UK@Kidscreen TableTalks

The UK@Kidscreen delegation benefits from some informal gatherings in the delegate lounge at Kidscreen.  We invite speakers with experience to share for a quick Q&A at breakfast…

Thursday 7th Feb 2013

Brian Lacey

Brian LaceyBrian Lacey is President of Lacey Entertainment, an entertainment marketing and distribution company, specializing in innovative and creative approaches in the packaging, production and launching of television entertainment in the US and around the world.

Throughout his distinguished career, Lacey has been involved in the distribution and production of over 3,200 episodes of television programming broadcast in over 130 countries in a variety of genres – drama, light entertainment, movies, documentaries and most notably several groundbreaking children’s series that can be considered iconic properties over the past quarter century such as Pokémon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yugioh, Voltron:Defender of the Universe and Shin chan among others.

A respected entertainment industry executive with more than 25 years of active experience in the creation, financing, production and marketing of original content for the U.S. and international marketplace, Lacey served as Executive Vice President International for 4Kids Entertainment and helped propel that group to worldwide recognition as a leading independent provider of high quality children’s programming and commercially lucrative licensed properties.

Prior to forming Lacey Entertainment, Brian was co-founder and principal of Zodiac Entertainment, a television program and marketing co-venture formed with Central Independent Television of the UK.  In four short years, Zodiac produced and distributed three entirely original series, Widget (a multi award winning series), The Mr. Bogus Show and Twinkle the Dream Being that ranked among the top performing series for broadcasters in over 100 countries.

Brian’s entertainment career began as Vice President and General Manager of World Events Productions.  During his tenure, Brian applied his creative and marketing expertise to collaborate on the worldwide launch of Voltron: Defender of the Universe, that became an entertainment phenomenon.  He was instrumental in the follow up success with the original and fresh comedy adventure series, Denver the Last Dinosaur, widely regarded in the industry as the first French-American co-production to enjoy worldwide success.

Active in civic, cultural and philanthropic affairs, Brian is founder of the Kilkea Foundation, a non-profit foundation that encourages and honors excellence in the humanities, arts and sciences through college scholarship programs, the Henry G. Fairbanks Visiting Humanities Scholar in Residence faculty position at his undergraduate alma mater, St. Michael’s College in Vermont, as well as international fellowships in the humanities and social justice.

Friday 8th Feb 2013

Alison Warner

Based out of the UK, Alison Warner is vice president of IP Sales, Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Technicolor Digital Productions’ Animation & Games group. Alison joined the company in June 2011 and is responsible for the development and implementation of sales strategies for in-house animated properties and actively sources new European properties to acquire or co-produce.

Alison came to Technicolor from Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc., where she held the post of vice president of European Sales for over five years.  In this capacity, she was responsible for the distribution of children’s content across the UK and Northern Europe.

Warner previously served as founder of Alison Warner Consulting Ltd., an entertainment-based consulting company whose clients included Alltime Entertainment, Skaramoosh, Movershaker, Zootech Ltd. and Technicolor. Earlier in her career, Warner held various management roles including VP of Content for Chello Liberty, managing director of Astrion Entertainment and head of video for Pickwick Entertainment