Blogs tagged "children"

July 2019

CMC 2019: Report – Kids Taking a Stand

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2019 9:29pm

Young people are constantly given the reminder, especially by media, that their future is bleak. The narrative is one of low pay, dying democracies, a world on fire, and corporations bent on stealing their data. But this needs to be changed to one of hope and possibility even amongst those challenges. This was what the CMC theme – Limitless (suggested by a young person) – meant to the panel, the potential and possibility of youth. Takeaway: Young people are energised, hopeful and poised to take action, and hungry for content on activism – but they need the tools and resources to do it. Media must accept their responsibility as an educator of the young. We have to help ready a…

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July 2017

CMC 2017: Report – Engineering Change

Posted on: Tuesday 11 July 2017 11:00am

With a number of new shows and initiatives encouraging girls to become interested in engineering and STEM-based careers, a panel of producers discussed the main issues and talked about their future plans Takeaway: The UK is the worst country in the EU for channeling girls into STEM careers. There is likely to be a huge shortage of engineers in the UK and over 1m more are needed by 2024 Gender stereotypes are formed young so we need to get to the audience from pre-school up Whilst there is great work already being done, there needs to be greater collaboration across industry and broadcasting to make a visible difference Detail: As a schoolgirl who glazed over every time someone mentioned kinetic…

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CMC 2017: Report – Meet The Commissioners: PSBs

Posted on: Friday 07 July 2017 10:27am by Christina Evans

The session began with a presentation by changemaker Yasmin Lodhi: The full session is available here as videos and as podcasts: This session aimed to demystify the Public Service Broadcaster commissioning process – walking the audience through the stages of pitching, development and production for PSB TV shows Takeaway: Each PSB has a different approach to children's coverage, depending on their remit Consider language when pitching to S4C Talk to people and do your research! Detail: Channel 4 First to the floor, Dom Bird, Head of Formats, Music & Education, Channel 4, discussed the fact that C4 do not have any kids' channels currently, raising the question of what the channel is mandated to do. Children’s policy is of course informed…

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CMC 2017: Report – Character Building

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 11:10pm by Tom Jordan

What do you get when you cross a writer, an illustrator, an animator, a creative director, an art director, two voice actors and an art director? Answer: The perfect panel to deconstruct what goes into making a successful character. Takeaway: Don’t fall into the trap of creating your main character in isolation for your pitch bible, develop them through dialogues and interaction with the other characters in your world. A character’s voice should be acted, not just mimicked Visuals can be stronger when the designer absorbs the back story of the character Children are a great source of inspiration for character creation All of the above need to work together to develop a character Detail: Voice Director Dave Peacock introduced…

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CMC 2017: Report – Development Masterclass: Terry Kalagian

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 4:34pm by Tom Jordan

The full session is available here as a podcast: The key to getting your idea developed successfully is the C word – Compromise. That's the advice from Gaumont Animation’s Terry Kalagian Takeaway: Compromise and collaboration is something to be embraced, rather than resisted, when developing your project. You just need to know how much you’re prepared to compromise Your producer is on your side, so work together rther than against each other Own your product, then you’ll have an instinct on what you are happy to compromise on, and what you can’t It’s better to have been open to compromise and have your creation realised, than to resist and for it never to see the light of day Detail: Steve…

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CMC 2017: Report – Opening Keynote

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 2:16am by Simon Bor

The full session is available here as a video and as a podcast: Broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake introduced the two keynote speakers from BBC, James Purnell, Director of BBC Radio & Education, and Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s and Director of BBC North, to discuss the details of the BBC’s increase in children’s spending announced today. Takeaways: ​BBC announces additional £34m spend on children’s content over next three years. CBeebies and CBBC content and channels remain in place though fewer and bigger will become the watchwords. The new money will mainly be used for digital developments, greater interactivity and new content for 12-16s. A key development will be personalisation of the iPlayer, allowing older children and young teens to receive…

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CMC 2017: Report – Playground

Posted on: Tuesday 04 July 2017 4:16pm by Gabrielle Smith

and Catherine Trewavas Based at Cantor Gallery, the Playground is open to all. An interactive digital art exhibition featuring cutting edge digital technology – mixing play and interaction for children (and big kids too)! Games, apps, toys and even VR to immerse oneself in. Takeaways Projects focused on enhancing digital skills and encouraging emotional development. Games to promote creative thinking and problem solving. Explore paper craft cityscape through interactive 360 virtual reality headset. With free admission to all, the Playground is a component of the Children’s Media Conference you won’t want to miss. Carefully curated to showcase some of the UK’s leading artists, innovators and developers – this exhibition is interactive digital art that will spark your imagination. With so much…

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November 2016

Manimation 2016: Report – Presentation 3: TV and related media in the lives of UK pre-schoolers

Posted on: Thursday 17 November 2016 5:17pm by Helen Dugdale

Speaker: Fiona Scott, University of Sheffield Takeaway:  The traditional belief is that when preschool children consume TV and related content it is a solitary and sedentary experience – but the truth is parents tend to watch TV with, and engage with, their young children. Detail: Fiona’s research focuses on the lives of eight pre-schoolers and their families living in mixed households across Sheffield. Fiona showed footage of her research subjects. On the video, children were seen to be keen to do other thing while watching their favourite shows; colouring, talking about the content and often dancing and singing. The young children also take what they’ve learnt on screen and play it out as a game later. Plus, pre-schoolers tend to use their understanding of…

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July 2016

CMC 2016: Report – Creative Curriculum: Lost or Not?

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2016 1:25am by Zarin Virji

The session focused on the indifference of British education policy towards non-core subjects such as art, music and language in the current curriculum Takeaways Global education experts agree that creativity is the most important 21st century skill Knowledge is freely available at the speed of our connection. The curriculum must reflect this reality, ensuring that creativity is injected into all subjects, particularly at the primary level Children need to be asked the right questions and they must feel safe even if they fail in their endeavour Detail Justin Cooke, Chairman, Big Clever Learning, shared his enthusiasm for children’s application of knowledge in being creative and making new products. His product, Digital Theatre, has attracted three million subscribers. Joshua Davidson, Co-Founder…

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CMC 2016: Report – What Do We Tell the Children?

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2016 12:43am by Simon Bor

How did children’s media react to the terrorist attacks in Paris last November? Video: [vimeo video_id="174885374" width="700" height="394" title="Yes" byline="Yes" portrait="Yes" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]   Podcast:   Takeaways Newsround had to react quickly as children were hearing about the scale of the atrocity Le P’tit Libé had to do something to inform the younger audience The problem with the media is that you don’t know who is on the other end of the screen Detail Recent grizzly news stories include: 250 dead in a car bomb in Baghdad; 41 at Istanbul airport; here, a British MP is stabbed and shot on the street. Stewart Purvis CBE, the chair of the RTS Journalism Awards and former Editor-in-Chief and CEO of ITN,…

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CMC 2016: Report – The Last Word

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 10:50pm

George the poet has the last word at this year’s CMC, and guest blogger Kerin Kokot was gripped Takeaways Lack of diversity is an issue that clearly needs to be addressed by professionals working across the media sectors Thankfully, lots of really smart people are doing exactly this. This year’s CMC brought many of them together to help the industry become more aware of the importance of being fully inclusive Detail I’m from Cape Town, and attending the CMC for the first time has been an overwhelming delight. The shoulders we rub against here belong to top, global leaders in the children’s media sectors. The knowledge shared in the workshops and sessions is current, relevant, stimulating. If you missed them,…

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CMC 2016: Report – Making a Difference: Cultural Connections

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 11:38am by Simon Bor

A changemaker and a panel appealed to the audience of content producers to help make that difference Takeaway: The creative industries are a way to reach that child in the margins Manchester has the 4th highest child poverty figures in England We must accept there are people out there that are not being reached Detail: Jon Spooner, Writer, Director, Founder and Creative Director of Unlimited Theatre, introduced changemaker Clara Jessop, Founding Director of Enabling Play. Clara asked the audience to picture the child that they create for. Is it somebody with learning difficulties? Probably not. She was brought up with a brother, an actor who happens to have Downs Syndrome. Had he been born before the 80s, he wouldn’t have…

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CMC 2016: Report – Swipe Forward

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2016 3:48pm by Tom Jordan

Research and insight company The Pineapple Lounge presented its predictions on future patterns of kids’ media consumption, and asked the panel for their response to five different areas of research. Takeaways Kids content producers need to be aware of how Generation Z (today’s kids) and Generation Alpha (tomorrow’s kids) want to consume their media now and in 10 years’ time Traditional gender categorisation will disappear, and the gender of characters will become secondary, not primary Short attention spans are natural to today’s kids, and need to be catered for Families are now cool, and kids value shared family media experiences Strong story-based themes are the way to engage kids with adverts Detail Pineapple Lounge Managing Director Emma Worrollo introduced five…

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CMC 2016: Preview – Mind the Gap

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2016 10:44am by Dr Jacqueline Harding

Dr Jacqueline Harding introduces a session that considers the ‘gap’ between mindful, calm behaviours among children and their rapid-fire media consumption. What’s best for kids – a fast-food media diet, or should a more slow-cooked meal be served up? Our session throws down the gauntlet to the panel and challenges them to offer solutions that will bring a leisurely smile to us all. Can you have your cake and eat it? Come along and find out. Mike Batt brings his wide-ranging industry experience to the table and will get us all humming to a new tune with the reawakening of the Wombles (yes, they are back!), while Beth Wood will have us all in a state of peace and tranquility…

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July 2012

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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CMC 2012: BAFTA Presents: The Amazing World of Gumball

Posted on: Thursday 05 July 2012 5:29pm by Tom Webb

Tom Webb blogs. BAFTA Presents: ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ Introduced by: Tony Collingwood, Producer, Collingwood O’Hare Productions Speakers: Ben Bocquelet, Show Creator ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ Mic Graves, Series Director ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ Daniel Lennard, Vice President of Original Series & Development, EMEA Correctly described by its director as a movie in a minute, each episode is nothing short of a children’s blockbuster; ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ is quite literally amazing television for children. This BAFTA Presented event offered attendees an exclusive world premiere of a series two episode and a chance to put their questions to the makers and producers of the award winning cartoon. The fast, funny and very cool show proved to…

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June 2012

‘Shape It, Pitch It’

Posted on: Saturday 30 June 2012 8:38pm

Shape it Pitch it. Hubs A, Wednesday July 4th, 1-5pm. ‘Shape It Pitch It’ is a unique opportunity to work with highly experienced producers, writers, execs and consultants to develop your ideas, says session producer Dinah Lammiman. Experts include Debbie Macdonald, formerly programme director of Nickleodeon UK, Barry Quinn, CBeebies Development producer and Tim Bain, writer on CBBC’s Dennis and Gnasher. Through a process of building exercises, re-iterative pitching and intensive clinics you will learn how to nurture and feed the good ideas, reinvent the bad ideas and identify and pitch the best to the best. At the end of the afternoon some participants will present their idea to a panel of guest commissioners, including top execs and commissioners from…

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