Blogs tagged "CMC 2017"

July 2017

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 – VR: The Creative Challenge

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 4:54pm by Lyndsey Smith

The session discussed the opportunities Virtual Reality brings to the industry and the potential it has for engaging the audience emotionally through its experiences. There are however still unknowns about the technology especially in regards to children with an age limit in place on certain VR headsets. Takeaway: VR has the potential to engage with the audience emotionally through the user experiences There are a number of possibilities with this technology for home use and commercial promotion There are still unknowns with the technology and its effect on children. Detail: Phil Stuart, the Creative Director of Preloaded, has been making children’s content for 17 years and shared his son’s experience of using VR for the first time. At four years…

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CMC 2017: Report – Learning Through Animation

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 4:48pm by Tyler McRae

Kath Shackleton, Producer at Fettle Animation, headed this broad talk on the process of producing educational animation for children of all ages.  Takeaways: Constant testing is needed for content to succeed. Make animation for kids, not their parents. Animation can greatly assist in further learning.  Details: Zane Wittingham, Creative Director at Fettle animation, began with an explanation of what animation is and how it can inform, entertain and educate. Animation can take you out of your comfort zone and make the viewer challenge their preconceived ideas about a topic. It can be perceived as a condensed form of communication that can easily change from one thing into another with differing stylistic approaches. It has the ability to break boundaries, using…

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CMC 2017: Report – Opening the Vault

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 4:35pm by Catherine Trewavas

The full session is available here as a video and as a podcast: A panel of children's media financing experts explored possibilities for raising and sourcing money for projects Takeaway: Be confident and prepared when approaching commissioners Have a simple, succinct business plan that can spark further conversations and opportunities Look at all funding routes and research the possibility of unlocking extra money through secondary television royalties Details: Abhi Arya is the Co-Founder and Partner of Sandbox & Co. He discussed their emphasis on investment in gaming and educational content, focusing upon learning through entertainment. He cited some investment must-haves: unique IP, differentiated engagement, validated ideas that are child safe, and distribution opportunities that extend beyond a primary channel. Tim…

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CMC 2017: Report – I Don’t Need a Role Model – I Just Want to See Me

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 4:17pm by Catherine Trewavas

How are children’s aspirations being influenced by characters they see on screen and in toy shops? Nicki Karet, Managing Director at Sherbert Research, hosted a panel and the topic was hotly debated Takeaway: Brand creators should consider whether they are doing enough to make sure content is diverse, inclusive and open for a young audience Licensing and marketing can have a major impact in terms of profitability, but also can bring limitations when it is too tailored There is an ongoing struggle between commercial return and social impact              Detail: Cato Hunt, Director of Innovation at brand consultancy Space Doctors, stated: “We need to ask what a modern brand should be. The values of younger parents are…

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CMC 2017: Report – Focus on France

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 3:08pm

France has important resources in terms of animation talents and also offers a large market for kids broadcast, but it is also an underused country for animation coproduction. Major French broadcasters and producers talked about the industry, their own perspectives and possibilities for the future Takeaway: France has a highly competitive TV market with branded blocks and kids' dedicated domestic free TV channels and pay TV split 45/55% between domestic and American networks Only 7% of French household have access to an SVOD service French quotas make the co-production route financially attractive for producers Detail: Julien Borde from France Télévisions (public service) started by giving an overview of the French kids' TV market, the players and their yearly budget. At…

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CMC 2017: Report – Focus on Canada

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 1:18pm by Amy King

Host Jeff Norton from Awesome Media & Entertainment led this morning’s session deliberating the pitfalls and challenges of co-production, joined by a panel of Canadian producers, distributors, and broadcasters Takeaway: Co-production is potentially a complex system, but if the right partnership is formed the outcome is worth it It’s crucial to develop a good relationship with a potential co-pro before signing off on a project Detail:  The interactive session promised to demystify the world of co-production and simply help delegates learn how to do business with Canada. Despite the early time slot, the panel were primed and ready to answer questions from the delegates, and to discuss their own experiences working on co-produced content. Suzanne Wilson from Breakthrough Entertainment joined…

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CMC 2017: Report – Meet the Commissioners: Channels

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 6:27pm

The full session is available here as videos and as podcasts: Nico Franks of C21 Media, introduced executives from the digital children’s channels Nickelodeon, Baby TV, Disney and Turner. Takeaway: Nickelodeon says: "Approach a pitch as a partnership, not as a boss/employee relationship." Baby TV addresses parents first. Disney is open to pitches from every talented individual. Turner is open all year round for submissions Detail: Nickelodeon Alison Bakunowich, General Manager of UK and Ireland, and Nina Hahn, Senior VP of Nickelodeon, were first to set out their stall. Nickelodeon is currently the number one satellite kids network, and boasts coverage of kids in nappies to skinny jeans, with pre-school being their biggest viewing category. Nickelodeon (and Channel 5’s Milkshake) owners…

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CMC 2017: Report – New Kids on the Block

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 6:16pm by Amy King

Leading this panel, Jon Watts tackles the question of what does it take to succeed as a new company entering the children’s media market? The diverse panel of innovators and entrepreneurs discuss their own experiences in the industry, and what they have learnt along the way. Takeaway: Originality is key. Don’t worry about what the bigger companies are doing. People who take risks and think differently are the future of children’s media. Work hard, survive and thrive! Detail: When competing against media giants, such as Netflix and Amazon, Raul Carbo Perea from In Efecto advises that while it can be intimidating entering into the market, the challenge is part of the adventure and that ‘making things with heart’ has driven…

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CMC 2017: Report – The Ethics of VR – Inside a Child’s Virtual World

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 6:08pm by Bethan Cook

Journalist Stuart Dredge moderates this afternoon’s session dedicated to understanding how children between the ages of six and twelve interact with Virtual Reality. What does it mean to children? How should they use it? What impact does it have? Takeaways: VR is still somewhat of a sensitive subject in the children’s world VR and AR have become useful tools in educating children VR creates a gap in the market, and offers experiences that are more immersive and social than ever before Propositions to create rest breaks whilst using VR to promote a healthier, non-addicted lifestyle (unlike traditional gaming) Various issues regarding the length of time children should be using such devices Detail: Leading the panel’s discussion, Stuart Dredge reminds us…

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CMC 2017: Report – Can We Fix It?

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 3:06pm by Tyler McRae

Debating the issues surrounding online child safety has never been more important. Giles Dilnot spearheaded this important panel discussion, with the aid of in-house social media app Slido to bring audience comments and feedback into the equation  Takeaway: Tech conglomerates need to be more involved in safety, despite it not being profitable. A digital charter is necessary but needs great development to work effectively Educating parents will make a child’s online experience better Detail: Digital literacy can be just as important as some of the core school subjects such as Maths and English to help a child gain key skills. Baroness Beeban Kidron, Founder, 5Rights, discussed the introduction of a digital charter that should include tailored design standards around content, activity, and algorithmic…

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CMC 2017: Report – Are We Open?

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 12:25pm by Gabrielle Smith

The full session is available here as a video and as a podcast: Prof. Jeanette Steemers moderated this morning’s session dedicated to covering many of the policy issues facing children’s television today, in a ‘Question Time’ panel format – asking how is the industry open for ideas, challenges and potential problems within the current climate? Takeaway: Policy, budget and funding will impact the creative industries in short and long term Securing terms of trade suitable for everyone should be an industry priority UK is a powerhouse of creative talent, so thought should be given to how we protect and nurture it now and in future Detail: Leading the panel’s discussion, Prof. Jeannette Steemers reminded delegates of regulator Ofcom’s upcoming consultation…

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