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April 2016

CMC Rights Exchange @LBF 2016: How does Publishing IP become Broadcast & Licensing IP?

Posted on: Tuesday 19 April 2016 2:05pm by Simon Bor

Speaker: Alison Warner, (Technicolor) Host and producer:  John Lomas-Bullivant (Dynamite Studios) Takeaway The old funding model is alive and well. Almost as soon as one speaker at CMC’s public sessions at this year’s London Book Fair had announced that the funding model for children’s shows was dead, along came another  who proved that the old funding model is alive and well. It’s a complicated worldwide co-production for an £11 million animated series in glorious Technicolor. The world famous Technicolor is now a French-owned company that owns London’s Moving Picture Company and has animation facilities in Bangalore and through Alison Warner, VP of IP Sales, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, and others in the organisation, seeks out IP and takes it to the broadcast…

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July 2015

CMC 2015: Volunteering as a CMC Producer

Posted on: Friday 03 July 2015 6:36pm by Becky Palmer

Becky Palmer explains what it’s like to be a CMC producer and why she keeps coming back for more!   This is my third time producing a session for the Children's Media Conference. I’ve produced a creative keynote with Moshi Monsters’ Michael Acton-Smith, a session on crowdfunding and, for 2015, a session on Learning by app. Do you need prior knowledge? I produced a session the first time I attended CMC and found that I didn’t need advance knowledge before volunteering. There is an exec assigned to each session to give guidance and advice, a meeting in London and a welcome session in Sheffield to make sure you have all the information you need, plus a schedule to help you…

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CMC 2015: The Pre-School Parent Trap Preview

Posted on: Thursday 02 July 2015 9:34pm by Mellie Buse

 Storytelling: The Pre-School Parent Trap takes place on Friday 3 July 2015, 9.40-10.40, Cinema 2 The CMC has grown beyond all recognition.  What started out as a relatively homespun, small scale networking conference is now holding its head up high on the international stage.  However, what I like most about the CMC is that it still maintains an atmosphere of inclusivity and camaraderie.  It’s an intimate gathering of people who all have the same aim – to explore ways of producing high quality content for kids who are, as the movers and shakers of tomorrow, the most important audience of all.   The well planned sessions are very varied, addressing both the creative and the fiscal challenges we face in the children’s media…

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CMC 2015: Preview – Focus on International

Posted on: Wednesday 01 July 2015 5:29pm by Guilherme Coelho

Guilherme Coelho, CEO / Co-founder - Ø1 Digital, is one of the international guests speaking at Focus on International on Thursday, 2nd July 2015, 17-18.00 @ HUBS B. Here, he gives a digital perspective on new ways to approach the international market. We are coming to CMC to share our experience on digital content distribution through Apps + VOD channels. We’re also here to gather new kids’ content to follow the successful strategy we‘ve achieved with many brands like ‘Lottie Dottie Chicken’ [or ‘Gallina Pintadita’], which has already more than three billion views on YouTube (Portuguese, Spanish and English), over 20 million App downloads (iOS, Android, Windows and FirefoxOS), over one million dollars in revenue from App Stores, and is also…

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CMC 2015: Preview – The Business of Digital

Posted on: Wednesday 01 July 2015 5:20pm by Juliet Tzabar

The Business of Digital, Thursday 2 July 2015, 11.10-12.20, Cinema 2 Digital content for kids is nothing new  - whether it’s a digital-first, online drama for teens; an app intended to teach preschoolers their ABCs; or a sandbox in which 6-10 year olds can use virtual building bricks to create whatever springs from their imaginations.  However, over the 20 or so years since people first created games and websites to entertain kids online and the 5 years since that first shiny iPad was handed to a toddler, has anyone but the biggest of players yet cracked how to make any money from this proliferation of new content and platforms? In this session 4 digital experts will present their views on…

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CMC 2015: Are You Licensed to Thrill?

Posted on: Wednesday 01 July 2015 5:03pm

Licensed to Thrill, Thursday, 2 July 2015, 12.45-13.45 @ Cinema 2 Over the last twenty-five years licensing has moved from being the ‘black sheep’ of the media family to being the ‘great white hope’ of cash-strapped production companies. The budgets for children’s TV, in particular, have been slashed and slashed again. Ofcom regulations have further restricted access for broadcasters to traditional revenue streams, further reducing desire to invest in original content. Meanwhile, huge licensing successes like Moshi Monsters or Angry Birds, from non-traditional media, and also Ben 10, Sean the Sheep or Minions, from very traditional media, have more than ever made broadcasters aware of the power of licensing, and driven a desire to participate in these revenues.  So today TV,…

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June 2015

CMC 2015: Changing Behaviours

Posted on: Tuesday 30 June 2015 5:55pm by Shazia Ali

CMC Research Strand Co-Producer, Shazia Ali, on the nine sessions offering new insights into kids’ minds, play, and media habits. The research strand at the CMC never fails to attract. Free research insights are of enormous value to CMC delegates. This year’s session in Cinema 1 show the range of interests in the research sector – commercial companies, academic and other institutions are all turning up to share what they know.  9 x 30 minute bite-size presentations offer a range of research content in easily digestible form. The sessions this year showcase speakers from Ofcom, The University of Sheffield and several leading UK kids and youth research consultancies. We are very pleased to also welcome Dr. Maya Götz, Head of the…

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CMC 2015: Changing Minds

Posted on: Tuesday 30 June 2015 5:54pm by Tom Kenyon

CMC Learning Strand Editor, Tom Kenyon, on the new cross-overs between educational and mainstream media for kids. Children’s Media has always had a close relationship with learning.  If ever we needed a reminder of the impact this industry can have on children’s learning and development, Sesame Street – a show that was devised to answer the question ‘can television teach?’ - released evidence this year that watching Big Bird, Elmo and co had the same impact on pre-schoolers’ education as attending nursery school. The theme of this year’s CMC is change. The learning content industry has undergone a huge transformation over the last few years.   Our keynote is from a YouTube education destination with 15 million subscribers! Investment in educational technology is…

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CMC 2015: New Dragons in the Den

Posted on: Tuesday 30 June 2015 5:53pm by Zoë Bamsey

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Thursday 2 July 2015 1.45-3pm @ Showroom Cinema 4 This hugely popular session is returning for its fourth year! [The format doesn’t change – why change it? It’s “hugely popular.”] Same presenter, same monetary stakes - but the judges and producers are all brand new! This session has a ‘Dragons Den’ format and is presented by Karl Woolley in his inimitable style. The format allows several producers an opportunity to present their creative ideas to a panel of four potential funders, and to pitch for financial investment while offering a stake in return.  Heckling from the audience comes as part of the package, while we watch the negotiations take place and the deals…

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CMC 2015: Exploring the Future of Play

Posted on: Tuesday 30 June 2015 5:52pm by Jo Lansdowne

Play Sandbox, Friday 3 July 2015 12.45-1.45pm @ HUBS A  Jo Lansdowne, REACT Managing Producer, and the Play Sandbox team, will be demoing some of the amazing products designed by kids, professionals, and academics in the HUBS throughout the conference and explaining the Play Sandbox process in a special session at Friday 3 July 2015 12.45-1.45pm @ HUBS A. Her aim – to stimulate new ways of working and new relationships in the creative process” “I think I got out of it the sense that if you put your mind to something you can accomplish anything.” Play Sandbox Young Coach In REACT, we believe that media companies in the UK need support to develop new kinds of product and experience aimed at…

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CMC 2015: Children’s Commissioner Attends CMC

Posted on: Tuesday 30 June 2015 5:51pm

The Web We Want, Friday 3 June 2015, 9.30-10.30am HUBS C Picking up on web inventor Tim Berners-Lee’s concept of The Web We Want, CMC are staging a session to explore the rights of children online and the responsibilities of platform owners towards young people in their user base. The CMC welcomes for the first time the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, to talk about her plan to create an Internet task-force to explore kids’ welfare online. Also taking part is Reg Bailey, Chief Executive of the Mother’s Union, who was author of the 2013 government-commissioned 'Bailey review' that explored the commercialisation and sexulisation of children in the digital age. Marc Goodchild, CMC Advisory Board Member and CMF Executive Group Member…

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CMC 2015: Warm Welcome in Sheffield

Posted on: Tuesday 30 June 2015 5:48pm by Linda Ross

Linda Ross, outlines how new-comers can navigate CMC and make new mates. Plus a free drink from your caring sharing CMC. First Timers Reception: Wednesday 1 July, 5-6pm in The Crucible Bar Arriving in Sheffield for the CMC can be daunting. At first glance, it looks like a huge gathering of old mates and people who’ve worked in Children’s for hundreds of years. But, in fact, around half the delegates to CMC, each year, are first-timers. So, if you’re feeling a bit shy – never fear. The CMC First Timer’s Reception is there to break you in. Kick your conference off with a special gathering, just for first timers, where you’ll learn what to expect over the following couple of…

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CMC 2015: Make A Change

Posted on: Monday 29 June 2015 2:28pm by Jake Hobbs

New to the Children’s Media Conference for 2015 are the Changemakers: short presentations from individuals who are innovating and making an impact in the industry, and many of them are young achievers. These unique talks have been produced to align with this years theme “All Change?" with contributions from speakers as young as 12 who could well be the future of the industry. In searching for our Changemakers we sought out the very best talent from a range of backgrounds including arts and culture, games, and publishing to offer a diverse set of opinions and insight to provoke thought amongst the audience. We are looking forward to hearing from speakers including Sean Spooner, who at 14 was named ‘The World’s Youngest Publisher’…

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The Wild West…or East. Get your Game Face on for China

Posted on: Monday 29 June 2015 2:23pm by Leanne Passafonti

  This year’s Focus on China, through our informative Q&A format, aims to help prepare you (producers, creatives, digital developers, distributors and anyone in between) for a leap into the Chinese market. Breaking down the wall might not be easy, but if you can, there may be significant opportunities in China. Our panel of experts, led by moderator Alex Chien, will delve into their own experiences of working in the Chinese market from both a Chinese and International perspective. Alex Chien, our moderator, brings 20 years’ experience in TV & Event Production, having worked for Nickelodeon, Disney and MTV and now running her own independent A4 Studios. She has worked both in the UK and China and has invaluable insights…

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CMC 2015: Celtic Commissioners & The Cash Stash

Posted on: Monday 29 June 2015 2:17pm by Siwan Jobbins

Creative Producer Siwan Jobbins extends a warm invitation to the Changing Channels: Commissioning Conversation with Celtic Commissioners ... With ever shrinking budgets, the canny producer is always on the lookout for new broadcasters to pitch to and new funding models. Ok, the tag line for our session, ‘Celtic Commissioners' may be a little more dramatic than the reality, but there is money available for the right projects. Our session will take a closer look at who S4C, RTÉ & BBC Alba are and what they’re about. We’ll find out what they’re looking for, whilst also discovering how various funds and pots of money can be accesses if working on projects for them. For example: S4C’s commercial arm is interested in new ventures…

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11 CMC Survival Tips

Posted on: Thursday 25 June 2015 1:41pm

Tony Cooke co-created CBBC’s ‘A Long Long Crime Ago’, and was a lead writer on two series of ‘Diddy Movies’, winning the BAFTA for Best Comedy 2014. His kids’ writing credits also include: ‘Scream Street’, ‘Danger Mouse’, ‘Floogals’, and ‘The Legend of Dick and Dom’. www.tonycooke.net This will be my fourth CMC in a row. I know this because I already have a pile of three Cartoon Network shoulder bags in my attic. Also, being a writer, it’s one of the few times I actually get to stay in a hotel ‘for business’ and I’ve just finished my 2012 stack of mini-toiletries, which I absolutely did NOT take home on purpose. This year it’ll be a little different for me,…

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Party Time Prep

Posted on: Thursday 25 June 2015 1:40pm

Angela Salt, Co-Director / Creative Consultant / Writer of Fun Crew Ltd. gives you the low-down on how to get low...or down...or whatever moves you've got! Why work the room when you can work the dancefloor? Always a fun highlight of the Conference, the official Thursday Night CMC Party at The Hubs for all registered delegates is co-hosted again by Merseyside indie creative studio FUN CREW with a floor-friendly mix of disco, electro, retro-pop and pogo. They'll be flying in Guest DJ Andrew Harrison — music journalist, former editor of music magazines Q, Select and Mixmag, and co-promoter of London club SPENT — to play prime party tunes from Daft Punk to Donna Summer to Depeche Mode to De La Soul.…

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CMC 2015: The Need for Speed

Posted on: Tuesday 23 June 2015 12:16pm by Hugh Lawton

valuedThere are Speed Meeting sessions after the commissioning and expert panels at CMC. They are listed in the conference schedule.  Just turn up to the Workstation and book-in to meet the executives of your choice.  It's a first come, first served system, with no pre-booking available. CBBC's Executive Producer, Independents, Hugh Lawton is hungry for your brilliant ideas at CMC speed meetings... So it’s Friday at CMC and you’ve just been to see Alice, Kay, Cheryl and Claire at the Changing Channels session (11-12.30 Showroom Cinema 4) which was both stimulating and insightful but also slightly eased that nagging hangover from the CMC Party*. Now your mind is whirring with thoughts about what content the UK’s two top children’s channels need to complement their already strong slates on…

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CMC 2015: Question Time Questions

Posted on: Wednesday 17 June 2015 2:41pm

Send your questions about the future of children’s media for the CMC Question Time session “Game Change” (09:30 – 10:30 Thursday 2 July) to greg@thechildrensmediaconference.com.   Session producer and Children's Media Foundation Board member, Jayne Kirkham, explains all… If I were to tell you why I attend the CMC, I’d probably say that it always feels like a shot in the arm or, as my gran would say, ‘a dose of salts’; my granddad would call it ‘a good mulching’. You could choose your own analogy but I think the CMC does all three of these things: it builds you up, flushes you out and makes you bloom, creatively speaking. Not just on a personal level but across the whole of…

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CMC 2015: Focusing on Mexico

Posted on: Tuesday 02 June 2015 11:34pm by Andrés Espinosa Aceves

More news and views from people you'll meet at this year's CMC.   Andrés Espinosa Aceves is Deputy Trade and Investment Commissioner at Pro-Mexico. He's attending the International Exchange and speaking in the Focus on Mexico session which will also welcome a group of Mexican animation producers with plans for partnering in the UK. Andrés outlines the reasons why Mexico and the UK could be a good fit and what his organisation is doing at the CMC and beyond. Like the UK, Mexico is also a country with a very strong tradition in the Creative Industries. It is known over the world for its Telenovelas (soap operas), which have proved to be extremely successful at transcending cultural and geographical borders, with a loyal audience…

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May 2015

CMC 2015: CMC: You Get Out What You Put In

Posted on: Wednesday 06 May 2015 11:21pm by Chris Banks

As CMC 2015 gets closer, we'll take advice on how to get the best out of the Conference  from the people involved - as delegates, speakers, sponsors etc... ...and at the same time we'll learn something about their "day jobs". Banks & Wag are award-winning London-based composers of music for media.  Their kids' credits include 'ZingZillas', 'Friday Download', 'Blue Peter', 'Newsround', and 'Wanda And The Alien'.  Most recently, they have written the score to the feature film 'Up All Night'. www.banksandwag.com Ah, the Three-Day Jolly, so beloved of media folk everywhere.   Whether it be the free merchandise, the inside info on future productions, or merely the thirty minute bath without a five-year old asking for help with their Lego, the Children’s Media Conference surely offers something for everybody. But…

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September 2014

CMC Rights Exchange Confirms More Speakers

Posted on: Friday 19 September 2014 1:52pm

November 7th, 2014 Two Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD CMC Exchange Exclusive Dinosaur Roar! – From Classic Book To Global Brand How do you turn a best selling picture book into a multi platform global brand for pre-schoolers? Nurture Rights Co-Founder and industry veteran, Peter Curtis, talks for the first time about a groundbreaking partnership with the Natural History Museum and why television is not the only thing on his brand building list. Penguin Random House Children’s sign up as CMC Exchange Dragons! It’s All About Character During the CMC in July, we run the hugely popular session ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ – a Dragons Den-style pitching session.  At this autumn’s CMC Rights Exchange we are bringing a unique ‘character’…

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August 2014

CMC Rights Exchange: The CMC Rights Exchange – the Deal on the Day

Posted on: Friday 22 August 2014 2:13pm by John Lomas-Bullivant

The CMC Rights Exchange Date: Friday 7 November Venue: Two Temple Place, WC2R 3BD Register: £150 + VAT/ £120 + VAT John Lomas-Bullivant, Event Producer of the CMC Rights Exchange, explains why you should sign up to the NEW children's media rights and services event from CMC. One-to-one meetings CMC Rights Exchange combines a morning of curated content sessions and an afternoon of business meeting opportunities for everyone trading in Children’s Media Rights, Services and Partnerships. Sessions You can learn from the top names across the Children’s Media Industry in the sessions we're planning… How Do You Turn a Classic Picture Book into a Global Brand? Discover why and how a veteran TV producer ignored television and used a museum to…

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July 2014

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

Posted on: Friday 04 July 2014 1:32am

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

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CMC 2014: The CMC Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CMC 2014: Mini Dragons Descend on CMC

Posted on: Tuesday 01 July 2014 4:50pm

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

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June 2014

CMC 2014: Dylan Collins – Don Draper, Willy Wonka or the Pied Piper?

Posted on: Monday 30 June 2014 6:57pm by John Kent

Dylan Collins (@MrDylanCollins), CEO of SuperAwesome, is delivering the CMC Opening Keynote 2014 His title is intriguing - Inflection Points: Are kids the new mobile? SuperAwesome reaches 30 million children a month, and is still growing.   A marketing platform that specifically targets children might make Dylan the Don Draper of kids to some, but his ideas on sustainable business in the rapidly changing kids’ landscape address vital industry concerns. Does the children's media industry need commercialisation solutions created specifically with children at the very centre of their design? However, his belief also underpins a larger view, that the entire children’s industry is at a critical inflection point. Dylan believes this new generation of children will have an even larger impact on the world…

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