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July 2013

CMC 2013: Wednesday Workshop – Mapping Your Characters

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2013 8:18pm by Jayne Kirkham

#TCMC Blogged by Jayne Kirkham  A Workshop for writers, script-editors, producers and commissioners who want to tell more emotionally compelling stories. Produced and presented by: Laurie Hutzler, Television, Film and Online Content Consultant “Really inspirational.  It was interesting learning not just about plotting characters, but about yourself.”  Denise Green, Producer “It was very good; going to the core of human psychology and asking who we are, which is the essence of scriptwriting.” Alexander Lentjes, Stereoscopic Consultant “Wow.  It’s too early; I need to think about these things.  Ask me on Friday.” Anon, Writer. Top 10 Takeaways, in case you weren't there: Everything discussed is freely available on Laurie’s website: www.etbscreenwriting.com Things have to feel real in all areas of entertainment,…

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CMC 2013: Wednesday Workshop – Polish and Pitch

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2013 7:52pm by Milly Ali

#TCMC. Turning your moment of inspiration into a global brand Blogger: Milly Ali "Success is not just about talent & timing, you can engineer success with processes, rules and checklists" Alexander Bar (Creator, Mike the Knight). "A practical workshop. I feel better informed about the 'polishing' aspect to Development" Stephanie Wahlstrom (Channel Manager). "It's reassuring to know that a nervous pitch doesn't spell disaster if you have a good idea" Ros Attille (Series Producer, Midnight Oil). "I've been in the industry for 15 years and I've learnt so much from this workshop." Timothy Fancourt (Producer & Director, Studio43). Top ten takeaways: Deliver the concept of your idea in one sentence. Pitching is not a science but a philosophy. Be self-critical…

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CMC 2013: Wednesday Workshop – Monetising Digital Content

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2013 7:16pm by Jon Hancock

#TCMC Producer/Contributor: Nicholas Lovell, Director, Gamesbrief Blogged by: Jon Hancock   "Very interesting, eye-opening session, full of interesting statistics. I had no idea so much money could be made, potentially, from something which was theoretically a freebie. The speaker kept mentioning that he was short of time, so I guess we were getting the short version of his spiel, but nevertheless it gave me cause for much consideration." Rowland Lee, Composer "Condensed but nevertheless rich content about how the app and game market works right now. It raised a lot of important questions about how to launch new IPs or increase the reach of your product. Very useful for start-ups and new brands as it gave lots of case studies…

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CMC 2013: International Exchange: Focus on India

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2013 5:39pm by Dave Hill

#TCMC Blogged by Dave Hill. Really good to know about markets that you should know more about. Prof. Jeanette Steemers, University of Westminster A really useful session. It gave the positives and negatives. Please ask people to register at www.ukti.gov.uk John Durkan, UKTI A five course set menu of insight, comedy and cultural flavourings on topical, sub-continental animation Phil Organ, University of Wales This was an honest overview of the Indian animation market. Much of what was shared was appetising, with strategies given on how to avoid production deli belly.' A key point to consider, to encourage you to tuck in, is that India has the largest addressable market in terms of kids' audience in the world. It's also the…

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CMC 2013: International Exchange: Focus on China.

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2013 4:19pm by Samuel Hutchinson

Blogger: Samuel Hutchinson. Very useful and informative from a practical point of view. Eamon McElwee (Producer - Global Media Finance LTD) They covered almost everything. Especially for new starters. Ge Gao (Trade and Investments - UKTI). It's time to break through the wall. There are huge opportunities in China, particularly over the next three years. But soon someone will come along and build a castle and it will be really hard to break through. The opportunities are there over the next three years. Jonathan So. Top Ten takeaways: 1) What are you waiting for? Even small breaks in China can make you a multi-millionaire! 2) BUT first you have to break through the WALL! So... 3) Learn to communicate well…

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CMC 2013: International Exchange: Focus On UK Tax breaks

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2013 1:16pm by Milly Ali

#TCMC An exciting opportunity for UK animation companies! We're one of the first companies to pass the Cultural Test and have received our 'Letter of Comfort'. Ian McKinnon (McKinnon & Saunders) The Animation world turns its eye to the UK again.... exciting times for old and new players. Professor Phil Organ (UWTS: Swansea Met) UK Tax Relief programme has worked successfully for the film industry, so the transition for the Animation industry should be smooth. Moses Nyachae (Saffrey Champness) It's AWESOME news that the Government have recognised the enormous creative talent in the UK Richard Higgs (Co-creator & Producer, Clifton Village) A sensational opportunity to embrace Matt Porter (The Foundation)   Top Ten Takeaways: Seek the experts and get good…

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CMC 2013: Two screen…or not to screen

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2013 12:57pm by Julie Aberdein

#TCMC Julie Aberdein  is producing the 'Two Screen' session - Thursday 2-3pm in Hub C - and asks; "Can you afford to miss it? .. Two Screen is a subject that's been discussed over the past few years in the global sphere of children's media and on Thursday 2-3pm in Hub C  we'll try to get some answers with our esteemed panel all who are at the cutting edge of children's second screen both technically and editorially. Come listen to the wisdom of  Marc Goodchild, who is partner in a second-screen authoring company called SyncScreen, that is developing tools to help creatives devise (and test) genuinely engaging second-screen activities for children;  Jennifer Wilson (who has come all the way from Sydney Australia)  is a Director…

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CMC 2013: Latest blogger introduction

Posted on: Tuesday 02 July 2013 10:27am by Samuel Hutchinson

#TCMC The CMC Blogging team are at work already.  They’ve been introducing themselves,   and will blog every session at CMC. So you don’t need to miss out when forced to make those agonising choices. One of the team is Samuel Hutchinson. Well, well, well... here comes my brief, succinct and, most importantly of all, short introduction to ME  ahead of my official start as a Blogger for the 2013 Children’s Media Conference! Currently, I am working as a Script Reader for the BBC (Continuing Drama), and Development Executive for film company, Silver Leaf Pictures. I’m also a Script Writer/Editor for We Move Pictures, Writer/Producer of comedy panel show, “A Little Bit Racey” for Hope FM, and Producer of “Man Feelings,…

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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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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: 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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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: 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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April 2013

CMC Animation Exchange: CMC Animation Exchange – Overview

Posted on: Monday 15 April 2013 1:44pm

The CMC Animation Exchange was a comprehensive review of what's currently known about the UK Animation Series Tax Incentive, which came into operation in the first week of April. Staged by the CMC on April 4th at the BIS Conference Centre in Westminster, and supported by UK Trade and Investment and Creative Skillset (with a celebratory drink at the end provided by Aardman Animations) the day saw over 150 delegates packed into the conference space. As someone remarked... "who'd have thought that so many animators would sit still for so long to hear tales of taxation!" The topic was highly relevant and timely for the animation industry, which now needs to get to grips with the complexities of qualifying for…

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CMC Animation Exchange: CMC Animation Exchange – Keynote

Posted on: Monday 15 April 2013 1:18pm

Speaker: Oli Hyatt Animation UK & Blue Zoo Oli kicked off The CMC Animation Exchange with a rousing overview of where we are now with the new animation tax break and how we got there. The celebratory tone was balanced with a reminder that there is still work to be done to ensure we maximise the new benefits. Keen for the industry to take advantage of the tax break, Oli urged everyone to keep moving forwards and make the most of the new opportunities to ensure the continued growth of the UK animation industry. Getting their ducks in a row was the basis of Animation UK’s lobbying approach, and Oli’s decision to open proceedings with plastic ducks glued to a hockey…

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CMC Animation Exchange: CMC Animation Exchange – Panel: Qualifying

Posted on: Monday 15 April 2013 1:06pm

Moderator: Mike Watts Novel Entertainment Speakers: Liz Brion Grant Thornton Anna Mansi BFI Jonathan Berger Harbottle & Lewis The panel discussion, chaired by Mike Watts, explored how to find out if a programme qualifies for the tax incentive and the issues around qualifying expenditure. Anna Mansi who administers the Cultural Test at the BFI, laid out an overview explaining that much of the wording for the new tax break has been taken from the regulations for the tax incentives for film. In terms of defining animation it is a sequence of 2/3D moving images, taken as a series of single frames.  There is a deliberate aim to leave this as flexible as possible. Only 51% of the programmes’ qualifying production costs…

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CMC Animation Exchange: CMC Animation Exchange – Presentation: The Games Tax Break

Posted on: Monday 15 April 2013 12:55pm

Speaker: Dr Jo Twist CEO - UKIE Jo introduced a lively overview of the UK gaming industry and how the games tax break affects the animation sector and crossover companies. The gaming industry shares the same passion as animation for growing business and creative talent in the UK. Gaming is transitioning a great deal and engaging wider audiences, and the UK is currently the 5th largest gaming nation in the world. Jo compared the two industries by describing gaming as a combination of animation, code and playful rules. But despite being a multi-billion pound industry, the gaming industry is facing its own challenges, dealing with changing consumer habits, a decline at retail and a move towards phones and tablets. Several of…

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CMC Animation Exchange: CMC Animation Exchange – Panel: Fulfilment

Posted on: Monday 15 April 2013 12:47pm

Moderator: Iain Harvey The Illuminated Film Company   Speakers: Moses Nyachae Saffery Champness Liz Brion Grant Thornton The bean-counting session! Iain Harvey chaired a hugely informative and accessible panel discussion dealing with issues of process, paperwork, accountancy and legalities. The panel dealt with the burning issue of paperwork – how to find out how much the relief is worth to your project and how best to deal with the accompanying form filling required before getting your hands on the cash. The panel also talked through additional information, shortcuts, tips and practical advice: The payable tax credit will be 25% of qualifying expenditure, subject to a cap of 80% It is a tax credit so will be part of a company’s tax…

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