Tommy Riles is SUPER excited to talk about his New England Patriots winning Super Bowl XLIX. He and Art Eddy discuss the game, the commericals, and they bring on Emmy-nominated writer and producer, Sascha Paladino.
Sascha is the creator and executive producer of Disney Junior’s “Miles from Tomorrowland”, an intergalactic animated series that follows the outer space voyages of young adventurer Miles and his family as they help connect the universe on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.
An accomplished children’s television writer, Paladino was most recently story editor and consulting producer on Disney Junior’s “Henry Hugglemonster”. Paladino developed and served as head writer and producer for Nickelodeon’s “Ni Hao, Kai-lan”. His additional writing credits include Disney Junior’s acclaimed “Doc McStuffins”, “Team Umizoomi”, “Wonder Pets”, “Winx Club”, “Tickety Toc”, “Blue’s Clues” and “Sid the Science Kid”. Paladino also wrote the theme song lyrics for “Henry Hugglemonster” and “Ni Hao, Kai-lan”, among many songs for other series.
Paladino has also worked on a number of arts education projects, including teaching Shakespeare and acting in public schools and prisons. An award-winning film director, his most recent documentary feature, “Throw Down Your Heart”, about American banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, won the Audience Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival, Best Music Documentary at AFI Docs and the Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. In addition, Paladino has created a variety of documentary shorts that have garnered accolades at Woodstock Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and Mill Valley Film Festival.
A New York City native, Paladino is a graduate of The High School of Performing Arts (aka the “Fame” school) and Wesleyan University. He recently spent two years living and working in Ireland, and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, author Erin Torneo, and their five-year-old twin boys.
Tommy and Art got to chat with Sascha about his new show, the process of getting the show from an idea to on TV, and fatherhood.
Follow Sascha on Twitter. @saschapaladino