Agenda - Kidscreen Summit 2016

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Sunday, February 7

4:00 PM

Early Registration (4:00 PM- 8:00PM)

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

4:30 PM

Venue Tour

Registration Desk

Get a feel for the 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.

Monday, February 8

8:00 AM

BREAKFAST (8:00 - 10:00 served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

8:30 AM

Venue Tour

Registration Desk

Get a feel for the 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:

Andrew Beecham
Consultant

Alan Gregg
VP, Development
Snarfus Media

Larry Schwarz
President
Larry Schwarz and His Band

Dave Skwarczek
Writer and Producer
Eat Your Lunch

Beth Stevenson
Founder, Producer
Brain Power Studio Inc

Rita Street
President
Radar Cartoons

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:

Justine Bannister
Creative Facilitator
Just B

Tatiana Kober
President
Bejuba! Entertainment

Eric S. Rollman
Executive Producer
Rollman Entertainment

Suzanne Ryan
CEO
SLR Productions

Brenda Wooding
President & Owner
Kid Glove

10:00 AM

Then, Now & Next: Pixar Storytelling

Bayfront

From its first movie, Toy Story, to this year’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, storytelling needs have always driven the development of Pixar's technology. Sharing film clips and anecdotes from the groundbreaking animation studio's creative process, Head of Creative Development Mary Coleman will illuminate this relationship between narrative and technological tools.

Featuring:

Mary Coleman
Head of Creative Development
Pixar Animation Studios

10:45 AM

BREAK

11:00 AM

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Platforms and Practices

Sevilla

In December 2010, when Facebook mapped its users’ connections, they discovered a whole new world of communication and sharing—digital media had erased distance, borders and geographical barriers. As Kidscreen turns 20, Dubit looks at platform progression since 1996, to understand how it has changed practices in launching and distributing successful brands. And because past is prologue, we’ll also project how children and youth will discover, adopt, engage with and share media in the decade to come.

Featuring:

David Kleeman
Senior Vice President Global Trends
Dubit

Peter Robinson
CSO
Dubit

Then, Now & Next: Fred Seibert, digital media innovator

Bayfront

Not only did he pioneer 1990s animated shorts incubator What a Cartoon at Hanna-Barbera—a model since replicated by content commissioners the world over—Fred Seibert has had an uncanny knack for making the right bets in digital media. He was the first investor in Tumblr, founder of Next New Networks (later acquired by Google), and founder of MCN animation giant Channel Frederator and Thirty Labs, a new tech studio focused on innovating video products for the next generation of media. At the forefront of changes in the kids entertainment business over the past 20 years, Seibert has seen it all, and he's going to share his thoughts on the past, present and future of the business.

Moderating:


Jesse Cleverly
Creative Director
Wildseed Studios

Featuring:

Fred Seibert
CEO
Frederator Networks

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+

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
Disney ABC Television Group

11:45 AM

BREAK

12:00 PM

Unlocking the Beginner's Mind

Sevilla

The rules of kids TV are being rewritten on a daily basis by an explosion of new platforms, genres, formats and voices. Those who’ve spent their careers honing their instincts about what works and what doesn’t are going to be wrong a whole lot more often now. This shouldn’t be seen as a setback—in fact, it’s a gift. We get to be beginners again. We don’t have to know the answers right away, but do have to look at every creative problem through fresh eyes. And we get to go back to the humbling but exhilarating feeling of riding a vertical learning curve. Join veteran producer Evan Baily for a look at what we thought we knew but didn’t, what we’re kinda sorta starting to know, and how to enjoy the beginner’s journey from end to end.

Featuring:

Evan Baily
President
Consolidated Baily

Then, Now & Next: Richard Barry, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Bayfront

Richard Barry has seen a lot of changes in children’s entertainment merchandising and the retail business during his three decades at Toys“R”Us, Inc., where he started as a part-timer in the UK and rose to his current post as EVP and Global Chief Merchandising Officer of Toys“R”Us, Inc. In this discussion with LIMA SVP Marty Brochstein, Richard will talk about the transformation of retailing and licensing he’s witnessed over the past 20 years, give his perspective on the state of the business today and offer his thoughts on what may lie ahead for the kids consumer products market.

Moderating:


Marty Brochstein
SVP, Industry Relations and Information
LIMA International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association

Featuring:

Richard Barry
CEO & President
Toys"R"US, Inc.

30 Minutes with... Maud Branly, 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
Lagardère Active

30 Minutes with... Carole Bonneau & Athena Georgaklis, Teletoon

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 Fiction, Acquisitions and Co-Productions
KiKA

12:45 PM

Lunching with... Lori Burke, Penguin Young Readers Group

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 Young Readers Group

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

Lunching with... Helen Howells, HoHo 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:

Helen Howells
Joint Managing Director
Hoho 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... 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 and Walker Productions

Lunching with... Jennifer Bennett, 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:

Jennifer Bennett
VP, Global Licensing
Mattel

LUNCH (served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

2:00 PM

Then, Now & Next: Gerry Laybourne, media maven

Bayfront

Geraldine Laybourne’s impact on cable programming is legendary. A true pioneer, she led the team that created Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite and served as President of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. She then went on to found Oxygen Media, where she served as Chairman and CEO until she sold it to NBC Universal in 2007. Geraldine is currently the Chairman and Co-Founder of kids technology company Kandu, and also serves on the board of directors of 9 Story Media Group. Join PBS KIDS VP of Children’s Programming Linda Simensky as she chats with Geraldine about what has changed in the business of kids entertainment, what has remained constant, and what to consider as we head into uncharted media territory.

Moderating:


Linda Simensky
Head of PBS KIDS Content
PBS KIDS

Featuring:

Geraldine Laybourne
Media Entrepeneur
Kandu

How To Train Your Creator

Sevilla

There’s sometimes a tension in the kids industry between singular vision and creative collaboration. So how can you get the best out of an individual creator in a medium that requires collaboration? And how can the larger team, including L&M, publishing and other iterations of a core idea, best harness the talents of the creator for a stellar execution of his/her idea? This panel will uncover real-world examples of both success and failure to demonstrate how producers in any media can motivate, incentivize and support the people who create culture for kids 

Moderating:


Christopher Skala
Co Founder
TaDaKids, Ltd.

Featuring:

Alexander Bar
Founder & Executive Producer
TinyWorld

Jeff Norton
Founder
AWESOME MEDIA

Scott Stewart
Show Creator
Team Stewart Entertainment

Julie Stewart
Showrunner, Executive Producer, Story Editor
Team Stewart Entertainment

30 Minutes with... Michael Goldsmith & Sarah Haasz, DHX Television

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:

Michael Goldsmith
Head of Kids Content
DHX Television

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

30 Minutes with... Luca Milano, RAI Fiction

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:

Luca Milano
Executive Director Rai Ragazzi
Rai Fiction

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 Content and Network Strategy
Viacom International Media Networks

2:45 PM

BREAK

3:00 PM

Then, Now & Next: Steven DeNure & Neil Court, studio builders

Bayfront

In 1997, Steven DeNure, Neil Court and John Delmage founded Decode Entertainment, which would merge with Halifax Film in 2006 to become DHX Media—now one of the largest players in children’s entertainment. More recently, Neil has gone on to lead an expansion of Canadian animation powerhouse 9 Story Media Group. Needless to say, Steven and Neil’s perspective on how the kids content production and distribution business has grown and changed, and where it’s headed is grounded in their significant experience. The conversation that will unfold during this panel is a must-hear for anyone active in the kids business. 

Moderating:


Ken Faier
El Presidente & CEO
DHX Media

Featuring:

Neil Court
Executive Chairman
9 Story Media Group

Steven DeNure
.
DHX Media

Showrunning 101

Sevilla

What exactly is a showrunner, and how does one ensure the creative integrity of a project from start to finish? This panel of successful showrunners will share their individual approaches to keeping a production creatively on the rails—often against all odds. It will also explore how showrunning differs between animated and live-action productions, unpack some of the challenges commonly faced, and touch on how to maintain a solid creative vision as it travels from script to screen.

Moderating:


Julie Stall
Partner & Executive Producer
Portfolio Entertainment

Featuring:

Peter Hastings
Writer, Producer & Director

Holly Huckins
Executive Producer & Content Creator
Sherriff Callie’s Wild West

Tom Lynch
CEO
Tom Lynch Company

Nadine van der Velde
Owner & Producer
PopSkull

3:45 PM

BREAK

4:00 PM

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
Creator, Producer & Consultant
Corus Entertainment

Cocktails with... France Télévisions

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:

Tiphaine de Raguenel
Director Young Audience & Animation
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:

Cecilia Persson
VP, Programming & Content Strategy Kids EMEA, Acquisitions & Co Productions International
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
RTÉ 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:

Alice Webb
Director
BBC Children's

20 Years: 20 Lessons Learned

Bayfront

This panel of execs who grew up in the kids business will take a look back to 1996 and touch on some of the things they thought were going to happen, what actually happened, how they learned from it, and how those learnings continue to drive how they face the uncertain future of the biz in 2016. Specifically, they will focus on what has driven change, what’s driving it now, and how they make decisions on strategy and execution to propel success. They’ll also share more than a few laughs as they contemplate their biggest triumphs, mistakes and trends they might just revisit. 

Moderating:


Ken Faier
El Presidente & CEO
DHX Media

Featuring:

Julien Borde
Head of Channels France & Africa
France Télévisions

Ed Galton
CCO & Managing Director
Cake Entertainment

David Levine
Vice President, Kids Programming, Europe & Africa/UK & Ireland
Disney Channels EMEA

Helen McAleer
Owner
Walker Books and Walker Productions

5:00 PM

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

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 9

8:00 AM

BREAKFAST (8:00 - 10:00 served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

9:15 AM

If She Can See It, She Can Be It

Bayfront

Recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments, Oscar-winning actor Geena Davis has made it a life- long mission to bring gender equality into children’s media. And in this keynote address, Davis will detail her work at the forefront of changing female portrayals and gender stereotypes within the entertainment industry to dramatically alter how girls and women are reflected in media targeting children ages 11 and under. 

Featuring:

Geena Davis
Founder & Chair
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media & The Bentonville Film Festival

10:00 AM

BREAK

10:15 AM

Getting to know Generation Disruption

Bayfront

How disruptive is the next generation of kids going to be? Let’s ask them. Vivienne Harr is the 12-year-old Chief Inspiration officer at STAND, a social platform where people can connect with others around the causes they care about. She has spoken at Google, Twitter, Square, Linkedin, Paypal, Disney, Mashable, The United Nations and LEAD 2015 with President Bill Clinton. At the age of nine, Vivienne became the youngest person ever to give a TED talk. Dylan Collins (the ever-understated CEO of digital kids marketing platform SuperAwesome) will host a fireside chat with Vivienne to discuss her what trends she and her peers are seeing, as well as the story behind STAND and its future plans.

Moderating:


Dylan Collins
CEO
Superawesome

Featuring:

Vivienne Harr
Chief Inspiration Officer
STAND

10:30 AM

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
Director Young Audience & Animation
France Télévisions

30 Minutes with... Lucy Murphy, Sky

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:

Lucy Murphy
Director of Kids’ Content–UK & Ireland
Sky

30 Minutes with... Nina Hahn, 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:

Nina Hahn
SVP, International Production & Development
Nickelodeon UK

11:00 AM

BREAK

11:30 AM

Meet Mattel's New Chief Content Officer

Bayfront

She's now responsible for leading integrated content creation and distribution strategy at Mattel, one of the largest and most influential kids entertainment companies in the world. But how did Catherine Balsam-Schwaber get there? What influences have determined the way she approaches content, creativity and innovation? And how does she plan to shape Mattel's content strategy moving forward? 

Moderating:


Lana Castleman
Director of Communications
Kidscreen

Featuring:

Catherine Balsam-Schwaber
GM, Craftsy
Mattel Entertainment

The View From Over the Top

Sevilla

The video landscape is evolving rapidly towards new offerings and experiences. And these developments are already having a big impact on the kids programming and video distribution market. Christopher Vollmer, Partner with PwC’s Strategy&, will share his perspective—supported by PwC’s proprietary research on user behavior, as well as data from PwC’s Global Media and Entertainment Outlook—on how the growth of OTT video streaming services will likely impact where value gets created and captured in the kids video market.

Featuring:

Christopher Vollmer
Global Advisory Leader Entertainment & Media
PWC Strategy&

State of the Nation for Kids Apps

Brickell

The April 2010 launch of the iPad heralded a new era for kids content producers. Six years later, with countless titles produced, the children's app marketplace is dynamic, exciting, tumultuous and ever-changing. Leaders from award-winning app developers and publishers will assess the current opportunities, pitfalls, business models and how to survive and thrive in what is arguably the fastest-moving segment of the kids entertainment business.  

Moderating:


Phyl Georgiou
Founder/CEO
Tiggly

Featuring:

Azadeh Jamalian
Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer
Tiggly

Jason Milligan
Creative Executive Producer
Toca Boca

Kimi Navai
Head of Content - PlayKids
Movile

Paul Nunn
Chief Strategy Officer
SuperAwesome

Suzanne Xie
CEO
hullabalu

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 & Janine Weigold, 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
Super RTL

30 Minutes with... Angela Lin, 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:

Angela Lin
Head of Family & Learning, YouTube North America
YouTube - North America

12:30 PM

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 Inc.

Lunching with... Francesco Sedita, Penguin Young Readers Group

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:

Francesco Sedita
President & Publisher
Penguin Young Readers Group

Lunching with... Hollie Holmes, 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:

Hollie Holmes
Senior Director, Strategic Development & Global Licensing Acquisitions
Mattel

Lunching with... Michael Rinzler, Wicked Cool Toys

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 Rinzler
Executive VP & Partner
Wicked Cool Toys

LUNCH (served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

2:00 PM

Around the World with YouTube

Bayfront

It's the inspiration of content creators and the imagination of kids that make the world go round in the family entertainment content space. Spend time taking a trip around the globe with the YouTube Kids and Learning team to find out what is resonating with and inspiring the global kids audience. Find out how creators are inspiring their audience with engaging and enriching digital content. And learn what’s next for YouTube Kids as it approaches its first birthday.

Featuring:

Gregory Dray
Director, Head of Kids & Family & Education EMEA YouTube
YouTube - EMEA

Malik Ducard
VP, YouTube Content Partnerships
YouTube - Global

Angela Lin
Head of Family & Learning, YouTube North America
YouTube - North America

Antoine Torres
Head of YouTube Family & Learning Partnerships, LatAm
YouTube - LatAm

Nadine Zylstra
Head of Family Entertainment and Learning, YouTube Originals
YouTube - Originals

The Future of Storymaking?

Sevilla

Fresh off a stint at noted start-up incubator Disney Accelerator, FEMinc co-founders Rachel Payne and Dr. Meghana Bhatt will dig deep into their proprietary data and expertise in neuroscience and psychology to help attendees understand how and why content resonates, and the unconscious decisions that often go into its development.

Featuring:

Meghana Bhahtt
Co-Founder & VP, Chief Data Scientist
FEMinc

Rachel Payne
Co-Founder & CEO
FEMinc

30 Minutes with... Martin Markle, Kids CBC

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:

Martin Markle
Senior Director, Children's Content
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

30 Minutes with... Harry Yoon, SK Broadband

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:

Harry Yoon
Vice President
SK Broadband

30 Minutes with... Caroline Fraser, HMH

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:

Caroline Fraser
Head of HMH Productions
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

3:00 PM

BREAK

3:15 PM

Producing Bite-Sized Content for the On-Demand Generation

Sevilla

When it comes to creating compelling digital kids content, it’s no longer a question of whether they’re watching online, but rather what they’re watching. Head of DreamWorksTV Birk Rawlings will share insights about consumption behavior gleaned from the highly successful DreamWorksTV YouTube channel. Why does bite-sized content and kid-ified versions of popular YouTube formats generate views, keep parents happy, and most importantly, keep kids coming back for more?  

Moderating:


David Michel
President
Cottonwood Media

Featuring:

Birk Rawlings
Head of Dreamworkstv
DreamWorksTV

4:00 PM

BREAK

4:15 PM

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 Fiction, Acquisitions and Co-Productions
KiKA

Cocktails with... Canal+

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:

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

Cocktails with... Disney 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:

David Levine
Vice President, Kids Programming, Europe & Africa/UK & Ireland
Disney Channels EMEA

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
Head of Kids Content
DHX Television

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

Real Linear and Digital Convergence—the Holy Grail of Content Creation

Sevilla

How do you harness the brilliance, stickiness and brand loyalty of an open-ended play platform in a narrative format? What is the secret sauce involved in translating short-form series development with embedded digital hooks into long-form content and a digital destination that goes beyond a few HTML games? What do you need to know about working with successful game developers on story development? This panel of multiplatform experts will answer these questions and map out successful convergence strategies for kids content creators of all stripes.

Moderating:


Karen Fowler
VP, Development
Karen Fowler

Featuring:

Claire Curley
Head of Kids & Animation
Nickelodeon

Jason Milligan
Creative Executive Producer
Toca Boca

Dave Schlafman
Director of Design Interactive Experiences
Jibo

Jocelyn Stevenson
Co Founder
It's About Water

The Growing Market for Games That Engage, Educate and Empower

Brickell

Many parents struggle with the time their kids spend playing video games, especially as they become old enough to make their own entertainment choices in this space. Developing games that tweens choose to play, and that parents are excited to have them play, is a great business opportunity with revenue streams that can cross multiple channels. Noted game designer Alan Gershenfeld will explore the challenges and opportunities for developing commercially successful, empowering games by tapping into his own successes with Gamestar Mechanic, Never Alone and MinecraftEdu.

Featuring:

Alan Gershenfeld
President & Co-Founder
E-Line Media

5:15 PM

Kidscreen Awards Ceremony and After-Party

Sponsored by

Bayfront

Join us as we celebrate Kidscreen's Hot50 and the year’s best kids programming, broadcasting and digital media efforts at our annual Kidscreen Awards Ceremony, hosted by Allana Harkin, aka Dino Dan's Mom, and writer and actor who's appeared in numerous programs that have aired on CBC, TMN, Family Channel, among others. Be sure to stay for the after-party and hang with the winners and judges! 

Featuring:

Allana Harkin
Host, Actor & Writer

Wednesday, February 10

8:00 AM

BREAKFAST (8:00 - 10:00 served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

10:00 AM

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 & CBBC

Jennifer McCann
Senior Producer, Kids Content
9 Story Media Group

Karen Miller
SVP, Content - Universal Kids
v

Liliana Reyes
Senior VP of Content
Portfolio Entertainment

Orion Ross
VP Original Programming-Animation
Disney Channels EMEA

Melissa Wolfe
Head of Animation and Family Programming
Amazon Studios

A New Kind of Incubation: A Disney XD by Maker case study

Bayfront

In 2015, Maker Studios and Disney XD teamed up to collaborate on Disney XD by Maker, a new initiative designed to search for and develop the next generation of creators for DisneyXD.com, the Watch Disney XD app and original television series pilots for Disney XD cable and satellite channels around the world. Maker Studios’ Chris Williams and  Lauren DeVillier from  Disney Channels will share key learnings and success metrics for the platform-spanning program so far.

Featuring:

Lauren DeVillier
VP, Digital Media, Disney Channels Worldwide
Disney ABC Television Group

Chris M. Williams
Chief Audience Officer
Maker Studios

Immersive VR Storytelling: A new approach to content production

Sevilla

With more than US$100 million in funding raised, including a significant investment from Disney, Jaunt VR and its subsidiary Jaunt Studios are at the forefront of the coming virtual reality revolution. The one-of-a-kind studio's goal is to establish the VR production process and educate filmmakers on how to tell stories in VR. And in this session, Jaunt Studios president Cliff Plumer will deliver an in-depth presentation about the the upcoming launch of commercial virtual reality, the development and production of VR content and what it means for content producers.

Featuring:

David Kahn
VP, Product
Jaunt Studios

A Five-Year Plan for Staying on Trend

Brickell

In honor of Kidscreen’s 20th anniversary, the child development specialists at Insight Kids will help us understand where kids have come from, where they are now, and where trends are heading. You’ll get essential information about what kids like, how they think, and what’s just starting to make waves in their world—join us and stay ahead of the curve with this unique, change-embracing generation.

Featuring:

Stacey Matthias
R&D
Insight Strategy Group

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... Ankit Bishnoi & Meg Marshall , Dish Network

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:

Ankit Bishnoi
Content Acquisition & Strategy
Sling TV

Meg Marshall
Programming Manager
DISH Network, LLC

30 Minutes with... Peter Gal, DreamWorks Animation

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:

Peter Gal
Chief Creative Officer Television
DreamWorks Animation

11:00 AM

30 Minutes with... Sheila de Courcy & Pauline Macnamara, 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
RTÉ Ireland

Pauline Macnamara
Executive Producer, Animation & Commissioning
RTÉ Ireland

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
Disney Channels EMEA

BREAK

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

Brandon Lane
Development Producer
Corus Entertainment

Layla Lewis
SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships
Nickelodeon International

Jennifer McCann
Senior Producer, Kids Content
9 Story Media Group

Lucy Pryke
Manager, Animation
CBBC

Liliana Reyes
Senior VP of Content
Portfolio Entertainment

Frank Saperstein
Executive Producer
Tricon Media

Andrew Thomas
Director, Content
Hulu

Made for YouTube: How Mattel is tapping Tongal to produce digital content

Bayfront

Through creative crowdsourcing platform Tongal, Mattel has tapped into a community of 100,000 writers, directors and animators, creating digital content and giving a voice to each of its brands that is perfectly crafted for YouTube. Successes include an exclusive series of Hot Wheels videos that has attracted more than 7,000,000 organic views, and a documentary about Thomas & Friends, “70 Years of Friendship”, that has been viewed more than 800,000 times. How does the crowdsourcing of production and writing talent work? Is this the future of content production? Join executives from Mattel and Tongal to answer these questions and much more. 

Featuring:

James DeJulio
CEO
Tongal

Sid Mathur
SVP, Global Head of Strategic Development and Mergers & Acquisitions
Mattel

Trends in online kidvid viewership, marketing and monetization

Sevilla

Led by video data insights powered by market-leading video identification firm ZEFR, this panel will take a look at the current market for kids content online—what's monetizing, what makes more sense for marketing and what content owners need to know to in terms of realizing the full value of their IP.  What works, how to use data to inform future content development, and how to ensure the content you have is built to drive the most value.

Moderating:


Adam Goldstein
VP, Business Development
ZEFR

Featuring:

Finn Arnesen
SVP, Global Distribution & Development
Hasbro Studios

Rick Bashkoff
SVP, Business Development
ZEFR

Sanna Korppoo
Head of ToonsTV
Rovio Entertainment Ltd

Isaac Quiroga
Senior Director
Mattel

PlayGroups: Profiling Today's Play Across Platforms

Brickell

How do kids and parents play across platforms, and what does it all mean for engaging them with products and properties? Conducted in partnership with the Toy Industry Association’s Genius of Play campaign, this cutting-edge research investigates how play happens for families today. The result is a set of distinct cross-platform behavioral “play” profiles for today’s kids, with interesting implications for those of us looking to engage kids and families tomorrow.

Featuring:

Alison Bryant
CEO & Chief Play Officer
PlayScience

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 Limited

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

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:

Jamie Piekarz
Creator, Producer & Consultant
Corus Entertainment

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
SVP, Development and Current Series
DHX Media

Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development
Corus Entertainment

Jamie Piekarz
Creator, Producer & Consultant
Corus Entertainment

Frank Saperstein
Executive Producer
Tricon Media

Migdalis Silva
VP of Programming & Acquisitions
Nickelodeon

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

Géraldine Soto
Head of Acquisitions, Kids Department
Canal+

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

Function Before Form: The long and short of storytelling

Bayfront

With the evolution of multiple platforms and the proliferation of  transmedia entertainment,  how are content creators approaching storytelling and what specific challenges face writers and producers as they tackle long-form, episodic and short-form scripts?  How do the key ingredients for effective storytelling translate from one format to another?  What are some of the opportunities (and pitfalls) inherent in writing for an audience that is growing up on “snackable” content?  Join a panel of seasoned industry experts as they explore how traditional storytelling is being embraced, redefined and sometimes abandoned altogether.

Moderating:


Evan Baily
President
Consolidated Baily

Featuring:

Mary Coleman
Head of Creative Development
Pixar Animation Studios

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

Grant Moran
President
Global Monster Media

Carina Schulze
Partner
Chatrone

Kay Wilson Stallings
EVP Creative & Production
Sesame Workshop

Kids TV Redefined: New consumer research and insights from Nickelodeon

Brickell

“TV” used to be easy to define. Today, “TV” can mean many things and in a relatively short span of time, content has become available anytime and anywhere, opening up endless viewing opportunities. This study explores how kids are watching television in this evolving viewing environment.

Featuring:

Christian Kurz
SVP, Global Consumer Insights
Viacom International Media Networks

How to Program a YouTube Channel

Sevilla

The YouTube audience is growing by 50% each year—and that figure spikes to 200% when it comes to kids content. However, capturing this audience on YouTube requires a content creation and programming strategy that is completly different from the traditional broadcast television model. The opportunity to turn YouTube into a major distribution platform for creators and brands is huge, but one that requires a different way of thinking. This panel of successful YouTubers will outline unique content creation and programming strategies for the platform, and assess current challenges, business models and opportunities. 

Moderating:


Derek Sentner
VP Sales & Business Development
Driver Digital

Featuring:

Boris Dolenc
CCO
Outfit7

Karin Jue
Senior Director, PBS KIDS Video Streaming
PBS KIDS

Isaac Quiroga
Senior Director
Mattel

Devon Thagard
Co-Founder
Skyship Entertainment / Super Simple Learning

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

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:

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

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:

Caroline Cochaux
Producer
Lagardère Active

30 Minutes with... Lisa O'Brien, Sprout

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:

Lisa O'Brien
Creator/Consultant
Sprout

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
SVP, Development and Current Series
DHX Media

Claire Heinrich
Head of Acquisitions, Children & Youth Department
France Télévisions

Keith Kennebeck
Director, Children’s Programming
PBS KIDS

Brandon Lane
Development Producer
Corus Entertainment

Jamie Piekarz
Creator, Producer & Consultant
Corus Entertainment

Géraldine Soto
Head of Acquisitions, Kids Department
Canal+

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

Melissa Wolfe
Head of Animation and Family Programming
Amazon Studios

Creative Playbook 2016

Bayfront

With a whole host of new opportunities and challenges, how does a producer setting out on the creative journey ensure that a project's development is optimized from the outset?

In this session, Wildseed Studios Creative Director Jesse Cleverly will quiz eminent stakeholders in the business from key points along the process chain about the most important elements they need to see in a project before they can commit to it, and in so doing the panel will build the template for a Creative Playbook, 2016-style.

Moderating:


Jesse Cleverly
Creative Director
Wildseed Studios

Featuring:

Jennifer Bennett
VP, Global Licensing
Mattel

Asaph Fipke
Chief Content Officer, DHX Studios
DHX

Rick Glankler
President Commercial Operations
FremantleMedia (New York)

Karen Miller
SVP, Content - Universal Kids
v

Tara Sorensen
Children's Programming
Amazon Studios

Drawing Digital Success: From pencil sketch to millions of players

Brickell

Every digital project has its rhythm—moments when it races ahead and moments where it seems to move at the speed of evolution. Every design and building process leads to key decision points where a misstep can delay or derail everything. Those critical points get more complicated when you’re working with a major kids brand on a new IP built from scratch, that encompasses many independently owned sub-brands and balances engagement, entertainment, learning, access and more. Last year, Dubit and PBS KIDS collaborated to build Kart Kingdom. For Kidscreen 2016, they share the lessons they learned along the way about minimizing risk and maximizing brand equity while creating a now-thriving virtual world.

Moderating:


Bobby Thandi
Founder and CEO
Dubit

Featuring:

Chris Bishop
Senior Creative Director
PBS KIDS

Scott Cummings
Sr. Director of Products
PBS KIDS

YouTube-driven Licensing Programs: Fact or Fiction?

Sevilla

It’s accepted wisdom in the licensing community that exposure on digital platforms is not enough to drive a mass-market consumer products program—if an IP is not on TV or the subject of a tentpole film release, forget it. But the tides seem to be turning for digital-first properties, particularly those propelled to prominence by YouTube. This session takes an in-depth look at current success stories in the space, the challenges they face, and their scope for growth in the CP realm. 

Moderating:


Alan Fenwick
CEO
atall squared

Featuring:

Belinda Gruebner
EVP Global Marketing
Moose Toys

Juliano Prado
Director
Galinha Pintadinha - Bromelia Films

Laura Zebersky
CCO
Jazwares

4:15 PM

Cocktails with... Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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:

Chris Rose
VP of Animation Production and Development
ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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
Lagardère Active

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... Hulu

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:

Andrew Thomas
Director, Content
Hulu

Storytelling Showdown: Board Artists vs Writers

Bayfront

It’s an age-old question for animation producers. Should your next show be board-driven or writer-driven?  In this panel, you’ll see storyboard artists and animation writers step up and defend their respective arts. Who brings the story? Who brings the entertainment? The industry's finest storytellers will participate in a lively debate over the strengths and weaknesses of each storytelling approach.

Moderating:


Frank Falcone
President & Executive Creative Director
Guru Studio

Featuring:

Mark Gravas
Creative Director
Kapow Pictures

Tom McGillis
President, Executive Producer
Fresh TV Inc

Esteban Valdez
Founder, Executive Producer & Director
Echo Bridge Pictures

App Licensing: The Seven-Year Itch

Sevilla

In this session for brand owners, licensing managers and marketers, Night & Day Studios explores children’s app licensing seven years in. How do you get the most out of the licensing model in apps? What are some best practices for choosing a licensee, building a productive relationship, creating a great app, and managing distribution and co-marketing? The studio will also discuss how kids apps fit into the larger industry ecosystem of media, toys and merchandise, and how to integrate apps into an overall brand experience, sharing hits and misses, do’s and don’ts, and licensor and licensee perspectives from the trenches.

Featuring:

Brianne Baker
Creative Director
Night & Day Studios

Sara Berliner
Founder
Night & Day Studios

Nat Sims
Founder
Night & Day Studios

Millennial Parents: Powerful Consumers with POV

Brickell

Millennials are mobile and social, and they expect brands to listen to them, let them participate, and provide products and services that make their busy lives more productive. Hear from this panel of experienced execs who are marketing to Millennials with children, and drawing on new and current resesearch about the demo to learn what motivates them to purchase.

Moderating:


CJ Kettler
President
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Featuring:

Jeff Fromm
President
FutureCast

Jeff Grant
SVP Research
Turner: Cartoon Network/Boomerang

Kristen McLean
Executive Director, Business Development
Nielsen Book

Thursday, February 11

8:00 AM

BREAKFAST (8:00 - 10:00 served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

10:00 AM

Keeping Up with the Kids: BBC Children’s Charts its Digital Future

Bayfront

Children zero to 16 make up 20% of the UK population, and they are a smart, discerning audience that loves choice, control and the options offered by second screens, tablets, smartphones and all things digital.  The world of children's media is changing fundamentally—and it's happening quickly. If you're a child, it's very, very exciting. And if you’re a broadcaster, it’s definitely a challenge.  Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children's, will talk about how one of the most internationally revered  public broadcasters for kids is planning to keep up with its audiences next.

Featuring:

Alice Webb
Director
BBC Children's

Igniting social awareness with kids content

Sevilla

Kids and families spend a lot of time watching TV and viewing videos online. In fact, Common Sense Media recently found that tweens consume almost six hours worth of entertainment media per day. Given these kind of stats, content producers are now realizing their work may be the most effective way to drive social awareness in the real world. Kids love a good story. And during this panel, you'll meet producers and creators who are using strong and inventive storytelling to highlight global and local social issues, engage kids and drive change.

Featuring:

Judith Beauregard
Co-CEO/Executive Producer
Tobo

Anthony Leo
Co-President
Aircraft Pictures

Shabnam Rezaei
President & Co-Founder
BIG BAD BOO

Gerry Shirren
Managing Director
Cartoon Saloon Limited

Master Class: Taking Best Practices from YouTube to Other Digital Platforms

Gusman

Our expert host from ZEFR will share insights into top-performing children's programming, influencer partnership best practices, and harnessing premium content to reach the growing children's audience on YouTube. The panel will also explore strategies and "watch-outs" for Facebook, Vine, Vimeo and other up-and-coming platforms. The format of this class will include a 20-minute presentation and small interactive breakout groups for a hands-on discussion.

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:

Rick Bashkoff
SVP, Business Development
ZEFR

Adam Goldstein
VP, Business Development
ZEFR

Martha Tian
Director of Data & Insights
ZEFR

Mentor Class: 21st Century Branding—How to apply it to kids entertainment, licensing, PR and more

Tuttle

While this may sound like a simple question, in today’s media world, it’s never been more complex. But one thing is clear: If you have an existing kids company, kids product or property, or even just an idea for one, you need to understand how to brand it. Branding experts Alan Winnikoff and Larry Seidman will take you through the process of positioning and messaging a brand, and plotting out the attributes of its extensions. From there, they’ll provide you with a roadmap for the real-world practical application of that brand strategy so that it successfully drives your marketing, licensing, PR and social media plans.

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:

Larry Seidman
Managing Director
Dimensional Branding Group (DBG)

Alan Winnikoff
Co-Principal
Sayles & Winnikoff Communications

11:00 AM

BREAK

11:30 AM

Don’t Feed the Trolls

Sevilla

To coincide with Safer Internet Day, our eclectic experts from across the content spectrum will come together to discuss how kids media companies are responding to issues of cyberbullying and trolling from preschool on up. Looking at this question from the viewpoints of IP development, gaming, content delivery and cyber-psychology, this panel will give a prismatic snapshot of where our industry is at, and based on current behavioural trends, how it can best keep pace with the challenges of an ever-shifting social landscape and sketch a roadmap for a safer future for kids online.

Moderating:


Andrew Kavanagh
CEO & Founder
Kavaleer Productions

Featuring:

Sarah Aspinall
Kids and Music Editor
Azoomee

Brenda Bisner
Chief Content Officer
Baby Toes Media

Shai Samet
Founder & President
kidSAFE® Seal Program

New Tech That Will Blow Your Mind!

Bayfront

A showcase of the most amazing tech poised to transform kids' worlds. From entertainment to empowerment, education to enthralling new possibilities, make sure you're in the room for demos that might inspire new ideas, supercharge your content or kickstart that next killer collaboration.

Moderating:


Daniel Bays
Creator & Consultant
BBC

Featuring:

Bob Sumner
Associate Director & Principal Research Scientist
Disney Research

Akinori Takahagi
CEO & Co-Founder
MOFF

12:30 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne Ballroom & Chopin Ballroom)

2:00 PM

Master Class: Developing The Master Plan—How To Think About The Future of Your Business

Gusman

Join renowned foresighter Suzanne Stein to explore the past, present and future trends in the kids entertainment industry like never before. This uniquely crafted immersive workshop features hands-on activities to get kids entertainment execs “thinking about how to think about the future.” Come and discover how to analyze patterns of change over time, how these patterns can impact the future of your business, and what you can do to turn them into market 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:

Suzanne Stein
Professor
Ontario College of Art & Design

Mentor Class: Creator 101—Pitch Perfect!

Tuttle

What truly is a killer pitch today? After months of toil, sweat and let’s face it, some tears, you’ve finally developed your idea into the next big thing and you’re ready to share it with the world! Or are you? You see, while there has never been a better time to be a content creator, producers and broadcasters have never been so pre-occupied (not to mention, confused) by the pace of change in the media landscape. Join Alexander Bar, “Mike the Knight” in this hands-on Mentor Class designed to hone your presentation skills as he shares what it takes to be Pitch Perfect!

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
TinyWorld

2:15 PM

Kidscreen's 20th Anniversary Trivia Challenge!

Bayfront

Join our two teams of industry execs selected to represent a sizeable swath of the biz, along with a team plucked directly from the session’s audience, as they vie for the crown of Kidscreen’s 20th Anniversary Trivia Challenge champion. Host David Kleeman will test the kids entertainment knowledge of these players, quizzing them on the past two decades of industry news. This conference-capping session is sure to be chock-full of laughs and little-known facts. You don’t want to miss it!

Moderating:


David Kleeman
Senior Vice President Global Trends
Dubit

Featuring:

Daniel Bays
Creator & Consultant
BBC

Andrew Kavanagh
CEO & Founder
Kavaleer Productions

Flavio Medeiros
Director Program Sourcing & Acquisitions, Discovery Kids
Discovery Kids Latin America

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

Angela Santomero
Chief Creative Officer
Out of the Blue Enterprises

Dave Skwarczek
Writer and Producer
Eat Your Lunch

3:30 PM

Kidscreen's Closing Cocktail (Join us on the Pool Terrace)

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