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DAY 1: TIMEMAIN AUDITORIUMCHARTER 2
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09:30AMWELCOME

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10:00AMUnlimited Keynote

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RESEARCH
'FAKE NEWS'

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10:30AM
11:00AMBREAKBREAKBREAK
11:30AMTony Hall, Director General, BBC

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12:00PMIs that Entertainment?
ENTERTAINMENT PANEL

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You Can’t Be What You Can’t See
EMPOWERMENT PANEL

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IN CONVERSATION WITH SIYANDA MOHUTSIWA

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1:00PMLUNCHCURATORS OF THE FUTURE

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HOPE WORKS SHOWCASE

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2:00PMKEYNOTE
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EDUCATION PANEL
Edu-tainment for all

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In Conversation with...

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2:30PMKEYNOTE

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2:50PMBREAK
3:00PMBREAK
3:15PMDigital Distractions
FREEDOM PANEL

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Competing for your kids, Research

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3:30PMBREAKINNOVATION PANEL

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3:45PM
4:00PMKEYNOTE

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4:15PMENTERTAINMENT PANEL
Ca$hing in on the Kids

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4:30PMComing of ‘half’ age, Research

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5:00PMForum

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Children’s screen related fear, Research

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5:15PM
5:30PM
5:45PMDRINKS RECEPTION
6:15PM
DAY 2: TIMEMAIN AUDITORIUM
CHARTER 1
CHARTER 2
CHARTER 4
08:30AMRelax and Stretch

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09:00PM
09:30AMWELCOME DAY 2

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IN CONVERSATION WITH...

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10:00AMGeneration Jounalist
EMPOWERMENT PANEL

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Thriving Online
FREEDOM PANEL

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10:30AMFREEDOM PANEL

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Puberty: Overcoming Taboo, Research

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11:00AMBREAKBREAK
11:30AMRevolution off the Pitch
KEYNOTE

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Rise of the Machines
INNOVATION PANEL

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BREAKFreedom Online, Research

Ellie Proffit, Childnet
11:45AM
12:00PMTech Tools and Teaching
EDUCATION PANEL

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12:15PMWhat's The Future of Storytelling?
INNOVATION PANEL

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12:30PM
1:15PMLUNCHCURATORS OF THE FUTURE

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Taking Stock
CMF Session

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1:30PM
2:00PMKEYNOTE: To be announced…

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2:30PMUnboxing Boys and Girls
EMPOWERMENT PANEL

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Kindness, Empathy, Understanding, Research

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2:50PM

3:30PMBREAKBREAKFest of Fests, Research

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3:45PMCelebrities Unleashed
ENTERTAINMENT PANEL

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4:00PMLearning at the edge of chaos
EDUCATION

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BREAKStreet Connected Children, Research

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4:30PMCurious Minds, Research

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4:40PMForum

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5:00PMEmotion recognition software, Research

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5:30PMFINISHFINISHFINISHFINISH
7.00PMGALA DINNER
DAY 3: TIMEMAIN AUDITORIUM
CHARTER 2
CHARTER 3
CHARTER 4
08:45AMRelax and Stretch

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09:15AM
09:30AMWELCOME DAY 3

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10:00AMKEYNOTE

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Anatomy of a Trend
INNOVATION PANEL

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The Teenage Years
EDUCATION PANEL

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11:00AMBREAKBREAKBREAKChild's view - online risks, Research

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11:30AMCan Content Still Be King?
INNOVATION PANEL

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IN CONVERSATION WITH DISNEY

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Policy Communities, Research
12:00PMLUNCH
12:30PMLUNCHCURATORS OF THE FUTURE

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1:30PMThe Router of all Evil
FREEDOM PANEL

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1:45PM
2:15PM
2:30PMCLOSING
TO BE ANNOUNCED...

Alice Webb, Summit Chair and Director, BBC Children’s and BBC North
Tony Walsh, Performance poet & writer
3PM

Keynote

Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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Adopting VR, Research

Why, how and when younger generations will adopt VR.

Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice
Peter Robinson, Head of Research, Dubit

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Emotion recognition software, Research

Host: Sherri Hope Culver, Director of the Centre for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL), Temple University

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Street Connected Children, Research

Host: Beth Carmona, Director of Content, Comkids Brazil

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Children’s screen related fear, Research

Host: Beth Hewitt, Director, Nations and regions Media Conference,

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Competing for your kids, Research

Competing for your kids: video platforms' efforts to engage young viewers.

James Creech, Co-Founder & CEO of Paladin Software
Jak Severson, Founder and Founding CEO, Thoughtful Media Group.

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Anatomy of a Trend

ENTERTAINMENT PANEL

Some thought esports would be a temporary trend, but its growth suggests that it’s here to stay. What makes an emerging trend stand the test of time?

HOST: Julia Hardy, Presenter
James Dean, Founder, MD, ESL UK
Seth Killian, Co-Founder, Evo, and Lead Designer, Riot Games
Chester King, Founder and CEO, British Esports Association
Chris Mead, Senior Director of Partnerships, EMEA, Twitch
FEATURING: Magero, Poet
Producer: Bassem Boulos, Senior Content Producer, BBC Children's Games

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The Router of all Evil

FREEDOM PANEL

A discussion on what can be done to safeguard young people online and who's responsible. If we work together, is global self-regulation realistic? Is legislation what we really want and will some young people always find ways around the rules?

HOST: James Lyne, Global Head of Security Research, Sophos
Tristia Harrison, CEO, TalkTalk
Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England
Simon Milner, Policy Director, Facebook
Denise G. Tayloe, Co-Founder and CEO, PRIVO
Producer: Jo Gurney, Producer, BBC Scotland

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CURATORS OF THE FUTURE

Panel sessions

Panel sessions where commissioners and stakeholders share views on how their world is evolving and, most importantly, the challenges ahead.

HOST: Andrew Kavanagh, CEO/Founder, Kavaleer Productions
Thomas Grond, Head of Young Audiences, EBU
Natalie Osborne, Chief Strategy Officer, 9Story
Jean-Philippe Randisi, CEO, Zodiak Kids
Chris Rose, Director, Development & Production, Beano Studios
Linda Simensky, VP Children’s Programming, PBS
Producer: Steve Wynne, CEO, Strawberry Blond TV

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IN CONVERSATION WITH DISNEY

A 90 Year Old Mouse In The Digital Age

What’s in store for Disney’s (and the world’s) most iconic cartoon character and how Mickey Mouse is still relevant to current and future audiences, with traditional and new platform content.

Tricia Wilber, Chief Marketing Officer EMEA, The Walt Disney Company
Producer: John Knowles, Producer, Cbeebies

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Can Content Still Be King?

INNOVATION PANEL

Do established media providers have to give up success to innovate? What is keeping Netflix up at night? A debate on how the media could and should deliver content in an unlimited future.

Steven Bartlett, CEO, The Social Chain Group
CJ Fahley, General Manger, VICELAND EMEA & APAC
Alice Webb, Summit Chair and Director, BBC Children’s and BBC North
Mark Woods, Head of Social, Comic Relief
Producer: Rachel Bardill, Digital Development Editor, BBC Children's James Woodham, Digital Development Producer, BBC Children's

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Child's view - online risks, Research

‘Uncomfortable' content, pressure, bullying and banter: a child's eye view of online risks.

Emily Keaney, Head of Children's Research, Ofcom.
Host: Beth Carmona, Content and Development Director, ComKids

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The Teenage Years

EDUCATION PANEL

Hormones, self- image, relationships and studies occupy the teenage mind, but they are hungry to learn about themselves and the world. Who is pushing the boundaries and delivering content that’s cutting through and helping teenagers learn about life?

HOST: Dr Radha Modgil, Doctor, Broadcaster
Bryan Elsley, Director, Balloon Entertainment
Hildri Gulliksen, Head of NRK Super
Sarah Newton, Teenologist
Yuan Nong, Director, Beijing Film Academy Board
FEATURING: Eva O'Connor, Actress and Writer
Producer: Amy Buscombe, Commissioning Editor, Drama Independents, BBC Children's

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IN CONVERSATION WITH SIYANDA MOHUTSIWA

 Africa's Digital Future

Siyanda Mohutsiwa, Writer
HOST: Naga Munchetty, BBC Journalist and Broadcaster
Producer: Angela Young, Series Producer, CBeebies

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KEYNOTE

Jeffrey D. Dunn is bringing an iconic brand into today’s complex digital and cultural environment. As Sesame approaches its 50th anniversary, what has the organisation learnt during its half-century journey and what challenges has it faced and overcome? How has it stayed true to its mission as it continues to grow and innovate?

HOST: Vicky Rideout, Founder, VJR Consulting
Producer: Tony Reed, Executive Producer, CBeebies In-House Production

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WELCOME DAY 3

Alice Webb, Summit Chair and Director, BBC Children’s and BBC North
Tristia Harrison, CEO, Talk Talk

Producer: Lizze Mathieson, Digital Editorial Lead, Children’s Interactive Website

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Yoga and Mindfulness

Gentle exercises and breathing techniques to kick start your day

Instructor: Vanessa Amberleigh

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Forum

A summary of the day at the Summit. Delegates and speakers come together to lead discussion and questioning, sharing ideas creating an unparalleled platform for change.

Producer: Ben Armstrong, Head of Development, CBBC

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RESEARCH

From Radio To The Internet With Young Advocates, The Curious Minds Empowerment Experience

Kingsley Obeng-kyereh, Children and Youth In Broadcasting, Curious Minds


How Open Are Children To Diversity? Learning From Emotion Recognition Software

Sallyann Keizer, Sixth Sense Media Limited

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Learning at the edge of chaos

EDUCATION

Professor Sugata Mitra is on a mission to change how we teach children and shape the way they learn. How will children’s learning evolve, and how can we ensure that it continues to grow in a positive direction?

HOST: Andrew Kavanagh, CEO/Founder Kavaleer Productions
Producer: Anna Perowne, Series Producer, CBeebies

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Celebrities Unleashed

ENTERTAINMENT PANEL

The route to achieving  ’15 minutes of fame’ is shorter than it's ever been and a new celebrity culture for kids has emerged. In an unlimited world, how will celebrities rise and fall? What will it mean to be a celebrity in the future?

HOST: Iain Stirling, Presenter, Comedian
Tom Fletcher, Musician and Author
Lisa Filipelli, Founder, Flip Management
Oli White, Youtuber
Producer: David Howarth, Freelance Development Executive

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RESEARCH

Fest of fests

Fest of Fests: an innovative critical viewer’s ecosystem

Despoina Lampada
Michal Cacoyannis Foundation


"RESEARCH Using Technology to Empower Street-Connected Children

Irene Baraldi, University of Manchester"

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Taking Stock

POLICY SESSION

The world’s most experienced industry-watchers and makers explore whether content for kids around the globe is serving kids’ fundamental needs and reveal their favourite inspirational projects.

HOST: Anna Home, Chair, Children’s Media Foundation
Beth Carmona, Content and Development Director, ComKids
Yemisi Mokuolu, Founder and CEO, Hatch Africa
David Kleeman, SVP Global Trends, Dubit
Clare Sumner, Policy Director, BBC

Producer: Greg Childs, Director, The Children's Media Foundation

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Kindness, Empathy, Understanding, Research

Sesame Street's Insights About Kindness, Empathy And Cultural Competency: The Role Of Media

HOST: Doctor Ellen Wartella, Director, Centre on Media and Human Development, Northwestern University
Estee Bardanashvili, Senior Producer, International Social Impact, Sesame Workshop
Brown Johnson, EVP and Creative Director, Sesame Workshop
Kay Wilson Stallings, SVP Creative Development, Sesame Workshop

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Unboxing Girls and Boys

EMPOWERMENT PANEL

The media has the power to label and reinforce stereotypes. How should international content makers represent gender in the future? Is it possible to avoid stereotypes in digital media and empower kids to just be themselves?

HOST: Laura Haynes, Co-Chair, UN Women
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj, Indipendent Journalist and Documentary Filmmaker
Maya Götz, Head of IZI, Prix Jeunesse Foundation
Obie Scott Wade, Ceo, Obieco Entertainment, Inc
Jordan Stephens, Musician
Producer: Kez Margrie, Commissioning Editor, Independents, CBBC
Esther Jackson-Burton, Founder, Vulva La Revolution

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KEYNOTE

To be announced…

Unlimited freedom in the digital world may be impacting on children’s mental health and wellbeing. What should the industry do next to engage with the everyday problems that young people face online?

Host: Greg James, Radio Presenter

Producer:
Annette WIlliams, Executive Producer, CBBC Productions
Rob Jenkinson, Series Producer, BBC Children's

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CURATORS OF THE FUTURE

Panel sessions

Panel sessions where commissioners and stakeholders share views on how their world is evolving and, most importantly, the challenges ahead.

Olivier Dumont, MD, Entertainment One
Rick Glankler, President and General Manager of Kids and Family Entertainment, Fremantle Media Group
Nina Hahn, SVP International Production and Development Nickelodeon
Cheryl Taylor, Controller, CBBC
Steve Youngwood, COO, Sesame Workshop
Producer: Steve Wynne, CEO, Strawberry Blond TV

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Tech Tools and Teaching

EDUCATION PANEL

We live in a world where education is not accessed equally. For future generations, with innovations in tech and tools, can every child have the opportunity to learn and what content will inspire them?

Iris Lapinski, Founder and CEO, Apps For Good
Colin McElwee, Co-Founder, Worldreader
Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, OECD
Producer: Simon Hall, Series Producer, BBC Children's

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What's The Future of Storytelling?

INNOVATION PANEL

What innovative technologies are being used to tell stories in new ways and how are AI, AR, VR and holograms changing children’s expectations?

HOST: Spencer Kelly, Presenter, BBC Click
Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech City UK
Jan Pinkava, Creative Director, Google Spotlight Stories
Resh Sidhu, Creative Director for Virtual Reality, Framestore
FEATURING: Sophiatown
Producer: Trevor Klein, Freelance Producer for TV/Digital

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Rise of the Machines

INNOVATION PANEL

What’s next for the likes of AI, Machine Learning, AR and VR? With these technologies becoming integrated into every aspect of our lives, how will they transform children’s media and the lives of Generation U?

Dave Coplin, CEO, The Envisioners
Agust Ingason, Value Creator, Vertu ehf.
Moran Lerner, CEO, Chirp
Tawny Schlieski, Founder, Oregon Story Board
Producer: Mark Owen, Digital Lead, BBC Children's in House Productions

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Revolution off the Pitch

KEYNOTE

Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman, The Premier League shares his views on how football can positively influence young people’s lives and discusses how the Premier League continues to engage and entertain young audiences.

HOST: Nicky Campbell, Presenter
Producer: Stuart Rowson, Editor, Younger Audiences, BBC Sport
Nicola Benham, Producer, BBC Children's

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Showing Puberty: Overcoming The Taboo In Children’s Television.

Doctor Yuval Gozansky, Sapir College

Freedom To Express And Enjoy, Freedom From Online Sexual Harassment

Doctor Joanne Bryce, University of Central Lancashire

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FREEDOM PANEL

 If You're Not Paying You're The Product

Looking forward, will it be possible to create 'safe online spaces' for kids around the globe, and what are the commercial realities surrounding this?

Shaowei Chen, Executive tech Lead, NetDragon Websoft
David Emm, Senior Researcher, Paspersky
Isabella Henriques, Director of Advocacy, Alana Institute
Jo Peddar, Head of Policy and Engagement, Information Commissioners Office
Krissa Watry, CEO, IOKids
Producer: Rosemary Klein, Director, Industry Media

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IN CONVERSATION WITH...

Jim Steyer, CEO and Founder, Common Sense Media
HOST: Tommy Zwicky
Producer: Vanessa Amberleigh, Executive Producer, CBeebies

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Thriving Online

FREEDOM PANEL

How can we strike a balance between freedom and wellbeing online? A discussion on mental health in relation to evolutions in media technology for Generation U.

Professor Sonia Livingstone, LSE
Susan Mclean, Director, Cyber Safety Solutions
Tessy Ojo, CEO, The Diana Award
Adelle Onyango, Broadcaster
Producer: Putul Verma, Executive Producer, Children's Factual Entertainment

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Generation Jounalist

EMPOWERMENT PANEL

How can we futureproof young people’s understanding of news stories and their authenticity? How will the industry tackle issues such as fake news?

HOST: James Harding, Director of News and Current Affairs, BBC
Nicky Cox, Editor-in-Chief, First News
Lord Daniel Finkelstein, Columnist, The Times
Baroness Joanna Shields, Prime Minister's Special Representative on Internet Safety
Producer: Sarah Lambley, Development Project Manager, BBC News and Current Affairs
Dave Coulson, Producer, CBBC

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WELCOME DAY 2

Rt Hon Andy Burnham, Mayor, Greater Manchester
James Purnell, Director of Radio and Education, BBC

Producer: Lizze Mathieson, Digital Editorial Lead, Children’s Interactive Website

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Yoga and Mindfulness

Gentle exercise to focus the mind. Instructor: Vanessa Amberleigh

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RESEARCH

Digital Storytelling Workshops as Coming-of-‘Half’-Age Ceremony

Kumi Takeichi, Tokaigakuen University
Maya Götz, International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television, Germany, and of the Prix Jeunesse Foundation


Children’s screen-related fear, nightmare and thrill experiences

Andrea Holler, International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI)

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Ca$hing in on the Kids

ENTERTAINMENT PANEL

Kids are one of the most lucrative markets for the commercial sector. As the industry evolves, what new ethical, legal and creative challenges will this present? Is a radical rethink needed?

HOST: Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Worldwide
Sangeeta Desai, COO and CEO Emerging Markets, FremantleMedia
Steven DeNure, President and COO, DHX Media
Josh Golin, Executive Director, Campaign for a Commerical Free Childhood
Xiaoqui Zhong, President/CEO, UYoung Media Group
Producer: Barry Quinn, Series Producer, Bitz & Bob

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Forum

A summary of the day at the Summit. Delegates and speakers come together to lead discussion and questioning, sharing ideas creating an unparalleled platform for change.
Producer: Ben Armstrong, Head of Development, CBBC

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Digital Distractions

FREEDOM PANEL

Baroness Beeban Kidron, Founder of 5Rights, and filmmaker, leads the discussion with authors of a new report: Digital Childhood - Addressing Childhood Development Milestones in the Digital Environment.

"Leading experts will consider how, in a world where smart phones rule, childhood is changing.  Does the digital the world disrupt children’s development milestones?  What can be done going forward to ensure children are resilient, healthy citizens who can still enjoy the freedom technology brings?”

HOST: Giles Dilnot, Director of Communications & External Affairs, The Children's Commissioners Office
Angharad Rudkin, Child clinical psychologist, University of Southampton
Vicki Shotbolt, Founder & CEO, ParentZone

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The Future of Play

INNOVATION PANEL

Open-world games are filled with never-ending choice, diversions and creativity. Does play without limits best serve the needs of young people, and where do we go from here?

HOST: David Kleeman, SVP Global Trends, Dubit
Vu Bui, COO, Mojang, AB
Willow Mellbratt, Play Designer, Toca Boca
Mikkel Rasmussen, Co-Founder and Director of European Practice, ReD Associates
FEATURING: Ash Perrin, Founder, Director and CEO, The Flying Seagull Project
Producer: Steph Power, Director, Power Productions

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KEYNOTE

Alex Okosi, EVP & MD, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, delivers a keynote that will inspire the industry to embrace new methods of learning. As education combines with digital, how will content evolve and can education resources become accessible to children across the globe?

Producer: Rachel Murrell, Writer, Script editor

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In Conversation with...

Jak Severson, Founder and Former CEO, Thoughtful Media Group

Producer: Angela Young, Series Producer, CBeebies

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Edu-tainment for all

EDUCATION PANEL

How can content makers create engaging and high-quality media that capitalises on humour to teach? Can this approach be adopted in the future on a global scale?

Gonzalo Frasca, CDO, DragonBox
Cha Kil-yong, Digital Teacher and CEO, SevenEdu and Chamath
Tim McKeon, Writer and Producer, Hundredth Town Productions
Michael Wamaya, Finalist of the Global Teacher Prize, 2017
Producer: Rob Jenkinson, Series Producer, BBC Children's

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KEYNOTE

Malik Ducard, Global Head of Family and Learning, YouTube

YouTube triumphs in an ever changing online world, what are the challenges faced by global brands, policy makers and content creators? Is it possible to create engaging content that works for each individual young person?

HOST: Maddie Moate, Presenter and YouTuber
Producer: James Bridgeman, Social Media Editor, BBC Children's

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HOPE WORKS SHOWCASE

Showcase of a global content campaign, which harnesses the power of entertainment to reawaken a generation’s hope.

Michal Butel, Deputy CEO, Hop! Media Group
David Levine, VP, Programming, Production & Strategic Development, The Walt Disney Company
Lucy Murphy, Head of Kids’ Content, Sky
Alison Stewart, Head of CBeebies Production

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CURATORS OF THE FUTURE

Panel sessions where commissioners and stakeholders share views on how their world is evolving and, most importantly, the challenges ahead.

HOST: David Kleeman, SVP Global Trends, Dubit
Deirdre Brennan, General Manager, Universal Kids, NBC Universal Media
Sarah Muller, Head of Children's, Channel 5
John Robson, MD, WildBrain
Chie Wakabayashi, Senior Producer, NHK
Producer: Steve Wynne, CEO, Strawberry Blond TV

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You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

 EMPOWERMENT PANEL

Showing young people they can be who they want to be, rather than telling them, is powerful. Aspiration, inspiration and motivation are fuelled when people from all backgrounds can be seen on and off screen. How will we continue to encourage diversity in its truest global sense?

HOST: Adam Pearson, Presenter and Actor
Aaron Haroon Rashid, CEO/Founder, Unicorn Black
Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Author, Engineer, Social Advocate
Shabnam Rezaei, Co-Founder and President, Big Bad Boo Studios
Shannon Murray, Booker, VisAble

FEATURING: Justina Kehinde, Writer, Performance Artist, Director
Producer: Ros Attille, Head of Development, CBeebies

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The most important conversation happening in the media

Tony Hall, Director General, BBC

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RESEARCH

 'FAKE NEWS'

CHILDREN SAY THEY RECOGNISE FAKE NEWS, BUT IS THIS THE REALITY?

Beth Hewitt, Director, Nations and regions Media Conference,
With Florencia Donagaray & Tabitha Bowman, The University of Salford
Host: Ayshah Tull, CBBC Newsround

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Unlimited Keynote

Dave Coplin, CEO, The Envisioners
In a world with unlimited possibilities, the Summit offers the opportunity to stop, think and talk about the future of media for the next generation of children.

Producer: Vanessa Amberleigh, Executive Producer, CBeebies

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Welcome

Alice Webb, Summit Chair and Director, BBC Children’s and BBC North

Tony Walsh, Performance poet & writer
Tricia Edgar, The World Summit on Media for Children Foundation Chair

Producer: Lizze Mathieson, Digital Editorial Lead, Children’s Interactive Website

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ENTERTAINMENT PANEL

Is That Entertainment?

Is the traditional framework for entertainment and the commissioning process fit for purpose? YouTube, Netflix, Amazon and others are changing the landscape – how might the commissioning model evolve?

Chris Williams, Founder and CEO, pocket.watch
Michelle Guthrie, MD, ABC
Tracey Keenan,Vice President & General Manager UK & Ireland, WWE
Shurong Zhang, Director, Beijing International Music Festival
Producer: Sid Cole, Executive Producer, CBBC Production

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Alice Webb

Director, BBC Children’s & BBC North

Biography

Alice is responsible for the UK's two most popular networks for our youngest audiences, CBeebies and CBBC, along with their associated websites, YouTube channels, apps and radio stations. In September 2015, she launched the BBC's Big Digital Plan for Children, outlining how the corporation will keep pace with the rapidly changing way in which children consume content. This was followed by the launch of a dedicated children's iPlayer app in April 2016. The BBC is the leading children's broadcaster in the UK, investing huge amounts in home grown content that reflects all of its audience. Among its top shows are the BAFTA award-winning Katie Morag, Tilly and the Ramsay Bunch, The Dumping Ground, Justin's House, Danger Mouse, Wolfblood, Blue Peter, Newsround, The Clangers and Horrible Histories. Based in Salford since 2011, BBC Children's commissions programmes from independent producers and in-house departments. There is also a strong Children's base at BBC Scotland in Glasgow. Originally Alice was a charted civil engineer – working on large scale engineering projects in the UK and overseas.Alice supports a range of external organisations. She is a member of the Royal Foundation's Cyberbullying Taskforce and a Trustee of BBC Children in Need and the Greater Manchester Art Centre (HOME).She lives in the North West with her family.

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"Nothing matters more than shaping a better, safer and more creative digital world for children. That’s why I’m really looking forward to the Summit – and all of us getting together to make a difference for generations to come"

Tony Hall – Lord Hall of Birkenhead – was appointed Director-General of the BBC on 22 November 2012. He is the 16th Director-General of the BBC.
Prior to this, Tony was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House from April 2001 until April 2013.
He joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973 and during a 28 year career at the Corporation he held roles including Senior Producer at World at One, Assistant Editor of the Nine O’Clock News, Output Editor for Newsnight, culminating as Chief Executive of BBC News from 1996 to 2001.
While at the BBC he launched Radio 5 live, BBC News 24, BBC News Online and BBC Parliament. He was Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 Television and he is a Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Foundation Years Trust . Passionate about education and skills within the cultural industries, he was the founder Chair of Creative & Cultural Skills, Chairman of the Musical and Dance Scheme, Chair of Stratford East Theatre, and he was Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Committee and a member of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games.
He was appointed a CBE in 2005 and in 2010 was created a life peer with the title Baron Hall of Birkenhead. He sits on the Crossbenches in the House of Lords.

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Thomas Grond

Head of Young Audiences, EBU

"Everybody knows that children are the future of our society and should be treated well and with respect. Nevertheless media organisations producing content for children are very often under severe financial and political pressure. This is why it is so important to have the best informed and educated people working within children's media. And what better place to get lots of new information than the Children's Global Media Summit?"

And here a shorter version for Twitter: "Children's media suffer under financial and political pressure. This is why events like the #CGMS17 are so important to bring professionals together to exchange ideas, best practice and inspiration."

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Official Title - Author, Engineer, Social Advocate

Biography

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, award winning social advocate, author and broadcaster. A Sudanese-born Muslim woman, she was named the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year and released her memoir, Yassmin’s Story, a year later at the age of 24. Yassmin advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She founded the non-for-profit Youth Without Borders at age 16. Outside advocacy, she works as an engineer on offshore gas rigs and is an internationally accredited F1 journalist.

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Steven Graham DeNure

President and Chief Operating Officer

Biography

Steven Graham DeNure, President and Chief Operating Officer of DHX, is responsible for overseeing overall operations of DHX and its subsidiaries. Mr. DeNure also serves as Executive Producer on many of the Company’s television and interactive media projects. Mr. DeNure co-founded Decode Entertainment in 1997 and in 2006 merged the operations of Decode with Halifax Film to create DHX. Prior to founding Decode Mr. DeNure was at Alliance Communications Corporation for more than 10 years and served in a number of senior positions including President of Alliance Productions and President of Alliance Multimedia. During his tenure at Alliance Communications Corporation, he was involved in the development, financing and production of all television and feature film projects, including notable projects such as Due South, North Of 60, Eng, and Blackrobe, and was responsible for the animation division, music-publishing division (TMP), and for merchandising and licensing. Mr. DeNure is a pioneer in computer generated imagery animation, having acted as Executive Producer of the groundbreaking Reboot and Beast Wars animation series. Mr. DeNure serves on the board of the Canadian Film Centre as Vice Chair. Mr. DeNure graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Economics & Business Administration.

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Steven Bartlett

CEO, The Social Chain Group

Biography

Steven is the newly appointed 25-year-old CEO of The Social Chain Group. The Social Chain Group delivers annual revenues in excess of 100m and consists of over 20 companies within Marketing, Media, Commerce, and Technology. Steven founded two of the flagship companies within the group; Social Chain and Media Chain. Social Chain is now Europe’s leading social marketing agency working with brands such as Coca Cola, Apple, FIFA and Warner Music. Media Chain is one of the largest media owners in the world, reaching billions of people online every month. Steve is now an established speaker, investor and was recently named the most influential young entrepreneur in the industry

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Mikkel B. Rasmussen

Co-founder ReD Associates and director of its European practice

I am very excited about participating in Children’s Global Media Summit in Manchester. The timing of the theme “unlimited” couldn’t be better. I have spent the last 15 years studying the role of play and creativity in childrens' lives. The last few years I have noticed a sharp shift in what it means to play and what role it has in how children grown and learn. We live in a time with an unlimited access to media and endless possibilities for play and creativity. But we also live in a time where digital play comes with social regulation and can limit other forms of play. Social media is no longer separated from play or toys. The way children interact with social media is perhaps the biggest social experiment the world has ever seen.The summit gives us a chance to press the pause button and discuss some fundamental issues around how we want this social experiment to turn out.

Biography

Mikkel B. Rasmussen co-founded ReD Associates and serves as the director of its European practice, working closely with the top management of Europe’s most forward-looking companies. The best ideas, according to Mikkel, come from a true interest in the real world and a deep exploration into human behavior. His work as a specialist in innovation strategy for both the public and private sector has led to disruptive technologies and products in the markets for — among much else — toys, sports goods, and health care. Mikkel is also a well-known keynote speaker and provocateur — and has delivered hundreds of keynotes around the world reflecting on innovation, business creativity, and the practical use of social science. In 2014, he co-authored the book “The Moment of Clarity,” published by Harvard Business Review Press. He holds a Masters of Science in Economics from Maastricht University, as well as a Master in Public Economics from Roskilde University.

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Lucy Murphy

Head of Kids Content, Sky UK & ROI

Biography

Lucy was appointed Sky’s first Head of Kids Content in 2015. She is responsible for all of Sky’s on demand kids content, a library which recently saw the number of episodes available grow from 700 to 4,500 episodes, as well as overseeing the launch of Sky’s new kids app. At Sky Lucy has commissioned new kids shows including Aliens Love Underpants And... produced by Tiger Aspect , new episodes of Morph from Aardman and a range of games and interactive content for the Sky Kids app. Lucy has over 20 years of experience in developing and producing shows for children’s and family audiences. Lucy has worked on over 500 episodes ofchildren’s shows ranging from Horrid Henry, The Gruffalo and Aardman’s Tate Movie Project. Lucy has also provided strategic and creative consultancy for a diverse slate of clients from small indies to major international media groups. Prior to joining Sky Lucy was Creative Director and Head of Content at Azoomee, a UK video on demand platform. Lucy also worked at Acamar Films where she developed, co-wrote and exec-produced hit CBeebies show Bing Bunny.

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Gonzalo Frasca

CDO DragonBox / Universidad ORT

Gonzalo Frasca 'In education, the opposite of being bored is not to have fun but to be challenged. As game designers, we know that fun is not a goal to reach but the consequence of facing a problem that is neither too easy nor too hard. That's why at DragonBox we teach school math through storytelling and videogames. We do not aim at making math easy: we make it challenging through videogames that are not obvious and require collaboration and repeated failure. At the end of the class, most kids feel like the math lesson was easy but that's because they had active participation in figuring it out. During the Summit we will be presenting how we are teaching math in schools in Finland, Norway and France through videogames and storytelling. We start every lesson with questions – sometimes even ambiguous questions that help kids to focus more on discerning relevant data rather than
searching for a single right answer. "

Biography

Gonzalo Frasca, PhD, is Chief Design Officer at DragonBox, the Norwegian pedagogy studio that creates the acclaimed series of learning math videogames. In the last two decades, Frasca has combined academic research on games and rhetoric with professional game development for companies such as Pixar, Disney, Cartoon Network, WB and Lucasfilm. A former journalist, Frasca is also known as the creator of the newsgame genre –videogames based on current events– for which he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from G4C and the Knight Foundation.

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David Levine

General Manager, Disney Channels UK&I, Vice President, Programming, Production, Disney Channels EMEA

Biography

Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development Disney Channels Europe, Middle East and Africa, & General Manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland David Levine is Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels EMEA, and General Manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland.

As Vice President, he is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of Programming across Disney Channels EMEA, including the development of the linear and multi-platform programming strategy. David is responsible for the direction of original production and overseeing the development and production slates of originally produced content, acquisitions and co-productions. He has developed and commissioned Emmy-nominated Evermoor, First Class Chefs, The Evermoor Chronicles, and The Lodge.

As General Manager of Disney Channels UK & Ireland, David leads a team that utilises theseiskey platforms to drive familiarity and awareness for the Disney brands and content, through key partnerships with Sky Broadcasting, Virgin Media and more. David joined Disney in March 2004, serving multiple roles in US Programming, Worldwide Programming and Channel GM. Prior to Disney, David worked for Ragdoll USA as Vice President Business Affairs and Development.

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Beth Carmona

Content and Development Director, comKids

Biography

Beth Carmona is an experienced and respected professional in the area of children's media in Brazil and Latin America, with more than 20 years of working in the field. Today she is leading her own company, Singular Media, offering consultancy and working with development of children’s media projects. She is also responsible for ComKids, a regular platform that promotes quality content (www.comkids.com.br) and for PJ Iberoamericano’s Festival (in its 6th edition), that celebrates the Latin Americanproduction. She is coordinator of ALA -Alianza Latin Americana and President of the Midiativa ngo that runs projects for kids. In the broadcast and media industry, she worked for TV Cultura and TVE, public channels in Brazil, and also for Discovery Kids Latin America (in Miami, US) and Disney Channel . With experience in programming and production, she has also a worldwide presence in the discussion about quality media for kids, taking part in international juries, competitions, and awards as Prix Jeunesse International, Japan Prize, Emmy International and Latin festivals in Uruguay, Cuba, Colombia,Argentina and Chile. She is member of PRIX JEUNESSE International Advisory Board.

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Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE

Founder, 5Rights / Filmmaker

“What is the point of having a technology that is so immensely powerful and pervasive if it is not put to good use? Our children should not be rats in the lab of Silicon Valley. Unless we consider their development needs, and use technology in ways that supports and enhances their ability to meet those needs, without compromise or cynicism, we will rob them of their childhood. This is an incredibly powerful time of change - it is our role to make sure that that power is harnessed in a way that empowers young people. We need to deliver on the promise that this technology would be a force for good...not commercial oppression and a loss of childhood”.

Biography

Baroness Beeban Kidron is a British filmmaker who has spent over 35 years working in film, television and documentary. Her films include Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit; Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and InRealLife. Kidron is the co-founder of the charity Into Film, which uses film to educate school children, with over 17,000 film clubs in UK schools. In 2012 she was appointed as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. Baroness Kidron is the Founder of 5Rights; a campaign to deliver the established rights of children in the digital world, and is working to create technological solutions to support young people to be creative and informed in the digital environment. Kidron is a member of; the Children’s Commissioner’s Taskforce Growing Up Digital, The Royal Foundation Taskforce on Cyberbullying, and a Commissioner on the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

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Alice Webb

Director, BBC Children’s & BBC North

Biography

Alice is responsible for the UK's two most popular networks for our youngest audiences, CBeebies and CBBC, along with their associated websites, YouTube channels, apps and radio stations. In September 2015, she launched the BBC's Big Digital Plan for Children, outlining how the corporation will keep pace with the rapidly changing way in which children consume content. This was followed by the launch of a dedicated children's iPlayer app in April 2016. The BBC is the leading children's broadcaster in the UK, investing huge amounts in home grown content that reflects all of its audience. Among its top shows are the BAFTA award-winning Katie Morag, Tilly and the Ramsay Bunch, The Dumping Ground, Justin's House, Danger Mouse, Wolfblood, Blue Peter, Newsround, The Clangers and Horrible Histories. Based in Salford since 2011, BBC Children's commissions programmes from independent producers and in-house departments. There is also a strong Children's base at BBC Scotland in Glasgow. Originally Alice was a charted civil engineer – working on large scale engineering projects in the UK and overseas.Alice supports a range of external organisations. She is a member of the Royal Foundation's Cyberbullying Taskforce and a Trustee of BBC Children in Need and the Greater Manchester Art Centre (HOME).She lives in the North West with her family.

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Andy Yeatman

“As we undergo yet another revolution in new ways that children consume content, the topics being discussed at the summit could not be more relevant and important. At Netflix we are proud to be a part of this revolution, bringing content from across the globe to children everywhere. We look forward to a great discussion.”

Biography
Andy Yeatman leads the kids & family programming team for Netflix globally, covering all original and licensed content for kids age 2-12.  Prior to this role, he acquired Major Studio film and television content for Netflix’s North America service.  Andy joined Netflix in 2011, helping to launch its service internationally. Before joining Netflix, Andy worked in Digital Distribution for The Walt Disney Studios.

In that role, he negotiated movie distribution deals with digital platforms such as iTunes, Sony Playstation Network and Microsoft Xbox for a number of territories, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Korea.

Andy holds an MBA in Strategy and Entertainment Management from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and an International Relations degree from Tufts University.

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Vicki Shotbolt

Vicki Shotbolt is the founder and CEO of Parent Zone, an organisation that works with schools, young people and parents to ensure families are able to navigate the challenges of the online world and benefit from all the opportunities it provides.

As an executive board member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and co-chair of the UKCCIS Digital Resilience working group, Vicki leads a team that reaches millions of families every year. Their Digital Schools Programme delivers an innovative resilience based digital curriculum working with schools around the world.

Parent Zone created and distributes Digital Parenting magazine, delivering 1.5 million copies a year to schools free of charge. They also deliver Parent Info – the UK’s national newsfeed service for schools delivering information for parents via school websites on all of the issues caused or amplified by the internet.

Vicki is a fellow of the RSA and regular commentator in the media.

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Aaron Haroon Rashid

CEO, Unicorn Black, Creator of Burka Avenger

“A Summit like this is more important than ever considering the huge influence children’s shows can have.
I am very excited to attend and showcase Burka Avenger, one of Asia’s most popular indigenous superheroes. “

Biography
Haroon is an award winning director, producer, social-activist, and singer/composer. As a music star in Pakistan he has a fan following in the millions. Haroon is the creator and director of the hugely successful and internationally acclaimed multi award winning Pakistani Animated TV Series the Burka Avenger.

Burka Avenger is Pakistan’s first ever animated TV series and has won several major international awards including the following:

–   Peabody Award Winner (New York)
–   Int’l Gender Equity Prize at Prix Jeunesse (Munich)
–   Asian Media Awards: Best TV Show (Manchester)
–   Canada Int’l Film Festival:Rising Star Award (Vancouver)
–   Award of Merit – Accolades Global Film Competition

The animated TV series features Jiya as the inspirational school teacher and her alter ego, the super-heroine Burka Avenger. Her use of books and pens as projectile weapons is symbolic on many levels. The Burka Avenger fights for Justice, Peace and Education for all. Each episode focuses on a separate social message such as gender equity, free and fair elections, anti-discrimination, importance of education for girls. These messages are wrapped in action, comedy and adventure.
Throughout his successful music career Haroon has regularly produced songs and videos with socially conscious messages. He has sold over five million albums worldwide and the audience at his shows often number in the tens of thousands.
Haroon is the co-founder of Pakistan’s All Music Performers Pakistan Society (AMPPS) which focuses on rights for musicians. Haroon is also a board member of Pakistan Copyright Board, working closely with IPO Pakistan (Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan) and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) to help set up Pakistan’s first royalty collection organization. Recently Haroon launched Pakistan’s first of its kind digital content delivery platform called Taazi.com that aims to combat piracy in a country where music and movies have a piracy rate of 100%. Taazi.com.

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Prof Sugata Mitra

“We are all very nervous about children with smart phones. The Internet with social media enables them to know just about anything. We, adults, don’t like that and go into denial.
We must learn to understand that they are in their time, unlike any we have known. We cannot afford to live comfortably in our past anymore. We need to go with them. They will show us the way. This Summit is important.”

Biography
Sugata Mitra is Professor and Principal Research Investigator at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, UK.
He conducted the Hole in the Wall (HIW) experiment, where in 1999 a computer was embedded within a wall in an Indian slum at Kalkaji, Delhi and children were allowed to freely use it. The experiment was aimed at proving that kids could be taught computers very easily without any formal training. Sugata termed this as Minimally Invasive Education (MIE).
His interests include Children’s Education, Remote Presence, Self-organising systems, Cognitive Systems, Physics and Consciousness. He is a PHD in Physics credited with more that 25 inventions in the area of cognitive science and educational technology. He was conferred the prestigious Dewang Mehta Award from the Government of India for Innovation in Information Technology in the year 2003. Amongst many other awards, he was awarded the 1 million dollar TED Prize in 2013. With this he was able to create The School in the Cloud. The School in the Cloud brings together Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLES).
The Hole in the Wall experiment has left a mark on popular culture. Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup read about Mitra’s experiment and was inspired to write his debut novel that went on to become the Oscar winning movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

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Peter Salmon

“The world has moved on since the days early in my career where I grappled with sticky backed plastic and eggs boxes working on Blue Peter, but the importance of the media, the power of brands and the need for well-funded, high quality content for children has not. I am excited to be part of this event in Manchester and as the BBC prepares to ramp up its investment in children’s services, the timing couldn’t be better.”
Peter Salmon is a highly experienced programme maker and commissioner, holding numerous leadership positions in broadcasting and production in a career spanning over 30 years. Peter currently leads Endemol Shine’s producers, championing ideas and programme makers, supporting the rollout of content internationally across linear and digital platforms from The USA to Israel, Australia to Scandinavia. In addition, he has overall responsibility for the UK group, which is made up of more than 20 production companies and labels ranging from Kudos to Initial, Tiger Aspect to Remarkable, Shine TV to Dragonfly.
Prior to joining Endemol Shine Peter established and ran BBC North, the 3,000 strong BBC production base near Manchester and was Director of BBC England before becoming Director of BBC Studios, responsible for establishing and managing the new production division.

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Alex Okosi

Alex Okosi is the driving force behind Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, home to Viacom’s powerhouse entertainment brands MTV Base, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., NickToons, VH1 Classic‎ and BET on the African continent.
An 18-year veteran of the entertainment industry on 3 continents, with a broad background in marketing, affiliate sales, events, strategy and management, Okosi achieved a personal and industry milestone when he launched MTV Base, MTV’s 100th channel internationally, and Africa’s first bespoke MTV channel on 22 February 2005. His tenacity and belief in Africa soon paid significant dividends. VIMN Africa has become Viacom’s fastest growing international operation in terms of revenue growth – thanks to the rapid expansion of its footprint across Africa as a multi-portfolio brand distributed on multiple platforms including pay-TV, FTA, internet, SVOD and mobile platforms. Now in its thirteenth year, VIMN Africa delivers more channels to Africa than any other international network. Its collective footprint reaches 52 territories and more than 100 million viewers.
Appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director of VIMN Africa in July 2007, Okosi’s association with the company goes back to 1998 when he joined the sponsorship development and trade marketing team in New York, before becoming part of the MTV Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing division in Los Angeles in 2000. By mid-2003, Okosi had transferred to MTV Networks International’s Strategy and Business Development team in London where he developed the business plan for MTV’s expansion into Africa and, in 2004, secured approval for the roll-out of Viacom’s localized play in Africa with the launch of MTV Base in 2005.
Okosi’s vision has always been to develop content and experiences for audiences that not only entertain and showcase the best of African music and entertainment, but also serve to socially empower audiences in Africa and around the world. As Africans, he believes, we have to keep living the mission of showing a “reimagined Africa” to the world. A tireless supporter of initiatives that motivate, empower and educate Africa’s youth, Okosi is recognized as an influential figure on the continent and was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.
Okosi managed the growth and development of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) – the largest celebration of African music and achievement on the continent. Launched in 2008, with an Africa reimagined narrative, the annual awards franchise has given top African artists a continental and international platform to raise their profiles. In 2015 he was instrumental in bringing the BET Experience to Africa for the first time. This successful BET franchise celebrates the rich and varied faces of the urban lifestyle experience under one roof.
Born in Nigeria, at the age of 12, Okosi moved to the US where he was educated at the Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and attended St Michael’s College in Vermont on a full basketball scholarship before graduating magna cum laude with a double major in Business Administration and Economics.
In March 2017, Okosi was appointed to Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa. In July 2017, his role expanded to include oversight of BET in all markets outside of the US in capacity as Managing Director for BET International.
Okosi is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Tim Mckeon

Tim McKeon is a three-time Emmy winning writer. He is co-creator, head writer and showrunner for the live-action kids’ show Odd Squad, which just finished filming its eightieth half-hour. Other writing credits include Disney’s Gravity Falls, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Amazon’s Will vs. The Future. Tim received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts and spent his junior year abroad at The University of Manchester. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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Anne Longfield OBE

“Digital technology and media in all its forms now play a core role in the everyday lives of children and young people across the globe and as Children’s Commissioner for England, I have made improving children’s rights in this space one of my key priorities.
In my recent report ‘Growing Up Digital’, I advocated for a shift away from a protectionist approach to one which empowers children to be active citizens in this fast developing world.
It is critical that all children, no matter what their circumstance, have equal opportunity to not only access digital media but to challenge and change it.
I want all children to be equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to be creator’s not just consumers and I look forward to exploring this further at the Children’s Global Media Summit.”

Biography
As Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, is tasked in law with working on behalf of all of England’s 12.5 million children and particularly those who face the most challenges and difficulties.
Anne is a passionate champion for children and a strong advocate of early intervention with over 30 years’ experience in developing, influencing and shaping the national policy agenda for, as well as leading the delivery of services to, children and families. Prior to taking up the post of Children’s Commissioner in 2015, she was Chief Executive of a national charity which ran ground-breaking services for children and families. Anne also worked in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office for a period of time.
Anne launched Growing Up North, in December 2016 to examine children’s aspirations and progression in the North. Growing Up North puts children at the heart of the regeneration debate looking at the opportunities and developments needed to help children realise their potential.

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Cha Kil-yong

“The introduction of digital technology and artificial intelligence into mathematics will eliminate many of the problems that have arisen from the use of paper materials for many years. From now on, students will study less time and gain higher efficiency. I am confident that technology will almost completely solve the teacher shortage problem.”

Biography
Cha Kil-young is the CEO of both Sevenedu – a website selling mathematics lectures for middle and high school students – and Chamath – a mathematics franchise for elementary and junior high school students. He currently has about 3,500 offline students and more than 200 thousands of online students.
Cha became famous by combining lectures with entertainment elements such as cosplay so that students could learn math more enjoyably. Each year he works with renowned entertainers to support all students about to take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).
He has appeared on TV and radio many times in Korea as a mathematics star instructor. He delivers talks on his own specialised teaching methods and about the Korean education system to conferences in countries such as the UK, Japan, Spain and Australia.
Cha is also developing and distributing personalised math learning applications and he is interested in smart education using PC and mobile.

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Tristia Harrison

Biography
Tristia is Chief Executive Officer of TalkTalk. Prior to this Tristia was the Managing Director of TalkTalk’s consumer business. Tristia joined The Carphone Warehouse Group in 2000 and has held a number of senior management and executive positions in The Carphone Warehouse and TalkTalk Group. She joined the PLC Board in 2014. Tristia is also a Trustee at Comic Relief and national charity Ambitious about Autism.

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Dr Maya Göetz

“As a consequence of changing media usage habits, content and the way children consume it is changing. Many problems are new, but other areas of concern like gender stereotypes are widely known and are getting worse due to the large range of devices.
There is an urgent need for action in terms of content-related orientation for media professionals and this Summit will bring us an important step further in shaping the future of quality in children’s media.”

Biography
Maya Goetz, Ph.D., is Head of the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI) at the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting Corp.) Munich, Germany, and of the Prix Jeunesse Foundation.
Her main field of work is research in the area of children/youth and television and gender-specific reception research. She conducts empirical studies such as, “Gender representation in children’s TV and its meaning for girls and boys”, “Fear and nightmares from TV” or “What’s so funny?” and over 180 studies to foster quality in current TV programmes.
She published more than 240 articles and 13 books in the field of children, young people and television. She is married and is mother of two girls age 8 and 12 years.