Children’s Media Conference Nears

Posted on: Sunday 03 July 2011 1:36am

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by Samantha Loveday

Full line-up revealed for next week’s Sheffield-based event.

The Children’s Media Conference takes place next week in Sheffield, aimed at everyone involved in developing, producing and distributing kids’ content across all platforms.

Running from July 6th-8th, the gathering will this year welcome a delegation of media companies from China and Argentina for the first time. Organised by the UKTI, the delegations will take part in one to one meetings with UK businesses, as well as taking parting in the conference.

“The Chinese and Argentinian delegations are a first for us and it’s also a major first for the children’s content community in the UK,” explained Greg Childs, editorial director. “It’s a unique opportunity for UK companies to get a head start in building new business relationships in key developing markets.”

Headline speakers at the event include Lord Puttnam, Mind Candy’s Michael Acton Smith and Rory Sutherland, who is executive creative director at OgilvyOne and president of the IPA.

The director of BBC Children’s, Joe Godwin, will be discussing the move to Salford, while delegates will also get to explore the Horrible Histories brand in From Manuscript to Multiplatform.

Other speakers will include Richard Hollis, head of UK licensing at BBC Worldwide, who will sit on the panel Do You Need a Licence for That?; Chorion’s global VP brand management and marketing, Esra Cafer who will participate in Programme Development – Creative or Marketing Driven?; Beth Gardiner, VP of development and programming at Disney Junior; and Kiaran Saunders, VP, commercial director at Nickelodeon UK and Ireland who will take part in the Meet the Commissioners session for the broadcasting sector.

On top of this, the co-creators of Rastamouse – Michael De Souza and Genevieve Webster – will be on opposing teams in Our Survey Said, the conference’s opening quiz.

For further details on the Children’s Media Conference – and for the full session breakdown – click here.

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