Ed Wells

Executive Vice President and Head of Global Media and Education

Ed Wells

Ed Wells serves as EVP and Head of Global Media and Education for Sesame Workshop, where he is responsible for developing the organization’s long-term strategic vision for media and education in the U.S. and around the world while maximizing audience engagement and growing the Workshop’s commercial and educational endeavors.

Previously, as Sesame Workshop’s Senior Vice President and Head of International Media and Education, Wells broadened the organization’s international reach through innovative new engagement opportunities and strategic partnerships across core areas: consumer products; content production and distribution; English language learning and formal education; and themed entertainment. He oversaw the Workshop’s on-the-ground expansion, opening and augmenting offices in Europe, Japan, China, and Latin America. Wells also led his team in identifying early childhood issues in different regions, addressing them with the support of local sponsors by developing community outreach programs featuring Sesame Street’s characters, educational assets, and whole-child approach to learning.

Prior to joining Sesame Workshop in 2017, Wells was Executive Vice President and Head of International for WWE, Inc., where he was responsible for the global strategic development of WWE’s brand and businesses, including the launch of the direct-to-consumer subscription service, WWE Network. Prior to that, he worked across the Viacom International Media Networks brands based in New York, Singapore, and Japan, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of Nickelodeon. He has a deep experience in International Media, Consumer Products and Live Events.  

Wells is actively involved in philanthropic institutions outside of the workplace and is a Board Member of the Ali Forney Center, an organization supporting homeless LGBTQ teens. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and later earned Master of Arts degrees in International Studies from both American University and Ritsumeikan University.

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