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July 2017

CMC 2017: Report – So Over Unboxing – What’s Next?

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 4:54pm by Sid Sloane

The full session is available here as a podcast: Guest blogger Sid Sloane puts his slant on the experts’ view of what the next big thing in digital will be. Takeaway: The best way to prepare for ‘what’s next’ is to be clear about where you, and your audience, fit into the digital world Digital will always be a two-way process The future is now! Detail: Just lately my mantra has been don’t dwell on anything be present, which takes a lot of in-the-moment thinking. So when it comes to the question ‘what next?’, the answer is now. It takes a lot of now to be present. The now is exactly what our panel of committed content providers who formed an…

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CMC 2017: Report – Kids – Do We Care… Enough?

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 4:44pm by Simon Bor

Presenter and actor Cel Spellman, who starred as a child actor in 'Waterloo Road', examined how television professionals deal with working with children Takeaway: There are challenges (but good ones) in using children in TV programmes – with The Voice kids' version a prime example. There is no equity minimum for a child. There should possibly be a limit to the length of time for kids' consent to appear on TV     Detail: Adapting ‘The Voice UK’ into a children’s version has been a challenge… ,’ said Jeanette Moffat, production executive on ITV’s ‘The Voice Kids’, ‘… but a good one.’ Jeanette explained that there are subtle differences between the adult and kids' versions, including: All the chairs all turn…

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CMC 2017: Report – Trade, Treaties & Taxes

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 3:58pm by Simon Bor

Micky Rogers, MRM Inc., hosted this session on the burning questions about financing in the shadow of Brexit, and asked the experts: where are the risks and where are the opportunities? Takeaway: Bad news: No deal on Brexit would not be good for the industry Good news: Co-productions under existing treaties will continue to work whatever happens during Brexit negotiations The current tax credit scheme is unlikely to be taken away, having being introduced by Labour and extended by the Conservatives. Detail Rosina Robson of PACT thought that no deal on Brexit would not be good for the industry. What she thinks needs to be agreed is how to ensure UK production continues to be regarded as European, and that the…

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CMC 2017: Report – IP 360

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 3:40pm

This session used real-world case studies to explore why some IP succeeds and some does not in today's 360 landscape. By Guest Blogger Craig Hill Takeaway: There is no one 'magic bullet'; success in 360 comes from attention to detail across a wide range of disciplines including planning, finance, asset management, audience research, platform understanding, development timelines A deep understanding of the child's view of the brand, the storyline and characters is essential to be able to bring them to life in different ways on each platform, playing to the strengths of each It is important to have a deep understanding of children's play patterns and styles of interaction, and use each platform in the right way to match them…

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CMC 2017: Report – Tuesday Workshop: Pitch Perfect

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 11:44am by Lyndsey Smith

In this workshop a panel of industry experts were on hand to share their experiences of pitching and provide helpful tips on how to pitch and develop skills. Each member of the panel had unique experiences they were able to bring forward to the session. Takeaway It all starts with the pitch and the characters – know your story Flexiblity of ideas, allowing them to be tailored for different platforms Don’t fixate on the one project that you think is going to be your golden ticket. Mickey Rogers, Director, MRM inc., began by sharing her knowledge with the delegates through a number of useful points and tips beginning with: “One of the most important things about pitching is authenticity”. She gave…

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CMC 2017: Report – Opening Keynote

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

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 recommendations and customise their content from a range of BBC content, not just…

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November 2016

Manimation 2016: Report – Panel 3: Brave New Worlds

Posted on: Thursday 17 November 2016 5:28pm by Helen Dugdale

Speakers: Ben Mills, Desk Dragons Jonathan Newth  Focal Point VR Nick Pittom, Fire Panda David Sproxton, Aardman Animations and member of BAFTA VR Advisory Board Takeaway: VR and AR technology is still developing, meaning there will be big changes in the next 5-10 years – but for now the industry and users are yet to be convinced about the type of controls and their relevance in the whole VR experience. Detail: The panel discussed how it’s an exciting time to be working in and involved with VR and AR, and how the industry is all still learning about what’s possible, what works and what doesn’t. They talked about how VR has the potential to do great things in education, such…

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Manimation 2016: Report – Panel 2: Creative Snapshot with the BBC

Posted on: Thursday 17 November 2016 5:21pm by Helen Dugdale

Speakers Westley Wood, CITV (moderator) Sarah Legg, CBeebies Jo Allen, CBBC Tim Searle, CBBC Productions Takeaway: Like cream, the best ideas always rise to the top! Spend time watching the channels to see what we’re doing and if you have anything different to offer. CBBC is on the hunt for a strong female-led series for 6-8 year olds, not pink princesses. The BBC still has lot of hope for kid’s content after Brexit – it will affect producers rather than the channel. Detail: Areas of discussion from the panellists included: Sarah Legg On the whole, CBeebies is looking for new ways to inspire and educate – big ideas for little people, such as 'Messy Goes to Okido', something that’s fresh,…

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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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Manimation 2016: Report – Presentation 4: Hiive – Connecting creative with briefs, courses, jobs & more

Posted on: Thursday 17 November 2016 4:09pm by Tom Jordan

Speaker: Daniel Kemp, Executive Producer, Hiive Takeaway: Hiive is a new platform for finding and promoting creative talent Detail: Daniel Kemp gave delegates a brief overview of the opportunities Hiive offers for the animation sector. Hiive is a non-profit professional network for creative industries, and is part of Creative Skillset. There are currently 75,000 individuals using the platform, from across the various creative industries, and over 300 companies. The digital platform aims to help promote emerging talent and help freelance creatives pitch for work. Via the platform, Hiive can help companies commission creative projects through facilitating a pitching process, and can also engage its community en masse by running competitions, helping with crowdfunding for projects, and providing insight through research…

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Manimation 2016: Report – Panel 4: Money for Nothing? Fund and Flow

Posted on: Thursday 17 November 2016 3:48pm by Tom Jordan

Speakers: Steve Sharman, founder, Blackthorn Innovation (moderator) Erica Darby, Producer, Spider Eye Chris Halliday, Senior Certification Analyst, BFI Tim Patterson, CEO, Larkshead Media Takeaway: Brexit implications for funding are still uncertain, but confidence in your product remains key to securing finance. Detail The main focus of the discussion was the impact Brexit will have on funding for creative industries. Chris Halliday talked about the tax relief scheme for animation companies. His message to delegates was that the BFI are the first port of call for tax breaks for animation. He said tax relief has helped animators in terms of getting a foot in door with broadcasters, and also getting loans against tax relief to get that initial start-up. Knowing that…

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Manimation 2016: Report – Presentation 2: Realtime VR Storytelling – Heading for the Holodeck

Posted on: Thursday 17 November 2016 2:19pm by Tom Jordan

Speaker: Nick Pittom, Fire Panda Takeaway: VR presents challenges to storytelling – but also a virtual world of opportunities to try something different and create your own rules. Detail: Nick gave a whirlwind beginner’s guide to some of the technology used in virtual reality creation, and introduced some of the pros and cons of both Realtime VR and 360 VR platforms. He said there are still limitations to both, including time, man hours, cost, technology restrictions and even motion sickness, but the technology keeps advancing, which is exciting. Nick highlighted things to consider in terms of how storytelling differs in VR. On traditional platforms, the story takes place in a box or on a screen, but in VR the user…

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Manimation 2016: Report – Panel 1: Animation UK Update

Posted on: Thursday 17 November 2016 12:35pm by Tom Jordan

Speakers: Oli Hyatt, Blue Zoo Animation Neil Hatton, CEO, UK Screen Association Kate O’Connor, Executive Chair, Animation UK Council David Sproxton, Founder and Executive Chairman, Aardman Helen Brunsdon, Director, Animation UK Takeaway: Animation UK is joining forces with the UK Screen Association to form a new body: the UK Screen Alliance. Detail: There was a major announcement in this session: the partnering of Animation UK with the UK Screen Association, the trade body for visual FX house, post-production facilities and film studios, to form the UK Screen Alliance. The UK Screen Alliance will become a membership organisation consisting of two councils: Animation UK Council and UK Screen Facilities Council, and an executive team. Full details of the announcement are available…

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July 2016

CMC 2016: Report – Green Shoots in Children’s and Family Films

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2016 1:33am by Zarin Virji

The session illustrated strategies of making children’s and family films outside the studio system Takeaways A dearth of lower- and mid-budget family fare films in the UK as the film industry is risk-averse The British film industry, including big studios, is supportive of Indie films Indie films can gain funding and audience interest through release at festivals and school screenings, tie-ups with book publishers and the making of shorts Detail Nicole Carmen-Davies, UK Indie Producer, defined ‘family films’ as films which depict a beautiful world that children can relate to. Such films need to be aesthetically layered so that they appeal not only to the targeted age group but to a wider audience. These films must inspire child-like wonder in…

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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? 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, read out a list of recent atrocities and asked the question: what do…

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CMC 2016: Report – Commissioner Conversations: International

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2016 12:00am by Simon Bor

Jo Daris, Head of Operations, m4e, introduced the international commissioners panel and asked what content they were looking for. Video: [vimeo video_id="174885371" width="700" height="394" title="Yes" byline="Yes" portrait="Yes" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]   Podcast:   Takeaways French preschool is getting bigger as older children migrate to online platforms. 70-80% of all Welsh views on iPlayer are for S4C’s children’s output. Most PBS programming is US originated, because it includes the curriculum. Detail Julien Borde, Head of SVOD France Télévisions, said their content was exclusively animation, thanks to the government initiatives to support the animation industry in France. Preschool was getting bigger and bigger as older children migrated to platforms such as Netflix. He is looking for acquisitions, in particular specials, for female…

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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 – Who Wants to be a Kids’ Millionaire?

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 5:48pm

The highest rating TV shows among children today are formats. From ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ to ‘Great British Bake Off’, kids are viewing in droves. The problem? Nearly all the shows they watch are adult ones. So as these formats take off around the world, delivering big bucks for their rights owners, why aren’t children’s TV producers reaping the same rewards? Guest blogger Val Taylor takes us through the discussion. Takeaways You need passion and perseverance to create a format Look at your existing catalogue for ideas that can be repurposed Kids are already watching big adult shiny formats in droves so you have to be able to have real standout to compete Detail With UK production houses looking to find…

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CMC 2016: Report – The Prix Jeunesse Suitcase: Making it Happen All Over the World

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 5:30pm

A digital suitcase and a passionate change-maker unpack their emotional baggage to reveal a brave new world of kids’ media we must all embrace or ignore at our peril, as a spell-bound Rick Adams discovered… Takeaways  Daring content that’s sensitively handled can smash apart taboos and enable our kids at the same time Honesty and truth-telling is the native language of children everywhere Greater bravery is required to push past old boundaries and deliver what today’s kids really need Detail I cried. I was shocked. I laughed uncontrollably. Not something I usually do in a room full of people but when you’re faced with such unbelievable honesty, the kind of honesty you equate with children, then you just can’t help…

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CMC 2016: Report – The Changing Face of Production

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 4:49pm by Kate Hilton

What different production methods are used to create content on YouTube? Takeaways Different methods of production are being used on YouTube including uploading existing content and creating new personality led channels and new IP Put passion and personality into your productions and they are likely to be a success YouTube is effective because it can be reactive and cost effective Analytics are important in creating revenue from this platform Detail The session began with the introduction of three businesses who use Youtube to present their digital content yet produce it in different ways. Jon Benoy from Wildbrain explained that DHX repurposed and uploaded their existing content to YouTube, partly for piracy management and partly to create official channels to generate…

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CMC 2016: Report – Connected Toy Story

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 4:43pm by Gabrielle Smith

This session looked at the current landscape for connected toys, discussing products with their creators and asking questions regarding value, interactivity and digital products of the future Takeaway The connection between toy space and the future of the physical digital product needs exploring We need to understand why toys are so valuable to the child’s own experiences of education and play Detail: Maurice Wheeler from The Big Little Partnership brought a panel of four experienced creators and consultants together to talk about connected toys and their story. In thinking through the current landscape of connected toys and what is going on in this area, the conversation ranged across ages and play patterns, to the educational and emotional engagement of the digital and…

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CMC 2016: Report – Minecraft University

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 3:46pm by Jessica Thornsby

How is Mindcraft being used in the classroom and at home and what does it offer that traditional education methods may not? Takeaways Minecraft is a world where children are the experts Minecraft is a great opportunity to engage children in a wide range of different subjects - from global warming, right through to the issues impacting their local community Minecraft can give children access to places and things they wouldn’t otherwise have access to, including imaginary worlds inspired by famous paintings Detail Minecraft is nothing short of a phenomenon: it’s gone from indie game to household name in just a few years, and its popularity doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Today Minecraft has ‘captured’ millions of…

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CMC 2016: Report – Making Access Happen

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 2:55pm by Heather McDaid

"Media cannot reflect society, if society is not reflected in the media." How can the kids’ media sector open its doors to a wider range of entrants to the workplace? Takeaways: These conversations have been happening for years, and need to go further Change the system and the way you think to find new people to work with Detail: We start with a video, because sometimes comedy can speak absolute volumes. Jackie Myburgh of BBC Children’s is pleased to say they don’t reflect the video; the BBC has done a lot of work to find diverse talent through schemes. They set and hit recent targets: off screen, 12% BAME, and 3% who are disabled, though she admits there is still…

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CMC 2016: Report – Sound Advice

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 2:54pm by Jessica Thornsby

The step-by-step guide to finding and using voices in your animation to ensure it stands out from the crowd Takeaways It is crucial that you find the right voice for your characters Dubbing and localising content is a huge and growing part of the animation industry Detail In this session, a panel of seven industry experts offered their unique insights into casting, recording, directing, performing and dubbing your animation. Michelle Jones, Casting Director at Brilliant Casting, debated the tricky question of hiring child actors, versus hiring an adult who can impersonate a child. “My advice is to do what’s right for your project,” she said, although she did point out that there are additional things you need to consider, when…

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CMC 2016: Report – Focus on Canada

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 1:38pm by Helen Dugdale

Find out what Canada wants – and what you can offer in return Takeaway Yes, Canada has lots of money, but it’s not a cash cow – it wants to develop long-term relationships Canada is searching for incredible stories and characters Canada is a dreamy co-production partner for the UK – we speak the same language and have a similar sense of humour and style Make sure your co-production partner has the same vision for the project and be prepared to make compromises Get good advice to ensure you get the most out of the Canadian co-production treaties Speakers: Andrew Baker, CEO, Kidscave Entertainment Deirdre Brennan, Vice President of Content, Corus Entertainment Miles Bullough, Managing Director, Wildseed Studios Lucy Goodman,…

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CMC 2016: Report – Commissioner Conversations: VoD and OTT

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 11:52am by Oliver Ellis

This session begins with a presentation by Changemaker Rich Keith, Chief Revenue Officer, The Yogscast.   Children increasingly access content via VOD/OTT. As these services acquire more and make original content, what are they looking for and how can you get involved? Is there 'New hope' in the SVoD sunny uplands? Guest blogger Oliver Ellis feels the Force... Takeaways Different VOD channels have different content needs but all agreed they no longer need standard amount of eps or running length. Everything is possible The VOD services serve two audiences: Children for content but parents for approval of that content and for safety online. Co-viewing on VOD is a real point of difference To have impact online, content has to be high quality Detail Changemaker, Rich Keith,…

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CMC 2016: Report – Representation

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 11:43am by Heather McDaid

Does the children’s industry across both TV and toys represent diversity? Should global television and toy brands with cultural sway have any moral duty to do so? The speakers debated on how disability is viewed across the sector, how we can move away from stereotyping and what key brands are doing in this area. Takeaways Disability should be incidental, not the focus of a person It is so important for children to see themselves represented Detail The session and debate began with Alison Rayson explaining her reason for being at this years CMC conference. Eight years ago her son was born with Down’s Syndrome. She was working in TV and became severely aware of the lack of representation. The content…

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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 – Money Talks

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 11:17am by Helen Dugdale

From concept to creation – finding the funding to make it happen. By guest blogger Helen Dugdale Takeaways Think positively, creatively and work tirelessly to get your hands on the funding and financing available. Brexit doesn’t have to mean Armageddon for the industry! So far nothing has changed with the funding within the EU. This will continue for at least two years, until more is known about the UK’s exit from the EU…  So get your applications in! New funding and financing opportunities could grow out of the UK’s departure. Brexit may bring new ways for UK and France to collaborate together. It’s generally thought that the UK has the strongest writers and France is known for having the strongest…

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