info Speakers - Kidscreen Summit 2019
Speakers

Tiffany Aguilar

Director for Insight Kids

Insight Strategy Group

Speaking at: The Influence of Influencers


Tristan Alleyne

Senior Sales & Promotions Officer Film, Animation & Music

JAMPRO / Trade and Invest Jamaica

Speaking at: Swipe Right for Co-Production Partners


Maija Arponen

Head of Development

Haruworks Ltd

Maija Arponen brings together a hands-on knowledge of working with children and families, a thorough understanding of premium narrative content and a thirst for high quality art.  Maija is focused on using children’s content to foster large scale behavioural change both in viewers and creators: She strives to use her...more

Speaking at: Inclusion is Expansion: Indigenous representation done right


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: Beyond the Clip: Doing it better on YouTube


Janet Balmforth

Co-CEO (Expert in PR Strategy)

DDA Blueprint Public Relations

Speaking at: Brainpick


Justine Bannister

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: Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: Broaching the birds and bees through entertainment


Jennifer Bennett

VP, Global Licensing

Spin Master

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts


Dr. Martina Berninger

Managing Director, Germany

BTI Studios

Martina is MD of BTI Studios Germany, part of BTI’s network of global facilities creating dubbing and subtitling for kids’ content. Martina and her team help producers and distributors launch their productions successfully in new markets. Martina is passionate about nourishing BTI’s pool of talent; from child actors and singers...more

Speaking at: Dubs and Subs: What you need to know about localization



Brenda Bisner

SVP Content and Business Development

Kidoodle.TV (A Parent Media Co. Inc.)

BRENDA BISNER is the Senior Vice President of Content and Business Development for A Parent Media Co Inc. the creators of the SAFE STREAMING Platform: Kidoodle.TV®. She is an integral force behind the successful acquisition of top children’s media content from around the world, as well as a future caster...more

Speaking at: Safer Harbors: A look at AVOD alternatives


Jules Borkent

EVP Content and Network Strategy

Viacom International Media Network

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Jules Borkent & Layla Lewis, Nickelodeon


Brittni Bowering

Head of Media

AJ & Smart

Brittni Bowering is the Head of Media at AJ&Smart. It’s her job to teach members of our online community (Youtube, Facebook & Instagram) new ways of working, particularly in Design Sprints. She’s often the face of our daily Instagram stories, which aim to give a genuine inside look at how...more

Speaking at: KEYNOTE—Hitting the Finish Line Faster: Developing the Design Sprint way


Maud Branly

Children's Acquisitions Director

Lagardère Active

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: 30 Minutes with... Caroline Cochaux & Maud Branly, Gulli & Lagardère Active; Speed Pitching 1; Speed Pitching 2


Johanne Broadfield

Vice President Cartoon Network Enterprises, EMEA

Turner EMEA

Johanne Broadfield is Vice President of Cartoon Network Enterprises at Turner for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  Working in conjunction with the global Turner CNE team, she develops and directs brand extension strategies across all categories of licensing for Cartoon Network’s franchise brands in the region. She oversees a...more

Speaking at: Beyond the Screen: The future is LIVE!


Marty Brochstein

SVP, Industry Relations and Information

LIMA International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association

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: The Brave New World of Toy Retail


Hedda Bruessing

Head of Media Business

NTR

Hedda Bruessing has been in the film and television industry for over twenty years and has worked as a production manager and executive producer for a wide range of programmes. Since 2007 she is employed by the public service broadcaster NTR, first as an executive producer for the children´s department and...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1; Speed Pitching 2



Massimo Bruno

Director of TV Channels

De Agostini Editore Spa

Massimo Bruno is the Director of TV Channels at De Agostini Editore in Italy, where he runs DeAKids, DeAJunior as well as Super! dedicated to Italian kids and tweens. Super! is part of the recent joint venture agreement between De Agostini Editore and Viacom International Media Networks Italia.

Massimo started his professional...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Massimo Bruno & Brenda Maffuchi, DeAKids


Beth Cannon

VP, Development

DreamWorks Animation Television

Beth Cannon is Vice President of Development for DreamWorks Animation Television. She oversees all aspects of creative direction from inception, through development, and into current series production for a rapidly growing slate of original television projects. She reports to Executive Vice President of TV development, Peter Gal, and is part...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 3; Speed Pitching 4


Bruna Capozzoli

Creative Director

Popcorn Digital

Bruna Capozzoli heads up CAKE’s digital division, Popcorn Digital. As Creative Director, she provides creative solutions for kids’ entertainment brands establishing and expanding their presence in the digital space. 

Applying her solid experience in content creation and audience development as well as a diverse background in film-making and theatre, Bruna works with leading kids’...more

Speaking at: Beyond the Clip: Doing it better on YouTube; MASTER CLASS—Landscape of Digital: Navigating the hottest models


Lana Castleman

Director of Communications

Writers Guild of Canada

Lana Castleman is the newly minted Director of Communications for the Writers Guild of Canada, which represents more than 2,200 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada, creators of entertainment watched around the world. She oversees all internal and external communications priorities for the Guild, including advocating on behalf of its members...more

Speaking at: New-Wave Damage Control; Swimming in the Deep End of the Talent Pool


Scott Chambers

SVP, North America Media and Licensing

Sesame Workshop

Scott Chambers serves as Senior Vice President, North America Media & Licensing at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. He is responsible for supervising all aspects of the digital, traditional, and mobile media businesses for North America, including publishing, interactive, television, home video and audio. Chambers joined Sesame Workshop...more

Speaking at: Beyond the Clip: Doing it better on YouTube; Retail Battle Royale: Is a global or regional strategy best for your brand?


Jinli Chan

Assistant VP, Animation Content Creation, GenNext Astro Malaysia

Astro (Measat Broadcast Network Systems)


Kathi Chandler-Payatt

Executive Director, Media Analyst

THE NPD GROUP

Speaking at: KidWatch: Key insights on modern kid viewing


Sarah Chatelain

Producer

Echo Media

Sarah is a brand management specialist with strong expertise in marketing, communications and business development. Before joining Echo Media, she acted as National Marketing Director at Quebecor, leading all strategic marketing operations for TVA Publications' family of brands (ELLE Canada, Canadian Living, The Hockey News, etc.) and as a member...more

Speaking at: Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: Broaching the birds and bees through entertainment


Renee Cherow-O'Leary, PhD

President (Expert in Education Consulting)

Education For The 21st Century

Speaking at: Brainpick


Greg Childs

Editorial Director

The Children's Media Conference


Sarah Chumsky

VP, 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 media to potty training and playgrounds. As such, she...more

Speaking at: The Influence of Influencers


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: Safer Harbors: A look at AVOD alternatives


Rick Clodfelter

Senior Director, Content Strategy & Acquisitions

Universal Kids

Rick Clodfelter is the Senior Director of Content Strategy and Acquisitions for Universal Kids, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s network for kids 2-12. In his role, Clodfelter sources and acquires programming and identifies content partnerships necessary to build the channel brands across all platforms. He also assists with the long term strategic...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Karen Miller, Rick Clodfelter & Kristofer Updike, Universal Kids


Caroline Cochaux

CEO-Gulli

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 Broadcast Director...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Caroline Cochaux & Maud Branly, Gulli & Lagardère Active


Tony Collingwood

Managing Director & Writer

Collingwood & Co.

Tony Collingwood trained as an animator at The UK’s National Film and Television School. After which he formed his own animation studio, currently called Collingwood & Co.  He has been creating, writing and directing animated television series for children for over 25 years, winning multiple awards along the way, including...more

Speaking at: MENTOR CLASS—Next-Level Pitching: Getting buy-in every time



Vince Commisso

President & CEO

9 Story Media Group

Vince Commisso is President & CEO of 9 Story Media Group, one of the industry’s leading creators, producers and distributors of top quality content for young audiences around the world. With facilities in Toronto, New York, Dublin and Manchester, the 9 Story family of companies has produced over 3,000 episodes of best-in-class kids...more

Speaking at: Swimming in the Deep End of the Talent Pool


Dena Curtis

Producer / Director

Inkey Media

Speaking at: Inclusion is Expansion: Indigenous representation done right


Francis Dahl

Director, International Game & App Production

Nickelodeon

Francis Dahl is the Director of International Game and App Production at Nickelodeon, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). He has executive produced several game titles for global Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. IP including SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Dora the Explorer, and Nella the Princess Knight. In his role he focuses...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts


Christian Dankl

Co-Founder & Chairman (Expert in YouTube Compliance)

Precise TV

Speaking at: Brainpick



Jens Peter de Pedro

Head of Product

Codie LLC

Speaking at: Coding is the New Black


Tiphaine de Raguenel

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

France Télévisions

After graduating from the IEP in Paris,Tiphaine de Raguenelstarted out as Key Account Manager then Key Account Executive at Carat/Aegis Media.

She joined Lagardère Active in 2006 as Marketing Research Manager for TiJi, CANAL J, Filles TV and Gulli, then became Marketing and New Media Manager.

She moved to France Télévisions in...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Tiphaine de Raguenel, France Télévisions; Cocktails with... Tiphaine de Raguenel, Claire Heinrich & Pierre Siracusa, France Télévisions; Defined by Change: Public broadcasting speeds up to keep up


Michael Dee

Director of Content

Coolabi Limited

Speaking at: Deconstructing Kid Humor


Sara DeWitt

VP, Digital

PBS KIDS

As Vice President of PBS KIDS Digital, Sara DeWitt oversees day-to-day development of PBS’ multiplatform content for kids and families.

Over the last 19 years, DeWitt has worked at the forefront of new platforms, in an effort to be everywhere kids are: from websites and mobiles apps to streaming video, augmented...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts; Inclusion is Expansion: Creating content that spans the spectrum


Genevieve Dexter

CEO (Expert in Raising Capital)

Serious Lunch

Genevieve has worked in the kids IP sector for 30 years and is CEO of both Serious Lunch, a distribution company, and Eye Present, a London based animation studio.  She is also known for having founded CAKE which she sold to Zinkia in 2010.

Serious Lunch represents a portfolio of high...more

Speaking at: Brainpick


Jeremy Dickson

Features Editor

Kidscreen

As Features Editor for Kidscreen at Brunico Communications, Jeremy Dickson is responsible for covering all areas of the global children’s entertainment industry including broadcasting, distribution, production, digital content, video games, technology, publishing and consumer products. Prior to his current role, Jeremy was Kidscreen’s senior online writer and editor of iKids, a brand focused on...more

Speaking at: Dubs and Subs: What you need to know about localization; Time to Recharge: Powering up the pillars of international co-pros; Keeping it Tight: Tips and tricks for managing a small production budget


Frank Dietz

Deputy Program Director & Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions

SUPER RTL/RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co.KG

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...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Frank Dietz, Super RTL


Kristin DiQuollo

Executive Producer, Cyberchase

WNET New York Public Media

Speaking at: Inclusion is Expansion: Creating content that spans the spectrum


Libbie Doherty

Head of Children's Content

ABC Australia

Libbie Doherty is a passionate advocate for Children’s content and brings a wealth of experience from the animation and live action worlds to the position of Commissioning Editor. Libbie is focused on nurturing new Australian talent, reflecting Australian kids’ lives and creating pathways for Australian kids’ content to cut through into...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Libbie Doherty, ABC Australia; Inclusion is Expansion: Indigenous representation done right; Speed Pitching 4


Olivier Dumont

President

eOne Family & Brands

As Managing Director of eOne Family and eOne Licensing, Olivier Dumont oversees all the commercial and creative activities of eOne's combined Kids Family and Licensing operations, including development, production, sales, licensing and merchandising. He is responsible for developing properties into global TV, home entertainment, new media and consumer products brands....more

Speaking at: New-Wave Damage Control; Beyond the Screen: The future is LIVE!; Eastern Expansion: How to do deals and expand brands in China


Joey Egger

Executive Producer (Expert in Mobile Apps)

Two Moos

Joey heads up Two Moos, a digital studio crew made up of marvelous kids content specialists, outstanding engineers, stunning creatives, exceptional artists & animators and a veritable selection of smelly pets.

We love creating games, innovation experiences and content for kids of all ages with leading kids' media companies including PBS...more

Speaking at: Brainpick


Natalie Engel

Director of Content, Children’s Programming

PBS KIDS

As Associate Director of Development, Natalie works closely with series creators from pitch to pilot, helping shape their projects for the PBS KIDS audience.  She is also the production executive on several current series, including Odd Squard and Pinkalicious & Peterrific. At PBS since 2009, Natalie served on the KIDS Marketing team before...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Natalie Engel, Tommy Gillespie & Linda Simensky, PBS KIDS; Speed Pitching 3; Speed Pitching 4


Pato Escala

Executive Producer

Punkrobot Studios

Academy award winner, executive producer in Punkrobot animation studio and President of the Chilean Animation Association. My goal is to create quality animation from Latin America to the world.

Speaking at: Swipe Right for Co-Production Partners


Matthew Evans

EVP, Digital

Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts


Ken Faier

El Presidente and CEO

Epic Story Media

Ken Faier is El Presidente and CEO of Epic Story Media and its subsidiary Epic Story Interactive. The mission for both companies is to put creators at the center of compelling and engaging franchises for kids. Who doesn't remember that feeling we all had as a child when we fell...more

Speaking at: Coding is the New Black


Frank Falcone

President & Executive Creative Director

Guru Studio

Speaking at: Swimming in the Deep End of the Talent Pool


Qing Fan

Producer

Tencent Video

Qing Fan is the Producer overseeing the international business including content investment, co-production and distribution at Tencent Video Kids Channel.

Before joining Tencent, Qing was Associate Director of International Business at UYoung Media, where she was responsible for acquisition, distribution and co-production. She was actively involved in the international distribution of...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Angel Geng & Qing Fan, Tencent Video; 30 Minutes with... Angel Geng & Qing Fan, Tencent Video


Luca Fiore

Head of Media and Education

Azoomee

Luca Fiore is Head of Media and Education at Azoomee. He manages the acquisition, production and programming of video and game content for the mixed media mobile service, applying his knowledge of child development and learning to the service’s content and digital strategy.

Luca’s background includes studies in developmental psychology and...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts


Morghan Fortier

CEO/Co-Owner

Skyship Entertainment/Tinman Creative Studios

Speaking at: Keeping it Tight: Tips and tricks for managing a small production budget


Elizabeth Foster

Copy Chief & Special Reports Editor

Kidscreen

As Kidscreen’s Copy Chief & Special Reports Editor, Elizabeth Foster is responsible for the creation and production of special reports and for the production flow of the print magazine. Career highlights include meeting Chris Kratt and breaking news on consumer products trends. Prior to joining Kidscreen, Elizabeth served as a...more

Speaking at: Sprinting to Shelf: How to keep pace with direct-to-consumer platforms; Retail Battle Royale: Is a global or regional strategy best for your brand?


Amy Friedman

President

Redhead Consulting

Amy Friedman is the Founder and President of Redhead Consulting, a brand creation and content development company across all media, with a focus on kids, teens, and families. Clients include Scholastic, Viacom, and Sesame Workshop.  

Most recently, Amy served as the Senior Vice President of Programming & Development for NBCU Sprout...more

Speaking at: Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: Broaching the birds and bees through entertainment; The Best Stuff You’ve Never Seen


Donna Friedman Meir

CEO & Founder

WOW Explorations

I discovered my passion for kids and family entertainment while still almost a kid myself. Inspired by working at Disney and Kids America (a national kids radio show) during college, I focused my undergraduate thesis on how to build meaningful and impactful content for kids. Since then, my entire career...more

Speaking at: Beyond the Screen: The future is LIVE!


Peter Gal

Executive Vice President Development

DreamWorks Animation TV

As Executive Vice President of 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 well as Amazon, Hulu, Universal Kids and other leading broadcasters around the world. As...more

Speaking at: Death of Reboots? Exploring the future of nostalgia in a fractured media reality


Ed Galton

CCO & Managing Director

CAKE

A veteran distribution professional with over 20 years experience, Ed is the Managing Director and CCO at CAKE. In this dual role, he oversees all sales operations, the day-to-day running of the company, as well as directly selling CAKE's growing content portfolio in major territories including North America, the UK...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS—Landscape of Digital: Navigating the hottest models; Distribution Deadlock: Selling kids content in a shifting marketplace


Dominic Gardiner

CEO (Expert in Distribution)

Jetpack Distribution

Dominic is the chief executive officer (CEO) of kids and family content distribution company JETPACK DISTRIBUTION LTD. He founded the company in 2014 with studio production partner Samka Productions and it has gone on to become a leading distributor of global kids shows including Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed,The Cul de...more

Speaking at: Brainpick


Angel Geng

Producer

Tencent Video

Angel Geng has been with Tencent since 2014. She started at Animation Channel, where she was responsible for promotion, data analysis and license operation for animation content targeting at youth group.

She joined Kids Channel in 2016, looking after the production and investment of kids’ content.

Taking advantage of Tencent platform’s big...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Angel Geng & Qing Fan, Tencent Video; 30 Minutes with... Angel Geng & Qing Fan, Tencent Video; Speed Pitching 3; Speed Pitching 2


Athena Georgaklis

Head of Development

Nelvana Enterprises

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Athena Georgaklis & Brandon Lane, Corus/Nelvana


Tommy Gillespie

Associate Director, Children's Programming

PBS KIDS

Tommy is Assistant Director of Children’s Programming at PBS where he oversees the strategic rollout of PBS KIDS video content, including the new 24/7 PBS KIDS channel. This year, he developed and launched PBS KIDS Family Night, a weekend destination block for kids and parents that airs on PBS stations,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1; Speed Pitching 2; Cocktails with... Natalie Engel, Tommy Gillespie & Linda Simensky, PBS KIDS


Jon Gisby

Managing Director

WildBrain

Jon Gisby, Managing Director, WildBrain, has spent twenty years leading, building and advising major companies that create and distribute premium digital content. He was one of the many architects of the BBC’s strategy for online and on-demand services. As Managing Director of Freeserve, he built and monetized one of the...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts


Hsu-Teik Goh

Head of Animation & Merchandising

Astro

Hsu-Teik joined the Astro group in October 2013 and currently heads the Animation & Merchandising team that is responsible for investing in, developing and monetising Astro’s animation IPs. Prior to his current role, he was attached to Astro’s Corporate Finance department, where he was involved in the Group’s strategic investments....more


Christophe Goldberger

Managing Director (Expert in Co-Production)

GoldBee

With nearly 20 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: Brainpick


Richard Goldsmith

President and CEO

Cyber Group Studios USA LLC

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 January 2017, Richard opened the North American subsidiary, based in Los...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS—Landscape of Digital: Navigating the hottest models; Distribution Deadlock: Selling kids content in a shifting marketplace


Sharon Gomes

COO

Little Airplane Productions

A multiple Emmy Award winner, Sharon oversees production, distribution, licensing and business development at Little Airplane Productions.  Sharon has produced for channels such as Disney-ABC Television, MTV, VH1, PBS, Nickelodeon and Disney.  She also appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine.

Speaking at: Coding is the New Black; Eastern Expansion: How to do deals and expand brands in China


Cheryl Gotthelf

Founder & President

Cheryl Gotthelf Consulting

Well-known and respected throughout the education, research, and entertainment communities, Cheryl Gotthelf is an accomplished curriculum and content developer, brand builder, and marketer of children’s media products that are entertaining, educational, and relevant to children’s lives.  Her practice sits squarely in the space where entertainment, education, and play intersect and...more

Speaking at: What Little Boys Are Made Of; MENTOR CLASS—Demographic Targeting: How to find your sweet spot


Jane Gould

SVP, Consumer Insights & Programming Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide

Disney

Jane Gould, an accomplished leader in generational, lifestyle and media research, serves as senior vice president, Consumer Insights and Programming Strategy, for Disney|ABC Television’s Disney branded cable networks – Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, and Radio Disney.

In this role, she has oversight of all consumer insight, research and analytic...more

Speaking at: Friends to the End with Disney


Bill Graham

Chief Business Development Officer

PhatMojo, LLC

Speaking at: Sprinting to Shelf: How to keep pace with direct-to-consumer platforms


Ashley Gramby

Senior Marketing Manager

Girls Who Code

Ashley is the Senior Marketing Manager at Girls Who Code; a non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Ashley is responsible for managing the brand identity for the organization. Before joining the organization Ashley worked in advertising for global brands such as IBM, Exxon Mobil, The White House,...more

Speaking at: Coding is the New Black


Linda Granath

Acquisitions Executive, Children's Content

SVT Swedish Television

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 3


Josie Grierson

Director, Development

eOne Family

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1; Speed Pitching 2


Sarah Haasz

Head of Live-Action & Animated Series-North America

Federation International

Speaking at: Using our Powers for Good


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: Cocktails with... Nina Hahn, Layla Lewis & Migdalis Silva, Nickelodeon; Deconstructing Kid Humor


Meredith Halpern Ranzer

Chief Executive Tinkerer (Expert in Podcasts)

Tinkercast

Meredith Halpern-Ranzer is an Emmy-nominated children’s media executive and the Co-founder and Chief Executive Tinkerer at Tinkercast, the company behind #1 kids podcast Wow in the World.  Previously, Meredith has a key member of the start-up team responsible for building the brand of Sprout, from the network’s launch in 2005...more

Speaking at: Brainpick


Melissa Hardinge

Commissioning Editor

CBBC


Anttu Harlin

CEO, Co-Founder

Gigglebug Entertainment

Anttu Harlin is the co-founder and CEO of Gigglebug Entertainment, an animation IP studio that creates and produces positive kids' content for the global market. The Helsinki based company's mission is to have a meaningful impact on the world through fun filled entertainment on multiple platforms.

In recent news, Gigglebug Entertainment is proud...more

Speaking at: Deconstructing Kid Humor


Greg Harman

CEO

Mechanic Animation

Speaking at: Swipe Right for Co-Production Partners


Emily Hart

VP, Original Programming

Disney Channels

Emily Hart is vice president, Original Programming, Disney Channels. In her role, she oversees series' development of original and Disney heritage-based television properties for the Disney Junior and Disney Channel audiences of kids 2-7 and 6-11, respectively.

Hart joined Disney in 2003. During her tenure, she has worked as a production...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Alyssa Sapire & Emily Hart, Disney Channels; 30 Minutes with... Alyssa Sapire & Emily Hart, Disney Channels; Speed Pitching 2


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: Cocktails with... Tiphaine de Raguenel, Claire Heinrich & Pierre Siracusa, France Télévisions; Speed Pitching 4


Michele Hennessy

Development Executive, Kids Programming

Amazon Studios

Michele Hennessy (aka Jabloner-Weiss) is a Development Executive for Amazon Prime Video creating award-winning shows and the Current Series Executive for Pete the Cat, The Stinky and Dirty show, and the upcoming Do, Re, Mi series. Prior to that, she was a Producer for Warner Brothers Animation where she developed...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Michele Hennessy & Aaron Davidson, Amazon Studios; Speed Pitching 1


Patricia Hidalgo

Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA & International Kids Strategy

Turner

Patricia Hidalgo is Chief Content Officer 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 representing Turner International with the...more

Speaking at: Deconstructing Kid Humor


Bob Higgins

EVP Kids & Family

Boat Rocker Media

A long-time champion of children’s programming, Bob oversees the creative direction for Boat Rocker Media’s Kids and Family business, including development, production and acquisitions of TV and digital programming.  Current programming includes The Next Step, Remy & Boo, Kingdom Force, Love Monster and Bitz and Bob.

Before Boat Rocker, Bob served...more

Speaking at: Death of Reboots? Exploring the future of nostalgia in a fractured media reality


Hollie Holmes

Senior Director, Strategic Development & Global Licensing Acquisitions

Mattel

Hollie Holmes has over 20 years of experience in the Toy, Entertainment, Video Game, Retail and Manufacturing industries, across start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.  Hollie currently serves as Senior Director, Strategic Development: Global Entertainment and Licensing Partnerships, overseeing the evaluation and acquisition of all new properties for Mattel’s portfolio of...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts


Kelly Hur

Partner (Expert in Gen Alpha)

Doobry Group

Kelly is a market research expert with over a decade of experience in developing media and marketing strategies based on viewer/audience insights. She is a partner at Doobry Group, an entertainment franchise strategy consulting firm, and she has designed and conducted numerous focus groups and surveys for corporate studio clients,...more

Speaking at: Brainpick


Henrietta Hurford-Jones

Director of Children's Content

BBC Studios

Henrietta Hurford-Jones is Director of Children’s at BBC Worldwide.  She is responsible for commissioning and developing original programme content for the global CBeebies Channels and other branded services, as well as managing the global investment process for all children’s programming and brand properties across the BBC’s commercial arm. 

Henrietta joined BBC...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Henrietta Hurford-Jones, BBC Worldwide; Cocktails with... Henrietta Hurford-Jones, BBC Worldwide


Maarten Janssen

Channel Manager Ketnet (VRT)

VRT-Vlaamse Radio en Televisie

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Telidja Klai & Maarten Janssen, VRT


Princess Johnson

Creative Producer

WGBH

Princess Daazhraii Johnson is Neets’aii Gwich’in and her family is from Arctic Village, Alaska. Princess is a Sundance Fellow for the Filmmakers, Producers and Screenwriters Lab, and an Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellow with the PEN Center. She has been a member of the SAG-AFTRA Native American Committee since 2007 and...more

Speaking at: Inclusion is Expansion: Indigenous representation done right


Matt Kaplowitz

CEO and Chief Creative Officer

Bridge Multimedia

Speaking at: Inclusion is Expansion: Creating content that spans the spectrum


Andrew Kavanagh

CEO & Founder

Kavaleer Productions

Andrew Kavanagh is the Founder and CEO of Kavaleer Productions. Heading up Kavaleer's slate, he is the creator / executive producer of Garth & Bev (CBeebies / RTE) , Wildernuts (RTE / Tiny Pop), Kiva Can Do! (Nickelodeon /RTE) and the forthcoming Alva & the Trolls (RTE / Sky). Andrew...more

Speaking at: What Little Boys Are Made Of


Christopher Keenan

SVP, Content Development and Production & Executive Producer

Mattel Creations

Christopher Keenan is a highly accomplished creative executive, executive producer and writer who has enjoyed over twenty five years of success in the animation, kids and family entertainment industries.  With thousands of hours of production to his credit, he is equally adept at development, sales and production.  Animation magazine has...more

Speaking at: New-Wave Damage Control


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: MASTER CLASS—Pre-Development Jam: Nine steps to better creative collaboration


Angus Killick

VP, Associate Publisher

Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts


Telidja Klai

Content Manager Ketnet

VRT-Vlaamse Radio en Televisie

Telidja Klaï, PHD in Clinical and Developmental Child Psychology joined Ketnet in 2009. Telidja is responsible for program acquisitions and coproductions animation. Furthermore, the main thrust of her activities is the development of children and Ketnet’s vision and values and programming strategies.

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Telidja Klai & Maarten Janssen, VRT; Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: Broaching the birds and bees through entertainment


David Kleeman

Senior Vice President Global Trends

Dubit Ltd.

Strategist, analyst, author, speaker, connector — David Kleeman has led the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, child-friendly practices for more than 30 years. He began this work as president of the American Center for Children and Media and is now Senior Vice President of Global Trends for Dubit, a...more

Speaking at: What Little Boys Are Made Of


Tatiana Kober

President (Expert in Distribution)

Bejuba!

Tatiana started Bejuba! Entertainment 14 years ago to specialize in the executive production, and distribution of children’s and family entertainment across all platforms.  Today the company has over 500 half hours of programming with shows like Wishfart, Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave, Origanimals, The Hive, Big Block SingSong and Where in...more

Speaking at: Brainpick


Pam Kunick-Cohen

Head of Brand Management, Licensing & Merchandising

Technicolor

Pam Kunick-Cohen is an accomplished strategic marketing and business development executive with over 20 years of senior management experience at companies including Technicolor, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and HIT Entertainment.  Currently Pam is Head of Brand Management, Licensing & Merchandising at Technicolor’s Animation and Games division.  Prior to that, she...more

Speaking at: Retail Battle Royale: Is a global or regional strategy best for your brand?; Sprinting to Shelf: How to keep pace with direct-to-consumer platforms


Christian Kurz

SVP, Global Consumer Insights

Viacom Media Networks

Speaking at: Modern Dads: A focus on fatherhood


Yann Labasque

Head of Children Programs

TF1 SA

Yann Labasque joined Eurosport International in 1997 at the Audiences and Programming Research department.  Two years later he became a Programme Buyer and Project Manager for Eurosport International Senior Management.

He joined TF1 Games-Dujardin in 2001 where he headed the editorial team and developed the catalogue.  In parallel with his professional...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Yann Labasque, TFI



Sunny Lauridsen

VP, Licensing & Business Development

Just Play

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts


Craig Lauzon

Actor / Comedian

Craig Lauzon is well known to television audiences as a comedic actor on AIR FARCE. He made his first appearance on AIR FARCE in October 2002, and became a regular in September 2004. His send-ups of Canadian political figures and cultural icons are spot-on and hilarious. Some of his most memorable characters...more

Speaking at: Kidscreen Awards and After-Party (Xilam Bayfront Ballroom)


Joe Lawson

SVP Content & Brand Development

Rovio Entertainment

Joe Lawson is Head of Content Licensing for Rovio Entertainment's Brand Licensing Unit, where he oversees licensing of the Angry Birds IP for movies, television, live shows and location-based entertainment as well as entertainment content development and production.  Upcoming Angry Birds projects include The Angry Birds Movie 2, releasing August...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts


Layla Lewis

SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships

Nickelodeon

Layla Lewis is Senior Vice President of Global Acquisitions and Content Partnerships for Nickelodeon. Lewis manages and implements the strategy for all acquisitions for Nickelodeon's 100+ locally programmed channels both domestically and internationally, as well as cultivates partnerships with content distributors and creators from around the globe. Responsible for negotiating,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Jules Borkent & Layla Lewis, Nickelodeon; Cocktails with... Nina Hahn, Layla Lewis & Migdalis Silva, Nickelodeon


Anne Loi

Chief Commercial Officer

DHX Media/Wild Brain

Anne Loi, Chief Commercial Officer, works closely with senior management and the Company’s talented content teams to help drive DHX Media’s leading slate of kids’ and family shows. She oversees content production and financing, key external partnerships, and business analytics. Ms. Loi has been a core member of DHX Media’s...more

Speaking at: Beyond the Clip: Doing it better on YouTube


Nancy Macintyre

CEO (Expert in Mobile Apps)

Fingerprint Play

Speaking at: Brainpick


Brenda Maffuchi

Head of Acquisitions & Property Development

DeAKids

Brenda Maffuchi joined De Agostini Editore in December 2012 as Head of Acquisitions & Property Development; is responsible for analyzing, negotiating and managing all content acquisition and all international co-productions for De Agostini’s channels in Italy. At this role, she also supervises the complete development process for the local and...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1; Speed Pitching 2; 30 Minutes with... Massimo Bruno & Brenda Maffuchi, DeAKids


Andy Marshall

Business Development Director

SDI Media UK

Speaking at: Dubs and Subs: What you need to know about localization


Helen McAleer

Owner

Media Consultancy

Helen McAleer runs a media consultancy specialising in Intellectual Property Management, 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 Macmillan Children's Books, UK and Macmillan Children's US, Literary agents Lucas Alexander Whitely and...more

Speaking at: Time to Recharge: Powering up the pillars of international co-pros


Marie McCann

Senior Director, CBC Kids

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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


Scott McCloud

Cartoonist & Author

Scott McCloud is the award-winning author of Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot!, and many other fiction and non-fiction comics spanning 30 years. He’s lectured and consulted on comics and digital media for Google, MIT, Pixar, Facebook, and Harvard University. He started the international 24 Hour Comic phenomenon, and his comics...more

Speaking at: KEYNOTE—The Value of Visual: A picture is worth more than 1,000 words now


Phil McCordic

Creator/Writer/Producer

Writer / Producer / Showrunner

Speaking at: Keeping it Tight: Tips and tricks for managing a small production budget


Tom McGillis

President, Executive Producer

Fresh TV Inc.

Tom McGillis is an executive producer, writer and series creator, specializing in children’s and family entertainment.

He is president and co-founder of Fresh TV, a world leader in creating and producing family entertainment.

Fresh TV develops and produces television content that powerfully connects to kid, tween and teen audiences around the world.

Along...more

Speaking at: New-Wave Damage Control


Menal McGrath

Director, Global Licensing Acquisitions and Entertainment Partnerships

Moose Toys

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts


Gráinne McGuinness

Creative Director

Paper Owl Films

Gráinne is the creator of ‘Pablo’ for CBeebies and RTÉJr., distributed internationally by CAKE. This series is now celebrated all over the world for its timely portrayal of a smart little autistic character. 

Pablo encourages understanding and empathy through funny colourful characters and refreshingly unusual stories.

As Creative Director, Gráinne leads the...more

Speaking at: Inclusion is Expansion: Creating content that spans the spectrum


Luca Milano

Executive Director Rai Ragazzi

RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana

Luca Milano, manager at RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, the Italian public broadcaster.

Executive Director of “Rai Ragazzi”, Rai's department for children and kids, controlling 2 free-TV Channels (Rai Yoyo, the leading Italian children's channel, and Rai Gulp), as well as the units for production and co-production of Animation, kids' drama and live shows....more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Luca Milano, RAI



Don Moody

Founder & CEO

Moody Studios

Speaking at: Coding is the New Black


Sarah Muller

VP Children’s & Youth Programming

Sony Pictures International Television

Sarah Muller is Vice President of Children’s and Youth Programming (Western Europe International Networks) at Sony Pictures Television with responsibility for the Pop and Sony Music Channels. Prior to that, she was Head of Children’s at Channel 5 where she was responsible for the Milkshake! brand refresh, content portfolio overhaul...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Sarah Muller, Sony Pictures Television; Cocktails with... Sarah Muller, Sony Pictures Television



Natalie Osborne

Chief Strategy Officer

9 Story Media Group

Speaking at: Eastern Expansion: How to do deals and expand brands in China



Neil Pasricha

Happiness Expert | Bestselling Author

A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas that skyrocket happiness into the stratosphere. With infectious enthusiasm, heartfelt authenticity, and a “what works” authority, Pasricha draws on the...more

Speaking at: KEYNOTE—The Tao of Happiness


Cecilia Persson

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

Turner Broadcasting System EMEA Limited

Cecilia Persson is Vice President of Programming and Content Strategy Turner EMEA Kids, 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...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Cecilia Persson, Turner EMEA


Jamie Piekarz

Content Creator, Executive Producer and Consultant

JamPie

Jamie Piekarz is children’s media professional with the unique combination of creative production and broadcast experience that spans all age groups and genres. She currently creates, produces and provides expertise on children’s media through her company JamPie Media for Canadian and international clients. Her original production, Super Mighty Makers for TVO...more

Speaking at: MENTOR CLASS—Next-Level Pitching: Getting buy-in every time


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


Gerald Raines

SVP, Global Location based Experiences

VStar Entertainment Group

Gerald Raines is Senior Vice President, Global Location Based Experiences (LBE), Viacom International Media Networks and Nickelodeon.  In this role, Mr. Raines oversees and leads the development and expansion efforts of Viacom’s location-based leisure entertainment business for brands such as Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central worldwide.  He is responsible...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts


Jillianne Reinseth

Sr. Vice President Creative Affairs

eOne Family & Brands

As Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs, Jillianne Reinseth is responsible for overseeing the creative elements of all projects in development and production for eOne Family. Since joining the company in 2015, the eOne Family production slate has included Cupcake & Dino: General Services, Ricky Zoom, Ninja Express as well...more

Speaking at: Deconstructing Kid Humor; Safer Harbors: A look at AVOD alternatives


Shabnam Rezaei

President & Co-Founder

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 Franklin, Thomas & Friends, Babar and Super Why offered in 10+ languages. Shabnam has produced many shows including 16 Hudson (TVO), Mixed Nutz,...more

Speaking at: Safer Harbors: A look at AVOD alternatives; What Little Boys Are Made Of


Michael Rinzler

Co-President & Founding Partner

Wicked Cool Toys

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts


Peter Robinson

Head of Research

Dubit

Peter Robinson is the head of research at specialist youth research agency, Dubit. With over a decade's research experience Peter is passionate about developing and utilising innovative and immersive research approaches. Previously Peter has spoken on youth obesity, censorship, and media consumption both traditionally and digitally.
Youth has been central...more

Speaking at: The Data of Discoverability


Mia Rodak

Executive Producer, Digital

CBC Kids

Mia has worked in digital content and product development for over 17 years with top Canadian media providers Shaw Communications, Canwest, and Alliance Atlantis on several premium brands such as HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, Slice, National Geographic Channel, but most recently she has spent the last 2 years having...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts


Eric S. Rollman

President & CEO, Rollman Entertainment

President & CCO, Generation Genius

Eric S. Rollman is the President/CEO of Rollman Entertainment and the President/CCO of Generation Genius, an SVOD platform he and partner Dr. Jeff Vinokur launched in 2018 targeting elementary school educators with original, curriculum aligned content. As an independent producer and consultant, this Emmy winner and former Saban, Fox Family...more

Speaking at: Making the Grade: A look at cracking into the in-school market


Orion Ross

VP Content – Animation, Digital & Acquisitions

Disney Channels EMEA

Orion Ross joined Disney's London team in 2008, and is responsible for the creative development and production of original animated series for Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, as well as original content for digital platforms, regional acquisitions and co-productions. 

Current and recent projects include 101 Dalmatian Street, Miraculous Ladybug,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Orion Ross, Disney Channels EMEA; Deconstructing Kid Humor


Lesli Rotenberg

Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Children's Media & Education

PBS

As Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, at PBS, Lesli Rotenberg is responsible for the strategic direction of a dynamic media service that supports the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including parents, teachers and the community, helping to prepare the next generation for success in school and in life.

With...more

Speaking at: Defined by Change: Public broadcasting speeds up to keep up


Trine Ruud

Head of Acquisitions and Dubbing NRK Super

NRK

Trine holds a BA in Teaching as well as a BA in Journalism.

She began her Career working as a teacher and thereafter as a Production Manager  in television production.

Trine joined NRK in 1996 when the Norwegian Public Broadcaster launched NRK2 in which she was part of the development team.

In 2007 Trine was managing...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with...Trine Ruud, NRK


Shai Samet

Founder & President (Expert in Kids Online Safety)

kidSAFE Seal Program

Shai Samet is an experienced and award-winning privacy consultant and entrepreneur.  Shai is currently the founder and president of the kidSAFE Seal Program, a popular safety certification service and seal-of-approval program designed exclusively for children-friendly websites, mobile apps, and connected technologies.  Many well-known brands from around the world are members...more

Speaking at: Brainpick



Alyssa Cooper Sapire

VP, Original Programming

Disney Channels Worldwide

Alyssa Sapire is Vice President of Original Programming for Disney Channels Worldwide, overseeing a slate of projects for both Disney Junior and Disney Channel. Since 2016, she has shepherded the Muppet Babies reboot, Vampirina, and the new Monsters, Inc series for Disney’s new streaming service. Prior to Disney, Alyssa was VP of Development and Programming...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Alyssa Sapire & Emily Hart, Disney Channels; Cocktails with... Alyssa Sapire & Emily Hart, Disney Channels; Speed Pitching 1


Vicky Schroderus

Acquisition Executive

YLE Finland

Vicky Schroderus joined YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company in 1997 is currently working as Acquisiton Executive for YLE Television. When measured by ratings and audience satisfaction YLE TV2 is the leading channel for children’s programming in Finland. It transmits annually over 1000 hours of children’s programming for a two- to 12-year-old...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 4


Derek Sentner

VP of Sales & Head of Network

Driver Digital

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts


Stephen Shaw

Co-President

Round Room Entertainment

Stephen is a Co-President of Round Room Entertainment after founding the company in the fall of 2016. Stephen previously served as President of Michael Cohl’s company S2BN Entertainment from 2014 to 2016.

Stephen gained extensive knowledge of the international entertainment industry working for The Rolling Stones’ worldwide tours in 2002 (Licks...more

Speaking at: Beyond the Screen: The future is LIVE!


Alex Sherwood

Chief Creative Officer

Giant Animation

Alex is Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Giant Animation in Dublin Ireland.

Throughout the company’s development Alex has worked in many areas of the animation pipeline on a diverse range of commercial and in house projects, giving him a wide range of experience when running productions.

Alex Co-Directed 52X11 episodes of...more

Speaking at: Keeping it Tight: Tips and tricks for managing a small production budget


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 ranging from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Wild...more

Speaking at: What Little Boys Are Made Of; Cocktails with... Natalie Engel, Tommy Gillespie & Linda Simensky, PBS KIDS; 30 Minutes with... Linda Simensky, PBS KIDS


Pierre Siracusa

Director of Animation, Children & Youth Department

France Télévisions

Pierre Siracusa joined the French public broadcaster France Télévisions 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 and Youth Department as Programming Advisor, and then joined France 3 in 1998.

In October...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Tiphaine de Raguenel, Claire Heinrich & Pierre Siracusa, France Télévisions; Speed Pitching 1


Dave Skwarczek

Writer and Producer (Expert in Show Bibles)

The Cheese Cutting Corporation

Over the past 15 years, Dave has worked internationally as a brand developer, writer, story editor and creative director on broadcast and digital projects for toy companies like Mattel, Saban, Lionel Trains and Spin Master; production companies including Cartoon Saloon, 9 Story, marblemedia, Sesame Workshop and American Greetings; and your...more

Speaking at: Brainpick


Fonda Snyder

President (Expert in Writing for TV)

Alchemy Ink

Recognized for her achievement in children’s entertainment, Fonda Snyder has developed and sold more than 50 projects worldwide for television networks and major feature film studios Including Sony, Dreamworks, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.  Snyder recently consulted with Toronto based 9 Story Entertainment and served as VP Development & Sales for Rainmaker Entertainment....more

Speaking at: Brainpick


Ellen Solberg

Content Lead

Hopster

Ellen has overseen the content strategy at Hopster since 2015 and has worked with a range of distribution companies including Entertainment One, DHX, DreamWorks and Sesame Workshop. She has led the development of Hopster’s original content productions and was the executive producer of Two Minutes Tales, Hopster’s popular short-form animation...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts



Guillaume Soutter

CEO

The PGS Company

Guillaume Soutter has been working in the entertainment and media industry for more than 10 years - holding positions in programming, advertising, production and international distribution.

Philippe and Guillaume Soutter co-founded the PGS company in 2008. Their ambition was to provide producers and rights owners an environment entirely dedicated to the...more

Speaking at: Eastern Expansion: How to do deals and expand brands in China


Philippe Soutter

Founder

PGS Entertainment

Philippe Soutter has been working in the entertainment and media industry for more than 10 years - holding positions in programming, advertising, production and international distribution.

Philippe and Guillaume Soutter co-founded the PGS company in 2008. Their ambition was to provide producers and rights owners an environment entirely dedicated to the...more

Speaking at: Time to Recharge: Powering up the pillars of international co-pros; Eastern Expansion: How to do deals and expand brands in China



Halle Stanford

President, Television

The Jim Henson Company

A ten-time Emmy®-nominated children’s television producer, Halle Stanford leads the
Company’s development and production of all television, home entertainment, and
digital media in animated and live-action formats. She is currently in production on the
Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Her recent preschool and children’s
programming executive producer...more

Speaking at: Death of Reboots? Exploring the future of nostalgia in a fractured media reality


Barbara Stephen

Managing Director

Flying Bark Productions

Speaking at: Time to Recharge: Powering up the pillars of international co-pros


Alison Stewart

Children’s Media Consultant and Producer

Alison has worked in Children’s media production for most of her career, at the BBC and also as a freelance Producer, BAFTA nominated Director and Scriptwriter, producing content for ITV, Channel 4 and Sky in the UK.

 

Her most recent role at the BBC was Head of CBeebies Production.  She led...more

Speaking at: Using our Powers for Good


Dr. Rosemarie T. Truglio

SVP Curriculum and Content

Sesame Workshop

Rosemarie T. Truglio is the Senior Vice President of Curriculum and Content at Sesame Workshop. Dr. Truglio is responsible for the development of the interdisciplinary curriculum on whichSesame Streetis based and oversees content development across platforms (e.g., television, publishing, toys, home video, and theme park activities). She also oversees the...more

Speaking at: Inclusion is Expansion: Creating content that spans the spectrum


Catherine Tait

President & CEO

CBC

As President and CEO, Catherine Tait is responsible for overseeing the management of CBC/Radio-Canada to ensure that Canada's national public broadcaster can deliver on the various aspects of its mandate and continue to offer Canadians a broad spectrum of high quality programming that informs, enlightens and entertains, and that is...more

Speaking at: Defined by Change: Public broadcasting speeds up to keep up


Alison Taylor

Head of Sales and Acquisitions

Aardman Animations Ltd

Alison has spent most of her professional career at Aardman having joined the studio as the Personal Assistant to the Head of Broadcast and Development in 2004 and then becoming an original team member of Aardman’s International distribution, Aardman Rights and Brand Development as Sales Executive, in 2006.  Since 2016,...more

Speaking at: Distribution Deadlock: Selling kids content in a shifting marketplace


Loretta Todd

Creator

Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show

Loretta S. Todd is an award-winning Indigenous filmmaker, writer and producer known for powerful, visual storytelling. As a successful producer, she created Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, a children's series about Indigenous science for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, in Canada. As well, she created Fierce Girls, a web-series for...more

Speaking at: Inclusion is Expansion: Indigenous representation done right


Pontus Torpvret

Head of Acquisitions, Children's

SVT Swedish Television

As a public service channel, we pride ourselves to be able to provide the audience with the very finest in children’s animation and live action. We hand pick every title to make a fine broad selection to complement our own Swedish production. Well actually complement is a weak word considering...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Pontus Torpvret, SVT


Kristofer Updike

Senior Director, Development

Universal Kids

Kristofer Updike has over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, working extensively in television and film.  Bringing compelling stories to life is a passion of his, and as the Senior Director of Development for Universal Kids, Kristofer has focused his talents on creating and developing children’s programming for kids...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Karen Miller, Rick Clodfelter & Kristofer Updike, Universal Kids; Speed Pitching 3


Juliëtte van Paridon

Editor in Chief, NTR Youth Department

NTR

Juliëtte van Paridon  is  Editor in Chief of the children's/youth department of Dutch public broadcaster NTR.

In her programs,  Juliëtte  doesn’t make things look prettier than they are. Talking about sex is uncomfortable, nature can be horrifying

Speaking at: Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: Broaching the birds and bees through entertainment


Susan Vargo

VP Global Live Entertainment

Nickelodeon

Susan Vargo leads creative development and production for live entertainment across for Nickelodeon's touring, theme park, hotels and resort activities as well as select non-ticketed event and the global costume character program.  Current stage tours include: Paw Patrol Live! and Double Dare Live!.  She also serves as the executive producer for The Sponge Bob Musical, which was nominated for 12 TONY Awards during the 2017 - 18 Broadway season...more

Speaking at: Beyond the Screen: The future is LIVE!


Rene Veilleux

CEO & Founder

Verite Entertainment

René Veilleux is the CEO and Founder of Verité Entertainment where he is spearheading production and development on a variety of projects in film, television, animation, and new media. He has worked in all aspects of production for numerous companies including: DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, Frederator Studios, FremantleMedia, MTV, Mattel Creations,...more

Speaking at: Dubs and Subs: What you need to know about localization


Karen Vermeulen

Head of Content Global Distribution & Co-production, Managing Director of UK Office

Cloudco Entertainment

Responsible for financing, co-producing and distributing TV series including Cloudco’s latest new titles :Care Bears -Unlock the Magic, Tinpo, Holly Hobbie(live action) and Buddy Thunderstruck.

Cloudco Entertainment is the entertainment (development and production) and outbound licensing & distribution division which was built upon the American Greetings library of Care Bears and other iconic...more

Speaking at: Distribution Deadlock: Selling kids content in a shifting marketplace


Kerstin Viehbach

Team Leader Editorial Department Fiction

SUPER RTL/RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co.KG

Kerstin Viehbach joined Super RTL in 1999. After working as a producer for non-fictional children's content, she joined the Co-Production department. For some years now she has been team leader of the editorial department fiction. She and her team are searching for the best children's programmes and are supervising developments...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Kerstin Viehbach, Super RTL


Dion Vlachos

EVP, Retail Sales, Marketing & Publishing

Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products

Dion Vlachos is Executive Vice President of U.S. Retail Sales and Global Publishing for VIACOM Nickelodeon Consumer Products (VNCP).  Based in New York, Dion leads U.S. retail development for VNCP, including strategy, sales and relationship management of key partners across mass, specialty, e-commerce and emerging retail accounts. He also oversees...more

Speaking at: The Brave New World of Toy Retail


Aurélie Wack

Acquisitions Manager Kids France & Africa

Cartoon Network France & Africa

Aurelie Wack is Acquisitions Manager, Kids for Turner France & Africa, working across Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, and Toonami.

In this role, Aurelie identifies and negotiates local acquisitions and pre-buys for Turner France & Africa kids’ services, working for the local heads of programming and acquisitions of both territories and collaborating...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1; Speed Pitching 2


Alice Webb

Director, BBC Children's and BBC North

BBC Children's

Alice Webb is Director, BBC Children’s, responsible for all aspects of the BBC’s Children’s services – including being responsible for the UK’s two most popular networks for youngest audiences, CBeebies and CBBC.  With over 8,000 hours of children’s content each year, together with iPlayer, apps, interactive and multimedia content the...more

Speaking at: Defined by Change: Public broadcasting speeds up to keep up; 30 Minutes with... Alice Webb, BBC Children's


Pam Westman

Head of Nelvana Enterprises

Nelvana Enterprises

Speaking at: Retail Battle Royale: Is a global or regional strategy best for your brand?


Alexandra Whyte

Senior Online Writer & Social Media Coordinator

Kidscreen

Obsessed with all things high-tech, Kidscreen’s senior online writer and social media coordinator Alexandra Whyte covers the daily news across the kids entertainment business including television, movies and consumer products. Her specialty is in technology, writing features for the magazine ranging from robots to YouTube. Before joining Kidscreen she was...more

Speaking at: Death of Reboots? Exploring the future of nostalgia in a fractured media reality


Kay Wilson Stallings

SVP Creative Development

Sesame Workshop

Speaking at: 30 minutes with... Kay Wilson Stallings, Sesame Workshop


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


Alix Wiseman

SVP Business Development & Acquisitions

9 Story Distribution International

An international media professional with 25 years in the business, Alix Wiseman leads 9 Story’s distribution and acquisitions efforts. Prior to joining 9 Story, Alix was at Aardman Animations where she set up the studio’s dedicated distribution division in 2006 and led the efforts on titles such as Shaun the...more

Speaking at: Distribution Deadlock: Selling kids content in a shifting marketplace


Steph Wissink

Managing Director, Research Analyst - Consumer

Jefferies

Stephanie Wissink joined Jefferies in May 2017 as Managing director, senior research analyst covering consumer products companies. Steph has over 18 years of Equity Research experience, previously with Piper Jaffray, authoring company & industry reports focused on beauty, retail, entertainment, toys & games, health & wellness. She collaborates with Jefferies...more

Speaking at: The Brave New World of Toy Retail


Matthew Wolf

Director of Global Acquisitions

Nickelodeon

Matthew Wolf is the Director of Global Acquisitions for Nickelodeon, Viacom International Media Networks.  Wolf Joined the Global Acquisitions group in October, 2018.  In this role, he manages the acquisitions process from pitch to series launch and also handles partnership management with distributors.

A 12-year veteran of Viacom, Wolf has held...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 3; Speed Pitching 4


Brenda Wooding

President & Owner

Kid Glove

Speaking at: Swipe Right for Co-Production Partners


Andy Yeatman

Head of the Americas

Moonbug

Andy Yeatman is Head of the Americas at Moonbug, a global entertainment company that develops and distributes safe and fun content for children. Yeatman is one of the most respected and accomplished executives in Kids’ content. He has distributed, developed, and acquired some of the most beloved children’s content, globally. He...more

Speaking at: Safer Harbors: A look at AVOD alternatives


Peter Yoder

VP Cartoon Network Enterprises North America

Turner Broadcasting

Speaking at: Retail Battle Royale: Is a global or regional strategy best for your brand?


Harry Yoon

Chief Consultant (Expert in Co-Production)

JIB Consulting Co. Ltd

Speaking at: Brainpick