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The CMC 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 film, TV, radio, interactive media, games, licensing, toys, book and magazine publishing, the arts and culture sector and educational media  – with speakers from all those areas and beyond. It’s the only time when delegates from across the whole industry get together and it’s the best and most cost-effective way of meeting people to share insights and information relevant to your business.

To find out why delegates find the CMC and its related events useful (and fun) take a look at “What has the CMC ever done for me?”


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.

In 2010 the conference was re-branded under the auspices of a new not-for-profit organisation. The organisation and conference are both now called The Children’s Media Conference.

The 16th conference in 2019 welcomed 1,250 delegates from across the children’s industries – and from a range of countries worldwide as the CMC’s international profile grows. Our annual get-together in July continues to offer all the aspects delegates like: great content, great networking opportunities, creative 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 2012 the CMC, as a Trade Challenge Partner to UK Trade and Investment, organised UK@Kidscreen – the official UK delegation to the Kidscreen Summit. Kidscreen 2020 was the 8th mission in partnership with The Department for International Trade.


The CMC produced a regular gathering for the animation sector associated with the British Animation Awards in London. The first Animation Exchange was in March 2012. In April 2013 CMC staged the first major seminar on the new UK animation tax break, which was followed up in April 2014. The most recent Animation Exchange event was in March 2016.


In 2014 the CMC launched the CMC Rights Exchange – a conference and market which brings together agents, publishers and producers to trade in IP. The CMC Exchange took place annually within the London Book Fair each Spring. CMC Exchange @LBF 2019


In 2013 CMC created the Manimation events in Manchester and Salford promoting and developing the Manchester animation community. An Advisory Committee dedicated to the development of Manimation was created in 2015 and the most recent event took place in November 2019.

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