CMC 2019

Date: 2 – 4 July 2019
Venue: Sheffield, UK

CMC 2019 ran from Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 July where over 1,250 delegates converged on Sheffield, UK for keynotes and over 60 sessions.

What is Included?

  • Access to the Tuesday evening keynote
  • Ticket for the Tuesday drinks reception
  • Access to all sessions on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Wednesday and Thursday lunches
  • Break-time teas and coffees on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Access to the Wednesday evening keynote
  • Ticket for the Wednesday night party

The CMC 2019 App

The CMC 2019 app contained the timetable, session descriptions,  speaker details, a map and guides, PLUS a build your own schedule function.

Download at iTunes :
Android at Google Play :

The app was free of charge, thanks to S4C and Moilin.


Nadiya Hussain, writer and presenter, delivered this year’s Opening Keynote on Tuesday 2nd July.

Since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2015, Nadiya Hussain has written and presented her way to national treasure status in record time. Her refusal to be pigeon-holed has been as striking as her willingness to speak out – including openly discussing her lifelong struggle with a panic disorder.
Ahead of the publication of her first children’s picture book, ‘My Monster and Me’, she will face down the monsters that surround us all: mental health, intolerance, inequality… and consider what we can all do to inspire young people to feel truly limitless. She says: “I have to learn to live with my monster – he’s always going to be there.”

Key creatives behind Horrible Histories The Movie took to the stage for this year’s Creative Keynote on Wednesday 3rd July.

This summer ‘Horrible Histories’ storms the big screen in a major new family feature film, with a cast including newcomers Sebastian Croft and Emilia Jones, alongside Nick Frost, Kim Cattrall, Kate Nash, Sir Derek Jacobi and many more. In a very special Creative Keynote, producer/writers Caroline Norris and Giles Pilbrow, director Dominic Brigstocke, and original series author Terry Deary will reveal the secrets to creating kids’ comedy that parents love, how they made learning such a laugh, and the challenges they faced taking the funniest franchise in history on its biggest outing to date.


Conference Theme: Limitless

Children have limitless curiosity, imagination and appetite for entertainment and learning. How can kids’ media creatively support that while making sense of near-limitless choice and connectivity? CMC discussed a no-limits exploration of the unprecedented changes facing the industry, including new players and new funding models, new thinking on inclusivity and engagement, and pan-platform brands with limitless ambitions to connect with kids.

Who attends?

The Children’s Media Conference is the most important event in the UK for everyone involved in developing, producing and distributing content for kids. We open our doors to delegates from television, radio, film, games, interactive media, magazine and book publishing, the licensing and toy sectors and the arts and culture sectors. For a flavour of how the CMC can work for you, read What has the CMC ever done for me?

Optional Extras

CMC International Exchange
A must for anyone looking for international sales, partnerships or project funding, the International Exchange took place on Tuesday 2 July. The International Exchange played host to a wide range of broadcasters, co-producers, funders and investors from across the world keen to meet sellers of content and services. More information here.

Our Famous Pizza Express Supper
The evening of Wednesday 3 July. We book the whole restaurant with a set menu. It’s like a kids’ birthday party: a selection of starters and pizza slices come to your table from the oven as soon as they are ready. Pizza menu 2019

CMC SkillBuilder
Build, develop and refresh your skills with the CMC Bible & Pitch SkillBuilder – our 4 hour mix of advice and hands-on learning. With top tips from industry experts, including insights on how to approach different genres and platforms, and guidance on developing your project bible, SkillBuilder gets delegates close to expertise at the heart of the international children’s entertainment business.