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Alexa, How should Youth Brands Use Audio in 2019?

Thursday 04 July 2019 9:30am-10:30am
HUBS Common Room

Leading youth brands discuss how we can use the latest tech and platforms to create audio experiences that engage kids in 2019 and beyond.

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Animation Skills Fund - Use it or Lose it!

Thursday 04 July 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm
HUBS Common Room

New initiatives from the re-booted ScreenSkills Animation Skills Council will address animation skills shortages, with finance from the Animation Skills Fund. If you run or recruit for an animation company, come and have your say on the priorities and approaches.

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Are the Robots Coming for our Children?

Thursday 04 July 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm
HUBS The Stage

A deep dive into the ethical, privacy and design considerations relating to AI in children’s media development and data analysis.

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China - A Creative Approach

Wednesday 03 July 2019 11:00am-12:00pm
HUBS Common Room

Join our esteemed panel of speakers as they give insight and share knowledge into how to develop and produce your projects with both a Chinese and international audience in mind.

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China - Business and Partnerships

Thursday 04 July 2019 9:30am-10:30am
HUBS The Stage

With increasing number of partnerships between Chinese and creative companies around the world we discuss the opportunities, broadcast and streaming platforms, finding the right partners and the co-production treaty.

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Clicks and Mortar - The New Retail Space

Wednesday 03 July 2019 11:10am-12:10pm
Showroom Cinema 2

How has merchandise and licensing been impacted by digital disruption? What are the new ways to develop and launch a product in an increasingly tough consumer environment?

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CMC Arrivals Lounge

Tuesday 02 July 2019 1:00pm-4:30pm
HUBS Hubspace

Delegates arriving on Tuesday afternoon are invited to informal tea and coffee networking in The HUBS before the Opening Keynote. Then join the meet-up at 4.30pm in registration at the Workstation over the road to walk up together to the City Hall for the first Timers Reception and Opening Keynote.

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CMC SkillBuilder Bible & Pitch

Tuesday 02 July 2019 1:00pm-5:00pm
HUBS The Stage

Build, develop and refresh your skills with the CMC Bible & Pitch SkillBuilder with a 4 hour mix of advice and hands-on learning.

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Commissioner Conversations: BBC

Wednesday 03 July 2019 12:30pm-1:15pm
Showroom Cinema 4

BBC Children’s and BBC Education discuss their commissioning and development process, and reveal new ways of working to maximise public service brands.

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Commissioner Conversations: Channels

Thursday 04 July 2019 12:30pm-1:30pm
Showroom Cinema 4

An opportunity to hear from the commissioners at Nickelodeon, Sony and Turner.

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Commissioner Conversations: PSBs

Thursday 04 July 2019 11:00am-12:00pm
Showroom Cinema 4

Commissioners from UK commercial public service broadcasters reveal their top tips on how to approach them, what they’re looking for and how they manage the post-commissioning relationship.

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Commissioner Conversations: VoD

Wednesday 03 July 2019 2:10pm-3:10pm
Showroom Cinema 3

Hear first-hand what VOD commissioners’ plans look like for 2020/21, what’s worked in the past, what they’re looking for next, how they see their content evolving and how to get in touch to pitch your ideas.

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Creative Keynote: Horrible Histories The Movie

Wednesday 03 July 2019 6:30pm-7:30pm
Mercure St Paul's Hotel

Key creatives behind the bestselling children’s books, the multi-award winning hit TV show, and this summer’s movie adaptation ‘Rotten Romans’ on how to make horribly entertaining family comedy, and create the funniest franchise in history.

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Creative Masterclass: Clangers and Paddington

Wednesday 03 July 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm
Showroom Cinema 4

Celebrate the anniversary of the Moon Landings with the Clangers, and Paddington’s spectacular return to the small screen.

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Cultivating Community

Thursday 04 July 2019 2:10pm-3:10pm
Showroom Cinema 2

How content creators and brands maintain and extend their relationship with their audience online and how online fan communities contribute to content and meaningful engagement.

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Delivery Demands

Wednesday 03 July 2019 5:10pm-6:00pm
Showroom Cinema 2

There’s been a sharp incline in demands from VoD platforms for high delivery standards for audio and video. Are studios keeping up and is it increasing industry standards?

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Don't Mention the C Word!

Wednesday 03 July 2019 3:40pm-4:40pm
Showroom Cinema 2

We need to talk about class. Is the lack of people from working class backgrounds in our workforce making us irrelevant to our audiences?

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First Timers Lunch

Wednesday 03 July 2019 12:30pm-1:30pm
HUBS Hideout

A warm welcome to CMC as old and new faces mingle for lunch. Grab a bite and some helpful personal advice on navigating the conference!

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First Timers' Reception & City Hall Bar Open

Tuesday 02 July 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm
Sheffield City Hall

First Time at the CMC? Enjoy an extra special welcome from executives, producers and talent with top tips to get the most out of your conference! There’ll be prizes too!

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Focus on Ireland

Wednesday 03 July 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm
HUBS Common Room

Why is Ireland a great place to bring your production? Our panel of content-makers share their advice and expertise about working in, and with, Ireland.

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Fortnite-ly Phenomena: What Creates A Digital Craze?

Wednesday 03 July 2019 5:10pm-6:00pm
Showroom Cinema 3

Fortnite was 2018's digital craze for kids, toppling Minecraft (which in turn replaced Moshi Monsters and Club Penguin). What do these phenomena have in common, and how can we tap in?

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Fresh Kids Tech

Thursday 04 July 2019 12:40pm-1:40pm
Showroom Cinema 3

Innovations you should know about in technology, trends and kids’ passions in digital content.

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Gambling and Gaming: What’s the Difference? What’s the Harm?

Wednesday 03 July 2019 2:10pm-3:10pm
Showroom Cinema 2

Gambling features within video games are a concern for parents and kids. Now gambling products borrow features from game designers too. What is the relationship between gambling and gaming and should we worry?

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Going Global

Thursday 04 July 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm
Showroom Cinema 4

Bringing the UK classroom to the world – internationalising children’s learning content. Who is making an impact internationally and how does that work with conflicting curricula needs? This session begins with a presentation by Changemaker Finlay Pringle Read the producer’s preview for this session.

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Immersive Journeys in Education

Thursday 04 July 2019 9:40am-10:40am
Showroom Cinema 2

How AR and VR are changing learning in schools

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International Exchange AM Session

Tuesday 02 July 2019 9:30am-12:45pm
Sheffield Town Hall

The morning begins with a Welcome Presentation at 9.20am, meetings run from 9.30am-12.45pm and a networking lunch is provided from 12.45-1.45pm.

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International Exchange PM Session

Tuesday 02 July 2019 1:45pm-5:00pm
Sheffield Town Hall

The afternoon begins with a networking lunch from 12.45-1.45pm with a Welcome Presentation at 1.40pm, meetings run from 1.45pm-5pm.

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Kids Taking a Stand

Wednesday 03 July 2019 3:30pm-4:30pm
HUBS The Stage

Hear from the kids taking a stand for change, as, in a first for CMC, Changemakers discuss how to reflect their activism in the changing media landscape.

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Kids with Stones in Their Pockets

Thursday 04 July 2019 12:30pm-1:30pm
HUBS Common Room

How kids play and how, as storytellers and content creators, we can create a space for self-discovery and imagination.

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Kids' Media Connected

Thursday 04 July 2019 12:30pm-1:30pm
HUBS Hideout

MACKY is a new international association of children’s professionals that unites creatives across platforms to promote meaningful media for kids and young people. Come and meet its founding members and consider joining.

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Life on the Small Screen

Wednesday 03 July 2019 12:40pm-1:30pm
Showroom Cinema 2

Ofcom share their insights on the media use and attitudes of children, uncover the reasons young people are drawn to online video services such as Netflix and YouTube, and how certain types of content evoke powerful responses.

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Life on the Small Screen (Repeat)

Thursday 04 July 2019 12:40pm-1:30pm
Showroom Cinema 2

Ofcom share their insights on the media use and attitudes of children, uncover the reasons young people are drawn to online video services such as Netflix and YouTube, and how certain types of content evoke powerful responses.

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Limiting the Limitless?

Wednesday 03 July 2019 9:30am-10:30am
Showroom Cinema 4

Do new opportunities call for new thinking? The CMC Question Time quizzes those in power, or in the know, about the big issues facing UK kids’ media today.

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Limiting the Limitless? (Relayed from Cinema 4)

Wednesday 03 July 2019 9:30am-10:30am
Showroom Cinema 3

Do new opportunities call for new thinking? The CMC Question Time quizzes those in power, or in the know, about the big issues facing UK kids’ media today.

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Media Medicine

Thursday 04 July 2019 11:10am-12:10pm
Showroom Cinema 2

How can we help children stay healthy? Four innovative ways in which we can support children's health experiences with some marvellous media medicine. 

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Mercure Bar Open

Wednesday 03 July 2019 5:00pm-6:30pm
Mercure St Paul's Hotel

The Mercure bar is open from 5pm before the Creative Keynote.

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Merging Digital and Physical Experiences

Wednesday 03 July 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm
HUBS Common Room

When digital and physical experiences connect or merge, how do they – or could they - impact on play and learning?

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Online Killed the TV Star

Thursday 04 July 2019 2:10pm-3:10pm
Showroom Cinema 3

… Or did it? We discuss why online talent isn’t the enemy.

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Opening Keynote: Nadiya Hussain

Tuesday 02 July 2019 6:00pm-7:15pm
Sheffield City Hall

Bake-off winner, TV presenter, author and national treasure Nadiya Hussain takes to the stage for a different kind of Opening Keynote, as she champions facing up to all our monsters and making life limitless for children today.

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Pizza Express

Wednesday 03 July 2019 8:00pm-10:00pm
Pizza Express

It’s the long-standing tradition of CMC to gather at the Pizza Express and share a kids’ party style meal. The pizza menu is here and you can buy your pizza express ticket here.

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Playground

Tuesday 02 July 2019 11:00am-6:00pm
Site Gallery

Playground is a series of exhibitions curated by The Children’s Media Conference focusing on experiences that merge physical and digital play. The fourth edition, Game/Changers, showcases reinterpretations and remakes of seminal toys, games and experiences developed over the last 40 years. Artists and designers include Pippin Barr, Bennett Foddy, La Sophiste and Sensible Object, a new commission […]

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Playground

Wednesday 03 July 2019 11:00am-6:00pm
Site Gallery

Playground is a series of exhibitions curated by The Children’s Media Conference focusing on experiences that merge physical and digital play. The fourth edition, Game/Changers, showcases reinterpretations and remakes of seminal toys, games and experiences developed over the last 40 years. Artists and designers include Pippin Barr, Bennett Foddy, La Sophiste and Sensible Object, a new commission […]

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Playground

Thursday 04 July 2019 11:00am-8:00pm
Site Gallery

Playground is a series of exhibitions curated by The Children’s Media Conference focusing on experiences that merge physical and digital play. The fourth edition, Game/Changers, showcases reinterpretations and remakes of seminal toys, games and experiences developed over the last 40 years. Artists and designers include Pippin Barr, Bennett Foddy, La Sophiste and Sensible Object, a new commission […]

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Playground Drinks Reception

Thursday 04 July 2019 5:00pm-8:00pm
Site Gallery

Join us for drinks at CMC Playground - open to all delegates.

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Pushing the Boundaries for Learning

Wednesday 03 July 2019 11:00am-12:00pm
HUBS The Stage

How do we make sure we deliver the best and most innovative learning content for the next generation?

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Pushing the Pre-school Envelope

Wednesday 03 July 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm
HUBS The Stage

Innovative Preschool: explore the latest boundaries of preschool content, from production technique & platform choice to brand identity, commerce & inclusion.

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Wednesday 03 July 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm
Showroom Cinema 4

Five prospective producers enter the den to pitch their ideas to the dragons. But who will walk away with investment?   Read the producer preview for this session.

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Research 1 & 2

Wednesday 03 July 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm
Showroom Cinema 1

Two 30 minute research presentations: What Children's Content do Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and YouTube Want? & Screenage Kids.

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Research 1 & 2 (Repeat)

Thursday 04 July 2019 9:30am-10:30am
Showroom Cinema 1

Two 30 minute research presentations: What Children's Content do Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and YouTube Want? & Screenage Kids.

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Research 3 & 4

Wednesday 03 July 2019 11:00am-12:00pm
Showroom Cinema 1

Two 30 minute research presentations: Age Ratings in a Limitless World & HEIHEI, Disrupting Younger Kids Media Provision in New Zealand.

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Research 3 & 4 (Repeat)

Thursday 04 July 2019 11:00am-12:00pm
Showroom Cinema 1

Two 30 minute research presentations: Age Ratings in a Limitless World & HEIHEI, Disrupting Younger Kids Media Provision in New Zealand.

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Research 5 & 6

Wednesday 03 July 2019 3:30pm-4:30pm
Showroom Cinema 1

Two 30 minute research presentations: Gaming Grannies & Co-viewing, Co-playing, Co-everything. Wishful Thinking or Real Family Behaviour?

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Research 5 & 6 (Repeat)

Thursday 04 July 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm
Showroom Cinema 1

Two 30 minute research presentations: Gaming Grannies & Co-viewing, Co-playing, Co-everything. Wishful Thinking or Real Family Behaviour?

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Research 7 & 8

Wednesday 03 July 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm
Showroom Cinema 1

Two 30 minute research presentations: Diversity in UK Kids’ TV & Social Media and Gaming – Good or Bad for Kids?

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Research 7 & 8 (Repeat)

Thursday 04 July 2019 12:30pm-1:30pm
Showroom Cinema 1

Two 30 minute research presentations: Diversity in UK Kids’ TV & Social Media and Gaming – Good or Bad for Kids?

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Resetting the Moral Compass

Wednesday 03 July 2019 3:40pm-4:40pm
Showroom Cinema 3

In light of the White Paper on “online harms” are we finally resetting the dials on the internet to make it truly friendly for children and families. With online platforms more and more under scrutiny, activists for digital rights consider the effectiveness of the White Paper and the public support for change.

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Speed Meetings: BBC

Wednesday 03 July 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm
The Workstation (Mezzanine)

Speakers listed here are available for five-minute one-to-one advice meetings. Come to the Workstation Reception to book your slot. There is no advance booking – it is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t miss out.

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Speed Meetings: Channels

Thursday 04 July 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm
The Workstation (Mezzanine)

Speakers listed here are available for five-minute one-to-one advice meetings. Come to the Workstation Reception to book your slot. There is no advance booking – it is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t miss out.

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Speed Meetings: China - A Creative Approach

Wednesday 03 July 2019 12:30pm-1:30pm
The Workstation (Mezzanine)

Speakers listed here are available for five-minute one-to-one advice meetings. Come to the Workstation Reception to book your slot. There is no advance booking – it is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t miss out.

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Speed Meetings: China - Business and Partnerships

Thursday 04 July 2019 11:00am-12:00pm
The Workstation (Mezzanine)

Speakers listed here are available for five-minute one-to-one advice meetings. Come to the Workstation Reception to book your slot. There is no advance booking – it is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t miss out.

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Speed Meetings: PSBs

Thursday 04 July 2019 12:30pm-1:30pm
The Workstation (Mezzanine)

Speakers listed here are available for five-minute one-to-one advice meetings. Come to the Workstation Reception to book your slot. There is no advance booking – it is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t miss out.

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Speed Meetings: The YACF and BFI Certification

Wednesday 03 July 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm
The Workstation (Mezzanine)

Speakers listed here are available for five-minute one-to-one advice meetings. Come to the Workstation Reception to book your slot. There is no advance booking – it is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t miss out.

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Speed Meetings: VoD

Wednesday 03 July 2019 3:30pm-4:30pm
The Workstation (Mezzanine)

Speakers listed here are available for five-minute one-to-one advice meetings. Come to the Workstation Reception to book your slot. There is no advance booking – it is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t miss out.

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Staying Local

Thursday 04 July 2019 9:30am-10:30am
Showroom Cinema 4

A panel that examines the vital place of locally focussed and produced drama in the audience's entertainment mix.

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Stream if you Wanna go Faster: Decoding the SVoDs

Wednesday 03 July 2019 11:00am-12:00pm
Showroom Cinema 4

Netflix, Amazon and Youtube are eating CBBC’s lunch. Disney+ and Ap-pleTV+ are hungry too. An agenda-setting hour on how to work with them and win.

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Successful Pitches - The Secret History

Thursday 04 July 2019 9:40am-10:40am
Showroom Cinema 3

Want to increase the odds of getting your series/idea commissioned? Learn how from our four master pitchers' personal stories on pitching 'Peppa Pig', 'Becca's Bunch' and many more.

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Tackling Teens

Wednesday 03 July 2019 5:00pm-6:00pm
HUBS The Stage

With more broadcasters commissioning content for teens and the Young Audience Content Fund’s emphasis on the 13+ age-group, how can children’s content creators age-up and move into this sphere?

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The Art of Play

Wednesday 03 July 2019 11:10am-12:10pm
Showroom Cinema 3

Two linked presentations. Playing to Innovate - using play as a vital tool to inspire creativity in innovation, research and analysis. Being Childish - rediscover your inner child! Connect with children through silliness and fun, no matter where they’re from or what they’ve been through.

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The Art of Voice & Song

Thursday 04 July 2019 11:10am-12:10pm
Showroom Cinema 3

What makes a great character voice? What makes a truly “sticky” song that fast becomes an earworm? Don’t miss this session for sound advice that’s music to your ears!   Read the producer preview of this session.

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The CMC Debate: Limitless Content - Good or Bad?

Wednesday 03 July 2019 12:40pm-1:40pm
Showroom Cinema 3

Industry leaders debate the motion: "Kids' limitless access to content is a positive thing for children’s media makers”. Your vote will decide which argument wins.

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The CMC Drinks Reception

Tuesday 02 July 2019 7:15pm-8:45pm
Sheffield Cathedral

Join us for the opening night drinks reception in the beautiful setting of Sheffield's Cathedral.  All delegates are welcome.

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The CMC Party

Wednesday 03 July 2019 10:00pm-3:00am
Sports Lounge

Let your hair down after a hard day’s conferencing with the CMC party! Entry is free to all registered delegates.* *(Over 18’s only and please note that the venue’s resident staff may require proof of age ID.)

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The Incredible Playable Lunchtime Show

Wednesday 03 July 2019 12:30pm-1:30pm
HUBS The Stage

An award-winning interactive show where the auditorium is transformed into a stage for bizarre video games, and you the audience become the players!

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The Incredible Playable Lunchtime Show

Thursday 04 July 2019 12:30pm-1:30pm
HUBS The Stage

An award-winning interactive show where the auditorium is transformed into a stage for bizarre video games, and you the audience become the players!

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The Last Word: Nikki Lilly

Thursday 04 July 2019 3:30pm-4:00pm
Showroom Cinema 4

Nikki Lilly – CBBC star, YouTuber, and Junior Bake Off winner – brings CMC 2019 to a close. Her brief was “limitless’ – so expect everything from overcoming adversity to sharing make-up tips. It’s all you need to head home with a spring in your step and feeling fabulous.

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The Note Behind The Note

Thursday 04 July 2019 11:00am-12:00pm
HUBS Common Room

Notes are an essential part of the creative process. A panel of experts from both sides of the equation discuss the best way to give and receive notes for a great finished product.

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The YACF – A User’s Guide

Wednesday 03 July 2019 3:30pm-4:30pm
Showroom Cinema 4

What is the Young Audiences Content Fund? Jackie Edwards and her team give us the inside scoop on the aims of the new £57m fund, what to submit, and how!

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True?

Thursday 04 July 2019 11:00am-12:00pm
HUBS The Stage

The abundance of online fakery and fake news is making it increasingly difficult for young audiences to know what's real and what's not. What responsibility do we have? How can we equip them with the skills to navigate the truth? 

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Unconscious Bias

Thursday 04 July 2019 11:00am-12:00pm
HUBS Hideout

The subtle messages that influence our children.

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Unconscious Bias (Repeat)

Thursday 04 July 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm
HUBS Hideout

The subtle messages that influence our children.

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VR and AR Storytelling for Kids

Wednesday 03 July 2019 3:30pm-4:30pm
HUBS Common Room

As storytellers, how can we embrace new technologies, such as Virtual or Augmented Reality so that children experience content which is both of value and entertaining.

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Writers Assemble!

Wednesday 03 July 2019 12:30pm-1:30pm
HUBS Common Room

Grab your lunch and join a heroic band of experts to tackle the challenges of working as a writer – getting in, staying in, moving on up!

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