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Panel on Program Financing Set for TV Kids Festival


Guru Studio’s Frank Falcone, DeAPlaneta Entertainment’s Carlos Biern, CAKE’s Ed Galton and Big Bad Boo Studios’ Shabnam Rezaei will share their perspectives on financing shows during a panel session taking place during the TV Kids Festival, which is open for registration free of charge.

Falcone serves as the president and executive creative director of Guru. Biern is currently the director of content and distribution for kids and family at DeAPlaneta. Galton serves as the CEO of CAKE. Rezaei is the co-founder of Big Bad Boo. Together, they will discuss what it takes to finance a children’s show in today’s economy.

These executives join the TV Kids Festival roster alongside previously announced speakers Nelvana’s Athena Georgaklis; Cyber Group Studios’ Ira Singerman; Sesame Workshop’s Kay Wilson Stallings; Boat Rocker Studios’ Shaleen Sangha; 9 Story Media Group’s Vince Commisso; WildBrain’s Eric Ellenbogen; Banijay Kids & Family’s Benoît Di Sabatino; Doc McStuffins’ Chris Nee; Star Trek: Prodigy’s Kevin and Dan Hageman; Gabby’s Dollhouse’s Traci Paige Johnson and Jennifer Twomey; Emma Memma’s Emma Watkins; and First Day’s Julie Kalceff and Kirsty Stark. Look for more speaker announcements coming soon.

Taking place from February 7 to 10, the TV Kids Festival will feature keynotes and panels with leading executives and creatives discussing the major trends in the children’s programming business. It will be streamed live and available on-demand on Unlike other events requiring hefty registration fees, attendance to the TV Kids Festival is free. The inaugural festival attracted more than 1,700 participants.

You can register for the TV Kids Festival here for free.

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