Report - Brexit Late Breakfast: the future of children's media in light of Brexit

Posted on: Thursday 16 March 2017 11:18pm

Takeaways: The need for clarification The affect on people and the workforce Opportunities through emerging markets   Chaired by: Nigel Roby, Owner and Chief Executive of The Bookseller, Speakers: Tim Collins MD, The Brand Director Oli Hyatt Chair, Animation UK Belinda Rasmussen Publisher of Macmillan Children's Books Rosina Robson Head of Nations and Children's - the Producers Alliance for Cinema and TV (PACT) Robert Taylor President, the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) The panel discussed the positives and negatives facing a post-Brexit UKRobert started the discussion stating that the FSE, which represents more than 20,000 European screenwriters both inside and outside the EU, has spent a…

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Report - Margins and Merchandise: What has Licensing Ever Done for Us?

Posted on: Friday 17 March 2017 1:18am

Speakers Moderator: Tim Collins (The Brand Director) Speakers: Susan Bolsover (Penguin Random House) Anna Hewitt (Spin Master Toys) Katie Price (Hachette Children’s Group) Ingrid Selberg (Consultant) Objectives Why children’s publishers need to understand the wider opportunities available within the world of licensing. Expert panellists discussing both the acquisition and exploitation of IP (Intellectual Property) and tips on how best to navigate the wider licensing world. 360º branding – defining and understand what is meant by the term. The first key point was that in terms of trade association statistics, publishing is still very much in growth, with most categories still…

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Report - Market and Build: How New Voices and New Properties are Guided to Market Success

Posted on: Friday 17 March 2017 4:36pm by Helen Dugdale

The session took the audience through a whistle stop tour of the steps that take place from a book being commissioned by a first-time writer, to acquisition stage to the marketing and PR teams getting involved. Moderator John Lomas-Bullivant Speakers Katy Cattell – Hachette Children’s Group Lucy Upton – Hachette Children’s Group Ruth Tinham – Kings Road Publishing Rebecca McNally– Bloomsbury Children’s Books   Takeaways Writers need to ensure they send the manuscript to the correct person at the publishing house and ideally should use an agent. Don’t second guess the market, write what excites you. First time writers should…

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Report - Page to Screen: Making the Jump, and Back Again

Posted on: Friday 17 March 2017 4:56pm by Simon Bor

Greg Childs introduced a special guest, illustrator and writer, Nick Butterworth, to talk on the process of translating published work to screen… and back to print again. Takeaways It’s about characters and the relationships between them. Voice actors are vital - his included Joanna Page (Gavin and Stacey) as a Welsh alien. Is animation beastly? ‘From Page to screen…’ the PowerPoint slide read at the beginning of the talk. Based on one of his books, Nick’s project 'QPootle5' is about a little alien, who, not just content to come to Earth, has come from page to screen on CBeebies. First,…

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Report - Rebels and Empires: The Future of British Comics

Posted on: Friday 17 March 2017 4:07pm by Simon Bor

With a panel that represented some of the best of British comics from the past 80 years, moderator, Rich Johnston (from the comic review website, Bleeding Cool), asked, what is the future for British comics? Takeaways The traditional news-stand is a challenging environment for British comics up against licensed product. Bookshops, comic shops and the Internet are giving children access to new and classic British comics. Beano’s free app has resulted in sales increases for digital and print versions of the comic. Speakers Championing new British comics was Tom Fickling. The Phoenix is home to creator led strips, it gets kids…

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