The Children’s Media Conference is the only gathering in the UK for everyone involved in developing, producing and distributing content to kids – on all platforms.
We welcome delegates from TV, interactive media, games, licensing, toys, radio, book and magazine publishing and the arts and culture sector – with speakers from all those areas and beyond.
It’s the only time when delegates from across our whole industry get together and, in the UK, it’s the best and most cost-effective way of meeting people relevant to your business.
After six happy years as Showcomotion, the Conference was re-branded in 2010 under the auspices of a new not-for-profit organisation. The organisation – and conference – is now called The Children’s Media Conference. It supports children’s media and the industry sectors which provide it, in a variety of ways.
Our annual get together in early July will continue to offer all the aspects delegates like: great content, great networking opportunities and practical information on how to help businesses survive and thrive – plus opportunities to meet buyers, potential business partners or clients.
Meanwhile the CMC is active in organising other events throughout the year. In 2008 and 2009 we collaborated with BAFTA to stage events with Professor Tanya Byron and Russell T Davies. The 2010 Salford Seminars were followed up with further events in Spring 2011 at Vision & Media in Salford. There was also a successful partnership with the Animated Encounters Festival in November 2010, and a Screen Yorkshire event in Sheffield in March 2011.
The CMC is also committed to an annual gathering for the animation sector, which started in March 2012 with an event associated the British Animation Awards and continued in April 2013 with the first major seminar on the new UK animation tax break.
Following up the emphasis on research which is a feature of the annual conference, the CMC staged the first Research Meets the Producers event in London in november 2012. More will follow.
In 2004 people in the kids’ media industry came together to organise the first Showcomotion Children’s Media Conference. The idea was to create an annual meeting place that would explore all the new and future developments in kids’ media and would also foster creative and business links through networking.
The Showcomotion Children’s Media Conference was originally organised as part of the Sheffield-based Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival.
Since those inaugural two days in Sheffield, the conference has expanded its remit to the entire range of media and entertainment experiences available to kids, attracting delegates and speakers from Radio, Television, Film, Interactive Media, Games, Licensing, Toys, Publishing, Museums/Galleries and Live Theatre. The ninth annual conference in 2012 welcomed 850 delegates from across the children’s industries.
The Showroom Cinema, Sheffield is also home to the Sheffield International Documentary Festival https://sheffdocfest.com/