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Katie Simmons


Writer and Development Producer

Katie Simmons, Writer and Development Producer – Freelance

Katie has been involved in the creation and development of many well-loved brands including ‘Show Me Show Me’, ‘Mr Bloom’s Nursery’ and ‘Numtums’. She has also been the creative lead on projects that are developed for the commercial, worldwide audience.
Katie is also an experienced children’s scriptwriter and her credits include narrative, comedy, live action, animation, magazine, short-form and long-form shows. Katie is currently Script Editing the fifth series of ‘Show Me Show Me’ and the second series of ‘Old Jack’s Boat’.

Katie's Sessions

Learning and Laughter - Report

04 August 2014, 10:51pm-10:51pm

We all love a good joke, and humour is important in producing entertainment for all ages, including children. However, how much can humour and humourous content aid learning?  Takeaway “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Humour is a vital tool in creating a relaxed atmosphere Humour can improve…

Angels and Urchins - Report

30 July 2014, 11:49pm-11:49pm

Katie Simmons listened to leading experts in investment talk about what they’re looking for, where they’ve seen success and what to avoid. Takeaway Investors are interested in teams and companies - perhaps more than products or ideas. Make sure you can demonstrate how you will meet your business projections. Kids…

Research 5: #FOMO – Report

28 July 2014, 2:54pm-2:54pm

What’s this year’s big thing? #FOMO. Of course it is. But don’t get #FOMO  Takeaway Kids’ online and offline life is merging into one. 2013 = I am connected 24/7. 2014 = I am on show 24/7. Session Details This short session from Discovery Research demonstrated the latest trends within…

Research 4: Pink or Blue – Report

28 July 2014, 2:51pm-2:51pm

Do all girls really want to play with pink dolls and do all boys want to crash blue toy trucks? Of course not. But there might be something in it.  Takeaway Preferences for pink and blue are not innate - their marketed. Dads tend to be most concerned that their…

Authentic Performance – Report

28 July 2014, 10:55am-10:55am

Katie Simmons attends a session that bought together an outstanding panel with a television portfolio that demonstrates real passion and respect for the children’s audience with authentic child performances at their heart. Takeaway Different approaches are needed depending on whether your child performers are in vision or voicing an animated…

The CMC Party – Report

28 July 2014, 3:29pm-3:29pm

Once again the lights turned down and the delegates turned up. Coming to you in the wee small hours with a packet of Quavers from the hotel vending machine in one hand, Katie Simmons reports. Takeaway A croaky voice Some dignity (hopefully) Some new friends (who were they again?) Session…

The IP Crowd – Report

29 July 2014, 9:20pm-9:20pm

With media and publishing increasingly brand obsessed, and the ‘fewer, bigger, better’ approach dominating, is convergence between media and retail an inevitable future? Takeaway At the heart of any successful brand is a great idea. Success in one medium does not always translate to another. The offiial colour of the…