with him and harnessing his global perspective as we plan the future of the Sesame Street brand, helping children become smarter, stronger and kinder in our increasingly more connected.