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Kwame Alexander

Poet, Educator, Publisher & Author

Kwame Alexander is the New York Times bestselling author of 35 books, a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, and the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, a publishing imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt whose mission is to "Change the World One Word at a Time.”

Twice long-listed for the National Book Award,...show more

Speaking on: KEYNOTE: The Life-Changing Power of Saying Yes (10:00am - 10:45am)


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Catie Asip

Asst. Director of Content, PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS

As assistant director of content for PBS KIDS, Catie Asip oversees the development of new content. She works with creators from pitch to pilot, helping shape their projects for the PBS KIDS audience. She also serves as production executive for several current PBS KIDS series, including Clifford the Big Red...show more

Speaking on: Coffee with...; Cocktails with... PBS KIDS; Cocktails with... Disney, PBS KIDS, Apple TV+


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Vani Saraswathi Balgam

Creator/Producer

Dancing Atoms - vani@dancingatoms.com


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Felipe Baquero

Manager, Content Distribution

LEGO

Felipe is part of the LEGO Content Distribution team which handles all the LEGO series distribution around the Globe. In this capacity, he serves as the main contact and manages all the Americas region which includes the United States, Latin America, and Canada. He works with many different partners to...show more

Speaking on: Cocktails with... LEGO


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Matthew Berkowitz

CCO

Atomic Cartoons / Thunderbird Entertainment

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,...show more

Speaking on: Kidscreen Debate: Balancing the scales of IP ownership (3:00pm - 3:45pm); Cocktails with... Atomic Cartoons; Chatroom—The Future of Work


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Aaron Berman

Production Executive, Amazon Kids

Amazon Kids

Aaron oversees development and production on current series for Amazon Kids+, the premiere destination for movies, series, mobile games and books aimed at kids ages 3-12. Previously, he developed and oversaw Emmy-winning and nominated series at Snapchat and AOL, and created IMDb’s first ever slate of original series and podcasts....show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching 2; Speed Pitching 4


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Mark Bishop

Co-CEO & Executive Producer

marblemedia

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...show more

Speaking on: Kidscreen Debate: Balancing the scales of IP ownership (3:00pm - 3:45pm)


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Kait Boss

Director, Children's Television

The Jim Henson Company


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Deirdre Brennan

Chief Operating Officer

WildBrain

Deirdre Brennan, Chief Operating Officer, plays a key role in driving WildBrain’s holistic content strategy, overseeing integrated operations across the Company’s global Distribution and AVOD 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,...show more

Speaking on: 360-Degree Brand Strategy: The merits of making a big splash (12:00pm - 12:45 pm); 30 Minutes with... Deirdre Brennan, WildBrain


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Heesun Byeon

Head of Content Creator

SmartStudy


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Ailian Cai

Producer & Global Content Distribution

ABC Animation


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George Carey

Founder & CEO

The Family Room

George Carey is president and CEO of The Family Room, a market intelligence company that turns consumer emotion into concrete data for the leading media, entertainment and consumer brands in the world.

At the heart of Carey’s work is the company’s Passion Points platform, a leading tracker of consumer sentiment. Grounded...show more

Speaking on: Pandemic Education Fallout: How COVID-19 has changed everything


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Rajiv Chilaka

Founder & CEO

Green Gold Animation

An alumni of the Academy of Art, San Francisco, USA, Mr. Rajiv Chilaka’s entrepreneurial journey started with a vision of creating an animation studio at par with the best in the world.  This took shape with the establishment of Green Gold Animation in 2004. In an industry still in its...show more

Speaking on: Diversity is Good Business


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Kevin Clark

Children’s Media Producer/Consultant

Kevin Clark, PhD is children’s media producer and creative executive who focuses on inclusion and education. Most recently, Kevin was a Director of Original Animation, Preschool at Netflix. Prior to joining Netflix, Dr. Clark was a professor and founding director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity at...show more

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Rick Clodfelter

Lead, Content Acquisitions and Partnerships

Disney Branded Television

Rick Clodfelter, lead, Disney Branded Television (DBT) Content Acquisitions and Partnerships, is responsible for sourcing, identifying and negotiating third party content opportunities for Disney Branded Television and the Disney kids and family platforms. His responsibilities include establishing and managing strategic partnerships with third-party content providers based on Disney Media and...show more

Speaking on: Virtual Speed Pitching 8; 30 Minutes with... Rick Clodfelter, Disney Branded TV; Speed Pitching 2; Virtual Speed Pitching 2


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Natascha Crandall, Ph.D.

President

Crandall Consulting

Dr. Natascha Crandall is a psychologist and educator with a special interest in enhancing children’s growth and development through research and the power of media. She is the founder of Crandall Consulting, LLC (www.crandallconsulting.org). 

Natascha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Developmental Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and...show more

Speaking on: Lessons in Social-Emotional Learning (11:00am - 11:45am)


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Larry Cutler

Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder

Baobab Studios



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Zoe Di Stefano

Development Manager, Kids & Family, YouTube Originals

Google


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Christopher Dicker

Co-Founder

Sow You

Chris Dicker is a multi-award children’s television creator, whose shows include Jessy and Nessy for Amazon Studios and Becca’s Bunch for Nickelodeon. As co-founder of TT Animation, now owned by Warner Brothers, he created the award winning What’s Your News? A multi-award winning show, including the NHK Japan Prize for...show more


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Mark Dillon

Freelance Writer

Mark Dillon is a Toronto-based journalist and author. He is a former editor of Playback, and his articles have appeared in American Cinematographer, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's and the National Post. He cohosts Surf's Up: A Beach Boys Podcast Safari.


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Nobuaki Doi

President and CEO

New Deer


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Agustina Dompe

Sr Manager Content Acquisition

Walt Disney Television International (Latin America)

Sr. Manager, Content Acquisitions - The Walt Disney Company Latin America

Agustina María Dompé serves as Content Acquisitions Sr. Manager for the kids and family branded services at The Walt Disney Company Latin America, and is in charge of selecting and negotiating the acquisition of content for Disney Channel, Disney Junior...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching 3; Speed Pitching 2; Coffee with...


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Patrick Egerton

Partner

Cheeky Little Media

In 2014, Patrick Egerton co-founded Cheeky Little with David Webster to specialize in the development and production of animated content for kids and family.

He has since co-developed and produced globally successful animated shows for ABC, BBC, Netflix and Disney including Kazoops, Bottersnikes & Gumbles and the recent hit series Kangaroo...show more

Speaking on: Pitch Doctoring 3


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Chad Eikhoff

Founder + CEO

TRICK 3D

Chad Eikhoff is a director, writer, producer and entrepreneur who crafts imaginative stories and worlds using real time 3D animation as well as immersive media. Committed to telling stories for the entire family, he is widely known for writing, directing and producing the hit-turned-holiday tradition, The Elf on the Shelf:...show more

Speaking on: Real-Time Game-Changers


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Luke Escombe

Series Creator, Writer, Performer

The Vegetable Plot Productions


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Ken Faier

President & 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...show more

Speaking on: 360-Degree Brand Strategy: The merits of making a big splash (12:00pm - 12:45 pm)


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Qing Fan

Producer, Content Investment & Co-Productions

Tencent Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

Qing is the Producer overseeing the international business including content investment, co-productions and distribution at Tencent Video Kids team. 

Tencent Video is a leading online video platform, providing a wide range of premium content, covering films, TV series, variety shows, sports events and news.As the largest and fastest-growing online video platform...show more


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Fred Faubert

CCO

Digital Dimension

A creative and business mind with over 20 years of experience in the video game, animation, and toy industry sectors. Fred, formerly Founder, President, and Chief Creative Officer of mobile game company Hibernum, was leading and influencing all of the creative, artistic, and R&D aspects of the studio. He built...show more

Speaking on: Real-Time Game-Changers


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Josh Fisher

Producer

I Josh Around

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

Speaking on: Pitch Doctoring 2


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Fri Forjindam

Chief Development officer

Mycotoo

Fri Forjindam leads global business development, branding and communications for Mycotoo, Inc.

As a Cameroonian-born, New Orleans-schooled, MFA graduate of Columbia University in NYC, Fri has worked in film, theatre, publishing, live events and experience design. With experience both in front of and behind the camera, she brings her rich background...show more

Speaking on: Return to Live


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Anthony Frasier

CEO

ABF Creative

Anthony Frasier is CEO and founder of ABF Creative, a Webby Award-winning podcast network and production company that bridges the gap between culture and media. A serial entrepreneur with a social mission, the former NPR producer leveraged 10-plus years in the tech industry to create a data-driven storytelling platform that...show more

Speaking on: Smart Podcast Strategies that Build Big Brands


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Amy Friedman

Head of Kids and Family Programming

WarnerMedia

Amy Friedman is Head of Kids & Family Programming, Warner Bros. She is responsible for the creative and strategic guidance on kids and family programming for Cartoon Network and Cartoonito, as well as the development and production of kids and family content for HBO Max. 

As part of her role, Friedman...show more

Speaking on: Lessons in Social-Emotional Learning (11:00am - 11:45am)


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Donna Friedman Meir

CEO & Founder

WOW Explorations

I discovered my passion for kids and family entertainment while still almost a kid myself. Inspired by working at Disney and Kids America (a national radio show) during college, my entire career has been dedicated to building brands and businesses across all media that truly excite, entertain and inspire kids...show more

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Peter Gal

Chief Creative Officer Television

DreamWorks Animation Studios


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Ed Galton

CEO

CAKE Distribution Limited

Ed is the CEO of CAKE.  With over 25 years of experience, Ed has worked all over the world for leading producers and distributors including in Paris as VP of International Sales at Gaumont and subsequently as VP of Business Development for French animation house Xilam; in London and Hamburg...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching 2; Coffee with...


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Gabriel Garcia

CEO

Hype

Architect, graduated from UFRGS in 2006 and founder partner of Hype (www.hype.cg) and Hype Studio (www.hypestudio.com.br), architecture firm responsible for recognized projects, including the modernization of the Beira-Rio stadium for the World Cup. Fascinated by technology, he has always incorporated computer graphics into his work.
While still a student, he...show more

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Rafael Garcia

Vice President, Original Series Development

Disney Branded TV


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José Garcia de Letona

COO and Co-Founder

Anima Estudios

He is a founding partner and COO at Anima the largest animation studio in Latin America. He oversees production, development, strategy, marketing, sales and new businesses. Also serves as Executive Producer of “El Chavo” animated show which has broken several ratings record throughout Latin America with 7 seasons for a...show more

Speaking on: Breaking Free: Taking a brand from YouTube to linear and beyond (2:00pm - 2:45pm)


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Dominic Gardiner

CEO

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, Moley, Clangers,...show more

Speaking on: Coffee with...; Speed Pitching 1; Meet the Distributors


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Athena Georgaklis

Head of Development

Nelvana Studios

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...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching 4; Coffee with...; MASTER CLASS—Setting Expectations: An introduction to rights and negotiating; Chatroom—Diversity & Inclusion


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Akimi Gibson

VP & Educational Publisher, Formal Learning and Racial Justice Content Synergy

Sesame Workshop

Akimi Gibson has a dual role at Sesame Workshop. As VP & Educational Publisher of the Media & Education division, she leads the Formal Learning initiatives, partnerships, and business for the Workshop. The focus of this group is to leverage the power of research-proven media to enhance and advance teaching...show more

Speaking on: Lessons in Social-Emotional Learning (11:00am - 11:45am)


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Tommy Gillespie

Director, Children's Programming

PBS

As Senior Director of Current Series for PBS KIDS, Tommy leads content strategy and editorial for the U.S. public broadcaster’s slate of children’s programs airing nationally on PBS stations and streaming free on the PBS KIDS apps for mobile and over-the-top platforms. Tommy oversees production for PBS KIDS – collaborating...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching 1; Cocktails with... PBS KIDS


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Richard Goldsmith

President, Global Distribution and Consumer Products

Atomic Cartoons

Richard is the President of Global Distribution and Consumer Products for Thunderbird Entertainment. He oversees distribution to worldwide media platforms and related consumer products and experiences for the company's productions, including award-winning and inspiring scripted and factual content from Great Pacific Media and animated series from Atomic Cartoons. Previously, he...show more

Speaking on: Cocktails with... Atomic Cartoons; Mastering M&A: Looking at the current buying spree with a kids industry lens


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Grey Griffin

Voice Actress & Comedian

Grey DeLisle, former recording artist for Sugarhill/Vanguard is about to release her debut album for Regional Records. The covers album, aptly titled "Borrowed" features a James Bond theme song "You Only Live Twice" featuring The Satellites Four (originally recorded by Nancy Sinatra). The single will be released Oct, 20, 2021...show more

Speaking on: Kidscreen Awards and After-Party


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Daniel Haack

Creative Executive, Kids & Family YouTube Originals

YouTube


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Morteza Halimi

Series Creator, Writer, Animator

Morteza Halimi


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Meredith Halpern-Ranzer

Chief Executive Tinkerer

Tinkercast

Tinkercast’s Chief Executive Tinkerer, the company behind the #1 podcast for kids & families Wow in the World. Meredith is an Emmy-nominated children’s media executive and has been a thought-leader in the children’s media industry for over 20 years, building beloved brands, shows and characters most notably at PBS Kids...show more

Speaking on: Smart Podcast Strategies that Build Big Brands; Chatroom—The Future of Streaming


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Albie Hecht

Chief Content Officer

pocket.watch

Albie Hecht, Chief Content Officer of pocket.watch, is an Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producer who has created hit TV shows that have become household names. As president of Nickelodeon Entertainment, he oversaw the development and production of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Dora the Explorer,” “Blue’s Clues,” “All That” and co-created and...show more

Speaking on: Breaking Free: Taking a brand from YouTube to linear and beyond (2:00pm - 2:45pm)


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Claire Heinrich

Head of Acquisitions, Children & Youth Department

France Télévisions

In her current role within the Children and Youth Unit, Claire Heinrich is in charge of selecting, negotiating and overseeing all acquisitions and pre-buys for France Televisions’ linear channels and digital platforms - including generalist channels France 3 and France 5's morning blocs, dedicated channel for Children France 4, recently...show more


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Michele Hennessy

Senior Creative Executive, Preschool

Apple TV+


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Andy Heyward

Chairman & CEO

Genius Brands International

Emmy Award-winning Andy Heyward has made more episodes of kid’s television than any other producer. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1975, he joined Hanna-Barbera as a writer and story editor. During his five years with Hanna-Barbera, he was involved in the development...show more


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Hollie Holmes

Hollie Holmes​ Global Head of Licensing

PlayMonster


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Kim Howitt

Senior Creative Executive, WarnerMedia Kids & Family

WarnerMedia

Kim Howitt is Senior Creative Executive for WarnerMedia Kids & Family. She is responsible for overseeing the creative development of third-party animation, co-production, and live-action across preschool, kids and family. As part of her role, Howitt works closely with the development teams across Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation.

An...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes with... Kim Howitt, WarnerMedia; Cocktails with... WarnerMedia


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Rob Hudnut

Owner

Wisteria Productions

Rob Hudnut is one of the most innovative and successful storytellers in children’s entertainment. His award-winning movies, television series and specials have inspired billions of hours of viewership and over $15 billion in entertainment, toy and consumer product sales. Before starting Wisteria Productions in 2017 to create toy-based and faith-based...show more

Speaking on: MASTER CLASS—Franchise-Building From the Ground Up; Pitch Doctoring 3


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Craig Hunter

Global Head of Kids & Family, Originals

YouTube Kids

Craig Hunter is Global Head of Preschool for kids and family, YouTube Originals. His purview includes original programming properties sourced for families on YouTube including scripted series, scripted and unscripted features, unscripted series, docu-series, scripted reality, and live programming. 

Craig is a highly seasoned international content specialist in the kids and...show more

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Kirsten Hurd

Acquisitions, TVO Kids

TVO


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Dongjin Jang

CEO

Popcorn Pictures


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Abby Jenkins

Senior Director of Content, PBS KIDS Digital

PBS


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Bin Jeong

CEO

Pinkfong USA

Bin Jeong is the CEO of Pinkfong USA, a subsidiary of SmartStudy. Since 2016, Bin has led the company’s
international business development efforts in the U.S. and English-speaking markets and addition of new distribution
channels for Pinkfong’s apps, digital content, and consumer products. She setup and oversaw Pinkfong’s YouTube
operations,...show more

Speaking on: Breaking Free: Taking a brand from YouTube to linear and beyond (2:00pm - 2:45pm)


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Kanji Kazahaya

CEO

Culture Connect Co., Ltd.


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Jane (Ji In) Kim

CEO

Studio Vandal


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Mikyung Kim

Executive Producer

Popcorn Pictures


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Sandra Kim

Facilitator

KOCCA


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Jaewon Jang

General Manager

Studio Vandal


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David Kleeman

SVP, Global Trends

Dubit

Strategist, analyst, author, speaker, connector — David Kleeman has led the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, child-friendly practices for more than 35 years. He began this work as president of the American Center for Children and Media and is now Senior Vice President of Global Trends for Dubit, a...show more

Speaking on: Coming Out of COVID; Chatroom—Next Big Things in Tech


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James Kook

General Manager

JBugsCo


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Hideki Kunugiyama

Producer

Duckbill Entertainment


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Dianna Lau

Creative Development Executive, Children’s Programming

Apple TV+

Dianna Lau is a Creative Development Executive for Apple TV+ in Children’s Programming where she’s focused on developing and producing meaningful, quality animation and live action kids series and specials.  Before being at Apple, Dianna was a Kids Development Executive at Amazon Studios working on series If You Give a...show more

Speaking on: Cocktails with... Apple TV+; Speed Pitching 2; Speed Pitching 1


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Rob Law

Head of Original Content

Amazon Kids


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Erik Lee

Founder/CEO/Director

Go Go Studios, Ltd. Inc.


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Kane Lee

Head of Content

Baobab Studios

Multi-Emmy Award®-winning producer Kane Lee heads content at Baobab Studios and has executive produced all the studio’s groundbreaking works including Baba Yaga (starring Kate Winslet, Daisy Ridley, Jennifer Hudson, Glenn Close), Paper Birds (starring Ed Norton), Bonfire, Crow: The Legend (starring John Legend, Oprah Winfrey), Jack, Asteroids! and Invasion!. He...show more

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David Levine

Chief Content Officer

Moonbug Entertainment

David Levine is Chief Content Officer at Moonbug Entertainment, a global entertainment company that develops and distributes fun and enriching content for children. Levine has over 20 years of experience in media and entertainment. He is responsible for driving Moonbug IP expansion by launching top-tier programs like CoComelon and Blippi...show more

Speaking on: Breaking Free: Taking a brand from YouTube to linear and beyond (2:00pm - 2:45pm)


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Layla Lewis

SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships, Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon

Layla Lewis is Senior Vice President of Global Acquisitions and Content Partnerships for Nickelodeon, a part of the global Kids and Family group at Paramount (formerly ViacomCBS). Lewis leads and implements the global strategy for all acquisitions and content partnerships across the entire Nickelodeon portfolio of channels, across all linear...show more

Speaking on: Meet the Buyers; Working with Nickelodeon


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Chun-Chien Lien

Founder/Director

Dottodot Ltd


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Soyoung Lim

Concept Artist/Content Creator

The Pinkfong Company, Inc


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Chantal Ling

VP of Original Series and Co-Productions

Mercury Filmworks

As Vice President, Original Series & Co-Production, Chantal Ling specializes in proprietary content and co-productions. She works directly with Mercury’s international partners to develop, finance, and co-produce properties that are considered the benchmark in television animation. During her tenure with Mercury Filmworks, some of her producing credits include Hilda with...show more

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Natasha Lipovac

General Manager, Global Content

Amazon Kids+


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Becca Liss

Senior Manager of Consumer Insights

Nickelodeon

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Nick Lorentzen

Executive Producer

Veg Plot Productions


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Kamonrose Mahattanasomboon

Producer/Art Director

Igloo Studio Co., Ltd.


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Rachel Reade Marcus

VP, Creative Development

Guru Studio

Rachel Reade Marcus is the VP of Creative Development at Guru Studio where she leads the company’s development of new original IP. Her passion is creating innovative, quality animated content for all ages through nurturing and mentoring new talent, and fostering long-term creative partnerships. Rachel has played a pivotal role...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching 3; Speed Pitching 1


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Eduardo Calvo Martinez

Kids Licensing and Content Sales

RTVE Radio Television Espanola


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Suzanne Masri

VP of Marketing, Communications & Engagement

Fred Rogers Productions

Suzanne Masri oversees marketing, branding, engagement, and publicity efforts for Fred Rogers Productions and its catalogue of children’s series. Since coming to FRP in 2015, she has spearheaded the company’s rebrand and implementation of its new creative direction, led the 50th anniversary celebration of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (2018), delivered impactful...show more

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Mellany Masterson

Head of Nelvana Enterprises

Nelvana Ltd

As Head of Nelvana Enterprises, Mellany Masterson brings over 15 years of knowledge and a specialized focus within the kids entertainment and consumer products space. Mellany oversees the global brand strategy, content distribution, digital, licensing, and retail development for Nelvana’s extensive brand portfolio.

Mellany previously served as Director of Global Business...show more

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Marie McCann

Senior Director, CBC Kids

CBC Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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 on: 30 Minutes with... Marie McCann, CBC; Cocktails with... Mattel, CBC Kids, The Jim Henson Company



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Michelle Melanson

President/Executive Producer

Headspinner Productions Inc.

Emmy and Bafta Nominated, Michelle has 30 years’ experience in the kids and family production business with hundreds of episodes produced and over 50 awards and nominations. In 2015, Michelle became a partner at Radical Sheep Productions and was promoted to President when Boat Rocker Media acquired the company in...show more

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Karen K. Miller

President & CEO

Cyber Group Studios USA

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Darren Nartey

Acquisitions Manager: Films & Kids

ITV

Darren is responsible for leading negotiations on a range of acquired series, films and kids deals across the ITV portfolio (ITV1, ITV2, ITVBe, ITV3, ITV4, CITV and littleBe). For CITV & littleBe, Darren has acquired a range of live-action and animated comedies such as Detention Adventure, Mighty Mike, Mr. Bean...show more

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Rosemary Palacios

Director, Talent Outreach, Inclusion and Content Development

Sesame Workshop

Rosemary Palacios is Director of Talent Outreach, Inclusion and Creative Development for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street. In this role, she further infuses the Workshop’s company-wide diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy into all areas of show development and production, including ideation, scripting, creator and voice over...show more

Speaking on: Cocktails with... Sesame Workshop; MASTER CLASS—A Guide to Inclusive Writers Rooms


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Thomas Park

CEO

JBugsCo


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Christopher Payne

Director, Government & Public Affairs

LEGO


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Veronica Pickett

Head of Original Video

Amazon Kids+

Veronica Pickett, Head of Original Video for Amazon Kids, lives to tell entertaining stories that have a positive effect on young audiences. Her career has been defined by unique gigs that combine science and creativity. Veronica currently oversees original video programming for Amazon Kids+, Amazon’s digital media subscription service for...show more

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Adina Pitt

VP, Content Acquisitions, Partnerships and Co-Productions for the Americas, WarnerMedia Kids and Family

WarnerMedia

Adina Pitt is Vice President of Content Acquisitions, Partnerships and Co-Productions for the Americas, WarnerMedia Kids and Family. She is responsible for identifying, negotiating, and acquiring pre-produced series, specials, movies, and short-form product that fit WarnerMedia Kids and Family brands for exposure across all platforms. She continues to oversee those...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes with... Adina Pitt, WarnerMedia


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Gloria Ponce

Senior Creative Executive

WarnerMedia Kids & Family

Gloria Ponce is senior creative executive on the WarnerMedia Kids & Family Originals team. Reporting into Amy Friedman, Ponce is responsible for overseeing the creative development of live-action original content across ages 6-11 and family audiences. 

Before joining WarnerMedia, Ponce spent three years at Netflix managing international originals for youth audiences,...show more


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Gary Pope

Co-Founder

Kids Industries

Gary Pope is co-founder of Kids Industries. The company that makes family brands stronger. Gary began his career as a school teacher leading an English department before becoming a learning designer for a change management consultancy. Today Gary leads Kids Industries finding answers to the most knotty problems in the...show more

Speaking on: Kidscreen Debate: Balancing the scales of IP ownership (3:00pm - 3:45pm)


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Maryawati (Maya)

Managing Director

84 Animation Studio Sdn Bhd


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Christina Reynolds

Executive, Kids Programming

Apple TV+

Christina Reynolds is a Creative Executive at Apple TV+, heading up content for the 6-11 demo, where she manages a small curated slate of originals in both the animation and live-action space, including the Emmy Award winning Ghostwriter.

Before Apple, Christina was at Amazon Studios, helping launch the kids’ slate with...show more

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Michael Rinzler

EVP & Partner

Jazwares

At Jazwares, Michael Rinzler serves as Executive Vice President and Partner, overseeing Blue J, a division of Jazwares that focuses on blue sky concepts that create a pipeline of new business opportunities, intellectual properties, and product innovation.  In his role, Michael collaborates with world-class inventors to identify new product concepts,...show more

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Chris Rose

VP, Animation Production and Development

Nickelodeon International


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Gevork Sarkisyan

Founder & CEO

KidZania USA

As Founder and President of Innova Partners, Gevork has been running IT and entertainment companies for over 10 years.

Prior to founding Innova Partners he was a CEO of Innova, an online entertainment company. Innova was first established as a pioneer of digital entertainment in Russia and CIS starting as a...show more

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Michele Schofield

SVP, Content Distribution

One Animation

Michele Schofield is the Senior Vice-President of Content Distribution at One Animation tasked with overseeing content sales to traditional and digital broadcast platforms, the 20 kids’ targeted YouTube channels featuring One Animation’s content, and contributing to the development of new IP for the studio.

Michele is a content programming and production...show more


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Julian Scott

Consulting Executive Producer

Julian Scott Associates Ltd

Julian Scott is a BAFTA nominated Executive Producer and member of the UK Production Guild.  He has been developing, financing and co-producing in the international arena for over 25 years.  He was introduced to the global market when he became Director of International Production for LA based Walt Disney International...show more

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Jay Shah

Head of Global Content Distribution & Entertainment Business Development

LEGO

Jay Shah leads Global Content Partnerships 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...show more

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Monica Sharma

Senior Business Development Manager

Amazon Kids


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Guillermo Sierra

Head of Television and Digital Media

HITN


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Katherine Sils

VP International Digital Content Strategy & Social Engagement

Nickelodeon Animation Studios

As Vice President of Digital & Platform, Kate Sils oversees international digital content strategy and social engagement for Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network and BET for Paramount, formerly ViacomCBS.

In this role, Sils leads a team that leverages the scale of Paramount’s global organization by disseminating and localizing...show more

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Linda Simensky

Head of Animation and Scripted Content

Duolingo

Linda Simensky is Head of Animation and Scripted Content for Duolingo. Simensky is leading the company’s efforts to create scripted and character-driven stories featuring Duolingo’s original cast of characters, from original animation to the writing efforts for Duolingo’s hit Stories product and its childhood literacy app, Duolingo ABC. 

Before Duolingo, Simensky...show more

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Ira Singerman

VP of Development

Cyber Group Studios USA LLC


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Jamie Smy

Kids & Family Acquisitions, Disney+ and Disney Channels

Disney+/Disney Channels

Jamie has worked in Kids TV for the last 15 years. His professional highlights include launching & programming the Disney Junior and Disney XD EMEA channels, leading the Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for Disney PRIDE UK & Ireland, spending a morning with Selena Gomez’s mum gossiping over croissants, and working...show more

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Fonda Snyder

Executive Vice President

Battat Entertainment

Over her career, Fonda Snyder has written, developed and sold more than 50 projects, including animated features, to DreamWorks, Warner Bros, Sony and Netflix, and TV series to Disney Jr, PBS and Netflix.

As president of Alchemy Ink, Snyder worked with creators including Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, NYT bestselling authors...show more

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Mark Solomon

SVP New Stuff

BYJU's

Mark Solomon is a Senior Vice President at BYJU'S, charged with driving the company's mission to build a future of education and technology for all. Mark joined Osmo in 2017 leading product development and content platforms, engineering, computer vision and machine learning across consumer and school businesses. In 2019 when...show more

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Juck Somsaman

CEO

The Monk Studios


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Andrea Strauss

VP, Nickelodeon Brand & Consumer Insights

Nickelodeon

Andrea Strauss, VP, Nickelodeon Brand & Consumer Insights, serves as the in-house expert on the lifestyles, attitudes and behaviors of kids, teens, young adults and parents.  She is responsible for the development of domestic and international consumer insights research focusing on preschool content, consumer products, recreation, as well as youth...show more

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Rita Street

President

Radar Cartoons

Rita Street is an award-winning animation executive producer, creator and writer, and the president of Radar Cartoons. She is the co-creator of Disney EMEA comedy Space Chickens in Space and an executive producer on Flying Bark Productions’ feature film and TV series 100% Wolf. Rita's other executive producer credits include: Hero:...show more

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Rebecca Stringer

Research Director

KidsKnowBest

Rebecca is the Research Director at KidsKnowBest, leading research in the key behaviours that impact kids’ development and helping brands develop global strategies to engage family audiences. Since joining KidsKnowBest Rebecca has worked with brands such as Cartoon Network, eOne, Hasbro and Viacom.


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Chanikan Sukonpuk

Creative

Igloo Studio Co., Ltd.


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Anna Taganov

Head of BBC Children’s Content & Programming Strategy

BBC Children’s & Education


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Carlene Tan

Director: Original Productions and Development - Kids (APAC)

WarnerMedia APAC

Carlene Tan is responsible for identifying new IP and producing original series for WarnerMedia’s Kids & Family brands in Asia Pacific including Cartoon Network, Cartoonito, Boomerang and POGO, as well as the streaming service HBO GO.

Based in Singapore, she oversees the region’s current slate of APAC originals that include the...show more


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Heather Tilert

Director, Animated Series, Preschool

Netflix


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AJ Trauth

VP, Kids

marblemedia

AJ is a 20+ year veteran of the entertainment industry as both on-screen talent and an off-screen creative. As a development executive he is driven by a lifetime desire to tell inspiring stories. In addition to overseeing the Kids/Family scripted TV slate for marblemedia, AJ regularly volunteers to mentor emerging...show more

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Rosemarie Truglio

SVP Curriculum and Content

Sesame Workshop

Rosemarie T. Truglio is the Senior Vice President of Curriculum and Content at Sesame Workshop. Dr. Truglio is responsible for the development of the interdisciplinary curriculum on which Sesame Street is based and oversees content development across platforms (e.g., television, publishing, toys, home video, and theme park activities). She also...show more

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Jennifer Twiner McCarron

President

Atomic Cartoons

Jennifer Twiner-McCarron is the CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment Group, and its Kids and Family Division, Atomic Cartoons. The Vancouver-based global multiplatform entertainment company creates award-winning scripted, unscripted and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and International broadcasters. 

Jennifer Twiner-McCarron joined Atomic Cartoons, Thunderbird Entertainment’s kids and family division,...show more

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Philip Underwood

Senior Director of Consumer Insights

Nickelodeon

Phil Underwood is a Senior Director of Consumer Insights at Nickelodeon, where he leads all global non-ratings research to support preschool content production and takes a leadership role in research projects for brand, marketing, consumer products, and live events/award shows.

Phil has over a decade of experience conducting custom kids and...show more

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Kristofer Updike

VP of Development, Kids Programming

Peacock

As Vice President, Development for Peacock Kids and the NBC Content group, Kristofer Updike works to create and develop new animated, scripted and unscripted projects including pilots, animation tests and original concepts. Updike’s creativity and deep understanding of kids content are invaluable in continuously re-envisioning the way kids consume content...show more

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Susan Vargo

VP, Global Live Events

Nickelodeon

SUSAN VARGO (Producer) is the Tony Award nominated and Drama Desk Award winning executive producer of The SpongeBob Musical on stage and for television.  She also oversees global creative development for Nickelodeon live entertainment. 

She has overseen the strategic expansion of the Nickelodeon live theatrical business from one domestic US touring...show more

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Erika Vogt-Lowell

Director of Programming and Acquisitions

HITN

Erika is the Director of Programming and Acquisitions for HITN Television and Digital Services. In that capacity, Erika is responsible for designing the content strategy and securing programming rights for all of HITN services, including HITN Linear TV channel, that reaches 44 million homes across the nation, as well as...show more

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Maurice Wheeler

CEO

We Are Family

Maurice Wheeler is CEO at We Are Family in London; the world's biggest and most experienced full service agency group that specialises in children, young people and their families 

Maurice has been at the front-line of developing audience led strategies for over 25 years, working with brands in the entertainment, sports,...show more

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Katie Wilson

VP, Channels & Curation

WildBrain Television

Katie Wilson, Vice President, Channels and Curation, WildBrain Television, is responsible for curating content and providing editorial direction across WildBrain’s portfolio of Canadian broadcast channels – Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr., Télémagino and their multiplatform/VOD extensions. Central to her role, Wilson spearheads WildBrain Television’s content acquisition and original production...show more

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Kay Wilson Stallings

EVP Creative & Production

Sesame

She oversees Sesame Street and all Sesame Workshop shows, as well as the development of new programs and content across existing and emerging platforms. Wilson Stallings leads creative for domestic production and partners with global teams to enrich and expand Sesame Workshop’s presence around the world.

She was most recently the...show more

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Jenny Winebloom

Head of Studio

Impact Museums

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Adam Woodgate

SVP, Media Trends

Dubit

Adam has accrued over 30 years media and marketing experience, 10 years of which was spent in senior operational roles. 

Initially spending time in audience research for London Weekend Television, he then moved into creating content for broadcasters firstly working in the US and subsequently in the UK. In 2001 he...show more

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Brenda Wooding

Owner

Kid Glove

Brenda Wooding is a senior children's media executive with expertise in global content development, production, financing, pre-sales, co-production and distribution. 
Her executive producer credits include projects for National Geographic Partners, Animal Planet, Disney Plus, Sesame Studios, Universal Kids, Cartoon Network and Disney Channels.

As VP of Development, Kids Content...show more

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Mason Yao

Co-Producer

Xanthus Animation Studio


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Andy Yeatman

Managing Director, Head of Americas

Moonbug Entertainment

Andy Yeatman is Managing Director, Americas at Moonbug Entertainment, a global entertainment company that develops and distributes fun and enriching content for children. Yeatman is one of the most respected and accomplished executives in kids' content, with more than 15 years of experience in the film and television industry. In...show more

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Pablo Zuccarino

Senior Vice President and General Manager

WarnerMedia

As Senior Vice President and General Manager, WarnerMedia Kids & Family Latin America, Pablo Zuccarino leads all aspects of WarnerMedia Latin America’s Kids brands, including content production, programming, digital strategy, marketing, communications, business and operations.

Known for his passion and deep knowledge of the children’s media landscape, Zuccarino has established his...show more

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