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Aardman’s Peter Lord and BBC Children’s Sarah Muller to lead Manimation keynotes

Manimation, the UK’s annual gathering of the animation community, has detailed this year’s keynote, welcoming speeches fromPeter Lord, co-founder and creative director of Aardman Animations, and Sarah Muller, head of BBC Children’s acquisitions and independent animation.

The Manchester event will gather key industry players together to offer creative and business opportunities, information and inspiration for the UK animation sector, in a one day event on Monday, November 11, packed with one-to-one meetings, keynotes and conference panels.

Now in its seventh year, Manimation will take place at Social 7 in MediaCityUK and will bring together production companies, producers, animators, writers and creative service providers with potential buyers from broadcasters, advertisers, creative agencies, corporate and distribution in a friendly and open market setting.

The event will also take place the day before the Manchester Animation Festival (MAF) which runs November 12 to 14.

Manimation delegates will once again have the opportunity to pre-book meetings with experts using Meeting Mojo, a unique advance booking system which gives conference goers the chance to profile themselves and their company in advance of the day, putting them in touch with clients in advance to schedule meetings.

Experts available for one-to-one meetings will be:

Meanwhile, a programme of business-focused conference sessions will aim to develop skills and provide new intelligence on potential clients and what they will be looking for in the future.

On the agenda will be ‘The Shock of the New’ – exploring innovation in the animation market; the ‘Animation Skills Council and ScreenSkills Forum’ will seek out delegates’ views on training priorities, ‘Global Opps – Case studies in successful international financing’, ‘Ads and Animators’ – exploring relationships between animation and creative agencies and ‘Diversity – Good for Business’ – examining what‘s ahead for inclusion after the recent UK Screen Alliance report on diversity and access to work in animation.

Greg Childs, editorial director, The Children’s Media Conference, said: “Manimation is an invaluable day of conference content that focuses on the business of animation and developing business opportunities and skills. When you add to that the fantastic one-to-one meetings available so those skills can be put to good use with potential clients and partners, it’s a really vital day.”

Curated by Manchester-based Manimation Working Group and organised by The Children’s Media Conference, the UK’s premier organisation for the children’s content industries, Manimation is supported by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund which is funded by contributions from UK animation productions.

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