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Conferencing Room


Welcome and Keynote

As Manimation 2018 prepares to consider the future of the business of animation, Olivier Dumont, who oversees Entertainment One's impressive collection of international family brands, considers "the enduring power of the brand" in the animation finance equation and explores the fascinating strategic development stories of 'Peppa Pig' and 'PJ Masks' into worldwide success.


Opening Panel: The Future of Animation Business

Business challenges and opportunities. Where to find clients and how to seal deals in a changing landscape. Senior figures in the industry discuss where new business is to be found and the future trends in the business of animation.


Roundtable 1: Get Real

Realtime engines, VR and the future of production In the not too distant future linear programme making is likely to be a thing of the past. Content will be created from a series of objects that are assembled according to our interests and circumstances, underpinned by the next generation of games technology.  Bringing together experts from the technology and production sector this session will examine what this means for programme producers and looks at the opportunities to develop completely new experiences for audiences.



An update on Manchester Metropolitan University's plans for the exciting new School of Digital Arts (SODA) opening in 2021 in a £35million new building.


Roundtable 2: Skilling up

In this roundtable we discuss how education and training providers are supporting the industry as the animation, gaming and VFX sector continues to struggle with accessing and recruiting entry level work-ready talent. The roundtable will feature insights from further education, apprenticeships and training providers.


Roundtable 3: Agencies for Change

Working with creative agencies – case studies in successful relationships. Join commercial animation producers and leading creative agencies to dissect, critique and review successful animation production collaborations that have graced our screens in the last 12 months.