Andy Heyward & Harold Chizick Set for TV Kids Festival


Andy Heyward, CEO of Genius Brands International, and Harold Chizick, CEO and co-founder of ChizComm, will discuss the rapidly evolving children’s media landscape and what companies should consider in order to thrive during a session taking place as part of the TV Kids Festival.

Full speaker list and FREE registration available here.

Running from February 2 to February 5, the TV Kids Festival is a free event focused on the importance of alliances in producing and distributing top-notch kids’ programming. It will be streamed live and available on-demand on World Screen’s brand-new, state-of-the-art events and festivals platform. Registration for this event is free. You can register here.

TV Kids also recently announced that Cyber Group Studios’ Pierre Sissmann will be joined by France Télévisions’ Christine Reinaudo and character designer Yann de Preval to talk about the new property 50/50 Heroes as part of the TV Kids Festival. The TV Kids Festival will also include a panel session on European animation with Xilam’s Marc du Pontavice, Superprod’s Clément Calvet and Dandelooo’s Emmanuèle Pétry-Sirvin; one dedicated to the evolution of the distribution business, featuring CAKE’s Ed Galton, eOne Family Brands’ Monica Candiani and 9 Story Media Group’s Alix Wiseman; a panel on kids’ co-productions, with Toon2Tango’s Ulli Stoef, Serious Lunch and Eye Present’s Genevieve Dexter, Boat Rocker Studios’ Jon Rutherford and Guru Studio’s Frank Falcone; and a session on acquisition strategies will include Cartoon Network’s Adina Pitt, M6’s Maud Branly, Kidoodle.TV’s Brenda Bisner and Hopster’s Ellen Solberg.

Also on the TV Kids Festival roster are actor and author Tony Hale, who will be joined by DreamWorks Animation’s Teri Weiss to discuss Archibald’s Next Big Thing; Jonathan M. Shiff, creator of H20: Just Add WaterMako Mermaids and The Bureau of Magical Things; Dan Povenmire, whose credits include Phineas and Ferb; Traci Paige Johnson and Angela Santomero, the co-creators of the hit series Blue’s Clues and Blue’s Clues & You!; Eric Ellenbogen, the CEO and vice chair of WildBrain; Claude Schmit, the CEO of Super RTL; and Sebastian Debertin, the head of fiction, acquisitions and co-productions at KiKA.