Lorna Partington Walsh

Writer/Editor

Lorna Partington Walsh

Lorna is a writer/editor who is supporting CMC 2020 by managing the session blogging and helping build the online conference platform. A CMC old-hand, she was involved in the conference’s early years, prior to her move to California in 2008. When she returned to the UK in 2019, where else could she move but Sheffield? Maybe she’ll see you in person at the CMC 2021…

Lorna's Sessions

Report - The Last Word

Posted on: Saturday 10 July 2021 2:49pm

Takeaways Adults shouldn’t assume young people will trust them; many young people have been let down by adults who must work to regain trust. Adults must take a genuine interest in young people and not just pay lip service because it’s part of their job. Young people must be consultants…

Report - The CMC Debate

Posted on: Thursday 08 July 2021 9:42pm

Takeaways Regulation is coming! CMC delegates should play a part in the debate and be open to all ideas at this stage, however controversial. The definition of PSM must evolve to be fit for purpose in the new algorithmic viewing environment. Kids must be included in the conversation about the…

Report- Animation Assemble: Talent and Toons

Posted on: Thursday 08 July 2021 12:31am

Takeaways  Animation remains the cornerstone of kids’ commissioning and, if anything, growing in importance. Commissioners are looking for local stories that represent children’s lives but have global appeal. Diversity off-screen is a priority and projects should address new talent development, especially of writers/showrunners/directors who are women or from underrepresented backgrounds.…

Report - Commissioner Conversation PSB and YACF

Posted on: Wednesday 07 July 2021 1:58am

Takeaways All PSB broadcasters are commissioning content after the disrupted year of Covid. Channels are looking to on-demand to help broaden opportunities for youth content. YACF has helped all commercial PSB channels widen their commissioning remit, serve new audiences, and work with new creators. Live-action content is broadly favoured by the commissioners…

Report - Opening Keynote

Posted on: Wednesday 07 July 2021 1:14am

Takeaways Art and creativity gives every young person, irrespective of background, the potential to express themselves and find their place in the world. If teachers, parents, and professionals do not include young people in the conversation and key decisions, we are failing them. Young people need role models in the…