Dr. Lewis Bernstein has worked for Sesame Workshop in various capacities for over thirty years, beginning as director of research. He currently serves as Executive Vice President of Research and Education. Bernstein was executive producer of Sesame Street from seasons 34 to 36.
As Vice President of Global Productions, Bernstein oversaw and trained production teams for various international versions of Sesame Street. He worked most closely on Shalom Sesame and Sha'ra Simsim, the Israeli/Palestinian co-production. His experiences led to development of the "Global Grover" segments on Sesame Street, and he also served as executive producer for the Berlitz series Sesame English.
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation interviewed Bernstein in 2004 for the Archive of American Television. The hour-long interview was posted on YouTube in 2009.
- "Sesame Workshop’s Lewis Bernstein Speaks at Shara’a Simsim Launch Event", Sesameworkshop.org press release, includes transcript of Bernstein's speech. November 25, 2008.