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April 2013

CMC Animation Exchange: CMC Animation Exchange – Panel: Working in the Real World

Posted on: Monday 15 April 2013 12:30pm

Moderator: Greg Boardman Three Stones Media Speakers: Genevieve Dexter Serious Lunch Sarah Muller CBBC Acquisitions and Drama Development Jackie Edwards CBeebies Acquisitions Greg Lynn Adrenalynn A lively panel discussion, this time exploring the tax incentive’s compatibility with other forms of funding, and looking at its relationship to UK broadcasters and platform providers. The tone echoed back to Oli’s keynote, balancing a feeling of celebration at reaching a successful conclusion to the lobbying process, with a reminder that we’re still at the beginning of new journey. There was plenty of food for thought around the work still to be done and concerns that need to be addressed. There was also a reminder on the importance of clarity throughout the process, and…

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CMC Animation Exchange: CMC Animation Exchange – Panel: The International Perspective

Posted on: Monday 15 April 2013 12:12pm

Moderator: Tony Collingwood Collingwood O’Hare Speakers: Rosemary Klein Rights TV Gerard O’Rourke Geronimo, Ireland Marc Dhrami Alphanim, France Irene Weibel Nelvana Studio, Canada While the UK tax break means more UK productions, the great content and co-production partnerships available overseas is still an important part of the equation. In a panel chaired by Tony Collingwood, international visitors, from territories with similar schemes, talked through how the tax-break can work for international co-pro partners, and how it can work alongside co-production treaties. Irene Weibel opened the panel discussion with a reminder about the importance of co-production in Canada and Corus’ commitment to international co-pro opportunities. Canada currently has 50 co-pro treaties in place, and every treaty is different, following very specific…

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CMC Animation Exchange: CMC Animation Exchange – Final Panel and Feedback Session – Training Initiatives

Posted on: Monday 15 April 2013 11:08am

Moderator: Miles Bullough Freelance Consultant Speakers: Kate O Connor Executive Director and Deputy CEO, Creative Skillset Tim Searle Baby Cow Animation Oli Hyatt Blue Zoo & Animation UK One of the recurring themes of the afternoon was the issue of the new talent and skills-base training required to meet the need of increased animation production in the UK. In a combined information session and call to action chaired by Miles Bullough, Kate O’Connor from Creative Skillset outlined the new initiative and funds from the Government and Creative Skillset to address the issues brought to their attention by the work of Animation UK and PACT, and explained why it’s important to get involved now. Kate O'Connor introduced the proposed levy designed to support skills and training. Again…

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July 2012

OMG£££ – Magnetising and Monetising Apps

Posted on: Saturday 14 July 2012 5:03pm

Anna Rafferty, MD, Penguin Digital - Presentation Nicholas Lovell, Founder GamesBrief - Presentation Mark Sorrell - Presentation Jason Krogh's presentation as a YouTube Screencast An excellent outline by Stuart Dredge in the Guardian - with some of the panelists weighing in with comments at the end - the debate continues... http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/appsblog/2012/jul/09/regulation-iap-apps-for-kids CMC Blog by Tom Webb. Making, creating and purchasing apps is a 21st century phenomenon, but while they prove to be a huge success, industry experts have a few words of warning. Penguin, one of the most well known and respected distributors of printed literature have now found their way into making the UK’s favourite book related apps such as the excellent series of ‘Me Books’. The greatest lesson…

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The Future of Family Film

Posted on: Saturday 14 July 2012 5:01pm

Blogged by Sanjay D'Humieres. The family film industry was at the heart of this debate, chaired by 'Gruffalo' producer Michael Rose and there was a long and passionate discussion as to whether British family films had managed to gain international popularity - or if they were doomed to stay within the confines of the British Isles forever! Heavyweight panelists took part in this lively exchange with Ben Roberts, Director of the Lottery Film Fund at the British Film Institute, who explained his mission and his impressions of the state of the industry. He highlighted the struggle for British Family Films to be box office successes across the pond in an already very crowded market. He also explained that the American…

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The VOD Inquiry

Posted on: Tuesday 10 July 2012 10:14pm

Blogged by Sanjay D'Humieres. The VOD Inquiry was an opportunity for the audience to scrutinise the experts and learn some valuable insights on the VOD market and how it may affect children’s viewing habits in the future. Marc Goodchild led the debate with panellists Farooq Ansari, Cross Platform Executive at Zodiak Active, Andrew Baker MD at Rights TV, Sarah Aspinall from BT Vision, Derren Lawford Head of Programming and Scheduling for the BBC’s Global iPlayer and Russell Miller MD at The Center for International Media. The BT Vision offer has demonstrated that it can be a credible alternative and competitor to the likes of Netflix, LoveFilm, Sky and Virgin Media. In the later half of 2011, BT Vision was the…

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CMC Research Insights: Under Sesame Tree & Children, Tablets and the Future

Posted on: Sunday 08 July 2012 12:21pm

Blogged by: Nina Koo-Seen-Lin Research Insights at the CMC: Under the Sesame Tree Presented by: Dr. Alexandra Swann, Freelance Researcher Produced by: Shazia Ali, Qualitative Research Consultant Children, Tablets and the Future Presented by: Dr Barbie Clarke, Managing Director Siv Svanaes, Chief Tablet Researcher, Family Kids and Youth Sponsored by: Family Kids and Youth I love Sesame Street. It’s one of my top three favourite things in the middle of tortoises and Marmite. So today’s lecture on a new programme from Northern Ireland called Sesame Tree intrigued me. Alexandra Swann, who recently graduated with a PhD (congrats Alex) describes Sesame Tree as a glocal production (a local adaptation of a global media production). The show was developed in Northern Ireland…

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Posted on: Sunday 08 July 2012 12:04pm

Blogged by: Nina Koo-Seen-Lin Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Introduced by: Karl Woolley, MD, Impossible Kids Dragons: Michael Acton Smith, CEO, Mind Candy Nigel Pickard, Chief Executive Officer, Zodiak M.E.E.A. and UK, Kids & Family Sander Schwartz, President, Kids and Family Entertainment, Fremantle Media Alison Warner, VP, IP Sales, Acqusitions and Co-Productions, Technicolor Pitchers: Dan Good, MD, Absolutely Cuckoo Oli Hyatt, Co Founders, Blue Zoo Animation Studio Owen Stickler, MD, Dinamo Productions Melanie Stokes, Co Director, Kindle Entertainment Produced by: Steven Andrew, Creative Director, The Foundation Sponsored by: Finger Industries Pirates of the Caribbean. Johnny Depp in leather boots and wearing eyeliner. Who would have thought a humble fairground attraction would have turned into a multimillion pound film…

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Let’s Get Physical

Posted on: Sunday 08 July 2012 11:55am

Blogged by Sanjay D'Humieres Sharna Jackson, Tate Kids Editor introduced this session produced by Ben Simpson, Producer at Plug-in Media, that explored the different ways we can engage with children using different platforms and technologies. Josh Atkins, Game Designer at Microsoft demonstrated an interactive game based on the Sesame Street TV series, whereby children have to complete physical tasks in order to help characters in the story. This is all achieved with the help of the Xbox Games console and its Kinect accessory; a device designed to sense movement and replicate it on-screen in the game’s environment. During the demo we were shown how players help Cookie Monster by jumping in the air to get food for him from the…

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CMC 2012: The Wrap: Top Takeaways of CMC 2012

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 5:51pm

Blogged by Tina Boonstra Anna Home opened the final session of CMC 2012 with a big thank you to all who'd organised, worked at, spoken or participated in the conference in every sense. She then handed to David Kleeman who had a small team of Conference regulars to outline their top takeaways from the entire event. Genevieve Dexter (Consultant, Serious Lunch), Marc Goodchild (Director, IpDipSky Blue Interactive) and Sarah Muller (Head of Acquisitions and Drama Development, CBBC) each gave their three top tips, brought up to a nice round 12 by David's own obesrevations. Genevieve: The realisation that funds are coming available - such as the Screen Yorkshire Fund - for cross-platform and interactive development, which might finally make the…

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CMC 2012: Cotton Wool Kids

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 5:40pm

Blogged by Alison Kimberley ‘Are we over- protecting our pre-schoolers?' In the ultra-safe world of pre-school, is it our role to open up kids’ lives or keep them tightly wrapped? Which platform allows that best? Where do our responsibilities lie? ‘ Today's session was an interesting debate led and produced by Tony Reed, who asked to take to the floor a variety of children’s safety enthusiasts with some very serious and thought provoking messages. They identified: Main injuries to under 5’s How these injuries effect development. Social/ economic factors that are apparent.                   Of course there are ways to protect the kids (or rather perhaps the broadcaster) by giving a warning. This…

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CMC 2012: Know Me, Like Me, Follow Me

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 4:04pm

Blogged by: NinaKoo-Seen-Lin Session: Know Me, Like Me, Follow Me Introduced by: Jeff Norton Speakers: Mellie Buse, MD, Adastra Creative Stuart Dredge, Freelance Journalist Jill Franklin, Founder, Franklin Rae Communications Ltd Produced by: Stephanie Barton, Independent Children’s Publishing Advisor How do you get yourself out there? Mellie Buse, Adastra Creative, Stuart Dredge, a journalist for The Guardian and Jill Franklin, a PR pro an tell you… Mellie’s journey on how to get a great show onto a great network “You don’t need to promote a show to find the audience. The audience will find the show,” explains Mellie. The real challenge is to promote the show to a wider audience, It's better to realize that you need to do that…

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CMC 2012: Prix Jeunesse 2012 – Medalists and Also-rans

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 2:07pm

Blogged by Jayne Kirkham Presented and produced by David Kleeman, President, American Center for Children and Media Sponsored by Brown Bag Films The lovely David Kleeman always brings tasty treats to CMC and this year was no exception. You've already had one helping from this year's Prix Jeunesse but this selection were the winners and almost winners. David reminded us to remember three things when watching international children's television. 1 - It's not better or worse than ours, just different: let it challenge your conceptions of children's TV. 2 - Remember children's media reflects the culture that makes it. Get an insight into how that country views children and childhood and also its media. Look at the programme through the…

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CMC 2012: Protecting Sally The Seahorse

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 2:04pm

Blogged by Jayne Kirkham Introduced by Marion Edwards, VP Production, HIT Entertainment Speakers: John Collins, Managing Director, John Collins Consultancy Ltd Lisa Logan, Partner, Gately UK Linda Sullivan, Director, Cavendish Corporate Finance Download John Collins' presentation. Download Linda Sullivan's presentation. Download Lisa Logan's presentation. Produced by Rebecca Fox, Animator and Storyteller Sally the Seahorse was so well protected that I never saw her. She'd gone by the time I arrived. But if her owner followed the useful advice given by John, Lisa and Linda she'd not only be protected but nurtured and well on her way to fortune, fame and general IP heaven. Some questions to ask of your own IP once you've developed it and while you're developing it…

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CMC 2012: Meet the Commissioners: Publishing

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 2:01pm

Blogged by Tina Boonstra Three publishing firms give the low down on what they want and what they don’t. Orchard: Looking to expand author led young adult fiction, as well as for middle grade (8-12) audiences. Fresh content, different types of storytelling, trend leading not trend following. We want a strong voice of the story teller or protagonist, speaking to the target audience. Penguin: We're looking for a clear vision, we want to get it in one sentence. We're not looking for one off ideas, but I.P and brands that can be developed. It's not necessarily about whether it will be digital or physical, but more about the brand and the characters that can grow in a number of different…

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CMC 2012: Meet the Commissiomners: Commmercial

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 1:59pm

  Blogged by Tom Webb. Introduced By: David Jenkinson, Editor-in-chief & Managing Director, C21Media Speakers: Louise Bucknole, Programming Director, Disney Channels UK & Ireland. Beth Gardiner, VP Production & Development, Disney Junior, EMEA Anthony Lukom, VP and MD UK and Ireland, Turner Broadcasting Anthony Lukom's Presentation available for download Jamila Metran, Programme Manager CITV Jamila Metran's presentation available for download Tim Patterson, VP Scheduling, Nickelodeon UK After meeting the commissioners of the commercial arm of children’s television, it’s impossible not to feel excited about what the future holds. With bundles of energising new commissions and acquisitions, and some old faces including Winnie the Pooh and Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, this high profile panel certainly had much to show off and…

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CMC 2012: 3DTV – Fact or Fiction?

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 1:54pm

Blogged by Jon Hancock. 3DTV Fact or Fiction Speakers: Dana Harrison, MD Paradise FX Europe Paradise FX Europe 3D Showreel: Alexander Lentjes, 3D Stereoscopic Consultant and Animation Producer, 3-D Revolution Productions. Tamsin Lyons, Producer, Breakthru Films Trailer for 'The Flying Machine' (Ink and Light) shown by Tamsin Lyons: Amy Mathieson, Jet Set Films Reg Sanders, Director & Stereographer As one delegate in the session put it, CDs were obviously better than vinyl, HD was obviously better than SD, is 3D actually better than 2D? As the expert panel explained, if used subtly (rather than the “bad” 3D we’ve all seen) and is appropriate to the content, the genre and the audience, then absolutely. But it’s projected it will sit alongside…

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CMC 2012: Commissioned by the Crowd

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 1:49pm

Blogged by: Nina Koo-Seen-Lin Commissioned by the Crowd Introduced by: Carlton Reeve. Speakers: Naomi Alderman, Writer Nick Dazé, Author Nick's contribution on video below Jason DaPonte, MD, The Swarm Kevin Mclean, Co-Founder, Tinkatolli Produced by: Carlton Reeve, Director, Play with Learning. There was a contest going on this morning between two sessions. A battle to see whether the commissioners or crowd-funding are the future of children’s media funding. Last year I attended the Meet the Commissioners session and that room was pretty packed. This year it seems a lot of people are looking into getting donations from the public. Only two speakers were physically present at the session but thanks to technology, the writers Naomi Alderman and Nick Daze were…

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CMC 2012: Working with CBBC

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 1:40pm

Working with CBBC Blogged by Jon Hancock Hosted by Saira Khan Helen Bullough, Head of Production Bill Hobbins, Creative Director, CBBC Sarah Muller, Head of Drama Development & Acquisitions Japhet Asher, Exec Producer, Interactive Sara Harkins, Creative Director, Children’s Scotland With a variety of quota and commitments to meet (e.g. 550 hours of factual content per year) CBBC offers a variety of opportunities to individuals outside the corporation. A passionately led session by Saira Khan (with all the energy of someone who surely wasn’t at the party til the early hours last night) was rammed with info, so here are the salient points from the esteemed panel: CBBC is very much open to people suggesting ideas, and depending on experience…

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CMC 2012: Focus on Malaysia

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 1:30pm by Alison Kimberley

Blogged by Alison Kimberley ‘The lowdown on working with Malaysia including members of the international exchange delegation.’ For those of us (even after a Partying till daylight in the HUBS) who did make it to the 9:30 session ‘Focus on Malaysia' it was well worth it. The session was introduced by Billy Macqueen as we were lead on a journey of understanding of what Malaysia is creatively creating at the moment. It felt like a wonderful role reversal as the panel showed, us the audience their show reels, and the highlights of the projects they were working on and then explained the skills they were after for co-production. From the session we learnt that the Malaysia has 2 support networks…

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CMC 2012: Mind the Gap

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 1:09pm

Blogged by Sanjay D'Humieres. This session outlined to programme-makers some of the funding options that are available to them and was a platform for delegates to ask questions about how they can get money to finance their projects. Adam Selly was Producer and Chair for this session and got straight in the thick of things introducing the first of the panellists from the EU’s Media Desk UK, responsible for helping anyone seeking financial help or grants from Europe. The role of the Media Desk is to promote content across European borders and is the occasion for the various national media sectors to come together in an international context by inciting co-productions and partnerships. The allocated budget for the different schemes…

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CMC 2012: Shape It, Pitch It!

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 12:55pm by Sanjay d'Humières

Blogged by Sanjay d'Humieres Shape It, Pitch It! That was the name of one of the workshops dedicated to pitching attended by some 50 delegates all eager to improve their skills on this difficult and sometime daunting art form. Workshop producers Dinah Lammiman and Jason DaPonte led this afternoon session steering participants onto the path of commissioning success. The session was all about developing skills to gain confidence, being concise when making a presentation and selling ones idea as the new best show to people who can make or break your idea or/and project. Some delegates submitted their ideas prior to arriving at this year’s Conference giving the opportunity to the panel composed of commissioning expert to scrutinise every idea…

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CMC 2012: Reading Between the Panels

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 12:43pm

Blogged by: Nina Koo-Seen-Lin Reading Between the Panels Speakers: Mel Gibson, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University Hunt Emerson, Comic Creator, The Beano & literature adaptations Jim Medway, Educator & Comics Creator, The Phoenix Russell Wall, Digital Media Consultant, Digital Story Engine Produced and presented by: Paul Gravett, Director, Comica Fesival and Escape Books Additional materials: Hunt Emerson's presentation (PowerPoint - for explanations use the PowerPoint notes) Russell Wall, of Digital Story Engine, showed this video on Reading and Writing Comics: Mel Gibson is in the room! No, not THAT Mel Gibson. This Mel is female and she’s a senior lecturer and expert in the world of comic books. She’s on the panel with two comic creators, Hunt Emerson and Jim Medway…

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CMC 2012: PJ PLaylist

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 12:34pm by Tom Webb

Blogged by Tom Webb. PJ Playlist Introduced and Produced by: David Kleeman, President, American Center for Children and Media. For those who thought children’s television was the same all around the world, PJ Playlist was able to disprove that notion in an eye-opening 30 minutes of the world’s finest children’s programming. From birthday parties for corpses to a pig obsessed with sunglasses, David Kleeman, President of ACCM, treated his audience to Prix Jeunesse 2012’s finest children’s entertainment. With such creativity and inspiration gained from watching international programming, David offered a stark warning. Never try to recreate it. Do look for tiny bits of inspiration from them, but never remake them in your home nation as it’s likely to lose all…

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CMC 2012: The Audio Picture

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 10:08am

Blogger : Alison Kimberley "when life is full of cartoons, picture books and colourful TV, it's easy to see a child's world as predominately visual. But what about the incremental value that audio can create for brands' Multi platform is big business and I think there is a lot of traffic within multi platform towards, online games, interactive apps, but we must not forget audio! The first thing that I think of when contemplating audio and the under 4’s is nursery rhymes, they stay with us forever and if your parents won't sing them for you how do we learn them? With audio books, music, songs and nursery rhymes, radio stations and pod casts, audio is big business. ‘Audio- over…

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CMC 2012: Creative Keynote Interview: Making Monsters

Posted on: Friday 06 July 2012 9:41am by Jon Hancock

Blogged by Jon Hancock. Creative Keynote Interview Making Monsters Patrick Ness interviewed by Mark Lawson In a conference themed 'Ahead of the Game', Patrick Ness (winner of the CILIP Carnegie Children's Medal for the past two years amongst many accolades) demonstrated his passion and expertise that proves clearly why he’s at the top of his game and a proclaimed master of his craft. He dispensed many of his philosophies of writing – keen to emphasise that they were his ways and shouldn’t be prescriptive of ways others should write. But there were lessons relevant and applicable to all of us – no matter what media we work in: An understanding of the audience Drawing – so obviously – from the…

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CMC 2012: Testing Testing….

Posted on: Thursday 05 July 2012 6:12pm

Blogged by Tom Webb. Testing, Testing… Presented and Introduced by: John Kent, Freelance Cross Platform Producer Speakers: Dr Adam Galpin, Senior Lecturer Psychology, University of Salford Josh Selig, President and Founder, Little Airplane Productions Dr Amanda Gummer, MD, Fundamentals For those in the creative processes of generating new children’s entertainment, user testing is not only necessary, but now one of the most important stages in drafting and writing. Without it, one of our greatest questions ‘how do we talk to children’ will never be answered. ‘Testing, Testing…’ explored the unpredictable and ‘make or break’ arena of screening new material to a child audience. For Josh Selig, President and founder of ‘Little Airplane Productions’, broadcasting that doesn’t apply user testing to…

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CMC 2012: Kids and Co-viewing. Is It A Screen Thing?

Posted on: Thursday 05 July 2012 5:58pm

Blogged by Becky Coe Produced by Shazia Ali, Qualitative Research Consultant. Speakers: Jo Cliff, Managing Director Rachel Hoy, Director, Platypus Research View the Platypus slide deck. An up to date, real life portrayal of what 'co-viewing' means in the context of kids' lives today and what the implications are for kids' media content in the future. I arrived eager at the scene to be presented with a goody bag. Equipped with jelly beans and a cute flower shaped highlighter I was ready to find out about 'co-viewing' (parents and kids watching tv together). So... Co-viewing, is it changing? The team at Platypus have compiled research from literature reviews, statistics, online surveys, going into homes and tracking families, and asking the…

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CMC 2012: Fighting Fantasy- Making Games

Posted on: Thursday 05 July 2012 5:53pm

Blogged by Tina Boonstra Ian Livingstone, one of the founding fathers of the gaming industry and pioneer of interactive storytelling shared his story with us, from Games Workshop to taking on the government, and revolutionising the way ICT is taught in schools. The session was a whistle top tour of the changes in gaming industry and a challenge to continue to lead the way in creating engaging games for new platforms. The gaming industry is bigger than music, bigger than books and bigger than DVDs and its estimated that by 2015 the industry will be worth a whopping $90 million! Though games get an awful lot of bad press, 95% of games are family friendly. And a successful game is…

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CMC 2012: Are We Safe Yet?

Posted on: Thursday 05 July 2012 5:44pm

Blogged by Jayne Kirkham Produced by Olivia Dickinson, Freelance Digital Producer Introduced by Dr Jo Twist, CEO UKIE Speakers: Reg Bailey, Chief Executive, Mothers Union Ian Douthwaite, CEO, Dubit Ltd Professor Jackie Marsh, Head of the School of Education, University of Sheffield Simon Milner, Policy Director UK and Ireland, Facebook It's one year on from Reg Bailey's Government sponsored independent report, Letting Children Be Children, an inquiry into the commercialization and sexualization of childhood. Time to assess its impact and ask who should take responsibility for it? 'It' being online safety. On the whole Reg (and he's such a nice man, I'm sure he won't mind the familiarity) is pleased. The report made 14 recommendations. Six of which Reg would…

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