Blogs tagged "television"

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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CMC 2019: Report – Research 3 & 4

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2019 3:00pm by Gabrielle Smith

Two back-to-back presentations providing thought-provoking research considering today’s media landscape, both on and offline. Research 3 looked at attitudes regarding who makes the rules on age ratings as a point of contention and debate. Combining independent research and the BBFC Public Consultation, the panel delved into some of the concerns of how aspects of sexual violence and threat are portrayed on screen. Research 4 focused on the unique streaming service HEIHEI, and the way in which New Zealand has introduced innovative ways of supporting home grown media and local kids’ content. Takeaways: "You don’t need to see sexual violence to feel its impact" – teens already good at talking about this with their peers. Are children becoming interestingly cautious about…

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July 2017

CMC 2017: Report – Best Friends Forever?

Posted on: Friday 07 July 2017 12:25pm by Lyndsey Smith

This session addressed the issue of the lack of feature length children’s films being produced in the UK. Would the ideal situation be to follow the German and Dutch model and bring together broadcasters and funders to collaborate on projects? Takeaway: Collaboration between broadcasters and funders is a way to gain high quality content Funding schemes are a way of encouraging new content Longevity of a project is key in children’s film Detail: Head of Business for NTR Hedda Bruessing explained how their mission was to “bring special programmes to everyone”. The children’s department is the biggest section of the broadcaster, and with 25 per cent of programming aimed at children she believes that kids deserve content linked to their…

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CMC 2017: Report – Kindfulness

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 1:57pm by Gabrielle Smith

The full session is available here as a podcast: A huge topic on the minds for kids’ media professionals today – how can we get kindness on the cards? Producers and media industry experts discuss the ways kindness, empathy and respect can make their mark on children’s media content Takeaway: Teaching children to be resilient, respectful and kind to each other is more important than ever – TV and pro-social gaming is a way to do this Imbuing content for kids with messages to bolster core emotional and life skills, at home and at school, is important It's crucial to not only raise tolerance and diversity issues to engage children, but the same also needs to happen with their parents/guardians.…

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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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