Kidscreen Connect 2022

UK@Kidscreen delegates are welcome to these informative networking events as part of their delegation benefit package. Delegates will receive an email invitation prior to each.

Lunch with…

Join CMC Host Sarah Baynes for an informal lunchtime chat with industry professionals

Janet BalmforthJanet Balmforth
Monday 7 March 2022 12noon GMT

Starting out in as a TV and film trade journalist, Janet Balmforth is a B2B Communications Consultant with 25 years’ experience across all genres, but extensive experience in the animation and children’s television sector.


Ian Downes
Tuesday 8 March 2022 12noon GMT

Ian Downes has worked with a wide range of  production companies in brand licensing, and runs Start Licensing – an award-winning Licensing Agency & Consultancy whose clients include Nadiya Hussain, The Ashmolean Museum, Britvic Soft Drinks and Aardman Animations.


Adam Woodgate
Wednesday 9 March 2022 12noon GMT

Adam Woodgate heads up Dubit Trends – the largest global children’s media trends tracker, now covering 17 countries. He works closely with broadcasters, publishers, media buyers and content creators advising on strategy based on media consumption and emerging trends.


Kate Morton
Thursday 10 March 2022 12noon GMT

With over 25 years’ experience in television, Kate Morton is a well known and highly respected figure in the industry. Her BBC role sees her lead on all BBC Pre-School programming.  She is responsible for all Commissions and acquisitions for audiences 0-6 years old.


Tea with…

Join CMC Editorial Director Greg Childs for an informal teatime chat with industry professionals

Keith Chapman
Monday 7 March 2022 4pm GMT

Renowned creator of multi award-winning, globally famous kids’ IP including ‘Paw Patrol’ and ‘Bob the Builder’, Keith Chapman talks about his upcoming projects.


David Levine
Tuesday 8 March 2022 4pm GMT

As the Chief Content Officer at Moonbug Entertainment, David Levine leads Moonbug’s creative and production teams to produce world-class content for pre-schoolers and kids across the globe.


Amy Friedman
Wednesday 9 March 2022 4pm GMT

Amy Friedman is responsible for the creative and strategic guidance on kids and family programming for Cartoon Network and Boomerang, as well as the development and production of kids and family content for HBO Max.


Tara Sorensen

Thursday 10 March 2022 5.30pm GMT

A respected children’s programming executive, Tara Sorensen oversees the development and production of original live-action and animated children’s series globally at Apple TV+.


Ian France
Friday 11 March 2022 4pm GMT

Ian France is Commissioning Editor at Sky Kids, working editorially with programme teams on a variety of content for the broadcaster. He has produced numerous notable children’s programmes in his career, including the two-time BAFTA award winning ‘Operation Ouch!’.



Kidscreen Connect – US & Canada
Friday 18 February 2022 3-4.30pm GMT
Key US and Canadian guests join us to consider developments in the Transatlantic market and suggest how UK companies and freelancers can best engage. Speakers will all be available for networking in the second half of the event.

With speakers: Catherine Branscome (Branscome International), Brenda Bisner (Kidoodle.TV) Kulbinder Saran Caldwell (REALLIFE Pictures), Lynn Chadwick (Huminah Huminah Animation) and Adina Pitt (WarnerMedia).

Kidscreen Connect – Europe

Monday 28 February 2022 3-4.30pm GMT
European broadcasters, distributors and producers discuss latest content trends and share their ideas on UK companies and freelancers getting involved in the various European markets – with networking for all as the second half of the event.

With speakers: Ole Kampovski (NDR Germany), Chrystel Poncet (MaGic C),  Vicky Schroderus (YLE Finland) and Alix Wiseman (9 Story Media Group)