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July 2016

CMC 2016: Report – Pizza Express

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 10:59am

The CMC wouldn’t be complete without the Pizza Express evening in Sheffield’s buzzing Devonshire Quarter, as first-timer and blog team volunteer Caleb Bastock discovered. Takeaways Great pizza Great company These people never stop! Detail It was at Pizza Express, so legend has it, that the idea for the Children's Media Conference was born. Gathering all the industry together began its journey at table on the ground floor. And it continues to be the venue where ideas spread and relationships blossom. Every year a wide cross-section of delegates convenes at the restaurant to continue their own journeys to turn ideas into reality. After a hectic day of sessions and workshops, taking in new information and discussing ideas, you might think that delegates would be ready to unwind. On the contrary,…

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CMC 2016: Report – Focus On India

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 10:28am by Zarin Virji

What are the current connections between the UK and India and where are the future co-production opportunities? Takeaways India provides a big market of 115 million children, watching about two hours of TV daily. Sixty million of these children are urban and 55 million rural There is growing demand in India for animation content comprising of fast-paced action with slapstick comedy, without dialogues, aimed at the age group 6-9 years YouTube content is targeted at the preschoolers India is the doorway to the South Asian market, leading to Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Detail Mark Leaver, Independent Consultant and Creative Industries Advisor at UKTI, informed the audience about the UKTI’s offices in all of its India's main cities. UKTI…

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CMC 2016: Report – Masterclass: Ford Riley, The Call of the Roar

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 10:26am by Jessica Hoare

Disney’s ‘The Lion Guard’ brings the iconic ‘Lion King’ to a new generation. Executive Producer Ford Riley explained how he took the series to the small screen. Takeaway: ‘The Lion Guard’ was a continuation of ‘The Lion King’ franchise, delivering new characters and concepts, however still staying true to the original film The key themes include friendship, teamwork, fun, family and the importance of accepting everyone’s differences For a series to be successful, there needs to be an element of ‘playability’ The development process of creating a concept and executing the idea takes a lot of time, consideration and planning Detail: Changemaker Kate Wilson, Managing Director of Nosy Crow Publishing opened the session discussing the importance of keeping literacy fresh…

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CMC 2016: Report – What the Vlog is this?

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2016 10:10am

What is 'vlogging', and why is it so important in the media industry today? Takeaways: The rise of social media such as YouTube, Snapchat and Vine allow people and businesses to showcase themselves to new markets Vlogging generates huge influence upon the media industry as well as commercial sectors, creating successful and established brands Identifying the demand for interconnectivity between traditional media and vlogs Detail Steve Wynne, host and CEO of Pretzel TV, the company behind CBBC Official Chart Show, began the session by agreeing that he too often asks ‘What the vlog is this’ as he tries to understand the popularity of vlogging and the impact it can have on audience satisfaction. "Our audience watch vlogs more than other…

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CMC 2016: Report – Commissioner Conversations: Commercial Networks

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2016 4:12pm

The three big commercial kids' broadcasters, Disney, Turner and Nickelodeon, talked to Stewart Clarke, Editorial Director at TBI Takeaways: Tax breaks have had a huge impact on UK production Disney, Turner and Nickelodeon are open to submissions from UK producers at any time Details: David Levine, VP Programming, Productions & Strategic Development, Disney Channels EMEA & GM Disney Channels UK & Ireland, and Louise Benham, Director of Programming, Disney Channels UK & Ireland introduced an exclusive concept music video titled 'Believe That' from a new locally produced Disney Channel series. ‘The Lodge’, which recently finished filming in Northern Ireland, was inspired by Disney’s original Israeli programming ‘North Star’. David was asked if it was set to be  EMEA’s new ‘High School Musical’, which had a huge impact…

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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: Report – The Creative Edge?

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2016 3:16pm by Jessica Thornsby

An inclusive and inspiring range of talent discussed why diversity is the lifeblood of our industry Takeaways Children’s media has a unique opportunity to build a more inclusive society Inclusivity in the workplace shouldn’t be a boring box-ticking exercise Inclusivity is about improving your business and fuelling creativity by bringing fresh perspectives to the table, disrupting traditional thought processes, and challenging assumptions Detail In this session, a diverse and inspiring range of talent came together to discuss and debate some of the big questions surrounding inclusivity, with special attention to what gives them that 'creative edge'. Oli Hyatt, Creative Director at Blue-Zoo Animation and the Chair of Animation UK, said he sees his dyslexia in a positive light: “I believe that people…

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CMC 2016: Report – VR 101: Making Virtual a Reality

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2016 1:42pm by Jessica Thornsby

Gaming may be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about virtual reality (VR), but it also has the potential to revolutionise many other areas. The panel explored the way VR is currently being used in children’s media, and its massive potential when it comes to enhancing storytelling, learning and play Takeaways Virtual reality has massive potential for enhancing the way children learn. It’s not just about computer games VR and augmented reality (AR) offer a way of bringing subjects to life, to an extent never seen before Children who typically weren’t interested in a subject suddenly became much more engaged once VR was added to the mix Detail VR is big news, and the excitement surrounding…

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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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CMC 2016: Report – Making it Happen with YouTube

Posted on: Tuesday 05 July 2016 11:56pm by Simon Bor

A workshop all about making it happen online? It's over to YouTube… Takeaways Innovate, do not imitate. Trends online are fleeting, so create content that's authentic to your brand. YouTube has tremendous revenue potential, which requires experimentation by creators to figure out what works for them and resonates with audiences. Detail For this year's Making it Happen with YouTube workshop, the participants gave three minute pitches with advice for existing vloggers, and how they could increase their presence over the year ahead. Before the practical workshop began, the participants were given advice from YouTube and a panel of producers. Cedric Petitpas, YouTube’s Strategic Partner Manager for Northern Europe, had two key messages for would-be content providers. Firstly, to innovate, not imitate.…

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CMC 2016: Report – Make Something Happen (An Open Space Workshop)

Posted on: Tuesday 05 July 2016 7:28pm by Gabrielle Smith

This ‘Open Space’ workshop discussed the prominent issues surrounding inclusivity, and the broader questions of how the potential of creative people is harnessed, included and represented in the wider industry. Takeaway: Delegates used the pioneering 'Open Space' method to create their own diversity agenda Working in ‘Open Space’ allows everyone present to bring their personal and professional passions, interests and concerns to the room, whilst encouraging an open, and honest discourse Topics of inclusivity discussed included how to remove labels, creating more inclusive games for children, and creating a more diverse workforce The workshop was specifically designed to address the issues of what you can do for inclusivity in your sector Detail: This Open Space discussion worked on the principles that…

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CMC 2016: Report – Bible Class 2

Posted on: Tuesday 05 July 2016 7:04pm by Jessica Thornsby

Following the huge success of last year’s ‘Bible Class’ workshop, this popular workshop was back for 2016 - this time with character firmly at its core. Takeaway: Character and characterisation are a crucial part of any pitch bible You should know your characters inside out - from their backstory, to their flaws, and how they speak As much as possible, characters should be pro-active rather than reactive - their 'wants' should drive the story Detail: In ‘Bible Class 2: The New Testament’ a panel of industry experts shared their first-hand experiences and unique insights into how to produce and present the perfect Pitch Bible. “Character is the start and end of creating great content,” said award-winning writer Jeff Norton. CBBC’s…

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CMC 2016: Report – Playground

Posted on: Tuesday 05 July 2016 5:01pm by Kate Hilton

It's fun and games all week in the Playground – the free interactive digital art exhibition for children. This year a truly exciting exhibition called ‘Playground’ is being held in the Site Gallery to run alongside the CMC. Although designed with children aged 5-12 in mind, it really is a chance to play for both children and adults alike, and is filled with games, toys, apps and digital art. One of the main attractions is Dubit’s virtual reality room. Wearing a headset and headphones you can explore a Fairy Garden using wands to interact with the magical landscape. Participants of all ages can immerse themselves in this activity, but, if you don’t want to try it out, watching others get…

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CMC 2016: Preview – The Prix Jeunesse Suitcase

Posted on: Tuesday 05 July 2016 2:27pm by David Kleeman

Session producer David Kleeman on the value of seeing what’s out there in international kids’ TV. Warning: graphic nudity. In children’s TV. There... that ought to fill Cinema 3. That’s not all, though – far from it! Come to the PRIX JEUNESSE Suitcase screening – kids and tweens programming from around the world – to see a 9-year-old marrying his 10-year-old girlfriend, a monster who really wants to be a singer, a moondance, and preschoolers playing agony aunt for their stuffed animals. But, wait, don’t stop there. We’ll finish with a five-clip focus on Japan’s NHK, which is turning out the world’s most highly-designed, visually innovative, unique treatments and narratives for all ages. Why watch kids’ TV from Japan, Norway,…

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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: Mind Candy

Posted on: Wednesday 04 July 2012 3:58pm

Julie Adair is producing Meet the Commissioners : Mind Candy, 12.45 on Thursday, Hubs C. In May's edition of Wired magazine, Mind Candy supremo, Michael Acton Smith, was dubbed Walt 2.0, predicted to be Disney for the 21st century. No pressure, then... >> That said, the way in which Moshi Monsters has moved from being a successful online world to a mega kids entertainment brand, does bear some comparison with how Mickey - and his chums - have grown to dominate family content in the last eighty years. A best-selling Moshi Monsters magazine, the smash hit, 'Music Rox', described by one Moshi fan as 'a crazy album for all ages' and a range of merchandise which allegedly brought in $100m…

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CMC 2012: Specific, focused and driven…

Posted on: Wednesday 04 July 2012 1:45pm

These are the three things which graduates and students need in persuing a career, as Tom Webb discovered at the CMC students' briefing. Careers advice is a tricky subject, especially for a student. However, it’s only tricky for the person giving it because they’re more than likely to advise lawyers, engineers and doctors on the same day. However, when at a media conference, surrounded by professionals, creative’s and industry experts, if you’re looking for a career in the media, careers advice doesn’t get much better than this. For the volunteers of the CMC 2012 conference, this became apparent. After a meet and greet and a hello to some familiar faces, it was their turn to listen to the experts. So…

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CMC 2012: Should we be listening to the parents?

Posted on: Wednesday 04 July 2012 1:04pm

Paul Shuttleworth is producing a session on parent power. What have parents got to say about children's media and should we be listening? Thursday, Hubs C, 2pm - 3pm >I can't stop myself. As soon as my latest series starts, there I am dual screening, watching the twitter feed, hungry for an audience's response. > >No. That's the presenter's girlfriend. You'd expect that. > >Some twins in Inverness seem to like it. Thank you and no, you can't have tickets for Justin's House. Copy and paste standard reply. > >Then... Ouch. There is the tweet that gets to that point in the show where you had doubts about yourself. > >Despair. Head on desk. Unfollow. > >Everyone it seems, is…

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How to execute effective PR (2)

Posted on: Tuesday 03 July 2012 10:41pm

  'Discoverability and the new world of PR...' DISCOVER (verb): To find unexpectedly or during a search... To become aware of... To be the first to find... To show an interest in... To be the first to recognise the potential of.... Find out more and join us: Know me, Like me, Follow me Friday, 6th July, 1-1.45 pm in Cinema 2  

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More on CMC empowering students

Posted on: Monday 02 July 2012 8:49pm

Following on from the CMC empowering students blog, James Kerr from Kerrupt Animation explains more about what the volunteer guidance session he's producing on Tuesday afternoon can offer those who want to get into the industry. The Children's media industry is on the whole welcoming and has long been a training ground for new-entrants. But it’s a competitive market with many options, especially as media-makers mix their platforms and techniques. Getting your foot in the door to meet the right people has never been more difficult. Learn the best places to aim for, and how to get your skills and talents in front of the people who make the decisions – from those who've been there and done it! It's…

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How to execute….effective PR.

Posted on: Monday 02 July 2012 7:21am

Stephanie Barton is producing a session that will help you to understand more about how to execute effective PR in today's fast-moving media landscape... The Know me, Like me, Follow me panelists will debate the changing form of PR in children's media. Chaired by Jeff Norton, the panel includes Mellie Buse from Adastra, and what she's learned about the crucial role of PR in getting your ideas noticed; PR expert Jill Franklin from Franklin Rae and her thoughts on the best way to use PR in this complicated and fragmented landscape and can you actually control who reads what any more? Plus Stuart Dredge, freelance journalist and creator of the AppsPlayground website, and how he finds out about new content,…


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CMC empowering students

Posted on: Sunday 01 July 2012 12:27pm

Among the many volunteers who make the CMC possible are around 50 students, whom the CMC is committed to helping in return for their time. They have their own briefing session on Tuesday with key industry figures giving information on how to get into the variety of sectors within children's media. Also this year every student volunteer will be given their own set of business cards. So if you are approached by one of the students wanting to network please take some time to offer advice. Becky Coe is one of those students. A first time volunteer at the CMC, Becky will be a runner for the blogging team, and has sent this blog to introduce herself. Greetings, I’m Becky…

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A novel idea…

Posted on: Sunday 01 July 2012 10:59am

Christina Boonstra blogs for a second year, this time with a novel in progress. A lot to learn. I’m truly excited to get knee deep in blogs once again. Last year I was a fresh faced graduate with little to no plan as to how the year was going to pan out, and if I'm being honest, there still isn't much of a plan. This year has been a roller coaster ride of mundane and adventure all rolled into one. One adventure I took on was to attempt to write a 50,000 word a month. From that crazy decision made at the beginning of a murky November day I delved head first into the world of teen novels (minus…

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CMC 2012: Making vegetables talk!

Posted on: Sunday 01 July 2012 10:56am by Jon Hancock

I’m Jon Hancock – I’ll be blogging at this year’s CMC. Your emergency exits are ... Hmm, maybe not. I’ve been at the Beeb for 12 years – working my way up the ranks within the Children’s department across CBBC and CBeebies. Now at the dizzying height of Series Producer, I’ve been spending the last couple of years making vegetables talk in the joyously bunting-tastic Mr Bloom’s Nursery. It’s a hoot to make – wonderful team, and I don’t care what you say, Ben Faulks (Mr Bloom himself) is the nicest bloke in telly. That Mumsnet readers find him the tinciest bit attractive isn’t something that I’m going to exploit TOO much this summer as we film the new series…

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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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Are we safe yet?

Posted on: Saturday 30 June 2012 8:30pm

Are we safe yet? Cinema 3, 3.40 - 4.40pm Thursday July 5th. Questions can be tweeted before and during the session with #CMCSafe. Internet safety for children will always be debated, says producer of 'Are We Safe Yet?' Olivia Dickinson. So come along with your questions – and answers if you have them – as the panel debates what progress has been made in the 12 months since the recommendations of the Bailey Review. We’ve requested solid progress points from the panel of contributors, including Reg Bailey himself. How can media owners and producers engage with parents and children in a meaningful way to develop their media literacy? Who is responsible for educating children and parents to become media literate?…

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Tom Webb Introduction

Posted on: Tuesday 26 June 2012 9:36pm

As the UK Youth Media Representative at the “World Summit for Media on Children and Youth” in Karlstad 2010, I soon discovered a passion for the promotion of youth led media, and now strongly believe that not only is this the future of children’s media, but also the best and most exciting way forward. Over the past year, I have been working initiatives with the Royal Commonwealth Society, BAFTA and the British Council to help support and encourage young people’s active participation in both planning and creating media content. Graduating in Journalism at Cardiff University, my hope is to inspire a greater representation and presentation of young people in the printed press. For this reason, the workshops and sessions at…

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