Children's Media Conference 2015 details speaker line-up

Director of BBC Children’s Alice Webb, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Dick and Dom all set to speak at this year's event.
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The Children’s Media Conference has detailed the line up of speakers featuring at this year’s event, running from July 1st to 3rd in Sheffield.

In the opening session of the conference, veteran broadcaster and journalist Steve Hewlett will host a Question Time with major figures from the children's media world, along with Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy.

The panel will tackle audience questions about the future of the BBC and public service broadcasting, the need for more or less regulation, the crisis in commissioning funding and many other topics which impact on the kids’ audience and creative activity.

This session also features Director of BBC Children's, Alice Webb in her first major public appearance and Anna Home, Chair of the Children’s Media.

Webb will give further insights in Changing Channels, Commissioner Conversation with the BBC. This session will see Webb talk about her vision for the future of children's content at the BBC and new ways of building audience relationships, given the massive changes facing the industry and with Charter Review on the horizon.

Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood, also known as Dick and Dom, will join writers, producers and a child psychologist to discuss how double acts work in the It Takes Two session

The talk will focus on both live action shows and animation, looking at the imminent return of Danger Mouse and Penfold, amongst others.

UK managing director of Maker Studios, Dan’l Hewitt, will be explaining how Maker develops and nurtures talent in the Make It With YouTube workshop, which will also focus on how producers can get the best from their own branded YouTube channels.

Scott Pritchard, 2D sequence supervisor from Industrial Light and Magic will present a Masterclass revealing unseen content previews while Irish children’s laureate Niamh Sharkey, creator of Henry Hugglemonster, will be attending CMC for the first time to share her thoughts on What Little Girls Are Made Of, a session which will ask if pre-school programming changes the way gender is viewed in society.

Pat Younge, MD of Sugar Films, will participate in the From Tokenism to Truthful session, looking at all aspects of diversity and inclusion.

Other names speaking at this year’s CMC will be: 

  • Kay Benbow, Controller CBeebies, BBC
  • Lewis Bronze, Founder and Director of Content Discovery Education
  • Jenny Buckland, CEO Australian Children's Television Foundation
  • Eryk Casemiro, Chief Creative Officer - Zodiak Kids
  • Guilherme Coelho, CEO, 01Digital Brazil
  • Dylan Collins, CEO, SuperAwesome
  • Nick Gawne, Head of Business Development, eOne Family
  • Patricia Hidalgo, SVP, Chief Content & Creative Officer, EMEA,Turner Broadcasting System EMEA
  • David Levine, Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels EMEA, General Manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland
  • Tim Patterson, VP, Director of Programming, Nickelodeon UK
  • Jean-Philippe Randisi, CEO, Zodiak Kids
  • Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS
  • David Sproxton, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Aardman Animations
  • Cheryl Taylor, Controller, CBBC
  • Rachel Wakley, Head of Licensing - Tesco

“CMC is a must-attend event for anyone and everyone in children’s media," said Greg Childs, editorial director of Children’s Media Conference.

"This year’s line-up of speakers tops a packed few days of sessions, insight panels, workshops and the CMC International Exchange, highlighting that CMC is more comprehensive than ever at tackling all the big issues at the heart of the UK and global kids’ content businesses.”

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