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October 2013

Manimation Evening Events

Posted on: Wednesday 02 October 2013 11:33am

Creative conversations and a great chance to meet the Manchester animation community... Keep your diary clear for the evenings of 31st October, 21st November & 12th December because we’ll be telling you soon about our programme of evening inspiration events including that all-important networking after each of our Manimation daytime events.

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Prix Jeunesse 2014 – Call for Entries

Posted on: Wednesday 02 October 2013 11:31am

Probably the most loved children’s content festival in the world, the Prix Jeunesse, takes place every two years in Munich.  It’s calling for entries for its 2014 competition. With over 70 countries represented, and voting all in the hands of your fellow-competitors, the Prix Jeunesse is not just the programme-makers’ event par excellence, but also a fantastic way to see the best of the world’s kids’ TV, online and interactive content in one place at one time, and to meet the people who make and broadcast it. For more information and entry forms: http://www.prixjeunesse.de Entries close on 12th December 2013. The 50th anniversary Prix Jeunesse takes place 30th May – 4th June 2014.  

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The European Award for Best Content for Kids

Posted on: Wednesday 02 October 2013 11:23am

This competition highlights great quality content for 4-12 year old children, offering them online opportunities to learn, play, discover and invent. It is organised by the Insafe Network as part of the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme. You can submit any form of online content - including websites, blogs, games, apps, educational content and resources, videos and other multi-media content. The content can be either newly created for the competition or can be content that already exists. Awards for the best youth-friendly online content will be made in four categories, at both national and European level. You can find out more about the categories, eligibility and judging criteria, plus how to register at www.saferinternet.org.uk/positive-content-competition. For more information, contact Gareth Cort: gareth@childnet.com Entries…

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Business Leads and UKTI Support

Posted on: Wednesday 02 October 2013 11:19am

In UKTI news this month… Missions The hot ticket… GREAT Week Mexico - 
Animation & Video Games Mission 11-15 November 2013 The GREAT Week Mexico will give UK-based Animation and Video Games businesses the opportunity to join a government-led trade mission to Mexico to me et major buyers, potential partners, industry experts and influencers, and take part in specially created platforms to promote their business.  The Mission is led by Baroness Bonham Carter Find out more about the GREAT WEEK Mexico. Webinars Taiwan - Doing Business if you are Supplier in the Education sector  
9 October 2013 To register email: events@uktilondon.org.uk Leads Taiwan – Minister of culture project to procure programmes showcasing new musical forms Minister of Culture is calling for tenders for…

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September 2013

Manimation – a New Perspective on Animation and Kids’ Content in Manchester

Posted on: Tuesday 17 September 2013 11:08pm

Oct 31st, Nov 21st, Dec 12th The CMC has teamed up with the Manchester Investment Agency MIDAS todeliver a great strand of animation and kids’ content events in Manchester this Autumn. Carve a space in your diaries now; tickets will be available here soon. The dates and topics are set: Thursday 31st October - Animation Audience & Kids' Commissioners  A comperehensive look at the UK kids' media market with contributions from key commissioners and buyers and an opening overview from Director of BBC Children's Joe Godwin. Thursday 21st November - Going Global  How to take your animation 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?…

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UK@Kidscreen 2014

Posted on: Tuesday 17 September 2013 11:05pm

Where did the year go?  It's time to start thinking about the Kidscreen Summit (9 - 12 Feb) in New York It’s a great place to meet buyers, funders, co-production partners, and producers if you're selling projects, concepts, writing, or service skills. And the CMC (courtesy of our GREAT supporters UKTI) is once again able to help you get there and make the most of it once in New York. We can offer: The lowest possible price for your Kidscreen Summit registration fee Access to meeting tables An exclusive breakfast briefing with key North American players An evening networking reception "Table talks" every day from industry experts Delegation brochure and website Mentoring and support before and during the event for…

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CMF Evening Events

Posted on: Tuesday 17 September 2013 11:01pm

Our chums at the Children's Media Foundation sponsored a discussion panel at CMC in July - exploring how interactive providers handle their responsibilities for children using their services. Now CMF has launched a series of Evening Events starting on September 25th with "Reviewing the Review" - a chance to quiz the BBC Trust and BBC Children's management on the Trust's review of children's services: - what's working, what's broke, what should change and how that will happen. It's from 6.30 to 8.30 pm at Tthe University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW. You can see more information and register here. Other bi-monthly events will follow in various locations around the country. The next is on Gender Representation in Children's Content on November 27th. Sign up…

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UKTI Leads and Offers

Posted on: Tuesday 17 September 2013 10:55pm

CMC is an "Export Challenge Partner" for UK Trade and Investment, so we get to hear about missions, assistance and industry-focused leads for potential business development. Here are some of the latest: Missions: Great Week Mexico is a UK mission to the rapdily expanding Mexican market. It's for UK companies in the Creative Industries and luxury sectors.  A couple of larger animation companies have already signed up to join the mission which takes place from 11-  15 November. For more information: https://www.greatweeks.co.uk/overseas-missions/Mexico Great Week Brazil follows in March next year.  Another market with massive potential for the animation sector. For more information: https://www.greatweeks.co.uk/overseas-missions/Brazil CMC is also building links with the Comkids Conference in Sao Paulo.  Contact us if you want to connect with Brazil through…

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What’s On

Posted on: Tuesday 17 September 2013 10:48pm

CMC partners and associates are offering some great events in the next couple of months: Why not drop in to the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival at the Arnolfini in Bristol (17 - 22 September)? Join nearly 1,000 film makers and screenwriters at the London Screenwriters Festival (25-27 October).  

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July 2013

CMC 2013: Getting Children Listening

Posted on: Friday 05 July 2013 2:42pm by Dave Hill

#TCMC Getting Children Listening Blogged by Dave Hill "I wish people would give radio the credit it's due" David Holt, Freelance artist. "Since CBeebies Radio was created it's taken a couple of years to get to a place where we can talk about it with pride. Now we can do that. Children are finding it, numbers are increasing and it become a prized part of what CBeebies does. I'm really delighted that there was a session on it at CMC2013 to give it the priority it deserves." Alison Stewart, Head of Production, Animation and Acquisitions, CBeebies This was an interesting session, discussing the question of whether there are enough opportunities for children to listen. There was a wide panel of contributors,…

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CMC 2013: CMC OMG!!!!

Posted on: Friday 05 July 2013 1:22pm by Milly Ali

After 2 intensive conference days, it was finally time for the much anticipated 10th year anniversary party and it didn't disappoint! The free bar helped to get the party started before delegates packed the Hubs C Pod and were  entertained by the comedy double act Bob Golding and Glen Davies. It seemed Bob Golding had a score to settle with Director of Wish film Will Brenton who was suitably humiliated on stage dressed as a new tv character creation 'Benjie'. The classic pie in the face was a particularly memorable moment. Sid Sloane managed to get away from the queue of industry professionals all lining up to have their photo taken with him. Admittedly I was one of them (can't…

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CMC 2013: Meet the Commissioners – Publishing

Posted on: Thursday 04 July 2013 7:38pm by John Kent

#TCMC Children’s changing media habits and the impact of digital are popular themes for programme makers. But what are the publishers up to? John Kent went to meet the commissioners. TOP TEN SESSION TAKE OUTS; Penguin, Random House, Egmont and Walker are all heavily involved in TV and digital as well as books. Books aren’t always the best place to launch an idea Strong story  and strong characters are still the key ingredient in a good idea Publishers will looking for opportunities to grow a brand over time Egmont receives 50% of its revenue from screen based product Penguin have three examples of new cross platform IP – all found at CMC For digital brands, a publisher can add a…

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CMC 2013: Two Screen, or Not Two Screen

Posted on: Thursday 04 July 2013 5:46pm by Dave Hill

Two Screen or Not Two Screen Blogged by Dave Hill Second Opinions: "We need a high tech solution and a high content solution. We need both." Yago Fandiño Lousa, TVE - CLAN "The important thing is to use second screen in sympathy rather than a distraction, which is different with different genres." Catrin Siriol, S4C "Great stuff happening, we're just looking for the next big step." Mario Dubois, CBBC Indie Commissioning Executive Second screen has been talked about for a while. And in spite of the many questions surrounding it, research shows that children frequently use several devises whilst watching TV with 65% of children under 12 have access to a smart phone. So there's certainly many reasons to explore…

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CMC 2013: Opening Keynote – Stories are Gifts!

Posted on: Thursday 04 July 2013 12:36pm by John Kent

#tcmc This year’s opening keynote was delivered by Frank Cottrell Boyce – multi-award winning author of children’s books. John Kent was there.... Presented: Frank Cottrell Boyce Introduced – Anna Home Produced – Edward Pugh Welcome to the tenth Children’s Media Conference! For many of us who opted for the cheaper trains, this was our first taste of CMC 2013. The opening session this year was really a tale of two parts. The first part was Anna Home’s introduction. She formally opened the conference, welcomed everyone and highlighted how the CMC has grown from 80 delegates and 8 sessions in 2004 to 50 sessions and 900 delegates in 2013. In a slight change to the usual format she then went on…

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CMC 2013: Live action at CMC

Posted on: Tuesday 02 July 2013 9:22am by Katie Simmons

Still deciding which sessions to attend. Katie Simmons, producer of 'Live Action - Global Attraction' explains why you should be there..... Thursday 4th July, 5-6pm, HubsC is the place to be for this year’s most interesting session debate. (If you’re into discussing how live action can sell in a global market that is….) This session is shaping up to be an important discussion. How can live action be profitable in the global market? Why does animation do so much better? What are the secrets to live action global successes? How could we benefit from opening ourselves up to global partners? The session contributors have varied experience in the global market. Skyping in, we have Mellie Buse, owner of a small production…

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CMC 2013: Focus on China.

Posted on: Tuesday 02 July 2013 9:20am by Leanne Preston

#TCMC Leanne Preston is producing Focus on China - Wednesday 3rd 12:30pm in Hubs C. Leanne says... ......attend this session if you're a producer or distributor keen to get your content into China or creatives looking to work with Chinese companies. In this session we'll be looking at what content works well in the Chinese market with some case studies of properties that have travelled to China from the international landscape as well as successes in the local market. We'll also discuss current regulations preventing foreign content getting in to China and what to expect when working with Chinese companies. Lastly, we'll address the possibility of co-productions in TV as well as those already happening in the movie world and the potential positives and challenges we…

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CMC 2013: Have some serious fun at CMC.

Posted on: Monday 01 July 2013 10:53pm by Joseph Norman

#TCMC Joseph Norman is producing a  session which will be exploring the commissioning landscape and how audiences have responded, plus research into the educative effect of games. Serious Fun: Play as an Educative Tool Time and venue: 2-3pm Friday 5/7/13 Cinema 2 The panel consists of exciting innovators currently operating at the cutting edge of serious animated games. We will look at games such as Sweatshop, which was banned by the iTunes store, as well as new developments to be unveiled. This will be a fun session, giving an overview of this sub-genre of games which often tackle challenging themes. The audience will gain a valuable insight into the commissioning process, and the potential for future projects. Key contributors include…

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CMC 2013: Make ‘Em Laugh

Posted on: Monday 01 July 2013 10:45pm by Sharon Miller

#TCMC Sharon Miller is looking at the serious business of what makes children laugh. She's producing a session which promises to be very funny, very interesting, thought provoking and engaging.....and Hacker will be there too! TOP TEN TIPS TO MAKE 'EM LAUGH! Thursday July 4th, Cinema 3 - 5.10 pm. A lot of us will have tried to make children laugh.  Quite a few of us are paid to do so...But do we succeed?   Do we know what they find funny?  Do we know the magic ingredient to make a television programme that will have the children of the world - falling of their sofas...?  And wanting to watch more and more and more... Top Ten Tips to Make 'Em Laugh is all…

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Summer’s Come, and so has CMC

Posted on: Monday 01 July 2013 7:12pm

It's this week!  900+ delegates, 150+ speakers, 70+ volunteers, 50+ session and workshop producers, 50+ sponsors and 25 Advisory Committee memberswill be gathering together for the biggest and best CMC ever. If you haven’t signed up for the International Exchange - you'd be crazy to miss our specially invited guests from around the world. If you haven't booked a workshop - take a look. Four hours of expert advice and personalised guidance - not to be missed! And there are even some places left for the Pizza Express at Paul's Place on Wednesday evening. To those producing, speaking and volunteering – we wish everyone luck and a great conference.  To our delegates - we can assure you the unique CMC atmosphere will be there to welcome you to…

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CMC – The Practicalities

Posted on: Monday 01 July 2013 7:09pm

A few tips to make CMC easier to navigate... First stop is registration in the Workstation.  This is where you collect your badge, your delegate's bag and guide, and tickets for Pizza, Workshops and the International Exchange if you have booked them. A cloakroom is available. (It can take luggage). Venue info and our City Guide can be found here.  Wednesday Workshop lunches start at 12noon in each of the Workshop venues. The International Exchange lunch on Wednesday is in the HUBS. The Frank Cottrell Boyce keynote in the Crucible Theatre starts at 6pm, followed by the Laughing Gravy Reception at 7.15pm at the Millennium Gallery. Thursday sessions start at 9.30am, culminating in the Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh Creative Keynote at 6.15pm in the Crucible. Followed by the two Pizza suppers and…

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CMC: OMG!

Posted on: Monday 01 July 2013 7:04pm

It's Viva Las Sheffield and the Hubs-a-hula for CMC: OMG! - our musical gala to celebrate the CMC's 10th Anniversary. We've a live band, comedy acts and surprise guests: 10 media moguls as you've never seen them before! Plus, 'Mike the Knight' creator Alexander Bar reviving his hit West End role as 'Young Elvis'. So, don't be a poker face, move like Jagger and 1, 2 step to the HUBS. We gotta feeling it'll be some kind of wonderful. Maybe even a night to remember! Free entry from 10pm-2am, plus a complimentary bar 'til funds run out. (Hey Ya!)

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Blogjam

Posted on: Monday 01 July 2013 7:03pm

The CMC Blogging team are at work already.  They've been introducing themselves, and previewing sessions and workshops with promotional articles from our producers.   Check out the Facebook or LinkedIn Groups for aggregated content. Every session at CMC will be reported in a blog, pretty much as soon as it ends. So you don't need to miss out when forced to make those agonising choices.  Just go to the CMC Blogs or follow us on Twitter (@childmediaconf) where every blog entry will be tweeted to let you know they're up and ready to read. If you're tweeting the hashtag is #TCMC. Wifi is available throughout Registration, the Showroom bar and cafe.  In the cinemas it's available using the passowrd wizardofoz.  There is also Wifi in the Hubs -…

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Thinking Japanese

Posted on: Monday 01 July 2013 6:51pm

As a timely accompaniment to the CMC International Exchange, a report on the Japanese Anime market is now available on request from UKTI. Genevieve Dexter, the founder of CAKE Entertainment and now CEO of Serious Lunch, was invited by the UKTI office in Japan to the  Tokyo International Anime Fair in March 2013. Genevieve visited 20+ companies and has provided an expert analysis of the market in this report. The CMC provided background analysis and is helping to disseminate the report. Click here for more information.

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CMC 2013: Listen Up!

Posted on: Monday 01 July 2013 12:22pm by Dinah Lammiman

#TCMC Dinah Lammiman is producing a session dedicated to Getting Children Listening. Here's why you should be hearing what she's got to say. Cinema 2, 0940 Friday July 5th Your head is throbbing.  You really should have stayed off the shandies the night before.  So what better cure?  Come and sit back in Cinema 2 on Friday morning at 0940 and enjoy some truly awesome sounds.  Test out your ears on our sound effects quiz.  And find out more about audio for kids. The new opportunity in our multi-media saturated world just might be an old friend – audio, or radio, or the wireless, however you like to think of it. Audio for children is the low-cost, low-risk, opportunity for real…

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CMC 2013: Come out and Play.

Posted on: Monday 01 July 2013 12:01pm by Julian Scott

Julian Scott says that in Microsoft Outlook the spell check doesn't offer suggestions for 'hmosexual' or 'lsebian'. On 4th July at 5:10pm in Cinema 2 we'll find out why and what we should be doing to change that.  Actually that's not exactly what we will be discussing, but its true about Outlook. We will, however, be looking at whether we are really reflecting the diversity of society in children's media when it comes to the inclusion of gay and lesbian characters and how we portray them.  Come out and play with us.

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CMC 2013: Introducing the blogging team…

Posted on: Monday 01 July 2013 11:51am by John Kent

#TCMC John Kent will be one of the team bringing you the bits you missed at the CMC, through the blogs. The blogs are a great way to get even more from the conference. Here's a hello from John..... These pre conference posts are supposed to introduce the bloggers. Part of the  brief from Ian the blog editor is to say 'who you are and say what you do'. The first bit's easy. I'm John Kent. The second bit I always find trickier. I've been lucky enough to work in radio, TV and digital. Latterly its mostly digital - my business card says Digital Director at Kids Industries. And before that I was the interactive Exec at CBeebies. But I…

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June 2013

CMC 2013: VOD – Profit or peanuts?

Posted on: Sunday 30 June 2013 11:41am by Siwan Jobbins

#TCMC Siwan Jobbins' session at the CMC will look ahead in a world where license fees take a tumble and advances against DVD sales and M&L shrink. 2:10-3:10pm @ showroom Cinema 3, Thurs July 4th. How does a stressed producer plug the holes in their budget? Can VOD and SVOD help? Chaired by Tony Collingwood, join industry experts, Jon Bourdillon; Eileen McCarthy; Ed Galton; Russell Pearson and Mike Young, as they discuss how various VOD and SVOD  models work and how they could help you forge new finance models, partnerships and opportunities.

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CMC 2013: 10 Game Design Principles for the Next 10 Years

Posted on: Sunday 30 June 2013 10:54am by Olivia Dickinson

#TCMC Producer Olivia Dickinson invites you to discover the 10 Game Design Principles for the Next 10 Years in Showroom Cinema 3 at 1 p.m. on Thursday, with Carla Engelbrecht Fisher,  from No Crusts Interactive. Are both our kids and technology getting ahead of us? Of course not - some things are universal, no matter what the platform or when they are applied. Come and explore game design principles and the developmental psychology behind them, getting a great foundation of kid-focused good design along the way, setting you up for the next 10 years. Carla Engelbrecht Fisher.... ....writes one of the most popular blogs for Kidscreen, Kids Got Game [http://kidscreen.com/category/blogs/kids-got-game/] and she’ll be counting down the top 10 game design principles and explaining developmental psychology…

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CMC 2013: Somebody thinks I’m 3 today

Posted on: Saturday 29 June 2013 8:57am by Jayne Kirkham

#TCMC Jayne Kirkham celebrates her third year at the CMC as a blogger. I've just had notification from a blogging site that will remain unnamed (to protect the innocent) that this is my 'third birthday.' They gave me a picture of a tacky cupcake. Now I really don't like cupcakes: not my thing at all. If it really was my birthday, I’d much prefer something like this enormous onion which has its own built in candle/fuse. I think said unnamed blogging site means I’ve been blogging at CMC for the past two years. If you’ve been before, I hope you have found my missives useful. I’d like them all to be in verse or at the very least singable but…

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CMC 2013: Latest blogging team introduction.

Posted on: Friday 28 June 2013 9:30am by Milly Ali

#TCMC Hi – I’m Milly Ali and I’ll be blogging throughout the CMC. My background’s mainly producing and directing factual programmes but I’ve taken the opportunity to blog next week to find out more about content produced for children. It's my first time at CMC and it’s great to be involved. There’s plenty to look forward to from the International Exchange to the Research Strand. The Wednesday workshop 'Polish & Pitch' has caught my attention as I’m about to start a development role at CBBC. It promises to be practical and fun, couldn't ask for more really! I'm hugely interested in the "Come Out and Play" session too which I believe is an absolute must for anyone who is passionate about children's media and…

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