Agenda

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Sunday, February 11

4:00 PM

Early Check-in (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Registration Desk

4:30 PM

Venue Tour

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 12

8:00 AM

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

8:30 AM

Venue Tour

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.

9:00 AM

Brainpick: Pitching & Development

Isles

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:

Brenda Bisner
Chief Content Officer
KidoodleTV

Jeff Brustrom
Kids Media Consultant
Brustrom Media

Sarah Haasz
Head of Live-Action & Animated Series-North America
Federation Kids & Family

Heath Kenny
Chief Creative Officer
U and Eye Creative

Helen McAleer
Owner
Helen McAleer Ltd.

Kristen McGregor
Content Creator | Writer | Producer | Director

Andy Rheingold
Writer & Producer
International Rheingold Productions

Dave Skwarczek
Writer and Producer
Eat Your Lunch

Brainpick: Co-Productions & Financing

Isles

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:

Tatiana Kober
President
Bejuba! Entertainment

Eric S. Rollman
Executive Producer
Rollman Entertainment, Inc.

Frank Saperstein
Executive Producer
Surprise Bag Inc

Beth Stevenson
Founder, Producer
Brain Power Studio Inc

Brenda Wooding
President & Owner
Kid Glove

10:00 AM

KEYNOTE: The Day the Universe Changed

Xilam Bayfront

How 2016/2017 turned Gen Z’s emotional landscape upside down, and the doors it opens for more emotionally relevant media platforms and content 

For the last 10 years, US research firm The Family Room has been mapping the shifting emotional landscape of Gen Z youth. And for the first eight, these core hopes, fears, dreams and anxieties remained remarkably constant. And then came 2016, which triggered the start of some astonishing shifts in the Passion Points Gen Z kids and teens are most focused on, leading to implications for the kids media industry that cannot be overstated. In this kick-off keynote, TED Talk speaker and Family Room CEO George Carey will track these shifts in Gen Z’s emotional landscape, exploring how they will impact the where, how and what of youth media consumption, and recommending strategies for kids media players to reflect this new reality and elevate the emotional relevance of their properties and platforms with today’s kids and teens

Featuring:

George Carey
Founder & CEO
The Family Room

10:45 AM

BREAK

11:00 AM

30 Minutes with... Sarah Aspinall, Virgin Media

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:

Sarah Aspinall
Kids and Music Editor
Virgin Media

30 Minutes with... Luca Milano, RAI

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

30 Minutes with... Erika Vogt, HITN

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:

Erika Vogt-Lowell
Director of Programming and Acquisitions
HITN

Marketing to Boys and Girls: New research from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Xilam Bayfront

Kidscreen Summit welcomes the return of actor Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media. Davis delivered Kidscreen Summit’s 2016 keynote about gender and diversity in the content development process. The Oscar-winner is returning to Miami to unveil new research from her organization that focuses on how products are being marketed to boys and girls through the use of brand mascots.

Moderating:


Dete Meserve
Partner
Wind Dancer Film and Television

Featuring:

Geena Davis
Founder & Chair
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

11:45 AM

BREAK

12:00 PM

30 Minutes with... Caterina Gonnelli, Disney 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:

Caterina Gonnelli
Executive VP of Content
Disney Channels EMEA

30 Minutes with... Marie McCann, CBC Kids

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:

Marie McCann
Senior Director, CBC Kids
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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

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:

Tiphaine de Raguenel
Director Young Audience & Animation
France Televisions

Marvel Rising: An inside look at Marvel’s first animated franchise for tween girls

Xilam Bayfront

The Super Hero experts at Marvel are expanding the Marvel Universe with their first animation-led franchise, Marvel Rising. What makes it especially unique to the Marvel Universe is its target audience—tweens ages 7 to 11. Marvel Rising features a primarily female and inclusive cast of some of Marvel’s fan-favorite and breakout heroes. Cort Lane, Marvel SVP of Animation and Family Entertainment, will give attendees a look at the research conducted that fueled the development of this new multiplatform franchise and discuss how it’s been designed to unfold across TV, digital and social platforms. Meet the next generation of Marvel heroes for the next generation of Marvel fans!

 

Featuring:

Cort Lane
SVP Animation & Family Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment

Know Your Audience: Developing educational TV for the 6 to 8 set

Sevilla

Preschoolers have always been super-served by educational media, but what about that slightly older six to eight crowd? This session will explore some of the barriers to creating educational content for this demo, as well as current opportunities and renewed interest among buyers. It will also delve into what it can and should tackle in terms of curriculum to create enriching content that these viewers will seek out on their own, without teacher prompting. 

Featuring:

Cheryl Gotthelf
Founder & President
Cheryl Gotthelf Consulting

12:45 PM

Lunching with... Co-Production Experts

Merrick

Featuring:

Miguel Aldasoro
International Sales Director
Anima (Spain)

Genevieve Dexter
Founder & CEO
Serious Lunch (UK)

Jung-Jin Hong
Head of Creative Development
FunnyFlux Entertainment (Korea)

Joan Lambur
President
Lambur Productions (Canada)

Kiko Mistrorigo
Partner
TV PinGuim (Brazil)

Suzanne Ryan
CEO
SLR Productions (Australia)

Pierre Sissmann
President and CEO
Cyber Group Studios (France)

Alix Wiseman
SVP Business Development & Acquisitions
9 Story Media Group (Ireland)

LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

2:00 PM

30 Minutes with... Gary Finnegan & Kayla van Der Meer, 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:

Gary Finnegan
VP of Programming Strategy
DHX Media

Kayla van der Meer
Scheduler - Family & CHRGD
DHX Media

30 Minutes with... Lucy Murphy, Sky Kids

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

In Conversation with Melissa Cobb: Netflix VP of Kids & Family

Xilam Bayfront

Melissa Cobb joined Netflix as the company’s first VP of kids and family last September, signaling an even larger commitment to the genre by the SVOD giant. Now that she’s settled into her role as leader of Netflix's kids and family content team, Melissa will discuss some of her plans to further expand the platform's offering of animated and live-action series, event programming and films for this audience. She'll also share how her past experience working in feature films impacts her approach to creating content that entertains kids and families the world over.

Moderating:


Lana Castleman
Director of Communications
Kidscreen

Featuring:

Melissa Cobb
VP Original Animation
Netflix

Screen Disruptor-The Rise of Children’s Podcasts

Sevilla

With US children spending an average of 48 minutes a day on mobile devices, the definition of “family dynamics” has shifted to include more time spent by individuals immersed in their own screens. But what if the pendulum swung back to a time when media was consumed by the whole family as a unit? Well, that may be happening already. Responding to a growing demand for kid-friendly podcasts over the last year, producers in this space are offering families a welcome alternative to screen time. Listen in as this group of award-winning podcast creators they talk business models, creative and production processes and benefits.

Moderating:


Meredith Halpern-Ranzer
Chief Executive Tinkerer (Expert in Podcasts)
Tinkercast/ Wow in the World

Featuring:

Koyalee Chanda
VP, Kids and Animation
This Podcast Has Fleas

David Kreizman
Chief Creative Officer/Showrunner
Gen-Z Media

Lee Overtree
Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Story Pirates

2:45 PM

BREAK

3:00 PM

Broadcaster to Broadcaster: Focus on 6 to 11s

Xilam Bayfront

Besides discussing the current state of content targeting the core-kid demo, these acquisitions experts will also explore the shifting landscape of the business, and what it means for linear and non-linear platforms and the producers who supply them. 

Moderating:


Agnes Augustin
President & CEO
Shaw Rocket Fund

Featuring:

Rick Clodfelter
Consultant
Universal Kids

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

Digital Kids and Privacy: What you need to know to protect your brand

Sevilla

COPPA compliance, Europe's GDPR and recent class-action lawsuits are increasing fears about offering web or mobile content for kids, especially when personal data is involved. And then there are the complexities of working with third-party providers who may be operating data-collection functions on your behalf (i.e. analytics, advertising, voice/facial recognition). Top privacy expert Shai Samet gives a tutorial on what steps IP owners need to take now to help protect their brands and avoid the threat of litigation in the future.

Featuring:

Shai Samet
Founder & President
kidSAFE Seal Program

3:45 PM

BREAK

4:00 PM

Crafting a 2.0 Kidsnet

Xilam Bayfront

With the looming launch of Disney's proprietary SVOD and the seemingly unstoppable rise of services like Netflix and Amazon, it’s worth exploring what the kids "network" of the future can, could and should be. A new type of star will be driving it, with new platforms inspiring the invention of new formats, release patterns, marketing strategies and revenue models. Experimentation is already taking place on these fronts, but early efforts have yet to settle into any sort of consensus. What does the grand design look like? Is there one? This group of industry experts is going to attempt to find out

Moderating:


Jesse Cleverly
Creative Director
Wildseed Studios

Featuring:

Deirdre Brennan
EVP, Content Partnerships
Universal Kids

Sundance Feniger
VP and GM, Boomerang (Premium Video Streaming Subscription Service)
Turner Networks

Stone Newman
Chief Revenue Officer
pocket.watch

So You Think You Want to Get Into Licensing?

Sevilla

You’ve produced some great shorts, with super-cute characters, and believe that licensed consumer products would be a great way to help fund your company’s growth. Perhaps, but before you head down that road, you need to understand what potential licensees, agents and retailers are looking for, and the questions you’ll need to answer for each of them. And this panel of licensing pros will provide the answers.

 

Moderating:


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

Featuring:

Naz Amarchi-Cuevas
CCO
SYBO Games

Sam Ferguson
VP of Licensing
Jazwares

Bill Graham
Chief Marketing Officer
PhatMojo

Pam Westman
President
Nelvana Enterprises

Cocktails with… Universal Kids

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:

Rick Clodfelter
Consultant
Universal Kids

Lisa O'Brien
Creator/Consultant
Universal Kids

Kristofer Updike
Senior Director, Development Kids & Family
Universal Kids

Cocktails with… DHX Television

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:

Gary Finnegan
VP of Programming Strategy
DHX Media

Richard Rowe
Director, International Acquisitions & Co-Productions
DHX Media

Kayla van der Meer
Scheduler - Family & CHRGD
DHX Media

Cocktails with... ABC Australia

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:

Libbie Doherty
Head of Children’s Content
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Jan Stradling
Executive Producer, Children's TV
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Cocktails with... France Télévisions

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:

Tiphaine de Raguenel
Director Young Audience & Animation
France Televisions

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

5:00 PM

Kidscreen Kick-off Cocktail (Join us on the fifth-floor 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 13

8:00 AM

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

8:30 AM

Master Class: Building fantasy worlds that last

Tuttle

Fantasy remains a hotly sought-after genre when it comes to entertaining kids and families. But building a fantasy world that can fuel storytelling across platforms and consumer products isn’t straightforward or easy. Currently in production on turning film classic The Dark Crystal into Netflix family series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, The Jim Henson Company's President of Television Halle Stanford and the series co-executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Emmy-Award winning Producer of Lost) will share what it takes to develop a fully evolved fantasy world, including do’s & don’ts and roadmaps to long-term success.

 

Featuring:

Javier Grillo Marxuach
Executive Producer

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

Mentor Class: Making the move from freelance to full-time

Gusman

So you got your first freelance writing gig. Congrats! Now learn how to avoid common pitfalls that often prevent writers from getting a next script and pursuing their craft full-time. Established showrunners Chris Nee (Doc McStuffins,Vampirina) and Sascha Paladino (Miles From Tomorrowland, Ni Hao, Kai-Lan) will share their advice about pitfalls and best practices for writers looking to grow their businesses.

Featuring:

Chris Nee
President & Executive Producer & Creator
Disney Junior

Sascha Paladino
Writer and Producer
Disney Junior

10:00 AM

BREAK

10:15 AM

In Conversation with Marty Krofft: Kids Entertainment Legend

Xilam Bayfront

Along with his brother Sid, Marty Krofft created H.R. Pufnstuf and The Land of the Lost in the 1970s. The duo made a comeback in 2015 with the launch of Mutt & Stuff on Nickelodeon and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters for Amazon Studios. They are now working on Mayim’s WonderLab (starring The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik). Krofft will discuss the kids business then and now, how it’s changed, why he’s back in it, and his sure-fire tactics for getting a greenlight—“You stay in the room until they say yes, and leave quickly as soon as you get it.”

Moderating:


David Arquette
Actor

Featuring:

Marty Krofft
President
Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures Corp

Pioneering Pubcasters in the Brave New World of VOD

Sevilla

Traditional public broadcasters have faced the challenges of an ever-evolving “view-niverse” and a much more voracious kid appetite for content head-on with the launch of their own age-appropriate VOD and streaming platforms, groundbreaking formats and programming. Notably in Scandinavia, they’re putting more and more resources into their VOD platforms—sometimes championing them over linear. So far, the results are showing terrific benefits for both the broadcasters and their audiences, but these offerings are creating complications for content creators and distributors in terms of commercial viability and exposure. The future is now, but what does it look like from the perspective of all parties involved?

Moderating:


Justine Bannister
Creative Facilitator
Just B

Featuring:

Jackie Edwards
Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF)
BBC Children's

Dominic Gardiner
CEO
Jetpack Distribution

Irene Pothecary Huse
Acquisitions Executive
NRK, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation

Vicky Schroderus
Executive in Charge of International Co-Productions and Acquisitions
YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company

10:30 AM

30 Minutes with... Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos, TFO

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:

Sandrine  Pechels de Saint Sardos
Co-Founder and Producer
TFO

30 Minutes with... Cecilia Persson, Turner EMEA

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:

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

30 Minutes with... Libbie Doherty & Jan Stradling, ABC Australia

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:

Libbie Doherty
Head of Children’s Content
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Jan Stradling
Executive Producer, Children's TV
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

11:00 AM

BREAK

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

11:30 AM

30 Minutes with... Hedda Bruessing, NTR

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:

Hedda Bruessing
Head of Media & Business Development
NTR

30 Minutes with... Lisa O'Brien & Kristofer Updike, Universal Kids

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
Universal Kids

Kristofer Updike
Senior Director, Development Kids & Family
Universal Kids

Netflix's New-School Preschool

Xilam Bayfront

When preschoolers love a property, they just can’t get enough of it. And in order to satisfy this kind of insatiable demand from its youngest viewers, Netflix is taking a new approach to preschool programming with a brand-new plan to launch multiple pieces of content and immersive worlds around its originals and franchises. In this can't-miss session, get the full scoop directly from the global SVOD service and a selection of its production partners on how they're looking to break the mold.

Moderating:


Dominique Bazay
Director EMEA & Preschool Kids & Family
Netflix

Featuring:

Kurt Mueller
EVP, Creative Content
Silvergate Media

Angela Santomero
Chief Creative Officer
Creator, Executive Producer. Angela’s Clues

Alexander Woo
Founder & CEO
Kuku Studios

Beyond Virtual: Close encounters of the LIVE kind

Sevilla

Live events and performances give audiences an opportunity to experience the characters and brands they love in a hands-on, multisensory, engaging way. And many IP owners are diving into the world of location-based entertainment to build deeper, longer-lasting relationships with their audiences. In this session, our esteemed experts will delve into how a brand can develop live experiences from initial concept and market analysis, to operations planning, legal considerations and, ultimately, marketing and promotions.

 

Moderating:


Donna Friedman Meir
CEO & Founder
WOW Explorations

Featuring:

Wendy Heimann
Partner
Nolan Heimann LLP

Jason McManus
Creative/Art Director
Thinkwell Group

Matthew Proulx
Head of Marketing
Hasbro West

Stuart Rosenstein
Themed Entertainment & LBE Consultant
360 Brand Development -Themed Entertainment Consulting

30 Minutes with... Adina Pitt, Cartoon Network

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:

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

12:30 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

12:45 PM

Lunching with... Branding & Licensing Experts

Merrick

Featuring:

Richard Collins
Co-Founder & CEO
Big Tent Entertainment

Mike De Camp
Senior Boys/Action Brand Ambassador
Jazwares

Bill Graham
Chief Marketing Officer
PhatMojo

Rob Hudnut
Owner
Rob Hudnut Productions

Menal McGrath
VP Global Licensing Acquisitions and Sales
Moose Toys

Jonathan Mirsky
Senior Licensing Manager
Spin Master

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

Michael Rinzler
Executive VP & Partner
Wicked Cool Toys

Erin Stein
Publisher, Imprint
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

2:00 PM

30 Minutes with... Jules Borkent, Layla Lewis, Nickelodeon

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:

Jules Borkent
EVP Content and Network Strategy
Nickelodeon

Layla Lewis
SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships
Nickelodeon

30 Minutes with... Lila Hannou, M6

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:

Lila Hannou
Head of Children's Programs
M6 - Metropole Television

30 Minutes with... Nathan Waddington, BBC 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:

Nathan Waddington
Children’s Genre Manager
BBC Worldwide

Picking Platforms: What's the best vehicle for your project and how do you get it there?

Xilam Bayfront

TV series, web series, SVOD and theatrical feature films are all prime launchpads for kids content. And picking the right primary platform for a property could mean the difference between a huge success and a big flop. But what factors go into choosing one form of content over the other? Our panel of successful producers and broadcasters will reveal how they go about determining which route to take, discussing what’s worked, which signposts they watch out for, and what they’ve learned about launching and developing multiplatform properties.

Moderating:


Rick Mischel
CEO
Sony Pictures Animation

Featuring:

Ed Galton
CCO & Managing Director
CAKE

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

Josh Scherba
President
DHX Media

Fonda Snyder
President
Alchemy Ink Inc.

The Long Game: Setting up subscription services

Sevilla

From Toca Boca and ABC Mouse, to Speakaboos and Hopster, the road for subscription content services has been bumpy, to say the least. There have been a lot of failures, but also some outstanding successes. What makes one enterprise work while others flounder? This panel of experts pulled from the trenches of consumer-targeted subscription services will give a lowdown on the right investors to target, and how much capital you need to weather the storm of subscriber acquisition—just for starters.

Moderating:


CJ Kettler
President
King Features

Featuring:

Attila Gazdag
Managing Director, Age of Learning Studios
Age of Learning, Inc / ABCmouse

Caroline Ingeborn
President and COO
Toca Boca

Neal Shenoy
CEO and Founder
Speakaboos

3:00 PM

BREAK

3:15 PM

From Scribble to Screen to Stuff: The do’s and don’ts of good character design

Sevilla

Our content and consumer products pros will walk you through the process of what to consider when it comes to design for preschool and core kids properties, whether it’s interpreting visuals from an existing work, creating from scratch, or moving into consumer products licensing.  

Moderating:


Matthew Wexler
CEO & Executive Producer
Wexworks Media

Featuring:

Rob David
Vice President Content Creative
Mattel

Greg Huculak
Creative Director
Flying Kraken Creative Studios

Helen McAleer
Owner
Helen McAleer Ltd.

Darragh O'Connell
Group Creative Director
Brown Bag Films

4:00 PM

BREAK

4:15 PM

Consumer Products as a Storytelling Platform

Sevilla

As the steward of your IP, everything you do tells a part of the brand story. Who are my characters? What are their values? What motivates them? Our panellists will discuss how consumer products need to be part of how a content-driven property communicates with kids, and how companies should take up the challenge and honor that responsibility

Moderating:


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

Featuring:

David Ciganko
Principle
MGA/Little Tikes

Casey Collins
SVP and GM of Global Consumer Products
WWE World Wrestling Entertainment

Peter Yoder
VP Global Brand Product WBCP
Turner Broadcasting

Cocktails with... Lagardere 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.

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
Lagardere Active

Caroline Cochaux
Producer
Gulli - Canal J

Cocktails with... BBC Children's

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:

Jackie Edwards
Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF)
BBC Children's

Nathan Waddington
Children’s Genre Manager
BBC Worldwide

Cocktails with... Nickelodeon

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

Migdalis Silva
VP of Programming & Acquisitions
Nickelodeon Latin America

5:15 PM

Kidscreen Awards and After-Party (Xilam Bayfront Ballroom)

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’sMr. D. And be sure to stay for the after-party and hang out with winners, nominees and judges alike! 

Featuring:

Darrin Rose
Host

Wednesday, February 14

8:00 AM

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

Registration Desk, Xilam Bayfront, Sevilla, Merrick

8:30 AM

Master Class: Making the most out of mobile

Tuttle

Still a significant source of ancillary revenue and marketing power, the ever-evolving mobile space remains tricky for content creators and brand owners to navigate. Speaking from her experience creating mobile networks for partners like Samsung and Verizon, Fingerprint’s Nancy MacIntyre will provide valuable insights for tapping into the mobile market for families. She’ll look at how subscription models are driving the mobile app economy and kids mobile trends, drawing from real-world case studies to highlight challenges and opportunities for content owners and creators alike.

Featuring:

Nancy MacIntyre
CEO
Fingerprint Play

SOLD OUT! Mentor Class: Building bibles that work

Gusman

What is a pitch bible? A series bible? How long does it have to be? How do you make sure it stands out? Designed for emerging television content creators, this instructional session will provide the essential ins and outs of crafting a show bible, plus tips and tricks for streamlining the process. Veteran award-winning creator/producer Tony Collingwood and former broadcaster turned creator/ producer Jamie Piekarz are all set to lend their insights from both sides of the buyer-seller table to help you stand out from the pack and present your project like a pro.

Featuring:

Tony Collingwood
Managing Director & Writer
Collingwood & Co.

Jamie Piekarz
Creator, Producer & Consultant
JamPie

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 eight-minute meetings again this year, giving you ample time to deliver the perfect pitch. NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Libbie Doherty
Head of Children’s Content
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Jackie Edwards
Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF)
BBC Children's

Natalie Engel
Director of Content, Children’s Programming
PBS Kids

Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development
Nelvana

Tommy Gillespie
Director, Children's Programming
PBS Kids

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

Liliana Reyes
Senior VP of Content
Portfolio Entertainment

Amy Takahara
Sr Manager, Content Acquisitions- Kids & Family
Nickelodeon

Emily Chapman
VP Creative
CAKE Entertaiment

Melissa Wolfe
Head of Animation and Family Programming
Amazon Studios

We Need to Talk About YouTube: Building launch plans around the all-important AVOD channel

Xilam Bayfront

One of the biggest burning questions for kids producers and content owners right now is whether or not market-leader YouTube, and other digital platforms like Twitch and Facebook, should be viewed as marketing or money-making platforms. Can they actually be both? Is there good business in launching a brand exclusively on the world's largest VOD platform, and if so, what does the P&L look like? We've assembled a panel of experts working in the space to answer these questions and much more. They’ll also examine the challenges—like smaller production budgets, monetization and managing a direct relationship with your audience—that come with the necessity of making YouTube and others like it a key part of a kid-targeted IP's brand plan

Moderating:


Ken Faier
El Presidente & CEO
Epic Story Media

Featuring:

Alfred Chubb
Head of Wildbrain Mergers & Acquisitions
Wildbrain

Isaac Quiroga
Senior Director
Mattel, Inc.

Jay Shah
Director, Global Content Distribution & Business Development
LEGO

Artur Spigel
CEO & Founder
7ate9 Entertainment

Helping kids cope with trauma

Sevilla

Traumatic experiences and the stress they cause can disrupt a child’s brain development and increase the risk of both short-term and long-term physical, social and emotional issues. But kids are remarkably resilient, and the effects of trauma can be blunted if they receive comfort and support. This panel poses the question: As media producers, what responsibility do we have to address and create resources to mitigate the impact of traumatic experiences on young children? 

Moderating:


Maria Galarza
Assistant Vice President, US Social Impact
Sesame Workshop

Featuring:

Tara Oakman
Senior Program Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Esta Soler
Founder and President
Futures Without Violence

Jane Stevens
Founder and Publisher
ACEs Connection Network

10:30 AM

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... Caroline Cochaux, Lagardère Active

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 Cochaux
Producer
Gulli - Canal J

30 Minutes with... Yago Fandiño Lousa, TVE

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:

Yago Fandiño Lousa
Head of Kids Content
TVE

11:00 AM

BREAK

11:30 AM

30 Minutes with... Janine Weigold, Super RTL

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/RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co.KG

30 Minutes with... Marney Malabar, TVO 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:

Marney Malabar
Director, KidsTV
TVO

30 Minutes with... Kay Wilson Stallings, Sesame Studios

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

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 eight-minute meetings again this year, giving you ample time to deliver the perfect pitch. NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Aaron Davidson
Director of Animation
Amazon Studios

Jackie Edwards
Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF)
BBC Children's

Natalie Engel
Director of Content, Children’s Programming
PBS Kids

Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development
Nelvana

Tommy Gillespie
Director, Children's Programming
PBS Kids

Jillianne Reinseth
Sr. Vice President Creative Affairs
Entertainment One

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

Jan Stradling
Executive Producer, Children's TV
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Emily Chapman
VP Creative
CAKE Entertaiment

Zero to Eight: The when, where and how of kids' media habits

Sevilla

Using CommonSense Media’s landmark Zero to Eight studies from 2011, 2013 and 2017, TK Polly Conway will compare and contrast kids media habits over the years, and ultimately show how rapidly screen time is changing, and how it may continue to develop in the future. She will touch on which platforms kids are using to consume their media, how income and education levels affect screen time, and parents’ concerns and hopes about how their children might benefit from the use of screen media for learning and supporting creativity

Featuring:

Polly Conway
Senior TV Editor
Common Sense Media

Making the Animation Studio of the Future

Xilam Bayfront

With kids needing to be engaged through a variety of media platforms, which is having a considerable impact on current distribution and financing models, it may be time for a new kind of animation studio. The world's next generation of shops will needc to embrace these changes to create enduring, endearing, mindful and community-driven content & businesses. So the question is, how do we redefine the meaning of "animation studio" and content creation in the age of digital distribution and fan engagement? Our panel of experts drawn from all parts of the content-creation universe definitely has some thoughts on the subject.

Moderating:


Don Anderson
Head of Family & Learning Partnerships, YouTube APAC - Singapore
YouTube

Featuring:

Alejandro Davila
AR & VR Producer
CONICAL Interactive Studios

Olivier Dumont
President
eOne Family

Greg Harman
CEO
Mechanic Animation

Kane Lee
Head of Content
Baobab Studios

12:30 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

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 eight-minute meetings again this year, giving you ample time to deliver the perfect pitch. NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Hedda Bruessing
Head of Media & Business Development
NTR

Massimo Bruno
Director of TV Channels
De Agostini

Madeline Ferguson
Senior Sales Manager, International
Nelvana Enterprises

Gary Finnegan
VP of Programming Strategy
DHX Media

Caterina Gonnelli
Executive VP of Content
Disney Channels EMEA

Lisa O'Brien
Creator/Consultant
Universal Kids

Sandrine  Pechels de Saint Sardos
Co-Founder and Producer
TFO

Jennie Stacey
VP, Development
Brown Bag Films

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

Creating LGBTQ-inclusive Content for Kids

Xilam Bayfront

Kids and family entertainment is arguably the very last part of the entertainment business to include positive portrayals of LGBTQ characters. But the last few years have marked a significant shift, with shows like Doc McStuffinsDanger & EggsThe Loud House and Andi Mack breaking new ground in the depiction of LGBTQ characters and issues. This session will thoughtfully address why this shift is happening, how creators and networks are approaching LGBTQ inclusion, and most importantly, how to keep up the momentum.

Moderating:


Cort Lane
SVP Animation & Family Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment

Featuring:

Sarah Kate Ellis
CEO
GLAAD

Terri Minsky
Creator & Executive Producer, Andi Mack
Disney

Chris Nee
President & Executive Producer & Creator
Disney Junior

Linda Simensky
Head of PBS KIDS Content
PBS KIDS

Kevin Sullivan
Staff Writer, The Loud House
Nickelodeon

Hot Research: The latest buzz on kids and social media

Sevilla

How will you get kids interacting with and buzzing about your shows and products? Kids are naturally social beings, so it’s no surprise that they are taking advantage of digital technology to connect with others. But what are they talking about, which platforms are they using, and why? The kid experts at Insight Strategy Group are on deck to present the results of their latest study, which illuminates kids’ social media habits and outlines concrete ways you can reach and delight them at each age and stage.

 

Featuring:

Sarah Chumsky
VP, MarketCast Kids (formerly Insight Kids)
Insight Strategy Group

30 Minutes with... Angela Lin, YouTube 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:

Angela Lin
Head of Family & Learning, YouTube North America
Google/YouTube

30 Minutes with... Jackie Edwards, BBC Children’s

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:

Jackie Edwards
Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF)
BBC Children's

30 Minutes with... Katie Cordes, Disney Channel Australia

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:

Katie Cordes
Director Content Planning
The Walt Disney Company Australia

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 eight-minute meetings again this year, giving you ample time to deliver the perfect pitch. NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Jessica Brinder
VP, Business Development
Nelvana Enterprises

Massimo Bruno
Director of TV Channels
De Agostini

Caterina Gonnelli
Executive VP of Content
Disney Channels EMEA

Sandrine  Pechels de Saint Sardos
Co-Founder and Producer
TFO

Richard Rowe
Director, International Acquisitions & Co-Productions
DHX Media

Jennie Stacey
VP, Development
Brown Bag Films

Kristofer Updike
Senior Director, Development Kids & Family
Universal Kids

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

Listening to Your Inner Entrepreneur: How to grow in the kids business

Sevilla

Let’s get it out in the open. Money is a topic that’s shrouded in far too much mystery—and that needs to change. If producing is about enabling the creation of great content, then being a producer in 2018 means being an entrepreneur. It’s time for more producers and creatives to get entrepreneurial. This session is all about gaining perspective on your business strategy from business leaders and investors who are experts about raising investment to fuel business growth.

Moderating:


Anttu Harlin
CEO, Co-Founder
Gigglebug Entertainment

Featuring:

Neil Court
Executive Chairman
9 Story Media Group

Genevieve Dexter
Founder & CEO
Serious Lunch (UK)

Jean-Philippe Randisi
Company Director
Zodiak Kids Studio

Larry Schwarz
President
Animation Collective

Broadcaster to Broadcaster: Focus on preschool

Xilam Bayfront

This panel of seasoned acquisitions execs from some of the world’s most active kids platforms will give a lowdown on the current state of content targeting preschoolers. Come and find out what’s resonating, what’s not, and perhaps most importantly, what’s next for this all-important demo.

Moderating:


Natalie Osborne
Chief Strategy Officer
9 Story Media Group

Featuring:

Carolina Lightcap
EVP & Chief Content Officer
Discovery Communications

Linda Simensky
Head of PBS KIDS Content
PBS KIDS

4:15 PM

Creating Convincing Teen Dramas

Sevilla

With the BBC’s announcement that it will be leaning into content for 12 to 16s, and platforms like Netflix enthusiastically mining the YA genre, kids producers are looking at the demo with new interest. But producing for this adjacent audience who watch adult and alternative content can be challenging. How do we  engage and entertain young teens, offering them content that delivers dramatic twists and psychological tension without veering into the adult lane? Where do we draw the lines on relationships, substances, and so much more?  We've assembled a diverse panel of producers actively working in the space to share experiences, best practices and (most fun) an example of a scene they feel they either "nailed" or failed" for teens. 

Moderating:


Amy Friedman
President
Redhead Consulting

Featuring:

Anne Brogan
Joint Managing Director
Kindle Entertainment

Melanie Halsall
Head of Development
Komixx Entertainment

Bob Higgins
EVP Kids & Family
Boat Rocker

David Michel
President
Federation Entertainment

Oh Canada-How the business is shaping up in the Great White North

Xilam Bayfront

With recent industry-altering announcements from Canada’s Minister of Heritage (including the much-discussed Netflix deal) and a marked slow-down in homegrown commissions, the future of Canada’s renowned kids business has arguably never been quite so fuzzy. What do these changes mean for Canadian producers and distributors and their many international partners? This distinguished panel of key Canadian industry players is going to help attendees bring things into focus. 

Moderating:


Mark Bishop
Co-CEO & Executive Producer
marblemedia

Featuring:

Agnes Augustin
President & CEO
Shaw Rocket Fund

Mary Bredin
Creative Development Producer
Guru Animation Studio

Vince Commisso
President & CEO
9 Story Media Group

Joan Lambur
President
Lambur Productions (Canada)

Marney Malabar
Director, KidsTV
TVO

Cocktails with.. NTR

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:

Hedda Bruessing
Head of Media & Business Development
NTR

Juliëtte van Paridon
Head of Kids Content
NTR

Loes Wormmeester
Commissioning Editor Youth Department
NTR

Cocktails with... PBS KIDS

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:

Natalie Engel
Director of Content, Children’s Programming
PBS Kids

Tommy Gillespie
Director, Children's Programming
PBS Kids

Linda Simensky
Head of PBS KIDS Content
PBS KIDS

Cocktails with... Super RTL

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:

Frank Dietz
Deputy Program Director & Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions
SUPER RTL/RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co.KG

Janine Weigold
Manager, Original Animation, EMEA
SUPER RTL/RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co.KG

Thursday, February 15

8:00 AM

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

10:00 AM

How Open Are Children to Diversity? New learnings from emotion-recognition software

Sevilla

Unscripted live-action programming is a highly empowering genre that literally gives children a voice in media. But how much do young children engage with live-action content as viewers, and to what level do they embrace diversity on-screen? This pioneering study set out to answer these questions using facial-recognition software. The cutting-edge technology reveals kids’ emotional reactions to what they’re watching second by second, without the bias of traditional interview methods that are typically used with young viewers. Surprising results came to light, including the discovery that live-action programming supports the development of empathy and emotional intelligence in young viewers more than previously believed.

Featuring:

Sallyann Keizer
Managing Director
Sixth Sense Media Ltd

How LEGO Designs for Kids

Xilam Bayfront

LEGO products are designed on a multi-faceted research foundation, to understand kids’ media habits, but more importantly their needs, interests and competencies that can be further enhanced through product design. LEGO’s Jais Holm Christensen and Dubit’s Peter Robinson will delve into the process behind the development of new LEGO products for children and family audiences.


Featuring:

Jais Holm Chritsensen
Creative Manager
LEGO

Peter Robinson
CSO
Dubit

10:45 AM

BREAK

11:00 AM

CLOSING KEYNOTE: Kids of the World - the impact of fast-paced global change on kids right now

Xilam Bayfront

Viacom Global Consumer Insights SVP Christian Kurz is unveiling the results of the international media company's exciting new Kids of the World study at Kidscreen Summit. Viacom, home of renowned kidsnet Nickelodeon,  surveyed roughly 6,000 six- to 11-year-olds from 31 countries, delving into how our fast-paced and ever-changing world is shaping kids’ attitudes, experiences and behaviors. Speaking directly to kids, not their parents and caregivers, the study reflects their unvarnished perspectives and voices. What’s emerging is a portrait of a group of fearless kids that’s growing up aware of uncertainty and change, but ready to embrace the countless possibilities ahead of them. Now it’s up to you to figure out how to entertain them.

 

Featuring:

Christian Kurz
SVP, Global Consumer Insights
Viacom

12:00 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

2:00 PM

Closing Cocktail Party (Join us on the fifth-floor Pool Terrace)

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

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