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2004 Showcomotion Conference

  • 100% of delegates indicated their intention to come to the festival again.
  • 76% said it was better than other TV and film conferences they had attended.

World Without Schedules

The 2004 conference had the theme 'World Without Schedules' which looked at the future landscape of television: examining how PVRs, VOD & non-terrestrial channels are sweeping away kids' reliance on the schedule.

Session highlights included:

Who's Pressing The Buttons? with speakers Billy MacQueen, Managing Director, Darrall MacQueen; Troy, Editor New Media, BBCi; Justin Gibbons, Director Strategy Services, PHD.

The Technology Drivers with Nigel Walley, Managing Director, Decipher Strategy Consultancy; Gary Pope, Director, Kids Industries; Annie Miles, Director, Talent Kids.

Preview of new kids reality show, Scary Sleepover, introduced by Mick Robertson, Managing Director, Wised Up Productions; Anne Brogan, Controller of Kids, Granada Media; Giles Ridge, Head of Production, Granada Media.

Breakouts on Pre-school, Factual & Drama with Michael Carrington, Head of Acquisitions & Animations, CBBC; Annie Gibbs & Chris Wood, Ragdoll; Jocelyn Stevenson, CEO, HIT Entertainment; Ian Prince, Editor Newsround, CBBC; Estelle Hughes, Editor CITV; Rachel Pendleton, Head of Development, CBBC Drama; Christopher Pilkington, Head, Initial Kids; Eileen Allen, Programmes Executive, Ofcom.

Comments by delegates

  • 'The standard of discussion and depth of thought-provoking ideas was excellent.'
  • 'The guest speakers actually had something to talk about that we may not have heard before. It was great!'
  • 'More interesting and innovative than most others I've been to.'
  • 'Very relaxed, informative and a good buzz.'
  • 'It was intimate enough to meet high profile and relevant people.'
  • 'It was wonderful, inspiring.'