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Christopher Cerf

President, Co-Founder

Christopher Cerf is an author, composer-lyricist, record and television producer, editor, and co-founder and president of the educational television production company, Sirius Thinking, Ltd. Since its first season in 1970, Cerf has played a pivotal role in the creation and production of the Sesame Street television program, most notably as a regular contributor of music and lyrics, and as the producer of many of its music albums. In the process, he has won two Grammy Awards and three Emmy Awards for songwriting and music production. Cerf also played a pivotal role in the ongoing funding of Sesame Street, founding and serving as the original editor-in-chief of Sesame Workshop's books, records, and toys division.

In addition to his contributions to Sesame Street, Cerf's musical material has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The National Lampoon Radio Hour, The Electric Company, and in numerous Muppet productions, and his songs have been performed by such stars as Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, R.E.M., James Taylor, Tony Bennett, The Dixie Chicks, Tracy Chapman, Carol Channing, Randy Travis, The Four Tops, Melissa Etheridge, Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, Wynton Marsalis, Little Richard, B.B. King, Bart Simpson, and the Metropolitan Opera's José Carreras -- not to mention the blond, shaggy-haired Muppet character from Sesame Street who is his namesake and the lead singer of the rock group "Chrissy and the Alphabeats."

Before joining Sesame Street, Cerf spent eight years as a senior editor at Random House, where he worked with such diverse authors as George Plimpton, Andy Warhol, Abbie Hoffman, Ray Bradbury, and Dr. Seuss. In 1993, Cerf renewed his ties to Random House when he assumed the role of Chairman of the Modern Library's Board of Advisors.

One of Christopher Cerf's most celebrated projects was the editing and production of Marlo Thomas and Friends' Free To Be...A Family book, album and TV special. The book reached #1 on The New York Times bestseller list within a week of publication, and the show received a prime-time Emmy as the year's outstanding children's special. Cerf and Thomas recently collaborated again, co-editing and co-producing Thanks & Giving: All Year Long, a book and CD about generosity and sharing (and their polar opposites, selfishness and thoughtlessness). The book became an instant New York Times bestseller (reaching #3 on the list) and the CD was a 2006 Grammy winner. Royalties from the project go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, founded by Ms. Thomas's father in 1962.

Currently, Cerf serves as Executive Producer, and Music and Audio Producer, of Between the Lions, the highly-acclaimed children's literacy series that Sirius Thinking, Ltd., created for PBS. Between the Lions has twice won the Television Critics' Award as the nation's outstanding children's television program, and, in its six seasons on the air, the show has amassed six Emmy Awards. (In 2006, Between the Lions was nominated for three more Emmys, including Outstanding Children's Show.) In two independent studies, conducted by the University of Kansas and Mississippi State University, the program has also demonstrated remarkable success in helping kids -- including those at the highest risk of literacy failure -- to learn how to read.

In collaboration with the noted music educator John Feierabend, Ph.D., of the Hartt School of Music, Cerf and Sirius Thinking have recently embarked on a major new venture: the development of a highly-interactive television series called Lomax, The Hound of Music that will utilize American roots music to help children aged 3-7 develop their musicality.

For all his achievements in television, publishing, music, and education, Christopher Cerf is perhaps best known to the general public for his work as an author and satirist. In 1970, he helped launch the most influential of recent humor magazines, the National Lampoon. Not the New York Times, the parody he co-conceived and co-edited in 1978, established a tradition of journalistic spoofs that is still going strong. The Experts Speak, the "compendium of authoritative misinformation" which Cerf co-authored with Victor Navasky, was a major critical success when it first appeared in 1984, and has recently been reissued. In 1986, Cerf collaborated with National Lampoon colleague Henry Beard on The Pentagon Catalog: Ordinary Products at Extraordinary Prices, which offered readers the historic opportunity to obtain a free hex nut -- valued at $2,043 by the McDonnell Douglas Corporation -- with every copy they purchased. The Official Politically Correct Dictionary, also written with Beard, first appeared in 1992 and is now in its 16th U.S. printing.

In May 2003, The Iraq War Reader, Cerf's third political anthology (his second in collaboration with Micah L. Sifry), was published to rave reviews. (David L. Ulin of The Los Angeles Times, placing it at the top of his recommended summer reading list, noted that ωit revels in complexities that most of us would rather overlook. I'll be keeping this one on my nightstand for a long time as a laymanωs guide to empire in the Middle East.ω) Cerf's first such collection, Small Fires, an assemblage of letters written by Soviet citizens at the dawn of glasnost, was hailed by Studs Terkel as having captured "a dramatic historic moment as hardly any other work has done." And Washington Post Book World called Cerf and Sifry's The Gulf War Reader, the predecessor to The Iraq War Reader, "a remarkably interesting collection -- a highly valuable book."

Christopher's father, the late Bennett Cerf, was co-founder and president of Random House, and was nationally known as an editor, television personality, writer and humorist.
Between the Lions
The six-time Emmy Award winning BETWEEN THE LIONS, produced by WGBH, Sirius Thinking, and Mississippi Public Broadcasting, has recently premiered ten exciting new episodes on PBS KIDS. Click here for details!

Sirius Thinking, Ltd. has received multiple Emmy and Grammy awards. Click here for a full list of awards won by Between the Lions.
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