BBC Heavyweights Alice Webb and James Purnell Set To Deliver Opening Keynote At This Year's Children’s Media Conference | The Fan Carpet

BBC Heavyweights Alice Webb and James Purnell Set To Deliver Opening Keynote At This Year’s Children’s Media Conference


07 June 2017

• The BBC's plans for the next ten years have wide implications for the whole kids' media industry. In taking this strategic review for the BBC, Alice and James will share their perspective on what the future holds generally for the audience and kids’ content makers.

• Additional high-profile speakers at the Conference (5th and 6th July) in Sheffield include:

o Baroness Kidron
o Showrunners Foz Allan and Phil Ford
o Kay Benbow and Cheryl Taylor from the BBC
o Sarah Muller in her new role as Head of Children’s at Channel 5
o Lucy Murphy, Head of Kids Content at Sky
o Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels & Acquisitions at ITV, discussing their commissioning plans
o There will be appearances from Pui Fan Lee, Sid Sloane, Cel Spellman and possibly CMC biggest ever star… Zippy from Rainbow!

Alice Webb and James Purnell to share plans and insights at Opening Keynote

The Children’s Media Conference (CMC) is thrilled to announce that two senior BBC children's industry leaders will take to the stage in the Opening Keynote at this year’s conference.

On Tuesday July 4th, the Conference’s opening day, CMC will welcome to the Crucible Theatre Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s & BBC North and James Purnell, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and now Director BBC Radio & Education.

As the dominant commissioning body in the UK, the BBC's plans for the next ten years have wide implications for the whole kids' media industry. Alice and James will update on the BBC's strategy and will also share their perspective on what the future holds generally for the audience and kids’ content makers.

 

 

Greg Childs, Editorial Director of Children’s Media Conference, says “In the current world climate our theme that looks at how we can remain ‘Open’ is even more urgent – Britain open for business, the industry open to new ways of working and reaching the kids’ audience, and the audience being encouraged to maintain an open-hearted and open-eyed perspective by the content we create and distribute. At CMC we have the best and brightest of the UK and international children’s media industry to discuss how we can best serve young audiences in this rapidly shifting landscape.”

This year’s CMC will also focus on the UK’s opportunities in the global children’s media market at the CMC International Exchange on July 4th, where over 60 commissioners, buyers and co-producers including senior industry executives such as Julien Borde, Terry Kalagian, Natalie Osborne and Christopher Keenan will meet UK delegates to hear project pitches, alongside a number of key Chinese animation producers looking for IP and talent coming to the Exchange for the first time. 

Additional high-profile speakers at the Conference (5th and 6th July) include: Baroness Kidron Founder of the 5Rights online security campaign; writer/showrunners Foz Allan and Phil Ford; Kay Benbow and Cheryl Taylor from the BBC; Sarah Muller in her new role as Head of Children’s at Channel 5; Lucy Murphy, Head of Kids Content at Sky; Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels & Acquisitions at ITV, discussing their commissioning plans, and on the performance side there will be appearances from Pui Fan Lee, Sid Sloane, Cel Spellman and possible CMC biggest ever star… Zippy from Rainbow!

For more information and the full programme of sessions and speakers, visit CMC.

About Children’s Media Conference
Now in its 14th year, The Children’s Media Conference (CMC) 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; 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.

CMC International Exchange
The first day of the event is the CMC International Exchange, where international commissioning executives, buyers, co-production partners and funding agencies are welcomed to the UK’s only children’s content market. The international guests are offered the chance to meet a huge range of UK content companies specialising in children’s media – in one place at one time. The international guests will then join the Conference for discussions on panels and networking with all delegates.

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