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Gabrielle Smith

Northumbria University

Ph.D Student

Gabrielle Smith

Gabrielle Smith is a final-year Ph.D candidate at Northumbria University, Newcastle and is a film and television studies graduate from the universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow. Her current research explores the role of the British children’s television presenter. She has spoken at several international conferences, including the plenary panel of ‘The Story of Children and Television’ at the University of Warwick (2015) and Screen, Glasgow (2017) on all things children’s presentation – from the Broom Cupboard to ‘Blue Peter’. As well as children’s television presenters, she loves TV puppets and, of course, owns her own Edd the Duck. @GabySmithTV

Gabrielle's Sessions

Report – The Last Word

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 4:49pm

As the world seems to close its eyes to the people on the edges, life for children and young people in the care system is often steeped in a lack of expectation and frustration. This panel invited three changemakers to share how these perceived limitations can be replaced with satisfaction…

Report – Kindfulness

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 1:57pm

The full session is available here as a podcast: A huge topic on the minds for kids’ media professionals today – how can we get kindness on the cards? Producers and media industry experts discuss the ways kindness, empathy and respect can make their mark on children’s media content Takeaway:…

BarrowBand Flash Mob

Posted on: Thursday 06 July 2017 12:05am

Upon arrival at the Crucible Theatre for tonight's Creative Keynote, delegates were greeted to what appeared to be a very traditional marketplace fruit 'n' veg stall parked in the entrance. But this was no ordinary market barrow – it was in fact The BarrowBand. Flash mob like you've never seen before, this band…

Report - Look! No Strings

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 5:08pm

Puppets are brought to life for television, theatre and film by the talented puppeteers that operate them. Thinking about puppetry as a skilled and diverse art, this panel explores the magic and illusion of puppets and performance Takeaway: Puppets have the ability to animate and engage their audience, and are…

Report – Are We Open?

Posted on: Wednesday 05 July 2017 12:25pm

Prof. Jeanette Steemers moderated this morning’s session dedicated to covering many of the policy issues facing children’s television today, in a ‘Question Time’ panel format – asking how is the industry open for ideas, challenges and potential problems within the current climate? Takeaway: Policy, budget and funding will impact the…

Report – Playground

Posted on: Tuesday 04 July 2017 4:16pm

and Catherine Trewavas Based at Cantor Gallery, the Playground is open to all. An interactive digital art exhibition featuring cutting edge digital technology – mixing play and interaction for children (and big kids too)! Games, apps, toys and even VR to immerse oneself in. Takeaways Projects focused on enhancing digital skills…