InterContinental | Miami, Florida | February 13 - 16, 2017

Agenda

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Sunday, February 12

4:00pm

Early Registration (4:00 PM- 8:00PM) (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

Registration Desk

4:30pm

Venue Tour (4:30pm - 5:00pm)

Registration Desk

Get a feel for the layout of our 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 13

8:00am

BREAKFAST (served from 8:00-10:00 in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms) (8:00am - 8:30am)

Registration Desk, Bayfront, Sevilla, Merrick, Gusman, Tuttle, Dupont, Flagler

8:30am

Venue Tour (8:30am - 9:00am)

Registration Desk

Get a feel for the layout of our 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.

9:00am

Brainpick: Pitching & Development (9:00am - 10:00am)

Merrick

Join some of the industry’s most experienced creators, who will 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:

Heath Kenny

Chief Creative Officer

U and Eye Creative

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Helen McAleer

Owner

Walker Books and Walker Productions

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Jamie Piekarz

Preschool Development Executive

JamPie Media

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Larry Schwarz

President

Larry Schwarz and His Band

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Ryan St. Peters

VP, Kids & Family

Shaftesbury/Smokebomb

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Beth Stevenson

Founder, Executive Producer

Brain Power Studio

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Brainpick: Co-Productions & Financing (9:00am - 10:00am)

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

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Julie Fox

Consultant Ip Development & International Distribution

Awol Animation

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Alan Gregg

VP, Development

Industrial Brothers

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Tatiana Kober

President

Bejuba! Entertainment

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Frank Saperstein

Executive Producer

Tricon Media

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Brenda Wooding

Kids Global Content and Strategy Consultant

Kid Glove

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10:00am

KEYNOTE - Making Caring Common (10:00am - 10:45am)

Bayfront

Many of today’s parents are intensely focused on kids' happiness and their achievements. But the preoccupation with these two factors—and the constant praising of kids that goes with it—can undermine their capacity to empathize with and care for others. In fact, concentrating so much on happiness risks making kids not only less caring, but ironically, less happy. And in the current socio-economic climate, where tolerance and empathy seem to be in short supply, it’s more important than ever to help kids develop these socio-emotional skills.  

In what's sure to be an eye-opening talk, Harvard Graduate School of Education's Dr. Richard Weissbourd will share results from research looking at how kids TV producers can help children—and their parents—learn to care for others, including those different from them in background and character. What kinds of messages are important for counteracting the nastiness, scapegoating and incivility that seems to be pervading our culture? Dr. Weissbourd will answer these questions and provide concrete strategies for promoting empathy, caring and well-being in this and future generations of kids.

Featuring:

Richard Weissbourd

Director, Human Development and Psychology Program

Harvard Graduate School of Education

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10:45am

BREAK (10:45am - 11:00am)

11:00am

30 Minutes with… Katie Wilson, Corus Entertainment (11:00am - 11:30am)

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:

Katie Wilson

VP, Channels & Curation

Corus Entertainment

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30 Minutes with… Arik Kerman, BabyFirst (11:00am - 11:30am)

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:

Arik Kerman

EVP Programming and Digital

Baby First

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Catching up with YouTube Kids (11:00am - 11:45am)

Bayfront

Since launching at Kidscreen Summit two years ago, YouTube Kids has become a go-to source for educational and entertainment content for children. The app has also provided established and emerging family content partners with a dynamic new community, while giving parents a family-friendly way to educate and entertain their kids. Special guests including Malik Ducard, YouTube's Global Head of Family and Learning Content, will give an update on the app's progress and a glimpse at what's next for YouTube Kids.

Featuring:

Malik Ducard

VP, YouTube Content Partnerships

YouTube - Global

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Nadine Zylstra

Head of Family Entertainment and Learning, YouTube Originals

YouTube Kids

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11:45am

BREAK (11:45am - 12:00pm)

12:00pm

30 Minutes with… Maud Branly & Caroline Cochaux, Gulli/Canal J (12:00pm - 12:30pm)

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

Gulli/Canal J

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Caroline Cochaux

Producer-Mediawan Productions

Gulli/Canal J

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30 Minutes with… Michael Carrington, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (12:00pm - 12:30pm)

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:

Michael Carrington

Director Entertainment & Specialist

ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Inside Amazon Studios' Approach to Preschool (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

Bayfront

On a mission to foster lifelong creative learning through its original preschool programming, Amazon Studios has been striking exactly the right curriculum chord lately. Head of Kids Programming Tara Sorensen—along with some of the studio's key creators and thought leaders—discuss how the company is engendering play, creativity, art and early life skills like learning from mistakes in its content, and more importantly, what it's looking for next.

Moderating:


Lana Castleman

Director of Communications

Kidscreen

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Featuring:

Kelli Bixler

Founder & Executive Producer

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Jessica Lahey

Educator, parenting & child welfare expert

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Angela Santomero

Chief Creative Officer

Out of the Blue Enterprises

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Tara Sorensen

Children's Programming

Amazon Studios

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Alice Wilder

Educational Advisor, Amazon Kids

Amazon Studios

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The Power of Character: How parents choose content for their kids (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

Sevilla

It's no secret that parents regularly steer their kids towards educational entertainment that teaches STEM, literacy and problem-solving skills. But as it happens, US parents are also looking for content that develops character strengths like perseverance and gratitude in their kids. Common Sense Media's latest research shows exactly how parents search for content for their children, and how they very often make choices based on the character traits they see represented. Join us to explore these fascinating findings.

Featuring:

Polly Conway

Senior TV Editor

Common Sense Media

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12:45pm

Lunching with... Co-Producers (12:45pm - 1:45pm)

Merrick

Here's your chance to get your co-production questions answered. Sit down and share a meal in a small group with experienced producers skilled in the fine art of co-production from eight key regions around the globe. Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Korea, Spain and the UK will each be represented at a table hosted by two co-pro experts, who will be ready, willing and able to discuss the ins and outs of co-producing with partners in their countries. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting. NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Miguel Aldasoro

International Sales Director

Anima Kitchent (Spain)

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Philippe Alessandri

CEO

Watch Next Media (France)

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Jo Boag

Creative Director

SLR Productions (Australia)

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Andre Koogan Breitman

Minister of Magic

2D Lab (Brazil)

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Gillian Carr

Managing Director

Moody Street Productions (Australia)

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Tony Collingwood

Managing Director & Writer

Collingwood & Co. (UK)

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Genevieve Dexter

Founder & CEO

Serious Lunch (UK)

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Ken Faier

El Presidente & CEO

DHX Media (Canada)

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Christophe Goldberger

Managing Director

GoldBee (Spain)

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Jung-Jin Hong

Head of Creative Development

FunnyFlux Entertainment (Korea)

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Ira Levy

President & Executive Producer

Breakthrough Entertainment (Canada)

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Kiko Mistrorigo

Partner

TV PinGuim (Brazil)

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John Reynolds

Chief Commercial Officer

JAM Media (Ireland)

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Pierre Sissmann

President and CEO

Cyber Group Studios (France)

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Gary Timpson

Owner & Managing Director

Kavaleer Productions

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LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms) (12:45pm - 2:00pm)

2:00pm

30 Minutes with… Luca Milano, RAI Fiction (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

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

Head of Kids

Rai Fiction

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30 Minutes with… Jules Borkent, Nickelodeon (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

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

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30 Minutes with… Lila Hannou, M6 (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

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:

Lila Hannou

Director, Animation Prebuys and Coproductions

M6

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Emotional Scheduling: How kids are organizing their own media lives (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

Sevilla

Kids today are accustomed to having access to what they want, whenever they want it. But as it turns out, programming schedules still make sense to them, and they organize their media lives around factors like where they are, who they’re with, and what they’ve been doing or are about to do. Dubit’s David Kleeman discusses this new concept of “emotional scheduling,” which is critical to driving discovery and retention for anyone creating media for children.

Featuring:

David Kleeman

Senior Vice President Global Trends

Dubit

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Consumer products insights from Toys"R"Us Inc. (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

Bayfront

In this session, top executives from the world's largest dedicated toy and baby products retailer Toys"R"Us will share their views on the current consumer products landscape, what's hot and not, and trends to keep an eye on in the coming year. Additionally, attendees will get insight into how TRU evaluates IPs and how partners can best work with the retailer.

Moderating:


Marty Brochstein

SVP, Industry Relations and Information

LIMA International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Assn

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Featuring:

Richard Barry

Founder and Principal

Toys“R”Us,Inc.

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Jamie Uitdenhowen

VP, General Merchandising Manager

Toys“R”Us,Inc.

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2:45pm

BREAK (2:45pm - 3:00pm)

3:00pm

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Cross-Platform Quest: A Marvel Animation case study (3:00pm - 3:45pm)

Bayfront

In 2015, Marvel embarked on a four-year mission to grow its little-known Guardians of the Galaxy IP into a hit family franchise by producing animation in diverse formats including a Disney XD series, two short-form series, comedy shorts and micro-content. Cort Lane from Marvel Family Entertainment will outline how these innovations in flexible format lengths were essential to maximizing reach for Guardians. He’ll also reveal how ambitious platform diversity (from iTunes to Facebook) has been the key to unlocking audience engagement and affinity for the blockbuster property.

Featuring:

Cort Lane

Creative Producer/Storyteller

Marvel Entertainment

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Serious Fun: The ins and outs of making educational content (3:00pm - 3:45pm)

Sevilla

Led by education content experts Cheryl Gotthelf and Dr. Laura Brown, this session will explore what “educational or curriculum-based television” really means, looking at what can it teach, who it’s for, why it’s important, and how a kids TV producer can execute educational concepts organically. They’ll also give an overview of what developers need to know about the audience, curriculum and key research, emphasizing how all this serious stuff can still be fun.

Featuring:

Laura Brown, Ph.D.

Educational Consultant

Laura Brown Consulting

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Cheryl Gotthelf

Founder & President

Cheryl Gotthelf Consulting

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3:45pm

BREAK (3:45pm - 4:00pm)

4:00pm

Cocktails with… France Télévisions (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

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.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Tiphaine de Raguenel

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

France Télévisions

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Pierre Siracusa

Director of Animation, Children & Youth Department

France Télévisions

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Cocktails with… VIMN (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

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.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Layla Lewis

SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships

Nickelodeon

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Sarah Muller

Lead Commissioning Editor, Children’s Content 7-12

Channel 5

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Cocktails with… Super RTL (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

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.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Frank Dietz

Deputy Program Director & Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions

SUPER RTL

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Janine Weigold

Manager, Original Animation, EMEA

SUPER RTL

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Cocktails with… M6 (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

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.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Lila Hannou

Director, Animation Prebuys and Coproductions

M6

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Kids TV Face-Off: Broadcasters vs. Producers (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

Bayfront

Just how well do broadcasters and producers really know each other? We’re going to find out in Kidscreen’s first-ever game show! Teams of broadcasters and producers will compete against each other in three rounds of fun, question-based challenges designed to test their knowledge of each other's point-of-view, audiences and what's happening in our business. Crowd participation is definitely encouraged at this laugh-filled quest to see who reigns supreme.

Moderating:


David Kleeman

Senior Vice President Global Trends

Dubit

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Featuring:

Michael Carrington

Director Entertainment & Specialist

ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Patrick Egerton

Partner

Cheeky Little Media

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Ira Levy

President & Executive Producer

Breakthrough Entertainment (Canada)

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Marney Malabar

Director, KidsTV

TVO - TVOKids

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Adina Pitt

VP, Content Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Cartoon Network

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Shabnam Rezaei

Co-Founder

BIG BAD BOO

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John Rice

CEO & Executive Producer

JAM Media

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Tara Sorensen

Children's Programming

Amazon Studios

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4:30pm

AAS Popcorn Screening Party (4:30pm - 5:00pm)

Sevilla

Sit back with a  bag of popcorn and enjoy this showcase of clips from some the best and brightest animated series that have debuted at our Asian Animation Summit event over the last five years. 

5:00pm

Kidscreen’s Kick-Off Cocktail (Join us on the Pool Terrace) (5:00pm - 6:30pm)

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.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Tuesday, February 14

8:00am
8:30am

SOLD OUT! Master Class: Fine-tuning character (8:30am - 10:00am)

Gusman

Whether you're creating an animated or live-action series for broadcast or digital, if you can't communicate what your show is about in less than a sentence or two, chances are your concept needs work. More focused than a bible workshop or pitching clinic, this Master Class will help you move beyond the broad strokes of your high concept and into the nitty gritty of creating characters to drive your story. Experienced show creator Dave Skwarczek will help you dig deeper into the tools and techniques used to define strong characters and craft engaging

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:

Dave Skwarczek

Writer and Producer

Eat Your Lunch

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SOLD OUT! Mentor Class: Negotiating 101 (8:30am - 10:00am)

Tuttle

So, you've got your first deal. Now what? This session will provide an overview of what to look for in negotiating a production deal in the current kids TV landscape. Join industry and legal experts Douglas Barrett (BellMedia Professor of Media Management, Schulich School of Business) and Hatty Reisman (founder and senior lawyer, Reisman Law Offices) as they consider various forms of programming (TV/digital/short form) and look at many types of deals that can be made and how to best protect your intellectual property.

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:

Douglas Barrett

Adjunct Professor, Arts & Media

Schulich School of Business

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Hatty Reisman

Lawyer

Reisman Law Offices

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10:00am

BREAK (10:00am - 10:15am)

10:15am

From Toys-to-Life to Life on Netflix: A Skylanders Academy case study (10:15am - 11:00am)

Bayfront

Activision Blizzard’s Skylanders almost single-handedly created the US$4-billion toys-to-life category. And tasked with bringing the bestselling video game franchise to TVs around the globe, content arm Activision Blizzard Studios scored a worldwide deal with Netflix for Skylanders Academy, created by showrunner Eric Rogers (Futurama). In this session, the creative team behind the show will delve into its adaptation process and what we can expect to see next.


Moderating:


Sander Schwartz

Producer

Grom Social

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Featuring:

Eric Rogers

Showrunner / Executive Producer

Skylanders Academy Animated Series

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Eric S. Rollman

CEO

Rollman Entertainment

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Nick van Dyk

Co-President

Activision Blizzard Studios

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Andy Yeatman

MD Americas

Netflix

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Is Your IP Ready for Licensing? (10:15am - 11:00am)

Sevilla

You’ve got great characters, great animation and great stories ready to go. So, it’s toy time, right?  Not so fast. A panel of experts from Mattel, Out of the Blue and Zodiak Kids will bring their many years of experience in the licensing business to bear on this discussion of how to evaluate the commercial prospects of a new property, as well as the mistakes developers commonly make, and how licensing hopefuls can maximize their chances for success.

Moderating:


Marty Brochstein

SVP, Industry Relations and Information

LIMA International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Assn

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Featuring:

Jennifer Bennett

VP, Global Licensing

Mattel

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Samantha Freeman

Operating Partner, Media Business

Out of the Blue Enterprises

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Jean-Philippe Randisi

Company Director

Zodiak Kids

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Peter Yoder

VP Global Franchise Management and Marketing For The Wizarding World

Cartoon Network

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10:30am

30 Minutes with… Tiphaine De Raguenel, France Télévisions (10:30am - 11:00am)

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

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30 Minutes with… Lucy Murphy, Sky (10:30am - 11:00am)

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

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30 Minutes with… Nina Hahn Nickelodeon (10:30am - 11:00am)

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 Production & Development | Head of Vis Kids

Nickelodeon

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11:00am

BREAK (11:00am - 11:30am)

11:30am

30 Minutes with… Joe Tedsco, DHX Television (11:30am - 12:00pm)

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:

Joe Tedesco

Chair Wildbrain Television

DHX Media

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30 Minutes with… Angela Lin, YouTube (11:30am - 12:00pm)

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

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30 Minutes with… Adina Pitt, Cartoon Network (11:30am - 12:00pm)

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

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Hot Research: How to woo the elusive kid fan (11:30am - 12:30pm)

Bayfront

In today’s crowded and highly plugged-in landscape, attracting fans is more challenging—and more important—than ever. So how can your brand become fan-worthy? And what does fandom look like for kids? Come hear from the child development experts at Insight Kids as they share the results of a brand-new research study looking at how kids’ relationships with brands shift as they grow up, and what you can do to cultivate their devotion.

Featuring:

Sarah Chumsky

Consultant

Insight Strategy Group

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Stacey Matthias

Research and Development

Insight Strategy Group

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Surviving, Scaling and Making Money in the Kids Digital Space (11:30am - 12:30pm)

Sevilla

Is there a way to create and deliver fun, engaging and strictly regulated digital content to this generation of kids, but also build market share, profits and long-term brand loyalty at the same time? In this fireside chat, Jeff Imberman, CRO of kids ad platform SuperAwesome—and former SVP of Sales and Marketing at Nickelodeon—will answer this critical question and show how the kids digital ecosystem is something to be embraced, not feared. He’ll also divulge how the under-13 audience is already telling brands and content creators what they want—delivering success is just a matter of really listening to them.

Moderating:


Evan Baily

President

Consolidated Baily

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Featuring:

Jeff Imberman

Chief Revenue Officer

SuperAwesome

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12:30pm

Lunching with... Branding & Licensing (12:30pm - 1:30pm)

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:

Richard Collins

Co-Founder & CEO

Big Tent Entertainment

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Mike De Camp

Senior Boys/Action Brand Ambassador

Jazwares

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Bill Graham

Chief Marketing Officer

PhatMojo

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Hollie Holmes

Senior Director, Strategic Development & Global Licensing Acquisitions

Mattel

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Jonathan Mirsky

Senior Licensing Manager

Spin Master

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Julia Posen

EVP and Commercial Director, Group Rights & Development

Walker Books and Walker Productions

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Michael Rinzler

Executive VP & Partner

Wicked Cool Toys

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David Stevens

Media Development Consultant

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LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms) (12:30pm - 2:00pm)

2:00pm

30 Minutes with… Marie McCann, Kids CBC (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

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:

Marie McCann

Senior Director, CBC Kids

Kids' CBC

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30 Minutes with… Janine Weigold, Super RTL (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

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:

Janine Weigold

Manager, Original Animation, EMEA

SUPER RTL

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30 Minutes with… Andrew Thomas & Alicia Coudurier, Hulu (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

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:

Alicia Coudurier

Senior Content Partner Manager Kids & Family

Hulu

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Andrew Thomas

Director, Content

Hulu

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The Evolution of Play in a Virtual World (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Sevilla

Pokémon GO showed us how much fun it was to play with virtual 3D characters in the real world. So what’s next? How will traditional play patterns change, and what new ones will emerge as kids begin to interact with virtual objects and characters in the real world around them? Get an early look at new mixed-reality technologies on the horizon with Dr. Ariella Lehrer, who’ll also explore their implications for future product design and play.

Featuring:

Ariella Lehrer

President

Legacy Interactive

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Franchise-building in the SVOD Age (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Bayfront

In the good old days of children’s entertainment, producers, licensees and retailers had a pretty solid idea of where, when and how many kids were watching shows. Data is much more difficult to come by now, and licensees and retailers are hesitant to place their bets without the comfort of hard numbers. This licensing conundrum won’t stop kids from increasingly doing their viewing on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and VOD platforms like YouTube. So what’s the licensing business to do? New merch models will inevitably develop, and while no one is certain yet what form they’ll take, our panel of experts will give you their insights on how things are shaping up.

Moderating:


Sue Miller

Founding Partner

Bolder Media and Mixed Media Group

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Featuring:

Bill Graham

Chief Marketing Officer

PhatMojo

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Stone Newman

Chief Revenue Officer

Genius Brands International

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Justin Richardson

VP, Global Content Distribution and Strategy, Home Entertainment and New Media Distribution

Mattel

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Jamie Uitdenhowen

VP, General Merchandising Manager

Toys“R”Us,Inc.

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3:00pm

BREAK (3:00pm - 3:15pm)

3:15pm

The New Creators (3:15pm - 4:00pm)

Sevilla

Looking for the next generation of creative talent to develop new ideas and content that will resonate with your target audience?  Social stars may be one answer, but they are just one part of the global creative pool. In fact, new technologies and tools are democratizing the creative process and giving rise to a new generation of independent, highly creative talent. This session will help you learn how to identify and work with passionate or out-of-the-box creators in order to develop on-brand content consumers actually want to watch.

Moderating:


James DeJulio

CEO

Tongal

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Featuring:

Justin Johnson

Filmmaker & Entrepreneur

Tongal Creator

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Christopher Keenan

SVP & Executive Producer, Content Development and Production

Mattel Creations

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Halle Stanford

President of Television, Executive Producer

The Jim Henson Company

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4:00pm

BREAK (4:00pm - 4:15pm)

4:15pm

Cocktails with… DHX Television (4:15pm - 5:15pm)

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.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Sarah Haasz

Head of Live-Action & Animated Series-North America

DHX Media

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Joe Tedesco

Chair Wildbrain Television

DHX Media

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Cocktails with… PBS KIDS (4:15pm - 5:15pm)

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.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Sara DeWitt

VP, Digital

PBS KIDS DIGITAL

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Keith Kennebeck

Director, Children’s Programming

PBS KIDS

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Linda Simensky

Head of PBS KIDS Content

PBS KIDS

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Cocktails with... ABC Australia (4:15pm - 5:15pm)

Gusman

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Michael Carrington

Director Entertainment & Specialist

ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Luka Skandle

Channel Manager Children's

ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Hacking the System: How to reverse-engineer Hollywood (4:15pm - 5:00pm)

Sevilla

Sometimes the best idea isn’t the one that seems straightforward. Take getting a concept from script to screen—it’s not always a direct line, and a detour into another medium like books may be the best way forward. Learn how to reverse-engineer a film or TV concept by launching it as a publication first…and then selling it back to Hollywood. This panel of writers will give a step-by-step breakdown of how to use Hollywood’s hunger for IPs to hack the system and show how they pushed their passion projects from page to screen.

Moderating:


Julie Kane-Ritsch

Head of Animation and Family Entertainment

The Gotham Group

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Featuring:

Billy Aronson

Executive Producer/Creator

Peg + Cat

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Jennifer Hamburg

Children's Author and Television Writer

Jennifer Hamburg

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Jennifer Oxley

Executive Producer/Creator

Peg + Cat

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Dan Yaccarino

Creator & Producer & Writer & Designer

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5:15pm

Kidscreen Awards and After-Party (5:15pm - 7:30pm)

Bayfront

Join us as we celebrate the year’s best work in kids programming, broadcasting and digital media at our annual Kidscreen Awards Ceremony, hosted this year by Darrin Rose, a four-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and an acclaimed cast member of CBC’s Mr. D. And be sure to stay for the after-party and hang out with winners, nominees and judges alike!

Featuring:

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Wednesday, February 15

8:00am
8:30am

SOLD OUT! Master Class: The state of digital distribution (8:30am - 10:00am)

Gusman

VOD, AVOD, TVOD, not to mention Netflix, Amazon and YouTube: There are now more ways than ever to slice licensing rights for digital platforms. How do you decide who gets what? When does it make sense to refuse a global VOD deal to pursue local ones? What platforms are ponying up the most cash? Distribution & digital experts Richard Goldsmith (The Jim Henson Company) and Josh Scherba (DHX Media) and John Robson (Wildbrain) will cover those burning questions and much more.

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:

Richard Goldsmith

President, Global Distribution and Consumer Products

Cyber Group Studios USA

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John Robson

Chief Operating Officer

W!ldbrain

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Josh Scherba

President

DHX Media

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SOLD OUT! Mentor Class: Structural Engineering for Storytellers (8:30am - 10:00am)

Tuttle

All good stories are as carefully constructed as a skyscraper, and this session will teach budding storytellers the basics of creating two- and three-act structures. Self-proclaimed "story structure engineers" Holly Huckins (Sheriff Callie's Wild WestRugratsRecess) and Carin Greenberg (Tumble LeafLalaloopsyGhostwriter) will be your guides. They'll deconstruct an episode of a popular series to understand how it was built and why it succeeds, discuss the difference between story and character arcs, and examine the importance of conflict.

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:

Carin Greenberg

EP/Story Editor/Writer

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Holly Huckins

Executive Producer & Content Creator

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10:00am

Speed Pitching 1 (10:00am - 11:00am)

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:

Jo Allen

Producer

BBC Children's

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Massimo Bruno

Director of TV Channels

De Agostini

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Aaron Davidson

Director of Animation

Amazon Studios

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Athena Georgaklis

Head of Development

Nelvana Studio / Corus Entertainment

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Sarah Haasz

Head of Live-Action & Animated Series-North America

DHX Media

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Claire Heinrich

Head of Acquisitions, Children & Youth Department

France Télévisions

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Liliana Reyes

Senior VP of Content

Portfolio Entertainment

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Jennie Stacey

VP, Development

Brown Bag Films

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Inspire learning and creativity with VR and AR (10:00am - 11:00am)

Bayfront

Millions of people have used virtual and augmented reality to transport themselves to distant places and bring the world around them to life. These technologies provide an opportunity for developers to create educational and entertaining experiences. Google Play's Shazia Makhdumi will discuss Google's initiatives in virtual and augmented reality and share tips on using VR and AR to teach and inspire kids of all ages.

Featuring:

Shazia Makhdumi

Global Head of Family & Education Partnerships, Google Play

Google Play

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Acing the kids Bechdel Test (10:00am - 11:00am)

Sevilla

An effective tool for ID’ing lopsided gender roles in mainstream cinema, the original Bechdel test answers three sequential questions: Does this movie show… at least two women? …talking to each other? …about something other than a man? But what’s the situation in children’s media? Provocative digital thinker Jens de Pedro (ex-Toca Boca) has come up with a modified version of the Bechdel Test to find out. Listen along as he puts the 20 highest-grossing kids films of all time through the process to see which ones would pass and which ones would fail, as well as exploring the impact this might have on ROI. 

Featuring:

Jens Peter de Pedro

Co-Founder and Creative

Biff Niff

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10:30am

30 Minutes with... CJ Kettler, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (10:30am - 11:00am)

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:

CJ Kettler

President

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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30 Minutes with… Linda Simensky, PBS KIDS (10:30am - 11:00am)

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

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30 Minutes with… J Milligan, Toca TV, Toca Boca (10:30am - 11:00am)

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:

Jason Milligan

Creative Executive Producer

Toca Boca

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11:00am

30 Minutes with… Tara Sorensen, Amazon Studios (11:00am - 11:30am)

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

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30 Minutes with… Kristofer Updike & Lisa O'Brien, Sprout (11:00am - 11:30am)

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

Creative Consultant

Sprout (NBCUniversal)

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Kristofer Updike

Senior Director of Development, Kids and Family

Sprout (NBCUniversal)

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30 Minutes with... Sarah Muller, Channel 5 (11:00am - 11:30am)

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

Lead Commissioning Editor, Children’s Content 7-12

Channel 5

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BREAK (11:00am - 11:30am)

11:30am

Speed Pitching 2 (11:30am - 12:30pm)

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

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Alicia Coudurier

Senior Content Partner Manager Kids & Family

Hulu

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Aaron Davidson

Director of Animation

Amazon Studios

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Athena Georgaklis

Head of Development

Nelvana Studio / Corus Entertainment

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Sarah Haasz

Head of Live-Action & Animated Series-North America

DHX Media

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Liliana Reyes

Senior VP of Content

Portfolio Entertainment

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Pierre Siracusa

Director of Animation, Children & Youth Department

France Télévisions

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Jennie Stacey

VP, Development

Brown Bag Films

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VR Storytelling Evolution: The challenge of an ever-changing point-of-view (11:30am - 12:30pm)

Sevilla

Future-proof your creative process by sitting in on this panel discussion featuring the creators, studios and platforms working at the cutting edge of storytelling in VR. They’ll explore the possibilities and the challenges of working in the space where tomorrow’s big kids franchises will come to life.

Moderating:


Jesse Cleverly

Creative Director

Wildseed Studios

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Featuring:

Dominic Minns

Creative Director

Plug-in Media

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Luke Ritchie

Head of Nexus Interactive Arts

Nexus Studios

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Mark Walsh

CEO

Motional Entertainment

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Simon Whalley

Executive Producer

Framestore Ventures

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Little Big Kids: Preschoolers ready for life (11:30am - 12:30pm)

Bayfront

Viacom recently undertook a huge global study of preschoolers—an adventure spanning 12 countries, 6,500 families, social media diaries and in-depth ethnographies—to find out what it means to be under six years old today. In this session, Christian Kurz will unveil these latest findings on our youngest generation. And as an added bonus, real preschoolers—equipped with GoPro cameras—will give you a glimpse into their world.

Featuring:

Christian Kurz

SVP, Global Consumer Insights

Viacom

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12:00pm

30 Minutes with… Cecilia Persson, Turner Broadcasting EMEA (12:00pm - 12:30pm)

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 EMEA

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30 Minutes with… Flavio Medeiros, Discovery Latin America (12:00pm - 12:30pm)

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:

Flavio Medeiros

Director Program Sourcing & Acquisitions, Discovery Kids

Discovery Latin America

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30 Minutes with… Jackie Edwards & Jo Allen, BBC Kids (12:00pm - 12:30pm)

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:

Jo Allen

Producer

BBC Children's

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Jackie Edwards

Head of Fund, YACF (Young Audiences Content Fund)

BBC Children's

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12:30pm
2:00pm

Speed Pitching 3 (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

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:

Michael Carrington

Director Entertainment & Specialist

ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Sara DeWitt

VP, Digital

PBS KIDS DIGITAL

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Josh Fisher

Producer

DHX Studios

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Layla Lewis

SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships

Nickelodeon

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Lisa O'Brien

Creative Consultant

Sprout (NBCUniversal)

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Géraldine Soto

Head of Acquisitions, Prebuys and Coproductions, Kids Department

Canal+

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Andrew Thomas

Director, Content

Hulu

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Katie Wilson

VP, Channels & Curation

Corus Entertainment

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Marion Winter

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Super RTL

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30 Minutes with... Vellu Maurola & Paul Chenier, Toons TV, Rovio Entertainment (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

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:

Paul Chenier

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Rovio Animation Company

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Vellu Maurola

Director, Content Creation & Partnerships, ToonsTV

Rovio Entertainment

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30 Minutes with… Kay Wilson Stallings, Sesame Studios (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

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:

Kay Wilson Stallings

EVP Creative & Production

Sesame Workshop

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30 Minutes with… Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos & Laurent Guérin, TFO (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

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:

Laurent Guerin

VP Chief Content Officer

Groupe Média TFO

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Rebranding and Audience Engagement: A Sprout case study (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Sevilla

In the kids business, connecting with moms is critical. So how do you manage a network or property relaunch/rebrand campaign without alienating your audience—and how do you simultaneously bring in new viewers?  What are the challenge and the opportunities in today’s changing landscape? These are the questions US preschool net Sprout faced at the beginning of 2016, and in this session the broadcaster will provide an in-depth look into how it rebuilt its 10-year-old brand and flourished.

Moderating:


Jeremy Dickson

Features Editor

Kidscreen

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Featuring:

Kristen Campolattaro

VP, Brand Marketing

Sprout (NBCUniversal)

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Jennifer Giddens

SVP, Marketing and Digital

Sprout

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Emily Yolkut

Senior Director, Research

Sprout (NBCUniversal)

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STEAM Research: Entertaining kids where creativity and technology intersect (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Bayfront

STEAM learning is a pretty hot genre right now—particularly when it encourages girls to get into the game. Listen in as this all-star panel explores what producers, broadcasters and consumer products players have learned so far about delivering STEAM concepts in fun and accessible ways, and also how they’re looking at the space right now.

Moderating:


Yalda T. Uhls, PhD

Youth Development Expert with Common Sense and UCLA

Common Sense Media, UCLA

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Featuring:

Jenna Boyd

Chief Content Officer

GoldieBlox

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Bob Higgins

EVP, Content, Kids & Family

FremantleMedia (New York)

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Grant Hosford

CEO

codespark

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Michael Ouweleen

President

Cartoon Network

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Halle Stanford

President of Television, Executive Producer

The Jim Henson Company

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3:00pm

BREAK (3:00pm - 3:15pm)

3:15pm

Speed Pitching 4 (3:15pm - 4:15pm)

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:

Jackie Edwards

Head of Fund, YACF (Young Audiences Content Fund)

BBC Children's

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Keith Kennebeck

Director, Children’s Programming

PBS KIDS

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Lisa O'Brien

Creative Consultant

Sprout (NBCUniversal)

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Richard Rowe

Director, International Acquisitions & Co-Productions

DHX Media

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Géraldine Soto

Head of Acquisitions, Prebuys and Coproductions, Kids Department

Canal+

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Amy Takahara

Sr Manager, Content Acquisitions- Kids & Family

Nickelodeon

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Katie Wilson

VP, Channels & Curation

Corus Entertainment

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Marion Winter

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Super RTL

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From Preschool to Pre-Cool: Is 4 to 7 is the new 3 to 4? (3:15pm - 4:15pm)

Bayfront

In a bid to keep the older end of the demo watching age-appropriate content, producers have lately been delivering faster-paced, high-concept shows for preschoolers that feel cool—or is it pre-cool?  But in many parts of the world, the core three to four sweet spot still reigns supreme. So what does this split mean for content creators, producers and broadcasters? This panel of preschool experts is going to try and figure it all out.

Moderating:


Jeff Norton

Founder

AWESOME MEDIA

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Featuring:

Alexander Bar

Founder & Executive Producer

TinyWorld

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Jennifer Dodge

EVP, Entertainment

Nickelodeon Animation Studios

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Sarah Muller

Lead Commissioning Editor, Children’s Content 7-12

Channel 5

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Colin Williams

Creative Director

Sixteen South

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Occupy Kindness: How to create content kids love and parents want (3:15pm - 4:15pm)

Sevilla

Kids these days are over-praised, over-protected and personal wants are prioritized over family and community. The keys to overcoming these issues are communication and empathy, which are skills children inherently have, but need to practice to perfect. Tapping into their experience, our panel of experts will explore how the industry can create stories and games that give kids and parents what they long for—kids want to learn how to like and be liked, and parents want raise happy, kind and successful kids.

Moderating:


Alice Cahn

Founder

CahnWorks Consulting

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Featuring:

Anne Brogan

Joint Managing Director

Kindle Entertainment

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Jennifer Giddens

SVP, Marketing and Digital

Sprout

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Michael Ouweleen

President

Cartoon Network

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Alison Stewart

Children’s Media Consultant and Producer

BBC Children's

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Dr. Rosemarie Truglio

SVP Curriculum and Content

Sesame Workshop

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4:15pm

Cocktails with… Turner Broadcasting EMEA (4:15pm - 5:15pm)

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.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Patricia Hidalgo

Director of Children’s and Education

Turner Broadcasting EMEA

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Cecilia Persson

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

Turner Broadcasting EMEA

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Cocktails with… Gulli/Canal J (4:15pm - 5:15pm)

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.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Maud Branly

Children Acquisitions Director & International TV Channels Children Programming Director

Gulli/Canal J

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Caroline Cochaux

Producer-Mediawan Productions

Gulli/Canal J

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Cocktails with… BBC Children's (4:15pm - 5:15pm)

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.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Jo Allen

Producer

BBC Children's

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Jackie Edwards

Head of Fund, YACF (Young Audiences Content Fund)

BBC Children's

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Alison Stewart

Children’s Media Consultant and Producer

BBC Children's

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Serialized Storytelling for Kids: Can I please just watch one more? (4:15pm - 5:15pm)

Sevilla

With the advent of binge-viewing, kids audiences are increasingly being offered the opportunity to dig into expansive story arcs and more complicated storylines. And creators and producers are now ramping up serialized concepts to feed this new need. Our panel of seasoned serializers will explore the key lessons that creators and networks need to keep in mind in creating these dramas and comedies for kids. They'll look at whether or not serialization is platform-agnostic, the unexpected drawbacks and benefits of kids serialized programming, what makes some serials more acceptable than others, and what kids audiences are the best targets for the more complex storylines and characters that serialization requires.

Moderating:


Brian Hamilton

Principal and Executive Producer

Omnifilm Entertainment

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Featuring:

Peter Gal

Chief Creative Officer Television

DreamWorks Animation TV

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Rebecca Hodgson

Head of Scripted

Lime Pictures

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Billy Macqueen

MD

Darrall Macqueen

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Andy Yeatman

MD Americas

Netflix

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Digging into Diversity (4:15pm - 5:15pm)

Bayfront

It is no secret that media has a big impact on shaping a child's world view and self-perception, but it is clear that not every child sees his or herself reflected on the small screen. The movement to make kids TV more inclusive and diverse, and challenge stereotypes faced by both boys and girls, has been gathering momentum. But how do we get there quicker? This panel of seasoned creatives including Chris Nee, the mind behind the groundbreaking Doc McStuffins series has a blueprint in mind, and they'd like to share it with you.

Moderating:


Karen Fowler

VP, Development

Princess Titanium Productions

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Featuring:

Kevin Clark

Director Original Animation Preschool

George Mason University

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Megan Cunningham

Founder/CEO

Magnet Media

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Chris Nee

President & Executive Producer & Creator

Disney Junior / Brown Bag Films

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Kay Wilson Stallings

EVP Creative & Production

Sesame Workshop

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Cocktails with... HITN (4:15pm - 5:15pm)

Flagler

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.

Featuring:

Erica Branch-Ridley

VP, Executive Producer, Kids Initiatives HITN Learning

HITN

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David Rust

General Manager Education

HITN

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Guillermo Sierra

Head of Television and Digital Media

HITN

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Thursday, February 16

8:00am
10:00am

Hyper Innovation: The future of animation (10:00am - 10:45am)

Bayfront

New platforms and social networks are bubbling up and opening new opportunities for kids, but also for content creators. How can animation adapt to continuous disruption? What emerging trends are growing, and how are they impacting content production and consumption? France TV's Julien Borde will zero in on some new trends with a panel of fellow animation experts.

Moderating:


Julien Borde

Executive Vice President, Head of Television, Chief Content Officer

France Télévisions

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Featuring:

Damien Giard

Digital Director Products

Bayard Group

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Glenn O'Farrell

President

Groupe Media TFO

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Aton Soumache

CEO

Method Animation

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Encouraging Co-Viewing in the Digital Age (10:00am - 10:45am)

Sevilla

What does co-viewing look like nowadays? Ideally, it still entails families gathering together around the TV to spend some time together. But has family time given way to separate screens? Is TV still the best medium for co-viewing or are other platforms taking over? What strategies can be implemented to make kids content appealing both to parents and children? These questions and more will be put under the microscope by our panel of producers and broadcasters.

Moderating:


John Rooney

Consultant

Johnromedia

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Featuring:

Sarah Haasz

Head of Live-Action & Animated Series-North America

DHX Media

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Michael Hefferon

President and CCO

Rainmaker Entertainment

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Tom McGillis

President, Executive Producer

Fresh TV

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Carlos Soldevila

Co-Founder, President & Executive Producer

Trio Orange

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10:45am

BREAK (10:45am - 11:00am)

11:00am

Let's Create a Cartoon! (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Bayfront

Ready for a serious case of the giggles? Watch as four experienced kids TV creatives take ideas for genres, main characters, plot points, etc. called out by audience members, and then pitch them back as a series before your very eyes. The writers in residence will cover all the elements that need to be considered—defining age targets, budgets, types of animation, etc.—to get a series to market. Part series development demo and part improv game, this session promises to be as entertaining as it is informative.

Moderating:


Holly Huckins

Executive Producer & Content Creator

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Featuring:

Carin Greenberg

EP/Story Editor/Writer

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Peter Hastings

Writer, Producer & Director

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Rob Hoegee

Writer & Executive Producer & Series Creator

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Gary Anthony Williams

Actor Writer/Producer

That One Black Guy

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12:00pm
2:00pm

Closing Cocktail (Join us on the Pool Terrace). (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

Join us on the pool terrace to celebrate another successful Kidscreen Summit with some drinks and downtime.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.

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