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February 2011

Children’s and Young People’s Media in Africa

Posted on: Monday 21 February 2011 1:19am

A University of Westminster Industry Event Date: Saturday, March 12, 2010 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone RoadLondon NW1 5LS(Nearest Tube Baker Street)For more information click here: http://bit.ly/erT0E9The conference includes a panel on Young People’s use of Social Media in the Egyptian and Tunisian Pro-Democracy protests…The University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) through its media centres – the Africa Media Centre, Arab Media Centre and Media Policy Group - is organising an Africa media conference on Saturday 12 March which will debate how young people used Twitter and other media in the Tunisian and Egyptian pro-democracy protests in January/February 2011. The keynote speaker is Dr. Oluyinka Esan, University of Winchester. Author of Nigerian Television: Fifty Years of…

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January 2011

BAFTA film event 21st January

Posted on: Wednesday 19 January 2011 11:07am

The CMC supports kids’ media events at BAFTA…  Friday 21st January3.00pm at BAFTA in the PrincessAnne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London W1.  Is something rotten in the state of Children’s Cinema?  Join BAFTA for a lively discussion about children’s cinema in the UK, asking why we don’t seem to share our Danish cousins’ confidence in a children’s market. What can the UK learn from the Danish model and what are the opportunities for UK and Danish filmmakers to work together to produce diverse and challenging cinema for children? The panel of UK and Danish filmmakers, producers and distributors include Tom Harper (The Scouting Book for Boys), Rhidian Brook (Africa United), Lizzie Francke (UKFC) and Cameron McCracken (Pathé) as well as Danish Filmmaker Charlotte Sachs Bostrup (the Karla film series). For full panel and more…

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December 2010

Summer Conference – Dates Announced 6 – 8 July 2011

Posted on: Wednesday 22 December 2010 6:31pm

The Children’s Media Conference 2011 has confirmed its dates as Wednesday 6th through to the afternoon of Friday the 8th July. The Conference will take place in Sheffield.  Delegate passes will go on sale in the New Year – so save the date in your diary for this un-missable event in the kids’ media calendar. The theme of the Conference is Thinking Differently. Once again the emphasis will be on innovation - in creative content, business planning and strategic thinking.  Now’s the time for your input.  We want to hear your ideas for conference sessions, and we’re looking for volunteers to produce them – always a great job that puts you at the heart of this unique event created “by the industry, for the…

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Vision + Media – Meet the BBC Children’s Commissioners

Posted on: Wednesday 22 December 2010 6:29pm

Monday 24 January 12.00 - 3.00pm Vision+Media offices, Salford Booking: to register your interest please contact Maureen Walker at Vision+Media MaureenW@visionandmedia.co.uk Following the success of the Salford Seminars in spring 2010, The CMC is producing new events for Vision+Media in Salford. The first will kick-start 2011… Meet The BBC Children’s Commissioners will provide a comprehensive guide for producers on the current commissioning policies, processes and needs of the CBBC and CBeebies channels and their associated interactive services. Kay Benbow (Controller, CBeebies) and Damian Kavanagh (Controller, CBBC) will outline their current plans and requirements and take questions and short individual meetings. The event will help existing producers and producers new to the children’s broadcast scene find their way around the BBC commissioning…

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Leeds TV Club – Meet the BBC Children’s Commissioners

Posted on: Wednesday 22 December 2010 6:24pm

Monday 24 January 5.00 - 8.00pm, Mint Hotel/City Inn, Leeds.  Click here for map Bookings: http://tvclubjanuary.eventbrite.com Cost: £10.00 Yorkshire and North East based producers will be able to meet Kay and Damian on the same day, as they dash across the Pennines to Leeds for an evening TV Club event, hosted by Screen Yorkshire. Following the success of two previous TV Club events featuring Richard Deverell (Chief Operating Officer, BBC Manchester Salford Quays) and the man who initiated the move of BBC departments to the North, former Director General, Greg Dyke, TV Club is now hosting two of the most influential people from the re-locating BBC Children’s department - CBeebies Controller, Kay Benbow and CBBC Controller, Damian Kavanagh. This an opportunity to meet the Commissioning Heads of BBC Children’s and…

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CMC Encounters More Success

Posted on: Wednesday 22 December 2010 5:45pm

The CMC produced a two-hour seminar as part of the Animated Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol.  Staged on the 19th November at the Arnolfini Gallery,  the event was hosted by animation producer Robin Lyons - to whom a big thank-you!  The topic was preparing for the various animation marketplaces - Annecy, Cartoon Forum and MIPTV/MIPCOM - and the approach was through three outstanding case-studies from Snapper Films, Gravy Media and Brown Bag Films, and expert opinion and advice from Miles Bullough (Aardman), Richard Rowe (Cartoon Network), Alison Stewart (CBeebies) and Nathan Waddington (Planet Nemo). Thanks to everyone who contributed so willingly. Over 150 animators, producers and students attended and the feedback was enthusiastic.  UK Trade & Investment sponsored the event, as part…

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Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2011

Posted on: Wednesday 22 December 2010 5:42pm

The CMC wish all our subscribers and delegates a very happy Christmas and a successful new year.  To keep up the CMC conversations and networking, feel free to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups, or subscribe to our Twiitter feed.  And please pass on this mail to anyone you feel will benefit from being part of our Children’s Media Community.  They can then subscribe to this e-bulletin on our website www.thechildrensmediaconference.com and keep up with the latest news on the Conference and related events throughout the year.  

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November 2010

Animated Encounters – Preparing for Market – Final Speaker Line-up

Posted on: Wednesday 03 November 2010 8:10pm

Friday 19 November 2.30 - 4.30pm at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol The speaker list has been confirmed for “Preparing for Market” the CMC produced conference session at the Animated Encounters Festival in Bristol - supported by UK Trade & Investment. Session tickets are available for £6 from the Arnolfini Gallery. Encounters delegates have free entry to this and a range of other screenings and sessions. To become an Encounters delegate or day-delegate book here. This session will provide a comprehensive guide for animators and animation producers preparing for the international markets, including Annecy, Mipcom and Cartoon Forum. It will include information on the help available from UKTI and PACT for market attendance and the broad topics covered will also include…

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Asian Opportunities

Posted on: Wednesday 03 November 2010 8:08pm

Trade delegations - December 2010. UKTI are supporting two trade missions in December, aimed at opening up creative industry opportunities in Asia. Some last-minute places are still available. To apply contact the UK Co-ordinator Johanna Bolhoven 6 & 7 December: The UK/China Animation Forum, Beijing, China A delegation of 10 - 15 UK animation companies will take part in presentations, panel discussions, networking events and one-to-one meetings. UKTI will provide UK digital animation businesses with a package of market entry support, including pre-market training and advice, introductions to Chinese businesses and the organisation of company visits. 8, 9 & 10 December: The Asia Television Forum in Singapore This the most significant media-content market in Asia. Again market entry support will…

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Children’s Media in Print

Posted on: Wednesday 03 November 2010 8:07pm

Recent months have seen the publication of a number of books on Children’s Media themes - here’s a round-up: Professor Jeanette Steemers Creating Preschool Television - A Story of Commerce, Creativity and Curriculum Published by Macmillan Steemers has published the findings of her research into the ecology of pre-school production. Focusing on the UK and US, this book shows how the pre-school television sector has shifted from a small localised industry to a complex, commercially-driven global business. It covers topics such as the contemporary pre-school market, the development and production process, players in the production sector, ancillary rights and retail, policy interventions, funding and the crisis in advertising and what happens to little kids’ TV in a multiplatform world. The…

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Preparing For Market – the CMC Session at Animated Encounters

Posted on: Wednesday 03 November 2010 8:05pm

Friday 19 November from 2.30 - 4.30pm at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol Session tickets are available from the Arnolfini Gallery Encounters delegates have free entry. To become an Encounters delegate or day-delegate book here. A must for animators: The Children’s Media Conference is producing a two hour guide to everything you need to know when preparing for the international markets, including Annecy, Mipcom and Cartoon Forum. The session is hosted by:Tony Collingwood - Writer/Director, Collingwood O’Hare Entertainment Expert panelists are:Sarah Muller- Head of CBBC Acquisitions and Drama DevelopmentMiles Bullough- Head of Broadcast, Aardman AnimationsNathan Waddington - Director of International Sales and Co-productions, Planet NemoRichard Rowe- Director of Acquisitions & Original Series Cartoon Network, CN Too, Boomerang, Cartoonito EMEA Plus there’ll…

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CMC Delegate Survey 2010

Posted on: Wednesday 03 November 2010 7:34pm

A big thank you to all our delegates who filled out the CMC online survey last July. Here are the headline results: 92% rated the Conference as excellent / good. 97% thought it was good value for money. 90% thought the session content was excellent / good. 99% said they would come again. 77% found the conference a good place to do business and 54% said they started discussion about possible deals for later follow-up. The main reasons for attending are: 87% networking, 66% conference content, 41% looking for potential partners. Delegate diversity is also growing year on year. The sectors represented were: 33% Indies, 32% Terrestrial TV Broadcast, 28% Interactive Media, 24% Writers, 18% Education, 17% non-terrestrial broadcast, 14%…

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VLV Children’s Event

Posted on: Wednesday 03 November 2010 7:33pm

1 November from 6-8pm at the National Liberal Club, One Whitehall Place, London SW1 For further information, or to book, call 01474 338711 / 338716 or email Linda.Forbes@vlv.org.uk; or visit the VLV website. Media-consumer body, The Voice of the Listener and Viewer, are staging an evening discussion with Joe Godwin, Director of BBC Children’s, entitled “Children at the Heart of the BBC’s Mission”. The discussion will be chaired by Professor Jeanette Steemers, University of Westminster, with panel contributions from Professor Máire Messenger Davies, University of Ulster and Anna Home, Chair of Save Kids’ TV and the CMC. Registration for the event opens at 5.45 pm. Ticket prices including VAT: Students - £7.50 Academics/Freelancers - £20 VLV members - £12 Corporate - £25 Event description: “More…

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LIMA Licensing Essentials and Winter Warmer

Posted on: Wednesday 03 November 2010 7:30pm

2 December, CBI Conference Centre, Centre Point, London WC1 - all day event Now in its seventh year, the Licensing Essentials Course run by CMC supporters LIMA, offers access to the latest thinking, best practice and new trends in the licensing business. Real knowledge and vital facts about licensing are clearly set-out through interactive seminars, case-studies and presentations delivered by experts. Plus there’s the chance to network with up to 150 licensing professionals and forge valuable partnerships and contacts at the Winter Warmer evening reception. With licensing fast becoming a vital revenue stream for TV producers, this course puts you on the inside of the licensing business. Find out more at www.licening.org/uk/winterwarmer And to book, call Saphia Maxamed on 01908 802863

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July 2010

Media Education Conference

Posted on: Wednesday 14 July 2010 5:24pm

If you teach about media with any age-group, or have an interest in media education, this is an opportunity for a reduced delegate rate at an important event. MLC 2010 (Media Literacy Conference 2010) takes place from the 19th - 20th November at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, London. Early registration is available until 23rd July. Choose any 6 of 25 professional development workshops. Topics include television, radio, film, computer games, social media, archive film, animation, virtual worlds, alternate reality games, Web 2.0, GCSE, A Level, English, Literacy, cross-curricular and practical production work. You can also attend any of the 20 research sessions to hear about teaching and learning about media in primary and secondary schools, including new evidence on learning progression,…

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Turner channels want in on the live action

Posted on: Sunday 11 July 2010 6:39pm

From Broadcast - 8th July 2010 - by Will Strauss Turner Broadcasting’s new chief content officer, Michael Carrington, is making the inclusion of live-action programming a priority for his predominantly animation based channels Boomerang and Cartoon Network. The former CBeebies controller told delegates at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield that Turner had “evolved to a point where the viewers expect live action”. “We’re just entering this world. Gameshows sound a bit dull to us, but boy-skewed live-action comedy we’re desperate for, especially things we can fast track.” Carrington said he was “talking 26 x 30-minute shows” and highlighted classic Australian children’s comedy Round The Twist as the type of series he would like to emulate. He also pinpointed Total…

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BBC Children’s to target teens with extra budget

Posted on: Sunday 11 July 2010 6:38pm

From Broadcast - 8th July 2010 - by Will Strauss BBC Children’s plans to use some of its recently approved extra budget to try to attract more teenage viewers to its CBBC channel. Joe Godwin, director of BBC Children’s, told delegates at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield last week that if the BBC Trust approves current proposals to extend the broadcasting hours to 9pm, the channel will look beyond its regular six to 12 year-old remit and commission content that appeals to young teenagers. The move comes as the BBC Trust backs plans to close teen strand BBC Switch. “Extended hours and extra money will allow us to better serve the top end of our audience,” Godwin said. “We…

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US kids nets ‘facing up to responsibilities’

Posted on: Wednesday 07 July 2010 9:38am

US commercial kids’ networks are stepping up their game when it comes to responsible television but remain behind UK pubcasters, Josh Selig of New York-based Little Airplane Productions has said.“For public broadcasters, there’s always a responsibility to make sure you’re doing more than just making commercial content and the BBC’s done an extraordinary job across every demographic,” the Little Airplane president told C21.At The Children’s Media Conference in the UK city of Sheffield last week, he applauded media regulator Ofcom for its strict rules on issues like product placement in children’s TV and the promotion of healthy and responsible lifestyles in kids’ programming.“The UK is far ahead of the US in that respect; Ofcom’s position on junk food is one…

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Kavanagh: CBBC needs ‘brave’ factual

Posted on: Tuesday 06 July 2010 11:53am

Damian Kavanagh, the new commissioner of BBC children’s diginet CBBC, has called for more “brave” factual programming, having ordered a season about the effect of war on kids.“We’ve got to be really brave in what we commission,” he told delegates at the BBC Meeting the Broadcasters session at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield yesterday. To that end, he has commissioned Pad Rats (working title), a season examining how wars damage children, as reported by C21.BBC Children’s new director Joe Godwin joined Kavanagh on the panel, alongside the new controller of preschool diginet Cbeebies, Kay Benbow. The department will receive an extra £10m (US$15.1m) in funding, as recommended by the pubcaster’s Putting Quality First strategy report, some of which should…

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ITV ‘staying in kids programming’

Posted on: Tuesday 06 July 2010 11:52am

UK broadcaster ITV is not pulling out of kids’ programming, despite moving its shows on to diginet CiTV, its controller of digital channels told delegates in Sheffield today.Emma Tennant, who is responsible for ITV2, 3, 4 and children’s network CiTV, told a panel session at the Children’s Media Conference today: “CiTV is still on air and we are still commissioning.” ITV’s kids’ slate includes cult series Bookaboo, Emu and Art Attack.“We are still doing children’s on ITV at weekends and for the foreseeable future that will continue. You might have read ITV is pulling out of children’s programming; that is not correct,” Tennant said, adding that she was looking to commission in weekend slots, particularly live-action, drama and gameshows.Tennant said…

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Building bridges within kids’ media

Posted on: Tuesday 06 July 2010 9:19am

Greg Childs, editorial director of The Children’s Media Conference, reveals that education is set to be a key theme at the new-look Sheffield confab this week.June in Sheffield: ah yes, it must be Showcomotion. Except this year it’s not. The cream of the UK’s children’s media industry will still be gathering at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield to talk about all the latest trends in the kids’ content industries. But while the venue remains the same, the name has been changed to a more straightforward brand: The Children’s Media Conference (CMC). And we have changed ownership to a new not-for-profit company.As usual, the Conference itself will focus on bridge building. Because we now bring together a wider array of professionals…

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CMC 2010: Conference Round-up with Henry Winkler and other key speakers

Posted on: Sunday 04 July 2010 8:45pm

http://www.thestar.co.uk/video/Fonz-gives-kids-conference-thumbs.6397286.jp The Star - 2nd July 2010

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CMC 2010: Exclusive: Fonz star Henry Winkler reads Hank Zipzer – VIDEO

Posted on: Sunday 04 July 2010 8:26pm

Sheffield Telegraph Fonz star Henry Winkler reads an extract from one of his Hank Zipzer books. http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news2/Exclusive-Fonz-star-Henry-Winkler.6398427.jp Published Date: 03 July 2010

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CMC 2010: Power to the children

Posted on: Sunday 04 July 2010 2:42pm

Sheffield Telegraph 01 July 2010 By Ian Soutar Out for a quiet curry in Pitsmoor on Tuesday night, Henry Winkler soon found himself surrounded by fans with camera phones. He took it in good spirit, since it has come with the territory ever since he won everyone’s heart in the 1970s as the leather-jacketed cool dude The Fonz, from long-running Seventies TV family show Happy Days. But it was in his capacity as author of 17 children’s books and an advocate for children’s rights that he was here in Sheffield as keynote speaker at the Children’s Media Conference expounding his theories on enabling and empowering kids. Winkler is on a UK tour for the My Way! campaign organised by First…

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CMC 2010: Winkler: Make kids’ TV a force for good

Posted on: Sunday 04 July 2010 11:59am

FROM C21: 01/07/10 Children’s producers should create “funny and emotionally true” programmes, keynote speaker Henry Winkler told delegates at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield. Winkler, best known for his role as The Fonz in iconic US comedy Happy Days, used his keynote speech at the event (fka Showcomotion) to urge producers to take personal responsibility for their programmes, and make them a force for social good. He used the example of a Happy Days scene that talked about using a library. The episode led to a huge spike in registrations at local libraries, demonstrating the power of television, he said. Winkler told a packed conference - the theme of which is education - to “make the most out of…

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CMC 2010: New Decade, New Challenges

Posted on: Friday 02 July 2010 6:27pm

The Conference Closing Session Introduced By: Steve Wynne, Joint Managing Director, Rival Media Speakers: Anne Brogan, Director, Kindle Entertainment Marc Goodchild, Editorial Lead, @North project, BBC North Tim Wright, Director, XPT Ltd So…after two and a half busy days of conferencing, networking and children’s media-ing — which had left many exhausted (yet still excited), it was time for the final session, “New Decade, New Challenges”. And maybe this was one of those times when you just had to be there… How else can a simple blog like this even begin to explain the random shouts of “cabbages” and “sprouts” from the delegates – some of whom may well have spent a wee bit too long in the Sheffield sun. Host…

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CMC 2010: Marketing Masterclass

Posted on: Friday 02 July 2010 12:45pm

An Interactive Teach-In and ‘Question Time’ demystifying what marketing is and how it can add value to your business. Introduced By: Guy Tomlinson, Chief Marketer, The Marketing Directors Speakers: Nicole Morse, Executive Marketing Director, Disney Channels UK & Ireland Neil Ross-Russell, Managing Director Children’s and Licensing, BBC Worldwide So, exactly what is marketing? The audience at this session kicked off by suggesting the following; 1. Getting your brand recognised 2. Taking content to the market so that it can be purchased 3. Maximising potential 4. Connect certain values Marketing is technically defined as “a management process that’s responsible for identifying, anticipating and satisfying customer requirements profitably.” One of the myths of marketing is that the people who create a brand…

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CMC 2010: The Crossover Pitch

Posted on: Friday 02 July 2010 12:32pm

The Crossover Pitch Broadcasters, platform owners and funders compete to carry the Crossover Workshop’s best ideas. Moderator: Marc Goodchild, Editorial Lead, @North project, BBC North Speakers: Julie Adair, Director, Content Creation and Production , Disney Online, EMEA Julie Meyer, CEO , Ariadne Capital Christopher Skala, SVP Original Programming, HIT Entertainment After a day of development, the three ideas from Wednesday’s crossover workshop, Fitbot and Fatbot, Freshers and Language Star were pitched to our three ‘dragons’, not in their den – it was more like a cave with up-lighters, carpet and velour seats. The dragons were not there to comment on the creative bits but the economics – they had to consider making the project turn a profit… Oh it’s too…

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CMC 2010: Ad-funded

Posted on: Friday 02 July 2010 12:23pm

Get the lowdown on advertiser-funded programming and online content. Moderator: Stewart Clarke, Editorial Director, Informa Telecoms & Media Speakers: Chantal Rutherford-Brown, Head of Programming / Branded Content, MEC Paul Shuttleworth, Creative Director, Handle and Spout Emma Tennant, Controller of Digital Channels, ITV Suzanne Wright, Senior Associate, Content and Standards, Ofcom Ad funded programmes have been given a real boost by the recession. With more shows competing for fewer funds it certainly seems to be the way ahead for some indies. Emma Tenannt (ITV) told delegates that CITV had commissioned four ad funded programmes in the past year.Two were fully funded and two partially funded. Sometimes advertisers approach them with an idea and they then offer indies a chance to pitch…

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CMC 2010: From Page to Screen – The Creative Keynote Panel

Posted on: Friday 02 July 2010 12:17pm

Real experiences in the sometimes complicated world of adapting children’s published works for film and television. Moderator: Karl Woolley, Producer, Impossible Films Speakers: Anthony Horowitz, Author and Screenwriter David McKee, Author and Co Founder, King Rollo Films Michael Rose, Producer and Co-Founder, Magic Light Pictures Francesca Simon, Author, ‘Horrid Henry’ The creative keynote session was a big draw at this year’s CMC and if you check out the guest list above, you’ll understand why! Francesca Simon author of the phenomenally successful Horrid Henry series kicked things off with a reasoned argument as to why she dislikes the word ‘brand’. As an author she finds it is very hard to think of her characters as monetary entities. This clash between creativity…

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