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Tiffany Aguilar

Vice President, Research & Strategy


Speaking at: Activating Activism: What Hot-Button Kid Issues Are Trending?

Gabriela Arenas

Vice President, North America Licensing

Sesame Workshop

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Sesame Workshop

Catie Asip

Sr. Associate, Children's Programming


Catie Asip serves as senior associate, content for children’s programming at PBS, where she oversees new series development. She works with series creators from pitch to pilot, helping shape their projects for the PBS KIDS audience. She also serves as production executive for a number of current PBS KIDS series,...more

Speaking at: Coffee with...; Cocktails with... PBS KIDS; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...

Evan Baily


Consolidated Baily

Speaking at: Digital 360 Strategies: Making the Money Work

Jeremy Banks

Chief Executive

Coolabi Group

Jeremy is an intellectual property expert with a track record of success stretching over more than 20 years.  Having spent several years as a private equity investor specialising in developing and executing strategies in the children’s media and branded content sectors, Jeremy has spent the last 18 years growing successful...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts

Justine Bannister


Just B

Justine is a trilingual independent children’s media consultant with 25 years experience in the children’s entertainment industry that she accrued most notably at 20th Century Fox, Disney Channels France, Lagardère Studios, TV Loonland, Dagaud-Mediatoon, and PGS Entertainment.  Her skillset spans animation and live action production, development and post-production, distribution, acquisitions, co-productions,...more

Speaking at: Brainpick—Money Talks

Nadine Bates


Like A Photon Creative

Speaking at: SOLD OUT!— MENTOR CLASS—Series Budgeting 101

Judith Beauregard

Co-CEO/Executive Producer


Judith Beauregard has an enviable 20-year track record of producing smart digital media content for kids. As a founder of the digital studio Tobo, she brings infectious enthusiasm for youth production to all her collaborations with producers and broadcasters. Previously Judith was a digital media producer at Tribal Nova and at...more

Speaking at: Moving Mountains: Creating Content for Displaced Kids

Kim Berglund

Executive Director, Development

Disney Junior

Kim Berglund is Executive Director, Development, Disney Junior. In this role, Berglund oversees series development of original animated television properties for the Disney Junior audience of kids 2-7.

Prior to joining Disney Junior, Berglund was a key creative executive and curriculum director for PBS Kids, working on award-winning television series including...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Disney; Speed Pitching 2; 30 Minutes with... Kim Berglund & Diane Ikemiyashiro, Disney Junior

Matthew Berkowitz


Thunderbird Entertainment & Atomic Cartoons

Matthew Berkowitz is the Chief Creative Officer of Atomic Cartoons and Thunderbird Entertainment and oversees the development, production and acquisition of intellectual properties across both companies. A seasoned executive with over a decade in the industry, Matthew is an Executive Producer of Atomic and Netflix's The Last Kids on Earth...more

Speaking at: Hacking the SVOD Algorithm

Mark Bishop

Co-CEO & Executive Producer


Mark Bishop is Co-CEO and Partner at marblemedia. An accomplished entrepreneur, brand-builder and trusted media industry advocate, Mark, alongside co-founder Matt Hornburg, has grown marblemedia into one of Canada’s leading independent production, distribution and digital media companies.

In addition to serving as executive producer across marblemedia’s successful portfolio of television and...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS—Recession-Proof Your Bottom Line; Redefining Pubcasting in an OTT Universe

Brenda Bisner

Chief Content Officer


BRENDA BISNER is the Chief Content Officer for A Parent Media Co Inc. the creators of the SAFE STREAMING™ Platform: Kidoodle.TV®. She is an integral force behind the successful acquisition of top children’s media content from around the world, as well as a future caster for all new business development...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts

Mike Blum

Owner & Chief Creative Officer

Pipsqueak Animation

Mike Blum owns the boutique, animation studio, Pipsqueak Animation, is an Emmy-nominated director who has won many awards in his multiple capacities as director, writer & producer and is a sought after speaker who lectures around the world about animation-related topics. Mike’s teams at Pipsqueak Animation have completed service work...more

Speaking at: Brainpick—Getting Creative

Alessandro Bogliari

CEO & Co-Founder

The Influencer Marketing Factory

Speaking at: Everything, Explained

Adam Bonnett

Executive Producer


As Executive Producer of Mattel Television, Adam Bonnett is responsible for developing and producing episodic content based on Mattel’s portfolio of iconic brands. He leads development and production for all of Mattel’s television programming, which includes Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures, Masters of the Universe: RevelationFireman Sam, Polly Pocket and Thomas and Friends. Under Adam’s...more

Speaking at: The Franchise Debate: Are Kids Sick of the Same Old IPs?

Philippe Bony

Head of Thematic & Youth Channels, President of Gulli

M6 - Metropole Television

Philippe Bony began his career at Paris Première when the channel was created.

After working as Head of Development at Lyonnaise Communications, he joined the French satellite platform TPS's creative team in 1996, where he then became Deputy Managing Director in charge of programmes.

He joined M6 Group in 2005 as Deputy...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Philippe Bony, M6

Jules Borkent

EVP, Kids & Family

Viacom International Media Network

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Jules Borkent & Layla Lewis, Nickelodeon

Susan Brandt


Dr. Seuss Enterprises

As President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., Brandt spearheads the global Dr. Seuss business including managing the entertainment, digital, media, publishing and consumer package goods business units.  Her primary focus in this role is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss portfolio while expanding the property into new product...more

Speaking at: The Next Chapter; Lunching with... Licensing Experts

Maud Branly

Children Acquisitions Director & International TV Channels Children Programming Director

M6 - Metropole Télévision

Maud Branly holds a B.A. in Modern Literature from Sorbonne Nouvelle University and a H.N.D of Audiovisual Production from Efficom. She began her career at Patrick Spica Production where she was in charge of production scheduling. In December 2006, she became EMEA Sales Coordinatoor for Dic Entertainment/Cookie Jar. Then she...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 2; Speed Pitching 1

Deirdre Brennan

EVP, Content Partnerships


Deirdre Brennan, Executive Vice President of Content Partnerships at WildBrain, plays a key role in WildBrain’s content group, overseeing the company’s global distribution business as well as its suite of Family-branded broadcast channels in Canada. Ms. Brennan previously worked for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment as General Manager, Universal Kids, where she...more

Speaking at: What Keeps You Up at Night?

Marty Brochstein

SVP, Industry Relations and Information

Licensing International

Marty Brochstein is responsible for Licensing International’s information resources, as well as many of its educational efforts, such as the year-round webinar program and the extensive Licensing University seminar program that takes place each year in conjunction with the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. He also oversees Licensing International’s publishing operations, including the Inside...more

Speaking at: MENTOR CLASS—Countdown to Licensing; The Skinny on CP Timelines

Hedda Bruessing

Head of Media & Business Development


Hedda Bruessing has been working in the film and television industry since 1996. She joined the production team of the Oscar winning feature film Character and worked as an executive producer and producer on a wide range of television programs for public broadcasters including; multi camera live programs, documentaries, current affair- and...more

Speaking at: Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Speed Pitching 1

Massimo Bruno

Director of TV Channels

De Agostini Editore Spa

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Massimo Bruno & Brenda Maffuchi, DeAKids

Christopher Byrne


Byrne Communications/The Toy Guy

A 30-year-plus veteran of the toy industry, Chris held major marketing and creative positions in the early part of his career. Since 1988, he has run Byrne Communications, a consultancy that works in produce development and marketing. He consults on entertainment and licensing (animated and live action), has written seven...more

Speaking at: Trendspotting 101; MASTER CLASS—Majoring in Trendspotting

Cristian Cabero

SVP, Consumer Products & Location-Based Experiences, Americas

ViacomCBS Networks International

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts

Alice Cahn



Alice Cahn is a mostly, and thankfully,  retired social responsibility, media and education executive experienced in creating projects and brands that lead to successful cross-sector partnerships; stimulate employee engagement; and contribute to positive social change. 

Experience includes Turner Broadcasting’s Cartoon Network where she created content and projects that drove ratings and increased...more

Speaking at: KEYNOTE— Reframing Empathy: Lessons from Cesar Millan

Bruna Capozzoli


Popcorn Digital

Bruna Capozzoli is a digital specialist who directs, produces and creates content that resonates with audiences in meaningful ways. At Popcorn Digital, Bruna helps leading kids’ entertainment brands navigate the challenges of the digital space by designing relevant strategies and producing original YouTube content for young audiences...more

Speaking at: Digital 360 Strategies: Making the Money Work

George Carey

Founder & CEO

The Family Room

George Carey is a leading expert on the emotional drivers of human and consumer decision making.  At the heart of his work is a fourteen-year study on the core hopes, fears, anxieties, and dreams we are most focused on today, and how they are shifting in response to their cultural...more

Speaking at: Future-Proof Your Franchise

Clara Carpinacci

Sr. Manager, Programming Strategies and S&P Compliance Family Channels

Walt Disney Television International (Latin America)

Clara Carpinacci is Head of Content Strategy for Disney Channels, Latam Region, and is also in charge of S&P Compliance.

With Disney in the Programming team since 2004, Clara oversees Content strategy for the Channels, both localized and original productions for Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior & NatGeoKids.

Prior to joining...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Disney; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...

Lana Castleman

Director of Communications

Writers Guild of Canada

Lana Castleman is the Director of Communications for the Writers Guild of Canada, which represents more than 2,300 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada, creators of entertainment watched around the world. She oversees all internal and external communications priorities for the Guild, including advocating on behalf of its members with the...more

Speaking at: Showrunners: Not Just For Grown-Ups Anymore

Benedict Cawood

SVP, Television Development

DreamWorks Animation

As Senior Vice President of Television Development for DreamWorks Animation, Ben Cawood and his team are charged with the creative development of a rapidly growing slate of original television projects, including the content for DWA TV’s groundbreaking multi-year deal with Netflix as well as Amazon, Hulu, Universal Kids and other...more

Scott Chambers

SVP, North America Media and Licensing

Sesame Workshop

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Sesame Workshop

Thom Chapman

VP Sales & Distribution Entertainment

Spin Master Ltd.

As Sr. Director, Sales & Distribution at Spin Master, Thom oversees the global distribution and monetization strategy/execution on all of Spin Master’s properties with a focus on expanding the company’s presence in the digital market. Prior to Spin Master, he spent 5 years at DHX Media managing the company’s catalogue...more

Speaking at: Beyond YouTube

David (Myung Keun) Cho

Head of Animation

SK broadband

I have been responsible for Animation business team as a leader since 2017.

-        Invested in animation TV series such as The Little Penguin Pororo series, Super Zack, Time Traveler Luck, The Curious World of Linda and feature films

such as Fly Superboard and Pororo Treasure Island Adventure.

-        Acquired Kids contents from...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... David Cho, SK Broadband

Beatrice Chow

Assistant VP, Strategic Communications

Sesame Workshop

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Sesame Workshop

Carly Ciarrocchi


Carly Ciarrocchi is a performer, writer/creator and morning enthusiast. Her journey in children’s television began when she was hired as a host and writer for Sprout’s live preschool morning show Sunny Side Up. Right now, find her on Universal Kids as the host of Snug’s House and The Big Fun...more

Speaking at: Everything, Explained

Rick Clodfelter


Garden Place Media

Rick Clodfelter is founder of Garden Place Media, a consulting firm specializing in identifying, acquiring and executing strategy for kids and family content which drive revenues across media platforms.

Clodfelter is formerly senior director of content strategy and acquisitions for Universal Kids where he sourced and acquired programming and identifies content...more

Speaking at: Brainpick—Getting Creative

Jess Cuffe

2D Artist for Animation

WB Animation

Graduated from the Academy of Art University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Animation and VFX with a focus in Character Design and 2D Animation, Jess has been given opportunities to work on a multitude of projects. From short films and comic books to web shorts and television shows,...more

Speaking at: Quite the Character

Ken Cuperus

President & Creator & Writer

Headspinner Productions

Ken Cuperus is an Emmy nominated writer/producer/showrunner with over one hundred hours of produced television credits, on such series as Stargate: Atlantis, The Listener, Frankie Drake, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, Mr. Young, Berenstain Bears, and Total Drama Island

Ken is also the co-creator/showrunner of award winning multi-cam sitcom, The Stanley Dynamic,...more

Speaking at: Fear Factor

Francis Dahl

Director, International Game & App Production


Francis Dahl is the Director of International Game and App Production at Nickelodeon, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). He has executive produced several game titles for global Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. IP including SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Dora the Explorer, and Nella the Princess Knight. In his role he focuses...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts

Aaron Davidson

Director of Animation


Aaron Davidson is a Director of Animation at HBO Max covering preschool through adult original programming. Among his projects are Little Ellen, Mechabuilders, Boondocks and Gremlins: Secrets of The Mogwai. Previously, he spent more than five years at Amazon Studios where he developed and produced award-winning animated and live action family series including Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Annedroids, Dino...more

Danielle Davies

VP, Kids Content Partnerships & Revenue

Discovery Kids Media

Danielle Davies is Vice President, Kids Content Partnerships and Revenue for Discovery Kids Media, responsible for leading the worldwide exploitation of all Discovery Kids titles in both broadcast and L&M. Davies has over 22 years’ experience in the TV Industry. Through all these years she has acquired a vast knowledge...more

Speaking at: Pitch Doctoring 1; Pitch Doctoring 2

Daphné de&nbspBeauffort

Head of Kids Content Acquisition


Daphné holds a Master Degree Law in 1996 at Louvain-La-Neuve University in Belgium with a specialization in intellectual property rights. She began her career at Turner Broadcasting System in London as Sales Manager in the distribution department. Then she joined K Creation in 1998, a graphic design company based in...more

Speaking at: Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...

Carla de Jong

Head of Production

Sinking Ship Entertainment

Carla is an Emmy nominated Producer and Executive Producer specializing in children’s and youth series. In her current role as Head of Production at Sinking Ship Entertainment, Carla oversees a slate of exciting live action and mixed media projects as well as leading the development and financing of a numerous co-productions....more

Speaking at: SOLD OUT!— MENTOR CLASS—Series Budgeting 101

Tiphaine de&nbspRaguenel

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

France Télévisions

Speaking at: Cocktails with... France Télévisions; 30 Minutes with... Tiphaine de Raguenel, France Télévisions

Michael Dee

Director of Content


Speaking at: Fear Factor

Bella Desai

Director, Public Programs & Exhibition Education

American Museum of Natural History

Bella Desai, Director of Public Programs and Exhibition Education at the American Museum of Natural History, creates innovative experiences that drive wonder and learning for families and adults at the Museum, where she has worked since 2007. Bella also integrates the efforts of the Education and Exhibition teams, and leads several...more

Speaking at: Let Us Blow Your Mind: Storytelling Reinvented

Genevieve Dexter

Founder & CEO

Serious Lunch Distribution & Eye Present Productions

Genevieve has worked in the kids IP sector for 30 years and is CEO of both Serious Lunch, a  distribution company,  and Eye Present, a London based animation studio.  She is the Executive Producer of Messy Goes to Okido, Horrible Science, Angelo Rules and many more.  She is a serial...more

Speaking at: Brainpick—Money Talks

Jeremy Dickson

Features Editor


Speaking at: Made for TV?

Frank Dietz

Deputy Program Director & Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions


Speaking at: Cocktails with... Super RTL

Agustina Dompe

TV Acquisition Manager

The Walt Disney Company Latin America

Agustina María Dompé serves as Acquisitions Manager for the kids Channels at The Walt Disney Company Latin America, and is in charge of selecting and negotiating the acquisition of content for Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD and NatGeo Kids.

Dompé has been in the Company since November 2007, and has...more

Speaking at: Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...

Monica Dreger

VP, Head of Global Consumer Insights


Monica currently oversees all worldwide research initiatives for Mattel for the entire portfolio of brands, including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price and American Girl. A kid and cultural trend influencer, Monica has previously held senior roles with other iconic companies including Unilever (where she oversaw research for Dove and Axe) and more...more

Speaking at: Fear Factor

Olivier Dumont


eOne Family & Brands

As President of eOne’s Family & Brands division, Olivier oversees all commercial and creative activities for the division across all media, including development, production, sales, licensing and merchandising. His responsibilities include developing properties into global TV, home entertainment, new media and licensing and merchandising brands while supervising all of eOne's...more

Speaking at: Classic Play Patterns for a Modern Age; What Keeps You Up at Night?

Patrick Egerton


Cheeky Little Media

Patrick has been developing and producing content for well over two decades. He co-founded Cheeky Little with David Webster in 2013 and specialises in the creation, development and production of animated series and films. Previous roles include executive producer for international co-production at Ambience Entertainment, Head of Development at Chief,...more

Speaking at: Pitch Doctoring 2; Pitch Doctoring 1

Misty Eyez

Director of Women's, Transgender & Training/Education Services


Misty Eyez joined SunServe in 2015 as an educator and trainer to help create and launch the LGBTQ Proficiency Training and Consulting Program. Soon afterwards, she added on the responsibilities of case management for transgender clients, linking clients to biomedical preventions, mental health therapists and other vital services. In 2019, Misty was...more

Speaking at: Everything, Explained

Ken Faier

El Presidente & CEO

Epic Story Media

Ken Faier is El Presidente and CEO of Epic Story Media and its subsidiary Epic Story Interactive. The mission for both companies is to put creators at the center of compelling and engaging franchises for kids. Who doesn't remember that feeling we all had as a child when we fell...more

Speaking at: The Franchise Debate: Are Kids Sick of the Same Old IPs?

Frank Falcone

President & Executive Creative Director

Guru Studio

Frank Falcone has been bringing film and television projects to life as an animator, director and executive producer for over 25 years. Under his creative vision, Guru Studio has become a leader in character-driven storytelling and high-quality animated entertainment for kids and families around the world. Guru’s roster of hit...more

Speaking at: Classic Play Patterns for a Modern Age

Qing Fan

Producer, Content Investment & Co-Productions

Tencent Video

Qing Fan is the producer overseeing the international business, including content investment, co-production and distribution, at Tencent Video Kids Channel.

Before joining Tencent, Fan was the associate director of international business at UYoung Media, where she was responsible for acquisition, distribution and co-production. She was actively involved in the international distribution...more

Ashley Fell

Social Researcher & Communications Director


Ashley Fell is a social researcher, TEDx speaker and Team Leader of Communications at the internationally recognised McCrindle. As a trends analyst she understands the need to communicate with the emerging generations to effectively engage with them. From her extensive experience in media and communications, Ashley advises on how to...more

Speaking at: KEYNOTE—Gen Alpha, Engaged

Luiz Filipe Figueira

Head of Programming & Content Strategy

Globo/Gloob & Gloobinho

Luiz Filipe Figueira has been a key executive at Grupo Globo since his début as a creative editor for the international market and, through the years, as a content executive responsible for the curatorship and commissioning for several channels and platforms amongst Globo's pay tv and SVOD services.


Speaking at: Speed Pitching 2; Speed Pitching 1

Josh Fisher


I Josh Around

Josh Fisher is an Emmy award winning executive with years of experience creating, developing, and producing successful and engaging content for young audiences.  He's been part of big global franchises and also worked closely with talented artists and creators to help guide them as they build their shows.  He’s produced and...more

Speaking at: Pitch Doctoring 1; Pitch Doctoring 2

Justine Flynn

Company Director

Buster Productions

Speaking at: Pitch Doctoring 1; Pitch Doctoring 2

Morghan Fortier


Skyship Entertainment/Tinman Creative Studios

Morghan Fortier is the Co-Owner and CEO of Toronto-based Skyship Entertainment™; an award-winning, digital-first production studio focused on original series and song content for preschoolers and school-aged audiences.  

Skyship Entertainment™ is the home of the Super Simple™ preschool brand, whose YouTube channels (including Super Simple Songs...more

Speaking at: Beyond YouTube

Elizabeth Foster

Copy Chief & Special Reports Editor


Speaking at: Trendspotting 101

Karen Fowler

VP, Development

9 Story Media Group

Karen Fowler is a multi-Emmy® award winning Executive Producer, Showrunner and Producer with a proven track record of taking projects from development to production. Karen was Executive Producer of The Sesame Workshop/PBS reboot of The Electric Company, which earned over 20 Emmy® nominations and won 10, including Outstanding Children’s Series in 2010,...more

Speaking at: Pitch Doctoring 1; Pitch Doctoring 2

Julie Fox

International Distribution Market Expert/IP Development

Serendipity Animation

With over 25 years’ experience in the International Distribution business starting with roles in French indie prodcos and Major structures, later creating her own award winning distribution entity, Julie’s skills also include IP Scouting and Acquisitions, Content Evaluation/Curation, Content Development, Business Affairs, Brand Management and Exec Producer (Creative/Marketing) roles.

Speaking at: Pitch Doctoring 2; Pitch Doctoring 1

Caroline Fraser

Head of HMH Productions

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Caroline Fraser is the Head of HMH Productions, which is a division within Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the largest K-12 content company and a world class publisher.  HMH Productions is a content incubator, production company, and brand manager, across all media platforms.  She oversees both the creative development and business strategy,...more

Speaking at: The Next Chapter

Samantha Freeman

Operating Partner, Media Business


Samantha Freeman is an Entrepreneurial CEO, Consumer Product Executive and Harvard Business School graduate with over 25 years of experience developing and growing successful children’s brands and businesses, from creative concept through development, licensing, production, retail placement and marketing execution for leading consumer product and entertainment companies.

Sam started her career...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts; The Skinny on CP Timelines

Emilie Frelon


Koala Media Consulting

Following a career in Mergers and Acquisitions for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Emilie spearheaded the finance department of CAKE Entertainment, a world leading kids and family entertainment company since 2010.

During her tenure, Emilie supervised the company’s rapid global expansion and structured the financing of their international TV co-productions.

Emilie founded Koala Media Consulting to...more

Speaking at: Brainpick—Money Talks

Amy Friedman


Redhead Consulting

Amy Friedman is the Founder and President of Redhead Consulting, a brand creation and content development company across all media, with a focus on kids, teens, and families. Clients include Scholastic, Viacom, and Sesame Workshop.  

Most recently, Amy served as the Senior Vice President of Programming & Development for NBCU Sprout...more

Speaking at: Everything, Explained

Donna Friedman Meir

CEO & Founder

WOW Explorations

Donna is the CEO/Founder of WOW Explorations, a company dedicated to designing and developing innovative entertainment experiences that create memorable “WOW moments” for kids and families. Her first venture, WOWtopia (working title) will launch in the spring of 2021. Donna is also the Executive Producer of a select group of...more

Speaking at: Let Us Blow Your Mind: Storytelling Reinvented

Peter Gal

Chief Creative Officer Television

DreamWorks Animation

As Chief Creative Officer, Television, for DreamWorks Animation, Gal oversees development, preschool, casting, music, current series and creative talent management for the studio’s rapidly growing slate of original series, including the content for DreamWorks’ groundbreaking multi-year deal with Netflix as well as Peacock, Amazon, Hulu, Universal Kids and other leading...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 3

Ed Galton

CCO & Managing Director


Speaking at: What Keeps You Up at Night?

Dominic Gardiner


Jetpack Distribution

Dominic is the chief executive officer (CEO) of kids and family content distribution company JETPACK DISTRIBUTION LTD.  He founded the company in 2014 with studio production partner Samka Productions and it has gone on to become a leading distributor of global kids shows including Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed, The Cul de...more

Speaking at: Brainpick—Money Talks; Beyond YouTube

Gyimah Gariba

Show Creator/Designer

Guru Studio

Growing up in Ghana, Gyimah discovered his love of drawing while bringing his favourite cartoon characters to life. His distinct style has been praised by Forbes Magazine, who named him one of “15 Young African Creative’s Rebranding Africa” in 2015. He has a self-published Children’s book,The Little Black Cloud, and...more

Speaking at: Quite the Character

Leo Geng

Senior Vice President


Mr.Geng Danhao, Master candidate, School of Journalism & Communication, Tsinghua University. Now he has been the Senior Vice President of iQIYI.

From 1998 to 2009, Mr.Geng Danhao was working in SOHU. In 2007 Mr.Geng worked as the general manager of Focus Network.

In March, 2009, Mr.Geng...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Leo Geng, iQIYI

Athena Georgaklis

Head of Development


Athena Georgaklis is the Head of Development for Nelvana.  A highly respected animation executive, Athena leads the acquisition of rights and the development of all original content for Nelvana. Athena is committed to develop creator-driven content, working with the studio’s producers, creators, and talent around the world that will resonate...more

Speaking at: The Next Chapter

Tommy Gillespie

Director, Children's Programming


As director of children’s programming, Tommy Gillespie leads the strategic rollout of video content for PBS KIDS, including scheduling and content planning for the national children’s service and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream. He is also the production executive on several series, including the Emmy-winning Arthur, now...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 2; Speed Pitching 1; Cocktails with... PBS KIDS

David Glauber

Creative Lead, Dodo Kids

The Dodo

Dave Glauber is the Creative Lead for Dodo Kids — a new children's programming brand from The Dodo, the no. 1 animal brand on mobile and most engaged with media brand in the world on social. Dave has worked in kids media for over ten years in positions at Sesame Workshop,...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts

Richard Goldsmith

President and CEO

Cyber Group Studios USA, a subsidiary of Cyber Group Studios

Richard Goldsmith is a prolific executive in family entertainment who has led media distribution, consumer products, production financing and business development for major entertainment brands at The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., The Jim Henson Company and Univision Communications.

In January 2017, Richard opened the North American subsidiary for Paris-based...more

Speaking at: The Successful Pivot: A Gigantosaurus Case Study

Cheryl Gotthelf

Founder & President

Cheryl Gotthelf Consulting

Well-known and respected throughout the education, research, and entertainment communities, Cheryl Gotthelf is an accomplished curriculum and content developer, brand builder, and marketer of children’s media products that are entertaining, educational, and relevant to children’s lives.  Her practice sits squarely in the space where entertainment, education, and play intersect and...more

Speaking at: Brainpick—Getting Creative

Jane Gould

SVP, Consumer Insights & Programming Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide

Disney Channels Worldwide

Jane Gould, an accomplished leader in generational, lifestyle and media research, serves as senior vice president, Consumer Insights and Programming Strategy, for Disney|ABC Television’s Disney branded cable networks – Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, and Radio Disney.

In this role, she has oversight of all consumer insight, research and analytic...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Disney; What Keeps You Up at Night?; Keeping Kids Captivated

Bill Graham

Chief Marketing Officer


Bill Graham serves as PhatMojo's Chief Marketing Officer.  In this capacity, Graham leads the LA-based toy company's marketing, brand evaluation, licensing, and communication globally. PhatMojo’s portfolio includes Bendy and the Ink Machine, TABS, Baldi’s Basics, Showdown Bandit, FGTeeV, Paddington, Pete the Cat, Llama Llama, The Office, Friends, Bob’s Burgers, and more. 

Prior to...more

Speaking at: MENTOR CLASS—Countdown to Licensing

Linda Granath

Acquisitions Executive, Children's Content

SVT Swedish Television

Speaking at: Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...

Melanie Grisanti

SVP, Production Management

Sesame Workshop

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Sesame Workshop

Sarah Haasz

Head of Live-Action & Animated Series-North America

Cottonwood Media

Speaking at: Everything, Explained; The Next Chapter

Meredith Halpern-Ranzer

Chief Executive Tinkerer (Expert in Podcasts)


Meredith Halpern-Ranzer is an Emmy-nominated children’s media executive and the Co-founder and Chief Executive Tinkerer at Tinkercast, the company behind #1 kids podcast Wow in the World.  As the CEO of Tinkercast, Meredith leads the vision and execution of business, partnerships, brand and marketing strategies and oversees day-to-day operations....more

Speaking at: Brainpick—Beyond the Screen

Or Handelsman

Senior Manager, International Acquisitions


Or Handelsman is Senior Manager of International Acquisitions for Nickelodeon at ViacomCBS International Media Networks, a role he assumed in February 2019. In his role, Handelsman is responsible for sourcing, negotiating and managing content acquisitions for Nickelodeon channels on an international and pan-regional basis. Working closely with the programming heads...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Nickelodeon; Speed Pitching 2

Megan Haynes

Editor & Content Director


Speaking at: Greener Pastures

Claire Heinrich

Head of Acquisitions, Children & Youth Department

France Télévisions

Speaking at: Cocktails with... France Télévisions; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Speed Pitching 3; Coffee with...; Coffee with...

Bob Higgins

EVP Kids & Family

Boat Rocker Media

A long-time champion of children’s programming, Bob oversees the creative direction for Boat Rocker Media’s Kids and Family business, including development, production and acquisitions of TV and digital programming.  Current programming includes The Next Step, Remy & Boo, Kingdom Force, Love Monster and Dino Ranch.

Before Boat Rocker, Bob served as EVP...more

Speaking at: From Milestones to the New Normal

Whit Higgins

VP, International Media Distribution & Business Development

Sesame Workshop

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Hollie Holmes

Senior Director, Strategic Development & Global Licensing Acquisitions

Mattel, Inc.

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Craig Hunter

Director of Kids Networks

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Craig Hunter, Sony Pictures Television

Emma Hunter


Emma Hunter is an actor and comic living in Toronto. Credits for Hunter include: CTV'S The Beaverton, Letterkenny, Match Game, Spun Out, Pop Quiz and appearing in two galas for Just For Laughs, For CBC, hosting the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards, MR D, Save Me, Royal Canadian Air Farce, This...more

Speaking at: Kidscreen Awards and After-Party (Bayfront Ballroom)

Henrietta Hurford-Jones

Director of Children's Content Partnerships

BBC Studios

Henrietta Hurford-Jones is Director of Children’s at BBC Studios.  She is responsible for commissioning and developing original programme content for the global CBeebies Channels and other branded services, as well as managing the global investment process for all children’s programming and brand properties across the BBC’s commercial arm.  Henrietta joined BBC...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... BBC Studios; 30 Minutes with... Henrietta Hurford-Jones, BBC Studios

Diane Ikemiyashiro

Vice President, Current Series/Original Programming

Disney Junior

Diane Ikemiyashiro is executive director, Original Programming, Disney Junior. She currently oversees production and creative development for the Emmy® Award-nominated series Fancy Nancy and the upcoming Mira, Royal Detective, a mystery-adventure series inspired by the cultures and customs of India.

Ikemiyashiro played a key role in launching the Emmy® and Imagen Award-winning...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Disney; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; 30 Minutes with... Kim Berglund & Diane Ikemiyashiro, Disney Junior

Keion Jackson

Screenwriter & Creator

As a kid, Keion Jackson always sat “too close” to the TV. And now that he’s a screenwriter and creator, he’s even closer! Keion’s passions for creative writing, television, and making the world a better place have combined like a Power Rangers Megazord to form an exciting career in TV....more

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Maarten Janssen

Head of Kids & Youth VRT (Ketnet)


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Aly Jetha

CEO and Co-Founder

Big Bad Boo

Aly Jetha is CEO of Big Bad Boo Studios, which produces and distributes quality cartoons for kids. Based in New York and Vancouver, Big Bad Boo’s catalogue includes The Bravest Knight (Hulu), 16 Hudson (TVO Kids), 1001 Nights (Teletoon), Lili & Lola (ICI TV), and Mixed Nutz1001 Nights, nominated for 15 LEOs with 4 wins,...more

Speaking at: Moving Mountains: Creating Content for Displaced Kids

J.J. Johnson

Partner & Executive Producer

Sinking Ship Entertainment

J.J. Johnson is the creative force and founding partner of Sinking Ship Entertainment. He is an Emmy award-winning executive producer and director, and Emmy-nominated writer, with international acclaim for over 15 series and 500 episode credits. He and Sinking Ship Entertainment are globally recognized for such successes as Annedroids, Odd...more

Speaking at: Greener Pastures

Karin Jue

Senior Director, PBS KIDS Video Streaming


Over the last 12 years, Karin Jue has managed multi-platform video experiences for kids ages 2-8, delivering award-winning content from series such as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Odd Squad, Pinkalicious & Peteriffic, Let's Go Luna!, Molly of Denali, Xavier Riddle & the Secret Museum and more. Karin leads the strategic...more

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Vince Kadlubek

Co-Founder & Executive Advisor

Meow Wolf

Vince Kadlubek is a Co-founder and Executive Advisor at Meow Wolf, an art collective that has transformed into an award winning Art and Entertainment Production Company that specializes in immersive, open-world walk through experiences. Vince acted as leader and CEO for Meow Wolf though its formidable years, having created the...more

Speaking at: Let Us Blow Your Mind: Storytelling Reinvented

Edward Kay


Ernest Scribbler Productions Inc

Edward Kayis an award-winning screenwriter, author, and producer with an extensive background in both live-action and animated television for kids.

He is the co-creator of three successful kids' television series, Jimmy Two Shoes, Finding Stuff Out, and Olliver's Adventures. Edward is also the author of three novels for children, and one...more

Speaking at: Showrunners: Not Just For Grown-Ups Anymore

Christopher Keenan

SVP & Executive Producer, Content Development and Production

Mattel Television

Christopher Keenan is a highly accomplished creative executive, producer and writer who has enjoyed over thirty years of success in the animation, kids and family entertainment industries.  With thousands of hours of production to his credit, he is equally adept at development, sales and production.  

Currently engaged by Mattel as Senior...more

Speaking at: Classic Play Patterns for a Modern Age; Pitch Doctoring 2; Pitch Doctoring 1

Heath Kenny

Chief Creative Officer

Mercury Filmworks

Speaking at: Quite the Character

Lauren Kisilevsky

VP, Original Movies

Disney Channel

Lauren Kisilevsky, vice president, Original Movies, Disney Channel, is responsible for creative development of Disney Channel Original Movies as well Disney Channel-produced movies for Disney+.  Her responsibilities include leading a team of creative executives as well as collaborating with writers, directors and producers to generate new projects, overseeing the creative...more

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Telidja Klaï

Content Manager (Ketnet)

VRT-Vlaamse Radio en Televisie

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David Kleeman

Senior Vice President Global Trends


Speaking at: From Milestones to the New Normal; Are You Smarter Than a Smart Speaker?

Tatiana Kober


Bejuba! Entertainment

Tatiana started Bejuba! Entertainment 16 years ago to specialize in the executive production, and distribution of children’s and family entertainment across all platforms.  Today the company has just under 1000 half hours of programming with shows like Wishfart, Booba, Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave, The Hive, and Big Block SingSong.   With...more

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Shanna Kohn

Senior Education Manager of Humanitarian Programs

Sesame Workshop

Shanna Kohn is the Senior Education Manager of Humanitarian Programs at Sesame Workshop. She leads curriculum development, program design, and the creation of multimedia teaching and learning materials forAhlan Simsim,an early childhood development initiative serving the needs of Syrian children displaced by conflict in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. This...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Sesame Workshop; Moving Mountains: Creating Content for Displaced Kids

Amy Kraft

Director of Development and Children's Programming


Amy Kraft is Director of Development and Children’s Programming at Pinna. She is a children’s media veteran who has developed innovative and interactive entertainment with companies including Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sesame Workshop, Spin Master, Microsoft, Kyowon, Barnes and Noble, and Leap Frog. She was cofounder of the children’s content...more

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Christian Kurz

SVP, Global Consumer Insights


Speaking at: Today's Parents, Tomorrow's Kids

Yann Labasque

Director of Youth Programs


Yann Labasque joined Eurosport International in 1997 at the Audiences and Programming Research department. Two years later he became a Programme Buyer and Project Manager for Eurosport International Senior Management.

He joined TF1 Games-Dujardin in 2001 where he headed the editorial team and developed the catalogue. In parallel with his professional...more

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Yang Lan

Investment Associate

Tencent Company

Brandon Lane

Development Producer


Speaking at: Speed Pitching 4; Speed Pitching 3

Cort Lane

Freelance Producer/Creator

Marvel Entertainment

Cort Lane is Marvel’s Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment. As a life-long Marvel fan, Lane is thrilled to develop and produce shows within the rich Marvel Universe. Drawing on a wealth of experience in entertainment, interactive media and marketing for children, Lane leads Marvel’s expanding slate of kid...more

Speaking at: Quite the Character

Susie Lecker

Toy Industry Executive

SRL Consulting

Speaking at: The Skinny on CP Timelines

Kristin Lecour

VP, Consumer Products & Canadian Sales

9 Story Media Group

Kristin Lecour has been in the entertainment industry for 15 years with a focus on multiplatform brand development, licensing and corporate marketing. With her wide-ranging experience across several marketing disciplines, Kristin brings a unique perspective on building brands, through development, launch and ongoing management. As Vice President, Consumer Products &...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts

Olivier Lelardoux

Senior Vice-President Studio & Associate Producer

Cyber Group Studios

Speaking at: The Successful Pivot: A Gigantosaurus Case Study

Curtis Lelash

Director of Original Animated Series


Speaking at: Speed Pitching 4; 30 Minutes with... Curtis Lelash, Netflix Animation

David Levine

Vice President, Kids Programming, Europe & Africa/UK & Ireland

Disney Channels EMEA

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Disney; From Milestones to the New Normal

Layla Lewis

SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships


Speaking at: Cocktails with... Nickelodeon; 30 Minutes with... Jules Borkent & Layla Lewis, Nickelodeon

Leeger Liu


Tencent Video

Leeger is an animation producer for Tencent Video Kids Channel and responsible for the independent production and co-production of animation projects. Leeger has participated in more than 15 new animation projects since 2017. Before that, Leeger was an animation director on animation TV series and animation movies in China.

Arne Lohmann

Vice President ZDFE Junior


Niki Lopez

Creator & Executive Producer


Niki López is the creator and executive producer of Nick JR.’s Santiago of the Seas, an action-adventure bridge series that follows eight-year-old Santiago Montes, a brave and kind-hearted pirate, as he embarks on daring adventures in a fantastical Caribbean world. López was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She...more

Speaking at: Groundwork for Growth: Setting New Creators Up to Succeed

Beau Lotto


Lab of Misfits

Dr. Beau Lotto is a neuroscientist and world-renowned expert in perception. His research explores the ways in which we experience the world through our own versions of reality. As Beau puts it, "the brain never sees the world as it actually is, only the world that is useful to see."...more

Speaking at: KEYNOTE—The Power of Awe and Perception: Using Science to Unlock Creativity and Innovation

Brenda Maffuchi

Head of Acquisitions & Property Development


Speaking at: Speed Pitching 4; 30 Minutes with... Massimo Bruno & Brenda Maffuchi, DeAKids

Ted Malley

Chief Customer Officer


Mr. Malley has over 25 years of experience as a senior executive in the technology industry and over 20 of those years in the Human Capital Management software business.  As the Chief Customer Officer at Ceridian, Mr. Malley combines his personal passion for helping people and love for new technology to change...more

Speaking at: Putting the Success in Succession Planning

Mellany Masterson

Head of Nelvana Enterprises

Nelvana, a division of Corus Entertainment

As Head of Nelvana Enterprises, Mellany oversees brand strategy, content distribution, digital, licensing and retail development for Nelvana’s extensive brand portfolio in order to drive sales and global awareness. In her previous role as VP of Global Consumer Products and International Distribution, Mellany was the driving force behind securing new...more

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Marie McCann

Senior Director, CBC Kids

CBC Kids

Marie McCann is the senior director of children's content for CBC Kids. McCann oversees development, production, acquisition and in-house production of award winning content. As Canada's national public broadcaster, CBC is committed to excellence and innovation in children's and youth media and to reaching audiences across multiple platforms.

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Marie McCann, CBC Kids; Redefining Pubcasting in an OTT Universe

Menal McGrath

VP Global Licensing Acquisitions and Sales

Moose Toys

Menal has 20 years of experience in the toy industry in a broad capacity including sales, product development, and licensing at top Toy and Entertainment companies.  She started her career at Mattel in sales of entertainment brands. At Disney she managed the core toys business across a variety of brands...more

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Flavio Medeiros

Director Program Sourcing & Acquisitions, Discovery Kids

Discovery Kids LatAM

Flavio Medeiros is the director of programming and acquisitions for Discovery Kids Latin America. His areas of expertise include children’s television, acquisitions and sales within the pay TV industry.

Before joining Discovery in March 2013, Medeiros worked as vice president of sales for ITV Global Entertainment in Latin America and the...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Flavio Medeiros, Discovery LatAm

David Michel


Cottonwood Media

David Michel is a Founding Partner of Federation Entertainment, as well as President of kids focused subsidiary Cottonwood Media. He also heads up Federation Entertainment’s children’s division Federation Kids & Family, which handles production, sales and merchandising.  Cottonwood Media creates, produces and invests in premium, international family content featuring both...more

Speaking at: From Milestones to the New Normal

Cesar Millan

Dog Behaviorist

Cesar Millan is the world’s foremost dog expert with over 25 years of canine experience. Tens of millions of people around the globe grew up watching Cesar on TV as the star of “The Dog Whisperer,” “Dog Nation,” and “Cesar 911.” Fans have since introduced their children to Cesar and...more

Speaking at: KEYNOTE— Reframing Empathy: Lessons from Cesar Millan

Isaac Mogajane



Isaac is a co-founder of and director at Diprente, a South African production company based in Johannesburg. Since 2009, Diprente has produced numerous feature films including the box office hit, "Matwetwe (Wizard)" and the Netflix Original "Catching Feelings". On the television side, Diprente produced the two-time Emmy nominated political satire...more

Speaking at: Quite the Character

Anna Moorefield

Head, Global Distribution

The Jim Henson Company

As Vice President of Global Distribution, Anna Moorefield oversees the sale of Henson content to television networks, digital platforms, home entertainment distributors, and theatrical exhibitors worldwide. Titles under her purview include current preschool hits Dinosaur Train, Dot., Doozers, Splash and Bubbles, and Word Party, as well as classic favorites like...more

Speaking at: Hacking the SVOD Algorithm; Digital 360 Strategies: Making the Money Work

Grant Moran


Global Monster Media & Founder, KEPYR

2015 Emmy winner for his work as head writer on PBS kids' Wordgirl series, Grant's been a writer, story editor, producer and executive in kids and family entertainment for 25 years.

He started at warner bros. Animation, contributing to such award-winning series as Animaniacs, Tiny Toon...more

Speaking at: Moving Mountains: Creating Content for Displaced Kids

Sarah Muller

Head of Acquisitions & Independent Animation

BBC Children's

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 2; Fear Factor; 30 Minutes with... Sarah Muller, BBC Children's

Drew Mullin

Executive in Charge of Production

CBC Kids

Drew Mullin is an international award winning Writer, Director and Producer who joined CBC Kids team as an Executive in Charge of Production in 2015.  At CBC, Drew has overseen several broadcast and digital series including: season 1 & 2 of Dot, Kingdom Force, Big Blue, Snapshots (2018 International Emmy winner),...more

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Sadaf Muncy

VP Entertainment

MGA Entertainment

Speaking at: Classic Play Patterns for a Modern Age

Carrie Murphy

Manager–Global Content Strategy, Acquisitions, & Co-Productions

Disney Channels Worldwide

Carrie manages acquisitions for Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD in US, sourcing live-action and animated series as well as movies.  She partners with her global Disney colleagues on multi-territory acquisitions.  Carrie also oversees collaboration across the global programming teams, sharing best practices and content strategy.

Prior to joining the...more

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Lucy Murphy

Director of Kids’ Content–UK & Ireland


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Chris Nee

President & Executive Producer & Creator

Laughing Wild/Netflix

Peabody, Humanitas, NAACP and Emmy Award-winner Chris Nee is the creator and executive producer of the acclaimed series, Doc McStuffins, an imaginative animated series about a six-year-old girl who is a doctor to her stuffed animals and toys. She also developed for television and executive produced the hit animated series...more

Speaking at: Groundwork for Growth: Setting New Creators Up to Succeed; Showrunners: Not Just For Grown-Ups Anymore

Laura Nevanlinna



Laura Nevanlinna is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ferly, an Entertainment and Brand building company based out of Helsinki, Stockholm, Vancouver and Los Angeles. Nevanlinna is a fangirl at heart and a long term children's content professional with her background covering licensing, publishing, and other forms of media. In the...more

Speaking at: Classic Play Patterns for a Modern Age

Jill Nordquist

Senior Vice President, Marketing

JAKKS Pacific

Jill Nordquist_Professional Bio


Jill Nordquist is an energetic and dynamic marketer known for launching and invigorating global brands. Currently, she serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing at JAKKS Pacific, leading the Girls & Preschool division.  Jill is well-versed in kids’ play patterns, understanding how kids play, and the importance of gauging...more

Speaking at: The Successful Pivot: A Gigantosaurus Case Study

Paul Nunn

Chief Strategy Officer


Paul Nunn (@Nunnone) is Chief Strategy Officer at SuperAwesome, the leading global KidTech company.  At SuperAwesome, Paul works with some of the largest content creators in the space on the commercial, compliance and technology challenges they face.  Paul holds global responsibility for SuperAwesome’s Kidfluencer program, which looks to support Kids...more

Speaking at: Keeping Kid Influencers Safe

Natalie Osborne

Chief Strategy Officer

9 Story Media Group

As Chief Strategy Officer of 9 Story Media Group, Natalie Osborne oversees strategic partnerships, worldwide sales, acquisitions, consumer products and marketing. Natalie has been a significant driver of the company’s dramatic growth over the last decade, helping transform 9 Story into one of the world’s leading independent producers and distributors of children’s...more

Speaking at: Digital 360 Strategies: Making the Money Work

Jonathan Pan

Head of Product, Original Content


Jon focuses on acquiring and developing original content (video, apps/games, books, etc.) for Amazon Kids & Family. His focus in recent years has been on online gaming, livestreaming, and esports. Prior to joining the Kids team, Jon lead digital web products for Amazon Game Studios and was Head of Esports...more

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Cecilia Persson

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

Cartoon Network & Boomerang International

In this role, Persson manages and leads programming strategy across EMEA for kids linear and digital platforms including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito and Boing. She also oversees and negotiates shared acquisitions across international for Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, Boing, Toonix and the kids area of HBO Europe, working closely with...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Cecilia Persson, Cartoon Network & Boomerang International

Jamie Piekarz

Creator, Producer & Consultant

JamPie Media

Jamie Piekarz is children’s media professional with the unique combination of creative production and broadcast experience that spans all age groups and genres. She currently creates, produces and provides expertise on children’s media through her company, JamPie Media, for Canadian and international clients. Her original production, Super Mighty Makers for TVO and...more

Speaking at: Brainpick—Getting Creative

Katharina Charlotte Pietzsch

Director ZDFE.junior

ZDF Enterprises GmbH

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 2

Hannah Pillemer

Head, Creative Affairs

MarVista Entertainment

Hannah Pillemer spearheads the development and production of MarVista Entertainment’s content pipeline for all platformsPillemer joined MarVista Entertainment as a Creative Executive in 2013 and has risen quickly through the company’s ranks.  Under her leadership, the company has significantly increased its content development and production, and Pillemer is now responsible for managing a...more

Speaking at: Made for TV?

Adina Pitt

VP, Content Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Cartoon Network & Boomerang

Adina Pitt is Vice President, Content Acquisitions and Co-productions for Cartoon Network and Boomerang. She is responsible for identifying, negotiating and acquiring pre-produced series, specials, movies and short-form product that fit the Cartoon Network and Boomerang brands for exposure across all platforms.  She continues to oversee those programs once they...more

Speaking at: What Keeps You Up at Night?; 30 Minutes with... Adina Pitt, Cartoon Network & Boomerang US

Gary Pope


Kids Industries

Gary began his career as a school teacher and led an English Department before becoming a learning designer for a change management consultancy. A weird gig for Disney led Gary back to children and to launch Kids Industries.

Kids Industries solves problems, develops strategies, ideas and products as well as creating content for...more

Speaking at: The Franchise Debate: Are Kids Sick of the Same Old IPs?

Julia posen

Media Consultant


Julia Posen is an Executive Producer and Specialist Adviser  for the media and entertainment industry. EP credits include the International Emmy award winning Hank Zipzer series for CBBC, and UK Channel 4’s highest rating programme of 2016, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Current clients include James Reatchlous and the Master Moley brand; a half hour animation special with...more

Speaking at: Let Us Blow Your Mind: Storytelling Reinvented

Irene Pothecary Huse

Acquisitions Executive

NRK, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation/ NRK Super

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 2

Blair Powers


Sinking Ship Entertainment

Blair Powers is a founding partner at Sinking Ship and an Emmy-winning executive producer. He oversees all financial, business and funding aspects of all Sinking Ship’s television, film and digital properties. Blair has financed over 200 million dollars over many series working with CBC, TVO, Corus, SRC and Yoopa in...more

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Griffin Quasebarth

Research Manager


Griffin comes to MarketCast with an extensive background in child development, technology, and design. Prior to Insight, he conducted research on how cartoons impact children’s identity formation and worked as a Developmental Specialist in a Boston Early Intervention program, where he provided therapy for kids with developmental delays. Griffin combines...more

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Mahesh Ramachandra

Chief Product Officer

Kids Know Best

Mahesh leads digital product strategy and development at KidsKnowBest, the UK’s fastest-growing kids media agency. Besides architecting KidsKnowBest’s new suite of research data tools, he advises clients on UX and commercial optimisation of their digital businesses. Mahesh has 20 years of experience developing and managing multi-platform digital products, across web...more

Speaking at: Hacking the SVOD Algorithm

Elizabeth Randall

Children's Content Executive

BBC Studios

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 3; Cocktails with... BBC Studios

Maura Regan


Licensing International

Bringing more than 20 years of global licensing and media experience, Maura joined LICENSING INTERNATIONAL, in December 2016 and assumed the role of President in July 2018.  LICENSING INTERNATIONAL is the premier association for the global licensing industry, and Maura is responsible for leading the organization in defining and shaping its...more

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Michael Rhattigan

Chief Adventure Officer

Adventure 2 Learning

Michael Rhattigan is CEO of educational company Adventure 2 Learning, which features the video-based educational platform with the same name. Prior to Adventure 2 Learning, Michael was the CEO of Adventure to Fitness since its launch in 2010. Adventure to Fitness grew by word-ofmouth, with over 25,000 U.S. schools using...more

Speaking at: Moving Mountains: Creating Content for Displaced Kids

Michael Rinzler

Executive VP & Partner

Executive Vice President, Jazwares

Michael Rinzler is an Executive Vice President at Jazwares, who recently acquired the company he founded, Wicked Cool Toys. Jazwares manufacturers action figures, dolls, plush, play sets and more based on proprietary brands and top licenses from partners, including master toy partner for Fortnite, Roblox, Pokemon, Micro Machines, Peppa Pig,...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts

Peter Robinson



Peter is an experienced consultant, who has been working in kids media for over a decade. Peter has specialised in new technology, kids entertainment, ethical marketing to kids and education (and where possible screwing all those things together). 

Peter’s day to day role includes listening to and observing how young people...more

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Tatiana Rodriguez

SVP & Brand Head, Kids & Families

Nickelodeon Latin America

Tatiana Rodríguez is Senior Vice President and Brand Head, Kids & Families, Nickelodeon Latin America. In this role, Rodriguez leads the content and programming strategies, partnerships, acquisitions, and media planning for the flagship network in the region, as well as for preschool network Nick Jr., across linear television, digital, branded...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Nickelodeon; Keeping Kid Influencers Safe

Jennifer Rogers-Doyle

SVP Brand Development & Integrated Planning

Disney Channels World Wide

Rogers Doyle joined Disney Channels in 2004 and serves as the Senior Vice President, Brand Development and Integrated Planning.  She set the course for a structured approach to developing Disney Channel franchises and continues to identify compelling consumer product opportunities that help to generate billions of dollars in retail sales....more

Speaking at: The Franchise Debate: Are Kids Sick of the Same Old IPs?

Michael Rose

Joint CEO

Magic Light Pictures

Co-founded by producers Michael Rose and Martin Pope in 2003, Magic Light Pictures makes imaginative entertainment for audiences, families and children worldwide.

The company creates high quality films and products and has built the wonderful Gruffalo brand based on the best-selling books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.   The company directly...more

Speaking at: Made for TV?

Joanna Rosenthal

Manager, Content Acquisitions and Coproductions

Cartoon Network & Boomerang

Joanna Rosenthal, Manager of Content Acquisitions and Coproductions for Turner’s Cartoon Network and Boomerang in the US, is based in New York and has been with the company since 2015. Joanna evaluates submitted content in terms of each brand’s needs and relevance, working alongside the VP and other programming, content sourcing and...more

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Orion Ross

VP Original Programming-Animation

Disney Channels EMEA

Orion Ross was appointed to the position of Vice President, Original Series, Disney Channels Europe, Middle East & Africa in May 2009. He is responsible for the creative development, from concept to production, of new animation and original series properties for Disney Channel and Disney XD. He reports to Marc...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Disney; The Successful Pivot: A Gigantosaurus Case Study; 30 Minutes with... Orion Ross, Disney Channels EMEA

Lesli Rotenberg

Chief Programming Executive & GM, Children's Media & Education


As Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, at PBS, Lesli Rotenberg is responsible for the strategic direction of a dynamic media service that supports the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including parents, teachers and the community.

With a focus on kindergarten readiness, Ms. Rotenberg leads a...more

Speaking at: Redefining Pubcasting in an OTT Universe

Adam Rumanek


Aux Mode Inc

Entrepreneur. Author. Internet programmer. Since selling his first Internet company in the year 2000, Adam has created industry lauded programs and companies in web, content, big data and next generation technology. For over a decade, Adam has collaborated globally with corporations, governments, and NGOs, helping enable them to maximize the...more

Speaking at: Brainpick—Beyond the Screen

Jon Rutherford

Managing Director + President Rights

Boat Rocker Studios

Following Temple Street’s 2015 expansion under the re-branded name of ‘Boat Rocker Media’, Jon Rutherford joined the organization to build their global distribution operation and business development across all genres and platforms.  In addition to his role as President of Rights, which includes overseeing the company’s strategic growth across ancillary...more

Speaking at: SOLD OUT!— MASTER CLASS—Anatomy of an SVOD Deal

Trine Ruud

Head of Acquisitions and Dubbing NRK Super


Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1; Redefining Pubcasting in an OTT Universe

Kate Sanagan

Head of Sales & Distribution

Sinking Ship Entertainment

Kate Sanagan is a Head of Sales and Distribution at Sinking Ship Entertainment, a multiple Emmy® Award winning production, distribution and interactive company specializing in kids’ and family content. Since its launch in 2004, Sinking Ship has rapidly earned a reputation for high quality, ground-breaking original series and companion interactive...more

Speaking at: Brainpick—Beyond the Screen

Angela Santomero

Chief Creative Officer

9 Story Media Group

Angela Santomero has been changing the way children watch television for over fifteen years. She is a Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Out of the Blue Enterprises LLC, overseeing the creative development and research of all the company's projects, with a mission and vision to bring educational entertainment to...more

Speaking at: Groundwork for Growth: Setting New Creators Up to Succeed

Lienne Sawatsky

Writer, Producer

Wishfart Productions Inc.

Lienne Sawatsky is a creator, showrunner, story consultant and award-winning screenwriter. Born and raised in Montreal, now based in Toronto, she writes and consults on TV and films at home, in the US, and abroad. She is the co-creator and executive producer of the offbeat hit, Wishfart, an oddball comedy...more

Speaking at: Showrunners: Not Just For Grown-Ups Anymore

Josh Scherba



Josh Scherba, President, oversees the talented teams at WildBrain who are responsible for creating winning kids’ and family content and placing it on screens globally. Mr. Scherba has been with the company since its founding in 2006, coming over with DECODE Entertainment when it merged with Halifax Film to form...more

Speaking at: Digital 360 Strategies: Making the Money Work

Matt Schiller


Schiller Instinct Productions

Matt Schiller has spent more than a decade working as a Writer/Producer in the Teen and Tween space in Canada. He has worked on hits including Life with Derek, The Latest Buzz, Ride, CSA nominated Backstage and the iconic Canadian series Degrassi which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program....more

Speaking at: Brainpick—Getting Creative

Vicky Schroderus

Executive in Charge of International Co-Productions and Acquisitions

YLE Finland

Vicky Schroderus joined YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company in 1997 is currently working as Acquisition Executive for YLE Television. When measured by ratings and audience satisfaction YLE is the number one multi-platform destination for Finnish Kids. It transmits annually over 1300 hours of children’s programming for a two- to 12-year-old audience...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 3

Josh Selig


Little Airplane Productions (A Studio 100 Company)

Josh Selig is the Founder and CEO of Little Airplane Productions. He is the Creator and Executive Producer of The Wonder Pets! (Nick Jr.), 3rd & Bird! (CBeebies), Small Potatoes (CBeebies/Disney Junior) and P. King Duckling (CCTV/Disney Junior.)  Josh is also the writer/director of the film Meet The Small Potatoes...more

Speaking at: Pitch Doctoring 2; Pitch Doctoring 1

Natalie Setton

Vice President, Commercial

Herschend Enterprises

Natalie joined Herschend Entertainment Studios (HES) in June 2019 following their acquisition of Ludorum in December 2018. Natalie was part of the Ludorum team for 11+ years, tasked initially to manage International Sales and Licensing for its wholly-owned pre-school property, Chuggington. She was appointed Commercial Director in January 2015 before...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts

Jay Shah

Head of Global Content Distribution & Entertainment Business Development


Jay Shah leads Global Content Distribution at LEGO, overseeing content partnerships, co-productions, and business development efforts for the iconic toy company’s entertainment division. Shah is responsible for sales, marketing, developing multiplatform content strategies, and seeking out new & innovative ways to convey content and stories to consumers globally through new...more

Speaking at: Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...

Sandra Sheppard

Executive Producer, Director of Kid's Media & Education

WNET – New York Public Media

Sandra is an Emmy award-winning producer and media executive with over 20 years of public television experience. She oversees content development and production of children’s broadcast and digital initiatives at WNET, New York Public Media. Sandra serves as the executive producer of Cyberchase, the Emmy Award-winning animated “math adventure” that...more

Speaking at: Greener Pastures

Pierre Sissmann

President and CEO

Cyber Group Studios

Speaking at: The Successful Pivot: A Gigantosaurus Case Study

Ralph Sosa

Storyboard Artist

The Simpsons

Speaking at: MENTOR CLASS—Master the Art of Storyboarding

Géraldine Soto

Head of Acquisitions, Prebuys and Coproductions, Kids Department


Speaking at: Speed Pitching 4; Speed Pitching 3

Halle Stanford

President of Television, Executive Producer

The Jim Henson Company

Brand Builder, Creator, Executive Producer, and a ten-time Emmy®-nominated television producer, Halle Stanford leads the Jim Henson Company’s development and production of all television, home entertainment, and digital media in animated and live-action formats. 

Stanford recently executive produced the critically acclaimed Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Her recent...more

Speaking at: Fear Factor

James Stephenson

EVP, Entertainment


James Stephenson is EVP of Entertainment for Wonderstorm, overseeing series and IP development for the animation & games studio (producers of The Dragon Prince). Previously James was at Nickelodeon for 10 years, working as a creative executive in both digital content and TV development and production. He served most recently...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts

Debbie Sterling

CEO & Founder


Debbie Sterling is the Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, the award-winning children’s multimedia company known for disrupting the pink aisle in toy stores globally and challenging gender stereotypes with the world’s first girl engineer character.

Debbie is an engineer, entrepreneur, spokesperson and one of the leaders in the movement toward getting...more

Speaking at: Keeping Kid Influencers Safe

Melanie Summers

Chief Brand Officer

Driver Studios

Melanie Summers is the Chief Brand Officer of Driver Studios, an award-winning production studio specializing in Kids & Family Entertainment.  Responsible for all marketing, licensing and business development for Driver's existing and new IP, she leads the Driver team in evaluating new content opportunities as well as seeking best in...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Digital Media Experts

Anders Tangen

CEO & Producer


For over 20 years Anders Tangen has passionately produced award-winning drama series, feature films, documentaries and short stories. Anders’ signature TV series, Lilyhammer and Norsemen are hailed by audiences worldwide, and his multi-awarded dramedy series, DAG, received acclaim from both critics and viewers across Europe. Additionally, many of Anders’ productions have been invited to A-list festivals.


Speaking at: Hacking the SVOD Algorithm

Heather Tilert

Director, Original Animation, Preschool


Heather Tilert joined the Netflix Original Animation content team one year ago and is focused on the budding Preschool programming slate, which builds on the success of Netflix Originals like Ask The StoryBots and Super Monsters and includes upcoming titles like Go! Go! Cory Carson, Hello Ninja, and StarBeam. A...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Heather Tilert, Netflix Preschool

Jennifer Twiner McCarron


Atomic Cartoons

Jennifer Twiner-McCarron joined Atomic Cartoons as the Head of Production in 2011 and supervised all in-house production.  Under Jenn’s leadership, the team grew from 30 people to over 200 + today. Jennifer lead production on multiple productions including BeatBugs - Netflix upcoming original series for kids featuring the music of...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS—Recession-Proof Your Bottom Line

Caroline Tyre

SVP International Distribution

Genius Brands International

Caroline Tyre is a 20-year industry veteran with expertise across global content sales, acquisitions and programming as well as licensing and consumer products. She has held pivotal management positions at major media companies, including TELETOON, where she spent five years as director of programming, Entertainment One, DHX Media, Spin Master,...more

Speaking at: Beyond YouTube

Marc van den Bosch-Mprah

Senior Manager–Content Acquisitions

Super RTL

Marc van den Bosch-Mprah joined Super RTL in 2019 as Senior Manager – Content Acquisitions & Co-Production. In this function, he is responsible for the acquisition and  co-production of kids content for the network.

Super RTL is Europe’s leader in children’s television and is jointly owned by RTL Group and Walt...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Super RTL; Speed Pitching 3; 30 Minutes with... Marc van den Bosch-Mprah, Kerstin Viehbach & Marion Winter, Super RTL

Juliëtte van Paridon

Head of Kids Content


Speaking at: Greener Pastures

Jennifer Vaux

Director, Programming Acquisition

The Roku Channel

Jennifer Vaux is Director, Programming Acquisition for The Roku Channel, the newly-launched, ad-supported channel operated by Roku. She is responsible for sourcing and executing innovative programming acquisition deals across a range of content and business models.  

Prior to Roku, Jennifer served as vice president of network business strategy & content acquisitions for Turner's...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Jennifer Vaux, Roku

Valerie Walsh Valdes

Creator/Executive Producer

Walsh Valdes Productions

Valerie Walsh Valdes is the co-creator and executive producer of the global phenomenon Dora the Explorer, as well as Go Diego Go, Dora and Friends, and Santiago of the Seas, premiering this Fall on Nickelodeon. As a showrunner, she has produced more than 300 half hours of animated television seen in over 150 countries...more

Speaking at: Showrunners: Not Just For Grown-Ups Anymore

Allison Watkins

Director of Consumer Products & TV Distribution


Allison joined Coolabi from Beano Studios. Prior to this she held a series of senior roles at DreamWorks Animation, The Walt Disney Company and Paramount. She has a proven track record in driving business growth and in-depth experience of managing high profile brands and franchises internationally, having worked in Europe,...more

Speaking at: Lunching with... Licensing Experts

Elizabeth Waybright&nbspTaylor

Director, Development

Disney Television Animation

Elizabeth Waybright Taylor is Director, development for Disney Television Animation, a position she has held since 2016. Elizabeth focuses on shepherding Disney heritage and original series through the creative development process. Taking ideas from pitch to pilot delivery, Elizabeth works side by side with show creators to build worlds, develop...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Disney; Speed Pitching 1; 30 Minutes with... Elizabeth Waybright Taylor, Disney TV Animation

Alice Webb


BBC Children's

Director of BBC Children’s since February 2015, Alice took over the BBC’s Education portfolio in May 2019.

Alice is responsible for the UK's two most popular networks for our youngest audiences, CBeebies and CBBC, along with their associated websites, YouTube channels, apps and radio stations. In 2016, she launched the BBC's...more

Speaking at: Redefining Pubcasting in an OTT Universe

Teri Weiss

EVP Development

DreamWorks Animation

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 4

Ed Wells

Head of International Media and Education

Sesame Workshop

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Sesame Workshop

Pam Westman



As President of Nelvana, Pam oversees both the animation studio and business arms of Nelvana. Prior to this position, Pam was Head of Nelvana Enterprises where she was instrumental in establishing and expanding Nelvana’s brand development and monetization of the Nelvana portfolio, including licensing, marketing, content sales, and digital on...more

Speaking at: Made for TV?

Alexandra Whyte

News & Social Media Editor


Speaking at: Keeping Kid Influencers Safe

Colin Williams

Creative Director

Sixteen South Studios

Sixteen South is focussed on the creation and production of the highest quality television with heart for kids in every country across the world.  Our shows are among the highest rating on all the major television networks and SVODs - you can see our work on Disney, PBS, Hulu, Nickelodeon...more

Speaking at: The Franchise Debate: Are Kids Sick of the Same Old IPs?

David Williams

SVP & GM, Channels


As GM/SVP of Channels, David is charged with winning fans and growing pocket.watch franchises on short-form platforms. With twenty-five years at the frontiers of digital media, he comes to the role lavishly prepared. As part of Maker Studios’ senior leadership, David led the esteemed talent team and engineered marquee content...more

Speaking at: Keeping Kid Influencers Safe

Katie Wilson

VP, Channels & Curation

Corus Entertainment

Katie Wilson is the Director of Programming at Corus Entertainment, responsible for commissioning original content and programming strategy across its flagship kids networks, YTV, Treehouse & TELETOON.  In addition, she also oversees the management & scheduling across partnership channels, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim & Disney Channel in Canada.

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Katie Wilson, Corus Kids

Kay Wilson Stallings

EVP Creative & Production

Sesame Workshop

Kay Wilson Stallings serves Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Sesame Workshop.

In this role, Wilson Stallings oversees development and production for original content for multiple platforms.  During her time, she has shepherded specials and series such as the multi-Emmy nominatedEsme and Roy, the first new series produced by the...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Sesame Workshop; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Coffee with...; Groundwork for Growth: Setting New Creators Up to Succeed

Adam Woodgate

SVP Media Trends


Adam has 30 years media, marketing and insight, 15 years of which was spent in senior operational roles.

Initially spending time in working with production teams and audience research for London Weekend Television. Then moved into creating content and senior programming roles for broadcasters. In 2001 he moved into audience insight...more

Speaking at: Are You Smarter Than a Smart Speaker?

Andy Yeatman

Head of the Americas


Andy Yeatman is Head of the Americas at Moonbug, a global entertainment company that develops and distributes safe and fun content for children. Yeatman is one of the most respected and accomplished executives in Kids’ content. He has distributed, developed, and acquired some of the most beloved children’s content, globally. He...more

Speaking at: Beyond YouTube

Harry Yoon

Vice President

Studio Moggozi

With 20 plus years in marketing and sales in animation industry, Harry has co-produced many series with overseas including Ladybug when he was in SAMG Animation. He also had moderated several international conference and pitching session. His experience in animation studio and iptv platform, SK Broadband, gives balanced and unique...more

Speaking at: Pitch Doctoring 2; Pitch Doctoring 1

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