About the event
Kidscreen Summit is renowned as the kids entertainment industry’s most important annual event. In 2017, the conference welcomed nearly 2,000 attendees from more than 50 countries. Top executives attend Kidscreen Summit to take advantage of the year’s best business networking, and to engage in critical dialogue on issues that affect the industry.
- Nearly 2,000 delegates
- Attendees from 50+ countries
- 98% plan to attend again
- 99% would recommend the event to colleagues
- More than 400 kids programming buyers
- 900+ producers & distributors
Record number of attendees poised to hit KSS 2018
With just under two weeks to go until Kidscreen Summit 2018 kicks off, we are on track to surpass our all-time attendance record for the event again, and are getting ready to welcome our biggest crowd ever to Miami next month. CLICK HERE to see our latest attendee list. You definitely don’t want to miss being part of this monumental gathering of leaders in kids media.
LGBTQ-inclusive content discussion shapes up to be major event highlight!
This just in: GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis joins heavyweight LGBTQ-inclusive content-makers for what might be the meatiest discussion of the week at Kidscreen Summit.
Kids and family entertainment is arguably the last part of the entertainment business to include positive portrayals of LGBTQ characters. But the last few years have marked a significant shift in the right direction, with shows like Doc McStuffins, Steven Universe, The Loud House and Andi Mack breaking new group in the depiction of LGBTQ characters and issues.
This session will thoughtfully address why this shift is happening, how creators and channels are approaching LGBTQ inclusion, and most importantly, how to keep up the momentum.
Start your 2018 off right at Kidscreen Summit!
Our full conference program is now available online, and it’s chock-full of sessions exploring new strategies & trends, innovative ideas and practical business solutions that will help drive your business forward next year. Check it out and make plans to join 2,000 other kids media professionals in the New Year at this can’t-miss global industry gathering.
FULL EVENT PROGRAM NOW ONLINE!
CLICK HERE to check out the many keynotes, panel dicussions, presentations and networking/pitch formats on offer at this year’s event.
REGISTER EARLY & SAVE!
Sign up before December 22 to attend the year's biggest event in kids entertainment and you’ll save $100.
KEYNOTE! The Day the Universe Changed
How 2016/2017 turned Gen Z’s emotional landscape upside down, and the doors this opens for more emotionally relevant media platforms and content.
For the last 10 years, US research firm The Family Room has been mapping the shifting emotional landscape of Gen Z youth. And for the first eight, these core hopes, fears, dreams and anxieties remained remarkably constant. And then came 2016, which triggered the start of some astonishing shifts in the Passion Points Gen Z kids and teens are most focused on, leading to implications for the kids media industry that cannot be overstated. In this kick-off keynote, TED Talk speaker and Family Room CEO George Carey will track these shifts in Gen Z’s emotional landscape, exploring how they will impact the where, how and what of youth media consumption, and recommending strategies for kids media players to reflect this new reality and elevate the emotional relevance of their properties and platforms with today’s kids and teens.
KEYNOTE! Geena Davis returns by popular demand
After delivering a knock-out keynote address at Kidscreen Summit 2016 that had audience members rethinking their approaches to gender and diversity in the development process, activist and Oscar-winner Geena Davis is returning to the event to unveil exclusive new research from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media. Her latest study seeks to examine how products are being marketed to boys and girls through the use of brand mascots. It will analyze and identify current trends in the marketplace, and look at how the way brands portray different genders negatively or positively affects the way children perceive gender roles.
KEYNOTE! In Conversation with Marty Krofft
Brothers Marty and Sid Krofft first hit the kids media spotlight in the '70s as creators of decade-defining shows including H.R. Pufnstuf and The Land of the Lost. In 2015, the duo came back in a big way, starting with Mutt & Stuff (Nickelodeon), then the reboot of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (Amazon Studios), and now the upcoming Mayim’s WonderLab (starring The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik). Marty Krofft is coming to Kidscreen Summit to share his lifetime of experience with attendees, delving into the brothers’ development process, how the business has changed, and the secrets to keeping kids watching.
Get into a Master or Mentor Class for just $250
Keen to pack more professional learning into your Kidscreen Summit week? Sign up to take part in one or two of our Master/Mentor Classes for just $250 each. Designed for the industry's most experienced execs (Master Classes) and also for relative newcomers (Mentor Classes), these sessions are 90 minutes long, running on Tuesday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 14 from 8:30am to 10:00am. Check out the topics we'll be covering! And if you like something you see, add it to your registration, or email Joel Pinto (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’ve already registered.
MENTOR CLASS—Tuesday, February 13 (8:30-10:00)
Making the move from freelance to full-time
So you got your first freelance writing gig. Congrats! Now learn how to avoid common pitfalls that often prevent writers from getting a next script and pursuing their craft full-time. Established showrunners Chris Nee (Doc McStuffins, Vampirina) and Sascha Paladino (Miles From Tomorrowland, Ni Hao, Kai-Lan) will share their advice about pitfalls and best practices for writers looking to grow their businesses.
Sascha Paladino, Executive Producer, Disney Junior
MASTER CLASS—Tuesday, February 13 (8:30-10:00)
Building fantasy worlds that last
Fantasy remains a hotly sought-after genre when it comes to entertaining kids and families. But building a fantasy world that can fuel storytelling across platforms and consumer products isn’t straightforward or easy. Fresh off the experience of turning film classic The Dark Crystal into Netflix family series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Henson President of Television, Halle Stanford and the series co-executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Emmy-Award winning Producer of Lost) will share what it takes to develop a fully evolved fantasy world, including do’s & don’ts and roadmaps to long-term success.
Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Executive Producer
MENTOR CLASS—Wednesday, February 14 (8:30-10:00)
Building bibles that work
What is a pitch bible? A series bible? How long does it have to be? How do you make sure it stands out? Designed for emerging television content creators, this instructional session will provide the essential ins and outs of crafting a show bible, plus tips and tricks for streamlining the process. Veteran award-winning creator/producer Tony Collingwood and former broadcaster turned creator/ producer Jamie Piekarz are all set to lend their insights from both sides of the buyer-seller table to help you stand out from the pack and present your project like a pro.
Jamie Piekarz, Principal, JamPie Media
MASTER CLASS—Wednesday, February 14 (8:30-10:00)
Making the most out of mobile
Still a significant source of ancillary revenue and marketing power, the ever-evolving mobile space remains tricky for content creators and brand owners to navigate. Speaking from her experience creating mobile networks for partners like Samsung and Verizon, Fingerprint’s Nancy MacIntyre will provide valuable insights for tapping into the mobile market for families. She’ll look at how subscription models are driving the mobile app economy and kids mobile trends, drawing from real-world case studies to highlight challenges and opportunities for content owners and creators alike.
BOOK NOW to stay at the InterContinental Miami
Our hotel reservation link is open for business, and Kidscreen Summit attendees can book king or double rooms at the InterContinental Miami from February 8-17 for just US$329 a night (plus a $15 nightly service fee). This is a great rate for this hotel class in February, which is prime time for Miami travel and tourism.
Ranked #8 in the city by TripAdvisor, the Miami InterContinental is a thoroughly modern four-star hotel located on prime downtown waterfront. Its attractive features include breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay, spacious and well-appointed guestrooms (with 24-hour room service and minibars), an on-site Starbucks, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a full-service spa and a heated outdoor pool and sundeck.
Plus its Toro Toro Restaurant and Bar—which is a crown jewel in the hotel’s swank open-concept lobby—is one of Miami’s top 20 restaurants, according to TripAdvisor.
The InterContinental is also located just minutes away from South Beach, the Miami Design District, American Airlines Arena, Coconut Grove’s bohemian village and the many galleries, restaurants and boutique shops in Coral Gables.
So what does this all add up to? A GREAT accommodations option for Kidscreen Summit. Trust us, you are definitely going to want to stay where the event is!
We’ve secured a generous block of rooms, but it is already booking up quickly. So we highly recommend that you use this link to make your reservation soon.
Kidscreen Summit 2018 dates announced
Mark your calendars now—next year's event is set to take place from February 12 to 15 at the InterContinental Miami again, and registration is now open. SIGN UP NOW!
Event achieves more growth in Miami this year!
Representing a 12% year-over-year increase in registrations, Kidscreen Summit 2017 brought together nearly 2,000 attendees in February for four days of intense business networking and professional learning.