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Fay Slift(she/her) & Fluffy Soufflé(they/them)

Hosts/Leads of The Fabulous Show with Fay and Fluffy

Drag stars Fay Slift (JP Kane) + Fluffy Souffl&eacute (Kaleb Robertson) have been doing drag storytimes as a duo since June 2016. Based in Toronto, they have been fortunate to do so many local events at some of Toronto's biggest cultural institutions, libraries and family events across the city. They...show more

Featured in: Kidscreen Awards (Bayfront Ballroom)


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Ainara Alleyne

Host and Executive Producer

Turtlebox Productions

Ainara Alleyne is a 13-year-old host, co-creator, co-writer, and executive producer of the new Turtlebox Productions series Ainara's Bookshelf (10 x 11 min). The series, which brings a world of diverse books to tween audiences, is inspired by Ainara's Instagram page @ainarasbookshelf. Ainara's mission is to highlight books for young people whose...show more

Featured in: Who’s the Boss: Powering up kid-led content


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Lauren Appelbaum

SVP, Entertainment & News Media

RespectAbility

Lauren Appelbaum (she/her) is the Senior Vice President of Communications and Entertainment & News Media of RespectAbility, a diverse, disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities. As an individual with an acquired physical disability – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – she...show more

Featured in: DEI 2.0: It’s all in the details; Brainpick


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Mounia Aram

Founder

Mounia Aram Company

Mounia Aram is a professional of the animation industry with more than 20 years’ experience. She started her career at ShoPro Entertainment in 2003, a company specialized in Japanese animation based in San Francisco.  

She launched her Mounia Aram Company in 2019, a company specialized in African animation. With her network and...show more

Featured in: Lunch & Learn: Kids TV Fundamentals; Brainpick


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Cathryn Asip

Associate Director, Content

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 Dog,...show more

Featured in: Pitch Prep 2; Cocktails with... PBS KIDS


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Lucia Baez-Geller

Member

Miami-Dade School Board

Lucia Baez-Geller was elected straight from the classroom in 2020. As a school board member, she has made student achievement, mental health, family involvement, and increasing teacher recruitment and retention her main policy priorities. Recently, Lucia was the only school board member to vote to recognize October as LGBTQ History...show more

Featured in: We Say Gay


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Justine Bannister

Founder & Creative Facilitator

JUST B

JUST B Clients are Broadcasters, Producers, Media Conglomerates, Producer Associations, Funding Organisations and Governmental bodies.

Justine is at the KSS 23 on behalf of Wolkenlenker & Wonderz in Germany for International business development and project financing.

For more information on services check out https://www.justb-consulting.com/

Featured in: Brainpick


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Edward Barnieh

VP, Development

BBC Studios Kids & Family

Edward Barnieh is Vice President of Development, BBC Studios Kids & Family.  He  leads a hugely talented development production team across a large portfolio of development projects, providing expert creative direction across multiple genres, managing transition from development to production - while assessing marketplace opportunities and risks.

Barnieh is a hugely experienced...show more

Featured in: 30 Minutes with... Edward Barnieh, BBC Studios Kids & Family


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Dominique Bazay

Director, Original Animation

Netflix


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Samantha Bee

Executive Producer

Swimsuit Competition

Samantha Bee has quickly established herself as having one of the most unique and sharp comedic voices on television. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Bee began her career performing as a member of the all-female sketch comedy troupe The Atomic Fireballs. In 2003, Bee joined Comedy Central's The Daily Show's "Best...show more

Featured in: KEYNOTE - Let’s Get Silly: Samantha Bee x Allana Harkin


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Matthew Berkowitz

Executive

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's The Last Kids on Earth and several Netflix series...show more

Featured in: Lunch & Learn: Kids TV Fundamentals


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Tami Bhaumik

VP, Civility and Partnerships

ROBLOX

Tami Bhaumik is the Vice President of Civility and Partnerships at Roblox where she spearheads the platform's digital civility initiative and works to foster a global community of internet safety leaders to ensure good digital citizenship on Roblox. To establish a healthy and safe community, Tami is focused on providing...show more

Featured in: What’s Next on Roblox: Hot topics and new opportunities


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Tricia Biggio

Co-Founder & CEO

Invisible Universe

Tricia Biggio is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Invisible Universe, an internet-first animation studio that is building the Pixar of the internet. In her role, Biggio leads the creative strategy for the company, including the development of Invisible Universe’s animated characters and the day-to-day operations of the business.show more

Featured in: Faster, Better, Cheaper: The future of IP development


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Brenda Bisner

Chief Content Officer

APMC, Owners of Kidoodle.TV

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

Featured in: Brainpick


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Fred Black

Principal Analyst

Ampere Analysis

Fred Black is a research manager at Ampere Analysis, where he leads research into the commissioning and production of TV and Film content. . Fred is an experienced researcher and presenter, having covered topics including the Studios’ SVoD expansion, genre trends in Documentary and Format content, the future for aggregation...show more

Featured in: Popularity Contest: Why the medium matters as much as the message


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Michael Blum

Owner & CCO

Pipsqueak Animation

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

Featured in: Lunch & Learn: Kids TV Fundamentals


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Coralie Boitrelle-Laigle

Head of Content French Kids Channels

M6

Coralie Boitrelle-Laigle studied Modern Letters then Technique and Media Language. She began her career in production within various animation studios. In 2008, she joined the TF1 Group as a program advisor for the youth section before taking charge of the development of live programs and shows. After two years consulting...show more

Featured in: Speed Pitching 1


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Bethany Boles

Head of Programming

Common Sense Networks

Bethany Boles began her career at WGBH, the PBS affiliate in Boston. It was there that she fell in love with children's television, working on such award-winning shows as Design Squad and Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman. After receiving her
Master's Degree in Television from Boston University, Bethany moved to Los Angeles, where she continued to pursue her...show more

Featured in: Who’s the Boss: Powering up kid-led content


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Jules Borkent

EVP, Kids & Family

Nickelodeon

Jules Borkent is Executive Vice President, Kids & Family for ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI). In  his role as brand lead for Nickelodeon International, Borkent is in charge of all aspects of content and  business operations, overseeing brand and content management and strategy, acquisitions, production  development, creative, and multiplatform for Nickelodeon...show more

Featured in: Working with Nickelodeon


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Betsy Bozdech

Editorial Director and Head of Ratings & Reviews

Common Sense Media

Betsy's experiences working in online parenting and entertainment content were the perfect preparation for her role as Common Sense's editorial director, head of ratings and reviews. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1997, she began her editorial career at BabyCenter.com and then...show more

Featured in: The Good Guys: How character traits drive kids entertainment wins


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Maja Braun

Head of Youth

BNNVARA

Maja Braun started her career in television in 2004. She has worked as editor-in-chief for various companies in the television industry on a wide range of projects including multi-camera live, human interest, cultural and youth programming. In 2016, Maja became Commissioning Editor at BNNVARA and was responsible for all content...show more

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Ricardo Briceno

Chief Business Officer

Gamefam

Ricardo Briceno is the Chief Business Officer at Gamefam, a leading metaverse game developer and publisher that creates connected experiences with the largest gaming communities and well-known brands. As the first executive hire at Gamefam, Ricardo oversees the company’s brand partnerships, advertising network, as well as franchise development for the...show more

Featured in: Roadmap to Roblox


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Stephanie Brown

Creative Executive, Preschool

Apple TV+

Stephanie Brown is a creative executive at Apple TV+ focusing on shows in development and current series for preschoolers and bridge audiences. Her projects currently include "Duck and Goose," "Sago Mini Friends," "Get Rolling with Otis" and "Hello Jack! The Kindness Show,” among others. Prior to joining Apple, she was an executive in charge at...show more

Featured in: Speed Pitching 4; Cocktails with... Apple TV+


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Hedda Bruessing

Head of Media Business

BNNVARA

Hedda Bruessing has been working in the film and television industry since 1996. She worked as an executive producer and producer on a wide range of television programs for producers and public broadcasters including multi-camera live programs, documentaries, current affairs, and human interest programs.  

Hedda joined pubcaster NTR in 2007 as...show more

Featured in: Speed Pitching 3


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Massimo Bruno

Director, TV Channels

DeAKids & KidsMe

Massimo Bruno is the Director of TV Channels at De Agostini Editore in Italy, where he runs DeAKids and DeAJunior. Massimo also serves as the CEO of KidsMe, the new Children Content Factory of De Agostini Group, a full-service prodco to develop, produce and distribute children and family content, locally and internationally

Massimo...show more

Featured in: Coffee with...; 30 Minutes with... DeAKids and KidsMe


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Christopher Byrne

President

Byrne Communications

A 30-year-plus veteran of the toy industry, Chris held major marketing and creative positions in the early part of his career. Since 1988, he has run Byrne Communications, Inc., a consultancy that works in product development, strategic planning, organizational development, and marketing. He consults on entertainment and licensing (animated and

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Featured in: The Future of Toys


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Monica Candiani

EVP, Content Sales

Entertainment One UK

Monica Candiani brings more than 20 years of experience in the media industry to her role as Executive Vice President, Content Sales-Family Brands at Hasbro/eOne.  As the head of the eOne Family Brands global sales team, she manages the global distribution of kids entertainment content—including beloved brands PEPPA PIG,...show more

Featured in: Content x Confidence: Building up the next generation


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Corey Caplan

Director of Business Development and Partner Licensing

Guru Studio

Corey Caplan is the Senior Director of International Sales at Guru Studio, where he helps manage, grow and distribute Guru's slate of original IP with a 360-degree approach to international media and M&L sales. In addition, Corey is involved in securing presales, third-party acquisitions and co-productions with partners and broadcasters...show more

Featured in: Pitch Prep 1


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George Carey

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

Featured in: Just Let ‘Em Laugh: Exploring an audience shift away from edutainment


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Emily Carson

Manager, Development

Disney Television Animation

Emily Carson is the development manager at Disney Television Animation, helping make shows for Disney Channel and Disney+. Some of her projects include Zombies: The Re-Animated Series, Primos, and many shows that have yet to be announced. Previously she worked in production, both in development (pilots: The Ghost and Molly McGee, Kiff)...show more

Featured in: Speed Pitching 3; Cocktails with... Disney


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Eryk Casemiro

EVP, Global Series Content

Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Eryk Casemiro is Senior Vice President of Nickelodeon Preschool, in charge of the network’s preschool production and development across all formats and platforms spanning digital, TV and film.  Based in Nickelodeon’s Burbank, Calif., headquarters, Casemiro manages the day-to-day operations of Nick’s preschool group, with creative and business oversight of the preschool...show more

Featured in: Just Let ‘Em Laugh: Exploring an audience shift away from edutainment; Cocktails with... Nickelodeon; Working with Nickelodeon


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Lana Castleman

Director, Marketing & Communications

Thunderbird Entertainment Group

Lana Castleman is Director, Marketing & Communications for Thunderbird Entertainment and oversees trade marketing and communications for Thunderbird and its subsidiaries Atomic Cartoons and Great Pacific Media. Previously, she served as Director of Communications for the Writers Guild of Canada, which represents more than 2,500 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada....show more

Featured in: Making it Big on the Big Screen


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Ronojoy Chakraborty

Head of Programming & Content, Kids

Culver Max Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

A seasoned professional in the broadcast industry, Ronojoy Chakraborty heads Content production for Sony Pictures Networks India’s- Kids’ Business. He is responsible for curating the overall content mix and programming for the leading TV channel in the kids category - Sony YAY! along with foray into new content production by...show more

Featured in: Cocktails with... Sony YAY!


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Swin Chang

Executive in Charge of Development & Production

CBC Kids

Swin Chang is the Executive in Charge of Development and Production for CBC Kids. She works with the independent production community to seek out, create and curate preschool and tween content for CBC TV and CBC Gem. In this role, she focuses on development and acquisitions, and oversees production of...show more

Featured in: 30 Minutes with... Swin Chang, CBC Kids


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Ziva Cizman

VP of Marketing

Outfit7 (Talking Tom)

Passion, bold leadership, and a no-bullshit attitude make Živa stand out from the pack. She is responsible for the distribution of Outfit7’s growing gaming portfolio, overseeing all its marketing activities and driving the strategic brand development for Talking Tom & Friends, the company’s most popular IP. Her vision is for...show more

Featured in: Going Game-First


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Kevin Clark

Program Director

National Science Foundation

Kevin is a program director at the National Science Foundation, where he provides oversight for a multi-million dollar portfolio that focuses on the use of digital technology and media for STEM learning. Previously, Kevin was director of preschool animation at Netflix, where he sourced, evaluated, and guided the development of...show more

Featured in: Tough Talk: Kids content fills the gap on heavy conversations


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Rick Clodfelter

Executive Director, Content Acquisitions & Partnerships

Disney Branded Television

Rick Clodfelter, executive director, Content Acquisitions and Partnerships, Disney Branded Television, has a distinct focus on acquiring series, movies and short-form content — scripted and unscripted, live-action and animation — developed and produced by third-party providers for Disney+, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, with a primary focus on...show more

Featured in: Coffee with...; 30 Minutes with... Rick Clodfelter (Disney Branded Television) & Ingrid Tous Tovar (Disney Junior); Cocktails with... Disney


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Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D.

Child and Adolescents Psychologist, Author, Speaker

Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in parenting; the issues of preteens, adolescents, emerging adults; and mother-daughter relationships. Among her four parenting books is the recently released Anything But My Phone, Mom! Raising Emotionally Resilient Daughters in the Digital Age (Penguin Life, 2022). Dr. Cohen-Sandler is frequently invited as an expert on national television...show more

Featured in: Just Let ‘Em Laugh: Exploring an audience shift away from edutainment


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Casey Collins

Head of Global Licensed Consumer Products & Business Development

Hasbro

Casey Collins joined Hasbro in 2018, bringing decades of experience and leadership in the licensing industry. He is currently the Head of Licensed Consumer Products & Business Development at Hasbro where he is focused on creating and delivering the world’s best play and entertainment experiences across Hasbro’s Brand Blueprint through...show more

Featured in: Retail’s New Reality


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Dylan Collins

CEO

SuperAwesome

Dylan Collins is one of Europe’s most experienced digital media entrepreneurs.

He is CEO of SuperAwesome, the technology company which powers kid-safe digital engagement for hundreds of companies with over half a billion children every month. The pioneering company behind the kidtech industry, SuperAwesome operates at the intersection of digital privacy...show more

Featured in: Going Game-First


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Michael Connolly

Founder & CEO

Retail Monster

Michael is Founder and CEO of Retail Monster LLC, an innovative, leading Licensing Agency with offices in the US and Europe. He has been appointed to  Licensing International’s Board of Directors in 2022. Connolly has overseen many of the world’s largest most successful consumer products divisions, and has diversity of...show more

Featured in: Lunch & Learn: Consumer Products


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Misty Copeland

Co-Founder

LIFE IN MOTION PRODUCTIONS

Misty Copeland is a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, the first Black woman to be promoted to the position in the company's 75-year history in 2015. She has performed some of the most iconic classical ballet roles, including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake; Juliet in Romeo & JulietGiselleManonCoppelia; Kitri in Don Quixote; and Firebird, to name...show more

Featured in: KEYNOTE - Icons in Conversation: Sonia Manzano x Misty Copeland


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Claudia Dalley

Head of Programming

POP Channels

Claudia Dalley joined Narrative Entertainment as Head of Programming in July 2021 following the acquisition of the Pop Channels from Sony Pictures Television. She was at Sony for over seven years prior to the migration, primarily managing the UK pre-school channel Tiny Pop.

Sourcing, negotiating, acquiring and commissioning long and short-form content are part of her remit...show more

Featured in: Speed Pitching 3; Speed Pitching 4


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Daphné de Beauffort

EVP, Animation Acquisitions

TF1

Daphné de Beauffort currently serves as EVP in charge of the acquisition of children programs for TF1 Group. In this position, she negotiates and follows the pre-buy, co-production and acquisition of programs for the channels (ie TF1, TFX), she selects and acquires the entire content of the SVOD platform (TFOUMAX)...show more

Featured in: Speed Pitching 2; Coffee with...


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Sara DeWitt

SVP & General Manager

PBS Kids

As Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS KIDS, Sara DeWitt is responsible for the strategic direction of the dynamic PBS KIDS media service that supports children ages 2-8, their parents, teachers and caregivers, and local communities. 


Ms. DeWitt leads a cross-disciplinary team charged with making PBS KIDS – the...show more

Featured in: Tough Talk: Kids content fills the gap on heavy conversations


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David Di Lorenzo

SVP, Kids & Family

Future Today (HappyKids owner)

David Di Lorenzo has more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. In his current role he oversees programming, content acquisitions, channel (app) partnerships and monetization across Future Todays extensive portfolio of Kids & Family channels including the top rated Ad Supported streaming app HappyKids.  Before joining Future...show more

Featured in: Making it Big on the Big Screen



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Frank Dietz

Head of Acquisitions &
Co-Productions

Super RTL

Frank Dietz joined Super RTL in 2000 and currently manages the channel’s programming supply for daytime and primetime, as well as content for off-air platforms such as merchandising, mobile and online services. Super RTL is Europe’s leader in children’s television and is jointly owned by RTL Group and Walt Disney...show more

Featured in: 30 Minutes with... Frank Dietz, Super RTL; Cocktails with... Super RTL


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Ellen Doherty

CCO & Executive Producer

Fred Rogers Productions

Ellen Doherty is Chief Creative Officer for Fred Rogers Productions, overseeing the creation of television and digital content for the company’s PBS KIDS series—Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,Peg + Cat, Odd Squad, Donkey Hodie, and Alma’s Way. She is the creator, head writer, and executive producer of the award-winning Through the Woods, a short...show more

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Maria Doolan

Head of TV Content

ZAG

Maria Doolan serves as ZAG’s VP, TV Content, reporting to ZAG Founder and CEO, Jeremy Zag, and Julian Zag, EVP, global operations, and head of global consumer products.

Doolan is responsible for ZAG's global strategy of content distribution across all platforms including television, home entertainment, and digital media, for select properties in the ZAG Heroez...show more

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Olivier Dumont

President, Hasbro Entertainment

eOne

As President of eOne/Hasbro’s Family Brands division, Olivier oversees all content creation and distribution activities for the division across all brands from the combined portfolio of kids-targeted properties which includes Peppa Pig, PJ Masks, My Little Pony, Power Rangers and Transformers amongst others. His responsibilities include developing properties into global...show more

Featured in: The New Franchise


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Leena Dutta

Business Head, Kids

Sony Pictures Networks India - KIDS Business

Leena Lele Dutta helms Sony Pictures Network India’s (SPNI) Kids’ Business . Under her leadership, the linear Kid’s TV Channel - Sony YAY! has grown to become the leader of the kids’ entertainment category in a  short span of 6 years. Her vision has also resulted in a transformational journey...show more

Featured in: Coffee with...; Cocktails with... Sony YAY!; 30 Minutes with... Leena Dutta, Sony YAY!


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Patrick Egerton

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

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 Beach which is going...show more

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Amanda Evans

Founder

Obki Productions

A former professional sportswoman, Amanda is passionate about the outdoors and, in particular, the ocean. As an open water swimmer, Amanda has explored seas all over the world from the English Channel and the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean and the Bosporus Strait.

Obki the eco-alien is a true passion project which...show more

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Frank Falcone

President & Executive Creative Director

Guru Studio

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

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Natalie Falk

Manager, Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships, Kids & Family Group

Nickelodeon


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Vanessa Fino Tierno Barreto

Director of Acquisitions & Format Management

SIC Portugal

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Josh Fisher

Producer, Creator, Consultant

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

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Elizabeth Foster

VP of Content and Communications at Licensing International

Licensing International

Elizabeth Foster leads editorial planning and development for Licensing International, along with media relations and social media strategy. Based in Toronto, she has more than a decade of experience in journalism, starting her career in newspapers before making the move to magazines. Previously working at Thomson Reuters, she most recently...show more

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Amy Friedman

Founder & President

Warner Bros. Discovery

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

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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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Dominic Gardiner

CEO & Founder

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 UnleashedMoleyClangersWolfCritters TVTalking Tom & FriendsMechamato and Kitty is...show more

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Darran Garnham

Founder & CEO, Pinata Smashlings

TOIKIDO

I have two decades in global licensing and merchandising. Building studios from nothing to over $1bn in retail sales. I ran Universal Studios EMEA operations and was a seed investor/ adviser in Calm.com, SuperAwesome (exit to EPIC), Kids Know Best and various other tech companies.

In 2020 I founded Toikido. We...show more

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Athena Georgaklis

Vice President

Nelvana

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

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Tommy Gillespie

Senior Director, Content Production

PBS KIDS

As Director of Children’s Programming, Tommy leads the strategic rollout of video content for PBS KIDS, including scheduling and content planning for the national children’s service and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and livestream. He is also the production executive on several PBS KIDS series, including the Emmy-winning ARTHUR, now...show more

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Lauren Glaubach

Director, Head of Family Partnerships & Programming

YouTube

Lauren leads the Kids & Family Content team at YouTube. Her Partnerships team works with top YouTube channels in the kids & family space across both traditional media and endemic creators, with a focus on creating enriching and engaging content that kids love - spanning categories from early learning, to family vlogs, to hobbies and DIY,...show more

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Richard Goldsmith

President, Global Distribution & Consumer Products

Atomic Cartoons &Thunderbird Entertainment

Richard is the President of Global Distribution and Consumer Products for Atomic Cartoons/Thunderbird Entertainment. He oversees distribution to worldwide media platforms and related consumer products and experiences for the company's productions, including kids and family series from Atomic Cartoons and third-party series represented by Thunderbird Distribution. Previously, he founded and...show more

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Cheryl Gotthelf

Founder & President

Cheryl Gotthelf Consulting

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

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Bill Graham

President

PhatMojo

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

Prior to...show more

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Andrea Griffith

VP, Content & Development, Kids & Family

Sphere Media Toronto

Andrea is a key member of the development team and responsible for the execution of Sphere Media’s premium/specialist factual, lifestyle and kids slate for the global marketplace. Her progressive leadership style and fierce commitment to story have earned her a unique place as a manager who creates and produces in...show more

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Meredith Halpern-Ranzer

Chief Executive Tinkerer

Tinkercast (Content)

Meredith Halpern-Ranzer is an Emmy-nominated children’s media executive and Co-founder / Chief Executive Tinkerer at Tinkercast, independent children’s media company behind the leading kids & family podcasts Wow in the World, Flip & Mozi’s Guide to How to be an...show more

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Allana Harkin

Writer, Director, Producer

Allana Harkin is an Emmy Award winning director, writer and on air talent who is most well known for her work as an Executive Producer on TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. During her 6 years on the show, Allana starred with and directed stars like Sigourney Weaver, Allison Janney,...show more

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Eliza Hart

VP, Preschool Development

Nickelodeon Animation Studios


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Veronica Hart

Executive Vice President

Paramount Consumer Products & Experience

Veronica Hart is Executive Vice President, Global Franchise Planning and CP Marketing at Paramount Global Consumer Products & Experiences.

In this role, Hart leads CP strategic planning, brand positioning, retail & CP marketing, and trade executions across key markets for Paramount Global’s portfolio, which features some of the world’s biggest IP...show more

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Kat Kelly Hayduk

President

Turtlebox Productions

An experienced producer with a background in feature animation and video game production at DreamWorks Animation (The Prince of Egypt and Shrek) and Electronic Arts, Kat Kelly Hayduk and her partner, Cam Hayduk, founded Turtlebox Productions in 2009, originally to produce web videos for nonprofits. In 2012, they decided to flex their creative...show more

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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

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Claire Heinrich

Head of Acquisitions, Children's & Youth Department

France Télévisions

In her current role, Claire Heinrich is in charge of selecting, negotiating and overseeing acquisitions and pre-buys for France Televisions’ linear channels and digital platforms. She participates in defining the editorial policy for Children’s content and steering of the department’s activities.

Claire has been working for the public broadcaster for over...show more

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Patricia Hidalgo

Director of Children’s & Education

BBC

Patricia Hidalgo is Director of Children’s & Education at the BBC. She is responsible for developing and implementing creative and editorial strategies for BBC Children’s and BBC Education services across all platforms including BBC’s iPlayer, CBeebies and CBBC, with a focus on the strategic future direction of media consumption and...show more

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Nerissa<br> Holder Hall

Founder

Invisible Universe

Nerissa Holder Hall is the Head of Franchise at Invisible Universe, an internet-first animation studio that is building the Pixar of the internet. In her role, Hall will focus on commercializing Invisible Universe’s suite of beloved IP, identifying new opportunities, and expanding the characters to new media formats including publishing,...show more

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Hollie Holmes

VP, Global Licensing

PlayMonster

Hollie Holmes is responsible for PlayMonster's global licensing business, and the development and expansion of PlayMonster's portfolio of brands and content-driven IPs. Most recently, Holmes spearheaded the launch of two core business lines, including Koosh and BriteBrush, and brokered the deal to bring Hasbro's beloved Playskool brands to PlayMonster in...show more

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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 franchises, Rob...show more

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Kirsten Hurd

Commissioning Editor

TVOKids

As Executive Producer of Kids TV for TVO, Kirsten is responsible for all commissions and programming of the Kids block and a suite of TVOkids branded digital channels. TVOkids commissions and acquires a wide range of educational kids programming from all over the world and ensures it complements learning pathways for...show more

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Iris Ichishita

Children's Media Executive

Toekenz Collectibles

Iris Ichishita is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Toekenz, the first family-focused platform with digital collectibles, blockchain-based gaming, and a child-safe marketplace. Prior to Toekenz, Iris oversaw creative production and digital engagement at Mattel, producing video content for its world-class toy brands, including two Netflix Original Series for...show more

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Christina Jang

Manager, Content Acquisitions & Partnerships

Disney Branded TV

Christina Jang is Manager, Content Acquisitions and Partnerships, Disney Branded Television, and is a key part of a team responsible for identifying, assessing and acquiring series, movies and short-form content — scripted and unscripted, live-action and animation — developed and produced by third-party providers from around the world for Disney+,...show more

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Abby Jenkins

Senior Director of Content

PBS KIDS


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Brian Jones

Creative Executive, 6-11

Apple TV+

Brian E. S. Jones is a creative executive at Apple TV+. He’s worked on Apple Original animated series including The Snoopy Show, Harriet the Spy, and Shape Island

Before joining Apple, he was Vice President, Series at Warner Bros. Animation. There, he oversaw a large slate of direct-to-video DC movies...show more

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Rachel Kalban

VP, Research and Curriculum

9 Story Media Group

Rachel Kalban, a child development expert with a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College, spearheads 9 Story’s groundbreaking curriculum development and formative research process. She is involved in all projects, to develop curriculum-driven brands that enrich the lives of children and families. Kalban has played a...show more

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Rebecca Kantar

VP of Education & Director of the Roblox Community Fund

ROBLOX

Rebecca serves as VP of Education and Director of the Roblox Community Fund at Roblox. Rebecca is responsible for growing Roblox’s education vertical into a self-sustaining ecosystem of outstanding educational content creators, bringing deeper learning curricular materials to educators and students. Roblox Education connects educational organizations with extraordinary Roblox developer...show more

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Christopher Keenan

Independent Producer

Mattel Television

Christopher Keenan is a highly accomplished creative executive, executive producer and writer who has enjoyed over thirty-five years of success in the animation, kids and family entertainment industries and has worked on production that have won Emmy, NAACP, Peabody, Parents Choice and BAFTA Awards.  With thousands of hours of production...show more

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Lynn Kestin-Sessler

Senior Creative Director, Nickelodeon Podcasts

Nickelodeon

Lynn is a Peabody, Webby and Parent’s Choice Award-winning Producer and Development Executive who
is the Senior Creative Director and Multi-Platform Creative Executive at Nickelodeon and Paramount
Global, overseeing the creative development and production of Nick’s audio and video podcasts- ranging
from preschool ages up through Young Adult.

Lynn has created...show more

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Kari Kim

Executive in Charge

Nickelodeon Animation Studios


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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 30 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

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Martin Krieger

CEO

Studio 100 Media

Martin Krieger is CEO of Studio 100 Media, an international production and distribution company
within the children’s and family entertainment sector, and its subsidiaries Studio 100 Film and Studio
Isar Animation. He is also Executive Producer of various feature films such as “Mia and me – The Hero
of Centopia”...show more

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Yann Labasque

Director, Youth Programming

TF1

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

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

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Cort Lane

VP, Original Content,
Fashion Brands

eOne

Cort Lane is a passionate creative exec with extensive experience in animation development, production & storytelling. Cort is VP of Original Content for Fashion Brands at eOne and Executive Producer of the new My Little Pony series for Netflix. With 12 years at Marvel/Disney and 7 years at Mattel he has...show more

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Kane Lee

Chief Content Officer

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 most recently produced Namoo for the studio, from Oscar®-nominated director Erick...show more

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Marina Lee

Chief Content Officer

Pinkfong USA

Marina Lee is the Chief Content Officer of Pinkfong USA, a subsidiary of The Pinkfong Company.

In this role, she oversees the development, production, and growth of the company’s original IP. She also spearheads strategic investments and co-productions, identifying opportunities to leverage Pinkfong’s powerful channels and franchise-building capability to...show more

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Curtis Lelash

Head of TV & Film

Keep It Fun (USA)

Curtis Lelash is an award-winning TV Producer and Creative Executive with over twenty years of experience serving leading entertainment and media brands. He currently works as an independent producer and consultant on development, production and strategy for television, film and gaming for kids, teens and families. Previously, as the Director...show more

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Peter Lerangis’s 175 books have sold nearly 7 million copies and been translated into 35 languages. His nine New York Times Bestsellers include The Seven Wonders fantasy-adventure series, and the multi-author 39 Clues series. Recent novels include the Jules-Verne-inspired Max Tilt series and the time-travel Throwback trilogy. His books often appear as Junior Library Guild and Bank Street selections, and...show more

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David Levine

Founder & Consultant

Lightboat Media

David Levine is a seasoned creative content strategist, building multiple billion dollar kids content franchises, launching and producing series across the globe, and is a recognised DEI leader. Through his company Lightboat Media, David provides advisory and consultant services to companies looking to grow in the global content landscape. David...show more

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David Levy

Head of Studio

Pinkfong USA

Dave Levy is the Head of Studio at Pinkfong USA. With more than 20 years of experience in animation and development, Levy has worked for several entertainment corporations such as The Walt Disney Company, Invisible Universe, Viacom International, and more. Levy's unique and fast-paced approach to development was honed during...show more

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Layla Lewis

SVP, Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships, Kids & Family Group

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

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Nico Lockhart

Director Digital Studio

WildBrain

Nico Lockhart is Director of Production at the award-winning digital media company and premium AVOD network, WildBrain Spark, where he is responsible for overseeing the editorial, production and studio teams behind the company’s digital-first content. Nico has led creative proposals and production of WildBrain Spark’s stand-out animated series for key partners, including emojitown for...show more

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Georgina López

Co-Founder, Creator, Producer

Lopii Productions Inc.

Georgina oversees the business and financial side of Lopii Productions (but still gives creative input too!) She acts as the Supervising Producer on the productions and keeps the crew on budget and schedule (mostly Rennata).

Prior to co-founding Lopii Productions, Georgina produced and/or production managed all types of television programs...show more

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Rennata López

Co Founder & Creator & Producer & Director

Lopii Productions

Rennata is the creative force behind Lopii Productions. Her passion is creating content and telling stories. She wears many hats as director, showrunner, story editor, writer and casting director. Rennata loves working within the unscripted world (especially with children) as she finds that the best kind of magic happens when...show more

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Victoria Lozano

EVP, Marketing

Crayola

Victoria Lozano is Executive Vice President, Marketing at Crayola LLC where she leads Crayola’s marketing activation and digital strategy. In her role, Victoria oversees all of Crayola’s consumer communications, digital/omni-channel marketing, interactive app portfolio and education marketing. She is also responsible for leading Crayola’s strategic direction and development plans for...show more

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Brenda Maffuchi

Chief of Co-Productions, Licensing and Sales Officer

DeAKids

Brenda Maffuchi joined De Agostini Editore in December 2012 as Head of Acquisitions & Property Development and is responsible for analyzing, negotiating, and managing all content acquisition and all international co-productions for De Agostini’s channels in Italy. In this role, she also supervises the complete development process for the local...show more

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Marney Malabar

Consultant

Malabar Creative Consulting

Marney Malabar is a passionate creator of educational videos and gaming content for children. She aspires to ensure children can connect with authentic stories and see themselves reflected on the screen regardless of whether the content is live-action or animated.  While in the role of Director at TVOkids, Marney greenlit local and international co-productions...show more

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Sonia Manzano

Creator and Executive Producer

Alma's Way

Sonia Manzano is the creator and an executive producer of Alma’s Way. Born in the South Bronx, Manzano is a first-generation American of Puerto Rican descent who has impacted the lives of millions since the early 1970s as the actress who defined the role of “Maria” on the acclaimed television...show more

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Luke Matheny

Writer, Director & Showrunner

Luke Matheny is an Oscar- and Emmy-winning writer and director based in Los Angeles. He is currently overseeing an animated miniseries adaptation of the E.B. White classic Charlotte's Web for Sesame Workshop. 

Luke was also co-showrunner, producing director and writer of the Apple TV+ family mystery series,...show more

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Susanna Mazzoleni

Acquisitions Manager, Italy & Iberia

Warner Bros. Discovery EMEA


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Menal McGrath

VP, Global Licensing

Moose Toys

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

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Luca Milano

RAI Kids Executive Director

RAI

Luca Milano, manager at RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, the Italian public broadcaster.

Executive Director of “Rai Ragazzi”, Rai's department for children and kids, controlling 2 free-to-air TV Channels (Rai Yoyo, the leading Italian children's channel, and Rai Gulp), as well as the units for production and co-production of Animation, kids' drama and live...show more

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Kim Miller

Global Chief Marketing Officer, President ToysRUs Studios

Toys "R" Us

Kim Miller Olko is a 4-time Emmy Award winner with 20+ years as a transformational media leader and brand storyteller. Since June 2021, Kim is Global CMO of Toys“R”Us and President of the newly established Toys“R”Us Studios. Prior to this position at WHP Global, Kim served as a longtime senior executive at...show more

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Laura Montero

Acquisition Executive-KIDS

RTVE


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Saxton Moore

VP, Production

Lion Forge Animation

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Hanna Mouchez

CEO & Executive Producer

MIAM! Animation

After a student internship at Bac Films, I joined the international sales department of Millimages in 2009. Animation was more than a career path and soon became a passion. During nearly 7 years I managed international sales and worked on financing shows handling presales and coproductions in Europe and Canada....show more

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Mary-Ellen Mullane

Commissioning Editor Children and Family Content

ABC Australia

Mary-Ellen currently holds the position of Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Managing Editor, Children’s Content. In this role she facilitates and oversees the delivery of a broad slate of award-winning animation, factual, factual entertainment, scripted/unscripted series and online content in collaboration with a wide range of independent film and television content makers both...show more

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Sarah Muller

Senior Head of Commissioning (7+)

BBC Children's

Sarah Muller re-joined BBC Children’s in 2019 and has recently undertook the role of Head of Commissioning and Acquisitions, 7+.  Previously she was Vice President of Children’s and Youth Programming at Sony Pictures Television with responsibility for the Pop and Sony Music Channels and before that was Head of Children’s...show more

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Drew Mullin

Executive in Charge of Production, Kids

CBC Kids

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

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Lucy Murphy

Director of Kids Content, UK & ROI

Sky TV

Lucy is Director of Kids Content for Sky in the UK and ROI.  She is responsible for Sky’s Kids content across all platforms which includes 8 live partner channels,  a library of over 10,000 On Demand episodes and the forthcoming Sky Kids channel which will launch in 2023 housing brand...show more

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Darren Nartey

Senior Acquisitions Manager, Films & Kids

ITV

Darren is responsible for leading negotiations on all acquired and co-produced films and kids programmes across the ITV portfolio (ITV1, ITV2, ITVBe, ITV3, ITV4, ITVX, CITV and littleBe). For CITV & littleBe, Darren has acquired, commissioned and co-produced a range of live-action and animated comedies such as Lloyd of The...show more

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Francesca Newington

Director

Pop Channels

Francesca Newington is the Director of POP Channels at Narrative Entertainment in the UK - overseeing content acquisitions, programming and development strategy across linear OTA channels POP, Tiny Pop & POP Max, the digital AVOD service POP Player and newly launched FAST channel, POP Kids.

Francesca sources and negotiates content acquisition...show more

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Eddie Newquist

Designer, Filmmaker and Inventor

Retlaw Enterprises

Eddie Newquist is an award-winning designer, filmmaker and inventor with Retlaw Enterprises. He has a 30 year history in experiential marketing and brand based promotions and attractions. Eddie has led the creation and production of activations and location based experiences for partners such as Pixar, the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Studios,...show more

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Naléka N'Guessan

Editorial Manager, Acquisitions Children’s & Education

France Télévisions

Naléka N’Guessan selects kids and preschool content for Okoo, France Télévisions' new linear and non-linear children’s brand, and the children's corner of France.tv.

She started her career managing the content localization part of the acquisitions department of Lagardère‘s young adults and children’s channels, before being in charge of children content acquisitions...show more

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Matt Opatrny

Writer

Matt Opatrny is an award-winning playwright, TV writer, performer, and teacher. He wrote eight episodes of DreamWorks Animation’s preschool series “Not Quite Narwhal” soon to premiere on Netflix, and several episodes of Moonbug Entertainment’s “CoComelon Story Time” podcast series out on Spotify. He is currently writing on an unannounced series for...show more

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Laura Ordoñez

Executive Editor, Head of Digital Media and Family

Common Sense Media

Laura Ordoñez is Head of Podcast and YouTube Ratings and Reviews for Common Sense Media. In 2022, Laura spearheaded the development and launch of the first of its kind comprehensive podcast ratings and reviews channel, grounded in child-development principles and research. She then expanded her role at the nonprofit, leading...show more

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Lindsay Patterson is a recognized leader in the kids' podcasting industry. She is the CEO of Tumble Media, an educational children’s audio company that has been a pioneer in the kids’ podcast space since 2015, producing the award-winning Tumble Science Podcast for Kids. Lindsay is also a co-founder of Kids...show more

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John Paul(Fay)

Educator/Actor

Lopii Productions Inc.

JP (Fay)John Paul (JP) Kane is an engaging and passionate educator, actor, and performer based in Toronto. He has been an educator with the TDSB since 1997, working with a variety of age groups, abilities, and roles. He is currently in his 7th year as a Kindergarten Teacher and has been at his current...show more


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Maria Perez-Brown

Head of Kids & Family

TIME Studios

Maria Perez-Brown is an Emmy Award winning writer, producer and executive,  currently serving as Head of Kids & Family for TIME Studios. Previously, Perez Brown was Head of Programming for NuvoTV and is the founder of Brown Kids Media. Perez-Brown has developed content for leading television brands,  including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Disney,...show more

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Veronica Pickett

Head of Original Shows

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 kids aged...show more

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Jamie Piekarz

Content Producer/Creative Consultant

Apple TV+

Jamie Piekarz is children’s media professional with the unique combination of creative production and broadcast experience that spans all age groups and genres. She is currently developing preschool programming for AppleTV+, after spending the past few years creating, showrunning and providing expertise on children’s media through her company, JamPie Media,...show more

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Adina Pitt

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

Warner Bros. Discovery


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Stuart Pollock

President

Segal Licensing

A career Entertainment Specialist, Stuart began his career at Viacom working in marketing at Canada’s number one theatre chain: Famous Players. There, he worked with every entertainment and packaged goods companies developing marketing programs. After Viacom, Stuart was recruited by Microsoft to lead strategic partnerships for the launch of Xbox.

In...show more

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Gary Pope

CEO

Kids Industries

Gary began his career as a school teacher and led an English Department before becoming a learning designer for a change management consultancy. A strange internal comms project for Disney led Gary back to children and to launch Kids Industries with his wife and business partner, Jennifer.

KI solves problems, develops...show more

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Suzy Raia

SVP, Consumer Products & Business Development

BBC Studios

As Senior Vice President, Consumer Products and Business Development for BBC Studios – Americas, Suzy Lee Raia is responsible for driving the licensing and consumer products strategies across BBC Studios’ portfolio of properties for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Overseeing a variety of intellectual properties, Raia’s purview includes product...show more

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Yonatan Raz-Fridman

Founder & CEO

Supersocial

Yonatan Raz-Fridman is founder and CEO of Supersocial, a metaverse company that develops, publishes and operates cutting-edge virtual worlds on Roblox and other emerging platforms. Its business platform - which includes a development studio, publishing, software services, enables world-class brands and IP owners to enter the metaverse with bold creativity, calculated...show more

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Maura Regan

President

Licensing International

Maura Regan joined Licensing International in December 2016 and assumed the role of President in July 2018, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in the global brand licensing and media industries. Licensing International is the premier association for the global brand licensing industry, and Maura is responsible for leading...show more

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Christina Reynolds

Creative Executive, 6-11

Apple TV+


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Dan Rhodes

Magician

pocket.watch

Meet Dan Rhodes, the awe-inspiring 19-year-old close-up magician and social media super-influencer from Manchester, UK, who shot to fame when he sawed actress Amanda Holden in half during his 'Britain's Got Talent' appearance in 2019. In under 2 years, Dan grew his audiences on TikTok and YouTube to a staggering...show more

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Brian Roberts

Co-Executive Producer

DreamWorks Animation

Brian K. Roberts is a director and producer of award-winning animated series featuring fantastical creatures from dragons to unicorns to talking, singing vegetables. In his role as Co-Executive Producer at Dreamworks Animation he has helped bring to life the Netflix series Dragons: Rescue Riders, VeggieTales in the House, and the upcoming explosion...show more

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Kaleb Robertson&nbsp;(Fluffy)

Cultural Producer

Lopii Productions Inc.

Kaleb Robertson (he/him) is a Toronto based Cultural Producer who does workshops for youth and adults on identity, body positivity, queerness, trans issues, drag, and creating diverse inclusive spaces. His multimedia workshops include sharing personal experiences and spark discussions around intersectionality and privilege. He speaks to groups of all ages...show more


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Peter Robinson

Owner

KidsKnowBest

Pete has worked in kids and family research for 15 years. Specialising in ensuring that kids voices are represented in the world around them . He is currently Chief Strategy Officer and KidsKnowBest a kids and family research and marketing agency and founder of Gone With a consultancy focussed on early adopters...show more

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Eric S. Rollman

CEO

Rollman Entertainment

With extensive credits in animation and live-action programming, Eric Rollman is currently an independent producer and consultant. Having decades of executive experience at Marvel, Saban and Fox Family, Eric is influential to world-class brands in helping them connect to audiences through the creation of content designed to engage, connect,...show more

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Douglas Rosen

SVP, Games & Emerging Media

Paramount Global

Doug Rosen is Senior Vice President, Games & Emerging Media at Paramount. In this role he oversees Paramount’s global games business and is responsible for the commercialization of emerging technologies including AR, VR, web3 and the metaverse. This includes business development, creative development and production of games and experiences on all...show more

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Janice Ross

Managing Partner

Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment

Janice Ross is the founder and Managing Partner of Brand Fresh Management and serves as president of Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT). Named Game Changer in 2017 by License Global Magazine, she is a multi-disciplined licensing and branding executive. With over 25 years of global experience in the...show more

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Victoria Salvadore

Content Acquisition Manager

The Roku Channel


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Zia Sands

Lead Acquisitions, Partnerships & Co-Productions, Kids & Family EMEA

Warner Bros. Discovery EMEA

Zia Sands is Lead Acquisitions, Partnerships & Coproductions Warner Bros Discovery Kids & Family EMEA, working across Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, Cartoonito, Toonami, Toonix and HBO Max Kids & Family. 

In this role, Zia oversees and negotiates shared acquisitions for the EMEA kids’ business, working closely with the local heads...show more

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Adriano Schmid

VP & Head of Content

PBS KIDS

As Senior Director of Production, Adriano Schmid oversees the team responsible for program development and original productions for Discovery Kids Latin America.

Among some of the most recent Discovery Kids projects completed under his supervision is Mini Beat Power Rockers, the CG-animated series about a group of babies who want to spend...show more

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Vicky Schroderus

Senior Executive, International Co-Productions & Acquisitions

YLE Finland

Vicky Schroderus joined YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company in 1997 and is currently working as Executive in Charge of International Co-Productions and Acquisitions at YLE Children’s Programs. In this role, Vicky  selects and negotiates all the acquisitions and pre-buys  for 0-12 old kids as well as co-produces internationally live action content...show more

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Linda Schuyler

CEO

Skystone Media Inc.

Linda is the executive producer and co-creator of over 500 episodes of the internationally recognized, multi-award winning Degrassi television franchise. Dedicated to the art of storytelling, Linda is best known for work that explores the human experience, breaks stereotypes, and encourages communications.

Over the past 40 years, the Degrassi series has garnered numerous awards and...show more

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Josh Selig

Founder & President

China Bridge Content

Josh Selig is the Founder and President of China Bridge Content, a company committed to building strong creative and business ties between China and the world. He is the former CEO of Little Airplane Productions, a company he founded in 1999 that was acquired by Studio 100 in 2017. Josh...show more

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Morgan Selzer

Chief Content & Studios Officer

Headspace Health

Since joining in 2019, Morgan has worked to build and grow Headspace Studios, the multi-platform production studio within Headspace. The team brings in talented creators in collaboration with mindfulness and scientific experts to create powerful content that allows people to live healthier and happier lives. Previously VP of Content, Morgan was instrumental in launching...show more

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Martha Sepulveda

Senior Development Executive

CAKE Distribution

 

Martha joined CAKE in 2022 and leads the creative development on a number of shows on the CAKE slate, with creators from around the world and in particular those from North and South America.

 

Martha has over 15 years of international experience in kids’ media development and production, working with award-winning companies...show more

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Monica Sharma

Head of Video Business Development

Amazon Kids

Monica Sharma is a versatile entertainment executive with a track record of driving results within the kids and family ecosystem. She has a passion for delivering solutions that combine strategic insights, people, and processes to solve business challenges. Monica currently works at Amazon Kids+, Amazon’s digital media subscription service for...show more

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Anna Shchur

Executive Producer, Content Distribution Director

ZeptoLab

Anna is the executive producer and the content distribution director at Zeptolab, a global gaming company. After the success of Cut the Rope game series, which has almost 2 BLN downloads, the company released C.A.T.S., King of Thieves and Bullet Echo. Massive multiplayer mobile titles with more than 500 MLN combined downloads so far. 

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Yvette Sittrop

Vice President, Franchise Development

Moose Toys

After 10 years in traditional publishing, Yvette has been with Moose Toys for over six years and during that time has held a number of roles, from Licensing to, currently, Global Head of Franchise Development. Her biggest focus is on bringing the most innovative and award-winning toy brands from Moose to...show more

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Nadine Smith

Executive Director

Equality Florida

Nadine Smith is the Executive Director of Equality Florida, the state's largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2022, she was named to the Time100, TIME's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world
An award-winning journalist turned organizer,...show more

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Penny Smith

CEO

Doodle Productions

Penny is a consumer marketer, helping brands navigate category & market transformations. With a background across sectors for tier one brands, Penny has taken a number of creative and commercial propositions to market both leading in-house teams and in creative ad agencies, with a focus on the ever-evolving...show more

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Fonda Snyder

President

Alchemy Ink

Recognized for her achievement in developing high concept, character driven, globally saleable, franchise oriented entertainment, Fonda Snyder has written, developed and sold more than 50 projects for networks, steamers and major feature film studios.
With animated features at Netflix, Dreamworks, Warner Bros, and Sony and tv series at Disney,...show more

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Tara Sorensen

Head of Children's Programming

Apple TV+

Tara Sorensen is Apple’s Head of Children’s Programming, Worldwide Video. A respected children’s programming executive, Sorensen oversees the development and production of original live-action and animated children’s series globally.
Previously, Sorensen served as Head of Kids Programming for Amazon Studios, where she launched the division and shepherded Emmy Award-winning series, including...show more

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Géraldine Soto

Head of Acquisitions, Prebuys & Co-Productions, Kids Content

Canal+

Since 2011 Geraldine Soto has been the Head of Acquisitions, Prebuys, and Coproductions for the Kids Department of CANAL+. She is in charge of spotting and acquiring kids contents for Canal+Kids (4-12 yo),  teleTOON+ (6-10 yo), Piwi+ (3-6 yo) and their SVOD corners for the platform published by CANAL+ Group

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Melanie Stokes

Founder & Managing Director

Kindle Entertainment

Melanie is Founder MD of Kindle Entertainment, an award-winning drama production company, that focuses on female-led, premium 4-quadrant drama. Recent credits range from high-end franchise Ivy & Bean for Netflix Movies (2022), to global smash-hit The A List (BBC iPlayer, Netflix) (2021), and ground-breaking,...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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Lorena Táboas

Media Relations Manager

Common Sense Media

Lorena Táboas is the Media Relations Manager at Common Sense Media, where she works with the press to highlight the organization's efforts of making the digital world better for kids and families. She also hosts Common Sense Explains, a new YouTube series that spotlights thought leaders and technology trends in...show more

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Heather Tilert

Director, Preschool Content

Netflix

Heather Tilert is Director of Preschool Content at Netflix where she and her team are responsible for development and production of the programming slate for Netflix’s youngest viewers. Heather started her ~20 year career in kids’ tv on The Wonder Pets!, and has worked as a producer, writer, and creator...show more

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Sanden Totten

Kids Podcast Editor

APM Studios

Sanden Totten is the Senior Editor for kids podcasts at American Public Media. He helped create several hit podcasts, like Brains On, Smash Boom Best and Forever Ago. He's co-authored several books for kids and was nominated for an Emmy for his work on Netflix's Bill Nye Saves the World....show more

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Ingrid Tous

Manager of Development

Disney Junior

Ingrid Tous Tovar is a Manager of Development at Disney Junior, focusing on series development of original animated properties for kids 2-5. 

Prior to joining Disney Junior, Ingrid was a Creative Executive at Moonbug Entertainment, working on properties such as CoCoMelon and Blippi, and played an integral role in...show more

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Rosemarie Truglio, PhD

SVP, Curriculum & Content

Sesame Workshop

Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D. 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...show more

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Jennifer McCarron

CEO

Atomic Cartoons & Thunderbird Entertainment

Jennifer Twiner McCarron is an award-winning producer, who was named CEO of Atomic Cartoons in 2016 and CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment in 2018. Under her leadership, Atomic has grown from 25 artists to currently more than 1,200 with studios in Vancouver, Ottawa and Los Angeles. She has led production on multiple...show more

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Caroline Tyre

VP, Global Sales & Rights Strategy

WildBrain

Caroline Tyre, Vice President Global Sales & Rights Strategy at WildBrain, is responsible for leading the implementation of commercial content strategy and spearheading content distribution for WildBrain. Ms. Tyre leads the global sales team, handles all tactical relationships with all major platforms, broadcasters and content partnerships, and develops tailored content action...show more

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Dr.Yalda Uhls

Founder and Executive Director

Center for Scholars & Storytellers at UCLA

Yalda T. Uhls is an internationally recognized, award-winning research scientist, educator and author, studying how media affect young people. Her peer reviewed research has been featured in many news outlets including NPR and the NY Times.  In her former career, she was a senior movie executive at MGM...show more

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Hanna Valkeapää-Nokkala

VP, Transmedia

Rovio Entertainment Corporation


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Jennifer Vaux

VP, Content Acquisition & Programming

Roku

Jennifer Vaux oversees content strategy, acquisition, programming and scheduling for the ad-supported component of Roku's owned and operated channel, The Roku Channel. She is responsible for sourcing and executing innovative programming acquisition deals across a range of content and business models. She works to license content for The Roku Channel...show more

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Kerstin Viehbach

Commissioning Lead (Kids Fiction)

Super RTL

For 20 years now Kerstin has been working at Super RTL and still finds it anything but boring. As head of the commissioning & development department, she and her team search for the greatest fictional series for children between 3 and 13.

In this role, Kerstin is also responsible for the...show more

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Duncan Wardle

Founder

iD8 & innov8

As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucas Film, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe.He now brings his extensive Disney experience to audiences around the world using a unique approach to...show more

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Sebastian Wehner

CEO & Founder

Wolkenlenker / Wonderz

Sebastian Wehner is the founder and CEO of Wonderz, a software company that enables creative companies to distribute multimedia content directly to consumers. Wonderz is trusted by industry leaders such as Warner Bros. Discovery and Carlsen Publishing (a subsidiary of Bonnier Media).

Wehner is also the co-founder and CEO of Wolkenlenker,...show more

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Mellany Welsh

VP, Nelvana Enterprises & Kids Can Press

Nelvana

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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Dr.&nbsp;Lisa Williams

CEO

EPI Unlimited

Dr. Lisa Williams is an academic trailblazer.  She is the first African American to receive a doctorate in Supply Chain Management from The Ohio State University, the first female professor to receive a multi-million dollar endowed chair and the first African American professor to earn tenure at Penn State University....show more

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Katie Wilson

VP, Channels & Global Acquisitions

WildBrain

Katie Wilson, Vice President, Channels and Global Acquisitions, WildBrain, oversees original programming and content acquisition across WildBrain’s portfolio of Canadian broadcast channels—Family Channel, WildBrainTV, Family Jr., Télémagino—and their multiplatform/VOD extensions. Working closely with WildBrain’s global content, distribution and marketing teams,
Wilson spearheads third-party rights acquisitions and partnerships across all platforms. Wilson also provides...show more

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Marion Winter

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Super RTL

Marion Winter joined SUPER RTL in April 2011 as Senior Manager of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. In her role, she is responsible for the acquisition of films and series for TV and VOD as well as audio content for SUPER RTL's Toggo Radio channel. Previously, she held numerous positions within the...show more

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Lorna Withrington

Creative Executive

WildBrain

Lorna Withrington, Vice President, Development–Animation, is a recognized leader in the creative development and acquisition of kids’ and family properties with franchise appeal for the global market. As a key member of WildBrain’s Content team, she helps drive the strategic vision behind the company’s diverse, multi-genre slate of original animation,...show more

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Jes Wolfe

CEO

Rebel Girls

Jes Wolfe is the CEO and Chairwoman of Rebel Girls, a certified B Corporation and global multi-platform empowerment brand dedicated to helping raise the most inspired and confident generation of girls through content, experiences, products, and community. The brand's reach includes a growing community of 23 million self-identified Rebel Girls...show more

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Adam Woodgate

SVP, Media Insights

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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Jasen Wright

VP, North America

WildBrain

asen Wright, VP North America for WildBrain CPLG, has developed consumer product and licensing programmes for some of the world’s leading brands across food & beverage, home improvement, automotive, art, sports, lifestyle and entertainment. Wright leads a team responsible for growing WildBrain CPLG’s North American portfolio of entertainment and lifestyle...show more

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Andy Yeatman

Managing Director of Americas, Distribution

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.  Andy is responsible for North and South America operations as well as content partnerships and distribution for the fastest growing kids entertainment company in the world.  Andy is...show more

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Cyma Zarghami

Founder & CEO

MiMO Studios

Cyma Zarghami is the Founder and CEO of MIMO Studios, a female-owned and operated media company that specializes in kids and family content spanning live-action, animation and preschool, that she launched earlier this year.

Zarghami is a 33-year veteran of Viacom’s largest and most profitable division, Nickelodeon—the premier kids’ entertainment brand that consists...show more

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Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan

Executive Producer & Story Editor

Silly Ivan 2

Award-winning screenwriter Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan has been writing for Paw Patrol since its debut, indeed her script was the very first episode to air. She was upped to Story Editor in Season 3 and promoted to executive producer in season 5 and currently is helming Season 10 of this juggernaut. Ursula...show more

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Pablo Zuccarino

SVP & GM, Kids & Animation

Warner Bros. Discovery LatAm

Pablo Zuccarino is Senior Vice President and General Manager for Kids & Family at
Warner Bros Discovery, Latin America. He leads all aspects of WBD’s kids’ brands in the
region, including Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, Cartoonito and Tooncast. Zuccarino
also oversees content production, programming, digital strategy, marketing, business and
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