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2008 Timetable

2008 Conference Timetable

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Wednesday 2nd July

4–8.30pm Registration Open

6 – 7pm Welcome Drinks

7 - 8pm Keynote by the Shadow Minster for Culture and Media Ed Vaizey MP - “Providing the Best in Their Space”

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8 - 9pm Reception

Thursday 3rd July

8.30am–7pm Registration Open

9.30–10.30am Who's Space is it Anyway?
The industry, the regulators, or the kids?
Host: Jake Humphries, Presenter
Panel guests: Michael Carrington, Controller CBeebies; Catherine Marshall, student Tapton Comprehensive School; Adrian Mills, CEO Myriad Learning; Nigel Pickard, Director of Family Entertainment RDF Television; Faizah Sabir, student Brinsworth Comprehensive School; Alison Warner, VP Distribution UK Cookie Jar Entertainment.

11–12.30am Thinking Out of the Box
Creative companies finding new ways to fund ideas and reach audiences.
Moderator: Dominic Mason, Director Model Interaction
Speakers: David Miller, Director of Marketing & Business Development Europe, Double Fusion; Michael Smith, CEO Mind Candy; Warren Tomlin, Chief Creative Officer Fuel Industries; Maurice Wheeler, Founder and Planning Director, Digital Outlook.
Produced by: Adam Khwaja, Development Producer, BBC Children’s Interactive

11.00am–12.30pm Prix Jeunesse Suitcase
The best from the world’s premier international programme showcase.
Introduced by: Frank Klasen, Head of Editorial, Children’s Department, Super RTL, Germany.
Presented by: David Kleeman, President, American Centre for Children and Media
(Repeated on Friday at same time)

11.00am–12.30pm Crossover Kids Workshop
Find out more about and test out a unique development opportunity.
Crossover Labs are supported by the BBC, Channel 4, Nesta, Screen Yorkshire & Skillset.
Speakers: Frank Boyd, Director, Unexpected Media; Heather Croall, Director Doc/Fest & Co-Director Crossover Labs; Marc Goodchild, Head of Interactive and On-demand, BBC Children’s
Produced by: Frank Boyd

12.45-1.45pm Let’s Do Lunch
Lunch with the commissioners and buyers – find out their plans and priorities.
Moderator: Estelle Hughes, MD 3Line Media
Speakers: Kate Dean, Head of Television, BT Vision; Sheila DeCourcy, Commissioning Editor Young People’s Programmes, RTE; Sian Eirian, Head of Children’s Services, S4C
Produced by: Estelle Hughes

12.45-1.45pm Audience Insight Briefings
Insights from Showcomotion commissioned research.
Speakers: Shazia Ali Associate Director, Qmedia, Catherine Ellis, Research Manager, Quaestor Research and Marketing Strategists; Laura McLarty, Head of Research, Dubit Ltd.
Produced by: Claire Tonks, Director Kids Industries

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2–3pm The Future of Kids’ PSB
Question Time: quiz the broadcasters, regulators and campaigners about the future.
Moderator: Kate Bulkley, Journalist
Speakers: Anne Brogan, Director, Kindle Entertainment & Executive Committee Member, Save Kids’ TV;
Richard Deverell, Controller BBC Children’s; Adam Minns, Head of Policy Development PACT; Huw Rossiter, Director of Communications, S4C; James Thickett, Director of Research, Ofcom: Janey Walker Head of Education and Managing Editor Commissioning, Channel 4
Produced by: Greg Childs, Director, Childseye Consulting

2–3pm Inspiration vs. Insight
The role of audience research in the creative process.
Moderator: Joe Mace, Head of Format Development, BBC Entertainment
Speakers: Dr Laura Brown, Supervising Director of Research and Curriculum, Little Airplane Productions;
Marie Laver, Insight and Strategy Manager, BBC Children’s Worldwide; Josh Selig, Founder and President, Little Airplane Productions; Jeanette Steemers, Professor of Media & Communications, CAMRI, University of
Produced by: Melissa Hardinge, Executive Producer CBBC Commissioning

3.30–4.30pm Licensed to Thrill
Is it only terrestrial broadcast that can create a licensing hit?
Moderator: Richard Hollis, Head of UK Licensing, BBC Worldwide;
Speakers: Alan Fenwick, Vice President Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA; Helen Howells, Global Brand Director Target Entertainment; Debbie MacDonald, Programming Director, Nickelodeon UK; Fiona MacMillan, Children’s Colour Publisher, Random Children’s Books; Jane Rumble, Senior Associate Ofcom
Produced by: Oliver Ellis, Director of Children’s and Family Programming Target Entertainment

3.30–4.30pm Welcome to my World
What do we know about kids’ lives in virtual worlds?
Moderator: Lizzie Jackson, AHRC Researcher, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster
Speakers: Joe Elliot, Director of Learning and Children's Media, Magic Lantern Productions; Marc Goodchild, Head of Children’s Interactive and On-demand, BBC; Sophie Patrikios, Consumer Services Director, The Lego Company
Produced by: Sioned Roberts, Freelance Producer Download Adventure Rock pdf

3.30–4.30pm Talk to the Trust
Make your views known to the BBC Trust Children’s Genre Review.
Moderator: Adrian Mills, CEO Myriad Learning
Speaker: Mark Wakefield, Head of Performance, BBC Trust.

Download BBC Trust Briefing Note

Download BBC Trust Review Presentation

5–6pm Farewell Fully-funded, Hello Co-pro
The joys and horrors of “collaboration” as co-pro becomes the norm in every genre.
Moderator: Julian Scott, Head of Programming, Coolabi Productions
Speakers: Nia Ceidiog, Director, Ceidiog Creations; Sian Eirian, Head of Children’s Services, S4C; Mahmoud Orfali, Al Jazeera Children’s Channel; Nigel Pickard, Director of Family Entertainment, RDF Television; Kim Shillinglaw, Commissioning Executive, CBBC.
Produced by: Linda Ross, Head of Development, Athena Films

5–6pm Get Shorty
Killers - not fillers. Short form shows, how they’re made, used and appreciated.
Moderator: Sheila DeCourcy, Commissioning Editor, Young People’s Programmes, RTE
Speakers: Jonathan Boseley, VP Programming, Disney Channel UK; Phil Cooper, Producer, BBC Children’s; Peter Drake, Creative Director, Nickelodeon UK; Greg McLeod, Animator/ Director & Miles McLeod, Writer/ Director, The Brothers McLeod Ltd; Jason Krogh, Founder/ Director, zinc Roe Inc.; Denise Winterburn, Creative Director, CITV
Produced by: Tim Dann, Voice Artist and Writer

5–6pm Innovation Showcase
What's new? What's hot? What's breaking new ground?
Moderator: Rebecca Shallcross, Multi-platform Commissioning Executive, BBC Children’s
Speakers: Tom McDonnell, Co-founder & Producer, Monterosa; Cuan MacConghail, Director On the Block, RTE

6.15–7pm Creative Keynote - Food for Thought
Animating Ratatouille with Mark Walsh (Pixar Animation Studios).
Introduced by: Steve Aranguren, VP Global Original Programming, Disney Channel Worldwide
Speaker: Mark Walsh, Supervising Animator, Pixar Animation Studios
Produced by: Lorna Partington, Freelance Youth & Community Media Consultant

7 - 8.45pm Drinks reception at the Millenium Galleries