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WOUB to Hold Virtual Sneak Peek Screening of New PBS Kids Show Donkey Hodie TODAY!

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April 29th at 10 AM

ATHENS, OH – Parents, grandparents, teachers and kids are going to love the newest show coming to PBS Kids, and they’ll have a chance to watch a sneak peek with WOUB Public Media. The 30-minute screening of Donkey Hodie will be held virtually on April 29 at 10 a.m. using Zoom. Inspired by the funny, quirky side of children’s TV pioneer Fred Rogers, this imaginative series follows the adventures of Donkey Hodie, the granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie character from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Donkey Hodie is a new puppet series for children ages 3-5 from Fred Rogers Productions and Spiffy Pictures. Every episode is set in the land of Someplace Else, where Donkey Hodie and her pals empower preschoolers to dream big and overcome obstacles, to work hard and persevere, to be resourceful and discover they can solve problems on their own – and to laugh themselves silly along the way!

Event Details:

WHEN: April 29, 2021


Register Required:

Panel Discussion with the Production Team IMMEDIATELY AFTER the Screening!

–          Erin Dodson, Post-Production Manager at Fred Rogers Productions (Ohio University Graduate)

–          Ellen Doherty, Chief Creative Officer at Fred Rogers Productions and Executive Producer of Donkey Hodie

–          Kristen DiQuollo, Supervising Producer of Donkey Hodie


Donkey Hodie will feature new original music along with reimagined versions of Fred’s iconic songs to reinforce and underscore each story’s positive message. A panel discussion with the production team from Fred Rogers Productions will be held afterward. Included on the panel is Post-Production Manager Erin Dodson, an Ohio University graduate and former WOUB student employee.



PBS KIDS believes the world is full of possibilities, and so is every child. As the number one educational media brand for kids, PBS KIDS helps children ages 2-8 learn lessons that last a lifetime. Through television, digital media, and community-based programs, PBS KIDS wants children to see themselves uniquely reflected and celebrated in lovable, diverse characters who serve as positive role models, and to explore their feelings and discover new adventures along the way. Families can watch PBS KIDS anytime on the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and the PBS KIDS Video app, available on mobile and connected-TV devices, no subscription required. PBS KIDS’ large collection of mobile apps and provide accessible content, including digital games and streaming video to spark kids’ curiosity. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn and grow – including their teachers, parents, and community – providing resources to support children’s learning, anytime and anywhere. For more information, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


About Spiffy Pictures

Founded in 2003 by brothers David Rudman and Adam Rudman, Spiffy Pictures is a creative development and production company specializing in family entertainment. The Emmy Award-winning creative team has created, produced, written and directed live-action and animated projects for Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV, Comedy Central, Sesame Street and Warner Brothers. Their projects include the Emmy-nominated hit animated series Nature Cat for PBS KIDS, the Emmy and Prix Jeunesse-nominated Jack’s Big Music Show for Nick Jr, the Emmy-nominated Bunnytown for Disney and Nick Jr.’s Parents’ Choice Award-winning Curious Buddies brand of home videos. The team also produced Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map for Warner Brothers and most recently created Frankie and Frank for Nick Worldwide. For more information, visit


About Fred Rogers Productions

Fred Rogers Productions was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program and extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional, and behavioral health while supporting parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals in their work with children. Fred Rogers Productions continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media and engages new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly-rated children’s series, including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, Odd Squad, and Through the Woods, have earned 28 Emmy Awards among other important honors. Launching in 2021 on PBS KIDS are Donkey Hodie, the eagerly-anticipated puppet series, inspired by the character from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; and Alma’s Way, an animated series created by Sonia Manzano, known to generations of children and adults as “Maria” on Sesame Street. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.