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July 2011

C21 Article – CMC Final Wrap

Posted on: Monday 11 July 2011 8:28am

Kids lobby group’s voice gets louderThe UK Children’s Media Conference closed with the news that lobby group Save Kids’ TV (SKTV) has merged with a film and TV development fund to launch a broader media campaign.SKTV has joined forces with the Children’s Film and Television Foundation (CFTF) to create the Children’s Media Foundation (CMF), a new group that will focus on not only lobbying for the UK TV industry but also for the animation and film sectors too. The initial CMF board will comprise former BBC Childrens’ boss Anna Home as chair, CMC editorial director Greg Childs, CFTF chairman Linda James and Zodiak Family and Kids boss Nigel Pickard. Further board members will be announced in coming months.SKTV launched at…

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TBI Article 08/07/11

Posted on: Saturday 09 July 2011 10:10pm

Moving North will change the face of BBC’s kids programming, boss says 08/07/11  UK public broadcaster the BBC moving its children’s TV output out of London will impact the way that it commissions and buys content and change the entire outlook of the kids division, its boss Joe Godwin said yesterday. "There are a lot of indies in the north west and reach and proximity to commissioners is a help and is important," BBC Children’s director Joe Godwin told The Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, UK. "The balance of what we commission will shift." The kids broadcaster, which operates two dedicated channels, CBeebies and CBBC and spends more on original kids programming than any other broadcaster in the UK, is keen…

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Partnering in the Arab World

Posted on: Sunday 03 July 2011 10:37am

A C21 Viewpoint by Estelle Hughes 3Line Media will be taking part in the Arab Awakenings session at Sheffield’s Children’s Media Conference next week. Here the UK indie’s MD Estelle Hughes (below) discusses the Middle East connection.Let’s start with the FAQs: No, I don’t have to wear an abaya when we’re in Abu Dhabi, and yes, it is tricky to work a production schedule through Ramadan. But it’s tricky to work a production schedule through Easter, May bank holiday and a royal wedding too, so fair’s fair.To be honest, when we did a deal in early 2009 with the Abu Dhabi Media Zone’s newly set-up Twofour54, we weren’t even sure of those answers ourselves. Two-and-a-half years on and the learning curve and…

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Broadcast Blog – How to Pitch Transmedia

Posted on: Sunday 03 July 2011 1:41am

Triona Campbell, Managing Director, beActive Triona Campbell will be participating in the New Frontiers in Storytelling session at the Children’s Media Conference, which takes place in Sheffield between 6-8 July.    The myth of the Transmedia commissioners  So you have the most amazing transmedia project and a meeting with a potential financier – how do you pitch it? The truth is you don’t.  There are no transmedia commissioners (in my opinion, yet).  Even public service broadcasters who have print, radio, online and TV platforms are not ideally placed to be transmedia commissioners.  The reality is each department is only focused on its own needs so as a result it is almost impossible to sell and develop a project that involves…

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Viewpoint – Joe Godwin, Director of BBC Children’s.

Posted on: Sunday 03 July 2011 1:39am

Joe Godwin will be will be participating in The Salford Key session at the Children’s Media Conference, which takes place this week in Sheffield between 6-8 July.     BBC Children’s has been based at MediaCityUK in Salford for just over a month now and all the signs are that we’ve not just moved offices, but have embarked on a very different way of creative life.  The journey here has been a long one: in the planning for many years, the move has been a huge logistical and technical feat for the project team and the moving departments. For Children’s, the move won’t be over until Newsround starts broadcasting from here in the Autumn.   But even when the moving is done,…

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Children’s Media Conference Nears

Posted on: Sunday 03 July 2011 1:36am

Article in Licensing.biz by Samantha Loveday Full line-up revealed for next week’s Sheffield-based event. The Children’s Media Conference takes place next week in Sheffield, aimed at everyone involved in developing, producing and distributing kids’ content across all platforms. Running from July 6th-8th, the gathering will this year welcome a delegation of media companies from China and Argentina for the first time. Organised by the UKTI, the delegations will take part in one to one meetings with UK businesses, as well as taking parting in the conference. "The Chinese and Argentinian delegations are a first for us and it’s also a major first for the children’s content community in the UK," explained Greg Childs, editorial director. "It’s a unique opportunity for…

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Televisual Article

Posted on: Sunday 03 July 2011 1:32am

The Children’s Media Conference has unveiled its programme for 2011, which takes place from the 6 - 8 July in Sheffield. A delegation of media companies from China and Argentina will be coming to the event for the first time. Greg Childs, Editorial Director said: “The Chinese and Argentinian delegations are a first for us and it’s also a major first for the children’s content community in the UK. It’s a unique opportunity for UK companies to get a head start in building new business relationships in key developing markets.” Headline speakers include Lord Puttnam, who will deliver this year’s keynote speech, Michael Acton Smith, MD of Mind Candy and creator of the Moshi Monsters phenomenon, and Rory Sutherland, executive…

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Children’s Media Conference to Feature Delegations from China & Argentina

Posted on: Sunday 03 July 2011 1:31am

Article from: WORLDSCREEN.Com By Kristin Brzoznowski Published: June 27, 2011 LONDON: Taking place July 6 to 8 in Sheffield, this year’s Children’s Media Conference, which features the theme of “Thinking Differently,” is set to host a delegation of media companies from China and Argentina as first-time representatives. Organized by UKTI, the delegations will take part in one-on-one meetings along with taking part in the conferences. Greg Childs, the editorial director at The Children’s Media Conference, said: “The Chinese and Argentinian delegations are a first for us and it’s also a major first for the children’s content community in the U.K. It’s a unique opportunity for U.K. companies to get a head start in building new business relationships in key developing…

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July 2010

Turner channels want in on the live action

Posted on: Sunday 11 July 2010 6:39pm

From Broadcast - 8th July 2010 - by Will Strauss Turner Broadcasting’s new chief content officer, Michael Carrington, is making the inclusion of live-action programming a priority for his predominantly animation based channels Boomerang and Cartoon Network. The former CBeebies controller told delegates at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield that Turner had “evolved to a point where the viewers expect live action”. “We’re just entering this world. Gameshows sound a bit dull to us, but boy-skewed live-action comedy we’re desperate for, especially things we can fast track.” Carrington said he was “talking 26 x 30-minute shows” and highlighted classic Australian children’s comedy Round The Twist as the type of series he would like to emulate. He also pinpointed Total…

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BBC Children’s to target teens with extra budget

Posted on: Sunday 11 July 2010 6:38pm

From Broadcast - 8th July 2010 - by Will Strauss BBC Children’s plans to use some of its recently approved extra budget to try to attract more teenage viewers to its CBBC channel. Joe Godwin, director of BBC Children’s, told delegates at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield last week that if the BBC Trust approves current proposals to extend the broadcasting hours to 9pm, the channel will look beyond its regular six to 12 year-old remit and commission content that appeals to young teenagers. The move comes as the BBC Trust backs plans to close teen strand BBC Switch. “Extended hours and extra money will allow us to better serve the top end of our audience,” Godwin said. “We…

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US kids nets ‘facing up to responsibilities’

Posted on: Wednesday 07 July 2010 9:38am

US commercial kids’ networks are stepping up their game when it comes to responsible television but remain behind UK pubcasters, Josh Selig of New York-based Little Airplane Productions has said.“For public broadcasters, there’s always a responsibility to make sure you’re doing more than just making commercial content and the BBC’s done an extraordinary job across every demographic,” the Little Airplane president told C21.At The Children’s Media Conference in the UK city of Sheffield last week, he applauded media regulator Ofcom for its strict rules on issues like product placement in children’s TV and the promotion of healthy and responsible lifestyles in kids’ programming.“The UK is far ahead of the US in that respect; Ofcom’s position on junk food is one…

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Kavanagh: CBBC needs ‘brave’ factual

Posted on: Tuesday 06 July 2010 11:53am

Damian Kavanagh, the new commissioner of BBC children’s diginet CBBC, has called for more “brave” factual programming, having ordered a season about the effect of war on kids.“We’ve got to be really brave in what we commission,” he told delegates at the BBC Meeting the Broadcasters session at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield yesterday. To that end, he has commissioned Pad Rats (working title), a season examining how wars damage children, as reported by C21.BBC Children’s new director Joe Godwin joined Kavanagh on the panel, alongside the new controller of preschool diginet Cbeebies, Kay Benbow. The department will receive an extra £10m (US$15.1m) in funding, as recommended by the pubcaster’s Putting Quality First strategy report, some of which should…

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ITV ‘staying in kids programming’

Posted on: Tuesday 06 July 2010 11:52am

UK broadcaster ITV is not pulling out of kids’ programming, despite moving its shows on to diginet CiTV, its controller of digital channels told delegates in Sheffield today.Emma Tennant, who is responsible for ITV2, 3, 4 and children’s network CiTV, told a panel session at the Children’s Media Conference today: “CiTV is still on air and we are still commissioning.” ITV’s kids’ slate includes cult series Bookaboo, Emu and Art Attack.“We are still doing children’s on ITV at weekends and for the foreseeable future that will continue. You might have read ITV is pulling out of children’s programming; that is not correct,” Tennant said, adding that she was looking to commission in weekend slots, particularly live-action, drama and gameshows.Tennant said…

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Building bridges within kids’ media

Posted on: Tuesday 06 July 2010 9:19am

Greg Childs, editorial director of The Children’s Media Conference, reveals that education is set to be a key theme at the new-look Sheffield confab this week.June in Sheffield: ah yes, it must be Showcomotion. Except this year it’s not. The cream of the UK’s children’s media industry will still be gathering at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield to talk about all the latest trends in the kids’ content industries. But while the venue remains the same, the name has been changed to a more straightforward brand: The Children’s Media Conference (CMC). And we have changed ownership to a new not-for-profit company.As usual, the Conference itself will focus on bridge building. Because we now bring together a wider array of professionals…

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CMC 2010: Conference Round-up with Henry Winkler and other key speakers

Posted on: Sunday 04 July 2010 8:45pm

http://www.thestar.co.uk/video/Fonz-gives-kids-conference-thumbs.6397286.jp The Star - 2nd July 2010

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CMC 2010: Exclusive: Fonz star Henry Winkler reads Hank Zipzer – VIDEO

Posted on: Sunday 04 July 2010 8:26pm

Sheffield Telegraph Fonz star Henry Winkler reads an extract from one of his Hank Zipzer books. http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news2/Exclusive-Fonz-star-Henry-Winkler.6398427.jp Published Date: 03 July 2010

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CMC 2010: Power to the children

Posted on: Sunday 04 July 2010 2:42pm

Sheffield Telegraph 01 July 2010 By Ian Soutar Out for a quiet curry in Pitsmoor on Tuesday night, Henry Winkler soon found himself surrounded by fans with camera phones. He took it in good spirit, since it has come with the territory ever since he won everyone’s heart in the 1970s as the leather-jacketed cool dude The Fonz, from long-running Seventies TV family show Happy Days. But it was in his capacity as author of 17 children’s books and an advocate for children’s rights that he was here in Sheffield as keynote speaker at the Children’s Media Conference expounding his theories on enabling and empowering kids. Winkler is on a UK tour for the My Way! campaign organised by First…

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CMC 2010: Winkler: Make kids’ TV a force for good

Posted on: Sunday 04 July 2010 11:59am

FROM C21: 01/07/10 Children’s producers should create “funny and emotionally true” programmes, keynote speaker Henry Winkler told delegates at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield. Winkler, best known for his role as The Fonz in iconic US comedy Happy Days, used his keynote speech at the event (fka Showcomotion) to urge producers to take personal responsibility for their programmes, and make them a force for social good. He used the example of a Happy Days scene that talked about using a library. The episode led to a huge spike in registrations at local libraries, demonstrating the power of television, he said. Winkler told a packed conference - the theme of which is education - to “make the most out of…

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June 2010

Kidscreen Blog – thanks to Josh Selig

Posted on: Monday 07 June 2010 7:35pm

The CMC has been well-represented this week in Josh Selig’s “Planet Pre-school” blog in Kidscreen magazine online. With an overview of the industry musical chairs we’ve experienced recently in the UK, it takes a look at the theme “Plus ca change…”

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