Manimation 2013 – Going Global

Posted on: Wednesday 13 November 2013 12:05pm

Thursday 21 November 10.30am-6.30pm
Venue: The Landing, MediaCityUK
Register for this free daytime event:

The Children’s Media Conference is staging an information day designed to inform you about working in the international marketplace in children’s content and animation:

– How to take your ideas to the international marketplace.

– Who’s buying, who’s co-producing, how does the UK tax break work and how do subsidies, funding and audience trends in other territories impact on projects?

The day is designed for companies new to animation and children’s content. You can find out what the potential is to develop and grow in these areas.

For companies already working in these areas, it’s an opportunity to expand your knowledge base.

Key Speakers:
• Robin Lyons – MD, Calon Ltd  (Keynote speaker)
 Alison Stewart – Head of Production, Animation & Acquisitions – CBeebies, with a broadcaster/producer perspective on building an international co-production
• Anna Mansi – Head of Certification at the BFI, responsible for deciding which projects fulfill the “cultural test” to qualify for the UK Animated Series Tax Break
• Moses Nyachae – Director of Film and Television at Accountants Saffery Champness – a leading authority on the animation tax break
• Adam Selly – Founder, Union Media – expert on the business affairs of distribution and one of the first to work with the new tax break
 Nikki Collier – Specialist advisor at Industry Media (Part of the James Grant Group) – legal expert in rights negotiation for co-production
• Andrew Baker – Founder and Managing Director at – MediaCityUK-based legal expert in rights negotiation around co-production

How you will benefit by attending
• Full information on taking your children’s content ideas to the international marketplace.
• Learn how the UK animation tax break works from the UK’s top experts: Anna Mansi & Moses Nyachae.
• Learn who’s buying, who’s co-producing.
• Learn how subsidies, funding and audience trends in other territories impact on projects.
• For local companies and freelancers who are new to these sectors, you can find out more.
• For established companies, you can brush up on new developments.
• Free attendance, so a good opportunity for junior members of staff to attend and gain insight.
• One to ones with many of the experts attending.
• Networking lunch so you can meet the speakers and each other.

Tickets are free to Greater Manchester companies and freelancers.  (Someone from your company has to come to two of the three CMC day events on 31 October, 21 November & 12 December to qualify for the free pass.  So why not encourage other company members to attend.)

Please contact Andrew Hill at MIDAS for information on how to obtain your free tickets.

There’s a charge of £60 + VAT for companies from outside the area – who are also very welcome.

There’s More
The daytime session will be followed by Manimation Generation, a networking event for Manchester’s animation community.

Josh Weinstein (Showrunner on ‘The Simpsons’ and Head Writer on ‘Strange Hill High’ in conversation with Phil Chalk (Factory Transmedia animation producers) and Andrew Burrell (CBBC), discuss working with an international team, their innovative production techniques, and why Manchester was the only place Strange Hill could have happened.

Josh Weinstein:
“I love Manchester.  Having travelled back and forth between Manchester and LA so much over the last couple of years, I must say that I find Manchester and the North of England a far more enjoyable place to make television than LA.  The creative environment that a city like Manchester encourages, coupled with the incredible talent, enthusiasm and humor of the people who live and work there, make it one of my favorite cities in the world.”

Tickets are free to everyone (including those from outside Greater Manchester) but you must register in advance.
Thursday 21 November 6.30-8.30pm 
Venue: University of Salford, MediaCityUK
Register for this free evening event:

It doesn’t end there…
These events are part of Manimation – a series of events created by the CMC for MIDAS, the Manchester Investment Development Agency, to inform SMEs and freelancers about the key factors for success in working for the children’s and animation audience.  One more daytime and one more evening event will follow on 12 December.


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