March 2018

China at CMC 2018

The International business sessions at CMC are dedicated to China in 2018, reflecting the developing relationship between the UK chidlren’s media sector and China, and in particular the regular CMC mission to the CICAF Animation Festival in Hangzhou and Chinese delegations at CMC.

Take a deep dive into China with companies already doing business there in Focus on Working with China and get insights into the family dynamic in Focus on Chinese Kids and Family.

Plus – there’ll be Speed meetings with members of the China delegation on Thursday 5 July.

Chinese delegates at CMC 2018 include:

  • Grace Chen, General Manager,  Zhejiang Times International Exhibition Services Company
  • Alex Chien, Partner/Producer A-4 Studios
  • Jean Dong, Chair, Zespa Media Ltd (London)
  • Jin Hangting, Deputy Division Chief, Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Office
  • Yu Hongqing, Deputy General Manager, Zhejiang Huamai Network Technology
  • Rebecca Ide, International Business Director, Magic Mall Entertainment
  • Maggie Liang, MD & Executive Producer, The Media Pioneers, (London)
  • Elaine Ling Ding, PPW Digital
  • Lin Ma, Production Director, Magic Mall Entertainment
  • Xiangxin Rong, Executive Producer, Pea Pod Animation
  • James Round Creative Director, Uyoung Animation
  • Raymond So, President, DYTM
  • Grace Tian, General Manager , Magic Mall Entertainment
  • Zhang Wei, Deputy Director Programme Department, Zhejiang TV International Channel
  • Li Yan, Founder & General Manager, Beijing Joy Culture Media Company
  • Chen Ying, General Manager, Zhejiang Times International Exhibition & Service
  • Yves Yu, Deputy General Manager, Zhejiang Huamai Network Technology Company Ltd

Alex Chien, Raymond So & Jean Dong

More Speakers Announced for CMC 2018!

Olivier Dumont, Josh Scherba, Hilary Delamere,  Abhi Arya, David Levine, Lucy Murphy and more…

Join us for a jam-packed programme at CMC with speakers including:

Finn Arnesen Hasbro Studios
Abhi Arya Sandbox
Japhet Asher Carlton Books
Alison Bakunowich Nickelodeon
Howard J Blumenthal author and producer
Magnus Brooke ITV
Richard Cadell and Sooty
Eryk Casemiro Zodiak Kids
Jais Holm Christensen LEGO
James Dean ESL
Hilary Delamere The Agency
Phil Dobree Jellyfish Pictures
Greg Dray Google/YouTube
Olivier Dumont eOne
Cathal Gaffney Brown Bag/9 Story Media Group
Nina Hahn Nickelodeon
Bob Higgins Boat Rocker Rights
David Hutchinson Selladoor Worldwide
Angus Killick MacMillan Children’s Publishing
Charles Lauder Indie Club
David Levine Disney Channels
Billy Macqueen Darrall Macqueen
John McVay Pact
Maddie Moate Presenter
Paul Mortimer ITV
Sarah Muller Sony Pictures Television
Lucy Murphy Sky
Paul Nunn Superawesome
Gary Panton Penguin Random House
Nigel Pickard TRX & Nevision
Katharina Pietzsch ZDF
Olly Pike Pop N’ Olly
Jean-Philippe Randisi Zodiak Kids
Ben Roberts BFI Film Fund
Chris Rose Beano Studios
Josh Scherba DHX Media
Linda Simensky PBS
Ryan Smith CNN
Cheryl Taylor CBBC
Simon Terrington Ofcom
Juliette Van Paridon NRT
Jon Watts MTM
Colin Williams Sixteen South
Anna Williamson Presenter & Author
Alex Wiseman 9 Story Media Group

For a full list, click here.

Michael Rosen Announced as CMC 2018 Opening Keynote

Michael Rosen, award-winning children’s novelist, poet, broadcaster, past Children’s Laureate and tireless advocate for kids’ creativity, will open our discussions on Tuesday 3 July.

From a young BBC trainee working on ‘Play School’ in the 1970s, Rosen has now become a YouTube phenomenon, with over 220,000 subscribers and 40 million-plus views of his content.

From his unique standpoint, Rosen will give us his insight into what he calls the digital tiger: “a tiger with an insatiable appetite and an audience only too eager to be eaten. We want tigers to roam free. Of course we do. But that doesn’t mean we’d give our children to one.  So what do we do?”

Baroness Kidron at CMC and in the news

Baroness Beeban Kidron has just issued the ‘Disrupted Childhood’ report, calling for new strategies for digital and young people.

The report makes 24 recommendations. It calls on the technology industry to make seismic changes to the design of products and services in order to meet the needs of children. And on government to add ‘compulsive use’ to its list of harms, so that it becomes an urgent priority across all departments.   #5rights

Beeban Kidron’s Keynote at the Crucible Theatre, 4 July 2018

CMC 2018 Programme, Timetable and Speakers all now available online

The full Conference Timetable and Speaker list are available.

The packed programme for CMC 2018 has been revealed – with over 60 sessions, plus Skillbuilder events, 10 inspiring Changemakers and 3 outstanding Keynotes.  Speakers from every sector of children’s media and beyond have signed up to participate.

Speaker highlights

Presenters: Rick Adams, Nigel Clarke, Maddie Moate, Anna Williamson. 

Commissioners: Alison Bakunowich (Nickelodeon and Milkshake), Paul Mortimer (ITV), Sarah Muller (Sony), Lucy Murphy (Sky UK & Ireland), Cecilia Persson (Turner), Orion Ross (Disney), Linda Simensky (PBS), Cheryl Taylor (BBC).

Executives: Finn Arnesen (Hasboro), Abhi Arya (Sandbox), James Dean (ESL), Phil Dobree (Jellyfish), Greg Dray (YouTube), Olivier Dumont (eOne), Cathal Gaffney (9 Story) Angus Killick (Macmillan USA), David Levine (Disney), Nigel Pickard (TRX and Nevision), Jean-Philippe Randisi (Zodiak), Josh Scherba (DHX), Raymond So (DaYe Transmedia)

Companies and organisations represented: Animation UK, Azoomee, BARB, Beano Studios, Big Bad Boo, Blue Zoo, Boatrocker Rights, Carlton Books, Channel 4, CMF, CNN, Coolabi, Darrall Macqueen, Dubit, Egmont, Haruworks, HMRC, Hopster, Lego, Macdonalds, Made in Me, Magic Light Pictures, Magic Mall, Mattel, MTM, NTR, Ofcom, Pact, Penguin Random House, Riot Games, S4C, Selladoor, Sonar Entertainment, Stonewall, Superawesome, Team Orchestra, Technicolor, The Agency, The Lowry, Univ. of Westminster, Univ. of London, Virgin Media, VRT-Ketnet, Wildseed, Wonderbly.

Don’t miss your chance to catch up with all the issues, info and insights in kids’ content – and all the people too! Register now

Build your Skills with the Best in the Biz at CMC SkillBuilder

Kay Benbow is just one of the world-class experts offering advice at the SkillBuilder sessions on bible and pitch development. If you are developing IP, don’t miss this opportunity.

Build your project bible or prepare the perfect pitch at our intensive hands-on 4-hour sessions. With expert input from: Ros AttilleJustine Bannister, Dave Ingham, Phil Molloy, Lucy Pryke, Tim Searle and many more.

SkillBuilder: Building a Bible
SkillBuilder: Building a Pitch

Book a SkillBuilder ticket for just £35+VAT when you register for CMC or add a ticket to your existing booking.

UK Commissioners at CMC

Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content, BBC Children’s joins all the commissioners from UK Broadcasters and VoD platforms at CMC commissioner sessions.

All the commissioners from UK Broadcasters and VoD platforms are participating in Commissioner Conversation sessions at CMC.

The Power List:

  • Finn Arnesen SVP Global Distribution & Development, Hasbro Studios
  • Sarah Aspinall Kids & Music Editor, Virgin Media UK
  • Alison Bakunowich SVP and General Manager, Nickelodeon UK and Ireland, NEE and Milkshake!
  • Zia Bales Senior Acquisitions Manager Kids EMEA, Turner Broadcasting
  • Gina Costelloe Senior Manager, Content Distribution, LEGO
  • Luca Fiore Head of Content and Education Specialist, Azoomee
  • Hayley Granston Commercial MD, Beano Studios
  • Nina Hahn Senior Vice President, International Production and Development, Nickelodeon
  • Emily Jones Commissioning Editor Education and Documentaries, Channel 4
  • Estelle Lloyd Co-founder, Azoomee
  • Lucie McLean Head of Children’s Products, BBC
  • Paul Mortimer Head of Digital Channels & Acquisitions, ITV
  • Sarah Muller VP Children’s and Youth Programming (Western Europe International Networks), Sony Pictures Television
  • Lucy Murphy Head of Kids Content, Sky UK & Ireland
  • Cecilia Persson Vice President, Programming and Content Strategy, Turner EMEA Kids, Acquisitions and Co-Production International, Turner Broadcasting
  • Matthew Robson Programming Director, Disney
  • Orion Ross VP, Content – Animation, Digital & Acquisitions, Disney Channels EMEA
  • Stuart Rowson Head of Discovery, BBC Children’s
  • Ellen Solberg Content Lead, Hopster
  • Cheryl Taylor Head of Content, BBC Children’s

CMC International Exchange

Last few tickets available to meet the record 50+ buyers who are attending this year, including Sara Cabras Rai Ragazzi, Libbie Doherty ABC, Bob Higgins Boatrocker Rights, Irene Huse NRK Super, Katharina Pietzsch, ZDF Junior, Chrystel Poncet Canal Plus, and Linda Simensky PBS. Full list here

Join the International Exchange to meet and pitch to international broadcasters, co-producers and investors at your own dedicated meeting table, using our Meeting Mojo booking system. Meeting bookings open Monday 18th June.

Your questions needed for the CMC Opening Question Time session

The Digital Economy Act 2017… the DCMS’ Contestable Fund… Brexit… new online safety and privacy laws… the Dept of Health’s concerns about children’s mental health… These are some of the big issues facing the kids media industry and children’s audience in the UK today.  For this year’s CMC opening session the Children’s Media Foundation is bringing together the people in power or in the know, including the Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries (subject to Parliamentary business), ITV’s Director of Policy, the BFI’s Director of the Film Fund and Ofcom’s Director of Content Policy.  The session will use the Question Time format, which means we need your questions.  What would you like to ask these folk? Well now is your chance!

Please send your questions by 19th June to

Opening session sponsored by


Anna Hollinrake is one of the eleven extraordinary young people who will share their stories with us during the conference. Here she speaks to BAFTA about becoming a Breakthrough Brit.

The Changemakers at CMC 2018 are:

Jemima BrowningHolly ChurchesZoe Daniel
Anna HollinrakeJay HulmeHeather Lacey
Mercy NgulubeHackerfemo
Javid Rezai
Rio-LeannaBen Towers

Changemakers strand sponsored by

Speed Meetings

Back by popular demand are the CMC Speed Meetings.  These 5 minute one-to-one meetings are your chance to meet commissioners or their representatives after the commissioning sessions (plus a couple more!).

Speed Meetings: BBC
Speed Meetings: Branded Content
Speed Meetings: China
Speed Meetings: Disney and Sony
Speed Meetings: Nickelodeon and Turner
Speed Meetings: PSBs
Speed Meetings: Tax Breaks
Speed Meetings: VOD

No need to book – these are first come first served slots, so make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to introduce yourself and your company to those looking to commission new content.

CMC gets Arty

The Art Of… sessions at CMC offer single perspectives on a single topic. From creating a successful animation, through to puppetry and making children laugh, drill down to how things work with our Art of… speakers.

The Art of Laughter & The Art of Meaning Making
The Art of Animation Design
The Art of Storyboarding & the Art of Puppets

Life Lessons

This year we are offering sessions with advice vital to running your business. It’s the important stuff…

What a Relief! covers the tax incentives on animation, games and children’s TV – and how to make them work for you.

De-risk gives you the information on how to protect your business against copyright infringement, libel and other hazards.

Policy Prospects & Business Futures

Here at CMC we never shy away from the big questions. We have a variety of sessions for you that cover the business and policy issues that are relevant today:

Books and Beyond

The conference is a great place to meet publishers and others associated with print for kids. And likewise for publishers to expand their horizons into IP management and multiple platforms.

Sessions related to publishing this year include Bagging a Book Deal – which offers a practical guide to pitching. Birthday Brands – celebrating the long lasting brands and what makes them work, and Steps to Retail Success with a panel including Ladybird’s Gary Panton (pictured).


Digital @CMC

The brilliant interactive exhibition Playground leads the digital charge at CMC. Playground is open to everyone, so head up to the Millennium Gallery to check it out.

In the Conference we have sessions covering the future of play and technology, VR and AR in education and digital Innovation in access services.

We’ll also find out how e-sports are taking the world by storm and stage our very own e-sport tournament.

Animation @CMC

We’re covering animation from all angles at CMC this year. Take a serious look at animation in this country in Sustaining UK Animation and see how women in the industry are making their mark in Tips and Hits from Animated Women.

You can also join Leah Hodgkinson from ‘Olobob Top’ in The Art of Animation Design and Chris Drew talks about The Art of Storyboarding.

What's Happening and What's Next?

Two sessions focused on Learning form the educational media strand on 4 July at CMC.

Learning – What’s Happening looks at current good practice in content both for schools and home, including Ryan Smith from the CNN Global Projects team and Nishy Lall from Sky’s Academy Studios.

Learning – What’s Next? Join BBC Bitesize/Teach, and Digital Director at Carlton Books Japhet Asher amongst others who will consider new technologies (including AR and VR) being used to improve educational experiences.


The research strand is always popular, and we give you two opportunities to catch them at CMC. They all feature on Wednesday 4 July and are repeated on Thursday 5 July. Catch them if you can! This year we have:

Kids and the Screen: Changing the channel provides the complete picture of video consumption for young children.

So What Do Kids Want From Content? research explores what kids in the UK want from content and the brands that they think deliver it.

Beauty and the Beast gives an insight into tween and teen girls’ lives today.

The Kids’ Ecosystem, Under the Microscope explores the increasingly fragmented and complex kids’ ecosystem and what it looks like now.

Finding your Voice examines how voice tech is changing the way children watch TV.

Generation Game explores the fragmentation of the video games industry and its impact on young consumers and their families.

News, Trust & Truth breaks down how trust features in young people and the news, and explores their awareness of fake news.

Children’s Media and Diversity: What’s Next in Europe? how you show diversity in children’s content, and making content that has something to say about being an informed citizen.

CMC 2018 On Sale Now!

CMCLogoVerticalPasses are now on sale for CMC 2018 in Sheffield 3–5 July 2018.

To find out why people come to CMC and what they get out of it – read personal stories in “What has the CMC ever done for me?”

Special discount rates available here.

What's Next? CMC in Sheffield 3,4,5 July 2018

CMC 2018our 15th anniversary conference, has announced its dates and theme. On 3,4, 5 July 2018 we’ll welcome 1200 delegates to Sheffield to discuss the future of kids’ media from creative, business, strategic and research perspectives. The conference asks “What’s Next?” with topics and strands designed to equip delegates for the challenges ahead.  Tickets on sale in Spring 2018.