KSS 2016 to kick off with Pixar talk on how stories drive tech breakthroughs
We are thrilled to announce that Mary Coleman, Head of Creative Development at Pixar Animation Studios, will open the year’s biggest event for leaders in children’s entertainment with a presentation that explores the studio’s unique and highly successful creative process.
From its first movie, Toy Story (1995), to this year’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, storytelling needs have been driving the development of ground-breaking technology at Pixar for over two decades. Sharing film clips and insider anecdotes, Coleman will illustrate this special relationship between narrative and technological innovation that has produced some of the best animated films of all time. SIGN UP NOW to be in room when she does!
2016 conference program boasts an extra day & more than 85 sessions
Our full conference program is now available online, and it’s chock-full of keynotes, presentations, panel discussions and workshops exploring new strategies & trends, innovative ideas and practical business solutions that will help drive your business forward next year.
Kids biz leaders shine in Kidscreen's Then, Now & Next session series
As Kidscreen gears up to celebrate it's 20th anniversary in 2016, our Then, Now & Next sessions on the first day of the event will feature industry-leading execs who have grown up in their fields of expertise over the course of Kidscreen’s 20-year history. They’ve seen it all! And they’ll be with us at Kidscreen Summit to take a look back at the critical changes that have shaped the business to help us understand how we’ve gotten to where we are today, and where we might go next. Joining Pixar’s Mary Coleman in this series are: former Nickelodeon maven Geraldine Laybourne; Toys“R”Us, Inc. EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer Richard Barry; Frederator Networks CEO Fred Siebert; and two of the founding fathers of DHX Media, Steven DeNure and Neil Court.
Geena Davis to talk gender equality in Tue keynote
Opening day two with an equally big bang, Oscar-winning actor Geena Davis will deliver a keynote address entitled If She Can See It, She Can Be It. Recognized for her advocacy of women and girls as much as for her on-screen accomplishments, Davis has made it her life-long mission to bring gender equality into children’s media. And in this presentation, she’ll detail her work at the forefront of changing female portrayals and gender stereotypes within the entertainment industry to dramatically alter how girls and women are reflected in media targeting children ages 11 and under.
Get into a Master or Mentor Class for just $250
Keen to pack more professional learning into your Kidscreen Summit week? Sign up to take part in one or two of our Master/Mentor Classes for just $250 each. Designed for the industry's most experienced execs (Master Classes) and also relative newcomers (Mentor Classes), these sessions are 90 minutes long and will run on Thursday, February 11.
Creator 101—Pitch perfect!
After months of toil, sweat, and let's face it, some tears, you've finally developed your idea into The Next Big Thing and you're ready to share it with the world! Or are you? While there has never been a better time to be a content creator, producers and broadcasters have never been so preoccupied (not to mention, confused) by the pace of change in the media landscape. Join noted show creator Alexander Bar (Mike the Knight, Lunar Jim) in this hands-on session designed to help you perfect your pitch and presentation skills to command their attention.
21st Century Branding—How to apply it to kids entertainment, licensing, PR and more
What is branding? While this may sound like a simple question, in today's media world, it's never been more complex. But one thing is clear: If you have an existing kids company, kids product or property, or even just an idea for one, you need to understand how to brand it. Branding experts Alan Winnikoff and Larry Seidman will take you through the process of positioning and messaging a brand, and plotting out the attributes of its extensions. From there, they'll provide you with a roadmap for the real-world practical application of that brand strategy so that it successfully drives your marketing, licensing, PR and social media plans.
Developing the Master Plan—How to think about the future of your business
Join renowned foresighter Suzanne Stein to explore the past, present and future trends in the kids entertainment industry like never before. This uniquely crafted immersive workshop features hands-on activities to get kids entertainment execs “thinking about how to think about the future.” Come and discover how to analyze patterns of change over time, how these patterns can impact the future of your business, and what you can do to turn them into market opportunities.
Taking Best Practices from YouTube to Other Digital Platforms
Our expert host from ZEFR will share insights into top-performing children's programming, influencer partnership best practices, and harnessing premium content to reach the growing children's audience on YouTube. The panel will also explore strategies and “watch-outs” for Facebook, Vine, Vimeo and other up-and-coming platforms. The format of this class will include a 20-minute presentation and small interactive breakout groups for a hands-on discussion.
Registration is now open!
We are currently running the lowest rate we'll be offering for the event, and we want you to take advantage of it! Sign up before December 18 and save $100!
iKids to be rolled into the Summit
Mirroring the market, where digital is now an intrinsic part of the IP mix, we're incorporating our popular iKids program into Kidscreen Summit this year. This special track will focus on all things digital for kids, and should keep you several steps ahead of the curve in this fast-moving business sector.
Kidscreen Summit heads back to Miami in 2016
Mark your calendars now—next year's event is set to take place from February 8 to 11 at the InterContinental Miami again, and registration will open in early July.
More than 1,700 delegates came out this year
It's official! The year's biggest gathering of leaders in kids entertainment got a little bigger again this year. Kidscreen Summit 2015 brought together just over 1,700 attendees in February for four days of intense business networking and professional learning. The final headcount represents a 5% bump over the previous year's attendance.
An increase in delegates from Asia (up 20%) and Canada (up 13%) contributed meaningfully to the event's overall growth, as did bigger or brand-new delegations from South American and Caribbean regions such as Costa Rica, Argentina, Colombia and Jamaica.