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Magnificent seven line up for Kids Content Futures

The first seven speakers have been announced for C21's Kids Content Futures conference, which takes place on November 28 as part of Content London 2017.

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The event will provide a host of networking opportunities alongside stimulating sessions featuring some of the most active commissioners and producers of children’s content working in the business today.

An action-packed day of sessions, case studies and keynotes will provide a road-map to the future of children’s screen-based entertainment.

The first seven speakers announced are:


“Pat”Patricia Hidalgo
Chief content officer, Turner EMEA and International Kids Strategy
Patricia Hidalgo is chief content officer EMEA and International Kids Strategy for Turner. In this role, she acts as Turner’s editorial head for its strong portfolio of kids’ content and channel brands across EMEA including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Cartoonito – as well as representing Turner International with the kids’ production teams in the U.S.
Hidalgo oversees all owned, co-funded and acquired content as well as the programming and digital strategies, branding and franchise management for Turner kids platforms and IPS.


“Jo”Lucy Murphy
Head of kids content, Sky UK
Lucy was appointed Sky’s first head of kids content in 2015. She is responsible for Sky’s on demand kids content across all platforms, a library which recently saw the number of episodes available grow from 700 to 4,500 episodes, as well as overseeing the continued development of the successful Sky Kids App.  In 2016 she commissioned a new series of animated classic Morph from Aardman Animation as well as  Big Cats: Wild Files from Offspring and Duck Quacks Don’t Echo: Kids from Magnum.




“Jo”Jo Allen
Producer, BBC Children's Acquisitions and Independent Animation
Jo is producer for animation and acquisitions – overseeing animation and live action projects for CBBC. Previously Jo worked as an animation producer and consultant in the independent sector, making commercials, series; including Morph and Angry Kid and short films including the Academy Award nominated Wat’s Pig and the BAFTA, Cartoon D’or and Annecy  Special  Jury award winning ‘Pearce Sisters’.




“Tom”Tom Beattie
Head of kids and animation, Tiger Aspect Productions
Tom is head of kids and Animation for Tiger Aspect Productions and series producer of the animated Mr Bean.
Tom started his career in advertising as a creative before moving into live action film production. After managing commercial and pop promo productions for various bands and brands from U2 to Pot Noodle, Tom transferred his skills to animation and children’s TV production.




“Lauren”Lauren Child
Author, illustrator and Children's Laureate
Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, bestselling writer and artist. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. She is a passionate advocate for visual literacy and the importance of quality picture books for children.
Lauren has been at the forefront of innovation in children’s books for over 15 years and has elevated the profile of illustration as an artform for all ages. She works with mixed media, pioneered text as an integral part of illustration and collaborates with artists across different fields.


“Emma”Emma Scott
CEO, Beano Studios
Emma is the CEO and founder of Beano Studios, a global kid’s entertainment business, driven by the spirit and rebellion of all things Beano. Emma was previously the Managing Director of Freesat, the UK’s free satellite TV and on-demand service, and an ITV and BBC joint venture. Prior to founding Freesat, Emma was Chief of Staff to the BBC Director-General, Greg Dyke, where she led the launch of Freeview, created the BBC’s first on-demand digital platform, and established a new TV region. Emma began her career working as a researcher in the House of Commons for a Shadow Cabinet minister.


“David”David Schweitzer
Composer
David Schweitzer is an award-winning composer who has scored over 100 film and television projects ranging from animated kids’ shows to documentaries and drama.
In the world of children’s television, his credits include Charlie & Lola , The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, Mike the Knight, Q Pootle 5, Bob the Builder, Angry Birds Toons, Tommy Zoom, Digby Dragon, Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small and Olobob Top.
As well as being a multi-instrumentalist, David is also a unique and inventive lyricist and songwriter whose CDs include ArtSongs – a collection of songs about art for children commissioned by Tate. He recently enjoyed collaborating with Tiger Aspect on songs for Aliens Love Underpants!


Further speakers will be announced the coming week.


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