Delegate Bulletins

January 25. 2018

Only 17 more sleeps...
Are you ready for the Summit?

 

Check in early for Cocktails with...

You are welcome to attend as many of these end-of-day networking drinks as you like, BUT space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit capacity. So we recommend that you show up 10 minutes early to make sure you get in.

 

DEAL ALERT : Shake off your jetlag at mySpa

The InterContinental's renowned on-site spa has whipped up a special promotion exclusively for Kidscreen Summit attendees. You can book one of these 50-minute treatments for only $109-just email myspa.miami@ihg.com before February 8 to make your reservation.

myMassage: We believe in offering a truly relaxing massage experience that eases your mind as well as your body. myMassage is a gentle and soothing Swedish-style massage, and you can select enhancements from our menu for an additional fee.

mySpa Elemis Renewing Peel Facial: Restore and revive skin's optimal health and radiance with tailor-made solutions for your ever-changing skin care needs. Formulated with the fundamentals of science and nature, our results-oriented skincare treatments address lifestyle and environmental challenges. Our classic facial includes cleansing with gentle skin brushing, nutrient-rich hydration masque and a gentle exfoliating enzyme peel.

*A 20% service charge will be added automatically.

Just registered? Catch up quick with our Delegate Bulletin archive

To ensure that you are well prepared to have a great experience at Kidscreen Summit, we have been reaching out regularly since mid-November with reminders about sessions, parties and networking events to make time for, as well as useful logistical info to help you get the most out of your time at the event. If you've just registered, we encourage you to check out our Delegate Bulletin archive to catch up on all of this Summit-related news.

 

Get a little social @ the Summit

Our hashtag for Kidscreen Summit 2018 is #kss18. Use it often to let folks at home know what you're up to. Or if you're more of a Facebook junkie, post your news and doings on our Kidscreen FB page.

 

Customer Support is here for you

If you have any last-minute questions or needs, please feel free to get in touch with our top-notch Customer Support team for answers and assistance. They are standing by to help at customersupport@kidscreensummit.com.

January 18, 2018

The countdown is on!
Are you ready for the Summit?

LGBTQ-inclusive content discussion shaping up to be a major highlight

This just in! GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis will join heavyweight LGBTQ-inclusive content-makers for what may just be the meatiest discussion of the week at Kidscreen Summit in Miami next month.

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 ground 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.

Cort Lane
SVP, Animation & Family Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment

Sarah Kate Ellis
CEO
GLADD



Terri Minsky
Creator, Andi Mack
Disney

Chris Nee
Executive Producer, Doc McStuffins and Vampirina
Disney Junior

Linda Simensky
VP, Children's
Programming
PBS KIDS

Kevin Sullivan
Staff Writer,
The Loud House
Nickelodeon

Reminder to use the
MEETING POINTS to connect

Finding other delegates at an event this size can be a real challenge, and you don't want to waste the first 15 minutes of that super-critical meeting trying to locate each other. So make plans to hook up at one of our three Meeting Points in the event's main meeting areas.

Generously sponsored by BBC Worldwide, these three 10-foot pillars will look a little something like this, and here's where they will be located (including the floorplan, for all you spatial thinkers):

Meeting Point A             Grand Ballroom (Versailles)
Meeting Point B             Mezzanine South
Meeting Point C             Mezzanine West


 

Fine dining is just steps away...

Looking for a place close by for business lunches and dinners? Here are 10 of TripAdvisor's top-20 restaurants in Miami, and they're just a short walk from the event.

Pollos & Jarras (Peruvian/Spanish)
TripAdvisor says'€ #3 in Miami

Farfalle (Italian)
TripAdvisor says' #4 in Miami

CVI.CHE 105 (Seafood/South American)
TripAdvisor says' #5 in Miami

Vero Italian Restaurant (Italian)
TripAdvisor says'€ #6 in Miami

The Capital Grille (Steakhouse/BBQ)
TripAdvisor says'€ #8 in Miami

Fratelli Milano (Italian)
TripAdvisor says'€ #12 in Miami

Toro Toro (Latin/Steakhouse/Tapas)
PSST...THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY IN THE EVENT HOTEL!
TripAdvisor says' #13 in Miami

Zuma (Japanese)
TripAdvisor says' #15 in Miami

Truluck'€™s Restaurant (Seafood/Steakhouse)
TripAdvisor says' #16 in Miami

Steak Brasil Churrascaria (Steakhouse/Brazilian)
TripAdvisor says'€ #19 in Miami


January 11, 2018

Kidscreen's Global Pitch Guide, hot off the presses

To help you get ready for your meetings with broadcasters at the Summit, CLICK HERE to check out the 2018 edition of our annual Global Pitch Guide. It contains up-to-date buying profiles and executive contact information for nearly 30 leading kids channels from around the world. You're welcome!

Delegate Lounge hours

Some of you have been asking us when the Delegate Lounge, sponsored again this year by our friends at KOCCA, will be open during the Summit. Here are the hours for your reference:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 8:00 - 6:00
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 8:00 - 6:00
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14    8:00 - 6:00
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 8:00 - 3:00

Check yourself in at the Summit

To help you check in quicker and get right down to business at the event, we will once again have four Self Check-in Kiosks in our Registration Desk area on the second floor of the InterContinental. We encourage you to take advantage and skip the first-day lines, BUT you must have a photo of yourself uploaded on your kidscreenXchange profile in order to use the kiosks. Here's how to do that before you leave for Miami:

Login to kidscreenXchange using your personalized link
Click on your name at the top right, and select Edit Profile from the dropdown menu
Click on the Photo tab at the top of the page
Click on Choose file to select the image you'd like to use, then click on Upload
To check that your photo upload has been successful, click on the View Public Profile button at the top right

Celebrate your Summit success at our CLOSING COCKTAIL PARTY!

That's right, people! We will be kicking off AND wrapping up the event with some fun poolside networking. So make sure you stick around to join us for a final round of mojitos on Thursday, February 15 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm (5th Floor Poolside Terrace).


January 4, 2018

Happy New Year, everyone!

We hope you had a great holiday with your friends & family and that you’ve hit the ground running in 2018. There are just five weeks left before Kidscreen Summit and we’re going to have a lot of news coming your way between now and then. Here’s what you need to care about this week…

HOTEL UPDATE—no rooms left at the inn

Our block of hotel rooms at the InterContinental Miami is pretty much sold out, but inventory may still open up due to cancellations, so we do recommend that you keep checking online.

But in the event that you need to book elsewhere, here is a list of hotels within walking distance that seem to still have rooms available through Expedia:

River Park Hotel & Suites (2 stars)
YVE (3.5 stars)
Langford Hotel (4 stars)
Hyatt Regency (4 stars)
EPIC by Kimpton (5 stars)
JW Marriott Marquis (5 stars)
Hotel Beaux Arts (5 stars)
W Hotel (5 stars)

Still time to sign up for our Master & Mentor Classes

If you’d like to spend a little time honing your skills with experts in one of the Master or Mentor Class subjects below for just $250, now’s the time to get on the list. The easiest way to do that is by contacting Maggie Wilkins on our Event Sales team (416-408-2300 x539 or mwilkins@brunico.com).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Venue Tours & early badge pick-up

Located on the second floor of the InterContinental Miami, our Kidscreen Summit Registration Desk and Self Check-in Kiosks will be open from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Sunday, February 11 for folks who would like to pick up their badges early. We are also running guided tours of our event space on Sunday afternoon (4:30pm) and Monday morning (8:30am). If you could use a little orientation, meet us a few minutes beforehand at the Registration Desk.

PARTY TIME—Join us poolside for our kick-off cocktail

The perfect way to celebrate a successful first day at the event with other delegates, we hope you’ll join us Monday night on the pool terrace for a drink as the sun sets.

     WHEN:       Monday, February 12
                        5:00pm to 6:30pm

     WHERE:     Pool Terrace, InterContinental Miami (fifth floor)

Come out and celebrate at the 2018 Kidscreen Awards!

You are all invited to help us pay tribute to the year’s best kids programming, broadcasting and digital media efforts at our Kidscreen Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, February 13, followed by an after-party where you can mingle with winners and judges alike. Here are the details:

     WHEN:       Tuesday, February 13
                        5:15pm to 6:30pm (after-party 'til 7:30pm)

     WHERE:     Xilam Bayfront Ballroom, InterContinental Miami (lobby level)

Sponsored by: 



December 7, 2017

It's time to get in on Speed Pitching!


We have just opened the sign-up lottery for our Speed Pitching sessions, giving you the chance to have a couple of quick one-on-one pitch meetings with top buyers and investors.

To participate, you need to login to kidscreenXchange using your personalized link and follow these instructions carefully by Wednesday, December 13 at 5:00pm EST:

  • Select up to 10 hosts you'd most like to pitch from the grids that will appear, numbering them in terms of priority using the dropdown options
  • When you've successfully made your selections, they will be marked as Submitted and you will be done

Once the selection window closes (Wednesday, December 13 at 5:00pm EST), Speed Pitching meetings will be randomly assigned by an automated lottery program. Delegates will be notified by email within a few days about whether they have been selected to meet with any of our hosts.

Each Kidscreen Summit delegate may participate in a maximum of two (2) Speed Pitching meetings. Unfortunately, due to high demand, there is a chance that you will not be assigned a meeting. To improve your chances of being successful in the lottery, we strongly suggest that you select as many hosts as possible, up to a maximum of 10.

In the event that you end up not being assigned any meetings, or are assigned just one meeting but would like to have another, we encourage you to check kidscreenXchange frequently as delegates sometimes make changes to their personal agendas, which may leave a meeting slot open. Also, at the event, you are welcome to check in with our Room Monitor at the Speed Pitching sessions to see if any meetings have become available due to no-shows.

KIDSCREEN: The only way to advertise at the Summit

Kidscreen's February/March issue is the only media publication that will be distributed at the event, and there is still time to book an ad and give your show or company the extra profile it may need to make a lasting impression with buyers.

At the event itself, we distribute a copy to each and every attendee in our delegate bags, and we always have plenty of extras available for casual pick-up. PLUS, this edition of Kidscreen gets sent to 10,000 industry subscribers before the Summit, and 1,000 copies will be available at Toy Fair afterwards. This kind of extended exposure is exactly what you need to get on all the right radars'¦and stay there!

Get in touch with the Kidscreen Sales Team (416-408-2300 x492 or sales@kidscreen.com) for more details on options and pricing.

Polish up your profile on kidscreenXchange

When people check you out on our event management hub, make sure you're leaving a lasting impression. Now's a good time to update your professional profile on kidscreenXchange. Here'™s how to do it:

  • Go to https://summit.kidscreen.com, find the kidscreenXchange tab on the black nav bar at the top, and select SIGN IN from the dropdown menu
  • Sign in using your email address and the password from the registration confirmation email we sent you
  • Roll over the kidscreenXchange tab again, and select EDIT MY PROFILE from the dropdown menu
  • Using the tabs at the top of the page, update as much info as you want, clicking the blue Update button to save your changes on each page
  • To check that your changes have been made to your satisfaction, click on the View Public Profile button at the top right

December 4, 2017

MAKE YOUR LUNCHING WITH SELECTIONS!


Session selection has just opened for our Lunching with... networking series, in which you could take part in a small group lunch with one of the industry’s most influential kids merchandise licensees or a top-gun co-production expert. To sign up, login to kidscreenXchange using your personalized link and follow these instructions:

  • In the nav box on the left, click on the Agenda tab and scroll down to select the Lunching with… session you most want to attend
  • To reserve a seat, click the blue Sign Up button at the top right
  • If there are no more seats available at that session, you will see a Session is Full button
  • If your plans change and you need to switch your session, simply click the blue Remove from my agenda button and make another selection

Each Kidscreen Summit delegate may sign up for one (1) Lunching with... session. If all the seats are full when you login to sign up, we encourage you to check kidscreenXchange frequently as delegates sometimes make changes to their personal agendas, which may leave a spot open. Also, at the event, you are welcome to check in with our Room Monitor at the Lunching with... sessions to see if any seats have become available due to no-shows.

Happy networking!

The Kidscreen Summit Team

November 22, 2017

On this week's to-do list...
Add your Master/Mentor classes!

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, email Maggie Wilkins (mwilkins@brunico.com) to add it to your registration.


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.


Featuring:

Chris Nee, Executive Producer, Disney Junior
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.


Featuring:

Halle Stanford, President, Television, The Jim Henson Company
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.


Featuring:

Tony Collins, Managing Director & Writer, Collingwood & Co.
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.


Featuring:

Nancy MacIntyre, Co-Founder & CEO, Fingerprint


Getting your bearings

By now, you’re probably in the thick of scheduling Kidscreen Summit meetings and wondering where to connect. Our Delegate Lounge—which is Meeting Central at the event—will be located on the second level in the Grand Ballroom.

Generously sponsored by our friends at BBC Worldwide, we will once again have three 10-foot-tall Meeting Points set up in and around the Lounge area to help you find each other more easily. Each one will look similar to last year's model (see picture), and here's where they'll be located:

Meeting Point A               Grand Ballroom (Versailles)
Meeting Point B               Mezzanine South
Meeting Point C               Mezzanine West

Buffet breakfast and lunch will be served all four days of the event in the second-level Chopin and Biscayne Ballrooms.

Our conference sessions are all taking place in various rooms on the lobby level. And just inside the hotel’s main entrance, the open-concept Lobby Lounge and Toro Toro Bar is a great place to unwind over drinks, or meet up with a dinner date.

 

Some Miami hotspots to spice up your nights at the Summit

When the sun goes down, things really heat up in Miami, one of the best cities in the world for nightlife. From rooftop lounges to Latin dance halls to underground nightclubs—and everything in between—Miami’s got all kinds of after-hours fun to offer. Here are just a few list-toppers you may want to hit during Kidscreen Summit week.

Bleau Bar (Bar—Miami Beach)
Club Space (Nightclub—Downtown)
Hoy Como Ayer (Latin Music/Dancing—Little Havana)
La Covacha (Latin Music/Dancing—Doral)
LIV (Nightclub—South Beach)
Icon (Nightclub—South Beach)

MO Bar + Lounge (Bar—Downtown)
Mokai (Nightclub—South Beach)
Rose Bar (Bar—South Beach)
Sunset Lounge (Bar—South Beach)
Toro Toro (Bar—KSS)
Wall (Nightclub—South Beach)


November 9, 2017

Greetings from Kidscreen Summit Central,

We’re thrilled that you’re joining us in Miami next February for the year’s biggest kids entertainment event, and we want to make sure you have a great experience. So over the next few months, we will be reaching out regularly with reminders about sessions, parties and networking events you’ll want to make time for, as well as all sign-up dates and critical deadlines related to Summit stuff. We’ll also throw in some helpful travel tips to help you get to Miami easily and make the most of your time there. We’re still putting together our full conference program, which should be ready for unveiling towards the end of the month, but in the meantime…

We are excited to announce three keynotes that will knock your socks off!

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.

 

Geena Davis returns to Kidscreen Summit

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.

 

In Conversation with Marty Krofft: Kids Entertainment Legend

Brothers Marty and Sid Krofft first hit the kids media spotlight in the '70s as creators of some of the most original and 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), and then the reboot of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (Amazon Studios), and now the upcoming Myam’s WonderLab (starring The Big Bang Theory’s Myam 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.

 

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.


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