North Fork TV Festival + North Fork Family present

the power of kindness: family program with alice cahn


Recipient of the North Fork TV Festival Award for Achievement in Children’s Television

Our 2019 theme is "The Power of Kindness" and honors pioneering children's television and social impact executive Alice Cahn with the inaugural North Fork TV Festival Award for Achievement in Children’s Television. A leader in kids' media for three decades, Alice has enriched countless childhoods with prosocial programming like Arthur, The Magic School Bus, Sesame Street, Peppa Pig, Teletubbies, Barney, and Stop Bullying: Speak Up. In audience Q&A moderated by Sara Berliner, we'll discuss with Alice how storytelling can take us from inspiration to action.


saturday, october 5th, 11 am - 12 pm

The Power of Kindness: Family Program

Individual tickets for the Family Program are now available for purchase.



Thank you to Family Program Premier Sponsors Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, and Family Program Sponsors WGBH Kids and Disney Channels Worldwide.


Children’s Program History


The family program began in 2018, when longtime children's media executive Sara Berliner and festival Founder Noah Doyle discussed the history of children's television in New York and proximity of production and talent. Sara and Noah decided to add a children's event to the Festival, showcasing the high quality, educational, entertaining work being crafted for curious young minds.

In 2018, the festival welcomed Jennifer Oxley, co-creator of PBS Kids hit show PEG + CAT. Working in both animation and live action formats, Jennifer's clips, short films, and story of pursuing artistic dreams since childhood wowed both children and grownups in attendance. Sara moderated a lively Q&A where kids asked insightful questions about developing characters and what it takes to be a professional children's television creator.



alice cahn

Alice Cahn is an education, social responsibility and media executive focused on creating projects that contribute to positive social change. She currently holds an Encore Fellowship in nonprofit management. Past experience includes Cartoon Network where she founded the Stop Bullying: Speak Up project. Before that, Cahn served as Managing Director of the Markle Foundation’s Interactive Youth Media division. She was President of Television, Film, and Video at Sesame Workshop and was PBS’ head of Children's Programming developing Barney, Arthur, The Magic School Bus, and Teletubbies. Her proudest professional accomplishment is her Ready for School Degree from nursery school.


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q+A moderated by

sara berliner

Sara is Director of Children’s Programming for the North Fork TV Festival. She’s also a children’s media consultant, content creator and curator, and civic participant. Her focus is storytelling across platforms and genres, launched from a Harvard degree in Folklore & Mythology. Her career has reached across creative and product strategy, business development, brands and licensing, with winding paths through puppet theater, documentary film, the music business, book publishing, animation, and digital apps. She has told stories with collaborators like Sesame Street, Warner Bros., Disney, DreamWorks, Mattel, Highlights for Children, Scholastic, National Geographic, Penguin Random House, and the NFL. She is the founder of two North Fork–based initiatives, North Fork Family, sharing local goodness for kids and grownups, and Vote Like a Mother, making parenthood and empathy a lens for civic engagement.