Worked with son on 'Maggie and the Ferocious Beast'

Kidvid creator Betty Paraskevas, who partnered with her son, Michael, on such titles as “Maggie and the Ferocious Beast,” died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer in Southampton, N.Y. She was 81.

“Maggie and the Ferocious Beast” aired on Nick Jr. in 2000 as half-hour episodes. Working with her son and creative partner Michael, she created, wrote and exec produced other kiddie toon programs such as 1999’s “The Kids From Room 402″ for Fox Family, 2000’s “Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse” for PBS and ABC holiday spesh “The Tangerine Bear.” In production is a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. series “Peter Pepper’s Pet Spectacular.”

In addition to their TV and film work, the pair wrote and published over 20 children’s books over the past decade as well as publishing a weekly comic strip called Green Monkeys in the Hamptons-based Dan’s Papers.

Team Paraskevas embarked on a personal project entitled “The Cheap Show” in an attempt to prove it was cheap to produce a funny children’s series. It was broadcast locally in the Hamptons on Plum TV and airs as shorts on WVVH.

Survivors include son Michael and his twin sister.

Donations may be made to St. Michael’s Church 100 Alden St. Cranford, NJ 07016-2131

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