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June 2014

Pizza the Action

Posted on: Thursday 12 June 2014 12:20pm

Practical Info: Pizza Express Suppers Thursday 3 July, 8 – 10 pm Venue: Pizza Express Devonshire St or St Paul’s Place Cost: £23 +VAT Book a Pizza Place Pizza Express at CMC is a tradition shrouded in the mist of time.  The Conference itself was conceived one drizzly evening over a Sloppy Guiseppe in the Devonshire Street branch.  Our first ever Speakers’ Dinner was held there.  But so many non-speakers gate-crashed that the event had to become open access to all-comers. Since then some famous faces have passed through, including Broadcasting Minister Ed Vaizey MP (then in the Opposition) in the famous year when there was a lot of drink but very little pizza, and Henry “the Fonz” Winkler who…

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International Exchange: Live and Already Kicking

Posted on: Thursday 12 June 2014 12:19pm

Practical Info: Wednesday 2 July Venue: Millennium Galleries Cost: £35 + VAT Register The full programme of International Exchange buyers, channel managers, funders and co-producers has been published.  You can see the list of attendees here. If you want to meet them, sign up here to join the International Exchange. Meetings are booked on a first come, first served basis so don’t delay registering.  

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UKTI @ CMC

Posted on: Thursday 12 June 2014 12:16pm

UK Trade and Investment are supporting the International Exchange and the ‘Focus On’ international sessions at CMC this year. This week we focus on two of their advisers who will be at CMC this year: Joseph John is Trade & Investment Adviser at UKTI in Hyderabad, India.  He can offer tailored advice on entering or working with the Indian animation market and building relationships within the Indian content industries.  Joseph will be introducing himself to CMC at the Focus on Asia Session (Friday 9.30 – 10.30am) Contact: Joseph. John@mobile.ukti.gov.uk Richard Powell is Vice Consul (Creative & Media) at UKTI New York. He assists UK companies in film, TV, music, animation, gaming, design, advertising, publishing, and the performing arts – by providing tailored market…

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Amsterdam Calling – Cinekid

Posted on: Thursday 12 June 2014 12:13pm

Two calls for entries - Deadline 1st July. The Junior Co-Production Market runs at Cinekid from 17-18 October 2014. They are looking for film, television or cross-media projects in development.  They select 30 projects and invite them to pitch at the 2-day market in pre-arranged meetings. More info. Entry form. The Cinekid Screening Club runs from 15-18 October 2014.  They are looking for completed productions for their digital screening facility for buyers from over 18 countries. You can send in short or feature films, television series, youth documentaries, animation and live-action. More info. Entry form.

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Friday’s Closing Keynote: Michael Acton Smith, CEO at Mind Candy

Posted on: Monday 09 June 2014 12:11pm

Practical information Date: Friday 4th July 2014 Time: 15:30 - 16:00 Place: Showroom Cinema 4, Sheffield Cost: Included in conference registration Register for the conference The CMC closes this year with the launch of a brand new project as Mind Candy unveils its newest app - a revolutionary new creative community for 7-12 year olds that will become a platform for content creators (books, games, cartoons, music) to connect with their fans... Michael Acton Smith, innovator and entrepreneur, has already created one worldwide success in ‘Moshi Monsters’. On Friday afternoon at CMC (July 4th) he will launch Mind Candy’s brand new project which has been in development for the past year.

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Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport joins Friday panel

Posted on: Monday 09 June 2014 12:09pm

Practical information Date: Friday 4th July 2014 Time: 14:00 - 15:00 Place: Showroom Cinema 4, Sheffield Cost: Included in conference registration Register for the conference Helen Goodman, who is leading for the Opposition on media and broadcast, Leveson, the BBC and the Licence Fee, as well as the Creative Industries, is a key speaker at the CMC this year. She will be taking part in the session looking at Charter Renewal and the appetite at the BBC to commit to the children's audience and guarantee increased budgets for their content and services.  Joining Helen in the session will be Steve Hewlett, Writer, Broadcaster and Media Consultant and Oli Hyatt, Creative Director, Blue Zoo Animation who was a key player in the UK…

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International Exchange

Posted on: Monday 09 June 2014 12:07pm

Practical information Date: Wednesday 2nd July 2014 Place: Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, UK Cost: £35 + VAT Register This week we are looking at three more of the buyers who will be at International Exchange. Alexandre Henin Youth Programs Acquisitions Executive at France Télévisions France Alexandre joined France Télévisions in May 2012 as Acquisitions Executive for children and youth programs. In his current position, he acquires shows for every channel of the network: France 3 (comedy for kids 6-10 y/o), France 4 (action, boy-oriented shows, factual, comedy), France 5 (animated shows for preschoolers) and France Ô (live action). He was previously Programming Manager at Nickelodeon and NickJr. France. At this year's conference, Alexandre is looking for pre-school shows with an exciting…

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New SME tool to help you choose your bank

Posted on: Monday 09 June 2014 12:04pm

  SMEs are being helped to make educated decisions about choosing a bank by Business Banking Insight, a new website that shows how SMEs rate the performance and service of their banks. Free to use, and supported by the Federation of Small Businesses and the British Chamber of Commerce, it shows results from a survey of thousands of UK SMEs, who were asked about their experience of the banks they use, and will be updated with survey data every six months. By creating greater transparency in business banking, banks will be encouraged to improve their services, thus making banking work better for SMEs. For more information on BBI, visit the website or check out this more detailed article on The Guardian's website.

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Creative Europe MEDIA Deadlines

Posted on: Monday 09 June 2014 12:02pm

Creative Europe is the European Commission's financial support programme for the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors in Europe. If you are a producer thinking of applying for funding, the deadlines you need to be aware of are: Single Project Development - 6 June Access to Markets (Framework Partnership Agreement) - 6 June TV Programming - 13 June (11am GMT) Sales Agents (Generation) - 18 June Cinema Networks - 27 June Selective Distribution - 2 July Film Festivals - 4 July Online Distribution - 11 July All deadlines are 11am GMT.

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MADE NORTH Conference: 27 June Sheffield

Posted on: Monday 09 June 2014 11:58am

The Made North Conference, a full day of inspirational talks, thought provoking debate and great networking with industry professionals from across the creative world, will be held on Friday 27th June at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, as part of the inaugural Sheffield Design Week. The conference will include sessions led by Design Council, Crafts Council, RIBA and The Designers Republic with speakers including the founder of Architecture Sans Frontières Melissa Kinnear, leading designer Daniel Charny and graphic design legends Tony Brook and Graham Wood. A limited number of discounted delegate places are available for £35 + booking fee. To take advantage of this offer click here or enter the promo code ‘CMC’ when registering. This offer is limited to the first 20 bookings so…

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May 2014

Wednesday Workshop 2 July : Collaborating with Kids

Posted on: Wednesday 21 May 2014 12:28pm

Practical information Date: Wednesday 2nd July 2014 Time: 13:00 - 17:00 Place: HUBS C, Sheffield, UK Cost: £30 + VAT Register In the Collaborating with Kids workshop, produced by Olivia Dickinson and Jon Spooner, you will be able to work with children in a way that ensures that your project is one that kids will love - by involving them in the creative process. Join 25 kids from 'generation collaboration' as they play around with money with Clare Duffy; Build Your Own Adventure with Tom Bowtell and Toby Peach from Coney; co-create with Pineapple Lounge; co-design with Digital Me; and direct plot and dialogue in Jeff Norton's latest novel. This time, it's the kids that are the experts. Watch, learn and collaborate as they take the lead. Click here for more info on…

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International Exchange

Posted on: Wednesday 21 May 2014 12:22pm

Practical information Date: Wednesday 2nd July 2014 Place: Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, UK Cost: £35 + VAT Register This week we are looking at three of the buyers who are coming to the International Exchange. Elin Raustøl Head of Acquisitions at NRK Super Norway Elin has been the Head of Acquisitions at NRK Super since 1996. NRK Super’s target group is 2-12year olds. NRK's children’s channel, now called NRK Super, launched in December 2007 with the vision to “create a world in which children can develop and be important". Some of their latest acquisitions are: ‘Dragon-Riders of Berg’, ‘Gumball’ and ‘Sarah and Duck’. At this year's conference Elin hopes to meet old and new contacts and find surprising new content for NRK…

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Animation Tax Breaks Guidance

Posted on: Wednesday 21 May 2014 12:19pm

To bring a smile to the faces of the animation community, HMRC have (finally) published their guidance on the animation tax credit. Head over to the HMRC website to see if your project qualifies and how to operate under the tax incentive scheme: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/apcmanual/index.h

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Annecy Beckons

Posted on: Wednesday 21 May 2014 12:17pm

And to bring further smiles, it's Annecy time again René Broca and Christian Jacquemart have been organising the professional development conference content during the Annecy Animation Festival for several years now. Take a look at this year's "Production Organisation" programme. It includes the fascinating session title: Animation By Phone: How Google Makes Movies

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April 2014

Register Now for the CMC

Posted on: Tuesday 08 April 2014 2:18pm

Tickets are on sale now for the Children’s Media Conference in July. CMC 2014 2 – 4 July Sheffield UK A range of tickets for the Conference, Workshops, the International Exchange and Pizza Supper are available here. CMC 2014 is on its way.  Dozens of volunteer producers are working on sessions; we have four fantastic Wednesday Workshops planned; buyers, commissioners and co-producers are signing up to join the International Exchange and the two Pizza Expresses in Sheffield are already prepping their dough balls! With the theme ‘Child@Heart’, CMC 2014 is getting back to basics and considering what it means to be a child in Britain today. We’ll look at how shifting technology, global media brands, pan-platform properties, public service providers, engaging in…

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CMC International Exchange

Posted on: Tuesday 08 April 2014 2:17pm

The International Exchange will be a full day of facilitated one-to-one meetings with commissioners, acquisitions executives, co-producers and funders from a wide variety of territories. CMC International Exchange 2nd July 2014 Millennium Galleries, Sheffield Register here And it's in a new venue – with windows!  (Yes - we’re pushing the boat out for our international guests and the project producers and service providers who attend to meet them…) Don’t miss your chance to get a meeting with a potential client, project funder or partner. You can register for the International Exchange at the same time as booking your tickets for the CMC. The CMC is planning to invite over 30 key international figures to the Exchange, with the support of UK Trade and Investment.…

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Not About Cornflakes…

Posted on: Tuesday 08 April 2014 2:15pm

A fantastic opportunity.  The Kellogg School of Management is providing a course specifically designed for UK executives to maximize their potential in getting into and making a success of the US market.  Date: 14 – 19 September 2014 Registration Deadline: 13 June 2014 Location: Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA UKTI have created a scholarship scheme to allow UK executives in SME’s to attend this top US business school for a short course in ‘Fundamentals for Success in the U.S. Market’. Full information available here.  

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Storyboarding – Get the Full Story

Posted on: Tuesday 08 April 2014 2:13pm

As part of the Creative Skillset intiative to develop industry training for the animation sector, storyboarding masterclasses and workshops are available. Dates:  2-day Masterclasses: 26 - 27 April & 3 - 4 May 5-day Course: 28 April - 2 May Venue: Central London Cost: £150 + VAT or £325 + VAT The courses and master classes are funded by HIT Entertainment. For more information and to find out how to apply you can download the fliers: PDF - 2 day Masterclass PDF - 5 day Course  

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February 2014

Animation Exchange Returns – By Popular Demand

Posted on: Wednesday 26 February 2014 4:25pm

The CMC Animation Exchange April 4th 2014 (1100 – 1800) The BIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London  SW1H 0ET Cost £70 (plus VAT) including lunch and networking drinks Register here. Exactly one year on from the launch of the UK animated series tax break, this year’s Animation Exchange will examine in detail how the tax incentive is working in the real world. - Which projects qualified and why? - What were the challenges in applying and processing? - How has it affected budgets and broadcaster/distributor funding? - How are some of the new funding initiatives working through the system? - How has it affected international interest and business prospects? - How are the training schemes working out for companies…

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Child@Heart – the CMC Theme for 2 – 4 July in Sheffield

Posted on: Wednesday 26 February 2014 4:23pm

From Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th July CMC 2014 will offer its unique mix of workshops, conference keynotes, panels, case studies and masterclasses - and following its successful launch last year – the CMC International Exchange - a full day of market meetings with key international guests on Wednesday the 2nd. The conference content will be informed by the conference theme – Child@Heart.  In essence we are getting back to the basics of what it means to be a child and how we all need to access that to make successful quality content for the audience.

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Call for Session Producers and Content for CMC 2014

Posted on: Wednesday 26 February 2014 4:23pm

CMC 2014 Dates: 2 – 4 July Location: Sheffield UK Theme: Child@Heart Session producers: send your one-pagers to greg@thechildrensmediaconference.com Are you a Child@Heart? We're looking for session topics and volunteers to produce the content for the world’s best-loved Children’s Media Talkfest. Session Content Anyone with a topic in mind should send a one-page proposal to the Conference Editorial Director, Greg Childs. Let him know if you also want to produce your session. It’s a tough job, but every year 50 volunteers supervise all the conference content, which is how the CMC can still claim to be truly “by the industry, for the industry”. The brief for session proposals is pretty straightforward.  Send us a one-page pitch that answers these questions: −…

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Call for Research Papers for CMC 2014

Posted on: Wednesday 26 February 2014 4:21pm

Call for Research Papers for CMC 2014 Producers of the CMC Research strand Btisam Belola and Shazia Ali send this message: Do you have fresh and genuine research insights around children aged 0-14 years and media consumption? Would you like to share these with us at the CMC this year in Sheffield?  The call for papers for the CMC 2014 research strand is out and we would love to hear from you. The conference theme this year is 'Child@Heart' and the 400 word submissions need to be received by 14th March. All successful papers will be informed by 17 April. For further details including how to submit, have a look at our briefing document.

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UK@Kidscreen – Flying the Flag

Posted on: Wednesday 26 February 2014 4:19pm

The official British mission to the Kidscreen Summit in New York (9-12 Feb) was a GREAT success. Maximising the opportunities presented by the new animation tax breaks, 69 individuals from 48 companies joined the delegation and took advantage of some special benefits. These included not only a discounted Kidscreen ticket price, but also a range of benefits such as a mention in the collective advert in Kidscreen magazine, a page for each company in the mission brochure (distributed to every Kidscreen Delegate), a swish evening reception, a top-level breakfast briefing by key figures in the US and Canadian kids’ media markets including Andrew Beecham from Sprout, Linda Simensky from PBS, Jamie Piekarz from YTV and the Frederator himself – legendary Fred Seibert.  The delegation also got…

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New Tricks at APD Stuttgart

Posted on: Wednesday 26 February 2014 4:15pm

Animation Production Day April 24-25, 2014 Stuttgart, Germany Register here by March 3rd APD will feature 30 pre-selected innovative and promising animation projects (feature, TV series, games, transmedia) in concept, development or production stage.   As a registered delegate you will get the chance to: - Be among the first to find out about these fresh and innovative animation projects - Engage in negotiations in the exclusive 30 minute one-to-one meetings - Learn about new ideas and cross-media strategies for already established and successful brands - Extend your network and meet international industry professionals especially the top German players - Find out about market trends at the APD conference, where high-calibre speakers will share their strategies and visions for the future of…

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Competitions, Conferences and Courses

Posted on: Wednesday 26 February 2014 4:13pm

Competitions, Conferences and Courses The Prix Jeunesse is seeking entries for the Prix Jeunesse Interactivity Prize - in particular the "Innovative Elements" Category. The deadline for entries is 15 April 2014 and the demos of projects will be at the Festival on 2 June 2014. Organisations can register their interest by contacting the festival office:info@prixjeunesse.de. Participants are encouraged to enter one specific innovative feature or element in one of their interactive works. These might include, but are not limited to: an original approach to game play; an unusual or under-served content topic; a new concept in navigation or design look and feel; a unique cross-platform relationship, etc. The Financing Forum for Kids Content - Malmö, Sweden (the other side of…

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UKTI Leads

Posted on: Wednesday 26 February 2014 4:08pm

USA – 100K plus Investment Programme for Creative Technology Start-ups. A major entertainment company is seeking start-ups in the media and entertainment space for a highly immersive seed-stage investment program/accelerator. USA- Business accelerator seeks start-ups A New York City accelerator is looking for start-ups to join its summer incubator term. They invest $40,000 in seed funding, provide follow-on funding in subsequent rounds, give the companies access to New York's leading start-up community (including exposure to 250+ leading mentors and hundreds of VCs and angel investors) and provide an invaluable 4-months of mentorship and incubation in New York City from June-September 2014. China - organisation seeks cooperation for a youth arts & culture exchange A Chinese organisation located in Xiamen wants…

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January 2014

Kidscreen – Two Weeks to Go

Posted on: Monday 27 January 2014 10:31am

In fact a little less than two weeks until Sunday 9th February - the opening day of the major conference and market which is Kidscreen Summit 2014. You can register with us here to get a significantly better deal than the standard Kidscreen price of $1,750.  Join the UK@Kidscreeen delegation and benefit from a massive $550 discount PLUS... - £500 UK Trade and Investment Market Access Grant, available to all SME's. - Your profile in the UK@Kidscreen online brochure - Access to bookable dedicated meeting tables in the UK@Kidscreen zone in the Delegates Lounge (no small thing as the place is packed with buyers and sellers) - An exclusive Breakfast Briefing with the chance to meet some of the key players…

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Kidscreen – The Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on: Monday 27 January 2014 10:29am

Josh Selig, CEO of Little Airplane, the New York based pre-school specialists who host the Kidscreen Opening Night Party every year, has some brilliantly apposite thoughts about do's and don'ts at markets.      

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BAFTA Event Tonight

Posted on: Monday 27 January 2014 10:24am

BAFTA are staging Children’s Question Time. Monday 27 January at 7.00pm David Lean Room, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN A panel of some of the brightest minds in children’s media will be debating key issues facing the industry and answering questions submitted in advance. They are: Rosie Alison (Head of Development, Heyday Films) Anne Brogan (Managing Director, Kindle Entertainment) Melissa Hardinge (Executive Editor, CBBC Independents) Eric Huang (Development Director, Made In Me) Jonathan Smith (Strategic Director, TT Games) Chair: Samira Ahmed (Broadcaster and journalist) Followed by a drinks reception at 8.30pm.

 Booking is still open for last few remaining tickets.

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Hiroshima Ton Amour?

Posted on: Monday 27 January 2014 10:22am

The 15th International Hiroshima Animation Festival in Japan has been announced as taking place from August 21st to 25th 2014. HIROSHIMA 2014 will be a very special 30th anniversary edition. You can download the new regulations, entry form and shipping label from: http://hiroanim.org/en2013/e03compe/3-01e.html The entry period is from February 1st to April 1st, 2014.

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