Blogs tagged "production"

July 2019

CMC 2019: Report – Staying Local

Posted on: Friday 05 July 2019 11:26am by Jenny Kane

This session asked what is the place of local drama - in a world where the streaming ‘giants’ are able to throw huge resources at international stories? The key question put to panel experts was how ‘kid focused’ drama can flourish during times of change. Takeaway: Children need and have a desire to see their lives reflected on screen back at them. The BFI Young Audience Content Fund is a new funding stream to encourage producers to make the local dramas they haven’t been able to before. International programmes do not necessarily mean glossy and expensive. A mix model approach should be adopted by broadcasters when it comes to local vs international - "for every 'Stranger Things' there is a 'The…

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CMC 2019: Report – Pushing the Preschool Envelope

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2019 10:51pm by Sam Barlow

With a panel of industry figures from across the kids' media business, this session discussed the challenges of finding and moreover holding a preschool audience, in the midst of an ever more fragmented landscape. Takeaway: Diversity is the key to building a global brand. Be genuine - don't be 'tokenistic'. Let the audience take the lead and don't be afraid to be where they are. Detail: With a universal audience, there is a need to tell relatable, authentic and skilfully told stories in order to teach children about emotional intelligence, human values, knowledge of the world, cognition and sense of identity. Jodie Morris opened with the topic of inclusivity and diversity and explained that in 'Bing', nothing is prescriptive which…

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July 2018

CMC 2018: Report – The Making of ‘Gudrun: The Viking Princess’

Posted on: Thursday 05 July 2018 9:16pm by Louise Lynch

The session opened with a showreel from Children’s Media Network Scotland followed by a conversation between Alix Wiseman from 9 Story Media Group and the programme’s writer and producer at Maramedia, Simon Parsons.   Simon explained how the commission came about after a casual conversation with Kay Benbow, CBeebies Controller at the time. Natural History producers Maramedia were making a series for PBS about the Vikings.  They were able to piggyback a pilot shoot for Gudrun during some PBS filming scheduled with a Viking boat and the show was commissioned from the pilot.   Kay explained that she “liked the idea of a strong female lead who was a princess but not the princess you might expect".  It was a…

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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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November 2016

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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July 2016

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 – Volunteers’ Career Guidance Session

Posted on: Tuesday 05 July 2016 12:17am by Oliver Ridgeon

Over 80 students and young people from the industry make up the CMC volunteer team.  You'll see them everywhere in their yellow tee-shirts. They're from a wide variety of institutions across the county, including Edinburgh, Leeds, Sheffield, Hallam, Nottingham, Lincoln, De Montford Leicester, Manchester, Brighton and Sussex. On Monday 4 July they were all briefed, given their CMC business cards, assigned their tasks and went to a career tips session organised by recently graduated Oli Ridgeon. Takeaway There’s no set path or hard and fast rules to get into children’s media, but there are certain attributes that can help you along the way, including: Persistence Willingness Having a positive attitude and a willingness to be helpful, and listen Taking rejection in your stride…

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