A Date with CBeebies

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2011 2:55pm

#tcmc Delyth Thomas asks…. Could this be the start of a beautiful relationship?  It is indeed a date – not of course anything dodgy, but a fun, informal lunchtime meeting for individuals to meet up and discuss development opportunities with CBeebies. The session was full to busting with delegates eating their sandwiches and crisps, and really quite a jolly affair.  CBeebies has masses of varied content TV,web, radio -  the latter flummoxed me given it’s not on radio 7 any more, but it was announced that Cbeebies radio will now be online. If you are interested in pitching radio ideas (btw…

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Animated Yorkshire Breakfast

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 2:26pm

#tcmc Jayne Kirkham gets animated over breakfast….. 08.30 hours is a horrid time of the day. Not early enough to make you feel smug that you’re up while lesser mortals sleep, but too early considering the night before.  At least there were croissants and pastries and a goodie bag thanks to the lovely people from Animated Yorkshire.  And coffee…lots of coffee. Animated Yorkshire is a neat little network of animators from… Yorkshire.  They’ve made the idents you’re seeing at the beginning of each session.  They’ve made the idents you’ve been seeing on CITV.  They’re ready, willing and able to work…

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Blog Slog

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 4:47pm

Blog Slog. Ahead of the tonight’s social events, here is a photo of John Kent blogging during a quiet moment at last night’s drinks reception. Catch his thoughts at the blog “Follow the Blue T-shirts.”

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BOO Who?

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2011 2:46pm

#tcmc Francesca Morosi blogs from “Boo Who?”   Speakers: Jacqueline Harding, Director, Tomorrow’s Child Luigi Petito, MD, Business Solutions Europa   Produced by:  Tom Cousins, Assistant Producer, BBC Children’s   Ever thought about getting your media project funded by the European Union? European TV series My Friend Boo offers a brand new financing model for producing positive content for children I have to say, this session made me really optimistic about the new opportunities for funding available to children media producers (perhaps secretly I am already dreaming about my own media project after my bit of research is done!) Luigi…

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Can't think of a title - so I'll call it "This".

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2011 1:16pm

#tcmc. Jayne Kirkham is now in the building and has sent “THIS.” What’s that distant rumble - thunder? It’s the sound of wheelie suitcases grundling towards the Showroom cinema as the children’s media world gathers for its annual conference.  Grundle is my own word by the way.  The cessation of grundling followed by the screech of breaks and an unpleasant thud is the sound of a children’s media person stopping in the middle of the road to read the enormous text on the Hallam University and getting hit by a bus.  Never read the writing on the wall. Take care dear delegate or…

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Children as Content Creators....

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 5:02pm

Nina Koo-Seen-Lin learns to take a back seat and let the kids do the creating. #tcmc Introduced by Gary Pope (Director of Kids Industries) Speakers: Sarah Cox (Director of Tate movie Project), Oli Hyatt (Creative Director of Blue Zoo Productions), Cecilia Persson (Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions – EMEA and Turner Broadcasting), Barry Sheridan (Art Manager of Muvizu)   Wowza! This is certainly going to be a popular talk –the cinema room is jam packed and every seat taken. I see two people in front of me sneakily sharing a seat while a crowd of people cram themselves at…

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Creative Keynote: Building Moshi Monsters to 50 million registered users

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 7:58pm

#tcmc Sanjay d’Humieres attends the Creative Keynote….. Introduced By:Marc Goodchild, Consultant, FreelanceSpeaker:Michael Acton Smith, CEO, Mind CandyProduced by:Becky Palmer, Senior Digital Consultant, Freelance How amazing must it be to come back home after a hard day at school and to be finally reunited with your favourite friends in a completely virtual world! Well it is now a very real possibility and one that over 50 million children have now explored. Michael Acton Smith CEO of Mind Candy, the company behind the all time hit sensation Moshi Monsters, explained the concept behind his site for under 13s. The concept of the…

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Cross Cultural Networking

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2011 3:49pm

Christina Boonstra meets members of the Chinese delegation… Fancy working in Beijing? If there was ever a time to start learning Mandarin, then it’s now. This year’s conference hosts a group of around 12 delegates from China, all with an agenda to collaborate with UK media companies. But what are they actually looking for? And what does it take to make a good impression? I spoke to the delegates to find out more. Mr Ma Zhiyuan, deputy director of Children’s TV at CCTV, the main broadcasting network in China, along with his colleagues, arrived in Sheffield yesterday at 4pm. Mr…

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Do You Need a Licence for That?

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2011 1:41pm

#tcmc Nina Koo-Seen-Lin gets a lesson in licensing…  Introduced and produced by:Kelvyn Gardner, MD, LIMA UKSpeakersAndrew Carley, Head of Global Licensing, eOneRichard Hollis, Head of UK Licensing, BBC WorldwideHelen Howells, Joint Managing Director, HoHo EntertainmentVickie O’Malley, MD, UK Entertainment, CPLG  Kelvyn steps up to the podium wearing a fabulous shirt that Paul Smith would be envious of. “Thanks for choosing to come to this open forum over watching a speech from the PM that’s happening right now,” he says graciously before launching in to what licensing actually is.  So what do you need a licence for? Manufacturers buy permissions (licenses)…

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Facebook Stole my Childhood

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 7:07pm

Jayne Kirkham blogs from the session…. Jo Twist, Commissioning Editor for Education , Channel 4SpeakersHenry Becket, Writer / DirectorJames Charlton, The Advertising AssociationBarbie Clarke, Managing Director, Family Kids and YouthIan Douthwaite, CEO, DubitTamara Littleton, CEO, eModerationProduced by:Benedict Evans, Interactive Producer, Freelance  A good session that despite the sensationalist title, was rather meditative.  No we didn’t dress in orange and hum.  In fact it was all very tweety and if you’re on twitter no need to read this.  The session started with short statements like “online people are a form of currency”,  “Brands that engage with children need to act responsibly”, …

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Finger painting.....

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2011 2:17pm

#tcmc. Christina Boonstra is one of the bloggers, and is applying for the MA in Children’s Media. Looking at the line up of speakers and seminars at this years conference, it is becoming pretty evident that this year is all about crossing boundaries, about media mixing, working together, and seeing what can come out of it. What I’m looking forward to most this week, is the chance to get my hands dirty, the chance to collaborate with people from totally different backgrounds and specialities, to have a bit of fun trying out new things, and seeing what we can make…

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Follow the Blue T-shirts

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 11:06am

#tcmc John Kent heads to the Wednesday evening drinks reception… with laptop in hand. So, it’s the end of day one at the 2011 CMC, and under the instruction of Anna Home to pay attention to the ushers, we troop across Sheffield city centre from Lord Putnam’s keynote to the drinks reception. In itself, the walk’s a chance to bond with fellow delegates. I’d never been to the Millennium Gallery before – but for what it’s worth I think it’s nice… bright, modern airy, with a great animatronic sculpture made of cutlery. Go back and press the buttons if you…

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From BO to Bra’s – What do Tweens want to Ask Lara?

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 7:47pm

#tcmc  John Kent has another opportunity to remember what it was like to be a teenager …   Introduced By:Btisam Belola, Insight and Innovation Consultant, Brew CollectiveSpeakersJulia Bond, Editor, New Media, BBC ScotlandNicki Karet, Managing Director, Sherbert ResearchMarnie Freeman, Director, Sherbet Research I don’t know what’s happened to my blogging schedule today, but for some reason I’ve just had two back to back sessions about pre-teens and puberty. Fascinating – but you can’t help but think back to your own teenage years. Eek. Ask Lara is a new animated sitcom that’s about to be launched by BBC Scotland. Series one…

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Horrible Histories- From Manuscript to Multi- Platform

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 7:16pm

#tcmc Blogged by Christina Boonstra….   Introduced By:Jeff Norton, Writer / Producer, AwesomeSpeakersKirsty Bell, Research and Insight Manager, YomegoRichard Bradley, Managing Director, Lion Television LtdLisa Edwards, Publishing & Commercial Director, Scholastic Children’s BooksNeal Foster, The Birmingham Stage CompanyDarren Garrett, Creative Director and Owner, LittleloudProduced by:Jeff Norton, Writer / Producer, Awesome The horrible history of Horrible Histories was presented before us this afternoon. As well as a debate about who got the most poo into their adaptation of Terry Deary’s well loved books, we also explored the serious business of comedy for kids. Lisa Edwards from Scholastic Publishing began the story…

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How To Train Your Writer

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 7:41pm

#tcmc Blog by Colin Ward (who has promised an apposite John Lennon quote with every post!) “Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.” John Lennon’s take on the creative process.   SpeakersTony Collingwood, Writer / Director, Collingwood O’Hare EntertainmentJackie Edwards, Content and Acquisitions Manager, CBeebies, BBC Children’sLucy Fawcett, Writers’ agent, Sheil Land and AssociatesProduced by:Alan Gilbey, Writer, show developer and script consultant, Freelance   I had an odd idea that this session was going to be a Zen master’s guide to training the writer within, which says more about…

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Innovation Showcase - A Tale of Three Apps

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 7:25pm

Jayne Kirkham blogs…. How do mobile apps innovate and still appeal to their target audience? SpeakersCharles Kriel, Producer/Strategist, Bite StudioMarc Williamson, Production Manager, Tag GamesKate Wilson, MD, Nosy Crow PublishingProduced by:Julie Adair, Director, Content Creation and Production , Disney Online, EMEA    I love sessions like this one – listening to other people’s success stories is inspiring, especially when they’re small companies doing new stuff.  Never quite overnight successes – you make your own luck and it can take years to make it.  So stories such as the making of A Bear ate My Brussel Sprouts, Three Little Pigs and…

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Jamie Rix - a Grizzly Tale for Gruesome Creatives

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 12:31pm

#tcmc Delyth Thomas listens in on a gruesome tale…… Introduced By:Helen McAleer, UK Managing Director , Walker Books LtdSpeakersJamie Rix, Author, screenwriter and producer, FreelanceProduced by:Louise Lynch, MD, Libra Television   The first time I read one of Jamie’s The Revenge Files of  Alistair Fury books, I laughed so hard I missed my tube stop, and judging by the laughter in the cinema this morning during the clips we saw, I’m in good company. Jamie has a distinguished career producing TV comedy (My Hero, Faith in the Future, Not Going Out). Also a prolific author of children’s books, around 10…

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Legal and Business Advice Clinic...

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 4:33pm

  #tcmc   Nina Koo-Seen-Lin enjoys a salmon bagel and gets some legal and business advice at the CMC lunchtime clinic with “an unholy trinty.”   Speakers: Keith Arrowsmith (Partner of Intellectual Property and Media - Ralli Solicitors), Judith Chan (Coutts), John Daly (RSM Tenon)   There’s nothing like a bit of financial advice while chomping down a free lunch. Sitting in what resembles a mini amphitheatre I’m here to get some funding, legal and business advice from Keith, Judith and John – a lawyer, banker and accountant respectively - “an unholy trinity if ever there was one” Keith says in…

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Masterclass: Horrid Henry: Confessions of a first timer

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2011 2:19pm

#tcmcChristina Boonstra gets a masterclass in being horrid….. Introduced By:Anna Home, Chair, The Children’s Media ConferenceSpeakersLucinda Whiteley, Producer / Writer, Novel EntertainmentProduced by:Bryony Darboe, Online Producer, Novel EntertainmentLucinda Whitely has been instrumental in creating the success of the Horrid Henry brand, from the first pitch to Orion books in 2001, to the premier of the live action 3D film, opening this summer. In this session she discussed the benefits of live action 3D filming, as well as sharing some of the things she learnt along the way. She credits the success of the Horrid Henry brand to the way in which…

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Meet Elspeth Penny – Director of 2BU Productions

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2011 3:34pm

#tcmc Francesca Morosi meets Elspeth Penny – Director of 2BU Productions I met Elspeth while we were both in the hubs trying to “devour” our sandwiches in the short lunch break before our workshops started. Despite the struggle in talking and devouring, we decided to give it a go….. Elspeth started her company about two years ago. She‘s not new to this conference, she came first time last year and it was such a productive experience that she is now looking at the CMC as a yearly appointment not to be missed. “Last year I was really lucky.  I pitched…

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Meet the commissioners - Commercial Broadcasters

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 6:01pm

#tcmc Sanjay d’Humieres meets the commissioners…… Introduced by Estelle Hughes, Managing Director, 3Line Media Speakers: Michael Carrington, Chief Content Officier, EMEA, Turner Broadcasting; Paul Robinson, CEO, KidsCo; Beth Gardiner; Disney Channels EMEA; Kiaran Saunders, VP, Commercial Director, Nickelodeon UK and Ireland; Emma Tenant, Controller of Digital Channels, ITV This session was an opportunity for commissioners from a series of channels to explain to the attending delegates the kind of programmes they are looking for and gave them an opportunity to present in detail their channels and their associated properties. Due to unforeseen circumstances Orion Ross was unable to attend by…

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Meet The Commissioners: The Culture Club

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 5:45pm

#tcmc  Delyth Thomas gets cultured….Introduced By:John Davison, Co-founder and Creative Director, KanotiSpeakersSharna Jackson, Editor, Tate KidsRhiannon Looseley, Online Learning Manager, Museum of LondonPurni Morell, Artistic Director Designate, Unicorn TheatreDavid Prudames, Senior Contect Commisioner, The British Museum Web TeamProduced by:Sharna Jackson, Editor, Tate Kids 'Get em while they’re young…’ Like every other area in cash strapped Britain – finances or rather lack of  - play a crucial part in how much the ambitions to expand online content for kids is possible. The four panellists from Tate Kids, Unicorn Theatre, British Museum and  Museum of London are in a much better position than…

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Meet Wassime Achkar - Research & Audience Supervisor for Al Baraem & JCC TV channels at Al Jazzera Children's

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2011 3:17pm

#tcmc Blogger Francesca Morosi meets Wassime Achkar - Research & Audience Supervisor for BARAEM & JCC TV’s channels in Aljazzera  “Looking forward to meeting producers for international co-productions and finding useful contact with companies who can develop innovative educational content for our children’s website.” This is the first time at the CMC for Wassime Achkar, he came across the CMC through his contact with Greg Childs. Understanding the value of conferences like this to link and network with the right players, his channel decided to become a sponsor for this year CMC’s conference.  They are used to attending MIP in France (another big hub…

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Meeting the Commissioners, Public Service.

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2011 3:08pm

#tcmc Sanjay d’Humieres meets and blogs from…. Meet the commissioners: Public Service. Introduced By:Anthony Utley, FreelanceSpeakersKay Benbow, Controller CBeebies, BBCSheila De Courcy, Commissioning Editor, Young People’s Programmes, RTÉDamian Kavanagh, Controller CBBC, BBCJo Twist, Commissioning Editor for Education , Channel 4Produced by:Anthony Utley, Freelance   Once again Commissioners, but this time from the Public Service sector set out to explain what they are looking for for their television and and online platforms. Jo Twist got the session started explaining her organisation’s work in the field of education and how Channel 4 sets out to be distinctive and empower children to be…

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Mind the Gap – Meeting the Media Needs of 10-14’s

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 4:28pm

John Kent remembers what it’s like to be a teenager… Introduced by Btisam Belola. Speakers: Dr Barbie Clarke (Kids and Youth), David Squire (Desq) Over the last few years Barbie and David have been working in an area that they think is under served by media providers. While academically adolescence spans the age 10-25 (your brain isn’t fully developed until that age), it’s the young adolescence (ie 10-14) that face the biggest challenges because there’s so much going on in their lives: puberty… going to secondary school – which means losing friends and having to make new ones… the need…

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New Frontiers in Storytelling

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2011 2:05pm

#tcmc   Jayne Kirkham goes boldly…….   Introduced By:Rebecca Denton, Senior Producer, Cross Platform Development , Turner BroadcastingSpeakersPaul Bennun, Chief Creative Officer, Something ElseTriona Campbell, Producer, BeActiveMatt Costello, Writer/producerJon Spooner, Creative Director, UnlimitedAlice Taylor, Founder, Makieworld.comProduced by:Rebecca Denton, Senior Producer, Cross Platform Development , Turner Broadcasting. There was some genuinely exciting stuff going on in this session.  Starting with the more traditional (already?) ‘transmedia’ space (last year it was Multi-platform…) Triona Campbell talked about BeActive’s adventures with Sofia’s Diary.  Storytelling is the key to whatever platform you are on.  There was a helpful check list of dos and don’ts. The first…

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News of the World announcement....

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 4:39pm

#tcmc The News of the World is shutting down. This Sunday’s edition will be the last, announces James Murdoch.

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On my way....

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2011 1:48pm

#tcmc. Delyth Thomas is now in the building…. So, here I am sitting on a train on the way to Sheffield to the Children’s Media Conference. It’s cool and grey and the train is full of snotty business folk on their laptops – that includes myself, but it’s hayfever causing the snottiness in my case rather than a psychotic need to have 4 seats to myself when 2 will do. I’m both energised – its my first time at the CMC and nervous- first time blogger. Hey nothing like getting pushed out of your comfort zone…Apropos comfort zone, I recently…

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Online Success Stories

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2011 3:27pm

#tcmc John Kent finds out who’s making a success, online, in the kids’ market. Moderator:Claudio Franco, Head of Gaming, Dubit ResearchSpeakersKatie Bell, Commercial Director & Head of Star Doll TV, Star DollKaila Colbin, Chief Marketing Officer, MiniMonos.comOlivier Jalabert, Business Development Director, Ankama Produced by:Pete Davies, Founding Director , Dream Machine Media For my final session at this year’s CMC, I went to see some online success stories. Nothing like a bit of someone else’s success to motivate you to get stuck back in to the day job on Monday morning. The three projects were featured were very different: Dofus is…

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Our Survey Said.....

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2011 12:54pm

Francesca Morosi on all you need to know about kids’ media in one session… #tcmc   Host: Ed Petrie, Presenter (CBBC) Speakers: Jonathan Boseley, Vice President, Programming, Disney Channels UK and Ireland Michael De Souza, Co-Creator, Rastamouse Damian Kavanagh, Controller CBBC, BBC Claudia Lloyd, Head of Animation and Children’s, Tiger Aspect Alice Taylor, Founder, Genevieve Webster, Co-Creator, Rastamouse Maurice Wheeler, Co-Founder and Planning Director, Digital Outlook Jen Wood, General Manager, Edinburgh International Science Festival Produced by: Neil Allan, Development, BBC Scotland Claire Gillies, Development, BBC Scotland I was glad to discover that the host for this session was to…

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Programme Development - Creative or Marketing Driven?

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 7:06pm

#tcmc Nina Koo-Seen-Lin listens in to find out the key ingredients for successful development. Introduced by: Guy Tomlinson (Managing Director/Consultant, The Marketing Directors)   Speakers: John Rice (CEO of Jam Media), Shari Donnenfield (Consultant of Shari Donnenfield Consulting), Esra Cafer (Global Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing at Chorian plc)   Guy Tomlinson promises a heated debate in the style of Mrs Merton, while three distinguished people from the worlds of creative development, research and marketing come together to protest why their jobs are important in the crazy world of children’s media along with the  ingredients needed for a…

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RESEARCH: Blurring Media Boundaries - What Brings Kids and Adults Together?

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2011 10:55am

#tcmc Francesca Morosi searches for her inner child…. RESEARCH: Blurring Media Boundaries - What Brings Kids and Adults Together? Introduced by:Btisam Belola, Insight and Innovation Consultant, Brew CollectiveSpeakers:Charlotte Butterworth, Group Managing Director – Qualitative, SPA Future ThinkingCatherine Hunter, Research Director , SPA Future ThinkingKirsty Koch, Associate Director, Spa Future Thinking A very insightful session, about a small-sample study (18 kids and 18 parents) mainly using focus groups and interviewing families with tweens (7-12 years old). It’s a small scale study but the findings nevertheless shed light on how parents and “tweens” shared media experiences This included how they share, what…

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Screening - Thinking Differently Worldwide

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 2:10pm

#tcmc Jayne Kirkham attends an international screening….. Host and producer:David Kleeman, President, American Center for Children and Media I love the Prix Jeunesse screenings.  The first time I went it was in order to sit in a darkened room after a particularly late and celebratory night.  But the hangover was blown away with incredible examples of children’s TV from around the world.   In case you don’t know, Prix Jeunesse is a biennial international festival for children’s TV.    As this year is the ‘bye’ of biennial, David Kleeman had assembled a ‘greatest hits’ selection of programmes.  We were treated to…

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Sell Out

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 7:36pm

#tcmc Christina Boonstra blogs from the Sell Out session….. SpeakersVicky Ireland, Co-Artisitic Director, A Thousand Cranes TheatreChristopher Skala, Senior Vice President, Programming & TV Sales, Guinness World RecordsJon Spooner, Creative Director, UnlimitedProduced by:Will Brenton, Director, Wish Films   Now if I’m honest, this session wasn’t exactly one I was especially looking forward to, but it turned to be a fascinating debate about artistic integrity versus making money out of your brand. Jon Spooner related his recent experience at live adaptation of a TV show his kids dearly loved.  After sitting through a wild and excitable show, they were led to…

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Seven Myths about Young Children and Technology

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 1:19pm

#tcmc Christina Boonstra goes mythbusting….   Introduced By:Ayesha Chowdhury, BBC Children’s Interactive Producer, CBeebiesSpeakersJoanna McPake, Reader in Education, University of StrathclydeLydia Plowman, Professor of Education, University of Stirling.   By 10:57 every seat was filled in Showroom 5. By 11:02, the nice people with the blue shirts tried to smuggle more seats into the room for late comers. This was a popular session, but why? Perhaps, it was the cutting edge research. Perhaps, it was the lure of beautiful Showroom 5. Or maybe, delegates came with the hope of that a niggling question may eventually be answered…is technology actually helping…

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Shape It Pitch It Workshop

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2011 5:17pm

Shape It, Pitch It Introduced by: Sarah Baynes, Director of The Creative Garden, Gary Pope, Director of Kids Industries, Neil Richards from The Mustard Corporation. Experts: Sue Nott from CBBC Drama (Executive Producer Independents), Jamila Metran from CITV (Programme Manager), Tom Van Waveren from Cake Entertainment, Orion Ross from Disney (Vice President original Series). #tcmc “Can you all be hard on each other and draw a few tears!” booms ex English and Drama teacher, Gary Pope, and one of the workshop leaders of the “Shape It, Pitch It” workshop. He, along with Sarah Baynes, Neil Richards, and Sean Coleman will…

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So you think you need an App?

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2011 5:37pm

With roughly 500,000 ipad Apps out there already  - do you think you need an App? Delyth Thomas hears the top tips in this session.Introduced By:Marc Goodchild, Consultant, FreelanceSpeakersJon Gower, Research Director, Kids IndustriesGlynn Hayward, Creative Director, Complete ControlEric Huang, Publishing Director, Penguin Children’s Media & Entertainment divisionCharles Kriel, Producer/Strategist, Bite StudioKate Wilson, MD, Nosy Crow Publishing.Roy Edmonds, Digital Director, International Nickelodeon.Produced by:Mark Bamber, CEO, MiBuys There’s a lot to consider before you embark upon your realising your App idea, not least considering the differing operating systems for various smart phones/pads/tablets, and therefore the cost of developing your App to…

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The Age of Innocence? Taste, Decency and Self-Censorship

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 7:31pm

#tcmc Delyth Thomas blogs from the Age of Innocence…… Sex and swearing – none of that on kids tv please!   Chair:Julian Scott, Julian Scott Associates Ltd & BAFTA Kids CommitteeSpeakersDavid Kleeman, President, American Center for Children and MediaMáire Messenger Davies, Emerita Professor of Media Studies, University of UlsterSue Nott, Executive Producer Independents, CBBC DramaPeter Robinson, DubitElaine Sperber, Head of Family and Children’s Drama, Zodiak Media / The FoundationProduced by:Alex Cook, Regional Programmer, BAFTA The appeal of the forbidden is age old…..and it’s no different for this generation of young people seeking out inappropriate material. What is different of course,…

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The AR Impact....

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 4:17pm

'Reality leaves a lot to the imagination' John Lennon Blog by Colin Ward (who promised a free John Lennon quote with every post!) Introduced By:Lester Madden, Director, Augmented PlanetSpeakersNick Brown, CEO & Co-founder, CrossplatformScott Fletcher, Head of Interactive, Play NicelyProduced by:Lester Madden, Director, Augmented Planet Blog by Colin Ward (who promised a free John Lennon quote with every post!) I saw something today that made me go ‘wow’. It was Douglas Adam’s babel fish, an app that lets you point your phone camera at a Spanish sign and will then produce an image of the sign in English. It looked…

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The Co-Pro Clinic

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2011 5:54pm

#tcmc The Co-Pro Clinic - Sanjay d’Humiers attends…… Introduced By:Steven Andrew, Creative Director, The FoundationProduced by:Lucy Murphy, Development Executive , Freelance The Co-Pro workshop opened by Judith Rooney from UK Trade & Investment, gave delegates a useful insight in what they can expect when co-producing content with international broadcasters. Tatiana Kober from Canada, Steven Kim from Korea and Zhiyuan Ma from China all presented the merits of co-producing in their respective countries and the financial incentives they all offer. Owen Stickler however, brought it all home and showed that funding is also available closer to home in places such as Wales…

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The Connected Living Room

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 5:44pm

John Kent blogs from the sofa of the future Introduced by Marc Goodchild Produced by Liam Ford With Paul Johnson (Agora Media), Hamish McPharlin (Decipher), Jamie Rea (CBBC), Richard Castelline (Agora Media) A couple of years ago everyone was talking about “social media”, last year it was “Transmedia” and this year it seems, the techie buzz is around the “connected living room”. But what does that mean? And what does it mean for children? This session was a whistle-stop romp through the world of new consumer technologies. The concept of the connected living room is a useful illustration of how…

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The Cos and Pros of Co Pro

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2011 11:50am by Nina Koo-Seen-Lin

Four UK producers reveal the secrets of working internationally with a range of funding models Moderator:Alison Stewart, Head of Production, Animation and Acquisitions, CBeebiesSpeakersTony Collingwood, Writer / Director, Collingwood O’Hare EntertainmentBilly MacQueen, Co-founder, Darrall Macqueen LtdOwen Stickler, Managing Director, Dinamo ProductionsKarl Woolley, Managing Director, Impossible FimsProduced by:Chris Rose, Vice President, Programming & Development, HIT Entertainment Ltd. Catchy title eh! This is my last blog for the Children’s Media conference, so I warn you now, I may get a bit soppy and emotional. It’s been a journey dudes and dudettes, and everyone’s well and truly knackered, but in a good way.…

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The Hubs Party

Posted on: Friday 08 July 2011 11:06am

#tcmc Jayne Kirkham parties on behalf of everyone….. Oh My Goodness…. last night… I do know how the pizza people fared but I don’t care because over in the Forum we barbies had a great time.  The buffet allowed fluidity between strangers without throwing drinks.  And huddling for warmth on the terrace meant we got to know each other very quickly.  So that, plus explaining to overseas delegates why the Morris men were revealing the contents of their hankies to each other, meant we got a new set of business cards and learned a whole new thing to do with…

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The Salford Key

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 1:43pm

#tcmc Blog by Colin Ward… who has promised readers a free John Lennon quote with every blog! Host:Lisa Campbell, Editor, BroadcastSpeakersJoe Godwin, Director, BBC Children’sProduced by:Matt Locke, Consultant, Storythings This session wasn’t just about BBC Children’s moving house to Salford, it was about the current health and future ambitions of the best public service children’s broadcaster in the world. BBC Children’s is the unchallenged leader of children’s media in the UK. If a producer has an idea for a big show the only question they ask is, ‘Will the BBC want it?’ The BBC has the money and a strong…

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Thinking Differently - Lord Puttnam's speech.

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2011 7:04pm

Jayne Kirkham listens to the keynote speech by David Puttnam. Introduced By:Anna Home, Chair, The Children’s Media ConferenceProduced by:Greg Childs, Editorial Director, The Children’s Media ConferenceI know there have been workshops all afternoon but this is when the CMC really begins - the first time the keynote has been held in such opulent surroundings - oak panels and gilded goats lending an air of dignity and anticipation.  And Lord Puttnam didn’t let us down.  Maker of films such as The Killing Fields and now an active member of the House of Lords, Lord Puttnam has always seen the value of…

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Thinking differently...with Crossover Labs

Posted on: Wednesday 06 July 2011 6:16pm

Blog by Colin Ward (who promised a John Lennon quote with every blog). Session introduced By:Mark Atkin, Director, Crossover LabsSpeakersJuliet Tzabar, Production Director, Plug-in MediaProduced by:Mark Atkin, Director, Crossover Labs#tcmc"It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man."  John Lennon Absolutely right John, although in the context of this Crossover Labs session those things turned out to be rather important. It was all about something called User-experience Design. The logic of the approach is that there’s no point pouring your creative juices into devising something that will…

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Thinking the unthinkable – the future of funding for kids’ media in the UK

Posted on: Sunday 10 July 2011 5:39am by Jayne Kirkham

Adrian Mills, Chief Adviser, Children’s and Learning, BBCSpeakersRory Sutherland, Executive Creative Director, OgilvyOneGary Pope, Director, Kids IndustriesDerek Robertson, National Adviser for Emerging Technologies and Learning, Learning and Teaching ScotlandJaney Walker, Content Board member, OfcomProduced by:Steve Hocking, Media Consultant, Freelance Setting the agenda for debate for the coming year eh?Well this is my last blog for this year’s conference and with such a weighty premise; I make no apology for this being lengthy.Read on – it’s worth it. “Thinking the unthinkable” – this session looked like being a great and possibly heated debate, especially with Rory Sutherland’s opening gambit of “McTelly…

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Unlikely Visionaries - How kids are Predicting and Designing the future

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 2:37pm

#tcmc Sanjay D’Humieres find out how kids will determine the future…. Introduced by Btisam Belola, Insight and Innovation Consultant, Brew Collective Speakers: Steve Mushkin, Founder & CEO, Latitude Research and Neela Sakaria, Senior Vice President, Latitude Research. This morning’s session was all about finding out how children see technology evolving in the future. Steve Mushkin and Neela Sakaria both visiting the conference from Boston, USA gave us some insight that will be increasingly useful in years to come. They shared some results of their Kids Innovation and Discovery Study (KIDS) which they conducted back home. They invited a group of…

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