The Children’s Media Conference 2014 is the most important event in the UK calendar for everyone involved in developing, producing and distributing content for kids.
1,000+ delegates from children’s TV, interactive media,games, licensing, toys, radio, book and magazine publishing, arts, culture, film and ed tech – came to Sheffield from 2-4 July
Conference Theme 2014: Child@Heart
It was back to basics for CMC 2014, as our over-arching theme asked just what it is to be a child in the 21st Century. Swamped by technology, content and commercial choices? In touch, in communication, in control? Learning with serious games and digital connectivity? Or just a kid who wants to laugh and play?
Keynote contributors 2014:
Opening Keynote, Wednesday 2nd July 6 – 7.15 pm This was to have been given by Jonny Mitchell, Headteacher of Thornhill Community Academy, who was unfortunately unable to attend.
Dylan Collins, CEO of SuperAwesome, stepped into the breach. Dylan is a serial entrepreneur, sits on the board of one of Europe’s busiest animation companies (Brown Bag Films), and is a Partner advising on investment with Hoxton Ventures. SuperAwesome is Europe’s number 1 marketing platform, reaching 30 million children a month, and still growing. This might make Dylan the Don Draper of kids to some, but his ideas on sustainable business in the rapidly changing kids’ landscape addressed vital industry concerns.
Creative Keynote: Thursday 3 July, 6.15 – 7.30pm Author, screenwriter and 2013-15 Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman is one of the most compelling observers of the lives of children and young people in Britain today. Her work ranges from episodes of ‘Byker Grove’to acclaimed picture-books and novels including the award-winning ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series
Closing Keynote Interview: Friday 4 July, 3.30 -4pmMichael Acton-Smith, CEO of Mind Candy and creator of the Moshi Monsters phenomenon, returned to CMC to discuss his latest venture – a new platform offering opportunities to kids as creators and to creative professionals.
First Timers Reception: Wednesday 2 July 2014 5pm Crucible Theatre
All First Timers were invited to their very own drinks reception from 5pm-6pm – just before the Wednesday keynote at the Crucible Theatre. Everyone received a copy of the delightful Colin T Heart’s Conference Dictionary, courtesy of Bros. McLeod
The CMC International Exchange: Wednesday 2 July 2014
The International Exchange returned on Wednesday 2 July – a must for anyone looking for international sales, partnerships or project funding. The CMC invited a range of broadcasters, co-producers, funders and investors from across the world ready to meet sellers of content and services. Sellers were able to upload their own profile and book dedicated meeting table at the Exchange. Visit here for more information on the CMC International Exchange.
Our new strand of sessions and workshop offered comprehensive connection to the education market, giving you the opportunity to connect with the key innovators, commissioners and potential partners in digital learning. Read more about it here.
Sessions, Workshops, Strands
The ever popular mix of over 50 sessions on the policy, strategy, creative and business issues which affect us all, 4 invaluable workshops on a range of topics to suit everyone’s needs; 8 ‘Meet the Commissioner’ Conversations; 9 Research Sessions and over 200 speakers.
How cool are we? We had an App. “About time!” – we can hear you Silicon Roundabout types saying. But anyway, thanks to support from S4C, and those clever folk at moilin.co.uk,the CMC app twas downloadable free of charge at the iTunes or Android stores.
With hotel and travel information, tips on bars and restaurants, an interactive map, the complete conference timetable, session descriptions, speaker profiles, delegate list and personalisation features.