Agenda

Agenda

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Friday, February 5

10:00am

MASTER CLASS—Perfecting your virtual pitch (10:00am - 10:45am)

Business Pass Exclusive! Pitching is an art form. But what works in real life doesn’t always work online. Take your virtual pitch to the next level with practical, hands-on tips from producers who’ve successfully sold shows in lockdown, and hear what works best when it comes to getting on a buyer’s radar from your home office.

Featuring:

Athena Georgaklis

Head of Development

Nelvana Ltd

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Adina Pitt

VP, Content Acquisitions & Co-Productions

WarnerMedia Kids and Family

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Claudia Scott-Hansen

Partner

Cookbook Media

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Monday, February 8

8:00am

Delegate Lounge (8:00am - 11:59pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Head into the Delegate Lounge and connect with other delegates face-to-face in a dynamic virtual environment. You can also visit our Info Desk if you need any help navigating the Summit. 

Delegate Lounge: Open 24/7

Info Desk: Open 8am to 6pm EST

First time visiting the Delegate Lounge? Here's a step-by-step guide for easy access. 

9:30am

Brainpick—All Things Digital (9:30am - 11:30am)

Business Pass Exclusive! We've assembled top experts in YouTube, podcasting, VR and more to answer questions you may have about moving your content into the digital market.

YouTube - Jon Gisby 

OTT - Vikrant Mathur

Podcasting - Maggie McGuire

Online Safety - Shai Samet

VR/AR - Kane Lee

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.


Featuring:

Jon Gisby

EVP & Managing Director

WildBrain Spark

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Kane Lee

Head of Content

Baobab Studios

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Vikrant Mathur

Co-Founder

Future Today Inc.

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Maggie McGuire

CEO

Pinna

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Shai Samet Esq, CIPP/US

Founder & President

kidSAFE Seal Program

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Brainpick—Getting Creative (9:30am - 11:30am)

Business Pass Exclusive!  Got a quick query about show bibles, scriptwriting or curriculum-building? Feel free to pop in and fire away. Our experienced creators and consultants are standing by to help you better understand how to develop and pitch kids content.

Storytelling - Mike Blum

Show Development - Antony Gusscott 

Showrunning - Ian Jones-Quartey

Storyboards - Ralph Sosa

Curriculum - Dr. Natascha Crandall

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.

Featuring:

Mike Blum

Owner & Chief Creative Officer

Pipsqueak Animation

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Natascha Crandall, Ph.D.

Educational Consultant

Crandall Consulting

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Antony Gusscott

Founder & Creative Consultant

Sprinkles on Top

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Ian Jones-Quartey

Showrunner/Executive Producer

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Ralph Sosa

Storyboard Artist

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Brainpick—Leaning into Licensing (9:30am - 11:30am)

Business Pass Exclusive! Looking for advice on how to take your TV content into the world of consumer products? We’ve got a panel of experts available to answer your questions about all things licensing.  

Live Experiences - Donna Friedman Meir

Retail Strategies - Bill Graham

Publishing - Debra Dorfman

Toyetic Character Development - Yurie Rocha

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.

 

Featuring:

Debra Dorfman

VP & Publisher Global Licensing & Media

Scholastic

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Donna Friedman Meir

CEO & Founder

WOW Explorations

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Bill Graham

Chief Marketing Officer

PhatMojo, LLC

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Yurie Rocha

Director

Guru Studio

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Brainpick—Money Talks (9:30am - 11:30am)

Business Pass Exclusive! We’ve recruited some leading kids content producers to give you guidance on financing and setting up effective co-production partnerships. Come and pick their brains!  

Budgeting - Carla deJong 

Co-productions - Justine Banister 

Distribution - Ed Galton

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.


Featuring:

Justine Bannister

Creative Facilitator

Just B

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Carla de Jong

Head of Production

Sinking Ship Entertainment

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Ed Galton

CEO

CAKE

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12:00pm

KEYNOTE—Dr. Jane Goodall on finding hope in dark days (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

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Famed environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall has worked with millions of young people around the world, inspiring them to take action in their communities through the Jane Goodall Institute and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots. Recognized for her tireless and vital conservation efforts, she spreads her message through optimism—a visionary idea in today’s unsteady world. At Kidscreen Summit, Dr. Goodall will share her unique experience, and explore the role the kids entertainment industry can play in helping children develop a lifelong love of the natural world.


Featuring:

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

UN Messenger of Peace & Founder

The Jane Goodall Institute

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1:15pm

WAIT LINE for Pitch Doctoring... (1:15pm - 4:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Our wait line for the one-on-one Pitch Doctoring session taking place on Monday, February 8 will open at 1:15pm EST (45 minutes before the first session's start time).  

 This wait line is for Business Pass holders who: 

  • did not make a Pitch Doctoring selection in advance before online sign-up closed

  • did make a Pitch Doctoring selection in advance, but would like to have additional meetings if any spots open up due to no-shows

The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be no wait list.


2:00pm

Musical Chairs (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! These speed networking sessions are designed to help you expand your network efficiently, introducing you to a whole bunch of new people three minutes at a time.

First time visiting the Delegate Lounge? Here's a step-by-step guide for easy access. 

Pitch Doctoring - Danielle Davies, Josh Fisher, Christopher Keenan (2:00pm - 4:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive!  Get primed to pitch your project more effectively! In these 15-minute consults, some of the industry’s most talented pitchers will take a look at your materials and give you advice on how to deliver them with more punch.

Note: Advanced sign up required. 


Featuring:

Danielle Davies

Distribution, Acquisitions, Co-Production and Development

Consultant

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Josh Fisher

Producer

I Josh Around

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Christopher Keenan

SVP & Executive Producer, Content Development and Production

Mattel

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Pitch Doctoring - Claire Curley, Cort Lane, Mike Vogel (2:00pm - 4:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive!  Get primed to pitch your project more effectively! In these 15-minute consults, some of the industry’s most talented pitchers will take a look at your materials and give you advice on how to deliver them with more punch.

Note: Advanced sign up required. 


Featuring:

Claire Curley

Head of Kids & Animation

Hello Sunshine

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Cort Lane

Creative Producer/Storyteller

Producer/Creator & Development Consultant

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Mike Vogel

Independent Writer/Producer

Consultant

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Pitch Doctoring - Stephanie Betts, Sidney Clifton, Heath Kenny (2:00pm - 4:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive!  Get primed to pitch your project more effectively! In these 15-minute consults, some of the industry’s most talented pitchers will take a look at your materials and give you advice on how to deliver them with more punch.

Note: Advanced sign up required. 


Featuring:

Stephanie Betts

EVP, Content & Current Series

WildBrain

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Sidney Clifton

SVP of Animation and Mixed Media

The Jim Henson Company

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Heath Kenny

Chief Creative Officer

Mercury Filmworks

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Tuesday, February 9

12:00am

Delegate Lounge (12:00am - 11:59pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Head into the Delegate Lounge and connect with other delegates face-to-face in a dynamic virtual environment. You can also visit our Info Desk if you need any help navigating the Summit. 

Delegate Lounge: Open 24/7

Info Desk: Open 8am to 6pm EST

First time visiting the Delegate Lounge? Here's a step-by-step guide for easy access. 

7:15am

WAIT LINE for Speed Pitching & Coffee with… (7:15am - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Our wait line for one-on-one Speed Pitching and Coffee with… sessions taking place on Tuesday, February 9 will open at 7:15am EST (45 minutes before the first session's start time).  

This wait line is for Business Pass holders who: 

  • did not make Speed Pitching or Coffee with… selections in advance before online sign-up closed

  • did make Speed Pitching or Coffee with... selections in advance, but would like to have additional meetings if any spots open up due to no-shows

The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be no wait list. 


8:00am

Speed Pitching - Tencent, eOne, NRK Super (8:00am - 9:00am)

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Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Qing Fan

Producer, Content Investment & Co-Productions

Tencent

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Josie Grierson

Director, Creative Afffairs

eOne

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Trine Ruud

Head of Acquisitions and Dubbing NRK Super

NRK Super

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Speed Pitching - iQIYI, Nickelodeon, Canal+ (8:00am - 9:00am)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Leo Geng

Senior Vice President

iQIYI

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Chris Rose

VP, Animation Production and Development

Nickelodeon & VIS Kids

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Géraldine Soto

Head of Acquisitions, Prebuys and Coproductions, Kids Department

Canal+

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9:30am

Speed Pitching - M6, BNNVARA, Disney EMEA (9:30am - 10:30am)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Maud Branly

Children Acquisitions Director & International TV Channels Children Programming Director

M6

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Hedda Bruessing

Head of Media & Business Development

BNNVARA

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Orion Ross

VP Original Programming-Animation

Disney EMEA

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Speed Pitching - ITV, BBC Studios, Canal+ (9:30am - 10:30am)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Darren Nartey

Acquisitions Manager: Films & Kids

ITV

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Elizabeth Randall

Children's Development & Editorial Manager

BBC Studios

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Géraldine Soto

Head of Acquisitions, Prebuys and Coproductions, Kids Department

Canal+

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11:00am

Coffee with... DeAKids, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Start fresh at the Summit! Grab a cup of joe and connect one on one with buyers in 15-minute morning meetings.

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Diane Ikemiyashiro

VP, Current Series

Disney Junior

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Brenda Maffuchi

Head of Acquisitions & Property Development

DeAKids

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Charly Valentine

VP Live Action Production & Development

Nickelodeon

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Coffee with... RAI, TF1, NRK (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Start fresh at the Summit! Grab a cup of joe and connect one on one with buyers in 15-minute morning meetings.

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Daphné de Beauffort

Head of Kids Content Acquisitions and Diversification

TF1

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Luca Milano

Head of Kids

RAI

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Irene Pothecary-Huse

Acquisitions Executive

NRK Super

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12:30pm

Speed Pitching - Amazon Kids, DeAKids, CBC Kids (12:30pm - 1:30pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Aaron Berman

Production Executive

Amazon Kids

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Massimo Bruno

Director of TV Channels

DeAKids and KidsMe

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Drew Mullin

Executive in Charge of Production

CBC Kids

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Speed Pitching - PBS KIDS, M6, TF1 (12:30pm - 1:30pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Catie Asip

Asst. Director, Children's Programming

PBS KIDS

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Maud Branly

Children Acquisitions Director & International TV Channels Children Programming Director

M6

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Yann Labasque

Director of Youth Programs

TF1

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2:00pm

Speed Pitching - DreamWorks Animation TV, Nelvana, Apple TV+ (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Benedict Cawood

SVP, Television Development

DreamWorks Animation TV

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Brandon Lane

Producer, Nelvana Studio

Nelvana

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Jamie Piekarz

Preschool Development Executive

Apple TV+

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Speed Pitching - Nickelodeon, Disney Channels, Discovery Kids (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Or Handelsman

Senior Manager, International Acquisitions

Nickelodeon

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Alfredo Marun

Director of Development

Disney Channels

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Leticia Smith

Manager Sourcing & Acquisitions

Discovery Kids

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Musical Chairs (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! These speed networking sessions are designed to help you expand your network efficiently, introducing you to a whole bunch of new people three minutes at a time.

First time visiting the Delegate Lounge? Here's a step-by-step guide for easy access. 

3:00pm

Kidscreen Awards (3:00pm - 4:00pm)

Sponsored by

Emma Hunter is back by popular demand to host our 12th-annual Kidscreen Awards ceremony, where we’ll celebrate the year’s best work in kids television and digital media. She’ll be joined by everyone’s favorite furry red Muppet, Sesame Street’s Elmo, who’ll be on hand to give Emma tips on hosting the special event.  

Featuring:

Host

Emma Hunter

Actor/Comedian

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3:30pm

Speed Pitching - Gloob/Gloobinho, CBC Kids, Disney (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Luiz Filipe Figueira

Head of Programming & Content Strategy

Gloob/Gloobinho

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Marie McCann

Senior Director, CBC Kids

CBC Kids

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Carrie Murphy

Manager, Kids & Family Acquisitions

Disney

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Speed Pitching - ABC Australia, PBS KIDS, YouTube (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Libbie Doherty

Head of Children’s Content

ABC Australia

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Tommy Gillespie

Director, Children's Programming

PBS KIDS

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Craig Hunter

Global Head of Preschool Audience, YouTube Originals

Google

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Wednesday, February 10

12:00am

Delegate Lounge (12:00am - 11:59pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Head into the Delegate Lounge and connect with other delegates face-to-face in a dynamic virtual environment. You can also visit our Info Desk if you need any help navigating the Summit. 

Delegate Lounge: Open 24/7

Info Desk: Open 8am to 6pm EST

First time visiting the Delegate Lounge? Here's a step-by-step guide for easy access. 

7:15am

WAIT LINE for Speed Pitching & Coffee with... (7:15am - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Our wait line for one-on-one Speed Pitching and Coffee with… sessions taking place on Wednesday, February 10 will open at 7:15am EST (45 minutes before the first session's start time).   

This wait line is for Business Pass holders who: 

  • did not make Speed Pitching or Coffee with… selections in advance before online sign-up closed

  • did make Speed Pitching or Coffee with... selections in advance, but would like to have additional meetings if any spots open up due to no-shows

The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be no wait list. 


8:00am

Speed Pitching - M6/Gulli/Tiji/Canal J, BBC Studios, Disney EMEA (8:00am - 9:00am)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Lila Hannou

Director, Animation Prebuys and Coproductions

M6/Gulli/TiJi/Canal J

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Elizabeth Randall

Children's Development & Editorial Manager

BBC Studios

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Orion Ross

VP Original Programming-Animation

Disney EMEA

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Speed Pitching - iQIYI, RTÉ, WarnerMedia APAC (8:00am - 9:00am)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Leo Geng

Senior Vice President

iQIYI

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Suzanne Kelly

Group Head of Children's & Young People's Content

RTÉ

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Carlene Tan

Director Original Productions and Development

WarnerMedia APAC

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9:30am

Speed Pitching - DeAKids, BBC Children's, ITV (9:30am - 10:30am)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Brenda Maffuchi

Head of Acquisitions & Property Development

DeAKids

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Sarah Muller

Lead Commissioning Editor, Children’s Content 7-12

BBC Children's

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Darren Nartey

Acquisitions Manager: Films & Kids

ITV

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Speed Pitching - BNNVARA, NRK Super, Super RTL (9:30am - 10:30am)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Hedda Bruessing

Head of Media & Business Development

BNNVARA

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Trine Ruud

Head of Acquisitions and Dubbing NRK Super

NRK Super

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Kerstin Viehbach

Head of Commissioning & Development (Fiction)

Super RTL

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11:00am

Coffee with... Disney Junior, LEGO, Nickelodeon (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Start fresh at the Summit! Grab a cup of joe and connect one on one with buyers in 15-minute morning meetings.

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Diane Ikemiyashiro

VP, Current Series

Disney Junior

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Jay Shah

Head of Global Content Distribution & Entertainment Business Development

LEGO

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Katherine Sils

VP International Digital Content Strategy & Social Engagement

Nickelodeon

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Coffee with... RAI, SVT, VRT (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Start fresh at the Summit! Grab a cup of joe and connect one on one with buyers in 15-minute morning meetings.

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Linda Granath

Head of Acquisitions Children's Content

SVT

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Telidja Klaï

Content Manager (Ketnet)

VRT

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Luca Milano

Head of Kids

RAI

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12:30pm

Speed Pitching - Disney Channels, CBC Kids, Apple TV+ (12:30pm - 1:30pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Drew Mullin

Executive in Charge of Production

CBC Kids

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Bronwyn North-Reist

Executive Director, Development

Disney Branded Television

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Jamie Piekarz

Preschool Development Executive

Apple TV+

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Speed Pitching - WarnerMedia EMEA, SVT, Hopster (12:30pm - 1:30pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Zia Bales

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Coproductions, Kids EMEA

WarnerMedia EMEA

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Linda Granath

Head of Acquisitions Children's Content

SVT

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Ellen Solberg

Director of Content

Hopster

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2:00pm

Speed Pitching - PBS KIDS, Nickelodeon, Amazon Kids (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Tommy Gillespie

Director, Children's Programming

PBS KIDS

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Or Handelsman

Senior Manager, International Acquisitions

Nickelodeon

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Josh Mandel

Senior Production Executive

Amazon Kids

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Speed Pitching - Kidoodle.TV, Apple TV+, WildBrain/Family Channel (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Brenda Bisner

Chief Content Officer

Kidoodle.TV

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Christina Reynolds

Executive, Kids Programming

Apple TV+

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Katie Wilson

VP, Channels & Curation

WildBrain/Family Channel

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Musical Chairs (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! These speed networking sessions are designed to help you expand your network efficiently, introducing you to a whole bunch of new people three minutes at a time.

First time visiting the Delegate Lounge? Here's a step-by-step guide for easy access. 

3:30pm

Speed Pitching - PBS KIDS, Disney Channels, WildBrain/Family Channel (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Catie Asip

Asst. Director, Children's Programming

PBS KIDS

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Alfredo Marun

Director of Development

Disney Channels

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Katie Wilson

VP, Channels & Curation

WildBrain/Family Channel

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Speed Pitching - Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, Spotify (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Joanna Rosenthal

Manager, Content Acquisitions and Coproductions

Cartoon Network

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Leticia Smith

Manager Sourcing & Acquisitions

Discovery Kids

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Verdell Walker

Head of Kids Audio Content

Spotify

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Pet Parade (3:30pm - 4:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Bring your fuzzy friends for these small-group gatherings with other pet-lovers in the industry.

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.


Thursday, February 11

12:00am

Delegate Lounge (12:00am - 11:59pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Head into the Delegate Lounge and connect with other delegates face-to-face in a dynamic virtual environment. You can also visit our Info Desk if you need any help navigating the Summit. 

Delegate Lounge: Open 24/7

Info Desk: Open 8am to 6pm EST

First time visiting the Delegate Lounge? Here's a step-by-step guide for easy access. 

7:15am

WAIT LINE for Speed Pitching & Coffee with... (7:15am - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Our wait line for one-on-one Speed Pitching and Coffee with… sessions taking place on Thursday, February 11 will open at 7:15am EST (45 minutes before the first session's start time).  

This wait line is for Business Pass holders who: 

  • did not make Speed Pitching or Coffee with… selections in advance before online sign-up closed

  • did make Speed Pitching or Coffee with... selections in advance, but would like to have additional meetings if any spots open up due to no-shows

The wait line will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be no wait list. 


8:00am

Speed Pitching - RTÉ, Nickelodeon, DeAKids (8:00am - 9:00am)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Massimo Bruno

Director of TV Channels

DeAKids and KidsMe

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Suzanne Kelly

Group Head of Children's & Young People's Content

RTÉ

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Chris Rose

VP, Animation Production and Development

Nickelodeon & VIS Kids

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Speed Pitching - Sesame Workshop, eOne (8:00am - 9:00am)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Kim Diaz

Director of Creative Development

Sesame Workshop

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Josie Grierson

Director, Creative Afffairs

eOne

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9:30am

Speed Pitching - BBC Children's, NRK Super, Super RTL (9:30am - 10:30am)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Sarah Muller

Lead Commissioning Editor, Children’s Content 7-12

BBC Children's

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Irene Pothecary-Huse

Acquisitions Executive

NRK Super

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Marion Winter

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Super RTL

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Speed Pitching - WarnerMedia EMEA, TF1, Nickelodeon (9:30am - 10:30am)

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Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Zia Bales

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Coproductions, Kids EMEA

WarnerMedia EMEA

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Yann Labasque

Director of Youth Programs

TF1

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Charly Valentine

VP Live Action Production & Development

Nickelodeon

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11:00am

Coffee with... LEGO, Nickelodeon, Super RTL (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Start fresh at the Summit! Grab a cup of joe and connect one on one with buyers in 15-minute morning meetings.

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Jay Shah

Head of Global Content Distribution & Entertainment Business Development

LEGO

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Katherine Sils

VP International Digital Content Strategy & Social Engagement

Nickelodeon

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Kerstin Viehbach

Head of Commissioning & Development (Fiction)

Super RTL

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Coffee with... Nickelodeon, TF1, M6 (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Start fresh at the Summit! Grab a cup of joe and connect one on one with buyers in 15-minute morning meetings.

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Daphné de Beauffort

Head of Kids Content Acquisitions and Diversification

TF1

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Lila Hannou

Director, Animation Prebuys and Coproductions

M6/Gulli/TiJi/Canal J

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Tatiana Rodriguez

SVP & Brand Head, Kids & Families

Nickelodeon

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12:30pm

Speed Pitching - Sesame Workshop, Gloob/Gloobinho, Amazon Kids (12:30pm - 1:30pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Kim Diaz

Director of Creative Development

Sesame Workshop

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Luiz Filipe Figueira

Head of Programming & Content Strategy

Gloob/Gloobinho

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Josh Mandel

Senior Production Executive

Amazon Kids

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Speed Pitching - VRT, YLE Finland, Spotify (12:30pm - 1:30pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Telidja Klaï

Content Manager (Ketnet)

VRT

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Vicky Schroderus

Executive in Charge of International Co-Productions and Acquisitions

YLE Finland

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Verdell Walker

Head of Kids Audio Content

Spotify

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2:00pm

Speed Pitching - DreamWorks Animation TV, Disney Channels, Hopster (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Benedict Cawood

SVP, Television Development

DreamWorks Animation TV

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Bronwyn North-Reist

Executive Director, Development

Disney Branded Television

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Ellen Solberg

Director of Content

Hopster

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Speed Pitching - Nelvana, Apple TV+, Cartoon Network (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Brandon Lane

Producer, Nelvana Studio

Nelvana

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Christina Reynolds

Executive, Kids Programming

Apple TV+

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Joanna Rosenthal

Manager, Content Acquisitions and Coproductions

Cartoon Network

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Musical Chairs (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! These speed networking sessions are designed to help you expand your network efficiently, introducing you to a whole bunch of new people three minutes at a time.

First time visiting the Delegate Lounge? Here's a step-by-step guide for easy access. 

3:30pm

Speed Pitching - Amazon Kids, CBC Kids, YouTube (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Aaron Berman

Production Executive

Amazon Kids

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Daniel Haack

Creative Executive, Kids & Family YouTube Originals

YouTube

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Marie McCann

Senior Director, CBC Kids

CBC Kids

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Speed Pitching - Kidoodle.TV, Disney, SuperRTL (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with top broadcasters and investors who have the power to greenlight your project. This highly effective format features eight-minute meetings—plenty of time to deliver the perfect pitch. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.


Featuring:

Brenda Bisner

Chief Content Officer

Kidoodle.TV

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Carrie Murphy

Manager, Kids & Family Acquisitions

Disney

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Marc van den Bosch-Mprah

Sr. Manager Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Super RTL

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Friday, February 12

12:00am

Delegate Lounge (12:00am - 6:00pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! Head into the Delegate Lounge and connect with other delegates face-to-face in a dynamic virtual environment. You can also visit our Info Desk if you need any help navigating the Summit. 

Delegate Lounge: Open 24/7

Info Desk: Open 8am to 6pm EST

First time visiting the Delegate Lounge? Here's a step-by-step guide for easy access. 

12:00pm

Chatroom - Tackling Inclusion (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Join our hosts for small group conversations about important topics facing today’s industry.

Tackling racism head on: Modelling good behavior is a start, but kids shows also need to tackle racism directly. Let’s talk about how.
Host: Kay Wilson Stallings

Diverse creative teams: Building a diverse writers room seems daunting, but it doesn't have to be.
Host: Karissa Valencia

LGBTQ characters now: Why you don't need a hit on your hands before you can introduce an LGBTQ character.
Host: Lindz Amer

Race perception and kids: How do kids and their families perceive their own culture and identities, how is that reflected back to them in media, and what can we do better to change the narrative?
Host: Daniel Ramos

Disability on screen: Who is doing it right, and what more can be done to advance the mission?
Host: Debbie Macdonald

Gender representation: We've made great strides in improving female representation on screen, but we're not quite there yet. What else do we need to do?
Featuring: Stephanie Horsburgh

Broadcast allies: Meaningful change has to come from the top, and inclusion efforts won't mean much without broadcaster buy-in. What role should buyers play, and how can they better allies in the fight for representation?
Host: Rick Clodfelter

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.

Featuring:

Lindz Amer

CEO & Founder

Queer Kid Creative

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Rick Clodfelter

Consultant

Garden Place Media

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Stephanie Horsburgh

Head of Public Diplomacy

British Consulate General

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Debbie Macdonald

Children’s Media Consultant/Content Creator/Writer/Script Editor

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Daniel Ramos

Director, Digital Consumer Insights

Nickelodeon

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Karissa Valencia

Showrunner/Executive Producer

Netflix

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Kay Wilson Stallings

EVP Creative & Production

Sesame Workshop

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2:00pm

Musical Chairs (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive!  These speed networking sessions are designed to help you expand your network efficiently, introducing you to a whole bunch of new people three minutes at a time.

First time visiting the Delegate Lounge? Here's a step-by-step guide for easy access. 

3:00pm

Miami Vibe Mixer (3:00pm - 4:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive!   Find your favorite tropical shirt, slap on some summertime shades, and whip up a pitcher of margaritas or pina coladas. We're throwing a Miami Vibe Mixer to close out Market Week, and we want to see you all there!

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.


Tuesday, February 16

10:00am

In Conversation with... Orion Ross, Disney EMEA (10:00am - 10:45am)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A.

Featuring:

Orion Ross

VP Original Programming-Animation

Disney EMEA

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(Pre-Recorded) In Conversation with... Sarah Muller, BBC Children's (10:00am - 10:45am)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand.

Featuring:

Sarah Muller

Lead Commissioning Editor, Children’s Content 7-12

BBC Children's

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12:00pm

KEYNOTE—Reframing the story: How to deconstruct racism through the tales we tell (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

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From TV shows to headlines, all stories have a structure. You know what else has a structure? Racism—that's what makes it systemic. Watch along as Emmy-winning comedy writer, author and Obama White House advisor Baratunde Thurston explores how we can reframe the actions we (and our characters) take to be more inclusive, and the role content producers play in shaping how kids see race on screen.


Featuring:

Baratunde Thurston

Writer/Activist/Comedian

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2:30pm

In Conversation with... Eryk Casemiro, Nickelodeon Preschool (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A. 

 

Featuring:

Eryk Casemiro

SVP of Preschool

Nickelodeon Preschool

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In Conversation with... Veronica Pickett, Amazon Kids (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A.

Featuring:

Veronica Pickett

Head of Original Video

Amazon Kids & Family

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5:00pm

Cocktails with... ABC Australia (5:00pm - 5:30pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make signature cocktails with buyers in real time, and then chat with them over drinks in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required. 

Featuring:

Libbie Doherty

Head of Children’s Content

ABC Australia

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Cocktails with... Cartoon Network & Boomerang (5:00pm - 5:30pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make signature cocktails with buyers in real time, and then chat with them over drinks in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required. 

Featuring:

Joanna Rosenthal

Manager, Content Acquisitions and Coproductions

Cartoon Network

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Wednesday, February 17

9:00am

Cooking with... Melanie Summers (Driver Studios) (9:00am - 10:00am)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make a tasty breakfast dish with industry leaders in real time, and then chat as you eat them together in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.



Featuring:

Melanie Summers

Chief Brand Officer

Driver Studios

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Cooking with... Kristin Lecour (9 Story Media Group) (9:00am - 10:00am)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make a tasty breakfast dish with industry leaders in real time, and then chat as you eat them together in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.



Featuring:

Kristin Lecour

VP, Consumer Products

9 Story Media Group

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Cooking with... Karin Jue (PBS KIDS) (9:00am - 10:00am)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make a tasty breakfast dish with industry leaders in real time, and then chat as you eat them together in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Karin Jue

Senior Director, Streaming Media & Children's Media and Education Strategy

PBS KIDS

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10:00am

Meet the new cliques (10:00am - 10:45am)

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Nerd, Princess, Jock, Basket Case, Criminal—it was fine for The Breakfast Club, but the social groups we grew up with in the ‘80s are relics now. To map out how today’s kids and teens are categorizing themselves, KidsKnowBest turned to their BFFs in a brand-new global study. Sit in as we present the findings of this fascinating exploration of social identification, looking through the heartwarming but sometimes brutal lens of kids’ most loving peers.  


Featuring:

Lydia Mossahebi

Editorial Director

KidsKnowBest

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Rebecca Stringer

Research Director

KidsKnowBest

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2:00pm

How content creators can empower families to talk about race (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

In this session geared towards content creators, child development and media experts from Nickelodeon and OK Play team up to present exclusive new research on the role that media can play in helping parents and caregivers promote healthy social identities through open discussion about race and injustice from a young age.


Featuring:

Michael Levine

SVP of Learning and Impact

Nickelodeon

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Makeda Mays Green

VP, Digital Consumer Insights

Nickelodeon

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Colleen Russo Johnson

Chief Scientist & Co-Founder

OK Play

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3:30pm

Pet Parade (3:30pm - 4:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Bring your fuzzy friends for these small-group gatherings with other pet-lovers in the industry.

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.

 


6:00pm

Game Night—Trivia! (6:00pm - 7:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Be part of this fun weekly series of group game challenges, including kids entertainment trivia, Scattergories and Cranium-style games.

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.

Featuring:

Host

Christopher Keenan

SVP & Executive Producer, Content Development and Production

Mattel

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Thursday, February 18

10:00am

In Conversation with... Zia Bales, WarnerMedia EMEA (10:00am - 10:45am)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A. 

 

Featuring:

Zia Bales

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Coproductions, Kids EMEA

WarnerMedia EMEA

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In Conversation with... Lucy Murphy, Sky Kids (10:00am - 10:45am)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A.


Featuring:

Lucy Murphy

Director of Kids’ Content–UK & Ireland

Sky TV

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2:00pm

Master planning with WarnerMedia’s Tom Ascheim (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

The media industry is ever-evolving, and it can be a challenge to keep up with all the new faces and strategies. This year alone, Warner Bros. brought in a new head of kids and family, absorbed HBO Max’s kid-focused programming, and branched into preschool animation. WB President of Kids, Young Adults & Classics Tom Ascheim lays out his strategy for WarnerMedia in a candid fireside chat at Kidscreen Summit Virtual. You won’t want to miss it!


Featuring:

Tom Ascheim

President, Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics

Warner Bros.

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2:30pm

In Conversation with... Libbie Doherty, ABC Australia (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A. 

Featuring:

Libbie Doherty

Head of Children’s Content

ABC Australia

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(Pre-recorded) In Conversation with... Leslie Lee, WarnerMedia APAC (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand.

NOTE: This will be a pre-recorded session, without a Q&A.

Featuring:

Leslie Lee

Head of Kids Content

WarnerMedia APAC

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Friday, February 19

10:00am

MASTER CLASS—Breaking down the SVOD deal (10:00am - 10:45am)

Business Pass Exclusive! Join two experienced producers in this crash-course on signing with the streamers. They’ll provide valuable advice on negotiating, identify the key contractual differences between linear and SVOD agreements, and show you how to manage common deal-making pitfalls. 

 


 


Featuring:

Dominic Gardiner

CEO

Jetpack Distribution

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Anna Moorefield

VP, Global Distribution

The Jim Henson Company

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12:00pm

The big short: How to turn bite-sized ideas into long-form content (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

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Don’t miss this session that unpacks how to effectively grow even the smallest kernel of a kids entertainment concept into a full-fledged series plan. Our panel of experts will track the process from idea to pipeline to screen, exploring the pitfalls to avoid, and how to spot a short concept with long legs. 

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with speakers at the end of their live sessions to ask questions or introduce yourself.

Moderating:


Michael Dee

Director of Content

Coolabi Group

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Featuring:

Carl Reed

President

Lion Forge Animation

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Asalle Tanha

Director of Development

Cartoon Network

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David Wiebe

SVP, Current Series

DreamWorks Animation Studios

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1:00pm

Creative Corner: Mindful Art (1:00pm - 2:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! From cookie decorating to steampunk art to origami, come and discover new hobbies your peers got into during lockdown in these fun social sessions led by some surprising creative types. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Donna Friedman Meir

CEO & Founder

WOW Explorations

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Margie Jacobs

Rabbi & Facilitator

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Creative Corner: Origami (1:00pm - 2:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! From cookie decorating to steampunk art to origami, come and discover new hobbies your peers got into during lockdown in these fun social sessions led by some surprising creative types. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Francoise Nieto-Fong

International Sales

Dutch Features Global Entertainment

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Monday, February 22

10:00am

Confronting your biases (10:00am - 10:45am)

Unconscious or implicit biases exist in everything we do, and they can often be a big barrier to achieving meaningful diversity on the teams we recruit and the shows we put on screen. These experts in implicit bias training help people better understand their daily discriminatory behavior and will offer tips and tricks to conquer the prejudices you didn’t even know you had.

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with speakers at the end of their live sessions to ask questions or introduce yourself.

Moderating:


Keith Dawkins

Founder & CEO

Rock Hill Media Ventures

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Featuring:

Beverly Daniel Tatum

President Emerita, Spelman College, Clinical Psychologist & Author

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Misty Eyez

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

SunServe

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Wendy Sapp

.

Bridge Multimedia

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12:00pm

Chatroom - Producer Life (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Join our hosts for small group conversations about important topics facing today’s industry.

Greenlight next stepsAfter you land a commission, the next steps can be daunting. From script-writing to building out a team, here’s what you need to do.
Host: Sharon Gomes

Level up gaming characters: Exploring the challenges and opportunities in taking video game characters into a 360-degree environment.
Host: Ken Faier

Simplifying contracts: It’s time to get over the minutiae in contract negotiation.
Host: Genevieve Dexter

Global vs. Local: When it comes to chasing a worldwide hit, do you go big and global, or local and niche?
Host: Gary Pope

Getting buyer face time: Building relationships with buyers is key, but getting face time is a struggle. This isn’t quite group therapy, but it’s as close as we can manage.
Host: Tom van Waveren

Is OTT right for me?Going direct to consumers isn’t without its challenges. Would OTT be a good fit for your project, or should you consider a more traditional strategy?
Host: Jon Ollwerther

Local SVOD regs & you: How will local SVOD regulations in countries like Canada, France and Australia impact producers there.
Host: Mark Bishop

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.

Featuring:

Mark Bishop

Co-CEO & Executive Producer

marblemedia

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Genevieve Dexter

Founder & CEO

Serious Lunch

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Ken Faier

El Presidente & CEO

Epic Story Media

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Sharon Gomes

Founder

Snow Rose Media

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Jon Ollwerther

EVP, Business Development & President, Kartoon Channel

Genius Brands International

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Gary Pope

Co-Founder

Kids Industries

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Tom van Waveren

CEO & Creative Director

CAKE Distribution Limited

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2:00pm

How to bring your A-game to AVOD (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

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YouTube certainly isn’t the only ad-supported player in the game anymore. AVODs have popped up at a rapid pace of late, and kids are increasingly tuning in. So how do you get the most bang for your buck? AVOD execs and producers will join us to talk about what works best on which platforms, what IP owners need to keep in mind when it comes to discoverability, and how to keep safety and privacy at the forefront of all ad-supported conversations. 

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with speakers at the end of their live sessions to ask questions or introduce yourself.

 


 

Moderating:


Peter Robinson

CSO

KidsKnowBest

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Featuring:

Brenda Bisner

Chief Content Officer

Kidoodle.TV

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Jon Ollwerther

EVP, Business Development & President, Kartoon Channel

Genius Brands International

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Gerald Youngblood

CEO

Tankee

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Tuesday, February 23

10:00am

In Conversation with... Nina Hahn, Nickelodeon (10:00am - 10:45am)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A.


Featuring:

Nina Hahn

SVP Production & Development | Head of Vis Kids

ViacomCBS Networks International

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In Conversation with... Jennifer Vaux, Roku (10:00am - 10:45am)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A. 

 

Featuring:

Jennifer Vaux

Director, Programming Acquisition

Roku

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12:00pm

KEYNOTE—Avoiding the digital content trap with Bharat Anand (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

In the golden age of media, “content is king” has permeated the creative landscape and marketplace as an unchallenged mantra. Make great shows, and buyers and viewers will follow. But economist and Harvard professor Bharat Anand calls this the “content trap” and warns against relying on old business models to chase growth. Simply taking your existing content and putting it online isn’t enough. Instead, producers, distributors and broadcasters need to rethink what it really means to provide content. Join us for this illuminating keynote that will make you ask: Can my business strategy survive the virtual era, or do I need to be doing more?

Featuring:

Bharat Anand

Author, Economist & VP Provost for Advances in Learning

Harvard University

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2:00pm

Cocktails with... Disney+/Disney Channels (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make signature cocktails with buyers in real time, and then chat with them over drinks in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required. 

Featuring:

Jamie Smy

Kids & Family Acquisitions

Disney+ & Disney Channels EMEA

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Cocktails with... BBC Children's (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make signature cocktails with buyers in real time, and then chat with them over drinks in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required. 

Featuring:

Sarah Muller

Lead Commissioning Editor, Children’s Content 7-12

BBC Children's

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Cocktails with... Super RTL (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make signature cocktails with buyers in real time, and then chat with them over drinks in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required. 

Featuring:

Marc van den Bosch-Mprah

Sr. Manager Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Super RTL

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2:30pm

In Conversation with... Nadine Zylstra, YouTube (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A.


Featuring:

Nadine Zylstra

Head of Family Entertainment and Learning, YouTube Originals

YouTube

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In Conversation with... Linda Simensky, PBS Kids (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A.

Featuring:

Linda Simensky

Head of PBS KIDS Content

PBS KIDS

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Wednesday, February 24

10:00am

The science of sparking joy (10:00am - 10:45am)

Sponsored by

Figuring out a formula for triggering that awesome feeling of pure and unbridled happiness that we call joy is one of entertainment’s holy grails. And Gigglebug’s Anttu Harlin is looking to get closer to finding it with a new global study that explores how kids experience joy in their own lives, and how producers and broadcasters looking to delight young viewers can bake it into their content.

Featuring:

Anttu Harlin

CEO, Co-Founder

Gigglebug Entertainment

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Peter Robinson

CSO

KidsKnowBest

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12:00pm

Cooking with... Carrie Murphy (Disney) (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make a tasty lunch dish with industry leaders in real time, and then chat as you eat them together in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.



Featuring:

Carrie Murphy

Manager, Kids & Family Acquisitions

Disney

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Cooking with... Natalie Setton (Herschend) (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make a tasty lunch dish with industry leaders in real time, and then chat as you eat them together in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.



Featuring:

Natalie Setton

Vice President, Commercial

Herschend Family Entertainment

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Cooking with... Natalie Engel (PBS KIDS) (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make a tasty lunch dish with industry leaders in real time, and then chat as you eat them together in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.



Featuring:

Natalie Engel

Director of Content, Children’s Programming

PBS KIDS

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Cooking with... Amy Friedman (Warner Bros) (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make a tasty lunch dish with industry leaders in real time, and then chat as you eat them together in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.



Featuring:

Amy Friedman

Head of Kids and Family Programming

Warner Bros. (Cartoon Network & HBO Max Kids and Family)

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2:00pm

Mental health check: Are the kids really alright? (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

From therapy to meditation, our culture is putting more of a priority on being transparent and open about our mental wellbeing. But how does this dialogue translate when it comes to kids and teens? How are they talking about their own struggles with depression and anxiety, where do they turn for help, and what role can content play in the conversation. Join MarketCast Kids for a look at new research into this increasingly important topic.

Featuring:

Tiffany Aguilar

Vice President, Research & Strategy

MarketCast

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Griffin Quasebarth

Senior Research Manager

MarketCast

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3:30pm

Pet Parade (3:30pm - 4:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Bring your fuzzy friends for these small-group gatherings with other pet-lovers in the industry.

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.


6:00pm

Game Night—Scattergories (6:00pm - 7:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Be part of this fun weekly series of group game challenges, including kids entertainment trivia, Scattergories and Cranium-style games.

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.

Thursday, February 25

10:00am

In Conversation with... Luiz Filipe Figueira, Gloob/Gloobinho (10:00am - 10:45am)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A.

Featuring:

Luiz Filipe Figueira

Head of Programming & Content Strategy

Gloob/Gloobinho

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In Conversation with... Marion Winter & Kerstin Viehbach, Super RTL (10:00am - 10:45am)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A.


Featuring:

Kerstin Viehbach

Head of Commissioning & Development (Fiction)

Super RTL

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Marion Winter

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Super RTL

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12:00pm

Master planning with eOne’s Olivier Dumont (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

Play patterns are shifting, TV audiences are fragmenting, and streaming platforms are popping up faster than you can say “plus”. How do you compete for eyeballs? Now part of the Hasbro family and with some of the most popular IPs on the planet in his arsenal, eOne President of Family Brands Olivier Dumont joins us for an intimate fireside chat to share how he plans on finding the right balance between legacy franchises and new properties, and why a focus on brands is always the answer.


Moderating:


Lana Castleman

Director of Communications

Writers Guild of Canada

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Featuring:

Olivier Dumont

President

eOne Family Brands

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2:30pm

In Conversation with... Marie McCann, CBC Kids (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A.

Featuring:

Marie McCann

Senior Director, CBC Kids

CBC Kids

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In Conversation with... Adina Pitt, Cartoon Network & Boomerang (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A. 

Featuring:

Adina Pitt

VP, Content Acquisitions & Co-Productions

WarnerMedia Kids and Family

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Friday, February 26

9:00am

Creative Corner: Zumba (9:00am - 10:00am)

Business Pass Exclusive! From Zumba to bag design to baking brownies, come and discover new hobbies your peers got into during lockdown in these fun social sessions led by some surprising creative types. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Natalie Llewellyn

Managing Director Jellyfish Originals

Jellyfish Pictures

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Creative Corner: Bag Design (9:00am - 10:00am)

Business Pass Exclusive! From Zumba to bag design to baking brownies, come and discover new hobbies your peers got into during lockdown in these fun social sessions led by some surprising creative types. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Antony Gusscott

Founder & Creative Consultant

Sprinkles on Top

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Creative Corner: Baking Brownies (9:00am - 10:00am)

Business Pass Exclusive! From Zumba to bag design to baking brownies, come and discover new hobbies your peers got into during lockdown in these fun social sessions led by some surprising creative types. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Evan Baily

President

Consolidated Baily

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Creative Corner: Juggling (9:00am - 10:00am)

Business Pass Exclusive! From Zumba to bag design to baking brownies, come and discover new hobbies your peers got into during lockdown in these fun social sessions led by some surprising creative types. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.

Featuring:

Kristen McGregor

Writer/Producer/Director

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10:00am

MASTER CLASS—Real-time animation guide (10:00am - 10:45am)

Business Pass Exclusive! Real-time animation is all the rage right now in today’s locked-down, decentralized industry reality. But how do you get started? What do you need in place before you commit to a platform? And how will it affect your production flow? Learn from the experts about how to effectively set up your own real-time animation pipeline. 

 


Featuring:

Warren Drones

Senior Product Specialist, Unreal Game Engine

Epic Games

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Chad Eikhoff

Director, Producer & Studio Founder

TRICK 3D

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12:00pm

COVID-proofing your live-action shoot (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

On-site nurses, filming insurance, a ban on kissing—producers in the live-action trenches are adjusting to “normal-for-now” and making it work on set. We’ve invited a few of them to talk with us about their COVID-filming wins, continuing pain points, and how they’re adjusting budgets and protocols to keep the cameras rolling through the pandemic.

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with speakers at the end of their live sessions to ask questions or introduce yourself.

Moderating:


Ellen Doherty

CCO

Fred Rogers Productions

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Featuring:

Mark Bishop

Co-CEO & Executive Producer

marblemedia

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Jennilee Cummings

SVP, Live Action, Imagine Kids + Family

Imagine Entertainment

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Sarah Haasz

Head of Live-Action & Animated Series-North America

Cottonwood Media

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Monday, March 1

10:00am

Yadda yadda yadda: Why talk shows are blowing up in kids media (10:00am - 10:45am)

“You get a talk show, and you get a talk show!” It may well feel like Oprah was giving them out on a Favorite Things episode from the number of new kids talk shows in the pipeline. With its unique ability to tackle difficult topics, interact directly with kids, explore multiple POVs and educate through dialogue—the talk show format works on a lot of different levels that are apropos right now. Watch along as we explore why, and how to do them right.

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with speakers at the end of their live sessions to ask questions or introduce yourself.

Moderating:


Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson

VP, News Programming

Nickelodeon

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Featuring:

Ben Lehmann

Executive Producer, Sesame Street, SVP and Head, Live Action, Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop

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Pierre Sissmann

President and CEO

Cyber Group Studios

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Halle Stanford

President of Television, Executive Producer

The Jim Henson Company

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12:00pm

Chatroom - After COVID (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Join our hosts for small group conversations about important topics facing today’s industry.

Sticky kids COVID habits: Talking about behavior shifts kids developed in lockdown that have the most staying power.
Host: Sarah Riding

Post-pandemic pitching: What does a post-COVID pitch even look like? What practices and processes are likely to stick around once the world “returns to normal?”
Host: Natalie Lellewlyn

The future of live action: Live action will never be the same. How do we make it work differently in the long term?
Host: David Michel

Economic fallout: We’ve barely scratched the long-term economic impacts of the pandemic—what’s likely to hit the hardest, and how can we all prepare now
Host: Jennifer McCarron

Lighter moments: The global health crisis has shifted the way kids move through life—what are those new and unique moments of joy, pleasure and hilarity, and can we bake that into content now?
Host: Claire Curley

Classic comfort: People seek out the familiar in times of crisis, and classic brands are thriving right now. How do you navigate the line between supporting and exploiting an audience in need, and how do you identify effective next steps for when things return to normal?
Host: Nicole Goldman

To WFH or not to WFH: Even when life returns to normal, there's no denying the benefits of working from home. But can kidcos find the right WFH balance, or do we need our teams back in the office?
Host: Philippe Soutter

On the co-pro horizon: With many borders closed right now, co-productions have hit some stumbling blocks. What does the future of multi-national collaboration look like, and what can we do now to keep things moving forward?
Host: Karen Vermeulen

Educational recovery: The pandemic has set some kids back years on the learning front. Content producers have a role to play in helping them catch up—here's what your curriculum needs now.
Host: Cheryl Gotthelf

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.

Featuring:

Claire Curley

Head of Kids & Animation

Hello Sunshine

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Nicole Goldman

EVP, Branding

The Jim Henson Company

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Cheryl Gotthelf

Founder & President

Cheryl Gotthelf Consulting

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Natalie Llewellyn

Managing Director Jellyfish Originals

Jellyfish Pictures

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David Michel

President

Cottonwood Media

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Sarah Riding

Research & Trends Director

Kids Insights

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Philippe Soutter

CEO

PGS Entertainment

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Jennifer Twiner McCarron

President

Thunderbird Entertainment Group & Atomic Cartoons

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Karen Vermeulen

SVP Creative Executive, Animation & Family, Europe

Gaumont

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2:00pm

Sales story: Global exclusive or regional deals? (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

There’s a lot of appeal in cutting a single broadcast deal with a big partner—worldwide reach, simplified contracts, a single point of contact for accountability are all good things. But there are also undeniable benefits to deal-making territory by territory. Our panel of experienced producers and distributors will explore both approaches, and you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of when each model makes the most sense.

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with speakers at the end of their live sessions to ask questions or introduce yourself.

Moderating:


Raphaelle Mathieu

SVP Sales, Acquisitions & New Media

Cyber Group Studios

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Featuring:

Matthew Berkowitz

Chief Creative Officer

Atomic Cartoons

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Morgann Favennec

EVP, Distribution

Xilam Animation

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Mevelyn J. Noriega

President of Distribution

Splash Entertainment

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Tuesday, March 2

10:00am

In Conversation with... Katie Wilson, WildBrain/Family Channel (10:00am - 10:45am)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A. 

Featuring:

Katie Wilson

VP, Channels & Curation

WildBrain/Family Channel

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In Conversation with... Flavio Medeiros, Carolina Lightcap & Adriano Schmid, Discovery (10:00am - 10:45am)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A.

 

Featuring:

Carolina Lightcap

EVP & Chief Content Officer

Discovery, Inc.

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Flavio Medeiros

Director Program Sourcing & Acquisitions, Discovery Kids

Discovery Latin America

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Adriano Schmid

Senior Director of Production

Discovery

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1:00pm

Master planning with Spotify’s Verdell Walker (1:00pm - 1:45pm)

Hear that? As the pandemic drags on, families around the globe are tuning into podcasts for a bit of screen-free entertainment. Spotify may be king of the music scene, but it’s just starting to get into podcasting, and Head of Kids Audio Content Verdell Walker has a plan for how to reach kids specifically. Listen up as she lays out her strategy for how the audio giant will grow in this new market, and how kids producers can get involved. 


Featuring:

David Kleeman

Senior Vice President Global Trends

Dubit

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Verdell Walker

Head of Kids Audio Content

Spotify

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2:30pm

In Conversation with... Diane Ikemiyashiro & Kim Berglund, Disney Junior (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A. 

 

Featuring:

Kim Berglund

Executive Director, Development

Disney Channels

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Diane Ikemiyashiro

VP, Current Series

Disney Junior

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In Conversation with... Jules Borkent & Layla Lewis, Nickelodeon (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A. 

 

Featuring:

Jules Borkent

EVP, Kids & Family

ViacomCBS Networks International

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Layla Lewis

SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships

Nickelodeon

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5:00pm

Cocktails with... PBS KIDS (5:00pm - 5:30pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make signature cocktails with buyers in real time, and then chat with them over drinks in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required. 

Featuring:

Tommy Gillespie

Director, Children's Programming

PBS KIDS

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Cocktails with... YouTube (5:00pm - 5:30pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make signature cocktails with buyers in real time, and then chat with them over drinks in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required. 

Featuring:

Nadine Zylstra

Head of Family Entertainment and Learning, YouTube Originals

YouTube

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Cocktails with... Gloob/Gloobinho (5:00pm - 5:30pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make signature cocktails with buyers in real time, and then chat with them over drinks in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required. 

Featuring:

Luiz Filipe Figueira

Head of Programming & Content Strategy

Gloob/Gloobinho

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Cocktails with... Apple TV+ (5:00pm - 5:30pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make signature cocktails with buyers in real time, and then chat with them over drinks in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required. 

Featuring:

Tara Sorensen

Children's Programming

Apple TV+

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Wednesday, March 3

10:00am

Hear that? Tuning into the role of sound and music in brand-building (10:00am - 10:45am)

From a child’s earliest exposure to media, sound matters. But the context of that sound changes drastically as they grow up, shifting from lullabies and storytime, to Fortnite concerts and Tiktok videos. Dubit’s David Kleeman and Adam Woodgate strike the right chord with their latest research into the role audio and music plays in kids’ lives, and how we can use sound to forge stronger brand engagement. 


Featuring:

David Kleeman

Senior Vice President Global Trends

Dubit

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Adam Woodgate

SVP Media Trends

Dubit

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2:00pm

The changing perception of self (2:00pm - 2:45pm)

It has not been an easy year, and that’s likely to have a lasting impact on how kids see themselves and their place in the world. Smarty Pants has surveyed more than 5,700 of them to get a handle on these important shifts in self-perception. From creative and cool, to stressed and depressed, if understanding what makes kids tick is important to your business, this session should be at the top of your can’t-miss list.


Featuring:

Wynne Tyree

President

Smarty Pants

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5:00pm

Cooking with... Mellany Masterson (Nelvana) (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make a tasty dinner dish with industry leaders in real time, and then chat as you eat them together in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.



Featuring:

Mellany Masterson

Head of Nelvana Enterprises

Nelvana

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Cooking with... Amy Kraft (Pinna) (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make a tasty dinner dish with industry leaders in real time, and then chat as you eat them together in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.



Featuring:

Amy Kraft

Director of Development and Children's Programming

Pinna

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Cooking with... Vince Commisso (9 Story Media Group) (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make a tasty dinner dish with industry leaders in real time, and then chat as you eat them together in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.



Featuring:

Vince Commisso

President & CEO

9 Story Media Group

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Cooking with... Richard Goldsmith (Thunderbird Entertainment) (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Make a tasty dinner dish with industry leaders in real time, and then chat as you eat them together in small groups. 

NOTE: Advance sign-up required.



Featuring:

Richard Goldsmith

President, Global Distribution and Consumer Products

Thunderbird Entertainment

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6:00pm

Game Night—Cranium (6:00pm - 7:00pm)

Business Pass Exclusive! Be part of this fun weekly series of group game challenges, including kids entertainment trivia, Scattergories and more.

This session is on Airmeet. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you access that platform.


Thursday, March 4

10:00am

In Conversation with... Candida Zelaya, Corus (10:00am - 10:45am)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A. 


Featuring:

Candida Zelaya

Director, Programming, Kids

Corus Entertainment

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In Conversation with... Dominique Bazay, Netflix (10:00am - 10:45am)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A. 


Featuring:

Dominique Bazay

Director, Original Animation

Netflix

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12:00pm

Asian Animation Summit Watch Party! (12:00pm - 12:30pm)

Grab some popcorn and watch along as we present a showcase of video clips from some of Asia-Pacific's most promising new animated concepts for kids. You'll also get a list of producer contacts so you can follow up on the projects that pique your interest. 

2:30pm

In Conversation with... Syrinthia Studer, Nickelodeon (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

Sponsored by

Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A.

Featuring:

Syrinthia Studer

EVP

Awesomeness & Nickelodeon Films

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In Conversation with... Amy Friedman, Warner Bros. (2:30pm - 3:15pm)

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Business Pass Exclusive! This virtual interview series is designed to help you understand what kids buyers are looking for right now. Hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, and then participate in some Q&A.

Featuring:

Amy Friedman

Head of Kids and Family Programming

Warner Bros. (Cartoon Network & HBO Max Kids and Family)

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Friday, March 5

10:00am

The new licensing deal (10:00am - 10:45am)

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The kids content market and retail landscape are changing at breakneck speed right now, but licensing agreements aren’t necessarily keeping pace. Our panel of experts will break down what needs to change in the deal-making process to increase protection and create better opportunities for toymakers and IP owners alike.  

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with speakers at the end of their live sessions to ask questions or introduce yourself.


Moderating:


Elizabeth Foster

Copy Chief & Special Reports Editor

Kidscreen

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Featuring:

Nate Cavanaugh

Co-Founder & CEO

Brainbase

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Menal McGrath

VP, Global Licensing

Moose Toys

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Suzy Raia

VP, Licensing & Development

BBC Studios

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12:00pm

User-generated content on a whole new level (12:00pm - 12:45pm)

Looking for a better way to bring your audience into the content creation process? From kid panels providing real-time feedback, to crewing up with tween and teen producers, this session will explore a variety of working models for more authentically involving young voices and POVs. 

Business Pass Exclusive! Connect with speakers at the end of their live sessions to ask questions or introduce yourself.

Moderating:


Stacey Matthias

Research and Development

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Featuring:

Jadiel Dowlin

TV Creator/Writer/Actor

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Rachel Kalban

VP, Research and Curriculum

9 Story Media Group

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Paula Kaplan

EVP, Talent & Development

Nickelodeon/Viacom Digital Studios

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