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Just in time for National Bow Tie Day! Jen and I released Mo’s Bows to the public! After over 35 film festivals from as nearby as BAM to as far away as Doha, Qatar - we’ve had a great time showing this incredible film off! If you love it, we’d love if you shared! :) 

This commercial for Comcast aired throughout the Olympics and included the one and only Chica getting a kiss from a kiddo from a shoot I directed! All of us at Sprout were thrilled! :) 

A music video all about a construction site with Carly and Chica and produced/directed by moi with our great team at Sprout?! YES YES YES Please! 

So thrilled with this Father’s Day link. :) It was great to be able to produce something that showcases all sorts of families to the children who watch our show. <3

A goal for 2016 complete! 

Spending my days working with talent, and wanted to stretch myself to see what it was like on their side of the microphone! Many people have commented that I have a unique voice, so I thought I’d try the art of voice over out! 

I enlisted the help of my pal Shelley Shenoy, and a few months later I now present my super-awesome commercial voice demo reel! 

Source: https://soundcloud.com/kristen-mcgregor-70...

Experiencing the  Daytime Emmy Awards  for the first time was an incredible life experience. I’m so proud of our whole team at  Sunny Side Up  and at the  Sprout Channel . While we didn’t win an Emmy (we lost to a great show called Sesame Street) we still win by getting to make so much amazing content for preschoolers and reach them LIVE every day!  

Experiencing the Daytime Emmy Awards for the first time was an incredible life experience. I’m so proud of our whole team at Sunny Side Up and at the Sprout Channel. While we didn’t win an Emmy (we lost to a great show called Sesame Street) we still win by getting to make so much amazing content for preschoolers and reach them LIVE every day!  

Patrick Warburton (AKA Puddy from Seinfeld!) came by the Sunny Side Up studios, and got to see what crowded really means! :) Check it out - super fun stuff! 

In case you were wondering, Doha was a blast! The  Ajyal Youth Film Festival  from the  Doha Film Institute  was one of the best experiences ever for both me and  Jen ! The numerous kid jurors had such an incredible vocabulary for speaking about film, and the program at the film festival put on for the kids was like nothing I’ve seen before.   Jen and I loved doing the talkback after Mo’s Bows with the auditorium full of kids, and a stage full of other filmmakers! What an honour! 

In case you were wondering, Doha was a blast! The Ajyal Youth Film Festival from the Doha Film Institute was one of the best experiences ever for both me and Jen! The numerous kid jurors had such an incredible vocabulary for speaking about film, and the program at the film festival put on for the kids was like nothing I’ve seen before. 

Jen and I loved doing the talkback after Mo’s Bows with the auditorium full of kids, and a stage full of other filmmakers! What an honour! 

What great news! Can You Imagine That? is nominated for the prestigious Prix Jeunesse Prize!  The Prix Jeunesse is a every-other-year celebration of amazing quality children’s programming from around the world, and it’s an honour to attend- let alone be involved in a show that’s nominated! 

Check out the music video for Makayla who wants to be a lifeguard, surrounded by artwork inspired from her drawings - that I had the pleasure of directing! 

Congrats x a million to the incredible team at Radical Sheep Productions

Giver Season 3 has been nominated for a CANADIAN SCREEN AWARD - for Best Children&rsquo;s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Serie s!! The third time in a row the series has been nominated!   This is awesome news for a little show with a big heart that is so much fun to make, and makes a big difference to the communities we go to! It&rsquo;s an incredible team that makes this show. My heart is happy and any and all good vibes and/or legitimate Academy votes would be appreciated! 

Giver Season 3 has been nominated for a CANADIAN SCREEN AWARD - for Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series!! The third time in a row the series has been nominated! 

This is awesome news for a little show with a big heart that is so much fun to make, and makes a big difference to the communities we go to! It’s an incredible team that makes this show. My heart is happy and any and all good vibes and/or legitimate Academy votes would be appreciated! 

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One of the best parts of December was taking part in NBCUniversal’s “The Idea” contest. Management asked all people working for Comcast/ NBCUniversal to come up with an idea and pitch it, and from the 3000 applications they received, they chose 25 semi-finalists and my idea was one of them! What?! 

We got to pitch in the Late Night with Seth Meyers Studio, in the style of a Shark Tank-eque pitch, and we had to keep it at 2 minutes. From there, 10 finalists were selected and my idea was one of those, so we did the pitch the next day to the presidents of Comcast/NBCUniversal which was an unforgettable experience. 

While I didn’t win, it was so cool to up my pitch skills to the next level, and the people I met were incredible. It’s always so inspiring and joy-inducing to hear innovative ideas, and this was the perfect forum for it! Thanks to the amazing folks at the TalentLab at NBCUniversal for putting this on! 

Mo's Bows

And then there are days where you get emails saying, “we’d love to invite you to the Ajyal Youth Film Festival as part of the Doha Film Institute” and you squeal in joy that the beauty and fun of Mo’s Bows will be shared with a whole other part of the world. 

Jen and I are packing our bags and heading to Qatar for the festival which is such an honour. 

Tim Gunn was the best sport ever- he had so much fun designing with Chica and Tim, and we had so much fun playing with Tim Gunn! A pleasure- and one of the silliest segments we’ve done on Sunny Side Up is a result of this! :) 

Had the pleasure of being a panelist for the  Children’s Media Association of New York’s  “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” event- it was awesome to speak to our experiences of holding jobs while doing our own work with the others on the panel. I was a little nervous as it is a little tricky to do your own work while holding a job- especially a creative one- both personally and professionally. You have to be aware of conflicts of interest and always be open and honest with HR to make sure the project is working and comfortable for both parties.   One thing that I was glad to share with the audience is that especially in media we let titles define us. If someone is paying you to be a P.A. - does that mean you’re P.A? Or if you write and produce while holding a day job as a P.A. (or bless, probably a 16 hour a day job- you know what I’m saying) - are you a writer and producer? I choose the latter, and there’s no reason you can’t create great work and create the career you want to have, and the title you want to be regardless of who is paying you to do what. Producers produce and writers write. Become what you call yourself. 

Had the pleasure of being a panelist for the Children’s Media Association of New York’s “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” event- it was awesome to speak to our experiences of holding jobs while doing our own work with the others on the panel. I was a little nervous as it is a little tricky to do your own work while holding a job- especially a creative one- both personally and professionally. You have to be aware of conflicts of interest and always be open and honest with HR to make sure the project is working and comfortable for both parties. 

One thing that I was glad to share with the audience is that especially in media we let titles define us. If someone is paying you to be a P.A. - does that mean you’re P.A? Or if you write and produce while holding a day job as a P.A. (or bless, probably a 16 hour a day job- you know what I’m saying) - are you a writer and producer? I choose the latter, and there’s no reason you can’t create great work and create the career you want to have, and the title you want to be regardless of who is paying you to do what. Producers produce and writers write. Become what you call yourself. 

Producing this has made me so proud. I love having kiddos on the show, and these ones worked so hard on practicing the updated birthday song for Sprout and Sunny Side Up! :) Check it out!