Full name

Sara Farber

Location

Brooklyn, NY

Biography

I've spent the past eighteen years developing toys, games, and new IPs. I'm currently writing episodes for a new kids TV series from Out of the Blue. For the past year and a half before that, I wrote and produced a machinima-based comedic series called “What’s Going On?!” for Toca Boca. My former positions include Director of Content Design at Fisher-Price, Manager of Global Product Development at VTech, and Interactive Producer at Sesame Workshop. I've also collaborated with Hasbro, Spin Master, WowWee, and Gund to create play patterns, characters, and stories. Over the span of my career I've developed content for hundreds of fun things to play with, including: robots, mechanized plush, interactive learning toys, apps, and board games. I've written dialogue and song lyrics for over forty popular kids brands, from Dora the Explorer to Mickey Mouse to SpongeBob SquarePants.

In 2010, I founded an indie game company with my husband called Galactic Sneeze. We're the creators and publishers of the family game, Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Made-Up Movies, which is now in its third print run. Last year we released Spank the Yeti: The Party Game of Questionable Decisions, following a successful Kickstarter campaign. And our first expansion, The Geek Pack, just hit stores this summer. All three of our products are now available throughout the US and Canada.

http://galacticsneeze.com/

I live in Brooklyn with my husband, daughter, and goldfish.

Experience

Writer, Kids TV (Freelance)

Out of the Blue Enterprises

New York · May, 2017 – Present

Writer for a new kids TV series from the makers of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why, Creative Galaxy, and Wishenpoof.

Writer / Producer / Director (Freelance)

Toca Boca

Brooklyn, NY · September, 2015 – May, 2017

Writer/producer/director for “What’s Going On?!”, a comedic machinima/animated series created within the world of Toca Boca’s “Toca Life” apps. The series airs on Toca Boca’s YouTube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F3ra605TZE

Co-Founder

Galactic Sneeze

Brooklyn, NY · 2010 – Present

Galactic Sneeze is a Brooklyn-based fun stuff think that invents toys and games. We license concepts to larger companies, and are also indie publishers ourselves.

Our self-published games, Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Made-Up Movies & Spank the Yeti: The Party Game of Questionable Decisions are now available across the US & Canada.

https://www.galacticsneeze.com

Freelance Creative & Consultant

Freelance Creative & Consultant

Brooklyn, NY · 2008 – present

Write, design, and develop content, play patterns, and scripts for toys and games. Multiple clients including: Basic Fun, Fisher-Price, Gund, Hasbro, Kids II, Spin Master, USAopoly, WowWee.

Director of Content Design

Fisher-Price

New York, NY · 2003 – 2008

Built Content Design department in NYC Fisher-Price office. Hired full staff of producers and established subdivisions and production processes.

Oversaw content development for hundreds of domestic and localized interactive products across a range of formats: talking toys and dolls, mechanized plush, hand held games, hardware/software platforms, video games, electronic learning toys and web.

Executive Producer and Head Writer for toys and games for hundreds of licensed products, including brands for Disney, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Street.

Key highlights include: Elmo Live, TMX Elmo, I Can Play Guitar, InteracTV, Read with Me DVD and Learn Through Music.

Manager of Global Product Development

VTech Toys

South Norwalk, CT · 2002 – 2003

Managed the content design and development for several lines of electronic preschool toys. Collaborated with counterparts in Hong Kong and traveled overseas for software testing.

Interactive Producer

Sesame Workshop

New York, NY · 1999 – 2001

Produced multiple CD-ROM games:
- Elmo’s World Shoes, Bugs & Farms
- Elmo’s World Food, Pets & Telephones
- Sesame Street Toddler
- Ernie’s Adventures in Space
- The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (associate producer)

Awards:
- 2001 Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Finalist for PC Family Game: Ernie’s Adventures in Space (Producer)

Educational Software Developer

The Calvert School

Baltimore, MD · 1995 – 1999

Developed interactive educational software for elementary school students. Started as an animation intern, soon became a programmer, and left four years later as a game designer and project lead.

Education

B.A. in Behavioral Biology

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD · 1992 – 1996

M.A. in Human Development

Teachers College, Columbia University

New York, NY · – 2008

Sketch Comedy Writing & Improv

Upright Citizens Brigade

New York, NY ·

Clients

Fisher-Price/Mattel Gund Hasbro Kids II Spin Master Toca Boca USAopoly WowWee

Elsewhere