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July 2020

CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Perspective On… New Trends for Kids in Interactive Content,

Posted on: Thursday 09 July 2020 11:15pm by Kate Dimbleby Rupert Howe

Kate Dimbleby, who produced the CMC video Perspective on... New Trends for Kids in Interactive Content,comsiders "the world turned upside down..." As Act one of 'Hamilton' ends, the lines “the world turned upside down” ring out.   I sing along with my 14 and 12 year old feeling the relevance.  It does seem that way.  And yet, for children, they will soon know no different.  Always growing faster and more flexibly than the adults who entertain them.  In our session, we focus on the New Trends for Interactive - the streaming interactive kids' shows Netflix have been pioneering and how we can no longer see this kind of content as purely additive or complementary. As one of our speakers, Alex Breen from…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Masterclass: Moomins and Pippi Longstocking

Posted on: Wednesday 08 July 2020 7:03pm by Sharon Miller

Sharon Miller,  Session Producer admits to being a "late adopter" but is now a convert. Remarkably - if not alarmingly - I grew up without 'Pippi Longstocking' or 'Moomins' in my childhood.  My loss.  However...the upside is that I've been able to discover Pippi and Moomins as an adult - and understand quite how extraordinary they both  are.  The webinar on Friday afternoon at 2pm is a unique opportunity to find out and understand more about these two fascinating women - Tove Jansson and Astrid Lindgren, who created 'Moomins' and 'Pippi Longstocking', respectively.  It's an opportunity not to be missed. Two women whose lives were the seedbeds for their stories, characters and worlds that - for 75 years - have beguiled,…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Commissioer Conversations VODs

Posted on: Wednesday 08 July 2020 9:42am by Fayon Dixon

Session producer Fayon Dixon realty produced a research session about the SVODs for the CMC Friday Webinars.  Undaunted, she returns to the subject for CMC 2020 Online. The build up to Wednesday's Commissioners Conversations, has been another fantastic learning curve!! This is my second time producing for CMC and during lockdown and it's been an great insight to what some of the largest names in commissioning are up to and what they would like to hear from you. In the last couple of months whilst preparing, I have seen just why this platform is so necessary for enabling future ideas to reach the ears of our commissioners. I've had to request so much information from our speakers to ensure we…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Lockdown, Learning and Brands

Posted on: Monday 06 July 2020 7:06pm by Hannie Kirkham

Hannie Kirkham is Research and Business Development Manager at Oriel Square Publishing and Strategy - and a former student volunteer at CMC. Producing the Learning session for this year's webinars, she outlines the thinking behind it. Learning and education is, and always has been, a key element of many edutainment brands - even before lockdown. The last few months have thrown in some added challenges for educators and content providers alike. Challenges are always partnered with opportunities, and for the world of edtech and edutainment, that is very much the case. There has been a huge surge in the use of online learning materials, with companies opening their resources to help during the crisis, and schools and parents relying more and more…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Research

Posted on: Monday 06 July 2020 6:56pm by Vickie O'Malley

Vickie O'Malley (MD, Rockpool Licensing) has Executive Produced the CMC Research strand for several years... Pearls of wisdom from CMC research sessions have been invaluable to me and to Rockpool. The first half of my career was in the retail and toy industries where data, research and consumer insight are plentiful as can be. As much as I love my licensing life, I’m afraid the same cannot be said for consumer products! CMC research sessions provide intel and highlight opportunities and trends that have made a real difference to my business and the service I provide to my clients. For businesses large and small, access to quality research ‘for free’ is just one of the amazing things that comes with…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Focus On…

Posted on: Monday 06 July 2020 2:40pm by Sarah Baynes

Sarah Baynes is deputy chair of the CMC Advisory Committee and our go-to person for links with China. She has executive produced the Focus On INternational business strand this year... Our Focus On... strand is once again laser focussed (appropriately enough) on giving you the up to date view-point on territories that are keen and open for business with the UK. In an increasingly editorially competitive and commercially challenging global landscape, knowing your options and allies will be the lifeblood to industry survival as well as yours. This year we are focussing on Canada, China and Ireland -  with contributions from Producers, Distributors and organisations with knowledge of routes to finance. Join them right here right now (as they are…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Perspective On… Content Quilting

Posted on: Monday 06 July 2020 1:06pm by Ewan Vinnicombe-Wallis

CMC 2020 Online Perspective on... video producer Ewan Vinnicombe-Wallis wants you to encourage you to consider quilting... Do you want to find out which territory Nina Hahn from Nickelodeon is looking at for her next big global project? Or want to see an "exclusive to CMC" clip of the new CBBC drama 'Mystic' produced by the award winning Simon Crawford Collins? Then maybe the Content Quilting session is for you. It was fascinating to hear Nina and Simon's perspectives about producing live action from around the globe. And the title has got to be the most intriguing ever suggested for CMC!

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Posted on: Sunday 05 July 2020 8:28pm by Debbie Macdonald

PYMWYMI Executive Producer Debbie Macdonald reflects on what makes this session the most popular at CMC every year...  I’ve been Exec’ing this session for many years now and its become one of the key favourites at CMC. As a former buyer myself, turned creator/writer, I’m incredibly passionate about encouraging people to get their ideas out there as early as possible. For new Creators/producers, it can be seen as a daunting process but it really doesn’t have to be. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is unravels the mystery. The session is a unique and exciting opportunity for Producers to get their ideas in front of key decision makers in the kids' industry, gaining invaluable feedback and advice. This year we had…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Changemakers

Posted on: Sunday 05 July 2020 6:43pm by Dr Vicky Brophy

Vicky Brophy has been the Exec Producer of the CMC Changemakers since 2018. I’ve learned not to worry whether or not we’ll be able to unearth yet another clutch of inspirational Changemakers each year. Luckily for us all, young people are not just caring more than ever; they’re taking more positive action as well.  I know I’m getting older but, six years and sixty successful speakers into the strand, they would appear to be getting younger too.  Not so long ago I found the naive optimism of youth rather wearing.  However, I’ve come to realise that those unencumbered by years of energy-sucking actuality, are the ones transforming ambitious ideas into truly change-making reality.  The Changemakers are like shots of caffeine,…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: The Creator’s Inner Child

Posted on: Sunday 05 July 2020 6:23pm by Gráinne McGuinness

Grainne McGuinness, Creative Director of Paper Owl Films, took on an ambitious project for CMC 2020 Online What kind of kid were you? How does that kid speak to the story worlds you create for young audiences today? We asked some stellar creators that very question… What did Keith Chapman get in trouble for? Why wasn’t Nancy Kanter a Disney kid? Was Angela Santomero a tiny bit daunted when it came to bringing her own childhood hero to a new generation?  It was an honour to reflect on the childhood selves of great kids content creators and how they have informed the joyous, important and enriching worlds they weave for new audiences today. They’ve brought their childhood playgrounds with them into…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Creative Keynote – Cressida Cowell

Posted on: Sunday 05 July 2020 6:04pm by Jayne Kirkham

Jayne Kirkham, producing this year's Creative Keynote, felt the Muse come upon her when we asked her to write a preview... Creative Magic by J Kirkham Remember the first book you read? The joy making stuff up in your head? For some fun breaking rules And top tips for all (see what I did there?) Come and join us in Cressida's shed.

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: PJ Briefcases

Posted on: Saturday 04 July 2020 10:52pm by David Kleeman

David Kleeman shares the outstanding children's TV that emerges from the PRIX JEUNESSE International Festival every two years. The Festival has just finished its first ever online screenings, and hot-off-the-press, David has curated three different views off some of the best kids' TV from the last two years - worldwide. I’ve been going to PRIX JEUNESSE since before many of you were born. My first festival was in 1988. That was a wholly different time in media, and some things are radically new, while others haven’t changed at all. One of this year’s top preschool competitors was a remake of a show I loved at that 1988 event! Still, there’s nothing I look forward to more - an uninterrupted week…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Inclusivity Now – Beyond The Quota: Authentic Inclusivity

Posted on: Saturday 04 July 2020 6:02pm by Akin Akinsiku

Akin Akinsiku, co-creator, director and writer on BAFTA nominated and Broadcast Award winning CBeebies pre-school drama ‘Apple Tree House’, writes about the efforts, sacrifices and commitments he’d like to see from broadcasters and content creators to ensure real change and authentic diversity. The Children's Media Conference Facebook Group Chat - Inclusivity Now offers the opportunity for delegates to comment, ask questions and discuss the content of all the Inclusivity Now strand at CMC. We are in a position where we can affect generational changes. When I was a kid, I loved superheroes and comic books. My favourite characters were Superman, Batman, Hulk and Spiderman. I used to draw them…all the time. In art college, I realised I could draw men’s anatomy very…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Commissioner Conversations – PSBs

Posted on: Saturday 04 July 2020 5:31pm by Barry Quinn

Barry Quinn has produced many commissioner sessions for CMC over the years... This one is something new. This is without doubt the most extraordinary PSB Commissioner session I have ever produced - not only has production been paused, budgets slashed and future commissioning kicked into the long grass - it's also opened up opportunities for fast turnaround content and imaginative production techniques - necessity being the mother of invention and all that.  And with Black Lives Matter giving a new urgency for broadcasters to get diversity strategies right and Channel 4 going all out to win over the fickle teens, it's a session not to be missed!

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Inclusivity Now… Equal Measures – the 50:50 Story

Posted on: Saturday 04 July 2020 2:59am by Lara Joannides

Lara Joannides explains the background to this video in the Inclusivity Now strand for CMC 2020. The Children's Media Conference Facebook Group Chat - Inclusivity Now offers the opportunity for delegates to comment, ask questions and discuss the content of all the Inclusivity Now strand at CMC. "You can’t be what you can’t see”. It’s a phrase we’re all familiar with, and one which is particularly important when it comes to creating content for young audiences. People of all ages are consuming more and more content every day, whether it be TV ads, the news or social media. And what that content looks and sounds like can have a huge impact on our understanding of the world around us and…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Perspective On… LGBT+ Now

Posted on: Friday 03 July 2020 12:49am by Natalie Walmsley

Wrier/performer Natalie Walmsley has produced the Perspective On... video, LGBTQ+ Now.   Perspective On... LGBTQ+ Now has a CMC Facebook Group Chat area for discussion, questions and comment during the conference. A little over a year ago, I sat in a writer’s room that set out to change history. As the only queer person in the room, on one of those larger than life screens, I typed the words: “I’m gay”. It came out of the mouth of a 16 year old character and was set to be the first time anyone had said those words on live action kids TV in the UK. I could feel the tension, then the silence and then the euphoria from all the creative…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Commissioner Conversations – Channels

Posted on: Wednesday 01 July 2020 5:08pm by Angela Morrow

Angela Morrow, producing the CMC Commissioner Conversations with Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, wants to encourage you to attend and ask questions! In a year of unprecedented challenge and change for the industry we can all take a modicum of solace from the perennial presence of the CMC Commissioner Conversation – Channels panel. You may be a new creator, an industry veteran or somewhere between the two. Wherever you are along that road, you’ll want to hear what these highly experienced commissioners have to say. They are the conduit between creator and audience and their insights are invaluable in plotting the route from idea to screen. Discover how WarnerMedia and Nickleodeon have risen to the challenge of keeping kids entertained in…

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June 2020

CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Perpective On… Our Frame of Mind

Posted on: Tuesday 30 June 2020 10:53pm by Jude Spencer

Jude Spencer, mental health trainer, producing and presenting this video in the Perspective On... strand asks "How to Change your Frame of Mind?" Perspective On... Our Frame of Mind has a Chat area in the Children's Media Conference Facebook Group. Delegates can use it to leave messages, ask questions and discuss. “Coronavirus put the breaks on my career . So I went “Aggggghhhh” for a while and then I paused and then went “this is how it is, I can’t change how it is”, that’s when I re-engaged with it,” says storyboard artist and Co-creator of 'Shane the Chef', Andrew Wildman. Andrew is no stranger to setbacks and adversity. He previously worked for Marvel before they filed for bankruptcy in…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Inclusivity Now – Mission Employable – Presenting Popular Shows in BSL

Posted on: Tuesday 30 June 2020 10:25pm by Cecilia Weiss

Cecilia Weiss shares ITV Signpost's experience in creating 'Mission Employable' and 'Dare Master', two popular CITV shows - in this video for the CMC 2020 Inclusivity Now strand... The Children's Media Conference Facebook Group Chat - Inclusivity Now offers the opportunity for delegates to comment, ask questions and discuss the content of all the Inclusivity Now strand at CMC. SignPost Productions is ITV’s centre of excellence for multi-platform British Sign Language services. SignPost combines industry-leading expertise and resources with a passion for social mobility and diversity. Gareth Deighan, ITV SignPost Productions’ Head of Content, and Christopher Luke, producer at ITV SignPost Productions and Sign Language Services, insist that making more accessible content with more inclusive teams is not difficult. Speak to people…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Inclusivity Now – Intentional Inclusion in Children’s Books

Posted on: Monday 29 June 2020 4:40pm by Jessi Parrott

Jessi Parrot from Inclusive Minds reveals the thinking behind their contribution to the Inclusivity Now strand at CMC 2020 Online. The Children's Media Conference Facebook Group Chat - Inclusivity Now offers the opportunity for delegates to comment, ask questions and discuss the content of all the Inclusivity Now strand at CMC. Everyone has different life experiences. These experiences are informed by background, culture and sense of identity (which incorporates factors such as gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, disability/impairment and socioeconomic status). Moreover, as academic Rudine Sims Bishop  reminds us in her 1990 research, books can be ‘mirrors, windows and sliding doors’ for children’s imaginations - showing them reflections of themselves and allowing them opportunities to learn about other people. Following on…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Inclusivity Now – The ‘Drip Drip Effect’- How to Combat Gender Stereotypes

Posted on: Monday 29 June 2020 1:38pm by Megan Perryman Tessa Trabue

Megan Perryman and Tessa Trabue from Let Toys Be Toys explain why they have made a video for the CMC 2020 Inclusivity Now strand. The Children's Media Conference Facebook Group Chat - Inclusivity Now offers the opportunity for delegates to comment, ask questions and discuss the content of all the Inclusivity Now strand at CMC. Back in 2012, heated discussions were taking place on a popular UK parenting message board about the ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ signs spotted in the toy aisles of many UK retailers.  Cooking and cleaning toys along with dolls were signposted for girls, while construction, science and action and adventure toys sat firmly on the ‘boys’ side of the aisle.  Parents were concerned about children having their interests limited…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Inclusivity Now

Posted on: Monday 29 June 2020 3:29am by Olivia Dickinson

Olivia Dickinson is Excutive Producer of the Inclusivity Now strand of VOD content at CMC 2020 Online. Here she outlines the aims of the content which is new venture for CMC - practical examples of how creators and networks are pursuing inclusive content and expanding diversity in their productions. The Children's Media Conference Facebook Group Chat - Inclusivity Now offers the opportunity for delegates to comment, ask questions and discuss the content of all the Inclusivity Now strand at CMC. This year’s CMC has given us an amazing opportunity to create content that gives you concrete, practical actions and takeaways. Every one of the contributors in the 9 films that are part of Inclusivity Now will tell you at least…

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CMC 2020 Online: Preview: Best Of…

Posted on: Saturday 27 June 2020 2:03am

Michael Carrington was a founder member of the CMC Advisory Committee.  Having been the first Controller of CBeebies, and subsequently Chief Content Officer at Cartoon Network and CEO of Zodiak Kids, he is now Director of the Entertainment and Specialist Division at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.   CMC asked several figures in the children's media industry to choose their favourite moments from CMC Keynotes. You can see their choices in the Best Of... strand of CMC 2020 video content.   This is Michael Carrington's recollection of CMC past... "A big hello to you all planning to attend CMC 2020 Online. I’ve had a long and chequered history in the kids' media industry but I'm certainly a long-term supporter of CMC from…

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July 2019

CMC 2019: Preview – Gambling and Gaming. What’s the Difference? Whats the Harm?

Posted on: Monday 01 July 2019 11:01am by Heather Wardle

Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 14:10 - 15:10 Showroom Cinema 2 This session highlights the human cost of gambling-harms and explores whether the increasing intersection of gambling and gaming is something to be concerned about or is the latest moral panic about children's behaviours online. Gambling with Lives, the charity founded by families bereaved by gambling-related suicide, to raise awareness of the serious health risks of gambling addiction, have spoken about their experiences for the first time in this hard-hitting film, which will be first seen at CMC.  From Pukka Films on Vimeo.

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June 2019

CMC 2019: Preview – Unconscious Bias

Posted on: Sunday 30 June 2019 9:24pm by Kathy Loizou

Thursday 4th July 2019, 11:00 - 12:00 Repeated: 14:00 - 15:00 HUBS Hideout Luise Usiskin will expertly take you on a journey through the thought-provoking subject of Unconscious Bias in a way that’s interesting, useful, fun and not at all intimidating. All of us have learned a variety of stereotypes that are automatic, unintentional, and ingrained. These are able to influence how we behave in our day-to-day lives.  Our everyday environment influences,  and continues to influence, how we’ve become, who we are and how we interact with the world. Unconscious Bias training is about exposing these biases and helping us look at why it is inherent in all of us. The training helps us think about how we can start to recognise…

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CMC 2019: Preview – Career Guidance Session

Posted on: Saturday 29 June 2019 8:09pm by Florencia Donagaray

Monday 1 July, 4-5pm  HUBS The Stage Florencia Donagray, having presented research at CMC previously is producing this year's CMC Volunteer Guidance session. Here she explains who it's for and how it works. Those who have had the chance to attend the CMC might have noticed that apart from the thought-provoking sessions and inspiring panelists there is another signature element that makes the conference unique: the amazing team of hard-working and ever-smiling volunteers. It’s largely thanks to these young people that the CMC runs smoothly - in every session and venue. The volunteers are the driving force during the event – and, because of this, the CMC team works hard to ensure that the volunteers also take something back with…

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CMC 2019: Preview – Delivery Demands

Posted on: Saturday 29 June 2019 12:52pm by Dalton Deverell

Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 17:10 - 18:00 Showroom Cinema 2 "Netflix and chill” is at risk of becoming decidedly warm due to a series of delivery demands that has swept through the industry over recent years. We look at the benefits of becoming a superhuman spec’d up studio after navigating the user friendly muli-pagre NP3 questionnaire and what exactly it adds to the production. Of course it’s not just Netflix, every giant has the best way to work with mere mortals and we discuss the implications this can have on budget, scheduling and managing relationships. Hearing from a range of industry experts to give first tale accounts of these demands and the best way to jump through the hoops and…

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CMC 2019: Preview – Commissioner Conversations – Channels

Posted on: Saturday 29 June 2019 12:48pm by Gary Milne

Thursday 4th July 2019, 12:30 - 13:30 Showroom Cinema 4 Whether you’re a veteran in the industry, just starting out, or somewhere in between, it’s pretty safe to assume that you’re going to want to hear what the commissioners have to say. After all, they are the champions of our content and thus the gateway to our audiences. In an ever-evolving media landscape, we find out what’s new with Sony, Turner and Viacom, what they’re looking for and how best to approach them with your next big idea. As the theme of this year's CMC is 'Limitless' we'll also hear their thoughts on how they think kids having access to near-limitless choice, affects the industry and their viewers. The Commissioner panels have been a staple fixture at CMC, proving popular…

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CMC 2019: Preview – Staying Local

Posted on: Saturday 29 June 2019 12:44pm by Jesse Cleverly

Thursday 4th July 2019, 09:30 - 10:30 Showroom Cinema 4 Drama at home.... With the twin arrival of new SVoD players and the new BFI fund, kids drama producers have never had it so good - or so promising. However, figuring out which way to take your pitch to appeal to either domestic players looking for local fayre, or streamers looking for shows that will resonate all around the world  - seems to leave producers with a tricky choice. On the one hand they can develop stories that feel very culturally specific but might not travel, while on the other seem to be the stories that will appeal to kids all over the world but might not really speak sufficiently…

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CMC 2019: Preview – Successful Pitches: the Secret History

Posted on: Saturday 29 June 2019 12:41pm by Martyn Niman

Thursday 4th July 2019, 09:40 - 10:40 Showroom Cinema 3 Want to increase the odds of getting your series or idea commissioned? What is that magic dust that makes those broadcasters and partners green light an idea into production? Join four pitching pros on a panel that will cover real inside stories on how they successfully pitched their ideas to channels and publishers. Joan Lofts shines a light on Peppa’s pitch, Mellie Buse from Adastra, on selling 'Grandpa in My Pocket', Caryl Hart, on pitching her stories and getting them published and Chris Dicker, Jam Media, on the 'Becca Bunch' story. Tim Patterson (Children’s IP consultant & previous Nickelodeon exec) will ask those key questions to our panellists to get them…

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