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Miguel Aldasoro

International Sales Director

Anima Kitchent (Spain)

16 years of experience in the internet and gaming industry at Zinkia Entertainment and international sales director at Vodka Capital and Anima Kitchent. In charge of international sales, co-pros, brand building strategies, distribution partnerships with licensing companies, broadcasters and digital companies.

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Philippe Alessandri

CEO

Watch Next Media (France)

Graduated from Sciences Po and la Sorbonne in Paris, Philippe Alessandri, 47, has been working in production for over 20 years.

He started as a Production Manager at Saban and Marathon (1994-1998).

At the end of 1998, he joined the group Tele Images as Head of children programs. In 2002, he created...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Jo Allen

Acquisitions and Independent Animation

BBC Children's

Jo is a producer  with  BBC Children’s Independent Animation and Acquisitions, with a focus on CBBC ( 6 – 12 years).

Previously Jo worked as an animation producer and consultant in the independent sector, making commercials, series,  including ‘Morph’ and ‘Angry Kid’,  and short films, including the Academy Award nominated ‘Wat’s...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… BBC Children's; 30 Minutes with… Jackie Edwards & Jo Allen, BBC Kids; Speed Pitching 1


Billy Aronson

Co-Creator

Peg + Cat

Billy Aronson’s work in the theater includes the original concept/additional lyrics for the Broadway musical Rent.His plays have been published in 6 volumes of Best American Short Plays, and collected in Funny Shorts, for which he posed nearly naked. TV writing credits include The Wonder Pets, Beavis and Butt-head, and Courage...more

Speaking at: Hacking the System: How to reverse-engineer Hollywood


Evan Baily

President

Consolidated Baily

Evan Baily is a creative producer, packager, and entrepreneur working at the intersection of TV, video games, digital platforms, and iconic brands. He is currently building a socially responsible content company, developing and packaging a TV series based on an iconic mobile game property, and serving as executive producer of...more

Speaking at: Surviving, Scaling and Making Money in the Kids Digital Space


Justine Bannister

Founder & Creative Facilitator

Just B

Justine is an independent children’s media consultant with 25 years’ experience accrued most notably at 20th Century Fox, Disney Channels France, TV Loonland and PGS Entertainment.  Her skillset spans animation production, development and post-production, distribution, acquisitions, co-productions, marketing, brand and community management and project evaluation. Justine set up JUST B...more

Speaking at: Brainpick: Co-Productions & Financing


Alexander Bar

Content Creator & Creative Producer

TinyWorld

Alexander Bar is an Emmy award-winning show creator, producer and children’s author with more than 20 years’ experience of working in the children’s media business. 

Alexander has created, developed and produced multiple global preschool series including: Lunar Jim (92x11”, produced by Alliance Atlantis between 2004-2007); Mike the Knight (133x11”, co-produced by HiT Entertainment and...more

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


Douglas Barrett

Principal

Schulich School of Business

Doug Barrett is the BellMedia Professor of Media Management in the Arts, Media and Entertainment Management MBA program at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto.

From 1986 until 2006, Mr. Barrett was a Partner in the law firm of McMillan LLP where he developed a leading media and entertainment law...more

Speaking at: SOLD OUT! Mentor Class: Negotiating 101


Richard Barry

EVP, Global Chief Merchandising Officer

Toys“R”Us,Inc.

As Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us, Richard Barry is responsible for delivering a coordinated strategic approach to all merchandising decisions for the company’s toy and baby businesses in the U.S. With more than three decades of experience in retail merchandising, he leads the organization’s development...more

Speaking at: Consumer products insights from Toys"R"Us Inc.


Jennifer Bennett

Senior Director, Strategic Development - Global Licensing and Entertainment Partnerships

Mattel

During her five years at Mattel, Jennifer Bennett has held various roles and currently serves as Senior Director, Licensing Acquisitions and Entertainment Partnerships as a member of the Strategic Development team. Jennifer is charged with evaluating properties and securing new licenses for the Mattel and Fisher-Price portfolios. In addition, Jennifer...more

Speaking at: Is Your IP Ready for Licensing?


Kelli Bixler

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

Kelli Bixler is the founder and executive producer of the award-winning Bix Pix Entertainment, a stop-motion animation studio in Los Angeles. After a career producing and directing live-action content in Chicago, she founded Bix Pix in 1998 with the goal of shepherding a diverse group of talented artists to create...more

Speaking at: Inside Amazon Studios' Approach to Preschool


Jo Boag

Creative Director

SLR Productions (Australia)

Jo Boag is the Creative Director at SLR Productions based in Sydney, Australia. She is an Emmy Award winning Creative Director and the 2014 B&T Women in Media ‘Creative of the Year’ winner.  At SLR Productions she is responsible for developing and overseeing the creative direction of 160 hours of...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Julien Borde

Head of Digital Programming

France Télévisions

Julien Borde is Head of VOD at France Télévisions. He is overseeing AVOD, TVOD and SVOD activities for French public broadcaster

Up to September 2015, he was SVP of New Projects at France Télévisions Programming and Digital Department in charge of the public broadcaster multichannel development on the web, more than...more

Speaking at: Hyper Innovation: The future of animation


Jules Borkent

SVP, Global Acquisitions & International Programming, Nickelodeon

Viacom International Media Networks

Jules Borkent is Senior Vice President, Global Acquisitions and International Programming, Nickelodeon, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN).  In his role, which he assumed in 2008, Borkent is responsible for leading global acquisitions for Nickelodeon around the world, as well as programming strategies for Nickelodeon International.  Borkent works in close partnership...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Jules Borkent, Nickelodeon


Jenna Boyd

Chief Content Officer

GoldieBlox

Jenna Boyd is the Chief Content Officer of children’s multimedia company, GoldieBlox. As CCO, Boyd focuses on storytelling and creating content for the GoldieBlox brand through written, animated and live action content for kids across multiple distribution channels.

As a 20-year veteran of the kids’ entertainment business, Boyd began her career...more

Speaking at: STEAM Research: Entertaining kids where creativity and technology intersect


Erica Branch-Ridley

VP, Executive Producer, Kids Initiatives

HITN

Two-time Interactive Emmy Award winning Erica Branch-Ridley is VP of Development and Production for HITN Learning, a division of the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network.

Prior to HITN, Erica worked at Sesame Workshop, where she led digital strategy for The Electric Company before becoming VP of Production for the Sesame Learning...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... HITN


Maud Branly

Deputy Director of Acquisition for youth content

Gulli/Canal J

Maud Branly holds a B.A. in Modern Literature from Sorbonne Nouvelle University and a H.N.D of Audiovisual Production from Efficom. She began her career at Patrick Spica Production where she was in charge of production scheduling. In December 2006, she became EMEA Sales Coordinatoor for Dic Entertainment/Cookie Jar. Then she...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… Gulli/Canal J; 30 Minutes with… Maud Branly & Caroline Cochaux, Gulli/Canal J


Andrew Breitman

President

2D Lab (Brazil)

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, André controls 2DLab- a full production 2D studio and the Delta Group- A 77 year old book publishing company in Brazil. 

He has produced several award winning pre-school including: My Big-Big Friend (104x11), Mondo’s World and Jobi’s Room, all of which were created and animated...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Marty Brochstein

SVP, Industry Relations and Information

LIMA International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Assn

Marty Brochstein is responsible for LIMA’s information resources, as well as many of its educational efforts, such as the year-round webinar program and the extensive Licensing University seminar program that takes place each year in conjunction with the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. He also oversees LIMA’s publishing operations, including...more

Speaking at: Is Your IP Ready for Licensing?; Consumer products insights from Toys"R"Us Inc.


Anne Brogan

Director

Kindle Entertainment

Anne has worked at a number of the major UK children's TV companies. Starting at Thames TV, she moved to BBC Education, where she produced the multi-award winning programmes Nice Girls Don't Swear andShakespeare Shorts. As Executive Producer, she looked after an exceptionally diverse and mind-stretching range of programmes which included Teletubbies and Arthur...more

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


Laura Brown, Ph.D.

Educational Consultant

Laura Brown Consulting

Dr. Laura Brown, an early childhood expert and licensed psychologist, has been shaping the content of educational media properties for over twenty years. She develops curricula and provides formative research and consulting services for clients like Nick Jr., Disney Junior, Sprout, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, PBS Kids, Silvergate Media, Brown Bag...more

Speaking at: Serious Fun: The ins and outs of making educational content


Massimo Bruno

Head of TV Channels

De Agostini

Massimo Bruno is Head of TV Channels at De Agostini Editore, where he runs DeAKids, DeAJunior and Explora (on the Sky satellite TV platform), as well as Super!, a DTT free-to-air channel in Italy. DeAKids is dedicated to kids and families with a lineup of new TV productions and acquisitions;...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1; Speed Pitching 2


Alice Cahn

Founder

CahnWorks Consulting

Alice Cahn is a social responsibility, media and education executive experienced in creating projects and brands that lead to successful cross-sector partnerships; stimulate employee engagement; and contribute to positive social change. 

Experience includes Turner Broadcasting’s Cartoon Network where she created content and projects that drove ratings and increased audiences’ skill levels...more

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


Kristen Campolattaro

VP, Brand Marketing

Sprout (NBCUniversal)

Kristen Campolattaro is the Vice President of Brand Marketing for Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network where kids are Free To Grow™. Campolattaro oversees Sprout brand and consumer marketing, developing innovative strategies to inform all brand and marketing creative and overseeing campaigns. As the lead authority on Sprout’s brand,...more

Speaking at: Rebranding and Audience Engagement: A Sprout case study


Gillian Carr

Managing Director

Moody Street Productions (Australia)

Established in June 2002, Moody Street Kids specialises in creating, developing and producing original children's animated television series for a variety of major television networks.

Moody Street Kidsis owned and directed by Gillian Carr, ex - UK TV Broadcasting Commissioner and member of the International Emmys Academy. Gillian moderated the finalist’s...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Michael Carrington

Head of Children's and Education

ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Having logged more than 20 years in his kids’ TV career, Michael Carrington has a wealth of knowledge and experience in broadcasting and production, plus an understanding of the toy industry.  He has worked across both content development and commissioning on domestic and international slates for the BBC, LEGO Media,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Michael Carrington, Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Cocktails with... ABC Australia; Kids TV Face-Off: Broadcasters vs. Producers; Speed Pitching 3


Lana Castleman

Editor & Content Director

Kidscreen

Kidscreen Editor & Content Director Lana Castleman currently oversees all editorial planning for the magazine and the brand’s online and event content. Career highlights so far include having Oscar the Grouch wish her “a rotten day” and getting early peeks at a number of kids series and products before they...more

Speaking at: Inside Amazon Studios' Approach to Preschool


Paul Chenier

.

Rovio Animation Company

Paul Chenier is the Global Head of Brand Partnerships & Advertising for Rovio Ltd and Toons.TV, based in New York City.  Paul leads the revenue and partnership strategy for Toons.TV with a specific focus on increasing distribution for Toons.TV by working with top kids & family content creators and audience...more

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


Sarah Chumsky

Vice President, Insight Kids

Insight Strategy Group

Sarah is known by her colleagues as an improver of things. As the head of the Kids department at Insight Strategy Group, she guides a team that talks to kids and parents every day, on subjects ranging from action figures and SpongeBob to potty training and playgrounds. As such, she...more

Speaking at: Hot Research: How to woo the elusive kid fan


Kevin Clark

Professor & Children's Media Consultant

George Mason University

Kevin Clark is currently a Professor of Learning Technologies and Founding Director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity at George Mason University. Kevin Clark’s research focuses on the role of interactive and digital media in education, broadening participation in STEM, and issues of diversity in children’s media....more

Speaking at: Digging into Diversity


Jesse Cleverly

Creative Director

Wildseed Studios

Wildseed Studios is a next-generation media company which enables emerging talent to create fantastic new entertainment IPs’s by investing directly into the development and production of their ideas. Wildseed invests multiple small amounts into piloting new scripted IP and then seeks premium platform and brand partners to grow selected properties.

Since launching...more

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


Caroline Cochaux

CEO

Gulli/Canal J

Caroline Cochaux served as Executive Director of Jamel Debouze's production company Kissman Productions, then as Executive Director of Cultural Affairs at FNAC from 2006 through 2009.


In February 2011, she joined Lagardère Active group and served as Deputy Program Director of Europe 1 Radio. In February 2013, she became Programs and...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… Gulli/Canal J; 30 Minutes with… Maud Branly & Caroline Cochaux, Gulli/Canal J


Tony Collingwood

Managing Director & Writer

Collingwood & Co. (UK)

A graduate of the UK’s prestigious National Film and Television School, Tony Collingwood formed Collingwood O’Hare Entertainment with Christopher O’Hare in 1988 to produce his half-hour animated special called Rarg. Since then, Tony has created, adapted and directed numerous animated television series and specials for children through his company. The...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Richard Collins

Co-Founder & CEO

Big Tent Entertainment

Richard K. Collins, co-founder & CEO of Big Tent Entertainment, has operated successfully across many industries in a career spanning over thirty years, much of it in senior management positions. 

In 2002 Mr. Collins co-founded Big Tent Entertainment as a boutique agency focused on execution of marketing and licensing strategies for corporate...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Branding & Licensing


Polly Conway

TV Editor

Common Sense Media

Polly Conway is TV Editor at Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization that helps families make smart media choices by reviewing TV shows, movies, apps, and more, using organizational standards to provide pertinent information to families at the point of decision. Polly is an expert in the realm of shows that are created...more

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


Alicia Coudurier

Senior Content Partner Manager, Kids

Hulu

As a Senior Content Partner Manager, Kids Alicia Coudurier helps create programming and promotional opportunities for a range of different media companies that are Hulu’s content partners. In her role, she digs deep into the metrics to determine what is working, what is not working, and devises strategies to constantly...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Andrew Thomas & Alicia Coudurier, Hulu; Speed Pitching 2


Megan Cunningham

CEO

Magnet Media

Megan Cunningham began her career in television (PBS, HBO, Nickelodeon, MTV) and independent film. In 2000, she started Magnet Media with the same mission the company has today: to use our expertise in technology and talent for storytelling to ignite the passion of audiences.

For the past decade, Magnet Media has been...more

Speaking at: Digging into Diversity


Aaron Davidson

Development Executive, Kids TV

Amazon Studios

Aaron Davidson is a Development Executive in kids programming at Amazon Studios where he’s worked on animated and live action series including the award-winning Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and Annedroids as well as the forthcoming series Danger And Eggs, Niko and the Sword of Light, Little Big Awesome, and...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1; Speed Pitching 2


Mike De Camp

Senior Creative Coordinator

Jazwares

Mike De Camp has been creating and inventing toys for seventeen years. An avid action figure collector and historian, his passion for toy culture is present in both his professional and personal life. A core team member of Jazwares from its beginning, Mike has been part in launching multiple multi-million...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Branding & Licensing


Jens Peter de Pedro

CEO

Biff Niff

Biff Niff is an interactive media production company based in New York, co-founded by Jens. He is also Experience Director at Lingokids, a language learning platform made by the Spanish start up Monkimun. Prior, he was part of the founding team at Toca Boca, the Swedish kids app brand, where he was...more

Speaking at: Acing the kids Bechdel Test


Tiphaine de Raguenel

Head of Children’s and Youth Activities & France 4 Head of Programming

France Télévisions

Tiphaine de Raguenel graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and started her career at Carat/Aegis Media Group as a consultant and then Deputy Director of consultancy assignments for producers and broadcasters. In 2006, she joined the children’s and youth division of Lagardère Active as Research Director for TiJi,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Tiphaine De Raguenel, France Télévisions; Cocktails with… France Télévisions


James De Julio

Co-Founder, President & Chief Creative Officer

Tongal

James DeJulio is the co-founder and chief creative officer at Tongal, an award-winning creative company with a global network of 120,000 writers, directors and animators. James oversees creative development, partnering with brands such as Mattel, LEGO, Johnson & Johnson, NASA and Disney, while building and mentoring Tongal’s creative community. At...more

Speaking at: The New Creators


Sara DeWitt

Vice President PBS Kids Digital

PBS KIDS DIGITAL

Sara DeWitt leads innovative strategies to build connected educational experiences for kids of all income levels across media platforms. In her 18 years in public media, DeWitt has led the extension of PBS KIDS content into new frontiers, from websites and mobile apps to streaming video, augmented reality games, 3D-rendered...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… PBS KIDS; Speed Pitching 3


Genevieve Dexter

CEO

Serious Lunch (UK)

Genevieve has worked in children’s television entertainment for over 25 years and has 10 hard won Executive Producer credits to her name including Horrible ScienceMessy Goes to  Okido and Angelo Rules. She is both CEO of Eye Present, a large  IP development and animation studio in London and CEO of...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Jeremy Dickson

Features Editor

Kidscreen

Kidscreen Features Editor Jeremy Dickson currently covers the global children's entertainment industry focusing primarily on broadcasting, production, distribution, digital/interactive content and video games. Career highlights so far include hugging Cookie Monster and behind-the-scenes visits to The Jim Henson Company and Cirque du Soleil. Before joining Kidscreen, Jeremy served as managing...more

Speaking at: Rebranding and Audience Engagement: A Sprout case study


Frank Dietz

Deputy Program Director/Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions

SUPER RTL

Frank Dietz joined Super RTL in 2000 and currently manages the channel’s programming supply for daytime and primetime, as well as content for off-air platforms such as merchandising, mobile and online services.

Super RTL is Europe’s leader in children’s television and is jointly owned by RTL Group and Walt Disney International...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… Super RTL


Jennifer Dodge

EVP, Entertainment

Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Jennifer Dodge is Senior Vice President, Development for Nickelodeon Preschool. In this role, Dodge spearheads development of all original content for Nickelodeon Preschool’s programming block and the Nick Jr. channel and also oversees the development of in-house talent, in tandem with discovering and nurturing new artists and writers. She is...more

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


Malik Ducard

Head of Family and Learning

YouTube - Global

Malik Ducard is the Global Head of Family and Learning at YouTube, overseeing partnerships and business development efforts for the platform’s family entertainment and educational content. Previously, Ducard led film and original content partnerships for the company. Prior to joining YouTube, he served as senior vice president of digital distribution for...more

Speaking at: Catching up with YouTube Kids


Jackie Edwards

Head of Acquisitions and Independent Animation

BBC Children's

Jackie is Head of BBC Children’s Acquisitions and Independent Animation – covering both CBeebies and CBBC, the UK’s two foremost Children’s television channels. 

Jackie started professional life as a pharmacologist, eventually making the natural career progression into animation in 1995.   She worked in the independent sector as animation Producer, working on...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… BBC Children's; 30 Minutes with… Jackie Edwards & Jo Allen, BBC Kids; Speed Pitching 4


Patrick Egerton

Co-Founder

Cheeky Little Media

Patrick is co-founder and co-director of Cheeky Little Media, which launched in July 2014 and is based in Sydney, Australia.  

Cheeky Little focuses 100% on developing and producing unique animated content for kids worldwide, and growing global brands around that content. 

Cheeky Little has just completed production of two shows.

Bottersnikes &...more

Speaking at: Kids TV Face-Off: Broadcasters vs. Producers


Ken Faier

SVP and Executive Producer, DHX Content

DHX Media (Canada)

As Senior Vice President and General Manager, DHX Studios, Ken Faier is focused on the overall management of DHX Media’s animation, live action and interactive studios, and on growing the slate of original kids and family content. These properties include Inspector Gadget, Kate & Mim-Mim, Cloudy with a Chance of...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Josh Fisher

VP Creative Affairs

DHX Studios

Josh Fisher is an Emmy award winning creative executive with over 15 years of experience creating and producing TV, games and successful content for young audiences. He has developed and produced hundreds of episodes of animation & live action, and games.  Josh has produced series for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 3


Karen Fowler

Showrunner & Writer

Princess Titanium Productions

Karen Fowler is a multi-award winning Producer, Writer, Creator and Single Mother with decades of experience and an unending supply of passion. She started her career at Nickelodeon’s Creative Lab and Sesame Workshop where she came under the mentorship of Joan Cooney.  She was the creative leader and EP of...more

Speaking at: Digging into Diversity


Julie Fox

Managing Director

Awol Animation

With over twenty years experience in the international distribution and coproduction business including stints as Head of International Distribution at Mediatoon and Alphanim Paris (now Gaumont Animation), Julie created indie distributor awol animation in 2004.  Significant representations since then include/have included Emmy award winning Little Airplane Productions NYC, The Jim...more

Speaking at: Brainpick: Co-Productions & Financing


Samantha Freeman

Founder & Executive Producer

Out of the Blue Enterprises

Samantha Freeman is Managing Partner of Out of the Blue, a leading educational media company, whose top-rated preschool properties include Super Why and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (PBS Kids), Blue’s Room (Nickelodeon), as well as Creative Galaxy and Wishenpoof (Amazon Studios.)  Her company creates and produces original and third party media content and...more

Speaking at: Is Your IP Ready for Licensing?


Peter Gal

Head of Television Development

DreamWorks Animation TV

As Head of Television Development for DreamWorks Animation Television, Gal oversees the creative development of a rapidly growing slate of original television projects, including the content for DWA TV’s groundbreaking multi-year deal with Netflix.  As part of the studio’s global initiatives, Gal and his creative team are tasked with developing...more

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


Athena Georgaklis

Head of Development, Nelvana

Nelvana Studio / Corus Entertainment

Athena Georgaklis is the newly appointed Head of Content for Nelvana.  Georgaklis, a highly respected animation executive, leads the acquisition of rights and the development of all original content for Nelvana, working with the studio’s producers, creators, and talent around the world.

Georgaklis has worked in Canadian broadcast and production for more than...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1; Speed Pitching 2


Damien Giard

Digital Director Products

Bayard Group

Damien leads the digital development of the international publishing group Bayard, where he has worked for the last 10 years, developing both e-commerce and digital products. Bayard just launched Bayam, an innovative platform for kids from 3 to 11.

Based in Montreal since 2012, Damien is in charge of Tobo Studio,...more

Speaking at: Hyper Innovation: The future of animation


Jennifer Giddens

SVP, Marketing and Digital

Sprout

Jennifer Giddens is the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Digital for Sprout. In this role, she is responsible for driving the development and execution of all brand strategy and consumer marketing for Sprout; on and off-air brand creative; multiplatform digital and social expansion; and partnerships to establish and ensure...more

Speaking at: Rebranding and Audience Engagement: A Sprout case study; Occupy Kindness: How to create content kids love and parents want


Christophe Goldberger

Managing Director

GoldBee (Spain)

With over 17 years experience in the kids industry working in Canada, France and Spain, Christophe Goldberger is Managing Director at Barcelona based GoldBee. The company specializes in the production, management and international distribution of kids and family properties and brands.

Prior to GoldBee, Christophe was Producer and Head of Sales...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Richard Goldsmith

President and CEO

Cyber Group Studios USA

Richard Goldsmith is a prolific executive in family entertainment who has led media distribution, consumer products, production financing and business development for major entertainment brands at The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., The Jim Henson Company and Univision Communications. 

In his role as Executive Vice President of the Global Distribution department...more

Speaking at: SOLD OUT! Master Class: The state of digital distribution


Cheryl Gotthelf

Media Consultant

Cheryl Gotthelf Consulting

Cheryl Gotthelf is an accomplished educational content developer and brand builder for children’s media and consumer products that are entertaining, educational, and relevant to children’s lives.  Her practice sits squarely in the space where entertainment, education, and play intersect. She is devoted to the creation of the highest quality media...more

Speaking at: Serious Fun: The ins and outs of making educational content


Bill Graham

Chief Business Development Officer

PhatMojo

Bill Graham serves as PhatMojo's Chief Business Development Officer.  In this capacity, Graham leads the LA-based toy company's brand evaluation, licensing, and marketing, globally.

Prior to joining PhatMojo, Graham was VP of Business Development for Jazwares, LLC.  During his 3 years there, he led the global launch and development of their...more

Speaking at: Franchise-building in the SVOD Age; Lunching with... Branding & Licensing


Carin Greenberg

EP/Story Editor/Writer

Winner of two Daytime Emmy Awards, an Annie Award and Writers Guild Award, as well as seven additional Daytime Emmy nominations, Carin Greenberg (fka Carin Greenberg Baker) is a creator, writer, story editor and producer of children’s entertainment. Currently, she is developing new animated series for Amazon and several other...more

Speaking at: SOLD OUT! Mentor Class: Structural Engineering for Storytellers; Let's Create a Cartoon!


Alan Gregg

VP, Development

Industrial Brothers

Alan Gregg is VP, Development at Industrial Brothers studio in Toronto where he oversees the company’s diverse development slate. With over 20 years’ experience in the film & television industry, Gregg has worked across a broad range of disciplines including creative development, writing and story-editing, production, distribution and broadcasting. Gregg...more

Speaking at: Brainpick: Co-Productions & Financing


Laurent Guerin

VP Chief Content Officer

Groupe Média TFO

Laurent lights fires in media development and distribution strategies. He is one of the visionaries behind TFO’s digital success.

Since his arrival in 2013, his passion for content has directly contributed to increasing TFO television’s reach by 30% over a 24 month period. Laurent's insightful strategic direction and team leadership were...more

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


Sarah Haasz

Director, Original Production

DHX Media

As Director of Original Production for Family Channel, CHRGD and Family Jr., Sarah Haasz oversees the creative aspects of development and production for all networks, including series and movies such as The Next Step, Lost & Found Music Studios, Backstage, Gaming Show, Playdate and Justin Time. Sarah was also Creative Producer for The...more

Speaking at: Encouraging Co-Viewing in the Digital Age; Cocktails with… DHX Television; Speed Pitching 1; Speed Pitching 2


Nina Hahn

SVP, International Production & Development

Nickelodeon

As Senior Vice President, International Production & Development, Nina Hahn oversees international content development and co-production partnerships for Nickelodeon outside of the US. 

Based in London, Hahn coordinates and drives the development process, spearheading new production models, managing productions from pilot through to series, and working in direct partnership with Nickelodeon’s...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Nina Hahn Nickelodeon


Jennifer Hamburg

Children's Author and Television Writer

Jennifer Hamburg

Jennifer Hamburg is a two-time Emmy-winning children’s television writer who has written for hit shows such as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Doc McStuffins, Cyberchase, and Super Why! Her picture books include A Moose That Says Moo (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux), Monkey and Duck Quack Up! (Scholastic),and the upcoming Billy Bloo is Stuck in Goo (Scholastic). Her middle grade book series, Hazy Bloom and...more

Speaking at: Hacking the System: How to reverse-engineer Hollywood


Brian Hamilton

Principal and Executive Producer

Omnifilm Entertainment

Brian Hamilton is an Executive Producer on Mech-X4, currently in production for its second season for Disney XD. Brian is a partner in Vancouver-based Omnifilm Entertainment, and has executive produced more than 50 television projects in both scripted and non-scripted genres, representing over 300 hours of broadcast programming since he...more

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


Lila Hannou

Head of Children's Programs

M6

A graduate of Paris-Sorbonne University, Panthéon-Assas ans Paris ESLSCA Business School. Lila Hannou has joined Group M6 in 2001 as Marketing Research officer at M6 Publicité. She was the in charge of monitoring youth programming (from 2006 to 2011) before being appointed Manager for the Coordination of youth programming in...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… M6; 30 Minutes with… Lila Hannou, M6


Peter Hastings

Writer, Producer & Director

Six time Emmy award winner Peter Hastings has been working professionally in film, television, theatre and music for over thirty years. Originally from Philadelphia, Peter attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and moved to Los Angeles as a working musician where he played and taught for several years....more

Speaking at: Let's Create a Cartoon!


Michael Hefferon

President - Chief Creative Officer

Rainmaker Entertainment

Throughout his 25-year entertainment industry career, Michael Hefferon has catapulted the growth of established business operations around the globe using his unique combination of creative and strategic experience. On the strategic side, Michael has successfully guided multiple creative companies to profitability resulting in sale or recapitalization. On the creative side,...more

Speaking at: Encouraging Co-Viewing in the Digital Age


Claire Heinrich

Head of Acquisitions, Children & Youth Department

France Télévisions

In her current role within the Children and Youth Unit, Claire Heinrich selects, negotiates and oversees all acquisitions for France Televisions’ channels and digital platforms. She joined the public broadcast company in 1994, managing legal and business affairs for France 2’s co-production drama and documentary units. She held various positions...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1


Patricia Hidalgo

SVP, Chief Content & Creative Officer, Kids EMEA & International Kids Strategy

Turner Broadcasting EMEA

Patricia Hidalgo is SVP & Chief Content & Creative Officer Kids EMEA and International Kids Strategy for Turner. In this role, she acts as Turner’s editorial head for its strong portfolio of kids’ content and channel brands across EMEA including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Cartoonito – as well as...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… Turner Broadcasting EMEA


Bob Higgins

EVP Production Kid’s & Family Entertainment

FremantleMedia (New York)

A long-time champion of children’s programming, Bob oversees the creative direction for FremantleMedia’s Kids and Family business, as well as managing content, including development, production, acquisitions and sales of TV and digital programming.  Current programming includes Danger Mouse, Kate & Mim-Mim, Bitz and Bob and Tasty Tales of the Food...more

Speaking at: STEAM Research: Entertaining kids where creativity and technology intersect


Rebecca Hodgson

Head of Scripted

Lime Pictures

Rebecca Hodgson is the Executive Producer for Netflix’s Untitled Horse Mystery Project,The Evermoor Chronicles for the Disney Channel and Rocket’s Island for CBBC.

Previous producer credits include the critically acclaimedGood Cop, written by Stephen Butchard, which aired on BBC1 and won the Royal Television Society award for Best Drama Serial 2012; We’ll...more

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


Rob Hoegee

Writer & Executive Producer & Series Creator

If the show has capes or explosions, there’s a good chance Rob Hoegee has worked on it.  Starting with the smash hit Teen Titans for Cartoon Network, Rob has been head writer or story editor on an impressive list of award-winning animated series including Legion of Super Heroes, Storm Hawks,...more

Speaking at: Let's Create a Cartoon!


Hollie Holmes

Senior Director, Global Licensing Acquisitions

Mattel

Hollie Holmes has over 19 years of experience in the toy, entertainment, video game, retail and manufacturing industries, across start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.  Hollie currently serves as Senior Director, Strategic Development: Global Entertainment Partnerships and IP Acquisitions, overseeing the evaluation and acquisition of new properties for Mattel Brands.  Prior to joining...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Branding & Licensing


Jung-Jin Hong

Head of Creative Development

FunnyFlux Entertainment (Korea)

As the Head of Creative Force at FunnyFlux Entertainment, Jung-Jin is responsible for developing new IP and managing international collaborations. His work experience ranges from high-end 2D and 3D animation development and production, to children’s book publishing and script writing.

FunnyFlux Entertainment is a South Korean animation production company that made...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Grant Hosford

CEO

codespark

Grant is the CEO and co-founder of codeSpark, a venture backed edtech company turning programming into play for young kids around the world.  codeSpark’s award-winning game codeSpark Academy with The Foos has been played by millions of kids in 201 countries.  Grant lives near Pasadena with his author wife, 3 kids...more

Speaking at: STEAM Research: Entertaining kids where creativity and technology intersect


Holly Huckins

Executive Producer & Show Runner & Content Creator

Holly Huckins is currently working for Amazon Studios, where she is executive producing and developing new series for children. More recently, Huckins was EP and show runner of the Disney Junior animated series Sheriff Callie's Wild West. The series, which she also developed, stars Mandy Moore and has received both...more

Speaking at: SOLD OUT! Mentor Class: Structural Engineering for Storytellers; Let's Create a Cartoon!


Jeff Imberman

Chief Revenue Officer

SuperAwesome

Jeff Imberman, Chief Revenue Officer at SuperAwesome, the world’s leading kids’ digital media platform, is a recognized leader in the advertising sales arena with over 20 years of brand building, sales management, and infrastructure experience at startup, emerging, and mature media companies. Jeff was previously SVP Sales & Marketing at...more

Speaking at: Surviving, Scaling and Making Money in the Kids Digital Space


Justin Johnson

Filmmaker & Entrepreneur

Tongal Creator

Justin Johnson is a filmmaker and entrepreneur known as the “internet’s first video blogger,” whose experience creating popular online content spans over 15 years. He specializes in telling “people-stories” - authentic and heartfelt pieces about interesting people.

 

Justin started his professional career in 2007 as the Head of Promos and Creative...more

Speaking at: The New Creators


Julie Kane-Ritsch

Head of Animation and Family Entertainment

The Gotham Group

As the head of the Animation and Family Entertainment division at The Gotham Group, Julie represents successful series creators, Emmy award winning writers and directors, New York Times Bestselling authors, and fresh new voices. Her clients include series creators Butch Hartman, The Fairly Odd Parents; Chris Nee, Doc McStuffins; Daron Nefcy,...more

Speaking at: Hacking the System: How to reverse-engineer Hollywood


Christopher Keenan

Senior Vice President, Content Development and Production & Executive Producer

Mattel Creations

Christopher Keenanis a highly accomplished creative executive, executive producer and writerwho has enjoyed over twenty five years of success in the animation, kids and family entertainment industries with thousands of hours of content to his credit.

As the SVP Content Development & Production at Mattel Creations, Keenan is responsible for Mattel’s...more

Speaking at: The New Creators


Keith Kennebeck

Director, Children’s Programming

PBS KIDS

As Director of Children’s Programming at PBS, Keith oversees the rollout of video content for PBS KIDS, creating and implementing strategies to develop and manage children's programs as they progress from proposal stage to production and exhibition. Keith is also responsible for working directly with producers, evaluating and developing new children’s...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… PBS KIDS; Speed Pitching 4


Heath Kenny

President

U and Eye Creative

Starting from the ground up and with more than 18 years of experience in the animation biz, Heath is a creative executive with an extensive knowledge of animation production and the dark arts of developing a project from mind vomit into your next potential hit. After escaping the island of...more

Speaking at: Brainpick: Pitching & Development


Arik Kerman

EVP Programming and Digital

Baby First

Arik serves as Executive vice president, programming and Digital at BabyFirst, where he is responsible for overseeing all areas of programming strategy, production and original programming development for it linear channel, VOD screens and mobile apps. Under his supervision the channel produced more than eighty different original series in all...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Arik Kerman, BabyFirst


CJ Kettler

Partner

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

CJ Kettler is a media industry leader with broad management and digital experience.  She joined Channel One News, owned by private equity firm Zelnick Media as CEO and Chair in November 2012 and led the sale of the company to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ: HMHC) in May 2014.  CJ is...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... CJ Kettler, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


David Kleeman

Senior Vice President Global Trends

Dubit

David Kleeman is SVP of Global Trends for kids interactive entertainment developer and consultancy Dubit. Strategist, analyst, author and speaker - for more than a quarter-century, he has led the children's media industry in developing sustainable, kid-friendly practices surrounding play and learning. He's a connector and thought leader, challenging the...more

Speaking at: Emotional Scheduling: How kids are organizing their own media lives; Kids TV Face-Off: Broadcasters vs. Producers


Tatiana Kober

President

Bejuba! Entertainment

Tatiana started Bejuba! Entertainment 11 years ago to specialize in the executive production, financing, co-production and distribution of children’s and family entertainment across all platforms.  The company works with producers to get their productions off the ground and distributes children’s entertainment across all platforms around the world  The company has...more

Speaking at: Brainpick: Co-Productions & Financing


Christian Kurz

SVP, Global Consumer Insights

Viacom

Christian Kurz is Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Insights for Viacom. Mr. Kurz is responsible for oversight of corporate and consumer research and insights for Viacom globally, with a focus on exploring new technologies and consumer behaviors. In addition he leads all insights projects for Viacom International Media Networks...more

Speaking at: Little Big Kids: Preschoolers ready for life


Jessica Lahey

Educator, parenting & child welfare expert

Educator, parenting & child welfare expert and New York Times best selling author, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.

Jessica Lahey writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, and the New York Times and is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The...more

Speaking at: Inside Amazon Studios' Approach to Preschool


Cort Lane

SVP Animation & Family Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment

Cort Lane is Marvel’s Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment. As a life-long Marvel fan, Lane is thrilled to develop and produce shows within the rich Marvel Universe. Drawing on a wealth of experience in entertainment, interactive media and marketing for children, Lane is well positioned to lead Marvel’s...more

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


Ariella Lehrer

CEO

Legacy Interactive

Ariella is an expert in bringing innovative technologies to new audiences. She has designed games and apps for Intel, HP, Lenovo, and Google, all of which exploit new interfaces and ways of interacting.  Dr. Lehrer has a PhD. in Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and is a 30+ year...more

Speaking at: The Evolution of Play in a Virtual World


Ira Levy

President & Executive Producer

Breakthrough Entertainment (Canada)

As co-founder and partner in Breakthrough Entertainment, an internationally recognized and award winning studio, Ira Levy has established himself as one of the most prolific Executive Producers in the entertainment industry.

Ira has forged fruitful production relationships with National and International Networks and co-production and financing partners on a variety of...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers; Kids TV Face-Off: Broadcasters vs. Producers


Layla Lewis

VP, Global Content Acquisitions

Nickelodeon

Layla Lewis is Vice President of Content Acquisitions for Nickelodeon, a role she assumed in May 2013. Lewis is responsible for negotiating, sourcing and managing content acquisitions for Nickelodeon channels globally. She also supervises all content acquisition proposals and is integral in the greenlighting process of new Nickelodeon programming and partnership...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… VIMN; Speed Pitching 3


Angela Lin

Head of Family and Learning

YouTube - North America

Based in Los Angeles, Angela Y. Lin is YouTube's Head of Family and Learning for North America, overseeing the platform’s content strategy and partnerships in region. Since joining Google in 2010, she's worked closely with YouTube’s family entertainment and educational creator communities and helped launch the Crash Course, SciShow, and...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Angela Lin, YouTube


Billy Macqueen

MD

Darrall Macqueen

Billy Macqueen is the co-founder and joint-MD of Darrall Macqueen.  For the past 17 years Darrall Macqueen has been a leading multi-genre UK kids’ independent producer delivering  international hits such as the award winning mixed-media pre school series Baby Jake (52 x 11mins), CBeebies’ first ever live action drama for pre-schoolers Topsy and...more

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


Shazia Makhdumi

Global Head of Family & Education Partnerships, Google Play

Google Play

Shazia Makhdumi oversees global business development for educational apps and games on Google Play. Her team is responsible for finding the best apps for kids and families and bringing them to Play. They work with developers worldwide to help them grow their businesses on Android, and with internal teams to...more

Speaking at: Inspire learning and creativity with VR and AR


Marney Malabar

Director of Kids TV

TVO - TVOKids

Marney Malabar is an award-winning kid’s media producer who has contributed to making TVOKids the “most trusted” and “most educational” media brand for children among Ontarians (Source: Vision Critical, 2014). A part of the TVO team for more than two decades, Marney has created excellent children’s educational content in an...more

Speaking at: Kids TV Face-Off: Broadcasters vs. Producers


Stacey Matthias

Co-CEO

Insight Strategy Group

Stacey is a founder of Insight Strategy Group and Insight Kids. Her leadership is grounded in a deep commitment to providing clients with "truth, possibility, and inspiration" gained from robust research techniques and thought-provoking strategic insights.

Stacey is a child development expert who has dedicated her career to helping clients create...more

Speaking at: Hot Research: How to woo the elusive kid fan


Vellu Maurola

Director, Content Creation & Partnerships, ToonsTV

Rovio Entertainment

Vellu Maurola is the Director of Content Creation and Partnerships in Rovio Entertainment´s ToonsTV, which is best known for its Angry Birds Toons and Piggy Tales animation series. In this role, Maurola oversees new short form content creation for kids & family target audience.

ToonsTV’s mission is to entertain its fans with funny, curated and familysafe content. Additionally, edutainment content creation is one of theplatform’s most crucial elements. The best examples of this includeRocket Science Show w/ NASA -- a 16 episode live action + animation series with NASA experts...more

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


Helen McAleer

Chief Global Development Officer & MD

Walker Books and Walker Productions

Helen McAleer runs a media consultancy specialising in IP, publishing and TV production. Drawing on almost 30 years’ experience of the children’s sector across all key media she works with clients including publishing houses Walker Books Group and Macmillan Children’s Books, literary agents LAW, publisher and kids’ content start-up Lost My...more

Speaking at: Brainpick: Pitching & Development


Marie McCann

Senior Director CBC Kids

Kids' CBC

Marie McCann is the Interim Senior Director of Children's Content for Kids' CBC.  Kids' CBC creates and acquires entertaining and inspiring media for children 2 - 12. As Canada’s national public broadcaster we continue our tradition of excellence and innovation in children’s content and reach our audience through CBC Television,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Marie McCann, Kids CBC


Tom McGillis

President, Executive Producer

Fresh TV

Tom McGillis is an Emmy® Award-winning executive producer, writer and series creator of youth and family entertainment. As President and Co-Founder of Fresh TV, Tom, alongside partner Jennifer Pertsch, is the creative force behind a string of hits including the Total Drama Island franchise, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, Really Me!,...more

Speaking at: Encouraging Co-Viewing in the Digital Age


Flavio Medeiros

Director of Programming and Acquisitions

Discovery Latin America

Flavio Medeiros is the director of programming and acquisitions for Discovery Kids Latin America. His areas of expertise include children’s television, acquisitions and sales within the pay TV industry.

Before joining Discovery in March 2013, Medeiros worked as vice president of sales for ITV Global Entertainment in Latin America and the...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Flavio Medeiros, Discovery Latin America


Luca Milano

Director Rai Ragazzi

Rai Fiction

Luca Milano is Executive Deputy Director of RAI Fiction, the department of RAI, Italy’s public broadcaster, responsible for producing and co-producing TV Drama and Animation.

Rai Fiction is a major player in European audiovisual industry, commissioning yearly some 400 hours of TV Drama and 100 hours of Animation.

Luca is the head of Marketing...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Luca Milano, RAI Fiction


Susan Miller

Founder

Bolder Media and Mixed Media Group

Susan is an investor, entrepreneur and producer of television, film, books, products and digital content for children and families. As the founding partner of three companies, Mixed Media Group, Bolder Media and Cupcake Digital, she has produced and built world-class media properties, lifestyle and corporate brands.    

Susan is the...more

Speaking at: Franchise-building in the SVOD Age


J Milligan

Head of Toca TV

Toca Boca

J Milligan is the Head of Toca TV at Toca Boca, a play studio that makes digital toys for kids. He is spearheading the company’s new video division dedicated to exploring the new TV and video landscape for kids. Toca TV is in over 150 countries. Since its first product...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… J Milligan, Toca TV, Toca Boca


Dominic Minns

Creative Director

Plug-in Media

Dominic is the creative director and co-founder of Plug-In Media, a digital production company based in the UK. Be it creating digital strategies and interactive experiences for third party brands or originating and developing Plug-In’s original IP, Dominic has been responsible for Plug-In's creative output since the company began. Over...more

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


Jonathan Mirsky

Licensing Manager

Spin Master

Jonathan Mirsky is Licensing Manager at Spin Master. He works closely with Spin Master’s Marketing, Entertainment and Sales teams to comprehensively evaluate all incoming licensing opportunities.  This involves scouring the world for exciting intellectual property to license on Spin Master’s toys, and managing key relationships with studios and creators of...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Branding & Licensing


Kiko Mistrorigo

Partner

TV PinGuim (Brazil)

Architect, designer, creative, animation and special effects director. In February 1989, he founded with Celia Catunda, the children's content studio TV PinGuim. He has created, produced and directed over 400 hours of animation for TV and cinema such as Fishtronaut (104 eps. Discovery Kids Latin America and in more than 90 other...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Sarah Muller

Head of Children's

Channel 5

Sarah Muller is Head of Children’s at Channel 5 in the UK. Responsible for the commissioning and acquisition of children’s programming for Channel 5’s digital and linear platforms, Sarah oversees the channel’s popular programming strand, Milkshake!

Previously, she was Creative Director - Scripted, Animation and Co-Productions for CBBC Productions, and was, prior to that, Head of...more

Speaking at: From Preschool to Pre-Cool: Is 4 to 7 is the new 3 to 4?; Cocktails with… VIMN; 30 Minutes with... Sarah Muller, Channel 5


Lucy Murphy

Head of Kid's Content

Sky

Lucy Murphy was appointed Sky’s first Head of Kids Content in 2015. She is responsible for all of Sky’s on demand kids content, a library which recently saw the number of episodes available grow from 700 to 4,500 episodes, as well as overseeing the launch of Sky’s new kids app...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Lucy Murphy, Sky


Chris Nee

Executive Producer of Doc McStuffins and Vampirina

Disney Junior / Brown Bag Films

Peabody, Humanitas and Emmy Award-winner Chris Nee is the creator and executive producer of Disney Junior's "Doc McStuffins," an imaginative animated series about a six-year-old girl who runs a clinic for stuffed animals and broken toys. She is also executive producer of Disney Junior's upcoming animated series "Vampirina," about a...more

Speaking at: Digging into Diversity


Stone Newman

President, Global Consumer Products, Worldwide Content Sales & Marketing

Genius Brands International

Speaking at: Franchise-building in the SVOD Age


Jeff Norton

Writer & Producer

AWESOME MEDIA

Jeff Norton is an author, writer-producer, and founder of Awesome Media & Entertainment, a creative incubator.He is the author of the award-winning thriller series ‘MetaWars’ (Hachette), the laugh-out-loud  ‘Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie’ (Faber), the upcoming picture book ‘Stomp School’ (Little Tiger Press), which is in development as pre-school television,...more

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


Lisa O'Brien

VP, Original Development and Programming

Sprout (NBCUniversal)

Lisa O’Brien is the Vice President of Original Programming & Development for Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network. In this role, O’Brien oversees the originals team and is responsible for the development of live-action and animated series. O’Brien co-created Sprout’s “Sunny Side Up” and led the development for Sprout...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Kristofer Updike & Lisa O'Brien, Sprout; Speed Pitching 3; Speed Pitching 4


Glenn O'Farrell

President & CEO

Groupe Media TFO

A native of St. Malachie, Quebec, Glenn O'Farrell studied economics and law. He attended St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, and Universite Laval in Quebec City. He is a member of the Quebec Bar and Canadian Bar Association. He also holds a certificate from the Johnson School of Management...more

Speaking at: Hyper Innovation: The future of animation


Michael Ouweleen

CMO

Cartoon Network

Michael Ouweleen is executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Turner’s Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang. One of the brand’s key creative drivers for the last 18 years, Ouweleen provides the overall creative direction and strategic leadership to all areas of marketing, on-air, trade and sponsorship partnerships that...more

Speaking at: STEAM Research: Entertaining kids where creativity and technology intersect; Occupy Kindness: How to create content kids love and parents want


Jennifer Oxley

Co-Creator

Peg + Cat

Jennifer Oxley was born in Hollywood, California and caught the filmmaking bug early – she made her first film at the age of seven. Since then she has directed fifteen short films for Sesame Street, as well as the award-winning adaptation of Spike Lee and Tanya Lewis Lee’s children’s book,...more

Speaking at: Hacking the System: How to reverse-engineer Hollywood


Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos

Director, Disruption and Multiplatform Distribution

TFO

Sandrine is a 20-plus year vet with an illustrative career in entertainment, production, co-production and distribution with impressive global relationships and deep experience in deals & negotiations.

Most recently, Sandrine spent 9-years with Bejuba Entertainment as EVP of Sales & Acquisitions putting together an impressive list of acquisitions and WW show...more

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


Cecilia Persson

VP, Programming & Content Strategy Kids EMEA, Acquisitions & Co Productions International

Turner Broadcasting EMEA

Cecilia Persson is Vice President of Programming and Content Strategy Kids EMEA, Acquisitions and Co-production International.

In this role, Persson manages and leads programming strategy across EMEA for all Turner’s kids linear and digital platforms including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito and Boing. She also oversees and negotiates shared acquisitions for Turner...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… Turner Broadcasting EMEA; 30 Minutes with… Cecilia Persson, Turner Broadcasting EMEA


Jamie Piekarz

Kids Content Creator, Producer and Consultant

JamPie Media

Jamie Piekarz is a children’s media professional with both creative production and broadcast experience that spans all age groups and genres. Most recently she was the Director of Content for Treehouse, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada where she creatively steered all original Canadian and international co-productions (animation, live action scripted and...more

Speaking at: Brainpick: Pitching & Development


Adina Pitt

VP, Content Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Cartoon Network

Adina Pitt is vice president, content acquisitions and co-productions for Cartoon Network and Boomerang,  In this capacity, Pitt is responsible for identifying, negotiating and acquiring pre-produced series, specials, movies and short-form product that fit the Cartoon Network and Boomerang brands for exposure on all platforms.  She continues to oversee those...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Adina Pitt, Cartoon Network; Kids TV Face-Off: Broadcasters vs. Producers


Julia Posen

EVP and Commercial Director, Group Rights and Development

Walker Books and Walker Productions

As EVP and Commercial Director Julia is responsible for building new business and global opportunities for Walker Books’ Group Rights and Development Division across licensing, digital, publishing and TV production. Julia oversees all Walker UK licensing activity across brands including Guess How Much I Love You, Maisy, Tilly and Friends, We’re...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Branding & Licensing


Jean-Philippe Randisi

CEO

Zodiak Kids

Jean-Philippe Randisi is CEO of Zodiak Kids, a Banijay Group company. Zodiak Kids is a global independent leader in kids entertainment.  It has a dedicated kids production company Zodiak Kids Studios, with offices in France and the UK, a consumer products team and a sales division. Previous roles include; EVP...more

Speaking at: Is Your IP Ready for Licensing?


Hatty Reisman

Lawyer

Reisman Law Offices

Hatty is a seasoned corporate and entertainment lawyer, and the founder of the Toronto boutique law firm of Reisman Law Offices.  She focuses primarily on the film and television production and financing industries.  Her particular passion is for international financings and co-productions.  Prior to establishing her firm, Hatty served as...more

Speaking at: SOLD OUT! Mentor Class: Negotiating 101


Liliana Reyes

SVP, Content

Portfolio Entertainment

Liliana Reyes is Senior Vice President of Content for Portfolio Entertainment. Liliana oversees all facets of the company’s development of television and digital media content and is responsible for growing its slate of original multi-platform properties. She previously held the position of Vice President of Development at 9 Story Media...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1; Speed Pitching 2


John Reynolds

Chief Commercial Officer

JAM Media (Ireland)

John Reynolds is Chief Commercial Officer of JAM Media. He oversees all commercial activities of the company, from the financing of the current development slate through to the management and exploitation of existing and future IP across all platforms.

Reynolds, who joined the company in 2014, brings over 20 years of...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Shabnam Rezaei

President

BIG BAD BOO

Shabnam is the co-founder of Big Bad Boo Animation Studios and Oznoz, an OTT platform for kids.  Oznoz is an ad-free subscription based platform with shows like Sesame Street, Babar and Super Why offered in 10+ languages. Shabnam has produced many shows including Mixed Nutz, 1001 Nights, Lili & Lola and is currently in production on the preschool series 16...more

Speaking at: Kids TV Face-Off: Broadcasters vs. Producers


John Rice

CEO

JAM Media

John Rice is CEO & Co-Founder of JAM Media.  In his role, Rice sets down the vision, strategy and subsequent implementation program for the company, whilst also executive producing all of JAM’s productions.

John is currently Executive Producer on ‘Becca’s Bunch’ for Nickelodeon, due to be released in late 2017, and...more

Speaking at: Kids TV Face-Off: Broadcasters vs. Producers


Justin Richardson

VP, Global Content Distribution and Strategy, Home Entertainment and New Media Distribution

Mattel

Justin Richardson is a highly accomplished media and marketing executive with over 20 years’ strategic experience in integrated content distribution and marketing strategies working with some of the world’s largest entertainment, broadcast and technology companies, including Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, Google, Sky TV and Japanese Telecom giant NTT Docomo.

As the...more

Speaking at: Franchise-building in the SVOD Age


Michael Rinzler

Co-President & Founding Partner

Wicked Cool Toys

Michael Rinzler is the Founding Partner and Co-President of Wicked Cool Toys, a Bristol-PA-based multi-brand toymaker with offices in Pennsylvania, California and Hong Kong. Wicked Cool Toys manufacturers dolls, activities, figures, plush, play sets and wood toys based on proprietary brands and top licenses from partners, including Cabbage Patch Kids,...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Branding & Licensing


Luke Ritchie

Head of Nexus Interactive Arts

Nexus Studios

Luke Ritchie is the Head of Interactive Arts, a specialist interactive storytelling division of Nexus Studios, that researches and adopts emerging technologies to craft engaging story experiences.

Previously Luke was Executive Producer for UNIT9 in London and Founder of UNIT9’s office in Brazil. Luke has been making interactive work for brands...more

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


John Robson

Managing Director

W!ldbrain

John Robson, Managing Director, WildBrain, oversees DHX Media’s WildBrain Multi-Platform Kids’ Network, an industry leader in the management and creation of children’s entertainment content on platforms such as YouTube, Dailymotion and others. Since Mr Robson’s arrival in 2015, he has led the rapid growth of WildBrain, which now generates annual...more

Speaking at: SOLD OUT! Master Class: The state of digital distribution


Eric Rogers

Showrunner / Executive Producer

Skylanders Academy Animated Series

Eric Rogers is a prolific television, film, and comic book writer whose produced credits include the Emmy-winning Futurama and NYPD Blue, as well as Strectch Armstrong, Wander Over Yonder, Teen Titans Go!, and Littlest Pet Shop.

Eric is currently the executive producer and show runner for Skylanders Academy, based on ActiVision-Blizzard’s...more

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


Eric S. Rollman

President & CEO

Rollman Entertainment

Eric S. Rollman is the President and CEO of Los Angeles based Rollman Entertainment, Inc., where this Saban, Fox Family and Marvel veteran executive, Emmy winner, and multiple nominee leads an elite team of talented content creators.  Rollman Entertainment houses a full-­‐service production studio which when coupled with its strategic...more

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


John Rooney

Consultant

Johnromedia

John Rooney has a vast history within Kids television in Canada starting in the late 90’s working with YTV. Rising through the ranks, John became Director Of Programming in 2005, overseeing the Corus Kids & Family brands. In this role, he was instrumental in shaping the programming and content strategy...more

Speaking at: Encouraging Co-Viewing in the Digital Age


Darrin Rose

Comedian

Darrin Rose is a comedic force to be reckoned with. A four-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee—including Best Male Stand-Up in 2011—and an acclaimed cast member ofMr. Don CBC, Darrin never ceases to delight audiences with his polished performances and hilarious material.

On-stage, Darrin has appeared numerous times at the Just For...more

Speaking at: Kidscreen Awards and After-Party


Richard Rowe

Director of International Acquisitions and Co-Productions

DHX Media

Richard Rowe, Director of International Acquisitions and Co-productions, sources original content for co-productions and television programming for DHX Media’s distribution unit. Richard spent the first 12 years of his career at Turner Broadcasting. During this time his remit included most international markets, working in a variety of roles that covered...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 4


David Rust

General Manager Education

HITN

David has managed media enterprises in education, consumer and business-to-business environments, at companies such as Scholastic, Pearson, HMH, School Specialty, Rand McNally and Golden Books. He’s an acute observer of shifts in the educational marketplace, leading businesses and, as consultant, helping clients develop and execute strategies that make the most...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... HITN


Angela Santomero

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

Out of the Blue Enterprises

Angela Santomero has been changing the way children watch television for more than fifteen years. She is the Creator, Executive Producer and Writer for award winning kids and family content/brands including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (PBS), Blue’s Clues (Nick Jr.), Super Why! (PBS), Creative Galaxy (Amazon Studios), Wishenpoof! (Amazon Studios), etc. All of...more

Speaking at: Inside Amazon Studios' Approach to Preschool


Frank Saperstein

CEO/Executive Producer

Tricon Media

Frank Saperstein oversees all aspects of development, production, programming, distribution, digital and licensing opportunities in Tricon’s Kids, Family & Animation business, leveraging the company's extensive development, production and distribution expertise, while expanding the division’s strategic partnerships with creators, co-producers, broadcasters and ancillary revenue opportunities.  He is currently Executive Producing the...more

Speaking at: Brainpick: Co-Productions & Financing


Josh Scherba

EVP Distribution & Content

DHX Media

Josh Scherba, Senior Vice President, Distribution, heads up the global sales division at DHX Media. Mr Scherba has been with the company since its founding in 2006, coming over with Decode Entertainment when it merged with Halifax Film to form DHX Media. Since that time, Mr Scherba has overseen the...more

Speaking at: SOLD OUT! Master Class: The state of digital distribution


Sander Schwartz

Producer

Grom Social

Sander Schwartz is president of Grom Social, the leading safe, COPPA compliant social network for kids 6 to 16 years-old with over 4.3 million registered users worldwide. As an independent producer, Sander develops content for domestic and international exhibitors and distribution platforms.  

Sander has received multiple Emmy Award nominations from...more

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


Larry Schwarz

President

Larry Schwarz and His Band

Larry Schwarz specializes in creating characters, telling stories and producing content across multiple platforms.  

Currently writing, with co-writer Iva-Marie Palmer, Romeo, Juliet and Jim, a three book YA series for Christy Ottaviano Books, an imprint of Henry Holt Books.

He is the creator and executive producer of the live action series Alien Dawn (26 x...more

Speaking at: Brainpick: Pitching & Development


Guillermo Sierra

Head of Television and Digital Media

HITN

Guillermo Sierra has designed, developed, and launched free and pay TV channels in the United States, Europe and Latin America. He has professional relationships  with content suppliers, producers and television networks worldwide. He has also produced over 1000 hours of content in multiple genres including current affairs,  news, entertainment, lifestyle,...more

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Linda Simensky

VP, Children’s Programming

PBS KIDS

As Vice President of Children’s Programming at PBS, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners, PBS station programmers, and distributors throughout the development, production, post-production, and broadcast phases for PBS KIDS programming. Since joining PBS in 2003, Linda has worked with renowned producers to develop hit shows such as Curious...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… PBS KIDS; 30 Minutes with… Linda Simensky, PBS KIDS


Pierre Siracusa

Head of Animation, Children & Youth Department

France Télévisions

Pierre Siracusa joined the French public broadcaster in 1993, starting in the fiction department of France 2 before being promoted to Deputy Programming Advisor in the same department. In 1996, he shifted to the children’s and youth department as Programming Advisor, and then joined France 3 in 1998.

In October 2008,...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… France Télévisions; Speed Pitching 2


Pierre Sissmann

CEO

Cyber Group Studios (France)

With more than 25 years of experience in the development, production and distribution of cultural and entertainment products, Pierre Sissmann has been involved in TV channel launches, music production and distribution and even in the creation of a press group.  After being a top executive at Sony Music for 10...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Co-Producers


Luka Skandle

Channel Manager, Children's & Education

ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

I’m the Channels Manager, Children’s & Education TV, for the ABC - the national public broadcaster in Australia.

I am responsible for the programming and editorial strategy for preschool channel ABC KIDS and the school-aged channel ABC ME as well as the ABC TV Education resource. These are broadcast, VOD and...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... ABC Australia


Dave Skwarczek

Creative Producer

Eat Your Lunch

I create kids’ content with an eye toward characters and licensing. Over the past 15 years I’ve worked internationally as a brand developer, writer, story editor and creative director on broadcast and digital projects for toy companies like Saban, Lionel Trains and Spin Master; production companies including Cartoon Saloon, 9 Story, marblemedia,...more

Speaking at: SOLD OUT! Master Class: Fine-tuning character


Carlos Soldevila

Co-founder, President & Executive Producer

Trio Orange

Award-winning executive producer and President Carlos Soldevila cofounded Trio Orange in 2008. Trio Orange has become a reference for the television industry thanks to a wide variety of outstanding programs that have been aired all over the world. He is renowned for his productions’ creative excellence as well as for...more

Speaking at: Encouraging Co-Viewing in the Digital Age


Tara Sorensen

Head of Kids Programming

Amazon Studios

Tara Sorensen is Head of Kids Programming for Amazon Studios overseeing development and production of original kids series. During her time, she has shepherded such Amazon Original Kids Series as the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning preschool series Tumble Leaf, animated preschool series Creative Galaxy and Wishenpoof,and live-action series including...more

Speaking at: Inside Amazon Studios' Approach to Preschool; Kids TV Face-Off: Broadcasters vs. Producers; 30 Minutes with… Tara Sorensen, Amazon Studios


Géraldine Soto

Head of Acquisitions, Kids

Canal+

From May 1996 to September 1999, Géraldine Soto was Acquisitions and Programming Coordinator for Disney Channel France, joining the team a year before the network’s broadcast launch (March 1997).

In September 1999, she joined TPS as Programming Manager for “TéléTOON” (the kids’ channel for 6-10 y.o.) and launched the edutaining channel...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 3; Speed Pitching 4


Aton Soumache

CEO

Method Animation

Born in 1971, Aton Soumache attended the Institute d’Etudes Politiques (Political Studies Institute) in Paris, where he earned two postgraduate degrees, writing his thesis on political science.  His need for interaction pushed him to seek an active career, which he soon began at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees....more

Speaking at: Hyper Innovation: The future of animation


Ryan St. Peters

VP, Kids & Family

Shaftesbury/Smokebomb

As Vice President, Kids & Family, Ryan St. Peters leads all creative and commercial activities for Shaftesbury’s kids and family business, including creative development, production and distribution.                              

The company’s award-winning programming slate for kids and families includes hit...more

Speaking at: Brainpick: Pitching & Development


Jennie Stacey

Director of Development

Brown Bag Films

Jennie Stacey is Director of Development at award-winning animation studio Brown Bag Films, where she develops their slate of original television series and co-production projects for international broadcasters. Jennie began her career in 1997 in independent film production in London, before joining Universal Pictures International as Programming Manager of their...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1; Speed Pitching 2


Halle Stanford

EVP of Children's Television

The Jim Henson Company

Executive Vice President, Children's Entertainment Halle Stanford leads the Company’s development and production of all preschool and children’s programming for television, home entertainment and digital media in animated and live-action formats. A nine-time Emmy-nominated children’s television producer, she currently serves as an executive producer on the award-winning series Sid the...more

Speaking at: The New Creators; STEAM Research: Entertaining kids where creativity and technology intersect


David Stevens

Media Development Consultant

Former Media Development Director at Scholastic Children’s Books, Brown Bag Films and Penguin Random House. Focussed on building publishing programmes into the early development of projects with partner studios and producers. 

Speaking at: Lunching with... Branding & Licensing


Beth Stevenson

Founder - Producer

Brain Power Studio

Beth Stevenson, Founder of Brain Power Studio, is an Executive Producer specializing in live action and animation production. Brain Power Studio produces and distributes movies, series and digital content. Beth has served as Producer and Executive Producer on 40 series and 11 movies.  Many of which were international co-productions. Brain...more

Speaking at: Brainpick: Pitching & Development


Alison Stewart

Head of Cbeebies Production

BBC Children's

Alison has worked in Children’s media production for most of her career, first at the BBC and later as a freelance Producer, Director, Scriptwriter and Lyricist. She later returned to the BBC as Executive Producer in CBeebies Production, and moved to her current position six years ago.

CBeebies is the BBC’s...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with… BBC Children's; Occupy Kindness: How to create content kids love and parents want


Amy Takahara

Director, Global Acquisitions, Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon

Amy Takahara is the Director of Content Acquisitions for Nickelodeon at Viacom International Media Networks, a role she assumed in January 2016. Takahara is responsible for negotiating, sourcing and managing content acquisitions for Nickelodeon channels on a global, international and pan-regional basis. Working closely with the company’s programming heads in international...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 4


Joe Tedesco

SVP & GM DHX Television

DHX Media

Joe Tedesco, Senior Vice President and General Manager of DHX Television, is responsible for the overall development and growth of DHX Media’s broadcast assets. Joe joined Family Channel in 2001 as Vice President and General Manager of the network and during his tenure he has overseen the launch of three...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Joe Tedsco, DHX Television; Cocktails with… DHX Television


Andrew Thomas

Senior Manager, Content Acquisitions

Hulu

Andrew Thomas is a Senior Manager, Content Acquisition at Hulu where he oversees content acquisition for Hulu Kids and directs the expansion of the Hulu Kids content portfolio. Andrew works with the entire Content Acquisition Team at Hulu to create a best-in-class experience on Hulu by offering a robust library...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Andrew Thomas & Alicia Coudurier, Hulu; Speed Pitching 3


Gary Timpson

Owner/Managing Director

Kavaleer Productions

Gary Timpson's experience spans over twenty years and three continents, starting out in 1995 in Dublin's Shepherd and Terraglyph feature Studios working as an assistant animator on on a number of feature projects. Upon leaving Dublin in 2000 Gary's career brought him to London where he worked for production houses...more

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Rosemarie Truglio

SVP Curriculum and Content

Sesame Workshop

Dr. Rosemarie Truglio is responsible for the development of the interdisciplinary curriculum on which Sesame Street is based, and oversees content development across all platforms including television, publishing, toys, home video, and theme park activities.

Dr. Truglio has written numerous articles in child and developmental psychology journals and presented her work at national...more

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


Yalda T. Uhls, PhD

Youth Development Expert with Common Sense and UCLA

Common Sense Media, UCLA

Yalda T. Uhls spent over 15 years as a senior film executive at studios such as MGM and Sony, and then earned a PhD in psychology from UCLA where she researched the impact of media on children. Dr Uhls works with the national non-profit Common Sense Media and is an...more

Speaking at: STEAM Research: Entertaining kids where creativity and technology intersect


Jamie Uitdenhowen

VP, General Merchandising Manager

Toys“R”Us,Inc.

As Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, Toys“R”Us, U.S., Jamie Uitdenhowen oversees all merchandising decisions for the company’s Learning and Seasonal divisions. In this capacity, he is responsible for key product categories such as construction, preschool, infant, games, crafts and activities, bikes and ride-on vehicles, outdoor products and sports and party...more

Speaking at: Franchise-building in the SVOD Age; Consumer products insights from Toys"R"Us Inc.


Kristofer Updike

Director Original Programming and Development

Sprout (NBCUniversal)

Kristofer Updike is the Director of Original Programming and Development for Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network. In this role, Updike leads the creation of all original long-form programs and develops live action and animated properties. He has produced and developed over 200 hours of television for Sprout, including...more

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


Nick van Dyk

Co-President

Activision Blizzard Studios

Mr. van Dyk is Co-President of Activision Blizzard Studios, which creates film and television content based on Activision Blizzard’s library of iconic and globally-recognized intellectual properties, including Call of Duty, Skylanders, Destiny, Overwatch, Starcraft and hundreds more.  Before joining Activision Blizzard in 2015, Mr. van Dyk spent nine years at...more

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


Mark Walsh

CEO

Motional Entertainment

With 18 years at Pixar, Mark is a Writer-Director of Partysaurus Rex and Animation Lead on Academy Award winners Finding Nemo and Ratatouille, an experienced commercial director, he's also contributed to The Incredibles, Monsters Inc, the Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, A Bug's Life, Up, Presto, & The Good Dinosaur.

http://www.walshingmachine.com

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


Janine Weigold

Head of Children’s Content

SUPER RTL

Janine Weigold joined SUPER RTL in November 2014 as Head of Children’s Content. In this function, she is responsible for the development, co-production and acquisition of new series and magazines for TV and free online sites, target group 3-13 years, boys and girls equally.  

Prior to SUPER RTL, Janine worked...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with… Janine Weigold, Super RTL; Cocktails with… Super RTL


Richard Weissbourd

Director, Human Development and Psychology Program

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Richard Weissbourd is a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he directs the Human Development and Psychology Program, and the Kennedy School of Government. His work focuses on moral development, vulnerability and resilience in childhood and effective schools and services for children.  He co-directs the Making...more

Speaking at: KEYNOTE - Making Caring Common


Simon Whalley

Executive Producer

Framestore Ventures

Simon is an Emmy nominated producer at Framestore, the Academy Award-winning visual effects company.  He has been at Framestore for 18 years, and in that time has been involved in a diverse range of projects including Feature Films, Commercials, TV shows, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality. 

Simon series produced the multi-award...more

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


Alice Wilder

Educational Advisor, Amazon Kids

Amazon Studios

Dr. Alice serves as the educational advisor responsible for developing the Amazon Kids Original Programming learning approach and is helping implement Amazon's unique educational point of view into the development of new series. In this role, she is also an Emmy Award winning Co-Executive Producer and Head of Educational Development for Tumble...more

Speaking at: Inside Amazon Studios' Approach to Preschool


Colin Williams

Creative Director

Sixteen South

A BAFTA winning and EMMY® nominated producer, Colin is passionate about creating and producing quality television for children in every part of the world and his shows can be seen on networks across the globe.

A creative, graduating with a first class degree in Design, Colin spent his early career in...more

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


Gary Anthony Williams

Actor Writer/Producer

That One Black Guy

This Summer, Gary was seen as Bebop in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. He recently shot the features The Untitled Macon Blair Project and 5th of July.  Other film work includes The Internship, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother, Soul Plane and The Factory.  On TV, you can check him out...more

Speaking at: Let's Create a Cartoon!


Katie Wilson

Director of Programming, Corus Kids

Corus Entertainment

Katie Wilson is currently the Director of Programming at Corus Entertainment, responsible for the programming and content strategy across the flagship kids networks; YTV, Treehouse, Teletoon, Teletoon at Night, as well as partnership channels  Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim in Canada.  Before joining the Corus team in 2014, she...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 3; 30 Minutes with… Katie Wilson, Corus Entertainment; Speed Pitching 4


Kay Wilson Stallings

SVP Creative Development

Sesame Workshop

Kay Wilson Stallings serves as Senior Vice President, Content Development, Sesame Workshop. In this role, Stallings oversees creative development and pilot production globally of all original content for multiple platforms. She also explores new production models and partnerships to develop new programs, processes and talent for the creative group.

Prior to...more

Speaking at: Digging into Diversity; 30 Minutes with… Kay Wilson Stallings, Sesame Studios


Marion Winter

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Super RTL

Marion Winter joined Super RTL in April 2011 as Senior Manager of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. Previously, she held numerous positions within the Program Acquisitions and Sales department of parent network RTL Television, and worked as Manager of Content Sourcing for RTL Interactive’s online, mobile and VOD platforms.

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 3; Speed Pitching 4


Brenda Wooding

President & Owner

Kid Glove

Brenda Wooding has over 20 years of experience in program development, financing, co-production, and international distribution.  She specializes in developing and producing creator driven properties for the international marketplace.  With an extensive network of contacts- from domestic and international buyers to producing partners around the world- Brenda has both produced...more

Speaking at: Brainpick: Co-Productions & Financing


Dan Yaccarino

Creator/Producer/Writer/Designer

Dan Yaccarino is a show creator, producer, and writer of the Parents Choice Award and the Bologna Ragazzi-winning animated series Oswald, as well as the Emmy-winning Willa's Wild Life. He is also the character designer behind the Emmy-winning The Backyardigans. Dan is the author and illustrator of dozens of children’s books, which have won such prestigious awards as the New York Times Best Illustrated, an ALA...more

Speaking at: Hacking the System: How to reverse-engineer Hollywood


Andy Yeatman

Director, Global Kids Content

Netflix

Andy Yeatman leads the children and teen programming team for Netflix globally, including both original and licensed content.  Prior to this role, he acquired film and television content for Netflix’s North America service.  Andy joined Netflix in 2011, helping to launch its service in Latin America.

Before joining Netflix, Andy worked in Digital Distribution for The Walt...more

Speaking at: From Toys-to-Life to Life on Netflix: A Skylanders Academy case study; Serialized Storytelling for Kids: Can I please just watch one more?


Peter Yoder

VP Cartoon Network Enterprises North America

Cartoon Network

Peter Yoder is vice president, Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) North America. In this role, he oversees all of the home entertainment, licensing, and consumer products initiatives for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim brands in the U.S. and Canada. Based in New York City, Yoder reports into network president Christina Miller.

A...more

Speaking at: Is Your IP Ready for Licensing?


Emily Yolkut

Senior Director, Research

Sprout (NBCUniversal)

Emily Yolkut is the Senior Director of Insights & Research at Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network where kids are Free To Grow™. In this role, Yolkut focuses on programming research, including traditional Nielsen research, as well as spearheading primary research studies. She and her team oversee research initiatives...more

Speaking at: Rebranding and Audience Engagement: A Sprout case study


Nadine Zylstra

Family and Learning

YouTube Kids

Nadine Zylstra works with family and learning partners on YouTube. Prior to working at YouTube, Zylstra served as Vice President of Sesame Street Production and Programming and Supervising Producer for Sesame Street. She has been recognized with numerous awards including a Peabody Award, Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing and Producing in...more

Speaking at: Catching up with YouTube Kids

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