16th Annual Children’s Media Conference returns Sheffield

16th Annual Children’s Media Conference returns Sheffield

02 July 2019

Over a thousand delegates from children's media industries are set to gather in Sheffield this week as the annual Children’s Media Conference (CMC) returns to the city, 2 – 4 July.

An extensive programme of talks, workshops and over 60 industry sessions is set to take place across an array of the city’s key venues such as the Showroom-Workstation, Sheffield City Hall and Sheffield Town Hall.

Writer, presenter and former British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain is set to deliver the opening keynote interview on Tuesday, while key creatives behind the new ‘Horrible Histories Movie: Rotten Romans’, will take to the stage on Wednesday for a special Creative Keynote.

The keynotes complement this year’s conference theme, ‘Limitless’, which will explore what kids’ media can do to support the limitless curiosity, imaginations and entertainment appetite of children. The CMC will offer delegates a no-limits exploration of the unprecedented changes facing the industry, including new players and new funding models, new thinking on inclusivity and engagement, and pan-platform brands with limitless ambitions to connect with kids.

Now in its 16th year, the Children’s Media Conference is the premier conference in the UK dedicated to supporting children’s media. This annual get-together is the most important event of its kind in the UK, as it’s the only time when independent producers, broadcasters, film makers, commissioners, licensing executives, distributors, publishers, interactive media producers, writers, academics, theatre directors and educational media specialists can get together for discussions, workshops and intensive sessions which focus on all the new and future developments in children’s media and entertainment.

Running alongside the conference programme, ‘Playground’, the CMC’s ground-breaking interactive digital art exhibition for children, families and delegates, returns for a fourth year.

Based in Sheffield’s Site Gallery, this year’s Playground exhibition focuses on the theme of Game/Changers, showcasing reinterpretations and remakes of seminal toys, games and experiences developed over the last 40 years and will be open to the public until Sunday 7 July.

Welcoming more than 1,200 delegates, the conference kicks off with the annual market day, the CMC International Exchange which plays host to a wide range of broadcasters, co-producers, funders and investors from across the world keen to meet sellers of content and services.

Other highlights from this year’s conference include: The YACF – A User’s Guide, an insight into the brand new Young Audiences Content Fund pilot; Creative Masterclasses on Clangers and Paddington;  Stream If You Want to Go Faster, will decode the SVoDs with in-depth research insights; Going Global, looks at internationalising UK children’s learning content, and Are the Robots Coming For Our Children promises to be a lively debate on the advances in AI and the implications for how our children will interface with technology.

For more information, registration and the full programme of sessions and speakers, visit: www.thechildrensmediaconference.com