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June 2013

CMC 2013: Mapping Your Characters.

Posted on: Thursday 27 June 2013 9:49pm by Laurie Hutzler

Laurie Hutzler is producing a workshop which is crucial if you need to understand Mapping Your Characters. Wednesday 3rd July 2013 13:00 - 17:00 - Crucible Adelphi Room. Create an emotional map of your character's story journey.  Useful for developing characters, diagnosing character and story problems, and generating plot through character.  Great for visual thinkers who want to quickly "see" a character's story arc. This is session is practical and helpful and the technique can be applied immediately to any character.  Take away a tool, in six easy-to-use steps, that just might change how you think about story.  I've taught this method for some of the largest international media companies.

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CMC 2013: Has the children’s audiences changed?

Posted on: Thursday 27 June 2013 11:00am by David Kleeman

#TCMC David Kleemen will once again be opening his Prix Jeunesse "suitcase," but this time to celebrate a dual anniversary. Ten years?  That’s OK, I guess.  I mean, double digits is a landmark.  But 50?  That has gravitas.  50 looks at 10, leans back and says, “when I was your age…now fetch me a drink.” As the CMC celebrates a decade, the international children’s television festival – PRIX JEUNESSE – is planning its half-century celebration, May 30-June 4, 2014, in Munich! To celebrate the dual anniversaries, the ever-popular CMC-PRIX JEUNESSE “Suitcase” will spotlight high-impact shows from over the decades.  (We’ll only go back to the ‘90s, not to the French existentialist films of the pre-“Sesame Street” years.)  The programme choices…

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CMC 2013: Introducing the Blogging team….

Posted on: Thursday 27 June 2013 10:22am by Dave Hill

#TCMC Dave Hill, a freelance writer and content producer, is new to the blogging team this year. This week all the bloggers will be introducing themselves to delegates - and here Dave looks at how he's turned children's media user... into children's media provider. When I was younger I loved watching 'Going Live', reading 'Roy of the Rovers' and playing on the Atari... Terry Nutkins and Roy Castle were my heroes.  That probably reveals more about my age than I'd normally want to share, but perhaps it also tells you that I enjoyed growing up in a country with a wide range of children's media.  I'm sure I'm not alone in viewing my childhood through rose tinted glasses... perhaps the golden age…

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CMC 2013: Polish and Pitch Workshop

Posted on: Wednesday 26 June 2013 11:59pm

Wednesday 3rd July, 1pm – 5pm, Electric Works Register now while there are still places.  Just had a great idea for a project?  How do you know if it’s any good?  And how do you turn that light bulb moment into a global kids’ brand?  These are just some of the Big Questions the Polish and Pitch Workshop will be answering. Suitable for writers, animators, producers and budding creators of all levels of experience working on concepts for all age ranges (toddlers to teens), and hosted by ‘Mike the Knight’ creator Alexander Bar, and a panel of industry experts, Polish and Pitch will offer invaluable insights to help you assess and craft your ideas, navigate the many perils of the…

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CMC 2013: More International Names Join the Exchange

Posted on: Wednesday 26 June 2013 11:57pm

The International Exchange is the CMC’s new market event with over 40 buyers, investors and co-producers looking for programmes, projects, partners and talent in the Hubs throughout the Conference. More international guests have just signed up for the Exchange. Biren Ghose  is Country Head in India for Technicolor - the most prolific studio in the world for CG feature films, TV series and art for computer gaming. Brien says he is looking to expand Technicolor’s reach as a service provider, and he’s also selectively seeking co-productions.  Biren is also President of the ABAI, an industry association which partners the Indian Government on animation and visual effects policy.  So for background on the Indian animation scene his advice is invaluable. Yago Fandiño Lousa  Is Kids'…

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CMC 2013: Slicing up the Pizza

Posted on: Wednesday 26 June 2013 11:52pm

Thursday 4th July, 8pm – 10pm Book your Pizza place now The fabled Pizza Express supper – now back on Thursday night just before the big party – has been a feature of CMC since Year 1. In those quieter days, 25 people attended a “speakers dinner” and the tradition was born.  Now the Pizza Express night is the hot ticket of CMC and it books out, as we can only take a couple of hundred in the Devonshire Street Branch. But fear not flan-fans, in response to the desperate needs of the CMC in-crowd, Pizza Express have opened another branch in Sheffield - and we’ve booked that too!  The St Paul’s Place restaurant is in the centre of town,…

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CMC 2013: CMC: OMG!

Posted on: Wednesday 26 June 2013 11:49pm by Mark Wilson

Our Musical Gala - Thursday 4th July from 10pm Circus tricks! An Elvis gig! And gags from Bob 'n' Glen! Drinks on the house and in the HUBS to celebrate... “Now we are 10”.  

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CMC 2013: Sponsors – Swiss Style

Posted on: Wednesday 26 June 2013 11:46pm by Greg Childs

A long time ago one of our Advisory Committee came up with the idea that CMC should aim for the broadest possible range of sponsors so that the entire industry could express its support of CMC.  He said it would be a sort of federation, “like Switzerland…” and so the unique all-inclusive system of CMC sponsorship was born.  Ten years on it feels like our federation is coming of age, with more Foundation Sponsors than ever, and over 50 brands and companies lining up to support the CMC. We want to say a huge thank you to all of them, and to the Supporting Organisations who connect us to their members and send delegates from every sector of the kids’…

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CMC 2013: An Idiot Abroad.

Posted on: Wednesday 26 June 2013 8:41pm by Rachel Murrell

#TCMC. Rachel Murrell is the producer for this session on how to tackle the creative challenges of International co-production. Here she explains why this could be a crucial session for you at the CMC. We all know coproduction is about compromise, and we expect some wheeling with our dealing. But what about the editorial side? What happens to the script when the writer comes from one territory, the script editor from another, and the broadcasters from three more? This session is about the creative challenges of international co-production. Not deals. Not points. Just scripts. It will explore the panelists' recent co-productions and their contrasting approaches to story and the development process. How much jeopardy do German broadcasters want in their kids’…

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CMC 2013: What’s ‘good’ in children’s digital media?

Posted on: Wednesday 26 June 2013 8:19pm by Nick Walters

#TCMC This week producers will giving a taste of what's in their sessions at the CMC. Here, Nick Walters, asks "What's Good?' in the digital world.   Find out more on Thursday July 4th, 3.40pm, Showroom Cinema 3. Excessive in-app payments. Too much screen time. Dubious learning value. All problems related to digital experiences for kids that have made the headlines recently. So in the 'What's Good?' panel on Thursday, we'll what be asking what the children's media industry can do to promote the positive side of digital interactivity for kids. We'll be tackling some of the big questions - who's job is it to help parents find good quality digital experiences? How do we as industry encourage more investment…

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CMC 2013: A blogger’s blog.

Posted on: Wednesday 26 June 2013 2:42pm by Jon Hancock

#TCMC Jon Hancock, Series Producer with CBeebies, will be returning again to the CMC as one of the blogging team. Here, Jon looks ahead to the conference, and back over his past year. Other members of the blogging team will be introducing themselves too in the run up to the conference in Sheffield.   I’ve worked in BBC Children’s for 13 years and in that time have had the pleasure of doing just about every type of Children’s TV there is.  Since last CMC I’ve been involved in “Mr Bloom’s Nursery: Get Set, Grow” – an ambitious series taking Mr Bloom (housewives favourite) out on the road, filming at huge Bloom public events which attracted 30,000+ visitors … and creating “Swashbuckle”…

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CMC 2013: Stand by for Bloggers’ blogs and producers’ blogs.

Posted on: Tuesday 25 June 2013 8:42pm

#TCMC Once again there will be a blogging team at the CMC covering all the events next week. This allows you as delegates to gain much more from the CMC than just the events you attend in person. It means that you can check out all those sessions which you couldn't fit into your schedule - and benefit from the expertise and knowledge which was shared during the events throughout the conference. The blogs will also become a record of the whole 2013 CMC. The blogging team has received great feedback in recent years. If you see one of them - say hello. Starting this week the bloggers will be posting their first blogs;  to introduce themselves and look ahead…

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Workshop – The Co-pro Clinic

Posted on: Friday 21 June 2013 4:04pm

3 July 1-5pm Lunch from 12noon Sign up for the Co-pro Clinic before it books out. The Co-pro Clinic is always one of the CMC’s most sought-after tickets.  Packed with expert advice on all the aspects which go to make up the increasingly complex world of co-production. The Workshop takes you through the whole process of assessing your project and preparing it for the international market, exploring the challenges and pitfalls in funding, rights negotiation and creative compromise. Mickey Rogers has a long track record in building deals for successful projects.  She’s over from Canada to run this year’s Co-pro Clinic, and she’s pulled in an amazing array of expert guests to advise you, including: Andrew Beecham (Sprout – USA) Anne…

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New Signings for International Exchange

Posted on: Friday 21 June 2013 3:21pm

Join the International Exchange £45 + VAT Not Jose Mourinho (this time), but better still - Celine Chesnay, Preschool and Young Childrens Animation Manager at France Televisions, has signed up to join the international buyers at the Exchange. Céline will be representing the French public service broadcaster and is responsible for youth programming on France 3, France 5, and France Ô on air and online. Céline is looking to acquire content as well as discuss potential co-production and partnership opportunities. David Kleeman is the newly appointed Senior VP, Insights Programs and PlayVangelist at PlayCollective in the US. (We love the new title David!)  David is on a research mission as head of PlayCollective's Insights Programme.  He wants to know about innovative concepts in media, toys, games…

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C21 Offer for international Exchange Delegates

Posted on: Friday 21 June 2013 3:15pm

If you sign up to the International Exchange you’ll have exclusive access to our C21 special offer. The first 25 applying will be able to upload content on the C21 Screenings website for free. You can create a “suite” and upload content and promotional material, which can then be seen by buyers and investors in advance of the Exchange.  You can also use it to show material on your laptop or tablet at the event itself, using the bespoke C21 Screenings app. This special offer is only available to registered delegates for the CMC International Exchange.  If you’re planning to meet our range of specially invited international guests on 3rd, 4th or 5th July sign up for the Exchange and get your chance to have your…

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CMC: OMG

Posted on: Friday 21 June 2013 3:12pm

Elvis lives! Women (and some men) faint! Media moguls strut their stuff on stage.  Yup, there's gonna be a whole hunka burnin' love at our 10th Anniversary Musical Gala. So don't miss Thursday night - 4th July - Pizza then Paaaarty!  Sign up for CMC  to be there on Thursday night.  (And make sure you book your Pizza place at the same time - they're selling out fast!)

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International Exchange – One-to-One’s Booking Now

Posted on: Monday 10 June 2013 11:03pm

Undecided?  Why wait? For only £45 you can book into the new UK-based event featuring a wide variety of specially invited guests from around the world of kids' media. See more detail and the full list of International Guests on our website and find out what they are looking for by downloading our International Exchange Brochure. When you register for the International Exchange you will be sent an access code which allows you to book one-to-one book meetings with our International Exchange guests. Buyers, investors, co-producers, producers looking for writers, interactive partners and specialist consultants, will all be attending. just add the International Exchange when registering for the Conference and you'll have access to all this - and of course a free packed lunch...

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Full Schedule Published

Posted on: Monday 10 June 2013 10:54pm

The complete CMC Conference and Workshops schedule has been published online. That includes the Focus On... sessions in the International Exchange, all nine research sessions, commissioner sessions and all the rest - over 50 events in three days. You can take a look at it here.  It links through to descriptions of the sessions, and speakers.  We also have a complete list of the contributors - workshop experts, moderators, speakers and panelists.  Plus full content descriptions for each separate event on our Sessions Pages. You can start planning you CMC visit in detail. Don't forget to register soon.  Some of the Workshops, and certainly the Pizza Express are selling out, as they do every year.  Book now if you want to be sure not to miss the familiar CMC…

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Tales from the Swamp

Posted on: Monday 10 June 2013 10:51pm

This year's Creative Keynote is being delivered by a true industry character.   Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, ex Simpsons and co-creator of Phineas and Ferb will take to the stage at the Crucible Theatre on Thursday and promises "...an entertaining and informative Masterclass exploring how ‘Phineas and Ferb’ went from concept to international success…in only 15 years!" With some fantastic insights into the creative process, plus some songs and laughs along the way, Jeff is guaranteed to bring a smile to your Sheffield Thursday night.

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CMC: OMG!

Posted on: Monday 10 June 2013 10:48pm

Don't hang around... Get your glad rags on and join the party! Our Musical Gala 10th Anniversary Party Thursday July 4th from 10pm Don't miss it.  Register for CMC now!

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Pixel Market Pitch

Posted on: Monday 10 June 2013 10:07pm

Calling all cross-media professionals The Pixel Market is now open for applications! It takes place on the 16 & 17 October, at the the annual Cross-Media Forum held in association with the 57th BFI London Film Festival. 30 international projects will be selected, with 8 teams chosen to present their concept to a panel of industry executives at  The Pixel Pitch (16 Oct) in an attempt to win the prestigious 6,000€ ARTE International Prize, and in front of a 400 strong public audience. All 30 teams can win an additional two prizes; • the beActive Pixel Market Prize for Best Scripted Content • the Cinekid Pixel Market Prize for Best Children’s Project (4 – 14 year olds), which will get you automatic selection to Cinekid for Professionals co-production market in October,…

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May 2013

UK@Annecy 2013: UK@Annecy Programme Announced

Posted on: Sunday 19 May 2013 11:56pm

CMC is staging a networking seminar at the Annecy MIFA market on Friday 14th June.  Date and time 14th June, 10 am - 2 pm (including lunch) Venue: Imperial Place Hotel Annecy Register for this FREE event The event starts and ends with great networking opportunities over coffee and lunch. And in a packed programme the new UK animation tax incentive will be explored in detail, with special reference to how it impacts international co-productions. Speakers include: Ken Anderson – Red Kite Animation Genevieve Dexter – Serious Lunch Marc Dhrami - Gaumont Alphanim Jackie Edwards, CBeebies Gina Fegan – UK Trade and Investment Oli Hyatt – Blue Zoo and UK Animation Campaign Anna Mansi – BFI Certification Sarah Muller - CBBC Moses…

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Pitchers Put Up

Posted on: Sunday 19 May 2013 11:47pm

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS… The hugely successful ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ session is back at CMC for 2013, with a new team of Dragons assembled and hungry to option the next big commercial kids' property. We’re looking for diverse TV and multi-media ideas to be pitched live in front of an esteemed panel of investors and the CMC audience.  If you think you’ve got what it takes to create the next big hit then we want to hear from you. We want to see formats across all kids' age ranges which display real commercial potential. Your pitch will need to include as many visuals as possible and ideally a video.  The pitch must cover…

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Wednesday Workshops and International Exchange

Posted on: Sunday 19 May 2013 11:44pm

While you're booking for CMC, don't forget the pre-conference day is also packed with activity too.  For reasonable additional booking fees you can register for the CMC international Exchange or one of 4 Wednesday Workshops The International Exchange takes place between 0930 and 1730 on Weds 3rd - with the meetings lounge also open exclusively for Exchange Delegates' use right through Thurs and Fri. You can book in for an additional fee of £45+VAT. The Workshops take place from 1 pm to 5 pm also on Wednesday 3rd July.  There are four to choose from.  You can register for one of them for an additional fee of £25 +VAT. It's possible to attend the Exchange in the morning and get the full benefit…

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Children’s Media Yearbook Launches

Posted on: Sunday 19 May 2013 11:41pm

Just over a year into the life of the new Children's Media Foundation, they have published their first annual Yearbook.   It's an exploration of the issues, trends, and opinions around kids' media on all platforms, with articles by Joe Godwin, Director of Children's BBC, Dr Jo Twist, CEO of UKIE (the games association), Professor David Buckingham of Loughborough University, Professor Maire Messenger Davies of Ulster University, and many more. At a launch on Thursday last week some of the contributors discussed the book and the issues it raises with an invited audience at Salford University in MediaCity UK.  Lynn Whittaker, the Yearbook Editor said she had been asked by the CMF to produce something between a Blue Peter Annual of children's…

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International Exchange at CMC

Posted on: Sunday 19 May 2013 11:37pm

The CMC International Exchange announces its content sessions and the first international guests. This summer we are welcoming a host of international broadcasters, co-producers and funders to Sheffield to take part in the CMC International Exchange. The new all-day event is essential for anyone looking to find for international partnership, funding and sales opportunities. Whether you’re a writer, director or consultant looking to sell your services, an interactive company looking for leads, a publisher making connections, a service provider of any sort, a producer or distributor planning to sell a project - the International Exchange will offer the connections you need.  If you’re seeking investment, co-production partners or special expertise – the Exchange can provide solutions. How is it different…

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UK@Annecy 2013: UK@Annecy

Posted on: Sunday 19 May 2013 11:33pm

"UK Animation – Open For Business" Information Session & Networking Friday 14th June 2013 10 am – 1.30 pm Venue: MIFA at Annecy Register for your free place at the CMC's exclusive information session and networking opportunity at Annecy. We’re extending an open invitation to all UK participants at MIFA (and any international delegates also attending) to join us for a high-level briefing session on the operation and implications of the new animation tax break– especially in the context of international co-production and funding.   We’re calling it “UK Animation – Open for Business” and it will feature experts on the tax incentive and producers who have been instrumental in lobbying for it. Of course this event will also provide great opportunities…

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CMC 2013 – Keynote Announced

Posted on: Sunday 19 May 2013 11:30pm

We’re thrilled to announce that world-renowned author, screenwriter and collaborator on the Olympic Opening Ceremony, Frank Cottrell Boyce, will be opening the 10th Anniversary Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield on Wednesday 3 July with a Keynote speech. The writer of 24 Hour Party People and author and screenwriter of Millions, which was directed by Danny Boyle, returned to that collaboration when he wrote the Opening Ceremony last summer.  Father of seven, Carnegie Medal winner and Professor of Reading at Liverpool Hope University, Frank‘s contribution to our 10th anniversary celebrations promises to be lively and thought-provoking.

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Call for Entries – the Grierson Awards

Posted on: Sunday 19 May 2013 11:29pm

The Grierson Awards recognize outstanding films in the factual and documentary genres which demonstrate integrity, originality and technical excellence, and social or cultural significance.  The closing date for entries is 31 May 2103. There’s no category for children’s documentary or factual, but we think “why not?”  For a full list of categories, and to enter go to: http://www.griersontrust.org

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March 2013

CMC 3-5 July: Tickets on sale now!

Posted on: Thursday 28 March 2013 7:10pm

Registration is open now for CMC 2013 in Sheffield. Our super value Early Bird rate is £230 + VAT which is £80 off the full ticket price.  The offer’s only open to May 7th so don’t miss it.  For students, freelancers, under 30’s and people in companies of 2 or fewer there’s an even lower rate of £170 + VAT.  But tickets at this price are limited in number and we fully expect them to sell out quickly as they did last year. Register soon to avoid disappointment.

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