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July 2019

CMC 2019: Report – CMC Skillbuilder Bible & Pitch

Posted on: Tuesday 02 July 2019 11:45pm by Helen Dugdale

With a team of industry gurus to guide our delegates through the tricky but essential world of crafting the perfect pitch, there was talk of whether bibles were even still ‘a thing’. In this round-table format, delegates could discuss their ideas and get honest and workable feedback from those that know best. Takeaway: Keep your pitch brief and do your research. Believe in your project. Aim for the follow up/next. A bible isn’t essential - it’s all about the idea. Detail: With a strong team of sixteen children’s media gurus ready and waiting to share their top tips - advice on what needs to be in an outstanding pitch, as well as the ideas to include in a bible were…

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March 2019

CMC Exchange @LBF: CMC @LBF 2019: The Gruffalo 20th Anniversary – from Book to Global Brand

Posted on: Sunday 17 March 2019 2:02am by Simon Bor

Moderator Juliet Matthews (Harper Collins Children’s Books) Speakers Nick Hall (Boxine) Belinda Ioni Rasmussen (Macmillan Children’s Books) Toby Mitchell (Tall Stories) Michael Rose (Magic Light Pictures) Daryl Shute (Magic Light Pictures)   Takeaways Axel’s challenge was to create a monster that was frightening but not terrifying. Michael Rose wanted to be true to the book and not change a single word. They wanted a character that would last for fifty years.   Can it really be twenty years since we first met The Gruffalo? Juliet Mathews of Harper Collins Children’s Books asked the panel of some of those involved the Gruffalo’s continuing success: ‘How did this go from a thirty-two-page picture book to what it is today?’ Current publisher at…

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CMC Exchange @LBF: CMC @LBF: Changes and Challenges Confronting Licensing

Posted on: Sunday 17 March 2019 1:13am by Simon Bor

Moderator Tim Collins (The Brand Director) Speakers Susan Bolsover (Penguin Random House) Trudi Hayward (Trudi Hayward Licensing) Ashley Holman (Riverside Brands)   Takeaways Peppa Pig took three years to work. A property has to work in six weeks now. Live and experiencial events bring consumers into a dedicated space with a gift shop at the end. If kids leave a platform you have to catch them somewhere else.   The changing nature of how children find content is creating new challenges for the licensing industry. Tim Collins, MD of The Brand Director asked: ‘What has been the evolution of the business model?’ Susan Bolsover of Penguin Ventures, the licensing arm of Penguin Random House Childrens, handles the classic characters owned…

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CMC Exchange @LBF: CMC @LBF 2019: The Future of Toys

Posted on: Sunday 17 March 2019 12:42am by Simon Bor

Moderator Tim Collins (The Brand Director) Speakers Sam Ferguson (Jazwares) Yesmin Kunter (Consultant) Billy Langsworthy (Mojo Nation) Richard North (Wow! Stuff)   Takeaways Video games can be amazing but it depends how the child is playing, why they are playing and how they are playing. In five years the toy industry will be looking at ethics in the way that the adult car industry is now. Selling toys through 3D printers has never been economical. It’s a dream.   Tim Collins, MD of The Brand Director, introduced the session saying that the $80 billion global market for toys was going through interesting times. He asked: ‘What will the toy business look like in five years time?’ Tim first asked play…

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CMC Exchange @LBF: CMC @LBF 2019: Experiencing the Story

Posted on: Sunday 17 March 2019 12:33am by Simon Bor

Moderator Tim Patterson (T1M Consult) Speakers Joshua Davidson (Night Zookeeper) Alexander Parker (Selladoor) Alison Warner (Technicolor) Jenny Worton (Roald Dahl Story Company)   Takeaways The Deep goes from comic book to global success. Children can contribute their own creatures to The Night Zookeeper Elma the Patchwork Elephant follows Roald Dahl to the stage.   Tim Patterson told the audience that this session would look at how stories can leap off pages of a book to film, TV, stage and beyond. How to broaden out the brand and maybe, even make some money. First to speak was Alison Warner of Technicolor, to talk about their hit CBBC series, The Deep. They have achieved in just five years, the transformation of an…

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CMC Exchange @LBF: CMC @LBF 2019: Knowing your consumer – Does the Future look Bright

Posted on: Saturday 16 March 2019 11:58pm by Simon Bor

Moderator Mara Alperin (Wonderbly) Speakers Sam Clough (SuperAwesome) Jelena Stosic (Kids Industries) Duncan Shearer (Seymour Distribution) Nick Richardson (The Insights People)   Takeaways Kids have a sense of regret that what we have now will go, but they see the future as bright. How many words are needed before a game becomes worthy? The magazine industry is worth £1 billion, despite the digital age.   Mara Alperin of Wonderbly introduced the first session of  CMC @LBF 2019 and wanted to know if today’s children saw the future as bright. Sam Clough of SuperAwesome talked about research on the future of shopping with ten to seventeen-year-olds. One view from a twelve-year-old saw a world with no shops, just one app, maybe Amazon. There…

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July 2018

CMC 2018: Report – Commissioner Conversations: VOD

Posted on: Thursday 05 July 2018 12:52am

Takeaway: Successful pitches to video on demand platforms must combine and demonstrate an exceptional concept, stunning visuals and inspire confidence in the talent behind the idea to ensure that the concept in question can be realised within the prescribed timescales Detail: At 19 years old, this afternoon's changemaker, Ben Towers, has been described as “one of the most influential entrepreneurs on the planet”. Ben gave an impassioned introduction to this session focussing on how to encourage educate and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and how to establish the “driving why” behind entrepreneurship. The VOD Commissioner Conversations featured luminaries from Hopster, Azoomee, Sky Kids and Virgin Media UK and gave the packed audience a real insight into their respective acquisition…

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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 – 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 – Fake News and False Friendships

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 4:58pm by Bethan Cook

“Fake news is a symptom, rather than the cause, of a deeper social problem”. We live in a world where false news is constantly at the forefront of the media. Fake news stories are being shared around the world and are becoming increasingly plausible. How can children learn to understand what’s real and reliable? Are these sources purposely misleading children, or just carrying out sloppy journalistic practices? Takeaway: Fake news has always been a problem Children need to be educated about the dangers of fake news Children predominantly get their news from social media outlets, which is worrying considering there is a rise of fake news on such platforms Teaching digital citizenship and critical media literacy is of utmost importance…

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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 – 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 – 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 – Serving Up a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 2:51pm by Sid Sloane

With the UK spending £47 billion on obesity and overweight related issues, not since Popeye opened his first tin of spinach has there been a greater need for a ‘Peppa Pig’ hit show that moves the dial for healthy eating Takeaway: Obesity is the biggest health problem of the 21st century There are links between obesity in children and adult illnesses A sandwich of hard facts either side of two fillings of tasty ideas Details: The Speakers Ricky Boleto, Presenter/Reporter at BBC – In the last eight years Ricky has travelled the world covering a wide range of stories. Recent assignments include visiting the US to cover the elections, reporting from Brazil for the Rio Olympics and presenting ‘America Vs Food,’ a documentary looking at…

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CMC 2017: Report – Is your IP Ready for Licensing?

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 1:22pm

A successful licensing programme can deliver significant revenues and marketing eyeballs for your brand. This session shared valuable insights into what licensing partners are looking for before they will commit to supporting your IP in the consumer goods business Takeaway: Licensed product represents a great opportunity to extend marketing, brand and revenues Children and parents will pay a premium for branded product, and retailers see value in this Great characters and story lines are the foundations for licensed product success Detail: Ryan Beaird is Marketing and Operations Manager LIMA, representing the trade association for companies actively engaged in kids’ TV brand licensing. He started the session by introducing LIMA – the Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association – and how licensing works. He explained the value…

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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 – The Art of Personalisation and The Art of Discoverability

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 1:06pm by Simon Bor

The second two-for-one Art of… sessions took a look into the world of personalised publishing and how children will, or will not, discover your content Takeaway: Your child's data can be used to create a personalised book Find a niche. You are not going to be able to compete with Harry Potter straight away Know your audience and engage with it Detail: The Art of Personalisation Alison Stewart, Head of Production at CBeebies, introduced the session and the first speaker, Nick Marsh, Head of Product at Lost My Name (the world’s leading personalised publishing company). Nick was pleased to be back in Sheffield where he grew up. He took us through the personalised books his company makes available online. They are…

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CMC 2017: Report – CMC Creative Keynote: Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 11:26am by Tyler McRae

The session began with a presentation by changemaker Nikki Christou: The full session is available here as a video and as a podcast: The connoisseurs of Creamy Muck Muck, Dick and Dom had entered the Crucible to cause mess, mayhem and talk about their 20+ year career in children’s television. Takeaway:  Their success wouldn’t exist without enthusiastic, hard-working teams around them Give children a greater media platform to present themselves Invest in silly! Detail: There was no better way to kick off the keynote than with some audience participation from Dick and Dom, which loosened up the crowd. Armed with loaded water bottles, they left the audience laughing and some of them soaking wet. They opened up about being influenced…

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CMC 2017: Report – Meet the Commissioners: Branded Content

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 11:04am

The full session is available here as a video and as a podcast: The process of adapting series or films from books, toys or dolls is not new, but in our evolving world of converging content and 360° approach where the dynamics are changing, it is difficult to know what comes first: The toys? The merchandising? The story? Or is it social media? Hasbro Studio, Mattel Creation and Beano Studio share their approaches. Takeaway: Big toy and IP companies are still developing their own IP but are also taking on-board new IP to be developed and are open to ideas to develop some of their historical brands and characters Stories and characters are now the biggest driver for branded content…

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CMC 2017: Report – The Fall and Rise of British Comics

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 10:56am by Catherine Trewavas

Comics have played an important part in the childhoods of many British kids and classic characters continue to endure, whilst new stories emerge and engage readers. However, despite continued interest in comics, newsagents seem to be in short supply. How are methods of distribution changing and how are fanbases being sustained? Takeaway: Comics are a strong example of how to build a fanbase around characters that audiences really connect with Using online platforms to reach fans in a new way has been important for Beano but hard copies of comics are still popular Commissioning editors should attend conventions to meet with creators and discover content and ideas Detail: The enduring appeal of comics was emphasised by Joe Brady, Deputy Editor…

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CMC 2017: Report – Show Me the Money! The Business Realities of VR

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 10:51am by Laurel Stone

Virtual reality has rocketed in popularity this last year. In this session, Matthew Thomas, MTM London, asked a panel of experts about the challenges faced by companies and developers working to bring this relatively new technology into the mainstream of children’s media. Takeaway: Large companies are hesitant to take financial risk on a new market However, children are aware of the technology and keen to try it There is a demand for new children’s content in VR The future of VR is more social than you might expect Detail: In new VR projects aimed at children, there are some exciting developments out there, with educational programmes joining games and simulations. However, the evolution of child-targeted VR seems to lie in…

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CMC 2017: Report – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 10:38am by Lucy Heavens

The full session is available here as a video and as a podcast: Prospective show creators got in the den (a really big stage in front of a really big audience!) to pitch their ideas to the dragons (your friendly neighbourhood producers). After a five-minute pitch, the panellists bid for the show-creator’s time in a three-month 'chat' period Takeaway: These broadcasters get a lot of pitches and they get them often. It’s really important to have a handle on what makes yours unique. Know the marketplace. At the end of the day the broadcasters are looking for strong characters and stories with the potential for comedy and pathos. The stories, what the show is really about, should shine through. Awesome animation is awesome, but…

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CMC 2017: BarrowBand Flash Mob

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 12:05am by Gabrielle Smith

Upon arrival at the Crucible Theatre for tonight's Creative Keynote, delegates were greeted to what appeared to be a very traditional marketplace fruit 'n' veg stall parked in the entrance. But this was no ordinary market barrow – it was in fact The BarrowBand. Flash mob like you've never seen before, this band of musicians and performers are changing the way people eat with clever, witty and funny songs about fruit, vegetables and healthy eating. Lovely, lovely, broccoli – don't mistake it for a tree!        

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CMC 2017: Report – The Art of Writing for Animation and The Art of the Theme Tune: Knowing The Score

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 5:31pm by Tyler McRae

Two Art of… talks in one session saw an insightful interview with top children's writer Andrew Brenner, followed by notes on notes from composers Banks and Wag Takeaways: Writers and composers both need to absorb the whole show as inspiration, not just an outline brief Writers need to be aware of an animated world's limitations and restrictions, and let that shape your characters accordingly Composers shouldn't be afraid of putting their own style and interpretation on a brief Writing For Animation Kath Shackleton, Director of Fettle Animation, hosted a fascinating half-hour talk with writer Andrew Brenner, with the conversation covering the craft of working on animation scripts, the relationship between writers and producers, and how he first got into animation…

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CMC 2017: Report – Reflecting and Serving Neurodiversity

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 5:21pm by Catherine Trewavas

The team creating new preschool programme ‘Pablo’ discussed making an inclusive, positive show which promotes understanding for children on the autistic spectrum. The session explored the process of developing stories celebrating neurodiversity and asked how we can put children’s ideas and creativity at the heart of programming Takeaway: New programme 'Pablo’ will provide an insight into the experiences of a neurodiverse child Authentic and insightful stories have been developed through working closely with people who have personal experience of autism Creating accessible games content through the addition of extra features is important in making products as inclusive as possible   Detail: Gráinne McGuinness, Creative Director at Paper Owl Films, believes in creating meaningful content for preschool viewers. ‘Pablo’ is a programme…

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CMC 2017: Report – Play Patterns in Digital

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 5:19pm

Child development doesn’t change, but its context does. In a digital world, playthings have taken new virtual forms but how are digital toys changing existing play patterns? Experts give some insight on relationships between physical to digital play Takeaway: Digital playthings are an evolution rather than a revolution – “It is mimicry of what we know until it becomes something new” (Jais Holm Christensen’s presentation) Leave place for the child’s imagination and discovery rather than dictating a linear play pattern For a successful transition to digital, a brand needs to start from its essence, mission or values, understand the relationship with the children and parents, and only then look at the digital component expansion Detail: David Kleeman, SVP at Dubit,…

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CMC 2017: Report – Focus on China

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 5:10pm by Lyndsey Smith

With a co-production treaty between China and the UK imminent, host Chris Colman led the session informing delegates on how China and the West can collaborate on children’s media projects in the future.          Takeaway: Collaboration between the UK and Chinese markets is predicted to continue in the future The Department for International Trade (DIT) is on hand to help with the deal making process between the UK and China Patience is key – the language barrier must be considered Detail: Delegates were given an insight into the experiences of UK producers already working with China and from some of the Chinese producers about what they are looking for and how a China-UK collaboration could work. Oli…

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CMC 2017: Report – Look! No Strings

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 5:08pm by Gabrielle Smith

Puppets are brought to life for television, theatre and film by the talented puppeteers that operate them. Thinking about puppetry as a skilled and diverse art, this panel explores the magic and illusion of puppets and performance Takeaway: Puppets have the ability to animate and engage their audience, and are allowed to get away with things that a human just couldn’t! Performance skills are essential: a puppeteer must sing, act, dance, move… and then make it live! The craft of the puppeteer is often a self-directing role Detail: As puppeteer and puppet maker Neil Sterenberg begins: "Puppets are perennially loved, they hold a special place in our culture and have been around since we’ve been around." With an array of…

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