Elmo's World News is an international Sesame Street special that premiered in summer 2020 across multiple platforms and broadcasters in over 15 countries. It is a co-production between Sesame Workshop and the Lego Foundation. Each version of the special contains different correspondents depending on the region it airs in.
“In Elmo’s World News, Elmo hosts a pretend news program from his bedroom, calling on Muppet correspondents and children from around the globe to share ways they’re continuing to play and learn while staying safe.
Weather Reporter Grover shows how he uses his imagination to “bring the outside inside” by adapting his favorite outdoor activities to create indoor fun. Special Correspondent Cookie Monster tells viewers about his “Things That Make Me Happy” box, a simple activity families can do together to practice mindfulness and gratitude with everyday objects. Reporter Raya shares a playful and interactive update on ways children around the world maintain daily routines, while the reporting team of Basma and Jad pop in with breaking news on how children are managing and expressing their “big feelings” through movement and dance.”
- Bangladesh (all June 27): Deepto TV at 7:45 am, Duronto TV at 1 pm, RTV at 5:30 pm, Bangla TV at 5:30 pm, Maasranga TV at 6:30 pm, Bijoy TV at 9 pm and BTV at 09:30 pm It was also broadcast by the YouTube channel of The Daily Prothom Alo, a newspaper based in Dhaka. This version features correspondents Tuktuki and Halum.
- In the United States, the special debuted on YouTube on July 10, 2020. This version features correspondent Abby Cadabby. The special's only American television broadcast was on American Forces Network, a TV channel meant for military families.
- An Arabic dub, featuring Basma and Jad, was published on the Ahlan Simsim YouTube channel on July 10, 2020.
- South Africa's SABC 2 aired the special in English (July 27), isiZulu (July 28), Sesotho (July 29), isiNdebele (July 30), and Afrikaans (July 31). The English version is also a dub, with Elmo speaking in his local accent.
- Mexico's Azteca 7 aired the program on August 2 at 11:30 am, as Las Noticias del Mundo con Elmo.
- Executive Producer: Scott Cameron
- Supervising Producer: Melissa Dino
- Senior Director of Media Operations: Veronica Wulff
- Senior Producer: Karyn Leibovich
- Producers: Kara Koch, Ashmou Younge
- Directed by: Matt Vogel
- Assistant Director: Ashmou Younge
- Writters: Scott Cameron, Veronica Wulff, Kara Koch
- Curriculum and Content Team: Fatima Abdelwahab, Abigail Bucuvalas, Ph.D., Deborah Rodriguez Garcia, Shanna Kohn
- Sesame Street Muppet Performers: Jen Barnhart, Tyler Bunch, Ryan Dillon, Hind Jaal, Eric Jacobson, Haley Jenkins, Sayma Karim, Rocío Lara, Nowar Mahayri, Boitumelo "Betty" Maretele, David Rudman, Khalid Hassan Rumee, Nyanga Tshabalala, Nozizwe Zulu, Leslie Carrara, Kevin Clash
- Vice President Special Project Production: Jodi Nussbaum
- Music Director: Bill Sherman
- Music Director (Vocals): Paul Rudolph
- Music Coordinator: Tyler Hartman
- Music Editor: Tyler Hartman
- Composers: JP Rende, Kathryn Raio, Bill Sherman
- Lyricist: Christine Ferraro
- Insert Lyricist: Mark Radice
- Special Thanks to: The Jim Henson Company NY Creature Shop, Nasrin Akter, Shah Alam, Mary An, Estee Bardanashvili, Taska Carrigan, Erica Carter, Carolina Casas, Sarah Chasin, Flor Colato, Cailey Cron, Ghada Dahabreh, Jessica Disalvo, April Drummond, Terri-Sue Fraser, Khaled Haddad, Whit Higgins, Nayda Hossain, Laila Hussein, John Jepsen, Erika Jooste, Mostafa Kamal, Lewis Kofsky, Danny Labin, Lara MacLean, Chloe Mead, Nick Motwani, Innocent Nkata, Ayobisi Osuntusa, Andrea Palumbos, Sal Perez, Dennise Planas, Shari Rosenfeld, Noah Rudman, Phoebe Rudman, Hallie Ruvin, Sukhna Sawhney, Mathu Subramanian, Sherrie Westin, Sazia Zaman, Hero4Hire
- ↑ "Sisimpur to premiere ‘Elmo’s World News’ special for families amid coronavirus pandemic", The Daily Star, June 25, 2020.
- ↑ Facebook post by Takalani Sesame, July 27, 2020.
- ↑ Facebook post by Sésamo, August 2, 2020.