InterContinental | Miami, Florida | February 13 - 16, 2017

Agenda

Sunday, February 12

4:00 PM

Early Registration (4:00 PM- 8:00PM)

Registration Desk

4:30 PM

Venue Tour

Registration Desk

Get a feel for the layout of our venue before the Summit officially kicks off so you don’t waste precious time trying to find sessions, events and people throughout the week. This tour departs from the Registration Desk and shows you where everything will take place.

Monday, February 13

8:00 AM

BREAKFAST (served from 8:00-10:00 in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

Registration Desk, Bayfront, Sevilla, Merrick, Gusman, Tuttle, Dupont, Flagler

8:30 AM

Venue Tour

Registration Desk

Get a feel for the layout of our venue before the Summit officially kicks off so you don’t waste precious time trying to find sessions, events and people throughout the week. This tour departs from the Registration Desk and shows you where everything will take place.

9:00 AM

Brainpick: Pitching & Development

Merrick

Join some of the industry’s most experienced creators, who will work with you on fine-tuning your show concept and pitch materials so you’re ready for market. You can also pop in and ask any questions you may have about developing and pitching kids content.


Featuring:


Heath Kenny
President
U and Eye Creative

Helen McAleer
Chief Global Development Officer & MD
Walker Books and Walker Productions

Jamie Piekarz
Kids Content Creator, Producer and Consultant
JamPie Media

Larry Schwarz
President
Larry Schwarz and His Band

Ryan St. Peters
VP, Kids & Family
Shaftesbury/Smokebomb

Beth Stevenson
Founder - Producer
Brain Power Studio

Brainpick: Co-Productions & Financing

Merrick

We’ve recruited a handful of leading kids content producers to advise you on your financing game plan and setting up effective co-production partnerships. 


Featuring:


Justine Bannister
Founder & Creative Facilitator
Just B

Julie Fox
Managing Director
Awol Animation

Alan Gregg
VP, Development
Industrial Brothers

Tatiana Kober
President
Bejuba! Entertainment

Frank Saperstein
CEO/Executive Producer
Tricon Media

Brenda Wooding
President & Owner
Kid Glove

10:00 AM

KEYNOTE - Making Caring Common

Bayfront

Many of today’s parents are intensely focused on kids' happiness and their achievements. But the preoccupation with these two factors—and the constant praising of kids that goes with it—can undermine their capacity to empathize with and care for others. In fact, concentrating so much on happiness risks making kids not only less caring, but ironically, less happy. And in the current socio-economic climate, where tolerance and empathy seem to be in short supply, it’s more important than ever to help kids develop these socio-emotional skills.  

In what's sure to be an eye-opening talk, Harvard Graduate School of Education's Dr. Richard Weissbourd will share results from research looking at how kids TV producers can help children—and their parents—learn to care for others, including those different from them in background and character. What kinds of messages are important for counteracting the nastiness, scapegoating and incivility that seems to be pervading our culture? Dr. Weissbourd will answer these questions and provide concrete strategies for promoting empathy, caring and well-being in this and future generations of kids.


Featuring:


Richard Weissbourd
Director, Human Development and Psychology Program
Harvard Graduate School of Education

10:45 AM

BREAK

11:00 AM

30 Minutes with… Katie Wilson, Corus Entertainment

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Katie Wilson
Director of Programming, Corus Kids
Corus Entertainment

30 Minutes with… Arik Kerman, BabyFirst

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Arik Kerman
EVP Programming and Digital
Baby First

Catching up with YouTube Kids

Bayfront

Since launching at Kidscreen Summit two years ago, YouTube Kids has become a go-to source for educational and entertainment content for children. The app has also provided established and emerging family content partners with a dynamic new community, while giving parents a family-friendly way to educate and entertain their kids. Special guests including Malik Ducard, YouTube's Global Head of Family and Learning Content, will give an update on the app's progress and a glimpse at what's next for YouTube Kids.


Featuring:


Malik Ducard
Head of Family and Learning
YouTube - Global

Nadine Zylstra
Family and Learning
YouTube Kids

11:45 AM

BREAK

12:00 PM

30 Minutes with… Maud Branly & Caroline Cochaux, Gulli/Canal J

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 


Featuring:


Maud Branly
Deputy Director of Acquisition for youth content
Gulli/Canal J

Caroline Cochaux
CEO
Gulli/Canal J

30 Minutes with… Michael Carrington, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Michael Carrington
Head of Children's and Education
ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Inside Amazon Studios' Approach to Preschool

Bayfront

On a mission to foster lifelong creative learning through its original preschool programming, Amazon Studios has been striking exactly the right curriculum chord lately. Head of Kids Programming Tara Sorensen—along with some of the studio's key creators and thought leaders—discuss how the company is engendering play, creativity, art and early life skills like learning from mistakes in its content, and more importantly, what it's looking for next.

Moderating:


Lana Castleman
Editor & Content Director
Kidscreen


Featuring:


Kelli Bixler
Founder & Executive Producer, Bix Pix Entertainment Executive Producer, Amazon Original Series Tumble Leaf

Jessica Lahey
Educator, parenting & child welfare expert

Angela Santomero
Co-Founder & Executive Producer
Out of the Blue Enterprises

Tara Sorensen
Head of Kids Programming
Amazon Studios

Alice Wilder
Educational Advisor, Amazon Kids
Amazon Studios

The Power of Character: How parents choose content for their kids

Sevilla

It's no secret that parents regularly steer their kids towards educational entertainment that teaches STEM, literacy and problem-solving skills. But as it happens, US parents are also looking for content that develops character strengths like perseverance and gratitude in their kids. Common Sense Media's latest research shows exactly how parents search for content for their children, and how they very often make choices based on the character traits they see represented. Join us to explore these fascinating findings.


Featuring:


Polly Conway
TV Editor
Common Sense Media

12:45 PM

Lunching with... Co-Producers

Merrick

Here's your chance to get your co-production questions answered. Sit down and share a meal in a small group with experienced producers skilled in the fine art of co-production from eight key regions around the globe. Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Korea, Spain and the UK will each be represented at a table hosted by two co-pro experts, who will be ready, willing and able to discuss the ins and outs of co-producing with partners in their countries. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:


Miguel Aldasoro
International Sales Director
Anima Kitchent (Spain)

Philippe Alessandri
CEO
Watch Next Media (France)

Jo Boag
Creative Director
SLR Productions (Australia)

Andrew Breitman
President
2D Lab (Brazil)

Gillian Carr
Managing Director
Moody Street Productions (Australia)

Tony Collingwood
Managing Director & Writer
Collingwood & Co. (UK)

Genevieve Dexter
CEO
Serious Lunch (UK)

Ken Faier
SVP and Executive Producer, DHX Content
DHX Media (Canada)

Christophe Goldberger
Managing Director
GoldBee (Spain)

Jung-Jin Hong
Head of Creative Development
FunnyFlux Entertainment (Korea)

Ira Levy
President & Executive Producer
Breakthrough Entertainment (Canada)

Kiko Mistrorigo
Partner
TV PinGuim (Brazil)

John Reynolds
Chief Commercial Officer
JAM Media (Ireland)

Pierre Sissmann
CEO
Cyber Group Studios (France)

Gary Timpson
Owner/Managing Director
Kavaleer Productions

LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

2:00 PM

30 Minutes with… Luca Milano, RAI Fiction

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Luca Milano
Executive Deputy Director & Head of Marketing and Animation Production
Rai Fiction

30 Minutes with… Jules Borkent, Nickelodeon

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Jules Borkent
SVP, Global Acquisitions & International Programming, Nickelodeon
Viacom International Media Networks

30 Minutes with… Lila Hannou, M6

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Lila Hannou
Head of Children's Programs
M6

Emotional Scheduling: How kids are organizing their own media lives

Sevilla

Kids today are accustomed to having access to what they want, whenever they want it. But as it turns out, programming schedules still make sense to them, and they organize their media lives around factors like where they are, who they’re with, and what they’ve been doing or are about to do. Dubit’s David Kleeman discusses this new concept of “emotional scheduling,” which is critical to driving discovery and retention for anyone creating media for children.


Featuring:


David Kleeman
Senior Vice President Global Trends
Dubit

Consumer products insights from Toys"R"Us Inc.

Bayfront

In this session, top executives from the world's largest dedicated toy and baby products retailer Toys"R"Us will share their views on the current consumer products landscape, what's hot and not, and trends to keep an eye on in the coming year. Additionally, attendees will get insight into how TRU evaluates IPs and how partners can best work with the retailer.

Moderating:


Marty Brochstein
SVP, Industry Relations and Information
LIMA International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Assn


Featuring:


Richard Barry
EVP, Global Chief Merchandising Officer
Toys“R”Us,Inc.

Jamie Uitdenhowen
VP, General Merchandising Manager
Toys“R”Us,Inc.

2:45 PM

BREAK

3:00 PM

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Cross-Platform Quest: A Marvel Animation case study

Bayfront

In 2015, Marvel embarked on a four-year mission to grow its little-known Guardians of the Galaxy IP into a hit family franchise by producing animation in diverse formats including a Disney XD series, two short-form series, comedy shorts and micro-content. Cort Lane from Marvel Family Entertainment will outline how these innovations in flexible format lengths were essential to maximizing reach for Guardians. He’ll also reveal how ambitious platform diversity (from iTunes to Facebook) has been the key to unlocking audience engagement and affinity for the blockbuster property.


Featuring:


Cort Lane
SVP Animation & Family Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment

Serious Fun: The ins and outs of making educational content

Sevilla

Led by education content experts Cheryl Gotthelf and Dr. Laura Brown, this session will explore what “educational or curriculum-based television” really means, looking at what can it teach, who it’s for, why it’s important, and how a kids TV producer can execute educational concepts organically. They’ll also give an overview of what developers need to know about the audience, curriculum and key research, emphasizing how all this serious stuff can still be fun.


Featuring:


Laura Brown, Ph.D.
Educational Consultant
Laura Brown Consulting

Cheryl Gotthelf
Media Consultant
Cheryl Gotthelf Consulting

3:45 PM

BREAK

4:00 PM

Cocktails with… France Télévisions

Gusman

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Tiphaine de Raguenel
Head of Children’s and Youth Activities & France 4 Head of Programming
France Télévisions

Pierre Siracusa
Head of Animation, Children & Youth Department
France Télévisions

Cocktails with… VIMN

Dupont

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Layla Lewis
VP, Global Content Acquisitions
Nickelodeon

Sarah Muller
Head of Children's
Channel 5

Cocktails with… Super RTL

Tuttle

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Frank Dietz
Deputy Program Director/Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions
SUPER RTL

Janine Weigold
Head of Children’s Content
SUPER RTL

Cocktails with… M6

Flagler

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Lila Hannou
Head of Children's Programs
M6

Kids TV Face-Off: Broadcasters vs. Producers

Bayfront

Just how well do broadcasters and producers really know each other? We’re going to find out in Kidscreen’s first-ever game show! Teams of broadcasters and producers will compete against each other in three rounds of fun, question-based challenges designed to test their knowledge of each other's point-of-view, audiences and what's happening in our business. Crowd participation is definitely encouraged at this laugh-filled quest to see who reigns supreme.

Moderating:


David Kleeman
Senior Vice President Global Trends
Dubit


Featuring:


Michael Carrington
Head of Children's and Education
ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Patrick Egerton
Co-Founder
Cheeky Little Media

Ira Levy
President & Executive Producer
Breakthrough Entertainment (Canada)

Marney Malabar
Director of Kids TV
TVO - TVOKids

Adina Pitt
VP, Content Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Cartoon Network

Shabnam Rezaei
President
BIG BAD BOO

John Rice
CEO
JAM Media

Tara Sorensen
Head of Kids Programming
Amazon Studios

4:30 PM

AAS Popcorn Screening Party

Sevilla

Sit back with a  bag of popcorn and enjoy this showcase of clips from some the best and brightest animated series that have debuted at our Asian Animation Summit event over the last five years. 

5:00 PM

Kidscreen’s Kick-Off Cocktail (Join us on the Pool Terrace)

Mix and mingle poolside with other delegates at the Summit’s biggest social event. This bash caps off the first day and attracts hundreds of kids entertainment execs looking to meet partners, chat about business and soak up the Miami sunset.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Tuesday, February 14

8:00 AM

BREAKFAST (served from 8:00-10:00 in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

8:30 AM

SOLD OUT! Master Class: Fine-tuning character

Gusman

Whether you're creating an animated or live-action series for broadcast or digital, if you can't communicate what your show is about in less than a sentence or two, chances are your concept needs work. More focused than a bible workshop or pitching clinic, this Master Class will help you move beyond the broad strokes of your high concept and into the nitty gritty of creating characters to drive your story. Experienced show creator Dave Skwarczek will help you dig deeper into the tools and techniques used to define strong characters and craft engaging

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees who are keen to pack more professional learning into their Summit week can take part in this session for an additional $250. If you're interested in signing up, contact Maggie Wilkins (mwilkins@brunico.com or 416-408-2300 x539)


Featuring:


Dave Skwarczek
Creative Producer
Eat Your Lunch

SOLD OUT! Mentor Class: Negotiating 101

Tuttle

So, you've got your first deal. Now what? This session will provide an overview of what to look for in negotiating a production deal in the current kids TV landscape. Join industry and legal experts Douglas Barrett (BellMedia Professor of Media Management, Schulich School of Business) and Hatty Reisman (founder and senior lawyer, Reisman Law Offices) as they consider various forms of programming (TV/digital/short form) and look at many types of deals that can be made and how to best protect your intellectual property.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees who are keen to pack more professional learning into their Summit week can take part in this session for an additional $250. If you're interested in signing up, contact Maggie Wilkins (mwilkins@brunico.com or 416-408-2300 x539).


Featuring:


Douglas Barrett
Principal
Schulich School of Business

Hatty Reisman
Lawyer
Reisman Law Offices

10:00 AM

BREAK

10:15 AM

From Toys-to-Life to Life on Netflix: A Skylanders Academy case study

Bayfront

Activision Blizzard’s Skylanders almost single-handedly created the US$4-billion toys-to-life category. And tasked with bringing the bestselling video game franchise to TVs around the globe, content arm Activision Blizzard Studios scored a worldwide deal with Netflix for Skylanders Academy, created by showrunner Eric Rogers (Futurama). In this session, the creative team behind the show will delve into its adaptation process and what we can expect to see next.


Moderating:


Sander Schwartz
Producer
Grom Social


Featuring:


Eric Rogers
Showrunner / Executive Producer
Skylanders Academy Animated Series

Eric S. Rollman
President & CEO
Rollman Entertainment

Nick van Dyk
Co-President
Activision Blizzard Studios

Andy Yeatman
Director, Global Kids Content
Netflix

Is Your IP Ready for Licensing?

Sevilla

You’ve got great characters, great animation and great stories ready to go. So, it’s toy time, right?  Not so fast. A panel of experts from Mattel, Out of the Blue and Zodiak Kids will bring their many years of experience in the licensing business to bear on this discussion of how to evaluate the commercial prospects of a new property, as well as the mistakes developers commonly make, and how licensing hopefuls can maximize their chances for success.

Moderating:


Marty Brochstein
SVP, Industry Relations and Information
LIMA International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Assn


Featuring:


Jennifer Bennett
Senior Director, Strategic Development - Global Licensing and Entertainment Partnerships
Mattel

Samantha Freeman
Founder & Executive Producer
Out of the Blue Enterprises

Jean-Philippe Randisi
CEO
Zodiak Kids

Peter Yoder
VP Cartoon Network Enterprises North America
Cartoon Network

10:30 AM

30 Minutes with… Tiphaine De Raguenel, France Télévisions

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Tiphaine de Raguenel
Head of Children’s and Youth Activities & France 4 Head of Programming
France Télévisions

30 Minutes with… Lucy Murphy, Sky

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Lucy Murphy
Head of Kid's Content
Sky

30 Minutes with… Nina Hahn Nickelodeon

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Nina Hahn
SVP, International Production & Development
Nickelodeon

11:00 AM

BREAK

11:30 AM

30 Minutes with… Joe Tedsco, DHX Television

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Joe Tedesco
SVP & GM DHX Television
DHX Media

30 Minutes with… Angela Lin, YouTube

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Angela Lin
Head of Family and Learning
YouTube - North America

30 Minutes with… Adina Pitt, Cartoon Network

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Adina Pitt
VP, Content Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Cartoon Network

Hot Research: How to woo the elusive kid fan

Bayfront

In today’s crowded and highly plugged-in landscape, attracting fans is more challenging—and more important—than ever. So how can your brand become fan-worthy? And what does fandom look like for kids? Come hear from the child development experts at Insight Kids as they share the results of a brand-new research study looking at how kids’ relationships with brands shift as they grow up, and what you can do to cultivate their devotion.


Featuring:


Sarah Chumsky
Vice President, Insight Kids
Insight Strategy Group

Stacey Matthias
Co-CEO
Insight Strategy Group

Surviving, Scaling and Making Money in the Kids Digital Space

Sevilla

Is there a way to create and deliver fun, engaging and strictly regulated digital content to this generation of kids, but also build market share, profits and long-term brand loyalty at the same time? In this fireside chat, Jeff Imberman, CRO of kids ad platform SuperAwesome—and former SVP of Sales and Marketing at Nickelodeon—will answer this critical question and show how the kids digital ecosystem is something to be embraced, not feared. He’ll also divulge how the under-13 audience is already telling brands and content creators what they want—delivering success is just a matter of really listening to them.

Moderating:


Evan Baily
President
Consolidated Baily


Featuring:


Jeff Imberman
Chief Revenue Officer
SuperAwesome

12:30 PM

Lunching with... Branding & Licensing

Merrick

Spend some quality time getting closer to top-gun consumer products partners who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of 10 of the industry’s most influential kids merchandise licensees. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:


Richard Collins
Co-Founder & CEO
Big Tent Entertainment

Mike De Camp
Senior Creative Coordinator
Jazwares

Bill Graham
Chief Business Development Officer
PhatMojo

Hollie Holmes
Senior Director, Global Licensing Acquisitions
Mattel

Jonathan Mirsky
Licensing Manager
Spin Master

Julia Posen
EVP and Commercial Director, Group Rights and Development
Walker Books and Walker Productions

Michael Rinzler
Co-President & Founding Partner
Wicked Cool Toys

David Stevens
Media Development Consultant

LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

2:00 PM

30 Minutes with… Marie McCann, Kids CBC

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Marie McCann
Senior Director CBC Kids
Kids' CBC

30 Minutes with… Janine Weigold, Super RTL

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Janine Weigold
Head of Children’s Content
SUPER RTL

30 Minutes with… Andrew Thomas & Alicia Coudurier, Hulu

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Alicia Coudurier
Senior Content Partner Manager, Kids
Hulu

Andrew Thomas
Senior Manager, Content Acquisitions
Hulu

The Evolution of Play in a Virtual World

Sevilla

Pokémon GO showed us how much fun it was to play with virtual 3D characters in the real world. So what’s next? How will traditional play patterns change, and what new ones will emerge as kids begin to interact with virtual objects and characters in the real world around them? Get an early look at new mixed-reality technologies on the horizon with Dr. Ariella Lehrer, who’ll also explore their implications for future product design and play.


Featuring:


Ariella Lehrer
CEO
Legacy Interactive

Franchise-building in the SVOD Age

Bayfront

In the good old days of children’s entertainment, producers, licensees and retailers had a pretty solid idea of where, when and how many kids were watching shows. Data is much more difficult to come by now, and licensees and retailers are hesitant to place their bets without the comfort of hard numbers. This licensing conundrum won’t stop kids from increasingly doing their viewing on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and VOD platforms like YouTube. So what’s the licensing business to do? New merch models will inevitably develop, and while no one is certain yet what form they’ll take, our panel of experts will give you their insights on how things are shaping up.

Moderating:


Susan Miller
Founder
Bolder Media and Mixed Media Group


Featuring:


Bill Graham
Chief Business Development Officer
PhatMojo

Stone Newman
President, Global Consumer Products, Worldwide Content Sales & Marketing
Genius Brands International

Justin Richardson
VP, Global Content Distribution and Strategy, Home Entertainment and New Media Distribution
Mattel

Jamie Uitdenhowen
VP, General Merchandising Manager
Toys“R”Us,Inc.

3:00 PM

BREAK

3:15 PM

The New Creators

Sevilla

Looking for the next generation of creative talent to develop new ideas and content that will resonate with your target audience?  Social stars may be one answer, but they are just one part of the global creative pool. In fact, new technologies and tools are democratizing the creative process and giving rise to a new generation of independent, highly creative talent. This session will help you learn how to identify and work with passionate or out-of-the-box creators in order to develop on-brand content consumers actually want to watch.

Moderating:


James De Julio
Co-Founder, President & Chief Creative Officer
Tongal


Featuring:


Justin Johnson
Filmmaker & Entrepreneur
Tongal Creator

Christopher Keenan
Senior Vice President, Content Development and Production & Executive Producer
Mattel Creations

Halle Stanford
EVP of Children's Television
The Jim Henson Company

4:00 PM

BREAK

4:15 PM

Cocktails with… DHX Television

Tuttle

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Sarah Haasz
Director, Original Production
DHX Media

Joe Tedesco
SVP & GM DHX Television
DHX Media

Cocktails with… PBS KIDS

Dupont

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Sara DeWitt
Vice President
PBS KIDS DIGITAL

Keith Kennebeck
Director, Children’s Programming
PBS KIDS

Linda Simensky
VP, Children’s Programming
PBS KIDS

Cocktails with... ABC Australia

Gusman

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Michael Carrington
Head of Children's and Education
ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Luka Skandle
Channel Manager, Children's & Education
ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Hacking the System: How to reverse-engineer Hollywood

Sevilla

Sometimes the best idea isn’t the one that seems straightforward. Take getting a concept from script to screen—it’s not always a direct line, and a detour into another medium like books may be the best way forward. Learn how to reverse-engineer a film or TV concept by launching it as a publication first…and then selling it back to Hollywood. This panel of writers will give a step-by-step breakdown of how to use Hollywood’s hunger for IPs to hack the system and show how they pushed their passion projects from page to screen.

Moderating:


Julie Kane-Ritsch
Head of Animation and Family Entertainment
The Gotham Group


Featuring:


Billy Aronson
Co-Creator
Peg + Cat

Jennifer Hamburg
Children's Author and Television Writer
Jennifer Hamburg

Jennifer Oxley
Co-Creator
Peg + Cat

Dan Yaccarino
Creator/Producer/Writer/Designer

5:15 PM

Kidscreen Awards and After-Party

Bayfront

Join us as we celebrate the year’s best work in kids programming, broadcasting and digital media at our annual Kidscreen Awards Ceremony, hosted this year by Darrin Rose, a four-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and an acclaimed cast member of CBC’s Mr. D. And be sure to stay for the after-party and hang out with winners, nominees and judges alike!


Featuring:


Darrin Rose
Comedian

Wednesday, February 15

8:00 AM

BREAKFAST (served from 8:00-10:00 in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

8:30 AM

SOLD OUT! Master Class: The state of digital distribution

Gusman

VOD, AVOD, TVOD, not to mention Netflix, Amazon and YouTube: There are now more ways than ever to slice licensing rights for digital platforms. How do you decide who gets what? When does it make sense to refuse a global VOD deal to pursue local ones? What platforms are ponying up the most cash? Distribution & digital experts Richard Goldsmith (The Jim Henson Company) and Josh Scherba (DHX Media) and John Robson (Wildbrain) will cover those burning questions and much more.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees who are keen to pack more professional learning into their Summit week can take part in this session for an additional $250. If you're interested in signing up, contact Maggie Wilkins (mwilkins@brunico.com or 416-408-2300 x539)



Featuring:


Richard Goldsmith
President and CEO
Cyber Group Studios USA

John Robson
Managing Director
W!ldbrain

Josh Scherba
EVP Distribution & Content
DHX Media

SOLD OUT! Mentor Class: Structural Engineering for Storytellers

Tuttle

All good stories are as carefully constructed as a skyscraper, and this session will teach budding storytellers the basics of creating two- and three-act structures. Self-proclaimed "story structure engineers" Holly Huckins (Sheriff Callie's Wild WestRugratsRecess) and Carin Greenberg (Tumble LeafLalaloopsyGhostwriter) will be your guides. They'll deconstruct an episode of a popular series to understand how it was built and why it succeeds, discuss the difference between story and character arcs, and examine the importance of conflict.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees who are keen to pack more professional learning into their Summit week can take part in this session for an additional $250. If you're interested in signing up, contact Maggie Wilkins (mwilkins@brunico.com or 416-408-2300 x539).


Featuring:


Carin Greenberg
EP/Story Editor/Writer

Holly Huckins
Executive Producer & Show Runner & Content Creator

10:00 AM

Speed Pitching 1

Merrick

Sit down one-on-one with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective networking format will feature 8-minute meetings again this year, giving you ample time to deliver the perfect pitch. NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:


Jo Allen
Acquisitions and Independent Animation
BBC Children's

Massimo Bruno
Head of TV Channels
De Agostini

Aaron Davidson
Development Executive, Kids TV
Amazon Studios

Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development, Nelvana
Nelvana Studio / Corus Entertainment

Sarah Haasz
Director, Original Production
DHX Media

Claire Heinrich
Head of Acquisitions, Children & Youth Department
France Télévisions

Liliana Reyes
SVP, Content
Portfolio Entertainment

Jennie Stacey
Director of Development
Brown Bag Films

Inspire learning and creativity with VR and AR

Bayfront

Millions of people have used virtual and augmented reality to transport themselves to distant places and bring the world around them to life. These technologies provide an opportunity for developers to create educational and entertaining experiences. Google Play's Shazia Makhdumi will discuss Google's initiatives in virtual and augmented reality and share tips on using VR and AR to teach and inspire kids of all ages.


Featuring:


Shazia Makhdumi
Global Head of Family & Education Partnerships, Google Play
Google Play

Acing the kids Bechdel Test

Sevilla

An effective tool for ID’ing lopsided gender roles in mainstream cinema, the original Bechdel test answers three sequential questions: Does this movie show… at least two women? …talking to each other? …about something other than a man? But what’s the situation in children’s media? Provocative digital thinker Jens de Pedro (ex-Toca Boca) has come up with a modified version of the Bechdel Test to find out. Listen along as he puts the 20 highest-grossing kids films of all time through the process to see which ones would pass and which ones would fail, as well as exploring the impact this might have on ROI. 


Featuring:


Jens Peter de Pedro
CEO
Biff Niff

10:30 AM

30 Minutes with... CJ Kettler, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 


Featuring:


CJ Kettler
Partner
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

30 Minutes with… Linda Simensky, PBS KIDS

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Linda Simensky
VP, Children’s Programming
PBS KIDS

30 Minutes with… J Milligan, Toca TV, Toca Boca

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


J Milligan
Head of Toca TV
Toca Boca

11:00 AM

30 Minutes with… Tara Sorensen, Amazon Studios

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 


Featuring:


Tara Sorensen
Head of Kids Programming
Amazon Studios

30 Minutes with… Kristofer Updike & Lisa O'Brien, Sprout

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Lisa O'Brien
VP, Original Development and Programming
Sprout (NBCUniversal)

Kristofer Updike
Director Original Programming and Development
Sprout (NBCUniversal)

30 Minutes with... Sarah Muller, Channel 5

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Sarah Muller
Head of Children's
Channel 5

BREAK

11:30 AM

Speed Pitching 2

Merrick

Sit down one-on-one with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective networking format will feature 8-minute meetings again this year, giving you ample time to deliver the perfect pitch. NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:


Massimo Bruno
Head of TV Channels
De Agostini

Alicia Coudurier
Senior Content Partner Manager, Kids
Hulu

Aaron Davidson
Development Executive, Kids TV
Amazon Studios

Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development, Nelvana
Nelvana Studio / Corus Entertainment

Sarah Haasz
Director, Original Production
DHX Media

Liliana Reyes
SVP, Content
Portfolio Entertainment

Pierre Siracusa
Head of Animation, Children & Youth Department
France Télévisions

Jennie Stacey
Director of Development
Brown Bag Films

VR Storytelling Evolution: The challenge of an ever-changing point-of-view

Sevilla

Future-proof your creative process by sitting in on this panel discussion featuring the creators, studios and platforms working at the cutting edge of storytelling in VR. They’ll explore the possibilities and the challenges of working in the space where tomorrow’s big kids franchises will come to life.

Moderating:


Jesse Cleverly
Creative Director
Wildseed Studios


Featuring:


Dominic Minns
Creative Director
Plug-in Media

Luke Ritchie
Head of Nexus Interactive Arts
Nexus Studios

Mark Walsh
CEO
Motional Entertainment

Simon Whalley
Executive Producer
Framestore Ventures

Little Big Kids: Preschoolers ready for life

Bayfront

Viacom recently undertook a huge global study of preschoolers—an adventure spanning 12 countries, 6,500 families, social media diaries and in-depth ethnographies—to find out what it means to be under six years old today. In this session, Christian Kurz will unveil these latest findings on our youngest generation. And as an added bonus, real preschoolers—equipped with GoPro cameras—will give you a glimpse into their world.


Featuring:


Christian Kurz
SVP, Global Consumer Insights
Viacom

12:00 PM

30 Minutes with… Cecilia Persson, Turner Broadcasting EMEA

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Cecilia Persson
VP, Programming & Content Strategy Kids EMEA, Acquisitions & Co Productions International
Turner Broadcasting EMEA

30 Minutes with… Flavio Medeiros, Discovery Latin America

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Flavio Medeiros
Director of Programming and Acquisitions
Discovery Latin America

30 Minutes with… Jackie Edwards & Jo Allen, BBC Kids

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Jo Allen
Acquisitions and Independent Animation
BBC Children's

Jackie Edwards
Head of Acquisitions and Independent Animation
BBC Children's

12:30 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

2:00 PM

Speed Pitching 3

Merrick

Sit down one-on-one with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective networking format will feature 8-minute meetings again this year, giving you ample time to deliver the perfect pitch. NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:


Michael Carrington
Head of Children's and Education
ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Sara DeWitt
Vice President
PBS KIDS DIGITAL

Josh Fisher
VP Creative Affairs
DHX Studios

Layla Lewis
VP, Global Content Acquisitions
Nickelodeon

Lisa O'Brien
VP, Original Development and Programming
Sprout (NBCUniversal)

Géraldine Soto
Head of Acquisitions, Kids
Canal+

Andrew Thomas
Senior Manager, Content Acquisitions
Hulu

Katie Wilson
Director of Programming, Corus Kids
Corus Entertainment

Marion Winter
Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Super RTL

30 Minutes with... Vellu Maurola & Paul Chenier, Toons TV, Rovio Entertainment

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Paul Chenier
.
Rovio Animation Company

Vellu Maurola
Director, Content Creation & Partnerships, ToonsTV
Rovio Entertainment

30 Minutes with… Kay Wilson Stallings, Sesame Studios

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Kay Wilson Stallings
SVP Creative Development
Sesame Workshop

30 Minutes with… Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos & Laurent Guérin, TFO

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Laurent Guerin
VP Chief Content Officer
Groupe Média TFO

Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos
Director, Disruption and Multiplatform Distribution
TFO

Rebranding and Audience Engagement: A Sprout case study

Sevilla

In the kids business, connecting with moms is critical. So how do you manage a network or property relaunch/rebrand campaign without alienating your audience—and how do you simultaneously bring in new viewers?  What are the challenge and the opportunities in today’s changing landscape? These are the questions US preschool net Sprout faced at the beginning of 2016, and in this session the broadcaster will provide an in-depth look into how it rebuilt its 10-year-old brand and flourished.

Moderating:


Jeremy Dickson
Features Editor
Kidscreen


Featuring:


Kristen Campolattaro
VP, Brand Marketing
Sprout (NBCUniversal)

Jennifer Giddens
SVP, Marketing and Digital
Sprout

Emily Yolkut
Senior Director, Research
Sprout (NBCUniversal)

STEAM Research: Entertaining kids where creativity and technology intersect

Bayfront

STEAM learning is a pretty hot genre right now—particularly when it encourages girls to get into the game. Listen in as this all-star panel explores what producers, broadcasters and consumer products players have learned so far about delivering STEAM concepts in fun and accessible ways, and also how they’re looking at the space right now.

Moderating:


Yalda T. Uhls, PhD
Youth Development Expert with Common Sense and UCLA
Common Sense Media, UCLA


Featuring:


Jenna Boyd
Chief Content Officer
GoldieBlox

Bob Higgins
EVP Production Kid’s & Family Entertainment
FremantleMedia (New York)

Grant Hosford
CEO
codespark

Michael Ouweleen
CMO
Cartoon Network

Halle Stanford
EVP of Children's Television
The Jim Henson Company

3:00 PM

BREAK

3:15 PM

Speed Pitching 4

Merrick

Sit down one-on-one with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective networking format will feature 8-minute meetings again this year, giving you ample time to deliver the perfect pitch. NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:


Jackie Edwards
Head of Acquisitions and Independent Animation
BBC Children's

Keith Kennebeck
Director, Children’s Programming
PBS KIDS

Lisa O'Brien
VP, Original Development and Programming
Sprout (NBCUniversal)

Richard Rowe
Director of International Acquisitions and Co-Productions
DHX Media

Géraldine Soto
Head of Acquisitions, Kids
Canal+

Amy Takahara
Director, Global Acquisitions, Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon

Katie Wilson
Director of Programming, Corus Kids
Corus Entertainment

Marion Winter
Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Super RTL

From Preschool to Pre-Cool: Is 4 to 7 is the new 3 to 4?

Bayfront

In a bid to keep the older end of the demo watching age-appropriate content, producers have lately been delivering faster-paced, high-concept shows for preschoolers that feel cool—or is it pre-cool?  But in many parts of the world, the core three to four sweet spot still reigns supreme. So what does this split mean for content creators, producers and broadcasters? This panel of preschool experts is going to try and figure it all out.

Moderating:


Jeff Norton
Writer & Producer
AWESOME MEDIA


Featuring:


Alexander Bar
Content Creator & Creative Producer
TinyWorld

Jennifer Dodge
EVP, Entertainment
Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Sarah Muller
Head of Children's
Channel 5

Colin Williams
Creative Director
Sixteen South

Occupy Kindness: How to create content kids love and parents want

Sevilla

Kids these days are over-praised, over-protected and personal wants are prioritized over family and community. The keys to overcoming these issues are communication and empathy, which are skills children inherently have, but need to practice to perfect. Tapping into their experience, our panel of experts will explore how the industry can create stories and games that give kids and parents what they long for—kids want to learn how to like and be liked, and parents want raise happy, kind and successful kids.

Moderating:


Alice Cahn
Founder
CahnWorks Consulting


Featuring:


Anne Brogan
Director
Kindle Entertainment

Jennifer Giddens
SVP, Marketing and Digital
Sprout

Michael Ouweleen
CMO
Cartoon Network

Alison Stewart
Head of Cbeebies Production
BBC Children's

Rosemarie Truglio
SVP Curriculum and Content
Sesame Workshop

4:15 PM

Cocktails with… Turner Broadcasting EMEA

Tuttle

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Patricia Hidalgo
SVP, Chief Content & Creative Officer, Kids EMEA & International Kids Strategy
Turner Broadcasting EMEA

Cecilia Persson
VP, Programming & Content Strategy Kids EMEA, Acquisitions & Co Productions International
Turner Broadcasting EMEA

Cocktails with… Gulli/Canal J

Gusman

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Maud Branly
Deputy Director of Acquisition for youth content
Gulli/Canal J

Caroline Cochaux
CEO
Gulli/Canal J

Cocktails with… BBC Children's

Dupont

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Jo Allen
Acquisitions and Independent Animation
BBC Children's

Jackie Edwards
Head of Acquisitions and Independent Animation
BBC Children's

Alison Stewart
Head of Cbeebies Production
BBC Children's

Serialized Storytelling for Kids: Can I please just watch one more?

Sevilla

With the advent of binge-viewing, kids audiences are increasingly being offered the opportunity to dig into expansive story arcs and more complicated storylines. And creators and producers are now ramping up serialized concepts to feed this new need. Our panel of seasoned serializers will explore the key lessons that creators and networks need to keep in mind in creating these dramas and comedies for kids. They'll look at whether or not serialization is platform-agnostic, the unexpected drawbacks and benefits of kids serialized programming, what makes some serials more acceptable than others, and what kids audiences are the best targets for the more complex storylines and characters that serialization requires.

Moderating:


Brian Hamilton
Principal and Executive Producer
Omnifilm Entertainment


Featuring:


Peter Gal
Head of Television Development
DreamWorks Animation TV

Rebecca Hodgson
Head of Scripted
Lime Pictures

Billy Macqueen
MD
Darrall Macqueen

Andy Yeatman
Director, Global Kids Content
Netflix

Digging into Diversity

Bayfront

It is no secret that media has a big impact on shaping a child's world view and self-perception, but it is clear that not every child sees his or herself reflected on the small screen. The movement to make kids TV more inclusive and diverse, and challenge stereotypes faced by both boys and girls, has been gathering momentum. But how do we get there quicker? This panel of seasoned creatives including Chris Nee, the mind behind the groundbreaking Doc McStuffins series has a blueprint in mind, and they'd like to share it with you.

Moderating:


Karen Fowler
Showrunner & Writer
Princess Titanium Productions


Featuring:


Kevin Clark
Professor & Children's Media Consultant
George Mason University

Megan Cunningham
CEO
Magnet Media

Chris Nee
Executive Producer of Doc McStuffins and Vampirina
Disney Junior / Brown Bag Films

Kay Wilson Stallings
SVP Creative Development
Sesame Workshop

Cocktails with... HITN

Flagler

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Erica Branch-Ridley
VP, Executive Producer, Kids Initiatives
HITN

David Rust
General Manager Education
HITN

Guillermo Sierra
Head of Television and Digital Media
HITN

Thursday, February 16

8:00 AM

BREAKFAST (served from 8:00-10:00 in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

10:00 AM

Hyper Innovation: The future of animation

Bayfront

New platforms and social networks are bubbling up and opening new opportunities for kids, but also for content creators. How can animation adapt to continuous disruption? What emerging trends are growing, and how are they impacting content production and consumption? France TV's Julien Borde will zero in on some new trends with a panel of fellow animation experts.

Moderating:


Julien Borde
Head of SVOD
France Télévisions


Featuring:


Damien Giard
Digital Director Products
Bayard Group

Glenn O'Farrell
President & CEO
Groupe Media TFO

Aton Soumache
CEO
Method Animation

Encouraging Co-Viewing in the Digital Age

Sevilla

What does co-viewing look like nowadays? Ideally, it still entails families gathering together around the TV to spend some time together. But has family time given way to separate screens? Is TV still the best medium for co-viewing or are other platforms taking over? What strategies can be implemented to make kids content appealing both to parents and children? These questions and more will be put under the microscope by our panel of producers and broadcasters.

Moderating:


John Rooney
Consultant
Johnromedia


Featuring:


Sarah Haasz
Director, Original Production
DHX Media

Michael Hefferon
President - Chief Creative Officer
Rainmaker Entertainment

Tom McGillis
President, Executive Producer
Fresh TV

Carlos Soldevila
Co-founder, President & Executive Producer
Trio Orange

10:45 AM

BREAK

11:00 AM

Let's Create a Cartoon!

Bayfront

Ready for a serious case of the giggles? Watch as four experienced kids TV creatives take ideas for genres, main characters, plot points, etc. called out by audience members, and then pitch them back as a series before your very eyes. The writers in residence will cover all the elements that need to be considered—defining age targets, budgets, types of animation, etc.—to get a series to market. Part series development demo and part improv game, this session promises to be as entertaining as it is informative.

Moderating:


Holly Huckins
Executive Producer & Show Runner & Content Creator


Featuring:


Carin Greenberg
EP/Story Editor/Writer

Peter Hastings
Writer, Producer & Director

Rob Hoegee
Writer/Executive Producer/Series Creator

Gary Anthony Williams
Actor Writer/Producer
That One Black Guy

12:00 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

2:00 PM

Closing Cocktail (Join us on the Pool Terrace).

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