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Patrice Asuncion ’01 - Writing for Kids TV, With Purpose

Patrice Asuncion ’01 is a producer and writer for the Disney Channel show Sydney to the Max. Her journey into the entertainment world began while she majored in communications at UC Berkeley, where she took television classes and enjoyed them so much that she decided to move to Los Angeles after graduation and follow that passion wherever it took her.

"I'd found ways to intern and work on a few shows, and had started to build a few relationships in L.A. when I got my big break," she said. "I became an assistant to a married pair of writers, Kat Likkel and John Hoberg, who have written for a lot of TV shows. I worked for them for four years, and they mentored and supported me. They also inspired me to start writing with my husband, Nick Rossitto."

After working on a Nickelodeon show called Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, they accepted an offer to work on Sydney to the Max.

"We started to love kids TV," Asuncion said. "If you want to write something that has a real impact on people's lives, something with real stakes, kids TV is where to do it. I don't think I'm alone when I say I still have vivid memories of the shows I loved as a child, from Boy Meets World, to Clarissa Explains It All and all the life lessons those shows taught me."

SI is a regular presence in her life, as she's maintained close relationships with many classmates over the years, and those relationships inform her work.

"When I'm writing, I tend to think about my friends' kids and what their parents would want for them. And I do think about A.M.D.G. in the sense that I want my work to have a greater purpose and meaning. With Sydney, I'm proud to work on a show about a fun girl who is the best version of a friend you could have, and where we can also thoughtfully address issues that affect kids, like microaggressions or body issues, on their level and their terms."

Keep an eye out for Asuncion's next project, set to premiere on the Disney Channel and Disney Plus in summer 2022, called Villains of Valley View.

Photo above: Patrice Asuncion ’01 and her husband, Nick Rossitto, on the set of Sydney to the Max.

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