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Kidscreen Summit is renowned as the kids entertainment industry’s most important annual event. In 2013, the conference welcomed more than 1,600 attendees from 47 countries. Top executives attend Kidscreen Summit to take advantage of the year’s best business networking, and to engage in critical dialogue on issues that affect the industry.

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98% plan to attend again
99% would recommend the event to colleagues
400+ content buyers
900+ producers/distributors

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Marjorie Cohn


Dreamworks Animation

Marjorie Cohn currently serves as Head of Television for DreamWorks Animation where she oversees all television development and production, including the content for DreamWorks Animation’s ground-breaking multi-year deal with Netflix. As part the studio’s television initiatives, Cohn and her team are tasked with creating more than 1100 episodes of new programming inspired by characters from DreamWorks Animation’s hit franchises and upcoming feature films as well as the vast Classic Media library.

Cohn previously spent 26 years at Nickelodeon, where in various development and production roles she helped make the network number one in cable for 18 consecutive years. She started as a coordinator in physical production and left as President, Content Development. Over her years at Nick, she touched every type of production: live action scripted comedy; animation; games and reality; TV movies; documentary; soap opera and event programming.

Cohn previously served as President, Original Programming and Development overseeing the development and production teams on Nickelodeon's live-action hits including, Sam and Cat, Haunted Hathaways, iCarly, Big Time Rush, and Victorious, and the first originals for Nick at Nite; See Dad Run; Wendell and Vinnie and Instant Mom. She also supervised production of network television events such as Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, which is one of the highest-rated shows in the network's history, and the TeenNick HALO Awards.

During her tenure with Nickelodeon Cohn also oversaw production on Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, Nickelodeon's Emmy Award-winning news show for kids. Cohn developed and produced Nick's first original television movies such as Swindle, Big Time Movie, Rags, Fairy Odd Parents: Grow up Timmy Turner, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf,and Merry Christmas Drake & Josh. She was also responsible for Nick's former powerhouse TEENick programming block, which included hit series suchas Zoey 101, Unfabulous, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide and Drake and Josh.

Prior to concentrating solely on live-action, Cohn developed the hit animated series The Penguins of Madagascar and also oversaw development and production for the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender; Back at the Barnyard; El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and Tak and the Power of Juju.

In 2002, Cohn was named Executive Vice President, Production and Development, a position that officially added development to her purview. Previously, Cohn held the position of Senior Vice President of Production where she managed the production of all animation and live-action series for Nickelodeon including:SpongeBob SquarePants; The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; The Fairly OddParents; All That and The Amanda Show. She was also responsible for the special Rugrats, All Grown Up,which garnered record-breaking ratings, and was the Executive Producer of Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.

As Vice President and Executive Producer, Current Series, Cohn oversaw the production of Rugrats,The Wild Thornberrys, Hey Arnold!, Kenan and Kel, Cousin Skeeter and The Secret World of Alex Mack. She began her career at Nickelodeon as a Unit Manager and shortly after became a Producer working on all Nickelodeon productions including Double Dare and Don't Just Sit There. In addition, she created and produced Nickelodeon's Get The Picture, giving Mike O’Malley his first job, and was Executive In Charge of Production for Roundhouse and Clarissa Explains It All-both hit shows for Nickelodeon.

Born in New York, Cohn graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a B.A. in Fine Art and English.  She lives in New York with her husband, producer Peter Tarshis and their sons Jack and Will.

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