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Vanessa Wheeler

Lupus Films

Development Co-ordinator

Vanessa Wheeler

Vanessa is production and development assistant at Lupus Films, the award-winning production company behind the animated feature film ‘Ethel & Ernest’ and Channel 4’s half hour special, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, which was the channel’s highest rated show in over four years. Vanessa works across Lupus Films’ film and TV development slate on research, formats, scripts and casting and has represented the company at conferences in England and France and travelled to Mexico on a research trip for the company’s upcoming feature film about the life of Frida Kahlo. Vanessa has also gained wide-ranging experience across the children’s industry, working with some of the UK’s leading producers of children’s content, including pre-school SVOD, Hopster, and children’s lifestyle company, Meri Meri.

Vanessa is development coordinator at Lupus Films, the award-winning production company behind ‘Ethel & Ernest’, the BAFTA-nominated ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. She works across Lupus Films’s film and TV development slate, which currently includes an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling novel ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’, a film about the life of Mexican artist, ‘Frida Kahlo’, a film about the life of Parisian icon and Man Ray’s muse, ‘Kiki’, and an adaptation of the best-selling ‘Molesworth’ books written by Geoffrey Willans and illustrated by Ronald Searle.

Vanessa's Sessions

Close to Home: When Kids Prefer Local Content

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In some places, local content just survives against global content; in other places, it thrives. We often talk about globalisation, but there are countries where local or culturally-specific stories and brands rise to the top of children’s favourites. There are various reasons for this, including cultural sensibilities and sensitivities, genre…

It’s Not Real Money - It’s Robux!

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A pan-European exploration of children’s attitudes towards money and their spending habits in the digital world.

Kids’ Media Worlds Right Now

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An uninterrupted look at kids' worlds today and all that they consume.

Harnessing 2020 Vision

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Harnessing kids’ insights on the Covid-19 crisis and BLM movement: developing multi-media content to help them through these times whilst aiding brands move into the unknown.

Understanding Kids’ SVOD Habits

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Everything you need to know about which SVOD services & content kids are watching, why they’re popular and how these insights can be put into practice.

The Families@Home Project

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Exploring the experience of lockdown for children and their parents.

The Rise of the Vlogger Next Door

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Children’s viewing landscape is constantly evolving. What are their current content needs and how do they fulfil these? How important is it that content reflects their lives?

From ‘Paddington’ to ‘Hunger Games’: The Books Driving Children’s Content

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The changing landscape and demographics of UK children’s book buying over the last decade