Agenda

Agenda

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Sunday, February 10

4:00 PM

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

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 11

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

Tuttle

Come and get free advice from experts in niche areas of the kids entertainment industry.

Featuring:

Christian Dankl
Co-Founder & Chairman (Expert in YouTube Compliance)
Precise TV

Joey Egger
Managing Director
Two Moos

Meredith Halpern Ranzer
Chief Executive Tinkerer (Expert in Podcasts)
Tinkercast

Nancy MacIntyre
CEO
Fingerprint Play

Shai Samet
Founder & President (Expert in Kids Online Safety)
kidSAFE Seal Program

Brainpick

Dupont

Come and get free advice from experts in niche areas of the kids entertainment industry.

Featuring:

Genevieve Dexter
CEO (Expert in Raising Capital)
Serious Lunch

Dominic Gardiner
CEO
Jetpack Distribution

Christophe Goldberger
Managing Director
GoldBee

Tatiana Kober
President (Expert in Distribution)
Bejuba!

Harry Yoon
Chief Consultant (Expert in Co-Production)
JIB Consulting Co. Ltd

Brainpick

Gusman

Come and get free advice from experts in niche areas of the kids entertainment industry.

Featuring:

Janet Balmforth
Co-CEO (Expert in PR Strategy)
DDA Blueprint Public Relations

Mike Blum
Owner & Chief Creative Officer
Pipsqueak Animation

Renee Cherow-O'Leary, PhD
President (Expert in Education Consulting)
Education For The 21st Century

Kelly Hur
Partner (Expert in Gen Alpha)
Doobry Group

Dave Skwarczek
Writer and Producer (Expert in Show Bibles)
The Cheese Cutting Corporation

Fonda Snyder
Development Executive & Consultant
Alchemy Ink

10:00 AM

KEYNOTE—The Tao of Happiness

Xilam Bayfront

A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author (The Book of Awesome), award-winning blogger and one of the most popular TED talk speakers of all time, Neil Pasricha is a self-described “pied piper of happiness.” He spent a decade with Walmart, working directly for two CEOs as director of leadership development. And now he travels all over the world sharing thought-provoking messages about happiness with Fortune 500 companies, schools and non-profits. At Kidscreen Summit, Neil will draw on the latest research on his favorite subject to present ideas and strategies for leaders interested in increasing personal performance and creating more positive and productive teams.

Featuring:

Neil Pasricha
Happiness Expert | Bestselling Author
The Institute for Global Happiness

10:45 AM

BREAK

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

11:00 AM

30 minutes with... Kay Wilson Stallings, Sesame Workshop

Gusman

A returning favorite 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
SVP Creative Development
Sesame Workshop

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

Dupont

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

Featuring:

Jules Borkent
EVP Content and Network Strategy
Viacom International Media Network

Layla Lewis
SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships
Nickelodeon

KidWatch: Key insights on modern kid viewing and spending

Xilam Bayfront

In today’s digitally disrupted media landscape, kids are blazing an entirely new path when it comes to their content preferences. Join Kathi Chandler-Payatt from The NPD Group—the only company that combines SVOD streaming data with consumer/POS insights—as she explores the latest trends and some interesting first findings in kid SVOD engagement, and also how this behavior relates to broader trends in the consumer products market.

Featuring:

Kathi Chandler-Payatt
Executive Director, Media Analyst
THE NPD GROUP

Eastern Expansion: How to do deals and expand brands in China

Sevilla

As China becomes increasingly important to kids brand business planning, we’ve rounded up some execs who’ve been successful getting in on the ground floor there to share their experiences and advice on setting up co-productions, selling to Chinese platforms, and rolling out consumer products programs in this lucrative but tricky market.

Moderating:


Sharon Gomes
COO
Little Airplane Productions / Studio 100

Featuring:

Sean Chu
CEO
WeKids

Olivier Dumont
President
Entertainment One Family & Brands

James Chen Gu
General Manager, Animation Studio
UYOUNG

Natalie Osborne
Chief Strategy Officer
9 Story Media Group

30 Minutes with... Robert Fortuijn, ZAPP/NPO

Tuttle

A returning favorite 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:

Robert Fortuijn
Channel Manager Zapp/Zappelin
NPO

11:45 AM

BREAK

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

12:00 PM

30 Minutes with... Luca Milano, RAI

Gusman

A returning favorite 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 Radiotelevisione Italiana

30 Minutes with... Sarah Muller, Sony Pictures Television

Tuttle

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

Featuring:

Sarah Muller
Head of Acquisitions & Animation
Sony Pictures International Television

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

Dupont

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

Featuring:

Tiphaine de Raguenel
Director Young Audience & Animation
France Télévisions

The Data of Discoverability

Xilam Bayfront

Kids have a pretty good sense of what they want when it comes to content, but not always how to find it in the torrent of options. This research-driven presentation from Dubit will look at how they go from deciding what they’re seeking to making a choice, providing content makers with deeper insight into these paths that can be used support discovery and adoption.


Featuring:

Peter Robinson
Head of Research
Dubit

Distribution Deadlock: Selling kids content in a shifting marketplace

Sevilla

With SVODs disrupting the model that it seems like they just finished disrupting, kids distributors are grappling with way more questions than answers these days. In this session, leading execs from the front lines of this business will take a look at where we are now versus two years ago, and where things are heading as we move towards a new decade of distribution.

Moderating:


Alison Taylor
Head of Sales and Acquisitions
Aardman Animations Ltd

Featuring:

Ed Galton
CCO & Managing Director
CAKE

Richard Goldsmith
President and CEO
Cyber Group Studios USA LLC

Karen Vermeulen
Head of Content Global Distribution & Co-production, Managing Director of UK Office
Cloudco Entertainment

Alix Wiseman
SVP Business Development & Acquisitions
9 Story Distribution International

12:30 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

12:45 PM

Lunching with... Digital Media Experts

Merrick

Spend some quality time with digital media experts who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP in the digital space. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of the industry’s top execs specializing in streaming, websites, gaming apps, voice assistant tech and YouTube content for kids. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting.

NOTE: Advance sign-up is required.

Featuring:

Francis Dahl
Director, International Game & App Production
Nickelodeon

Sara DeWitt
VP, Digital
PBS KIDS

Matthew Evans
EVP, Digital & New Business
Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products

Luca Fiore
Head of Media and Education
Azoomee

Jon Gisby
Managing Director
WildBrain

Mia Rodak
Executive Producer, Digital
CBC Kids

Derek Sentner
VP Sales & Business Development
Driver Digital

Ellen Solberg
Head of Content
Hopster

2:00 PM

30 Minutes with... Linda Simensky, PBS KIDS

Gusman

A returning favorite 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
VP, Children’s Programming
PBS KIDS

30 Minutes with... Trine Ruud, NRK

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:

Trine Ruud
Head of Acquisitions and Dubbing NRK Super
NRK

30 Minutes with... Orion Ross, Disney Channels EMEA

Dupont

A returning favorite 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:

Orion Ross
VP Content – Animation, Digital & Acquisitions
Disney Channels EMEA

Modern Dads: A focus on fatherhood

Xilam Bayfront

Growing up in an ever-changing and challenging world, the one constant for today’s kids is family—although what that means continues to evolve. Attitudes about gender have loosened up—relieving moms and dads alike of the weight of many old stereotypes. Within this context, fatherhood has taken on new meaning in recent years, and dads are playing a far more active role in their children’s lives. This new study from Viacom (parent company of Nickelodeon) will explore this shift in family dynamics and what it means for kids media players.


Featuring:

Christian Kurz
SVP, Global Consumer Insights
Viacom Media Networks

Time to Recharge: Powering up the pillars of international co-pros

Sevilla

There used to be a time when you could pretty much get a show off the ground with partners and presales in a few key co-production regions. But with producers in Canada, France, the UK and Australia all experiencing a variety of different domestic difficulties at the same time, what used to be a no-brainer has become a head-scratcher. This discussion will dig into these challenges country by country and explore what needs to change to get these once-mighty financing systems back in working order.   


Moderating:


Jeremy Dickson
Features Editor
Kidscreen

Featuring:

Mark Bishop
Co-CEO & Executive Producer
marblemedia

Helen McAleer
Owner
Media Consultancy

Philippe Soutter
Co-Founder
PGS Entertainment

Barbara Stephen
CEO Flying Bark & Studio 100 International
Flying Bark Productions

2:45 PM

BREAK

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

3:00 PM

What Little Boys Are Made Of

Xilam Bayfront

While positive female representation in kids content is on the rise, has the industry lost sight of the messages it’s sending boys? We’ll explore this question with a panel of producers and broadcasters looking to address the gender identity of boys and their emotional development through entertainment.


Moderating:


David Kleeman
Senior Vice President Global Trends
Dubit Ltd.

Featuring:

Cheryl Gotthelf
Founder & President
Cheryl Gotthelf Consulting

Andrew Kavanagh
CEO & Founder
Kavaleer Productions

Shabnam Rezaei
President & Co-Founder
Big Bad Boo

Linda Simensky
VP, Children’s Programming
PBS KIDS

Swipe Right for Co-Production Partners

Sevilla

Looking to make some new connections? This session will shine a spotlight on upstart co-pro territories such as Brazil, Chile, Jamaica and New Zealand, that are hitting the market with lucrative tax breaks, untapped talent and much more in their profiles.


Moderating:


Tatiana Kober
President (Expert in Distribution)
Bejuba!

Featuring:

Tristan Alleyne
Senior Sales & Promotions Officer Film, Animation & Music
JAMPRO / Trade and Invest Jamaica

Pato Escala
Executive Producer
Punkrobot Studios

Greg Harman
CEO
Mechanic Animation

Rodrigo Olaio
Executive Producer
Chatrone Latin America

3:45 PM

BREAK

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

4:00 PM

Cocktails with... Tiphaine de Raguenel, Claire Heinrich & Pierre Siracusa, France Télévisions

Dupont

Chat over drinks with leading buyers in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels and platforms that acquire and invest in 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 Télévisions

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

Cocktails with... Natalie Engel, Tommy Gillespie & Linda Simensky, PBS KIDS

Gusman

Chat over drinks with leading buyers in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels and platforms that acquire and invest in 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
VP, Children’s Programming
PBS KIDS

Cocktails with... Sarah Muller, Sony Pictures Television

Tuttle

Chat over drinks with leading buyers in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels and platforms that acquire and invest in 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 Muller
Head of Acquisitions & Animation
Sony Pictures International Television

4:15 PM

The Influence of Influencers

Xilam Bayfront

Drawing on proprietary research, this illuminating presentation from Insight Kids will explore the role of influencers in the decision process, which ones have the power to drive viewership and purchasing, what qualities they have in common that make them so influential, and what turns kids off in this space.


Featuring:

Tiffany Aguilar
Senior Director for Insight Kids
Insight Strategy Group

Sarah Chumsky
VP, Insight Kids
Insight Strategy Group

Dubs and Subs: What you need to know about localization

Sevilla

Higher SVOD demand for kids and family content means producers/distributors need to plan for more localized versions of their programming. But talent shortages, capacity issues and tighter deadlines are posing some significant challenges that cannot be easily circumvented. This panel will explore how content creators can prepare for deals with SVOD platforms  and leverage localization strategies to successfully promote and sell their shows globally.  

Moderating:


Jeremy Dickson
Features Editor
Kidscreen

Featuring:

Martina Berninger
Managing Director, Germany
BTI Studios

Andy Marshall
Business Development Director
SDI Media UK

René Veilleux
CEO & Founder
Verité Entertainment

5:00 PM

Kidscreen Kick-Off Cocktail (fifth-floor Pool Terrace)

Sponsored by

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 12

8:00 AM

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

8:30 AM

SOLD OUT!—MASTER CLASS—Landscape of Digital: Navigating the hottest models

Gusman

Join two of the industryfs most experienced distributors as they give an expert overview of the digital content market, looking at how all of the different delivery models—direct-to-consumer, SVOD, AVOD, EST, MCN, etc.—fit together into a very busy ecosystem.

Featuring:

Bruna Capozzoli
Creative Director
Popcorn Digital

Ed Galton
CCO & Managing Director
CAKE

Richard Goldsmith
President and CEO
Cyber Group Studios USA LLC

SOLD OUT! - MENTOR CLASS—Demographic Targeting: How to find your sweet spot

Tuttle

Experienced curriculum and content developer Cheryl Gotthelf will take you on a demographic deep-dive to better understand what kids ages two to five and six to nine need and want from their entertainment. Join us and learn exactly who your show is for, and how you can enhance their experience with it even more.

Featuring:

Cheryl Gotthelf
Founder & President
Cheryl Gotthelf Consulting

10:00 AM

KEYNOTE—Hitting the Finish Line Faster: Developing the Design Sprint way

Xilam Bayfront

Pioneered by NYT bestselling author Jake Knapp during his time at Google Ventures, the Design Sprint is a one-week process for making development more efficient. For the past few years, Brittini Bowering and the AJ& Smart team have been using the model with companies such as The Lego Company, Twitter, Lufthansa, HSBC and Adidas to quickly validate ideas for new products, organizational change, marketing campaigns and more. It’s also got lots of potential value for content development, so make sure you join us to find out more about it.  

Featuring:

Brittni Bowering
Head of Media
AJ&Smart

Inclusion is Expansion: Indigenous representation done right

Sevilla

Conversations around representation continue to be a focus in our industry, and several prodcos are working on new series that feature Indigenous creators, stories and cast members. Join us as we bring together experts on Indigenous content and kids media for a discussion about better ways to showcase these often under-represented groups of people as characters not caricatures.

Moderating:


Libbie Doherty
Head of Children’s Production
ABC Australia

Featuring:

Maija Arponen
Head of Development
Haruworks Ltd

Dena Curtis
Producer/Director
Inkey Media

Princess Johnson
Creative Producer
WGBH

Loretta Todd
Creator
Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show

10:45 AM

BREAK

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

11:00 AM

30 Minutes with... Karen Miller, Universal Kids

Gusman

A returning favorite 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:

Karen Miller
SVP, Content - Universal Kids
NBCUniversal

30 Minutes with... Massimo Bruno & Brenda Maffuchi, DeAKids

Tuttle

A returning favorite 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:

Massimo Bruno
Director of TV Channels
De Agostini Editore Spa

Brenda Maffuchi
Head of Acquisitions & Property Development
DeAKids

Inclusion is Expansion: Creating content that spans the spectrum

Xilam Bayfront

One in 59 children in the US are estimated to have autism, and many more are growing up under the radar. At home, in the classroom and on the playground, children encounter a rich variety of cognitive styles and experiences. But neurodiversity remains under-represented in their entertainment landscape. Through the lens of autism and discussing specific strategies for kids media operatives, we will explore the challenges and opportunities involved in creating linear and digital content that is “born-accessible.”

Moderating:


Matt Kaplowitz
CEO and Chief Creative Officer
Bridge Multimedia

Featuring:

Sara DeWitt
VP, Digital
PBS KIDS

Kristin DiQuollo
Executive Producer, Cyberchase
WNET New York Public Media

Gráinne McGuinness
Creative Director
Paper Owl Films

Dr. Rosemarie T. Truglio
SVP Curriculum and Content
Sesame Workshop

Swimming in the Deep End of the Talent Pool

Sevilla

Get ready, get set, go! These days, everyone is racing to corner the market on the best creative talent out there to make their shows cut through in a crowded market where discoverability is a major issue.  This session will catch up with top production execs who’ve padded their teams with big names and mad skills to get some tips on where to look for untapped talent, how to win them over, and what they need to do their best work.

Moderating:


Lana Castleman
Director of Communications
Writers Guild of Canada

Featuring:

Vince Commisso
President & CEO
9 Story Media Group

Frank Falcone
President & Executive Creative Director
Guru Studio

Teri Weiss
EVP Preschool Development and Current
DreamWorks Animation TV

30 Minutes with... Yann Labasque, TFI

Dupont

A returning favorite 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:

Yann Labasque
Head of Children Programs
TF1 SA

11:45 AM

BREAK

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

12:00 PM

30 Minutes with... Pontus Torpvret, SVT

Tuttle

A returning favorite 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:

Pontus Torpvret
Head of Acquisitions, Children's
SVT Swedish Television

30 Minutes with... Cecilia Persson, Turner EMEA

Gusman

A returning favorite 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

Keeping it Tight: Tips and tricks for managing a small production budget

Sevilla

Whether they’re helming an indie or blockbuster, all showrunners will one day find themselves at the mercy of a restricted budget. But what should take priority when you’re agonizing over every dollar? Our panel will discuss what’s essential, what’s not, and how you can be efficient and effective when throwing money at a problem is simply not an option.

Moderating:


Jeremy Dickson
Features Editor
Kidscreen

Featuring:

Morghan Fortier
CEO/Co-Owner
Skyship Entertainment/Tinman Creative Studios

Phil McCordic
Creator/Writer/Producer
Windy Isle Productions Inc

Sashim Parmanand
CEO
One Animation

Alex Sherwood
Chief Creative Officer
Giant Animation

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: Broaching the birds and bees through entertainment

Xilam Bayfront

Today’s kids are a lot more “woke” than past generations, but what they need to know about sex is also a lot more complex. And unfortunately, these themes are rarely discussed directly enough in the entertainment that’s made for them. A few producers have taken some steps in the right direction, but it’s challenging for shows like this to travel, given that every region in the world has different cultural attitudes towards sex. More work is needed, so let’s start by talking about it, people!

Moderating:


Justine Bannister
Creative Facilitator
Just B

Featuring:

Sarah Chatelain
Producer
Echo Media

Amy Friedman
President
Redhead Consulting

Telidja Klai
Content Manager Ketnet
VRT-Vlaamse Radio en Televisie

Juliëtte van Paridon
Editor in Chief, NTR Youth Department
NTR

30 Minutes with... Angel Geng & Qing Fan, Tencent Video

Dupont

A returning favorite 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:

Qing Fan
Producer
Tencent Video

Angel Geng
Producer
Tencent Video

12:30 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

12:45 PM

Lunching with... Licensing Experts

Merrick

Spend some quality time with licensing experts who can give you advice and guidance on how to commercialize your kids IP in the consumer products space. You’ll have a chance to share a meal in a small group with one of the industry’s top licensees working in toys, publishing, digital/games and live/location-based brand extensions.  This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting.

NOTE: Advance sign-up is required. 

Featuring:

Jennifer Bennett
VP, Global Licensing
Spin Master

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

Angus Killick
VP, Associate Publisher
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Sunny Lauridsen
VP, Licensing & Business Development
Just Play

Joe Lawson
SVP Content & Brand Development
Rovio Entertainment

Menal McGrath
Director, Global Licensing Acquisitions and Entertainment Partnerships
Moose Toys

Gerald Raines
SVP, Global Location Based Experiences
Nickelodeon/Viacom International Media Networks

Michael Rinzler
Co-President & Founding Partner
Wicked Cool Toys

2:00 PM

30 Minutes with... Caroline Cochaux & Maud Branly, Gulli & Lagardère Active

Gusman

A returning favorite 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's Acquisitions Director
Lagardère Active

Caroline Cochaux
CEO-Gulli
Gulli - Canal J

30 Minutes with... Alyssa Sapire & Emily Hart, Disney Channels

Tuttle

A returning favorite 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:

Emily Hart
VP, Original Programming
Disney Channels

Alyssa Cooper Sapire
VP, Original Programming
Disney Channels Worldwide

30 Minutes with... Henrietta Hurford-Jones, BBC Studios

Dupont

A returning favorite 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:

Henrietta Hurford-Jones
Director of Children's Content
BBC Studios

Defined by Change: Public broadcasting speeds up to keep up

Xilam Bayfront

This high-powered panel brings together top-level leaders in public broadcasting for children to discuss the challenges of keeping up with the fastest-changing audience in television, in one of the fastest-changing media landscapes we’ve ever seen, from a position that’s defined by slow-changing public mandate requirements. It’s a tricky pitch to hit, let alone hit out of the park. Come and find out how the best players in the game are doing it better than ever.

Moderating:


Mark Bishop
Co-CEO & Executive Producer
marblemedia

Featuring:

Tiphaine de Raguenel
Director Young Audience & Animation
France Télévisions

Lesli Rotenberg
Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Children's Media & Education
PBS

Catherine Tait
President & CEO
CBC

Alice Webb
Director, BBC Children's & Education
BBC Children's

Deconstructing Kid Humor

Sevilla

From slapstick and fart jokes, to irony and sarcasm—bringing the funny in kids entertainment requires a broad repertoire of techniques, and also a precise understanding of your audience. This panel discussion will explore what makes kids laugh at every age, and all around the world.

Moderating:


Michael Dee
Director of Content
Coolabi Group

Featuring:

Nina Hahn
SVP, International Production & Development
Nickelodeon

Anttu Harlin
CEO, Co-Founder
Gigglebug Entertainment

Patricia Hidalgo
Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA & International Kids Strategy
Turner

Jillianne Reinseth
Sr. Vice President Creative Affairs
Entertainment One Family & Brands

Orion Ross
VP Content – Animation, Digital & Acquisitions
Disney Channels EMEA

2:45 PM

BREAK

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

3:00 PM

Death of Reboots? Exploring the future of nostalgia in a fractured media reality

Sevilla

The rise of SVODs may provide more options to producers looking to find homes for their content, but it has also broken up the kids media landscape even more, leading to fewer kids on average watching any given show. So while reboots are a hot ticket right now, as today’s kids grow up, they may not be able to muster a compelling enough collective voice to call for their favorite shows to be brought back. In this session, we’ll take a closer look at the shifting dynamics that may threaten the future of reboots.


Moderating:


Alexandra Whyte
Senior Online Writer & Social Media Coordinator
Kidscreen

Featuring:

Peter Gal
CCO, Television
DreamWorks Animation TV

Bob Higgins
EVP Kids & Family
Boat Rocker Studios

Angela Santomero
Chief Creative Officer
9 Story USA

Halle Stanford
President, Television
The Jim Henson Company

3:45 PM

BREAK

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

4:00 PM

Cocktails with... Karen Miller, Rick Clodfelter & Kristofer Updike, Universal Kids

Gusman

Chat over drinks with leading buyers in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels and platforms that acquire and invest in 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
Senior Director, Content Strategy & Acquisitions
Universal Kids

Karen Miller
SVP, Content - Universal Kids
NBCUniversal

Kristofer Updike
Senior Director, Development
Universal Kids

Cocktails with... Nina Hahn, Layla Lewis & Migdalis Silva, Nickelodeon

Tuttle

Chat over drinks with leading buyers in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels and platforms that acquire and invest in 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:

Nina Hahn
SVP, International Production & Development
Nickelodeon

Layla Lewis
SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships
Nickelodeon

Migdalis Silva
VP of Programming & Acquisitions
Nickelodeon

Cocktails with... Henrietta Hurford-Jones, BBC Studios

Dupont

Chat over drinks with leading buyers in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels and platforms that acquire and invest in 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:

Henrietta Hurford-Jones
Director of Children's Content
BBC Studios

Cocktails with... Audrey Brugère & Géraldine Soto CANAL+

Flagler

Chat over drinks with leading buyers in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels and platforms that acquire and invest in 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:

Audrey Brugere
Head of Children's Channels
CANAL+

Géraldine Soto
Head of Acquisitions, Kids
CANAL+, Kids Department

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 Craig Lauzon, a multiple Canadian Screen Award and Canadian Comedy Award nominee and acclaimed cast member of the CBC’s iconic satirical sketch comedy, Royal Canadian Air Farce. And be sure to stay for the after-party and hang out with winners, nominees and judges alike!

Featuring:

Craig Lauzon, Host
Actor / Comedian

Wednesday, February 13

8:00 AM

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

8:30 AM

SOLD OUT!—MASTER CLASS—Pre-Development Jam: Nine steps to better creative collaboration

Gusman

Want to save valuable time and establish better creative alignment on developing your next kids TV project? Adapted from the Google Design Sprint model, this nine-step process lets team members participate and share their views without needless discussion, while still guaranteeing that a strong singular vision for the show shines through. Working on mock concepts for 120 minutes, you will come away with a road map to pitch the project, actionable tasks to get started on right away…and, most importantly, an all-new approach to creative collaboration.

Featuring:

Heath Kenny
President
U and Eye Creative

SOLD OUT!—MENTOR CLASS—Next-Level Pitching: Getting buy-in every time

Tuttle

This comprehensive pitching workshop will walk you through all of the stages—from the first elevator pitch of your initial concept, through stress-testing the idea as part of the creative process, and finally pitching the show to potential  broadcasters, distributors and financing partners. Sign up for this opportunity to learn how to tailor your delivery for every audience and every pitching scenario. And find out how to read the takeaways and add more value to your creative process.

Featuring:

Tony Collingwood
Managing Director & Writer
Collingwood & Co.

Jamie Piekarz
Content Creator, Executive Producer and 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:

Maud Branly
Children's Acquisitions Director
Lagardère Active

Hedda Bruessing
Head of Media Business
NTR

Tiphaine de Raguenel
Director Young Audience & Animation
France Télévisions

Tommy Gillespie
Director, Children's Programming
PBS KIDS

Josie Grierson
Director, Development
Entertainment One Family & Brands

Michele Hennessy
Development Executive, Kids Programming
Amazon Studios

Brenda Maffuchi
Head of Acquisitions & Property Development
DeAKids

Alyssa Cooper Sapire
VP, Original Programming
Disney Channels Worldwide

Aurélie Wack
Acquisitions Manager Kids France & Africa
Cartoon Network France & Africa

Coding is the New Black

Xilam Bayfront

Coding is unquestionably the trendiest curriculum for kids these days, branching out way beyond the computer lab to underpin innovative toy lines, upcoming TV shows and a wide variety of digital offerings. In this session, we’ll use a kids entertainment filter to explore where all this momentum is coming from, what the research says about the benefits of teaching coding at a young age, and what the opportunities are to play a part in helping kids develop these critical skills.


Moderating:


Ken Faier
El Presidente and CEO
Epic Story Media

Featuring:

Jens Peter de Pedro
Head of Product
Codie LLC

Sharon Gomes
COO
Little Airplane Productions / Studio 100

Ashley Gramby
Senior Marketing Manager
Girls Who Code

Don Moody
Founder & CEO
Moody Studios

The Brave New World of Toy Retail

Sevilla

The demise of Toys “R” Us in the US and elsewhere has drastically changed the toy retail landscape and sparked a surge in retailers of all sorts getting into the category to fill the gap. So it’s a good time to take a look at the new shape of the toy market, and what opportunities it presents for creators, licensors and manufacturers.

Moderating:


Marty Brochstein
SVP, Industry Relations and Information
LIMA

Featuring:

Susie Lecker
EVP, Global Licensing
Spin Master

Dion Vlachos
EVP, Retail Sales, Marketing & Publishing
Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products

Steph Wissink
Managing Director, Research Analyst - Consumer
Jefferies

10:45 AM

BREAK

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

11:00 AM

Beyond the Clip: Doing it better on YouTube

Xilam Bayfront

With everyone fully sold on the idea that YouTube is a powerful brand marketing tool, it’s time to take things to the next level and cut through the clutter. Streamable clips and eps are going the way of the Dodo in the AVOD space, and original content that extends brands meaningfully and ties in with YouTube content trends is where it’s at these days. Sit in as we take a look at what’s working on this new frontier.

Moderating:


Evan Baily
President
Consolidated Baily

Featuring:

Bruna Capozzoli
Creative Director
Popcorn Digital

Scott Chambers
SVP, North America Media and Licensing
Sesame Workshop

Anne Loi
Chief Commercial Officer
DHX Media/Wild Brain

Sprinting to Shelf: How to keep pace with direct-to-consumer platforms

Sevilla

Consumer expectations are evolving, and the breakneck pace of kid-driven trends means a toy can already be outdated by the time it hits shelves. As a result, traditional retail models are getting lost in the dust, and toycos are racing to keep up with direct-to-consumer platforms by increasing their speed to market. This panel of experts examines the strategies and technologies that are helping to shorten the retail timeline.

Moderating:


Elizabeth Foster
Copy Chief & Special Reports Editor
Kidscreen

Featuring:

Michael Dee
Director of Content
Coolabi Group

Bill Graham
Chief Business Development Officer
PhatMojo, LLC

Pam Kunick-Cohen
Head of Brand Management, Licensing & Merchandising
Technicolor

30 Minutes with... Kerstin Viehbach & Marion Winter, Super RTL

Tuttle

A returning favorite 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:

Kerstin Viehbach
Team Leader Editorial Department Fiction
SUPER RTL/RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co.KG

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

30 Minutes with... Adina Pitt, Cartoon Network

Dupont

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


Featuring:

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

30 Minutes with... Athena Georgaklis & Brandon Lane, Corus/Nelvana

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:

Athena Georgaklis
Head of Development
Nelvana Enterprises

Brandon Lane
Development Producer
Corus Kids

11:30 AM

Speed Pitching 2

Merrick

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

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Maud Branly
Children's Acquisitions Director
Lagardère Active

Hedda Bruessing
Head of Media Business
NTR

Aaron Davidson
Development Executive, Kids TV
Amazon Studios

Angel Geng
Producer
Tencent Video

Tommy Gillespie
Director, Children's Programming
PBS KIDS

Josie Grierson
Director, Development
Entertainment One Family & Brands

Emily Hart
VP, Original Programming
Disney Channels

Brenda Maffuchi
Head of Acquisitions & Property Development
DeAKids

Aurélie Wack
Acquisitions Manager Kids France & Africa
Cartoon Network France & Africa

11:45 AM

BREAK

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

12:00 PM

Safer Harbors: Assessing alternatives in an AVOD future

Xilam Bayfront

Now that the initial AVOD monetization goldrush has settled down, it’s time for some industry introspection. Our panel of digital media experts will dig into issues that have cropped up around responsibility and safety, exploring better practices and the need for rules and guidelines we should be creating and adhering to in order to protect kids in this new screen time space.

Moderating:


Jesse Cleverly
Creative Director
Wildseed Studios

Featuring:

Brenda Bisner
SVP Content and Business Development
Kidoodle.TV (A Parent Media Co. Inc.)

Dylan Collins
CEO
SuperAwesome

Shabnam Rezaei
President & Co-Founder
Big Bad Boo

Andy Yeatman
Head of the Americas
Moonbug

Retail Battle Royale: Is a global or regional strategy best for your brand?

Sevilla

Do you root for the heavyweight or the little guy? When it comes to consumer products, both can put up a good fight. Our panel spans both sides of this debate and will go head-to-head to help you  determine whether signing a global master deal or partnering region by region is the smarter retail strategy.


Moderating:


Elizabeth Foster
Copy Chief & Special Reports Editor
Kidscreen

Featuring:

Scott Chambers
SVP, North America Media and Licensing
Sesame Workshop

Pam Kunick-Cohen
Head of Brand Management, Licensing & Merchandising
Technicolor

Pam Westman
Head of Nelvana Enterprises
Nelvana Enterprises

Peter Yoder
VP Cartoon Network Enterprises
Turner Broadcasting

30 Minutes with... Marie McCann, CBC Kids

Gusman

A returning favorite 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... Telidja Klai & Maarten Janssen, VRT

Tuttle

A returning favorite 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:

Maarten Janssen
Channel Manager Ketnet (VRT)
VRT-Vlaamse Radio en Televisie

Telidja Klai
Content Manager Ketnet
VRT-Vlaamse Radio en Televisie

30 Minutes with... Alice Webb, BBC Children's

Dupont

A returning favorite 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:

Alice Webb
Director, BBC Children's & Education
BBC Children's

12:30 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

2:00 PM

New-Wave Damage Control

Xilam Bayfront

Social media can be a great marketing and fan engagement tool, but things can also go south on these platforms with alarming speed. And once you’ve got a fire on your hands, how do you put it out before it burns your brand and company beyond revival. Join us and learn from companies that have weathered intense social media storms and come out intact on the other side.

Moderating:


Lana Castleman
Director of Communications
Writers Guild of Canada

Featuring:

Olivier Dumont
President
Entertainment One Family & Brands

Christopher Keenan
SVP & Executive Producer, Content Development and Production
Mattel Creations

Tom McGillis
President, Executive Producer
Fresh TV Inc.

30 Minutes with... Libbie Doherty, ABC Australia

Gusman

A returning favorite 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 Production
ABC Australia

Making the Grade: A look at cracking into the in-school market

Sevilla

With American K-12 schools spending US$10 billion a year on technology, there is a massive market opportunity for educational content in schools. But figuring out how to get in on it is daunting. This session will look at how a few pioneers have recently run the gauntlet successfully, exploring the many lessons they learned along the way.


Moderating:


Michael Rhattigan
Chief Adventure Officer
Adventure to Learning

Featuring:

KC Estenson
CEO
GoNoodle, Inc.

Eric S. Rollman
President & CEO
CEO; Rollman Entertainment; President; Generation Genius

Gregg Spiridellis
CEO & Co-Creator
StoryBots

30 Minutes with... Audrey Brugère & Géraldine Soto CANAL+

Tuttle

A returning favorite 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:

Audrey Brugere
Head of Children's Channels
CANAL+

Géraldine Soto
Head of Acquisitions, Kids
CANAL+, Kids Department

Speed Pitching 3

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:

Beth Cannon
VP of Development
DreamWorks Animation Television

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

Angel Geng
Producer
Tencent Video

Linda Granath
Acquisitions Executive, Children's Content
SVT Swedish Television

Brandon Lane
Development Producer
Corus Kids

Lucy Murphy
Head of Kids Content
Sky

Kristofer Updike
Senior Director, Development
Universal Kids

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

Matthew Wolf
Director of Global Acquisitions
Nickelodeon

2:45 PM

BREAK

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

3:00 PM

Beyond the Screen: The future is LIVE!

Sevilla

From theme parks and family entertainment centers, to live shows and hotels, location-based brand extensions are taking up a whole lot more real estate these days. In this session, we’ll talk to players big and small who are succeeding in this space to find out how and why they are playing with kids/families through live entertainment, and what benefits they’ve seen for their brands and businesses.

Moderating:


Donna Friedman Meir
CEO & Founder
WOW Explorations

Featuring:

Johanne Broadfield
VP, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA & International Strategy
Turner Broadcasting

Olivier Dumont
President
Entertainment One Family & Brands

Stephen Shaw
Co-President
Round Room Entertainment

Susan Vargo
VP Global Live Entertainment
Nickelodeon

Voice Voice Revolution

Xilam Bayfront

Arguably the hottest tech trend with the biggest growth potential for brands right now is voice assistant technology. Come find out from Amazon Kids & Family GM Kurt Beidler how Alexa is transforming the way kids play. Learn about key themes for FreeTime on Alexa in the year ahead, and how kids content brands can have a voice in the conversation.

Moderating:


Alexandra Whyte
Senior Online Writer & Social Media Coordinator
Kidscreen

Featuring:

Kurt Beidler
General Manager
Amazon Kids & Family

3:30 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:

Beth Cannon
VP of Development
DreamWorks Animation Television

Libbie Doherty
Head of Children’s Production
ABC Australia

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

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

Brandon Lane
Development Producer
Corus Kids

Lucy Murphy
Head of Kids Content
Sky

Vicky Schroderus
Acquisition Executive
YLE Finland

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

Matthew Wolf
Director of Global Acquisitions
Nickelodeon

3:45 PM

BREAK

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

4:00 PM

Cocktails with... Alyssa Sapire & Emily Hart, Disney Channels

Gusman

Chat over drinks with leading buyers in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels and platforms that acquire and invest in 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:

Emily Hart
VP, Original Programming
Disney Channels

Alyssa Cooper Sapire
VP, Original Programming
Disney Channels Worldwide

Cocktails with... Michele Hennessy & Aaron Davidson, Amazon Studios

Tuttle

Chat over drinks with leading buyers in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels and platforms that acquire and invest in 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:

Aaron Davidson
Development Executive, Kids TV
Amazon Studios

Michele Hennessy
Development Executive, Kids Programming
Amazon Studios

Cocktails with... Frank Dietz, Super RTL

Dupont

Chat over drinks with leading buyers in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels and platforms that acquire and invest in 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

Cocktails with... Angel Geng & Qing Fan, Tencent Video

Flagler

Chat over drinks with leading buyers in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels and platforms that acquire and invest in 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:

Qing Fan
Producer
Tencent Video

Angel Geng
Producer
Tencent Video

4:15 PM

The Best Stuff You’ve Never Seen

Xilam Bayfront

Don’t you wish you had time to see everything new, different and inspiring out there? Not possible! Instead, come to this 45-minute curated showcase of the best content you’ve never seen, from all corners of the business and globe. We'll share short inspiring examples of content, advertising, podcasts, live experiences, web trends and tech. So much excellence and innovation never sees the light of day, let alone the main stage at Kidscreen Summit. Why?! Hits can come from anywhere. So come and gather a few pearls of wisdom from likely and unlikely sources.

Featuring:

Amy Friedman
President
Redhead Consulting

Thursday, February 14

8:00 AM

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

9:30 AM

Friends to the End with Disney

Xilam Bayfront

Drawing on a landmark study that included an online survey of 1,000 kids ages six to 14, interviews with development and academic experts, and a fascinating field trial in which kids agreed to be deprived of their best friends for one week, the Disney Channel Insights team takes us on a deep dive into friendship dynamics to better understand the modern complexities of this fundamental pillar of childhood and growing up

Featuring:

Jane Gould
SVP, Consumer Insights & Programming Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide
Disney

10:15 AM

BREAK

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

10:30 AM

KEYNOTE—The Value of Visual: A picture is worth more than 1,000 words now

Xilam Bayfront

We rely on our eyes like never before. They help us navigate not only the physical world, but also the complex narrative and information landscapes we increasingly inhabit. In a fast-moving flood of images and ideas, author and comic artist Scott McCloud shares a bracing new approach to stories and storytelling, exploring why every visual decision matters, and why a revolution in visual communication might be right around the corner.  

No recording is permitted in this session.

Featuring:

Scott McCloud
Cartoonist & Author

11:15 AM

BREAK

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

11:30 AM

Using Your Powers for Good

Xilam Bayfront

We are so moved by these stories of kids entertainment execs who are using their unique skills, connections and creativity to effect change that matters in the wider world we live in. Come and be inspired to think about how you could do the same!

Moderating:


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

Featuring:

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

Lucy Murphy
Head of Kids Content
Sky

Susanna Pollack
President
Games for Change

Sep Riahi
CEO
Global Tinker

Alison Stewart
Children’s Media Consultant and Producer

12:15 PM

LUNCH (served in Biscayne & Chopin Ballrooms)

2:00 PM

Closing Cocktail (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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