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CMC Opening Keynote: Lemn Sissay MBE
Poet, playwright, broadcaster and Chancellor of Manchester University, Lemn Sissay will give the Opening Keynote on Tuesday 5 July at the Crucible Theatre. The title of Lemn’s talk is ‘Superman was a Foundling’ – exploring the place of foster children at the heart of popular culture and revealing much about children’s rights and the role of divergence and difference in our cultural lives.
Dubit announced as Founding Sponsor of CMC Playground
We can announce that Dubit are the Founding Sponsor of CMC’s brand new hands-on exhibition at the Site Gallery, just a few steps from the main CMC venues. From 5-10 July kids, families and CMC delegates can interact with digital creative play. Take a look at Playground – more artists being added every day.
CMC Speaker Update
Anne Perkins provides a journalist’s perspective of kids’ media in the panel ‘What Do We Tell the Children?’ on Thursday 7 July. Anne Perkins has been a leader writer, lobby correspondent and feature writer for the Guardian since 1997. Her article after the Paris terrorist attacks questioning how kids’ news outlets serve the audience inspired the session.
Joining Anne will be Stewart Purvis, former Editor-in-Chief and CEO of ITN, who is Professor of Journalism at City University and Chairs the RTS Journalism Awards.
On Wednesday 6 July at 5pm, Ford Riley‘s masterclass on Disney’s ‘The Lion Guard’ will draw on his experience as Executive Producer of the animated TV movie ‘The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar’ and the subsequent series. Ford will explore the creation of a worldwide hit with a new version of a much-loved story.
Lord Alli announced as key panelist at this year’s CMC
Lord Waheed Alli will join the panel of Making it Happen for UK Kids, our ‘Question Time’ style debate on Wednesday 6 July at 9.30am. Lord Alli is Chief Executive of Silvergate Media, (‘Octonauts’ & ‘Peter Rabbit’) and, as a Labour peer, he’s campaigned on diversity issues and recently backed a Bill to change the way the BBC Charter and Licence Fee are reviewed. He co-founded Planet 24 and was responsible for innovative shows such as ‘The Big Breakfast’ and ‘TFI Friday’.
Mike Batt, who wrote ‘Bright Eyes’ for Art Garfunkel and is currently making a new CGI TV series of ‘The Wombles’, and Carrie Grant from BBC1’s ‘Fame Academy’ & ‘Carrie & David’s Popshop’ will be taking part in the Mind the Gap session, looking at how effective mindfulness and other ‘slow-down’ methods impact on children’s wellbeing.
Confirmed speakers include – with more to follow: Kay Benbow, CBeebies; Deirdre Brennan, Corus; Michael Carrington, Zodiak Kids; Dan’l Hewitt, Maker Studios; Christopher Keenan, Mattel Creations; David Levine, Disney; Lucy Murphy, Sky; James Newton, Nickelodeon; Cecilia Persson, Turner; Cedric Petitpas, YouTube; Stewart Purvis, Author, Journalist & former CEO of ITN; Linda Simensky, PBS Kids; Cheryl Taylor, CBBC; Pat Younge, Sugar Films; Alice Webb, BBC Children’s.