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Greg Childs

The Children's Media Conference

Editorial Director

Greg Childs

Greg Childs worked for over 25 years at the BBC, mainly as a director, producer and executive producer of children’s programmes. He created the first Children’s BBC websites and, as Head of Children’s Digital, developed and launched the children’s channels, CBBC and CBeebies. Greg left the BBC in 2004 and advised producers on digital, interactive and cross-platform strategies, and broadcasters on channel launches, digital futures and management support. He was in the launch teams for Teachers TV and the CITV Channel in the UK, and was advisor to the Al Jazeera Children’s Channel for three years. He also consulted with the European Broadcasting Union on their Children’s and Youth strategy. As Editorial Director of the Children’s Media Conference, Greg has grown this annual event into a gathering of over 1,000 delegates, with 200 speakers, and spin-off events and activities year-round. He is also one of the Heads of Studies at the German Akademie für Kindermedien, and Director of The Children’s Media Foundation.

Opening Keynote with Lemn Sissay MBE

05 July 2016, 6:00pm-7:15pm
Crucible Theatre

Lemn Sissay will open the Making it Happen agenda at CMC in his inimitable style. The title of his talk is ‘Superman was a Foundling’ – in a wide sweep exploring childhood, and the outsider at the heart of popular culture, Lemn will reveal much about the role of divergence and difference in our lives. Keynote Producer Angela Ferreira on Lemn: For those who have never seen Lemn live, this is an unmissable opportunity to hear one of the leading poets of our generation speak with passion and clarity about some of the issues facing children today and what we can do to…

CMNS presents: the Katie Morag story

06 July 2016, 12:45pm-1:45pm
HUBS Bar Phoenix

The CBeebies series ‘Katie Morag’ has brought global success to Scottish indie, Move On Up, as well as 3 BAFTAs and a Peabody Award. What have been the rewards and challenges in adapting Mairi Hedderwick’s book series for the small screen? Children’s media consultant Howard Litton interviews the series’ executive producer Lindy Cameron. The session is produced by Children’s Media Network Scotland.

What the Vlog is This?

06 July 2016, 3:30pm-4:30pm
HUBS Bar Phoenix

What is a Vlog?  Why should I care?  Who are the Vloggers?  Why is this even a thing?  Why are all of my audience watching them? Give us 60 minutes and we’ll tell all.  From the CBBC Official Chart Show team, led by our Vlogger, Millie Lloyd, this is a Top Ten countdown to all things vlog. Practical, take-home workshop and session with hands-on experience from those that know. And by the end of the session, you will have produced and recorded your own Vlog and it will be uploaded for the World to see.  

Animation UK Meeting

07 July 2016, 12:45pm-1:45pm
HUBS Bar Phoenix

Animation UK- the soon to be re-launched industry association for animation - after consulting with the industry earlier in the year now presents its blueprint for the future. This session will give your final chance to input and debate the organisation, before signing up as members!

The Last Word

07 July 2016, 3:30pm-4:00pm
Showroom Cinema 4

Cancel the Search Party.  George the Poet is here, with some final thoughts on making kids’ media matter and CMC16. George has been watching and listening throughout the conference and has some poetic reflections on childhood, kids' media and how we serve the audience.

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