TV KIDS FESTIVAL 2023
Tuesday, February 7
- The Decision-Makers
Sky Kids’ Lucy Murphy, TFO’s Marianne Lambert, Paramount UK & Ireland’s Louise Bucknole and Future Today’s David Di Lorenzo on what’s shaping their programming strategies this year.
- Inside Gabby’s Dollhouse
Traci Paige Johnson and Jennifer Twomey take delegates behind the scenes of the hit DreamWorks Animation series Gabby’s Dollhouse.
- Keynote: Mattel’s Richard Dickson
Richard Dickson, the president and COO of the toy giant, will discuss the crucial role IP plays in the company’s overall brand-building strategies.
- Making Sense of YouTube
Entertainment One’s Yannick Ferrero, pocket.watch’s David B. Williams, Cloudco’s Sean Gorman and Genius Brands International’s Paul Robinson will discuss how YouTube and other free video platforms factor into their brand and content-development strategies.
- Creative Keynote: Chris Nee
Since her breakout hit Doc McStuffins, Chris Nee has gone on to create and produce several acclaimed shows and is currently working on a slate of Netflix projects, including Ada Twist, Scientist.
Wednesday, February 8
- Spotlight: U.K. & Ireland
Jetpack Distribution’s Dominic Gardiner, Serious Kids’ Genevieve Dexter, Monster Entertainment’s Andrew Fitzpatrick, Magic Light Pictures’ Muriel Thomas and Sixteen South’s Colin Williams will discuss the challenges and opportunities in British and Irish animation today.
- Keynote: 9 Story Media Group’s Vince Commisso
9 Story Media Group’s president and CEO, Vince Commisso, will share his strategy for building on the company’s successes and further expansion.
- Keynote: The Jim Henson Company’s Halle Stanford
As the president of television at The Jim Henson Company, Halle Stanford oversees a slate that targets multiple age demographics across numerous genres and storytelling techniques.
- Star Trek: Prodigy’s New Frontiers
Kevin and Dan Hageman are behind the first animated series for kids set in the beloved Star Trek universe.
- Getting Creative
Sesame Workshop’s Kay Wilson Stallings, Nelvana’s Athena Georgaklis, Cyber Group Studios’ Ira Singerman and Boat Rocker’s Shaleen Sangha will share their approaches to crafting development slates that meet the needs of all players in the market today.
Thursday, February 9
- Keynote: Banijay Kids & Family’s Benoît Di Sabatino
Benoît Di Sabatino, the CEO of Banijay Kids & Family, will articulate his growth strategy for the company, which includes a dedicated distribution and commercial arm and production labels across Europe.
- Money Matters
As financing shows becomes more challenging, we’ll hear valuable insights from CAKE’s Ed Galton, Guru Studio’s Frank Falcone, DeAPlaneta Entertainment’s Carlos Biern and Big Bad Boo Studios’ Shabnam Rezaei.
- Keynote: WildBrain’s Eric Ellenbogen
Eric Ellenbogen, vice chair and CEO of the leading kids’ and family content indie, will share how he is guiding the company through a fast-changing marketplace.
- First Day’s Firsts
Creator Julie Kalceff and producer Kirsty Stark will share how the Australian live-action series First Day is breaking barriers in its representation of transgender kids.
Friday, February 10
- TV Kids Pioneer Award: POP Channels’ Francesca Newington
For her savvy programming decisions at the Narrative Entertainment-owned POP Channels, Francesca Newington will be honored with the TV Kids Pioneer Award after sharing her content strategy with festival delegates.
- Smarter Kids
Dandelooo’s Emmanuèle Pétry-Sirvin, Toonz Media Group’s Bruno Zarka and The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company’s Kenn Viselman will deliver valuable insights on successfully incorporating curricula and important social themes in kids’ content.
- Kidoodle.TV’s Streaming Edge
The streaming platform’s chief content officer, Brenda Bisner, will reveal what’s driving its usage gains across multiple markets and platforms.
- Creative Keynote: Emma Watkins
After coming to fame as a member of The Wiggles, Emma Watkins is now working on a new series, Emma Memma: Sing. Dance. Sign.