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TV Kids Summer Festival Sets Panel on Canadian Content


WildBrain’s Josh Scherba, Guru Studio’s Frank Falcone, marblemedia’s Mark Bishop, Portfolio’s Joy Rosen and Thunderbird/Atomic Cartoons’ Richard Goldsmith will take part in a TV Kids Summer Festival session focused on the Canadian kids’ programming landscape.

Scherba is the president of WildBrain. Falcone is the president and executive creative director at Guru Studio. Bishop is co-CEO and executive producer at marblemedia. Rosen is CEO and co-founder of Portfolio Entertainment. Goldsmith is the president of global distribution and consumer products at Thunderbird Entertainment and Atomic Cartoons. The panelists will weigh in on consumption trends, financing challenges and global expansion with a view from Canada.

The TV Kids Summer Festival, which is being held from June 7 to 10, will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the children’s content community today. The event, which is free to attend, will be streamed live and available on-demand on (Missed our winter edition? Catch up on all the sessions here.)

Previously announced speakers include WarnerMedia’s Tom Ascheim, Disney’s Ayo Davis, Mattel’s Ynon Kreiz, Aardman’s Sean Clarke, M6’s Philippe Bony, YouTube’s Nadine Zylstra, 9 Story’s Vince Commisso, ZDF’s Nicole Keeb, Rai’s Luca Milano, BBC’s Sarah Muller, PBS’s Linda Simensky, DR’s Niels Lindberg, Total Drama Island creators Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch, CAKE’s Ed Galton, WildBrain Spark’s Jon Gisby, Roku’s Ashley Hovey, Jetpack’s Dominic Gardiner, Xilam’s Charles Courcier, Lion Forge’s David Steward II, Big Bad Boo’s Shabnam Rezaei, Safi Ideas’ Wa’qaar Mirza, Sesame Workshop’s Ed Wells and Cookie Monster.

Look for more announcements in the coming weeks about key speakers and panels taking place during the TV Kids Summer Festival. Registration will open shortly.

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