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Sunday, February 22

12:30 PM

Venue Tour

Registration Desk

Get a feel for the layout of our brand-new venue before the Summit officially kicks off so you don’t waste precious time trying to find sessions, events and people throughout the week. This tour departs from the Registration Desk and shows you where everything will take place.

1:00 PM

MASTER CLASS - YouTubing For Pros: How to Monetize on the World’s Biggest Video Platform

Sandringham

You’ve got the content, you’ve got the clicks—so where’s the money? Converting all of that online attention into actual dollars can be difficult at best, which is why we’re bringing in Rebecca Frankel from Little Dot Studios to break down what monetization models that are working on the world's largest video platform. Little Dot oversees more than 180 YouTube channels on behalf of 45 indie prodcos, and Rebecca takes care of distribution and monetization for the company's kids TV clients. She will also explore the opportunities around creating affiliated niche channels, and how to leverage your audience connections to attract brands and advertising partners.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees who are keen to pack more professional learning into their Summit week can take part in this session for an additional $250. If you're interested in signing up, contact Maggie Wilkins (mwilkins@brunico.com or 416-408-2300 x539).

Featuring:

Rebecca Frankel
Distribution & Partnerships
Little Dot Studios

MENTOR CLASS - Killin' It: Writing for Tweens and Teens

Windsor

Arguably the most discerning audience to write for, it’s not impossible to win tweens and teens over. Shows like Bob’s Burgers and Pretty Little Liars have recently done a great job hitting each demo’s sweet spot. So how do you balance unique characters with intriguing narrative threads and story arcs that will keep them entertained? Join a master of the tween/teen writing craft to talk process and genres, and you’ll come away with the tools you need to polish your script ideas.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees who are keen to pack more professional learning into their Summit week can take part in this session for an additional $250. If you're interested in signing up, contact Maggie Wilkins (mwilkins@brunico.com or 416-408-2300 x539).

Featuring:

Tom McGillis
President, Executive Producer
Fresh TV Inc

MENTOR CLASS - Launchpad Logic: Making the Right TV vs. Digital Decision

Balmoral

Given that the paths diverge so completely now, the decision to launch a kids IP on TV or on new media first is an important one. So we’re bringing in a brand-building guru to guide you through these choices, outline some related surprises and challenges you should prepare for, and explore how to start constructing a three-year brand plan.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees who are keen to pack more professional learning into their Summit week can take part in this session for an additional $250. If you're interested in signing up, contact Maggie Wilkins (mwilkins@brunico.com or 416-408-2300 x539).

Featuring:

Michael Dee
Director of Content
Coolabi Group

2:30 PM

BREAK

Venue Tour

Registration Desk

Get a feel for the layout of our brand-new venue before the Summit officially kicks off so you don’t waste precious time trying to find sessions, events and people throughout the week. This tour departs from the Registration Desk and shows you where everything will take place.

3:00 PM

MASTER CLASS - Direct to Retail: Perfecting your Retail Pitch

Sandringham

You’ve got a seat at the retail table. So what’s your next move? The good news is that retailers are more open to brand and content partnerships than ever before, and their physical and digital reach has never been greater. The challenge is that metrics are murkier, and your old pitch playbook won’t work with the powerful new decision-makers and influencers who will decide your retail destiny. In this Master Class, retail positioning expert Carol Spieckerman will reveal the three principles and five action steps that will drive big-profit, multi-stakeholder retail successes in 2015 and beyond, and she’ll frame everything up with her latest retail insights. Get ready to future-proof your consumer products strategy and win high-volume opportunities!

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees who are keen to pack more professional learning into their Summit week can take part in this session for an additional $250. If you're interested in signing up, contact Maggie Wilkins (mwilkins@brunico.com or 416-408-2300 x539).

Featuring:

Carol Spieckerman
President
newmarketbuilders

MASTER CLASS - Promoting Innovation: A Guide to Empowering Creative Teams

Sponsored by

Windsor

A top-notch creative team is always at the heart of success in the kids business. So how can a C-class leader reenergize corporate culture and management styles for maximum creativity, while maintaining the company’s mission, vision and values? We’re bringing in an expert consultant to provide clear tactics and strategies on everything from creating the right working environment to cultivate creative talent, to offering the incentives that drive C-class talent retention.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees who are keen to pack more professional learning into their Summit week can take part in this session for an additional $250. If you're interested in signing up, contact Maggie Wilkins (mwilkins@brunico.com or 416-408-2300 x539).

Featuring:

Mercy Salaz
Principal
Strategos

MENTOR CLASS - Creator 101: Putting your Best Pitch Forward

Balmoral

You’ve just had a great idea for a show! (Well, you and your best friend think it’s great!) But how do you know if it will work in the market? And how do you turn your light bulb moment into a global kids brand? These are just some of the Big Questions we’ll be looking at in this lively, hands-on Mentor Class, suitable for creators of all experience levels working on concepts for all age ranges (toddlers to teens). Hosted by Mike the Knight creator Alexander Bar, Put your Best Pitch Forward will offer valuable first-hand insights to help you assess and craft your ideas into effective bibles and one-sheets, navigate the many perils of the pitching process, identify strategies to find the right partners for your project, and secure that ever-elusive greenlight!

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees who are keen to pack more professional learning into their Summit week can take part in this session for an additional $250. If you're interested in signing up, contact Maggie Wilkins (mwilkins@brunico.com or 416-408-2300 x539).

Featuring:

Alexander Bar
Founder & Executive Producer
Creative Producer & Author

Monday, February 23

8:00 AM

BREAKFAST (served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

8:30 AM

Venue Tour

Registration Desk

Get a feel for the layout of our brand-new venue before the Summit officially kicks off so you don’t waste precious time trying to find sessions, events and people throughout the week. This tour departs from the Registration Desk and shows you where everything will take place.

9:00 AM

Brainpick: Pitching & Development

Merrick

Join some of the industry’s most experienced creators, who will be on hand to work with you on fine-tuning your show concept and pitch materials so you’re ready for market. You can also pop in and ask any questions you may have about developing and pitching kids content.

Featuring:

Justine Bannister
Consultant
Just B

Natalie Dumoulin
VP of Creative Affairs
9 Story Media Group

Melanie Halsall
Head of Development
Komixx Entertainment

Michelle Melanson
President/Executive Producer
Radical Sheep Productions

Beth Stevenson
Founder, Producer
Brain Power Studio Inc

Rita Street
President
Radar Cartoons LLC

Brainpick: Co-Productions & Financing

Merrick

We’ve recruited a handful of leading kids content producers to advise you on your financing game plan and setting up effective co-production partnerships. 

Featuring:

Nat Abraham
Partner and President Distribution
Breakthrough Entertainment

Simon Flamank
Advisor
Bob and Co, Ltd

Tatiana Kober
President
Bejuba! Entertainment

Julie Stall
Partner & Executive Producer
Portfolio Entertainment Inc.

Tom van Waveren
CEO & Creative Director
Cake Distribution Ltd

Brenda Wooding
President & Owner
Kid Glove

10:00 AM

KEYNOTE: Press Play on Fun

Bayfront

Online and mobile video viewing rates continue to skyrocket pretty much everywhere, and YouTube has a rock-solid grip on this audience. Today, YouTube is home to millions of families across the globe who seek out content that entertains, educates and inspires their children. With parent company Google currently revamping several of its products for kids 12 and under, YouTube's Head of Family/EDU Malik Ducard  will talk about new opportunities for producers to engage families like never before. 

Featuring:

Malik Ducard
VP, YouTube Content Partnerships
YouTube

10:45 AM

BREAK

11:00 AM

Close-up with the Maker of Maker: Michael Ross

Bayfront

Disney paid in excess of US$500 million earlier this year for Maker Studios, whose Family business unit is one of the largest short-form video platforms in the children’s entertainment industry. Meet Michael Ross, the man in charge of Maker Family, and find out more about the challenges and successes that have shaped his unique perspective and approach to content.

Featuring:

Lana Castleman
Director of Communications
Kidscreen

Michael Ross
General Manager, Family
Maker Studios

Left-Field Leaders

Sevilla

This group of extraordinary leaders come at what they do from left field. Inventive thinkers, natural-born risk-takers―they have pushed the boundaries of their respective industries to achieve success. Their stories will inspire kids biz leaders to step out of their comfort zones and realize it may even be possible to fail safely.

Featuring:

Asi Burak
President
Games for Change

Anthony Esparza
Head of Creative Studios
Herschend Family Entertainment

Donna Friedman Meir
CEO & Founder
Lemonade Creative Consulting

Laurie Meadoff
Founder
The CityKids Foundation

30 Minutes with... Laurence Blaevoet, Canal+ Youth

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Laurence Blaevoet
Head of Children's Programs and Channels
Canal + Youth Department

30 Minutes with... Barry Koch, Cartoon Network Latin America

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Barry Koch
SVP/GM, Cartoon Network, Latin America
Cartoon Network

30 Minutes with... Paul DeBenedittis, Disney Channels Worldwide

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Paul DeBenedittis
EVP Programming & Content Strategy Acquisitions &Co Productions
Disney ABC Television Group

11:45 AM

BREAK

12:00 PM

Shifting Gears: How the Producer's Role is Evolving

Sevilla

In each phase of a production, there is always a dedicated producer making sure the train stays on the track. But as the kids entertainment landscape diversifies, the role of a producer is evolving dramatically alongside it. Join our panel of international producers as they compare and contrast past experiences with current experiments, and glean insight into how this all-important position will continue to change as platforms and distribution channels proliferate and shift shape.   

Featuring:

Carlos Biern
President of Animation Production
BRB Internacional, S.A.

Vince Commisso
President & CEO
9 Story Media Group

Jennifer Dodge
EVP, Entertainment
Spin Master

Ken Faier
El Presidente & CEO
DHX Content

Christopher Keenan
SVP & Executive Producer, Content Development and Production
HIT Entertainment

30 Minutes with... Carole Bonneau, Corus Kids (TELETOON Canada, TELETOON Retro, Cartoon Network Canada)

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Carole Bonneau
VP, Content Acquisition & French Language Programming, Télétoon & La Chaîne Disney
Corus Media

Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development
Corus Entertainment

30 Minutes with... Sebastian Debertin, KiKA

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Sebastian Debertin
Head of International Content Acquisitions and Co-Productions & Programmgeschaftsfuhrung
KiKA - Der Kinderkanal of ARD & ZDF

Audience-Building: Then vs. Now

Bayfront

Eyeballs, eyeballs, eyeballs—attracting a sizable audience is still our ultimate end goal, but how does content develop a following now compared to just five years ago? Who's leading the charge? How have marketing roles changed, and how do things like COPPA regulations come into play with nonlinear series? Our expert panel of producers, broadcast marketers and researchers will discuss what it was like then, and how to get it done now. 

Featuring:

Paul DeBenedittis
EVP Programming & Content Strategy Acquisitions &Co Productions
Disney ABC Television Group

Michael Goldsmith
Executive Producer
DHX Media

Jeff Grant
SVP Research
Turner Broadcasting

Scot McFadyen
Executive Producer/Director
Banger Films

Adina Pitt
VP, Content Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Cartoon Network

30 Minutes with... Migdalis Silva, Nickelodeon Latin America

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Migdalis Silva
VP of Programming & Acquisitions
Nickelodeon Latin America

12:45 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

Lunching with... Lori Burke, Penguin Group (US)

Merrick

Spend some quality time getting closer to top-gun consumer products partners who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of 10 of the industry’s most influential kids merchandise licensees. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Lori Burke
Executive Director of Licensing Acquisitions & Media
Penguin Group (US)

Lunching with... Jeffrey Korchek, Mattel

Merrick

Spend some quality time getting closer to top-gun consumer products partners who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of 10 of the industry’s most influential kids merchandise licensees. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Jeffrey Korchek
VP Licensing Acquisitions & Business Affairs
Mattel, Inc.

Lunching with... Michael Polis, Atomic Toybox Entertainment

Merrick

Spend some quality time getting closer to top-gun consumer products partners who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of 10 of the industry’s most influential kids merchandise licensees. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Michael Polis
CEO, Creator, Executive Producer
Atomic Toybox Entertainment

Lunching with... Julia Posen, Walker Books

Merrick

Spend some quality time getting closer to top-gun consumer products partners who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of 10 of the industry’s most influential kids merchandise licensees. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Julia Posen
EVP and Commercial Director, Group Rights & Development
Walker Books Ltd and Walker Productions

Lunching with... Bill Graham, Jazwares

Merrick

Spend some quality time getting closer to top-gun consumer products partners who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of 10 of the industry’s most influential kids merchandise licensees. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Bill Graham
Chief Marketing Officer
Jazwares

2:00 PM

Meet the President: Cartoon Network's Christina Miller

Bayfront

Christina Miller is now leading the charge at one of the world’s biggest children’s broadcasters, having taken the reins at Turner for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang. Balancing business and creative strategies as she carves a new path for the network is no easy thing, but Miller is definitely up for the challenge. In this one-on-one session, she’ll discuss the experiences that have influenced the way she tackles content management and commercial enterprise, as well as providing a first peek at what's on deck at Cartoon Network, and where she sees the future of kids TV heading.

Featuring:

Lana Castleman
Director of Communications
Kidscreen

Christina Miller
President
Cartoon Network

Twisted Pitchers

Sevilla

Put down that Mojito, and try something stronger—with a twist! This popular creative simulation game is back at Kidscreen Summit, and we hope you’re in the mood to play at the end of the day. Small groups will be challenged to develop an idea and pitch it in just 10 minutes. Some elements are the same for all, and some are unique to each group—the idea is to find out how much a single twist can alter a concept. Come as a team, or meet up with new friends, but get ready to try and hit our creative curveballs out of the park.

Moderating:


David Kleeman
Senior Vice President Global Trends
PlayCollective

30 Minutes with... Tiphaine De Raguenel, France Télévisions

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Tiphaine de Raguenel
Head of Children and Youth Activities & France 4 Head of Programming
France Télévisions

30 Minutes with... Kim Wilson, Kids' CBC

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Kim Wilson
Consultant & Creative
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

30 Minutes with... Hitoshi Furukawa, NHK

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Hitoshi Furukawa
Director, Children's Program Division
NHK

2:45 PM

BREAK

3:00 PM

Shaping the next generation of content: Talking preschool series development with Amazon Kids

Bayfront

With an increasing emphasis being placed on curriculum in preschool programming, Amazon Studios is blazing a new trail with its pilot program and commissioning strategy. Head of Kids Programming Tara Sorensen, noted curriculum expert Dr. Alice Wilder, and several thought leaders in child development will come together at the Summit to discuss how Amazon Kids is shaping curriculum for early childhood learning and looking at play, art and creativity for the youngest demo.

Featuring:

Lana Castleman
Director of Communications
Kidscreen

Dale Dougherty
Founder and CEO
Maker Media Inc.

Ellen Galinsky
President and Co-Founder
Families and Work Institute (FWI)

Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Author & Illustrator
Studio JJK

Scot Osterweil
Creative Director, The Education Arcade & Research Director
MIT Comparative Media Studies

Tara Sorensen
Children's Programming
Amazon Studios

Alice Wilder
Educational Advisor, Amazon Kids
Amazon Studios

3:45 PM

BREAK

4:00 PM

Hot Right Now

Bayfront

To cap off our first day, we're bringing together six media pros who live on the bleeding edge of innovation to talk us through the things they're currently most excited about, and what it all means for our industry in the near future. Each speaker has 20 slides that automatically advance every 16 seconds, guaranteeing that this can't-miss session will be informative, inspiring, and a lot of fun!

Featuring:

Alexander Bar
Founder & Executive Producer
Creative Producer & Author

Nuno Bernardo
CEO
beActive Entertainment S.A.

Scott Chambers
SVP, North America Media and Licensing
Sesame Workshop

Jesse Cleverly
Creative Director
Wildseed Studios

Ryan Lussing
President & Executive Producer
Yellow Bear Studios

Laura Rodriguez-Costacamps
SciPlay Project Manager & Curriculum Designer
NY Hall of Science

Cocktails with... Corus Kids

Palm/Star Isle

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Jamie Piekarz
Preschool Development Executive
Corus Kids

Cocktails with... France Télévisions

Hibiscus Isle

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Tiphaine de Raguenel
Head of Children and Youth Activities & France 4 Head of Programming
France Télévisions

Cocktails with... Turner Broadcasting EMEA

Gusman

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Patricia Hidalgo
VP Content and Programming Strategy
Turner Broadcasting System EMEA Limited

Cocktails with... RTÉ Ireland

Tuttle

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Sheila de Courcy
RTE Group Head of Childrens and Controller Rtéjr
Radio Telefis Eireann- RTE Ireland

Cocktails with... BBC Children's

Dupont

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Sarah Muller
Head of Acquisitions & Independent Animation
CBBC

5:00 PM

Kidscreen's Kick-Off Cocktail (Join us on the Pool Terrace)

Registration Desk, Bayfront, Sevilla, Brickell, Merrick, Palm/Star Isle, Hibiscus Isle, Gusman, Tuttle, Dupont

Mix and mingle poolside with other delegates at the Summit’s biggest social event. This bash caps off the first day and attracts hundreds of kids entertainment execs looking to meet partners, chat about business and soak up the Miami sunset.  

Tuesday, February 24

8:00 AM

BREAKFAST (served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

10:15 AM

KEYNOTE: Tech, Content and the Next Generation: A one-on-one with Randi Zuckerberg

Bayfront

From creativity to coding, technology opens countless doors for children to learn new skills and explore their passions. It levels the playing field for girls to compete in STEM fields, lets kids dive deeper into areas of interest, and gives unparalleled access to those with disabilities. But have you ever tried to have a conversation with a teenager whose head is buried in text messages? Or explain to a toddler that no, they can't have the tablet RIGHT NOW! In this fun, fresh and insightful fireside chat, Randi Zuckerberg, an expert in how consumers—especially parents and children—live and interact with technology, will share her take on family dynamics in the digital age.

Featuring:

Kim Wilson
Consultant & Creative
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Randi Zuckerberg
Creator/Author, Dot
The Jim Henson Company

11:00 AM

BREAK

11:30 AM

Can a Series be Everything to Everyone?

Bayfront

The benchmarks for successful return on investment in kids entertainment today are exposure in 100+ territories and product on shelf at every retailer from Sydney to Reykjavik. But broadcasters still want shows that relates to the unique experiences of kids in their respective countries. So what are the ingredients required to whip up a series that is both a local hit and a global success? And what is a producer to do with a show that is a huge hit in one country, but has trouble gaining traction elsewhere? 

Featuring:

Olivier Dumont
President
eOne Family

Bob Higgins
EVP Kids & Family
FremantleMedia (New York)

Tom McGillis
President, Executive Producer
Fresh TV Inc

Karen Miller
Indie Producer
Disney Channels Worldwide

Sarah Muller
Head of Acquisitions & Independent Animation
CBBC

Shopping Around: What's Driving Consumer Products Sales Now?

Sevilla

Mass-market retailers are arguably even more powerful than traditional broadcasters when it comes to transforming kids shows into hits. But it's a shifting market right now. How are upstart platforms like Netflix and YouTube channels, and online retailers, affecting an IP owner's ability to get products on shelves and into consumers' hands? Join our expert panel as they cover everything licensors need to know to navigate this less-traveled landscape and flourish.

Featuring:

Rick Glankler
President Commercial Operations
FremantleMedia (New York)

Bill Graham
Chief Marketing Officer
Jazwares

Ron Johnson
EVP, International Consumer Products
Viacom International Media Networks

Sue Miller
Founding Partner
Mixed Media Group

Carol Spieckerman
President
newmarketbuilders

Hot Research: Creating Essential Digital Media for Today’s Fast-Moving Kids

Brickell

Renowned research firm Insight Kids will present the results of their groundbreaking and hot-off-the-presses study into the digital lives of kids―what they’re doing as they stream, game, communicate and shop online, and the benefits they get out of each activity. Insight’s analysis will correlate kids’ attitudes and behaviors with cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development milestones, helping attendees understand how to activate kids across multiple dimensions in the exploding digital space. A must-attend!

Featuring:

Stacey Matthias
R&D
Insight Strategy Group

30 Minutes with... Tara Sorensen, Amazon Studios

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Tara Sorensen
Children's Programming
Amazon Studios

30 Minutes with... Frank Dietz, Super RTL

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Frank Dietz
Deputy Program Director & Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Super RTL

Janine Weigold
Manager, Original Animation, EMEA
RTL Disney Fernsehen GmbH & Co.KG

30 Minutes with... Adina Pitt, Cartoon Network US

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Adina Pitt
VP, Content Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Cartoon Network

12:30 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

Lunching with... Daphné de Beauffort, TF1 Licences

Merrick

Spend some quality time getting closer to top-gun consumer products partners who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of 10 of the industry’s most influential kids merchandise licensees. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Daphné de Beauffort
Head of Kids Content Acquisitions and Diversification
TF1 Licences

Lunching with... Sean Gorman, American Greetings Properties

Merrick

Spend some quality time getting closer to top-gun consumer products partners who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of 10 of the industry’s most influential kids merchandise licensees. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Sean Gorman
President
American Greetings Properties

Lunching with... Andrew Kerr, Corus Entertainment

Merrick

Spend some quality time getting closer to top-gun consumer products partners who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of 10 of the industry’s most influential kids merchandise licensees. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Andrew Kerr
Co-Founder/Executive Producer
Corus Entertainment

Lunching with... Rich Maryyanek, Big Tent Entertainment

Merrick

Spend some quality time getting closer to top-gun consumer products partners who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of 10 of the industry’s most influential kids merchandise licensees. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Rich Maryyanek
Partner and Chief Marketing Officer
Big Tent Entertainment

Lunching with... Jonathan Mirsky, Spin Master

Merrick

Spend some quality time getting closer to top-gun consumer products partners who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of 10 of the industry’s most influential kids merchandise licensees. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Jonathan Mirsky
Senior Licensing Manager
Spin Master

2:00 PM

Ink Slingers: Targeting the best writing talent

Bayfront

Regardless of format, genre and audience even the best concepts fall short without first-rate scripts that bring characters and stories to life. Join some of the industry’s leading development exces and learn how to find, recruit and retain valuable scriptwriters from an international talent pool. 

Featuring:

Christopher Dicker
Show Runner
JAM Media

Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development
Corus Entertainment

Melanie Halsall
Head of Development
Komixx Entertainment

J.J. Johnson
Partner & Executive Producer
Sinking Ship Entertainment Inc

Fonda Snyder
President
Rainmaker Entertainment

The Multiplatform Playground

Sevilla

Whether you’ve read one of the dozens of scientific studies on play, or conducted your own personalized "nanny cam" research, we can all agree that play continues to be the primary way kids learn. That’s why it needs to be upheld as an essential ingredient in the content and products that we make for them. In a discussion with experts who create the most playful products, media and experiences for children, we will explore the similarities, differences and opportunities for play across all the platforms that exist in modern family life.

Featuring:

Gwen Gordon
Chief Mischief Maker
Now Playing Productions

Jennie Ito
Founder, Play & Toy Consultant
The Play Kitchen

Susanna Pollack
President
NonStop Media

Julia Rousakis
Co-Director & Co-Founder
Architectural Playground Equipment

Greg Trefry
Partner & Game Designer
Gigantic Mechanic

David Voss
SVP & Executive Producer
Mattel, Inc.

Pink, Blue or Beige? How Digital is Shaping Gender Preferences

Brickell

Are gender-neutral products and content becoming more popular as kids increasingly choose what they want to engage with and when? Kids Industries spoke to 2,000 parents and children on both sides of the Atlantic to find out what they really think about the gendering of products and experiences. It turns out that the digital world of apps, websites, social media, games, platforms and hardware is reshaping the discussion. Using primary and secondary sources, Gary Pope will explore the realities and (mis)perceptions of gender signposting in digital experiences designed for children, and then compare it to the gendered framing of content in the physical world of children’s brands and products to assess what it all might mean for the kids biz.

Featuring:

Gary Pope
Director
Kids Industries

30 Minutes with... Andrew Beecham, Sprout

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Andrew Beecham
Consultant
Sprout

30 Minutes With... Sarah Muller, CBBC

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Sarah Muller
Head of Acquisitions & Independent Animation
CBBC

30 Minutes with... Jules Borkent, Nickelodeon

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Jules Borkent
EVP, Kids & Family
Viacom International Media Networks

3:00 PM

BREAK

3:15 PM

Girl Talk

Sevilla

Shows with girls in the lead, and often in non-traditional roles, have become increasingly prevalent in kids media over the last few years. So how do production, broadcast and consumer products perspectives shape how a show is created primarily for girls? In this session, our panel of seasoned kids biz pros will explore that critical question and much more. 

Featuring:

Joe D'Ambrosia
General Manager
Disney ABC Television Group

Jackie Edwards
Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF)
CBeebies

Jocelyn Hamilton
President, Canada, Television
Corus Entertainment

Lisa Henson
CEO
The Jim Henson Company

Helen McAleer
Owner
Walker Books Ltd and Walker Productions

Content from a kid's-eye-view

Brickell

Put on your kid glasses! The child development experts at Insight Kids will look at the different developmental stages of kids zero to 12 and how the values of their parents’ generation and culture shape their play and connection to stories. They’ll review kids’ timeless needs as well as timely trends. Find out how these priorities impact kids’ entertainment diets and consumption patterns, and how you can best strategize for the future.

Featuring:

Stacey Matthias
R&D
Insight Strategy Group

4:00 PM

BREAK

4:15 PM

Can They Build It? A Case Study of the New Bob the Builder

Sevilla

Join HIT Entertainment and research outfit Dubit as they present the challenges they faced in reimagining Bob the Builder for modern preschoolers in a changing media landscape. Dubit will unveil research that influenced HIT's plans for Bob V2.0, drawing on quantitative and qualitative data gleaned from interviews of more than 1,800 children in the UK and US. And HITwill offer insights into how this research influenced its relaunch strategy for Bob, and how other children's entertainment makers can do likewise.

Featuring:

Peter Robinson
CSO
Dubit

Claudia Scott-Hansen
Principal
HIT Entertainment

Turning the Page: Making the Leap From Book to Screen Effectively

Brickell

Producing at the intersection of books and screens comes with unique creative challenges, but just what are the ups and downs of adapting stories from the main kidlit age categories—picture books, middle-grade and young adult—and how can a producer avoid or manage those challenges effectively? In this session, author Jeff Norton is joined by experts in this field to provide expert tips for tackling book-to-screen projects. 

Featuring:

Asaph Fipke
Chief Content Officer, DHX Studios
Nerd Corps Entertainment (Vancouver)

Eddie Gamarra
VP, Studio Development
The Gotham Group

Jeff Norton
Founder
AWESOME MEDIA

Darragh O'Connell
Group Creative Director
Brown Bag Films

Cocktails with... KiKA

Palm/Star Isle

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Sebastian Debertin
Head of International Content Acquisitions and Co-Productions & Programmgeschaftsfuhrung
KiKA - Der Kinderkanal of ARD & ZDF

Cocktails with... Canal+ Youth

Hibiscus Isle

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Laurence Blaevoet
Head of Children's Programs and Channels
Canal + Youth Department

Cocktails with... DHX Television

Tuttle

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Michael Goldsmith
Executive Producer
DHX Media

Cocktails with... PBS KIDS

Dupont

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Linda Simensky
Head of PBS KIDS Content
PBS KIDS

Cocktails with... Lagardère Active

Gusman

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Caroline Cochaux
Producer-Mediawan Productions
Lagardere Active Tv Channels -Gulli, CanalJ, Tiji, McM, JuneTv-

5:15 PM

Kidscreen and iKids Awards Ceremony and After-Party

Bayfront

Join us as we celebrate the year’s best kids programming, broadcasting and digital media efforts at our annual Kidscreen Awards Ceremony, hosted by a renowned television personality Jessi Cruickshank, the recent host of Canada’s Smartest Person and the host of numerous programs that have aired on MTV Canada, Style Network, CTV, E! and NBC News. Be sure to stay for the after-party and hang with the winners and judges! 

Featuring:

Jessi Cruickshank, Host
Television Personality, Actress & Global Ambassador

Wednesday, February 25

8:00 AM

BREAKFAST (served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

10:00 AM

VOD: The Shape of Things to Come

Bayfront

The producers who best understand the capabilities of emerging media platforms will be able to optimize their content most effectively―and create the deepest engagement for the biggest audiences. While this may sound simple, deciding what this optimization looks like is anything but. For starters, some claim this generation has abandoned “consumable” narrative media in favor of “shareable” social media, while others like Netflix contend VOD will usher in a new age of totally immersive long-form epic storytelling. So which direction to choose? Our panel of kids media pros will have plenty of opinions on the shape of things to come.

Featuring:

Julien Borde
Head of Channels France & Africa
France Télévisions

Jesse Cleverly
Creative Director
Wildseed Studios

Eric Foster White
CEO
ShowMobile

Heath Kenny
Chief Creative Officer
Gaumont Animation

Gary Pope
Director
Kids Industries

Tackling Factual: A Guide for Creatives and Animation Producers

Sevilla

Factual entertainment for kids that’s produced in a variety of techniques has really come into its own as a hot genre in the kids space, but transitioning to this kind of content can present a number of issues for traditional animation producers. This session, produced by Justine Bannister, will take a look at the market demand for kids factual fare, associated production costs, financial models and the creative challenges involved in making reality-type programming that connects with target demos including preschool, kids and tweens/teens.

Featuring:

Sarah Baynes
CEO
The Creative Garden

Michael Carrington
Director Entertainment & Specialist
ABC-TV

Dylan Collins
CEO
Superawesome

Jon Rutherford
Managing Director + President Rights
Tricon Films & Television

Michelle Sullivan
Producer
National Geographic

Winning Strategies For Doing Business In China

Brickell

With 180 million children under the age of eight in China, its family market is already the world’s largest. But how do you crack it open or even sign your first deal? Our panel of Chinese and Western media executives will share insights to help you unlock the secrets to entering the massive Chinese kids market. They'll explore the cultural nuances of business cards and dinners that shape a successful introduction and meeting, and examine the critical role that company profiles play in doing business in China. Finally, the panel will discuss the delicate issues of carrying out contracts and payments in the world's most populous country.

Featuring:

Sharon Gomes
COO
Little Airplane Productions

James Chen Gu
General Manager, Animation Studio
UYoung (Tianjin) Animation Culture & Media Co., Ltd.

Adrian Roche
President
Auldey Toys North America

Josh Selig
CEO
Little Airplane Productions

Speed Pitching 1

Merrick

Sit down one-on-one with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective networking format will feature 8-minute meetings again this year, giving you ample time to deliver the perfect pitch. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Massimo Bruno
Director of TV Channels
De Agostini

Jackie Edwards
Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF)
CBeebies

Chapman Maddox
VP, Development & Production
FremantleMedia

Karen Miller
Indie Producer
Disney Channels Worldwide

Lisa O'Brien
Creator/Consultant
Sprout

Jamie Piekarz
Preschool Development Executive
Corus Kids

Orion Ross
VP Original Programming-Animation
Disney Channels EMEA

Melissa Wolfe
Head of Animation and Family Programming
Amazon Studios

30 Minutes with... Linda Simensky, PBS KIDS

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Linda Simensky
Head of PBS KIDS Content
PBS KIDS

30 Minutes with... Sheila de Courcy, RTÉ Ireland

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Sheila de Courcy
RTE Group Head of Childrens and Controller Rtéjr
Radio Telefis Eireann- RTE Ireland

Pauline Macnamara
Executive Producer, Animation & Commissioning
Radio Telefis Eireann- RTE Ireland

30 Minutes with... Michael Goldsmith, DHX Television

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Michael Goldsmith
Executive Producer
DHX Media

Sarah Haasz
Head of Live-Action & Animated Series-North America
DHX Media

11:00 AM

30 Minutes with... Peter Gal, DreamWorks Animation

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Peter Gal
Chief Creative Officer Television
DreamWorks Animation

BREAK

30 Minutes with... Alison Stewart, CBeebies

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Alison Stewart
Children’s Media Consultant and Producer
BBC Children's

30 Minutes with... David Levine, Disney Channels EMEA

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

David Levine
Vice President, Kids Programming, Europe & Africa/UK & Ireland
The Walt Disney Company (EMEA)

11:30 AM

Speed Pitching 2

Merrick

Sit down one-on-one with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective networking format will feature 8-minute meetings again this year, giving you ample time to deliver the perfect pitch. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Massimo Bruno
Director of TV Channels
De Agostini

Natalie Dumoulin
VP of Creative Affairs
9 Story Media Group

Jackie Edwards
Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF)
CBeebies

Keith Kennebeck
Director, Children’s Programming
PBS

Layla Lewis
SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships
Nickelodeon

Chapman Maddox
VP, Development & Production
FremantleMedia

Lynn Oldershaw
Consultant
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Andrew Thomas
Director, Content
Hulu

Leah Wolfson
Production Executive, Original Programming, Corus Kids
Corus Kids

Hunting for YouTube Talent

Bayfront

Online talent is gaining more and more traction in kids entertainment. Just look at the traffic flocking to YouTube star channels like PewDiePie, who has 32 million subscribers and counting. While traditional prodcos are starting to scope out the space, there's a lot to learn about tracking down hot content creators and how their existing relationships with YouTube MCNs might impact their work on other platforms. Join our panel of leaders in the online and mobile landscape as they outline what the new deals with talent look like, how they evaluate credibility and starpower, and how deals might differ between live action and animation creators.

Featuring:

Rhiannon Apple
VP, Brand Partnerships
Fullscreen Inc.

Reed Berglund
CEO
FullBottle Group, Inc.

Jeremy Dickson
Features Editor
Kidscreen

Michael Ross
General Manager, Family
Maker Studios

Fred Seibert
CEO
Frederator Networks

Talking Tech: Storytelling with a Digital Twist

Sevilla

Staying one step ahead of the digital curve is crucial for keeping stories relevant to today’s generation of plugged-in kids. And it looks like producers and kidnets are heeding the call to make technology part of the storytelling. But the challenge, of course, is staying on the bleeding edge without creating programming that becomes dated as quickly as the next-gen iPhone. We've assembled an expert panel to take you through the ins and outs of navigating this tricky space.

Featuring:

Jennifer Burkitt
Founder & Creative Director
Log Cabin Productions

Sarah Muller
Head of Acquisitions & Independent Animation
CBBC

Sergi Reitg
Premium Content Director
Imira Entertainment

Sander Schwartz
Producer

Halle Stanford
President of Television, Executive Producer
The Jim Henson Company

New Tech That Will Blow Your Mind!

Brickell

We know not everyone has the time to scour the web for amazing feats in new technology, so we’re bringing a few of the most outstanding innovations poised to affect the kids business to Kidscreen Summit. Make sure you’re in the room for the big reveal.  

Featuring:

Daniel Bays
Creator & Consultant
BBC Children's

Michael Houlahan
Head of Enterprise
ToyTalk

Jon Howard
Executive Product Manager
BBC

Henry Hsiao
VP, Strategic Development
HIT Entertainment / Mattel Inc.

Jay Silver
CEO and Founder
JoyLabz/Makey Makey

12:00 PM

30 Minutes with... Cecilia Persson, Turner Broadcasting EMEA

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Cecilia Persson
VP, Programming & Content Strategy Kids EMEA, Acquisitions & Co Productions International
Turner Broadcasting System EMEA

30 Minutes with... Joe D'Ambrosia, Disney Junior

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Joe D'Ambrosia
General Manager
Disney ABC Television Group

30 Minutes with... Benjamin Grubbs, YouTube

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Benjamin Grubbs
Director, Global Head of Top Creators
YouTube

12:30 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

2:00 PM

Speed Pitching 3

Merrick

Sit down one-on-one with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective networking format will feature 8-minute meetings again this year, giving you ample time to deliver the perfect pitch. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Stephanie Betts
EVP, Content & Current Series
DHX Media

Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development
Corus Entertainment

Liliana Reyes
Senior VP of Content
Portfolio Entertainment

Frank Saperstein
Executive Producer
Tricon Media

Pierre Siracusa
Director of Animation, Children & Youth Department
France Télévisions

Géraldine Soto
Head of Acquisitions, Prebuys and Coproductions, Kids Department
Canal+

Alison Stewart
Children’s Media Consultant and Producer
BBC Children's

Marion Winter
Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Super RTL

The New Age of VOD

Sevilla

Kids are unquestionably taking their viewing online, and not just to Netflix. New ad-supported and SVOD services geared to children have been cropping up at a quick clip over the past 18 months, turning VOD from a buzzword to a bona fide business development strategy. This panel discussion will explore the main challenges facing the newest crop of VOD services, as well as gauging how business is growing in this space (if it really is), and when the VOD movement might start really paying out.

Featuring:

Greg Alkalay
CEO
batteryPOP

Malcolm Bird
CEO
The Viddiverse

Michael Lowe
CEO
Kidoodle.TV

Derek Sentner
VP Sales & Business Development
Driver Digital

Tara Sorensen
Children's Programming
Amazon Studios

Best of the Web

Brickell

Join this fast-paced, curated romp through the most hilarious and inspired work you’ve likely never seen. Hosted by kids and millennial expert Amy Friedman, a panel of guest YouTube, Vine and YouNow makers and curators will each share their top-three picks from all over the web, with brief backstories on how the content got made, shared and used.

Featuring:

Mark Douglas
Producer, Barely Political
Google / Youtube

Anastasia Douglas
Operations Strategist, YouTube Creative Strategy
Google / Youtube

Amy Friedman
Head of Kids and Family Programming
Senior Advisor, MTV Scratch

Jake Roper
Host & Producer
Vsauce3

30 Minutes with... Caroline Cochaux, Lagardère Active

Gusman

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Maud Branly
Children Acquisitions Director & International TV Channels Children Programming Director
Lagardere Active

Caroline Cochaux
Producer-Mediawan Productions
Lagardere Active Tv Channels -Gulli, CanalJ, Tiji, McM, JuneTv-

30 Minutes with... Jamie Piekarz, Corus Kids (YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon Canada)

Tuttle

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Jamie Piekarz
Preschool Development Executive
Corus Kids

30 minutes With... Margaret Marshall, Sling TV

Dupont

A returning favourite at the Summit, our 30 Minutes With…sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as  participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity. 

Featuring:

Meg Marshall
Programming Manager
DISH Network, LLC

3:00 PM

BREAK

3:15 PM

Speed Pitching 4

Merrick

Sit down one-on-one with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective networking format will feature 8-minute meetings again this year, giving you ample time to deliver the perfect pitch. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Stephanie Betts
EVP, Content & Current Series
DHX Media

Hugues Dufour
Production Executive
TELETOON

Sarah Muller
Head of Acquisitions & Independent Animation
CBBC

Liliana Reyes
Senior VP of Content
Portfolio Entertainment

Frank Saperstein
Executive Producer
Tricon Media

Pierre Siracusa
Director of Animation, Children & Youth Department
France Télévisions

Géraldine Soto
Head of Acquisitions, Prebuys and Coproductions, Kids Department
Canal+

Marion Winter
Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Super RTL

The BIG Pitch!

Bayfront

The Big Make-Believe Network is returning to Kidscreen Summit, and two new series will be chosen to compete for a top slot in this death-defying live development session! A pair of creator/writer teams will present their pitches live on stage and make adjustments in real time, based on notes thrown at them by a panel of broadcast, licensing and production executives.

Featuring:

Sebastian Debertin
Head of International Content Acquisitions and Co-Productions & Programmgeschaftsfuhrung
KiKA - Der Kinderkanal of ARD & ZDF

Peter Gal
Chief Creative Officer Television
DreamWorks Animation

Rich Maryyanek
Partner and Chief Marketing Officer
Big Tent Entertainment

Orion Ross
VP Original Programming-Animation
Disney Channels EMEA

Dave Skwarczek
Writer and Producer
Eat Your Lunch

4:15 PM

Cocktails with... Kids' CBC

Flagler

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Kim Wilson
Consultant & Creative
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Cocktails with... Sprout

Gusman

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Andrew Beecham
Consultant
Sprout

Cocktails with... Super RTL

Tuttle

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Frank Dietz
Deputy Program Director & Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Super RTL

Cocktails with... Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Tooncast Latin America

Dupont

Chat over drinks with leading kids broadcasters in this brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required

Featuring:

Barry Koch
SVP/GM, Cartoon Network, Latin America
Cartoon Network

Thursday, February 26

8:00 AM

Delegate Lounge is Open

Registration Desk