CMC 2020

Date: 6-10 July 2020
Venue: CMC Online Platform

In July 2020 CMC was re-invented as a week-long online conference of children’s and youth content, with webinars spaced at convenient intervals so that lock-down life could still go on.

Online content will remain accessible to registered delegates until 30 September.

Registered delegates can get to the CMC Online Platform here

The CMC 2020 App

The CMC 2020 app contains the timetable, session descriptions,  speaker details, useful information on the conference, PLUS a build your own schedule function.

Download at iTunes :
Android at Google Play :

The app is free of charge, thanks to our sponsor S4C and app designers Moilin.


The CMC 2020 Conference Guide

Flick through everything that CMC 2020 Online had to offer in our handy Conference Guide.

13 live webinars, 49 pre-recorded videos and a timetable all available to browse.




What was Included? 

CMC 2020 Opening Keynote Panel

The CMC Keynote Panel considered the ongoing implications of the Black Lives Matter campaign on the children’s and youth audience, and on our industry that serves them. Key figures in the campaign joined this important discussion to open CMC 2020: Sonita Alleyne OBE, Master of Jesus College Cambridge; Miranda Wayland, Head of Creative Diversity at the BBC; Prof. Kevin Clark Founding Director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity at George Mason University (US); Adam Campbell, Director of Product at Azoomee/ Da Vinci Media; Larissa Kennedy, NUS President.

Cressida Cowell, CMC 2020 Creative Keynote

Waterstones Children’s Laureate and number one best-selling author-illustrator of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and ‘The Wizards of Once’ series, and author of the ‘Emily Brown’ picture books, Cressida Cowell joined us online for this year’s Creative Keynote.

Bonus strands available with your delegate pass

From Monday 6 July there are extra strands of on-demand content on our bespoke online system covering key CMC topics:

  • Research Strand half-hours
  • The Art Of… Strand
  • Industry insiders’ Perspective on trends, issues and innovation
  • Creative exploration in a series of The Creator’s Inner Child profiles
  • Presentations from the CMC’s cohort of young speakers – the Changemakers
  • Download the content and mix’n’match with CMC 2020 Online real time webinar content to create your own conference schedule
  • Until 30 September, all content will be available on our bespoke online platform, exclusively for pass holders to view

Optional Extras

International Exchange
Thursday 2 July 2020
A must for anyone looking for international sales, partnerships or project funding, the International Exchange took place for the whole day 8am-8pm BST on Thursday 2 July.
The International Exchange plays host to a wide range of broadcasters, co-producers, funders and investors from across the world keen to meet sellers of content and services. Read more here…


Monday 6 July 2020
This year our popular SkillBuilder event moved to the online space, with the opportunity to hone your pitches with some of the industry’s most successful figures. Build, develop and refresh your skills with Pitch Yourself Perfect! – our 90 minute 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 got delegates close to expertise at the heart of the international children’s entertainment business. Read more here…

Conference theme: Still Here Right Now

CMC Editorial Director Greg Childs on the plans for CMC 2020 Online:

The Children’ Media Community is always great in a crisis. Maybe it’s because we’re conscious of our responsibility to help the younger audience handle difficult situations, understand their changing world, and still have some fun along the way. In the last months, the children’s community has been nothing short of brilliant in pulling together a new way of looking at the conference they help create every year. As a result, we’re pleased to say that CMC 2020 has refocused its original theme from ‘Right Here Right Now’ to ‘STILL Here Right Now’. What that means is that volunteer producers are still working on great sessions, helped by the CMC Advisory Committee, and they’ll be delivered to people’s desktops on a regular basis right up to and including the virtual conference in July. We can come together as a community to share the learning, insights and inspiration, challenge, argue and discuss – just as we do in Sheffield – but you’ll need to make your own tea.

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 virtual 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 and educational media. For a flavour of how the CMC can work for you, read What has the CMC ever done for me?