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July 2014

CMC 2014: Helping Hands – the CMC Volunteers.

Posted on: Thursday 10 July 2014 1:37pm by David Twyman

David Twyman produced the Career Development session for our student volunteers, which takes place before most people arrive, on Tuesday afternoon.  Our 80+ volunteers are taken through some tough love on starting out in the industry.  David also stepped in at the last minute to produce the much-loved Innovation Forum at CMC (and he took leave from work to do it!)  So his Hero of the Revolution medal is on its way...I had the great opportunity and honour to produce the Volunteer Career Guidance Session for the CMC this year. The aim of the session is to illuminate career opportunities in Children’s Media for the Volunteers who work so tirelessly to support the conference. The panel represented a great cross section of what…

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CMC 2014: Final Keynote: Mind Candy’s Big New Idea – Report

Posted on: Saturday 05 July 2014 2:43pm by Emma Cooper

Michael Acton Smith talks through the thinking behind Mind Candy's big new idea. Takeaway Even with a massive brand like 'Moshi Monsters' in your armoury it's difficult to make mobile work Mind Candy have not seen the success in mobile that they saw in browser but Michael insists that the future for Mind Candy is mobile. PopJam is intended to be THE safe social creation space, THE go to for the children's market. PopJam is still in development everything Michael said about it came with a caveat: They want to see how the market and the audience takes to it. They are monitoring progress. CMC 2014 fully ROCKED \o/ Session Detail Michael Acton Smith started by taking us on a brief…

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Marie Chappelow

Posted on: Saturday 05 July 2014 11:57am

After the happy events of last week, it is with much sadness that we have to announce that a well loved personality  in the world of children's media has died. Marie Chappelow, the children’s TV distribution expert who worked at Hit Entertainment and Parthenon, died age 43 on Friday last week.  She had been diagnosed with an advanced and incurable form of cancer.Marie joined Hit Entertainment in 2001 and helped bring shows such as 'Bob the Builder' and 'Thomas & Friends' to television screens in the UK and across EMEA.  After eight years at Hit, she moved to Parthenon Entertainment (now Sky Vision) where she oversaw sales and acquisitions of its children’s programming.After her diagnosis, Chappelow set up Every Day…

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CMC 2014: Commissioner Conversation: BBC – Report

Posted on: Saturday 05 July 2014 7:52am by Samuel Hutchinson

Takeaway Show your passion! It will come across in your pitch (Kay Benbow mentioned a pitch she once received which featured magic tricks involving small pyrotechnics!) Think of a strong hook! Eg, “Fawlty Towers meets The Muppets” (a pitch which went on to be successfully received by Kay). Do not use merchandise in the pitch - it’s not the right place to start. Be mature: Joe said he quite often receives an email that reads something along the lines of, ‘I spoke to Cheryl. She said my idea wasn’t right for the channel, can you have a look?’ Watch the channel – the panel indicated that they frequently have meetings with people who clearly haven’t engaged with the content. Session…

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CMC 2014: When Technology Meets Storytelling – Report

Posted on: Friday 04 July 2014 10:25pm by Samuel Hutchinson

A very popular session at this year's CMC When Technology Meets Storytelling is also available as a podcast - see the foot of the page. Takeaway Technology has to empower users to express themselves more – inspire their imagination with the gaming features. But be cautious of straying from what users understand, or it becomes an obstacle. Sometimes user empowerment can be a bad thing. Technology is just clever ways of doing things differently – inspiring people to work in different ways. It won’t necessarily change how creative you are. Sometimes the stuff that’s easy is uninspired. In the kids’ space, it’s about empowering kids to be creative! That way, they’ll grow up to want to be creative, not just…

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CMC 2014: Closing keynote: Mind Candy’s Big New Idea – Preview

Posted on: Friday 04 July 2014 1:32am

Mind Candy, originally a tech start-up, is now an established entertainment firm. They are the creators of the global smash hit Moshi Monsters, working both online and offline, and reaching over 80 million registered users. Now they have set their sights on new goals. Our closing keynote takes the form of an interview with Michael Acton Smith O.B.E., founder and CEO of Mind Candy. The Guardian's Stuart Dredge is hosting, and is looking forward to it: It should be a really good keynote. Michael is going to be talking about some brand new projects, as well as what Mind Candy has been learning about the changing digital habits of children. They'll be seeing us out by unveiling Mind Candy's newest project and…

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CMC 2014: Pizza Express – Report

Posted on: Friday 04 July 2014 12:55am

Hannie Kirkham reports... Like so many others, we were late. And to pay service to just how popular the Pizza Express night is at CMC, I was not sure where we were going to fit. However, find space we did. Slotting in where we could, our party split up and I was immediately introduced to the five people surrounding me. Tummies were rumbling (audibly), but the conversation was positively booming. We would probably give the DJ at FUN CMC (this year's CMC party) a run for his money. Listening to people around, the conversation was as diverse as the company. A lot of people were talking shop. The keynote was still hot on everyone's minds, but so were many of…

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CMC 2014: Mini Dragons: Kids as Commissioners – Report

Posted on: Thursday 03 July 2014 6:35pm by Simon Bor

CBeebies producer, Jon Hancock, was the brave chair of a session that featured the awesome Mini-Dragons. Sophie (who insisted on being called Deborah Needham), Nemo, Kelly and Conrad. Takeaway Children are the harshest critics Children are fearless Children love playing the role of grown ups There are some exciting, big, formats that put children into the role of decision maker Facilitator and Father of 4, Jon Hancock, has nerves of steel Session Details The Mini-Dragons were asked for their opinions on three very different children's properties. Kate Pickering described Catasplat! as an augmented reality, single and multiplayer toy for 7 - 9 year olds. The player, or players, use a virtual catapult on a mobile phone and choose a variety…

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CMC 2014: International Exchange – Report

Posted on: Thursday 03 July 2014 2:41am

Hannie Kirkham reports on watching the market unfold... When I arrived at the Millennium Gallery at 9:15 there was a lot of nattering. It was clear straight away that most people already knew each other and this was a good chance to catch up. Then the bell rings, and Greg Childs, CMC Director, steps up to welcome everyone from far and wide, a quick joke about fire exit announcements and a sign post to everyone's schedules. "Let the meetings commence!" The day has been planned out for everyone. It's a marketplace - there are buyers and sellers from all over the world and they're about to collide. Saying that, there still seems time to chat.  Some get stuck straight into…

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CMC 2014: The CMC Party

Posted on: Thursday 03 July 2014 2:33am by Angela Salt

This year's party - FUN CMC - is being sponsored by Fun Crew. We're an independent studio developing dynamic content for kids, and well, you gotta fight for your right to party!! We asked the CMC's powers-that-be if we could throw a good time for everyone. They said, "Yes!" but only if we played the Play School theme (yes, but our Turbo Rave Remix) and some Danish rap. Deal done. We're flying in DJ, Andrew Harrison, all the way from Glastonbury (via Stoke Newington so he can pick up a spare, clean T-shirt and feed his cats). Andrew will command the wheels of Sheffield steel (OK, plug in his laptop) and play a free-range mix of floor fillers from Chic to The Clash to…

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CMC 2014: Bangalore at the CMC!

Posted on: Thursday 03 July 2014 2:30am

Daily E-Bulletin Editor, Hannie Kirkham has been investigating the International Exchange and discovered new thinking about building bridges to Asia... Whilst moseying around the International Exchange on Wednesday I happened to bump into Biren Ghose.  He is Country Head for Technicolor India and President of the ABAI, an industry association which partners the Indian Government in executing animation and visual effects policy. He's working with Greg Childs, CMC Editorial Director, to build a strong and lasting connection between CMC and the ABAI conference in Bangalore. I asked him what makes him want to come back to and work with CMC. Media is one of those 'fluid' industries! It's liquid, always moving and always changing. Sheffield made it's name taking the contents of melting pots…

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CMC 2014: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – Preview

Posted on: Thursday 03 July 2014 2:29am by Zoe Bamsey

This very popular session returns for the third year running. The idea is the same, the chair is the same, but this year there is a twist… Four producers pitch their big ideas to four 'dragons'.  Each of our 'dragons' come from all walks of life within the children’s television and interactive arena.  But do they really know what kids want?  Well, they think they do and they've put £1000 on the table to prove it… The tans might be fake but the people are real. They're real investors, it's real cash, they're real projects and you'll take away real insights - with a fair bit of entertainment too. And the twist?  You'll have to be there to find out... Thursday 3rd…

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CMC 2014: Wednesday Workshop: Music and Song – Report

Posted on: Wednesday 02 July 2014 7:15pm by Katie Simmons

How can Producers and Composers best work together? Drum roll…. Katie Simmons kicks off her conference with an upbeat Wednesday workshop! Take Away The Music and Song workshop was designed for Producers and Composers to discuss experiences around commissioning composed music. Producers talked about how to take subjectivity away from decisions, publishers talked about the importance of concrete terms and fees, and opinions were heard about the benefits or not of having an agent. The latter part of the workshop bought together some of the industry’s biggest musical personalities, so was guaranteed to be a ding-donging barnstormer! And it didn’t disappoint. Session Details CLEAR BRIEFS! Music is such a vital part of children’s media – it’s important to consider it almost…

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CMC 2014: First Timer’s Reception – don’t miss it!

Posted on: Wednesday 02 July 2014 1:10am by Sharon Miller

If you're new to the CMC don't miss the First Timer's Reception! It's a chance to pick up tips, put key CMC faces to names and to meet each other - so that you have a network in place from the get-go! There’s a drink on hand and you’ll find out all the useful information like which lunch tables in the Hubs you may like to join. Look out for the posters! It’s in the Crucible Theatre foyer on Wednesday 2nd July at 5pm. And for those who aren't sure where that is, we'll be leading an expeditionary party at 4.40 from the Workstation to the Theatre - bring your own compass...!

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CMC 2014: Millennium Gallery Drinks Reception – why we’re sponsoring it

Posted on: Wednesday 02 July 2014 12:28am by Karl Woolley

Everyone is invited to the Drinks Reception at the Millennium Gallery this Wednesday. It's quite an event, and this year the drinks are on us... As ever, Laughing Gravy is thrilled to be a part of CMC in Sheffield and proud to sponsor the Millennium Drinks Reception. Everybody knows that CMC is now a vital part of the calendar for anyone working or wanting to work in children’s media. Its focused, relevant and broad appeal across a number of associated topics and industry trends makes for a ‘must attend’ event whether you’ve an established track record in the business or you’re just starting out. There’s no hierarchy at CMC. It’s meant for all and it works for all. So, having a drink…

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CMC 2014: The story of a long-term CMC blogger…

Posted on: Wednesday 02 July 2014 12:10am by Jayne Kirkham

I was asked to say something about 'long-term blogging': "Why Jayne?  Why?" Ignoring how old that makes me feel, I will say I have two reasons: Firstly, when surrounded by friends and people that I admire, I am likely to get over excited and not listen to anything anyone is trying to say.  So I have to take notes: a diversion via the hand to the memory as things go in one ear and out the other.  I may as well write up said notes for those that can't be there at all.  So there is no altruism at all in my doing this.  Even writing up the notes means I've had to think again about what I've heard before…

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CMC 2014: Volunteer Career Guidance Session: Report

Posted on: Tuesday 01 July 2014 11:56pm

By Rosie Barker (Volunteer - Sheffield Hallam University - recent graduate) This year CMC invited all the volunteers to a career guidance session. Volunteering at CMC is all about getting a feel of the kids' media world and meeting people, but it's not always as easy as it sounds. The session, produced by David Twyman, and chaired by Helen McAleer of Walker Books, had 3 speakers who have been in the business for years speaking about the highs and lows of getting to where they want to be. Mike Dee, Director of Content, Coolabi Dan Good, Managing Director, Absolutely Cuckoo Jackie Edwards, Executive Producer, CBeebies Each gave us a short explanation of their careers to date. Jackie started out with a…

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CMC 2014: Mini Dragons Descend on CMC

Posted on: Tuesday 01 July 2014 4:50pm

These are the kids who'll be acting as "mini dragons" in the Kids as Commissioners session, and will have three ideas pitched to them.  Good luck pitchers!

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June 2014

Jonny Mitchell

Posted on: Friday 27 June 2014 11:31am

It is with deep regret that we have to announce that Jonny Mitchell is unable to give the CMC Opening Keynote on Wednesday 2 July. Jonny says that he’s very sorry but recent additional school commitments mean that he is unable to take part. We know it’s very disappointing news – anticipation for the keynote was high.  And we know that Jonny was looking forward to addressing, and being able to influence, the children’s media industry. But we do have hundreds of brilliant speakers and over 50 great sessions so don’t worry – there's plenty of inspiration across the three days of the Conference. We will announce the replacement for the Opening Keynote shortly.

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App Launch

Posted on: Friday 27 June 2014 11:27am

CMC's brand new conference App is available now.  Thanks to support from S4C, and those clever folk at moilin.co.uk, you can now download the CMC app free of charge at the iTunes or Android stores. It includes the conference timetable, session descriptions, speaker profiles, hotel info and map, and you can create your own timetable to help you plan your time in Sheffield. It even has the weather – in English and Welsh! Diolch yn fawr, S4C!

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Pitch It: Wednesday Workshop

Posted on: Friday 27 June 2014 11:25am

The Business of Pitching – Alchemy, Science or Dark Art? Practical Info:
 Wednesday 2 July, 1 - 5pm Venue: Electric Works Cost: £30 + VAT Register Just confirmed as joining the great line up at this Wednesday Workshop are: Keith Chapman, originator of 'Bob the Builder' and Creative Director of Chapman Entertainment - bringing his wealth of experience pitching projects like 'Bob' and 'Fifi and The Flower Tots'. Maurice Wheeler who specialises in helping clients develop audience-led concepts and will be focusing on his experience in pitching digital projects. With the other contributors and the workshop leaders, they'll be covering a wide range of pitching issues, in a way that will be fun as well as informative.

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Sponsor Roll of Honour

Posted on: Friday 27 June 2014 10:39am

Many thanks to all our sponsors for their support for the CMC in 2014: Foundation Sponsors Boomerang, CBBC, CBeebies, CITV, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney Star Wars Rebels, HIT, Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, NickJr., The Foundation, Zodiak Kids. Bag Sponsor Cartoon Network International Exchange and International Sessions Supported by UK Trade & Investment Plenary Sponsors BBC Learning, Walker Books Millennium Gallery Reception Sponsor Laughing Gravy Media Delegate Guide and Tea & Coffee Sponsor Mind Candy Lunch Sponsor Technicolor Lanyard Sponsor Entertainment One Workshop Sponsor Cake Entertainment International Exchange Reception MIDAS Associate Sponsors BAFTA, SuperAwesome Session Sponsors A Productions, Coolabi, Finger Industries Ltd, FremantleMedia Kids, Jam Media, Kindle Entertainment, Pact, Poplings, rights.tv, The Children’s Media Foundation, Tiny Pop Sponsors In Kind Battle of Ideas, DDA Blueprint Public Relations, Discovery Research, Dubit, Edelman, Family Kids & Youth, Fun Crew,…

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The Countdown Begins

Posted on: Monday 23 June 2014 5:08pm

CMC 2014 2-4 July 2104 Sheffield Register  Less than 10 days to go… and the eagle-eyed may have noticed our Conference graphics this year feature stats about kids lives and attitudes - another angle on Child@Heart - the conference theme. So with that in mind here are some numbers for you: 800 delegates already registered, which means we are looking at a clear increase on last year’s attendance figures.  The updating delegate list is available for download. 33% rise in bookings for the International Exchange. 220 Pizzas – there’s always pressure on numbers in the Devonshire Place Pizza Express.  Book now to avoid disappointment.   4 Workshops – same story – there has to be a limit on places, so book your Wednesday afternoon workout now.

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International Exchange Update

Posted on: Monday 23 June 2014 5:05pm

Practical Info: Wednesday 2 July Venue: Millennium Galleries
 Cost: £35 + VAT 
Register The afternoon at the International Exchange is now sold out. But there are still some meeting slots available in the morning. We've just added new buyers to the system, so be sure to check out their profiles and request your meetings. New additions:  Metka Dedakovic, TV Development Department, RTV (Slovenia) Hitoshi Furukawa, Senior Producer, Global Content Development Division, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Mikos Perlus, Vice President, Kids & Family, Marble Media Amanda Stevens, Senior Acquisitions Manager, Blinkbox Plus representatives from Korea. You can see all the International profiles here:http://exchange.thechildrensmediaconference.com/search

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Have a Drink on M(B)E

Posted on: Monday 23 June 2014 4:58pm

Thurs 3 July, 10pm till late Big congratulations to Oli Hyatt of Blue Zoo and the UK Animation Campaign on his elevation to official gong holder. Oli got the MBE in the last Honours List – richly deserved. And to thank everyone who worked to achieve the animation tax incentive and backed the campaign, Oli has personally donated a generous sum to the Thursday Night CMC Party bar tab.  So the drinks are on Oli until the tab runs out – then it’s student prices! Plenty of lubrication for the Fun Crew sponsored dance floor with DJ Andrew Harrison from SPENT and for your voices in the Karaoke Cavern (hosted by Karaoke Queen, Kate Dickson of Nickelodeon).  

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And a Drop of the Fizzy…

Posted on: Monday 23 June 2014 4:54pm

Thurs 3 July 4.30pm Join The Children’s Media Foundation at 4.30pm on Thursday 3rd July for the launch of the new CMF Yearbook. Sharing the launch with new website The Good App Guide, the CMF welcomes everyone to join the Editor and contributors to the book, the CMF Executive team, patrons and supporters plus the creators of the Good App Guide for a drop of something bubbly  from 4.30 to 5.10pm in the Showroom Café. The new Yearbook will be on sale throughout the conference – just say hi to Lynn Whitaker in the Showroom Lightwell to find out more about what’s in it.  

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Creative Skillset Funds Open

Posted on: Monday 23 June 2014 4:51pm

The Creative Skillset Challenge Fund offers creative businesses the chance to access co-investment to deliver creative, practical and innovative ways to boost skills and develop talent. - Funds are available for animation, games, TV, film and VFX companies. - The Government will invest 50% of the total project cost and companies must provide the remaining 50%. - Applications must be for a minimum investment amount of £10,000, with a minimum total project of £20,000. - All applications must be submitted by 12 noon, Thursday 31 July 2014. More information about The Challenge Fund. Trainee Finder is a service that matches trainees with companies across the UK's animation, games, film, high-end TV and VFX industries. Trainee Finder gives you quick and…

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Educating Sheffield

Posted on: Thursday 12 June 2014 12:30pm

Opening Keynote Announced: Jonny Mitchell  Practical Info: Opening Keynote Wednesday 2 July, 6 - 7.15pm Venue: Crucible Theatre Register for CMC Jonny Mitchell, inspirational Headteacher from Channel 4’s ‘Educating Yorkshire’, will share his experiences of working with young people and consider their relationship with media, learning and self-development – all major themes being discussed at CMC this year. Born and raised in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and now Headteacher at the Thornhill Community Academy, Jonny and his highly motivated team allowed cameras to document the commitment of both staff and pupils to be the best that they can be. CMC delegates can expect a highly media-aware and child-focused view of what the kids’ media industries do, how content is received and how…

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Pitch It: Wednesday Workshop

Posted on: Thursday 12 June 2014 12:27pm

The Business of Pitching – Alchemy, Science or Dark Art? Practical Info: Wednesday 2 July, 1 - 5pm Venue: Hubs A Cost: £30 + VAT Register Hosted by Sarah Baynes, a pitch-coach with years of experience, this workshop will explore the business of pitching both in the UK and globally and with the help of experts who’ve experienced pitching from both sides of the commissioning equation. They'll share their thoughts on best practice and there’ll also be information on trends - who’s looking for what and where – so that the pitching isn’t just theory, but allied to real business needs and practice. No need to bring a project - but you'll have plenty of opportunity to work up your pitching muscles in…

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Work It!

Posted on: Thursday 12 June 2014 12:25pm

The CMC Wednesday Workshops are perennially popular.  But we have to limit spaces so that they can be as interactive as possible.  Book now to avoid disappointment.  Practical Info: Wednesday 2 July, 1 - 5pm Venue: Hallam Hubs and the Electric Works Cost: £30 + VAT Register There are four workshops on offer: - Collaborating with Kids - Music and Song - Playful Learning - Pitch It Workshops take place from 1–5pm on Wednesday 2nd July, and if you’re thinking of attending the International Exchange, you can use the morning for that and the afternoon for a workshop. It’s a great way to meet new contacts, especially some of the expert advisors, and each is a fantastic intense work-out on a specific topic. Music and Song ranges from…

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