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Last Chance to Register for the TV Kids Summer Festival


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TV Kids Summer Festival, a free event focused on the major challenges and opportunities at play in the children’s media business today, kicks off on Monday with a powerful lineup of keynote speakers and panels.

Sign up for your free registration to attend here.

You can see the full agenda below. The panels and keynotes will be available live and on-demand.

Don’t miss out on hearing insights from some of the kids’ content community’s leading producers, distributors, commissioners and creators.

Need to convert the times below for where you are? Click on the times above the name of each session to make sure you don’t miss a thing! 

Monday, June 7

  • 9 a.m. EDT
    In the Public Interest

    Covid-19 emphasized the importance of a strong educational core for kids’ television, and pubcasters are leading the way. This session will spotlight the strategies of PBS KIDS’ Linda Simensky, Rai’s Luca Milano, BBC’s Sarah Muller and DR’s Niels Lindberg.
  • 10 a.m. EDT
    Keynote: Mattel’s Ynon Kreiz

    Under Ynon Kreiz’s leadership as chairman and CEO, Mattel has stepped up its efforts to capture the full value of the company’s iconic IP portfolio, creating global franchises that extend beyond the toy aisle. Stay tuned for a sneak peek at Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday immediately following the keynote.
  • 11:30 a.m. EDT
    Keynote: YouTube’s Nadine Zylstra

    The head of family, learning and impact at YouTube Originals, Nadine Zylstra will share how she is partnering with top YouTube creators and producers to develop hit original series for the platform.
  • 12:30 p.m. EDT
    Keynote: ViacomCBS’s Maria Kyriacou
    As president of ViacomCBS Networks UK and Australia, Maria Kyriacou will share her insights on the company’s thriving kids’ businesses in those markets—including Milkshake!, Nick UK and 10 Shake—and discuss its landmark “no diversity, no commission” policy.
  • 1:30 p.m. EDT
    Changing the Face of Kids’ TV

    Lion Forge’s David Steward II, Big Bad Boo’s Shabnam Rezaei and Safi Ideas’ Wa’qaar Mirza on how they are ensuring that kids’ television reflects the lives of all kids around the world.
  • 3 p.m. EDT
    The Magic of Sesame Street

    Sesame Workshop has been enriching the lives of children across the globe for more than five decades. In this fun session, we’ll hear from the iconic Cookie Monster, followed by a Q&A with Ed Wells, EVP and head of global media and education.

Tuesday, June 8

  • 9 a.m. EDT
    Keynote: WarnerMedia’s Tom Ascheim

    The president of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, Tom Ascheim will provide an update on the latest developments at Cartoon Network and Boomerang, highlight the kids’ slate at HBO Max and discuss collaboration between Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation.
  • 10:30 a.m. EDT
    Oh Canada!

    WildBrain’s Josh Scherba, Guru Studio’s Frank Falcone, marblemedia’s Mark Bishop, Portfolio’s Joy Rosen and Atomic Cartoons’ Richard Goldsmith weigh in on consumption trends, financing challenges and global expansion.
  • 12 p.m. EDT
    Keynote: Disney’s Ayo Davis
    As executive VP of creative development and strategy at Disney Branded Television, Ayo Davis will discuss the live-action slate she oversees for Disney+, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior.
  • 1:30 p.m. EDT
    Panel & Premiere: ZDF Enterprises’ Space Nova

    SLR’s Suzanne Ryan, Super RTL’s Lisa Albers and ABC Australia’s Michael Drakewill discuss how the new animated co-pro came together ahead of the premiere of the show.
  • 3 p.m. EDT
    Anatomy of a Hit

    The Total Drama franchise has charmed kids across the globe. In this session, we’ll hear from Fresh TV’s Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch and CAKE’s Ed Galtonon how the brand is still going strong.

Wednesday, June 9

  • 9 a.m. EDT
    Keynote: M6’s Philippe Bony

    The head of thematic and youth channels at M6 Group, Philippe Bony will outline the strategies the company has put in place to keep its market-leading portfolio at the forefront of the French kids’ sector.
  • 10:30 a.m. EDT
    Keynote: Aardman’s Sean Clarke

    The managing director of the acclaimed British animation studio, Sean Clarke will discuss its commitment to innovation, nurturing talent, philanthropic initiatives and opportunities for growth.
  • 12 p.m. EDT
    In the AVOD Stream

    This super-session will look at the massive kids’ AVOD opportunity from both the platform and distribution perspectives. In the first half, we’ll hear from WildBrain Spark’s Jon Gisby and Roku’s Ashley Hovey on working with content and ad partners, while in the second part, Jetpack Distribution’s Dominic Gardiner and Xilam Animation’s Charles Courcier will discuss the complexities and rewards of AVOD licensing deals.
  • 1:30 p.m. EDT
    Keynote: 9 Story’s Vince Commisso
    Vince Commisso, the president and CEO of 9 Story Media Group, will weigh in on the strategy for building brands, the company’s focus on diversity and representation and managing a business amid the pandemic.
  • 3 p.m. EDT
    TV Kids Pioneer Award: ZDF’s Nicole Keeb

    The head of international co-productions, development and acquisitions for children and youth at ZDF will be honored for her contributions to the children’s programming industry with a TV Kids Pioneer Award.

Thursday, June 10: Screenings Day

  • 9 a.m. EDT
    Premiere: Mondo TV & Toon2Tango’s The Wee Littles

    The Wee Littles is about a tiny family of four, living in the forest, handling their compact size with their own unique and inventive flair. Ahead of the premiere, Mondo TV’s Luana Perrero and Toon2Tango’s Jo Daris give a behind-the-scenes look at how the series came together.
  • 11 a.m. EDT
    Premiere: Dandelooo’s The Upside Down River

    The Upside Down River is an adventure story based on the cult youth novel by Jean-Claude Mourlevat featuring a breathtaking quest for the one magical drop of water from the River Qjar that allows for eternity.
  • 12 p.m. EDT
    Premiere: ACTF’s Hardball Season 2 & The Inbestigators

    In season two of Hardball, Mikey and the gang go on a huge adventure to win against the best players in the state in the prestigious handball tournament—Staties! The Inbestigators is a mystery detective comedy series. When 10-year-old Maudie, a freakishly gifted observer of human behavior, forms a detective agency with her classmates Ezra, Ava and Kyle, no school or neighborhood crime is left unsolved.





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