Children’s Media: Why Representation Matters More Than Ever For Our Kids

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Hollywood Bureau has been honored to work on an array of films and TV shows, most recently delving into children’s televsion with projects like Glitch Techs and Mira, Royal Detective. We are thrilled that both of these series featuring strong Muslim characters were on Variety’s list of shows for kids to watch during self-isolation.

In this webinar, we discussed the importance of inclusion in children’s media with Sascha Paladino, Executive Producer of Mira, Royal Detective, Disney Junior’s first animated series with a lead South Asian female character, and Actor Rizwan Manji, who voices the roles of Ajay and Mr. Khan; Dan Milano, Executive Producer and co-creator of the Netflix’s Glitch Techs, and Actor Zehra Fazal, who voices its Muslim character Zahra.

About our panelists:
Sascha Paladino is the creator and executive producer of Disney’s Miles From Tomorrowland, an animated intergalactic adventure series and the first children’s program to premiere in outer space on the International Space Station.
Rizwan Manji is perhaps best known for his character Rajiv Gidwani, the hilariously scheming assistant manager on NBC’s Outsourced, and currently stars on NBC’s Perfect Harmony, SyFy’s The Magicians, and Pop TV’s Schitt’s Creek.
Dan Milano has written and performed for animated shows including Star Wars Detours, Dawn of the Croods, and Robot Chicken, and co-created the FOX live-action series Greg the Bunny.
Zehra Fazal is a voice actor whose credits include Young Justice Outsiders, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Bojack Horseman, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Craig of the Creek, Adam Ruins Everything, and Lost in Space.


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