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Your gateway for discovering new animation from Asia-Pacific!


Kidscreen is thrilled to announce that AAS 2020 and 2021 will be held in Bali, Indonesia.


Join us there and discover Asia-Pacific’s best new animation for kids first. PLUS connect with new partners in Indonesia’s fast-growing and vibrant creative industry.



More info and registration coming soon.

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Now in its eighth year, the Asian Animation Summit (AAS) is an annual event designed to showcase Asia’s strongest animated projects looking for investors and partners.

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Lisa Albers

Senior Editor

Super RTL

A fiction enthusiast with a strong eye for detail, storytelling and kid-relatable characters; loves bringing great shows to kid audiences in Germany and worldwide.

Senior Editor at SUPER RTL, Germany’s leading children’s broadcaster and Content Hub.

Part of the SUPER RTL editorial team since 2012, now working in the Department Commissioning &...show more

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Laura Annis

Development Manager and Producer

Blue Zoo Animation Studio

Laura is the Development Manager and Creative Producer for Blue Zoo. Working closely with IP owners to advance their ideas, Co-Production partners to collaborate on a project, as well as developing ideas from the ground up within the studio.

Previously a Production Manager, Laura has overseen the Bafta-nominated series Digby Dragon...show more

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Helen Arnsten

Head of Development

Blue Zoo Animation Studio

Helen heads up Blue-Zoo's development department, working on ideas that originated from within the studio as well as collaborating with Co-Producers on the development of original IP. Previously Helen has held positions directing and producing many of Bluezoo's popular animated children's series including Miffy's Adventures Big and Small, Alphablocks and...show more

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Catie Asip

Asst. Director, Children's Programming

PBS KIDS

As assistant director of content for PBS KIDS, Catie Asip oversees the development of new content. She works with creators from pitch to pilot, helping shape their projects for the PBS KIDS audience. She also serves as production executive for several current PBS KIDS series, including Clifford the Big Red...show more

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Adam Bailey

Animation Production & Development Manager, Nickelodeon International, ViacomCBS

Nickelodeon International, ViacomCBS

Adam Bailey is the Animation Production and Development Manager for Nickelodeon International.

In this role, Bailey sources, develops and manages the development and production of long and short form animated content that includes original, book based, comic or digital IP for Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. International. Additionally, Bailey runs the Global...show more

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Zia Bales

Lead Acquisitions, Partnerships and Coproductions, Kids EMEA

WarnerMedia

Zia Bales is Senior Manager Acquisitions & Coproductions Kids, WarnerMedia EMEA, working across Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, Cartoonito, Toonami, Toonix and HBO Kids and Family.

In this role, Zia oversees and negotiates shared acquisitions for the EMEA kids’ business, working closely with the local heads of programming and acquisitions of each...show more

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Felipe Baquero

Manager, Content Distribution

LEGO

Felipe is part of the LEGO Content Distribution team which handles all the LEGO series distribution around the Globe. In this capacity he serves as the main contact and manages all the Americas region which includes the United States, Latin America and Canada. He works with many different partners to...show more

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Daniel Barnes

Development Executive

Cloudco Entertainment

Daniel Barnes currently serves as a Development Executive at Cloudco Entertainment where he oversees Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese, Holly Hobbie as well as a host of development projects. Over his career, he has worked on some of the biggest children’s brands including My Little Pony, Transformers, Care Bears,...show more

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Liz Bartels

Manager, Content Strategy

LEGO

Liz Bartels is a Manager of Global Content Planning & Strategy for The LEGO Group. Prior to that, she spent the first half of her entertainment career in content development at production companies and studios, where she developed and produced scripted and unscripted TV series and managed literary talent. Liz...show more

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Daniel Bays

VP of Development

CAKE Distribution Limited

Daniel heads up the development team at CAKE Productions; seeking out and working with creators and studios from around the world to develop stand-out children’s IP. Daniel has over 20 years of experience, 16 of which were at the BBC, creating, developing and producing internationally successful and award-winning shows including...show more

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Matt Beagle

Senior Creative Producer for Kids Audio

Spotify (Audio pitches for 3 to 9s only)

Matt Beagle is a Senior Creative Producer for Kids Audio at Spotify. Previously, Matt produced several best-selling kids podcasts at Audible including: Foreverywhere (Steve Burns of Blue's Clues), Laurie Berkner's Song and Story Kitchen, and Viva Durant and the Secret of The Silver Buttons (Ashli St. Armant). Matt studied journalism...show more

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David Beckett Padbury

Development Executive

Guru Studio

Dave Padbury joined the Guru development team seven years ago to help guide development on the Netflix Original series True and the Rainbow Kingdom. Since then, he has worked across several of Guru’s properties, including its newest preschool series Pikwik Pack which airs on Disney Junior US, Hulu and Treehouse...show more

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Aaron Behl

VP, Originals

Atomic Cartoons


Aaron Behl is currently the VP of Originals at Atomic Cartoons. Aaron was born and raised outside of Chicago, IL and attended Chapman University's Dodge College of Film & Television. He has an extensive live-action comedy development and producing background having worked on films such as Super Troopers 2...show more

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Pierre Belaisch

SVP, Creative Development

Cyber Group Studios

Belaïsch started his career at Leo Burnett an advertising agency. He joined TF1 in 1996 to launch Tfou! the new kids programs division of the network. In December 1998, he launched Minimax, the first polish kids channel for CANAL+. In September 1999, he joined Lagardere Active as Programming Director. He...show more

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Melvin Benson

Development Coordinator

Atomic Cartoons

After graduating from Syracuse University, Melvin got his first start in the entertainment industry doing PA work for live action/drama series at ABC. Meanwhile, he was doing standup comedy, taking improv classes at the Upright Citizens Bigrade and eventually signed to a voice over agency. Working as a voice actor...show more

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Shannon Bishop

Manager, Creative Affairs

eOne

As Manager of Creative Affairs, Shannon Bishop is responsible for acquiring new content and managing projects in active development for eOne Family Brands. Based in Toronto, Shannon is focused on developing content within the preschool and fashion brand portfolio. eOne Family’s current slate of programs includes Peppa Pig, PJ Masks,...show more

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Brenda Bisner

Chief Content Officer

Kidoodle.TV

Brenda Bisner is the Senior Vice President of Content and Business Development for A Parent Media Co Inc. the creators of the SAFE STREAMING™ Platform: Kidoodle.TV®. She is an integral force behind the successful acquisition of top children’s media content from around the world, as well as a future caster...show more

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Kait Boss

Director, Children's Television

The Jim Henson Company

As Director of Children’s TV at The Jim Henson Company, Kait Boss sources and oversees the development for both live-action and animation television productions. She is currently shepherding the development of several high-profile projects including Hello Magic, Slumberkins, Come Over to My House, and the wildly popular Netflix property Word...show more

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Maud Branly

Children Acquisitions Director & International TV Channels Children Programming Director

M6

Maud Branly holds a B.A. in Modern Literature from Sorbonne Nouvelle University and a H.N.D of Audiovisual Production from Efficom. She began her career at Patrick Spica Production where she was in charge of production scheduling. In December 2006, she became EMEA Sales Coordinatoor for Dic Entertainment/Cookie Jar. Then she...show more

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Mary Bredin

Creative Development Producer

TeamTO

Mary Bredin has boundless curiosity and a passion for story. She is the Creative Development Producer at TeamTO. Mary developed the TeamTO Original Jade Armor which will air on HBO Max in 2022. Mary is busy developing feature films, short form and long form content for the global market with Teamto....show more

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Lisa Brenner

Senior Creative Producer, Kids Audio Content

Spotify (Audio pitches for 3 to 9s only)

Lisa Brenner is a Senior Creative Producer on the Kids Audio team at Spotify. Her mission is to make content that supports agency, kindness, humor, creativity, and equity. As a multimedia storyteller and content strategist, Lisa’s spent the last 15 years creating words and music to help kids and adults...show more

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Hedda Bruessing

Head of Media & Business Development

BNNVARA

Hedda Bruessing has been working in the film and television industry since 1996. She worked as an executive producer and producer on a wide range of television programs for producers and public broadcasters including multi-camera live programs, documentaries, current affairs, and human interest programs.

Hedda joined pubcaster NTR in 2007 as...show more

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Massimo Bruno

Director of TV Channels

DeAKids

Massimo Bruno is the Director of TV Channels at De Agostini Editore in Italy, where he runs DeAKids and DeAJunior. Massimo also serves as the CEO of KidsMe, the new Children Content Factory of De Agostini Group, a full-service prodco to develop, produce and distribute children and family content, locally...show more

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Helen Bullough

Head of BBC Children’s In House Productions

BBC Productions

Helen is Head of BBC Children’s In-House Productions, leading the award-winning unit which produces world class content for 0 to 12s from its UK bases. Key genre and audience specialisms include Drama, Comedy Drama, Preschool, Animation and Puppetry, Comedy Entertainment and Factual Formats. Key titles have included animations like JoJo...show more

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Louise Burgess

Acquisitions & Programme Manager

Milkshake!/Channel 5

Louise Burgess is Acquisitions and Programming Manager for Milkshake!, Channel 5’s pre-school television programming block. In her role, she is responsible for all acquisition and programme submissions for the block.

Reporting into Louise Bucknole, VP Programming Kids, ViacomCBS Networks UK & Ireland, Burgess oversees all aspects of programme acquisitions and commissions,...show more

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Amy Buscombe

Commissioning Editor, Drama, Independents 7+

BBC Children's (Pitches for 7+ only)

Amy is the Commissioning Editor for 7-12 scripted content from Independents at BBC Children’s, working across narrative comedy and drama.

Current titles include football drama Jamie Johnson (Short Form Film), classic boarding school series Malory Towers (King Bert), New Zealand-set horse drama Mystic (Slim Film + TV) and comedy spin-off Still So Awkward (Channel X...show more

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Lena Byrne

Co-Founder

Sow You

Lena Byrne is a children’s television script producer who has been working with TV writers for 20 years. She started out as a script editor on the national broadcaster’s soap opera Fair City, before joining JAM Media as Head of the Scripting, where she led the writing team on all...show more

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Gillian Calvert Ridge

Global Distribution Director

Jetpack Distribution

Global Distribution Director at Jetpack, Gillian ‘Gilly’ Calvert Ridge handles sales in her own stomping ground of Ireland, Nordics, GAS, Australia and New Zealand. She also works closely with Dominic Gardiner, CEO, driving and coordinating centralised acquisitions and co-development with Jetpack’s established Production partners.

A seasoned industry professional, Gilly has also...show more

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Clara Carpinacci

Head of Content Strategy

Disney Channels, LatAm

Clara Carpinacci is Head of Content Strategy for Disney Channels, Latam Region, and is also in charge of S&P Compliance.

With Disney in the Programming team since 2004, Clara oversees Content strategy for the Channels, both localized and original productions for Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior & NatGeoKids.

Prior to joining...show more

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Cecile Cau

VP of Sales, Acquisitions & Distribution

Zodiak Kids

With a 15 years' experience in the audio-visual distribution for both series and feature films, Cecile Cau VP of sales and co-productions at Zodiak Kids has been a specialist of the kids market for more than 10 years. She helps to finance and distribute Zodiak kids and independent producers shows...show more

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Koyalee Chanda

VP, Kids and Animation

Hello Sunshine (Preschool & bridge pitches only)

Koyalee Chanda is a creative executive and a seven-time Emmy nominated producer and director, starting her career on the breakthrough preschool series Blue’s Clues, which she started directing at age 23.

Koyalee is currently the VP of Kids and Animation at Reese Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine. Prior to this role,...show more

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Kenny Chapman

Development Manager

DreamWorks

As Manager of Television Development for DreamWorks Animation, Kenny Chapman is part of the team charged with the creative development of DreamWorks' rapidly growing slate of original television projects for Netflix, Apple, Hulu, Peacock and other leading broadcasters around the world. As part of the studio’s global initiatives, the team...show more

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Lisa Cinelli

Executive in Charge of Production, Children’s and Youth Programming

CBC

Lisa Cinelli is an Executive in Charge of Production at CBC Kids and has been with the team in a number of capacities for the past 15 years. Prior to working at CBC, Lisa worked at Nelvana and on several independent productions.

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Sidney Clifton

SVP of Animation and Mixed Media

The Jim Henson Company

Emmy-nominated producer Sidney Clifton has over twenty years of experience as an executive producer, producer, casting director, voice director, director and creative development executive in animated and live-action content across multiple platforms.

In her career to date, Ms. Clifton has worked with artists and creators including comic book legend Stan Lee,...show more

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Rick Clodfelter

Lead, Content Acquisitions and Partnerships

Disney Branded Television

Rick Clodfelter, lead, Disney Branded Television (DBT) Content Acquisitions and Partnerships, is responsible for sourcing, identifying and negotiating third party content opportunities for Disney Branded Television and the Disney kids and family platforms. His responsibilities include establishing and managing strategic partnerships with third-party content providers based on Disney Media and...show more

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Jennilee Cummings

SVP, Live Action, Imagine Kids + Family

Imagine Entertainment

Jennilee Cummings is a senior creative executive with over 16 years of experience developing innovative kids and family-driven content. During her 12 years at Disney Channel, Cummings oversaw the development of the network’s most beloved and successful live-action original series and movies. Highlights of her work include the Disney Channel...show more

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Kristin Cummings

VP, Atomic Originals

Atomic Cartoons

Prior to joining Atomic, Kristin was the Director of Development at NBCUniversal/ DreamWorks Animation TV where she developed kids and family content. Kristin started in animation in 2011 at Nickelodeon. Throughout her career there, she worked on several projects in series development, including the recent hit show The Loud House...show more

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Jo Daris

CCO & Executive Producer

Toon2Tango GmbH & Co.KG

Jo Daris, 54, started his career in large FMCG companies, ending up at Hasbro in a European role for Trading Cards and Trading Card Games. From there, he joined Studio 100 to build up the international business for them, which resulted in opening up the international office in Munich, the...show more

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Keith Dawkins

Founder & CEO

Rock Hill Media Ventures

Keith Dawkins is a strategic, creative, award-winning Chief Executive Officer with 25+ years of experience in the media/entertainment, professional sports, and philanthropic industries. Keith is a results-oriented executive with a global business acumen evidenced across all operations; setting company strategy; leadership and management; deal negotiations; international sales; P&L oversight; and...show more

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Carla de Jong

Head of Production

Sinking Ship Entertainment

Carla de Jong is an Emmy Award winning producer who has held various roles both as a producer and broadcaster in a number of different countries across the world. At Network Ten Australia she was responsible for producing 140 episodes a year of one of the longest running Australian children’s...show more

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Sebastian Debertin

Head of International Content Acquisitions and Co-Productions

Ki.Ka

Sebastian Debertin, is Head of International Content, Acquisitions & Co-productions at KiKA – The Children’s Channel of ARD & ZDF.

Sebastian helped create and launch KiKA, Germany’s public kids content provider. KiKA’s TV channel also in 2020 was market leader in Germany again.

As Head of International Content Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Sebastian...show more

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Monica Dennis

Director, Preschool Content

Mattel Television (Preschool pitches only)

Monica Dennis (Director Preschool Content, Mattel TV) is an award-winning creative leader, passionate about animation and stories that inspire kids.

At Mattel TV, Monica oversees content for iconic preschool brands such as Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go and Barney while building a slate of original series.

Previously, Monica lead development and...show more

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David DiLorenzo

SVP Kids & Family

Future Today

David Di Lorenzo is a veteran of the entertainment industries bringing more than 20-years of family- focused and programming experience to Future Today, where he serves as the Senior Vice President, Kids and Family.

Di Lorenzo’s innovations include being among the first ad-supported on-demand streaming channels to commission exclusive original programming...show more

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Kim Diaz

Sr Director Creative Development

Sesame

Kim Diaz, Director of Production & Development at Sesame Workshop, has spent the past 15 years in preschool television as a producer, development exec, and writer. In her current role, Diaz oversees Sesame Workshop’s Creative Development pipeline, which includes original series, Sesame Street spinoffs, Sesame Street segments, and animated specials...show more

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Christopher Dicker

Co-Founder

Sow You

Chris Dicker is a multi-award children’s television creator, whose shows include Jessy and Nessy for Amazon Studios and Becca’s Bunch for Nickelodeon. As co-founder of TT Animation, now owned by Warner Brothers, he created the award winning What’s Your News? A multi-award winning show, including the NHK Japan Prize for...show more

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Ellen Doherty

CCO

Fred Rogers Productions

Ellen Doherty is Chief Creative Officer for Fred Rogers Productions, overseeing creation of television and digital content for the company’s current PBS KIDS series—Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Donkey Hodie, Peg + Cat, and Odd Squad—as well as developing new properties including the forthcoming animated series, Alma’s Way. Ellen is also the...show more

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Libbie Doherty

Head of Children’s Content

ABC Australia

As Head of Children’s Libbie is responsible for the Content Strategy and has oversight of 380 hours of internally produced and commissioned content across the ABC’s two dedicated children’s channels, ABCME (6-12yrs) and ABC KIDS (2-6yrs). As a member of the ABC's TV & Radio leadership team, she contributes to...show more

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Agustina Dompe

TV Acquisition Manager

Disney Channels, LatAm

Sr. Manager, Content Acquisitions - The Walt Disney Company Latin America

Agustina María Dompé serves as Content Acquisitions Sr. Manager for the kids and family branded services at The Walt Disney Company Latin America, and is in charge of selecting and negotiating the acquisition of content for Disney Channel, Disney Junior,...show more

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Delphine Dumont

SVP of sales, acquisitions & co-productions

Zodiak Kids

Delphine has been working in the kids industry for 20 years in Acquisitions, Distribution and Co-Productions across linear and digital platforms.

She is currently heading the team in looking for financing for Zodiak Kids developments series both in animation and live action. The team is also in charge of the global...show more

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Joris Eckelkamp

Head of Business Development, Europe

Cosmos-Maya

Joris is a Producer, Business Developer and Consultant with more than 20 years of international experience.
He started his career in Switzerland as AVM’s Production Manager for the video production “Chronicles of the 20th Century“ for the German multinational conglomerate Bertelsmann.
For worldwide distributor Peppermint Joris represented the North and...show more

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Victor Elizalde

President

Viva Kids

As Managing Partner and founder of Viva Pictures Distribution, LLC., Viva Kids and Kidsflix LLC., Victor is responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations and production.

Between Viva Pictures, Viva Kids & Kidsflix the combined groups currently distribute 10-15 new release animated films annually, are currently producing 2-3 original animated films...show more

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Natalie Engel

Director of Content, Children’s Programming

PBS

As Director of Content for Children’s Programming, Natalie works closely with series creators from pitch to pilot, helping shape their projects for the PBS KIDS audience. She is responsible for setting and executing PBS KIDS’ strategic content goals for its television pipelines and oversees production on several series. Natalie also...show more

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Ken Faier

President & CEO

Epic Story Media

Ken Faier is El Presidente and CEO of Epic Story Media and it’s subsidiary Epic Story Interactive. The mission for both companies is to put creators at the center of compelling and engaging franchises for kids. Who doesn't remember that feeling we all had as a child when we fell...show more

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Qing Fan

Producer, Content Investment & Co-Productions

Tencent

Qing is the Producer overseeing the international business including content investment, co-productions and distribution at Tencent Video Kids team.

Tencent Video is a leading online video platform, providing a wide range of premium content, covering films, TV series, variety shows, sports events and news. As the largest and fastest-growing online video...show more

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Robert Fewkes

Executive Producer, Content Development

LEGO

Robert Fewkes is an Executive Producer of television series at LEGO in Los Angeles. For over 15 years he has worked in the development, creation, and production realizing over thirty television and film projects across many different broadcasters and studios. He is an industry specialist and leader of award winning...show more

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Luiz Filipe Figueira

Head of Programming & Content Strategy

Globo/Gloob & Gloobinho

As Head of Content Strategy and Programming of Globo Group's Kids Unit, Luiz Filipe Figueira is currently responsible for the channels Gloob & Gloobinho's overall content strategy - from sourcing to acquisitions and developing international partnerships for a consistent programming and distribution strategy.

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Luca Fiore

Director of Content

Azoomee

Luca Fiore is Director of Content at Azoomee / Da Vinci. He manages the acquisition, production and programming of video and games content for the global media company, which reaches an audience of 60 million families and kids in over 190 countries and in 19 languages, through its mobile apps,...show more

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Lina Foti

Executive Producer

Lion Forge Animation

Looking for IP and partners to produce high-end content that challenges expectations and reflects the diversity of our audience.

At Lion Forge Animation we create content that challenges expectations and reflects the diversity of our audience. Through targeting under-served audiences, exploring new genres, and offering fresh perspectives, we tap into the...show more

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Karen Fowler

VP, Development

9 Story Media Group

Karen Fowler is a multi-Emmy® award winning Executive Producer, Showrunner and Producer with a proven track record of taking projects from development to production. Karen was Executive Producer of The Sesame Workshop/PBS reboot of The Electric Company, which earned over 20 Emmy® nominations and won 10, including Outstanding Children’s Series...show more

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Mollie Freilich

Senior Manager, Current Series

Nickelodeon

Mollie Freilich is the Senior Manager of Current Series Animation at Nickelodeon and serves as Executive in Charge on Rugrats (2021). She previously worked as a Production Coordinator on The Loud House. Before joining the world of animation, Mollie worked in live action in varying capacities since childhood. Prior to...show more

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Ed Galton

CEO

CAKE

Ed is the CEO of CAKE. With over 25 years of experience, Ed has worked all over the world for leading producers and distributors including in Paris as VP of International Sales at Gaumont and subsequently as VP of Business Development for French animation house Xilam; in London and Hamburg...show more

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Katie Gascoyne

Creative Development Producer

Blue Zoo Animation Studio

Katie is currently a Creative Developments Producer at Blue Zoo, working on the development of original IP for TV series and feature films. She originally trained as a 3D Animator, doing a Masters in Computer Animation at Bournemouth University. In 2019 she won the studio's Christmas Short Pitch and directed...show more

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Jordan Geary

Senior Director of Current Series Production

Sesame Workshop

Jordan Geary is an Emmy Award-winning creative producer and executive in children’s media, currently serving as Senior Director of Current Series Production at Sesame Workshop. Geary has an extensive background in children’s television, having contributed in various creative roles in animation, live-action, post-production, motion graphics, and series development. He has...show more

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Angel Geng

Producer, Tencent Video Kids

Tencent

Angel Geng is the producer at Tencent Video Kids originals.


Tencent Video is a leading online video platform, providing a wide range of premium content, covering films, TV series, variety shows, sports events and news. As the largest and fastest-growing online video platform in China, Tencent Video has the largest...show more

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Athena Georgaklis

Head of Development

Nelvana

Athena Georgaklis is the Head of Development for Nelvana. A highly respected animation executive, Athena leads the acquisition of rights and the development of all original content for Nelvana. Athena is committed to develop creator-driven content, working with the studio’s producers, creators, and talent around the world that will resonate...show more

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Tommy Gillespie

Director, Children's Programming

PBS

As Director of Children’s Programming, Tommy leads the strategic rollout of video content for PBS KIDS, including scheduling and content planning for the U.S. public broadcaster’s national children’s service and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and livestream. He is also the production executive on several PBS KIDS series, including the...show more

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Dorothea Gillim

Creative Director-GBH Kids

GBH

Dorothea Gillim has led kids’ media productions at GBH for over ten years, beginning with the Emmy award-winning PBS KIDS series Curious George. She currently oversees the PBS KIDS’ series Pinkalicious & Peterrific as well as Molly of Denali, which won a Peabody, Television Critics and Kidscreen Award in 2020....show more

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Richard Goldsmith

President, Global Distribution and Consumer Products

Atomic Cartoons

Richard is the President of Global Distribution and Consumer Products for Thunderbird Entertainment. He oversees distribution to worldwide media platforms and related consumer products and experiences for the company's productions, including award-winning and inspiring scripted and factual content from Great Pacific Media and animated series from Atomic Cartoons. Previously, he...show more

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Josie Grierson

Director, Creative Affairs, Family Brands

eOne

Josie Grierson is Director of Creative Affairs for Family Brands at Entertainment One, developing original content for the eOne Family slate, from initial concepts and ideas through to series production.

eOne are looking for creative and original animation concepts in early stages of development, different to any other show on the...show more

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Alexis Grieve

Manager of Development & Co Producer

Sinking Ship Entertainment

Alexis Grieve is an Emmy award-nominated producer at Sinking Ship Entertainment, where she currently manages the companies development slate. Her producer credits in the children’s television space include Dino Dana The Movie (Amazon/TVO), Endlings (Hulu/CBC), Ghostwriter (AppleTV+), and Lockdown (YouTube Originals). Previously, she developed and produced independent films, including Alan...show more

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Cerys Griffiths

Creative Director, BBC Learning

BBC Children's

Cerys is Head of Content Production in BBC Education, the department which aims to transform lives through education by delivering annual campaigns aimed at addressing a cultural, societal or educational need, and Bitesize - the BBC’s formal education resource for children and young people. Cerys is responsible for all BBC...show more

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James Chen Gu

General Manager, Animation Studio

UYoung

James GU Chen, the general manager of Animation Studio, UYoung Media. James was executive producer of P.King Duckling, BattleClaw, Love Monster and Kung Fu Wa!. 

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Marcy Gunther

Executive Producer and Director of Media Development for Children’s Media, GBH

GBH

Marcy Gunther, Executive Producer and Director of Media Development for Children’s Media, GBH

Marcy Gunther, Executive Producer and Director of Media Development for Children’s Media at GBH, is a multi-Emmy award winning producer with over 20 years of experience developing and producing educational children’s media.

Marcy got her start at GBH in...show more

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Melissa Hardinge

Senior Commissioning Editor, Independents

BBC Children's

Melissa Hardinge is the Senior Commissioning Editor on the BBC Children’s 7 plus Independents team. A former lawyer, she has worked at ITV and Channel 4, as well as the BBC’s in-house children’s department, where she produced shows such as Blue Peter and Record Breakers. She currently is responsible for a...show more

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Marc Hartlen

Production Coordinator, Development

Nelvana

Marc Hartlen is part of the development team at Nelvana. Before joining Nelvana he spent 10 years in the performing arts, appearing at Yuk Yuks comedy clubs across Canada, festivals including Pop Montreal and the Atlantic Fringe Festival as well as being heard on The Edge 102.1 and Sirius XM’s...show more

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Claire Heinrich

Head of Acquisitions, Children & Youth Department

France Televisions

In her current role within the Children and Youth Unit, Claire Heinrich is in charge of selecting, negotiating and overseeing all acquisitions and pre-buys for France Televisions’ linear channels and digital platforms - including generalist channels France 3 and France 5's morning blocs, dedicated channel for Children France 4, recently...show more

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Sean Henry

Head of Content Strategy & Acquisitions, Kids EMEA

WarnerMedia

Sean Henry is the Head of Content Strategy & Acquisitions for WarnerMedia’s kids brands and platforms in EMEA.

In this role he oversees the curation of the kids and family content pipeline for HBO Max, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito and Boing working closely with WarnerMedia’s global studio and content teams as...show more

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Olexa Hewryk

VP & Head of Animation

Sesame Workshop

Olexa Hewryk oversees Sesame Workshop’s vast animation efforts as Vice President & Head of Animation. He was instrumental in creating Esme & Roy, which launched in 2018 as Sesame Workshop’s first new animated series in nearly a decade, and led efforts to create the first-ever animated Sesame Street special The...show more

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Charlie Higson

Creative Development Producer

Blue Zoo Animation Studio

Charlie joined Blue Zoo in 2018 and spent two years on the story team of It’s Pony. He’s now a Creative Producer on the Developments team helping out with new projects. Charlie loves to read, once carried a fish from Paris to Rome and would desperately like to live the...show more

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Myles Hobbs

VP, Global Distribution

Cloudco Entertainment

Myles Hobbs is a seasoned sales executive with more than 12 years of experience in the kids TV industry. Most recently, he served as Associate Publisher for industry-leader Kidscreen, where he oversaw all sales efforts across the brand's publishing and event platforms, including the world-renowned Kidscreen Summit. Prior to that,...show more

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Gabrielle Howard

Development Consultant

Fred Rogers Productions

Gabrielle Howard is Development Consultant for Fred Rogers Productions. She is a media consultant who has deep roots in New York City's children's programming community. She is a media consultant who advises on podcast development, social media strategy, and original concepts for the Web and television. Gabrielle began her career...show more

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Emily Jenkins

Director Creative Development

Guru Studio

Emily Jenkins is the Director, Creative Development at Guru Studio. She is passionate about developing innovative and inclusive storytelling that inspires kids and families around the world. She has worked across several of Guru’s original properties, including its newest preschool series Pikwik Pack which airs on Disney Junior US, Hulu...show more

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Kyle Jenkins

Programme and Acquisition Manager

Milkshake!/Channel 5

Kyle Jenkins is the Programme and Acquisitions Manager at Milkshake! Channel 5 and manages the content pipeline from pitch submission to programme delivery, including the development & production of commissions and acquisitions.

He is currently the working across a wide slate of exciting new programmes as Executive Producer for the preschool...show more

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Viktoria Johansson

Acquisitions Executive, Children

SVT

Viktoria has been working with kids content for over 20 years, and since 2017 as a buyer. Before joining the Swedish public broadcaster SVT in February 2021 she worked for a Nordic distributor in Home Entertainment and SVOD.

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Christopher Keenan

SVP & Executive Producer, Content Development and Production

Mattel Television

Christopher Keenan is a highly accomplished creative executive, producer and writer who has enjoyed over thirty years of success in the animation, kids and family entertainment industries. With thousands of hours of production to his credit, he is equally adept at development, sales and production.

Currently engaged by Mattel as Senior...show more

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Suzanne Kelly

Group Head of Children's & Young People's Content

RTE Television

Suzanne Kelly has been producing television for over 20 years. She has worked across a variety of genres in RTÉ & the independent television sector. Since 2007 she has exclusively created children’s content for RTÉ. Her experience ranges from creating & developing programme formats, producing & directing in both studio...show more

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Heath Kenny

Chief Creative Officer

Mercury Filmworks

As Chief Content Officer, Heath Kenny is charged with spearheading the company’s move into original programming. Originally based in Paris, Kenny has relocated to Ottawa and works in collaboration with Chantal Ling, Vice President of Original Series and Co-Productions, and Travis Williams, Director of Development.

Kenny is responsible for content strategy,...show more

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Telidja Klaï

Content Manager (Ketnet)

VRT

With a PHD in Developmental Psychology, Telidja Klai is responsible for 360°programming strategy and target strategies at Ketnet the dedicated children’s channel of the Flemish public broadcaster VRT in Belgium.

The main thrust of her activities at Ketnet are the development of children and Ketnet’s vision and values. Telidja is also...show more

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Hannah Kole

Development Executive

Moonbug Entertainment

Hannah Kole is a Development Executive working across Moonbug Entertainment’s premium originals and digital slate including properties such as CoComelon, Little Baby Bum and Blippi. Prior to this role, she has previously worked on writing and developing original and branded long and short-form content for premium partners and platforms such...show more

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Awani Kulkarni

Development Executive, Kids & Family

Shaftesbury

After joining Shaftesbury’s Kids & Family department in 2019, Awani has worked in both development and production across multiple properties including the award-winning Solutioneers, Miikshi, ClearWaterKids Challenge, and Mary & Flo on the Go!  In addition to this, Awani manages the Shaftesbury Kids YouTube Channel using her expertise from a...show more

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Marianne Lambert

Director Co-Productions & Acquisitions

TFO

With many years of experience in television production and content creation, Marianne is an expert at creating and producing content for kids that is fun and inviting. Fully bilingual, she has worked in many areas in kids tv: first as a host, then writer, director, producer and executive producer. In...show more

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Gavin Lankford

Senior Programming Associate

PBS KIDS

As Senior Associate for Children’s Programming, Gavin Lankford manages program delivery and content operations for the national children’s program service and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, serving as the day-to-day contact for PBS KIDS producers throughout the post-production process. Prior to PBS Gavin worked as Production Coordinator on the PBS...show more

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Dianna Lau

Creative Development Executive, Children’s Programming

Apple TV+

Dianna Lau is a Creative Development Executive for Apple TV+ in Children’s Programming where she’s focused on developing and producing meaningful, quality animation and live action kids series and specials. Before being at Apple, Dianna was a Kids Development Executive at Amazon Studios working on series If You Give a...show more

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Hugh Lawton

Commissioning Editor Independents 7+

BBC Children's (Pitches for 7+ only)

Hugh is a Commissioning Editor at BBC Children’s specialising in award-winning entertainment and fact-ent formats, as exec of brands including Junior Bake Off; Matilda and The Ramsay Bunch; Art Ninja; The Nine To Five with Stacey Dooley; Now You See It; Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature; Help! My Supply Teacher...show more

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Ben Lehmann

SVP, Head of Live-Action Production

Sesame Workshop

Benjamin Lehmann leads the production and creative direction for Sesame Street, and all other live action productions at Sesame Workshop. In this role, he collaborates with various production and distribution partners and is responsible for the ongoing production and long-term planning of live-action productions to drive Sesame Workshop’s mission forward,...show more

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Melissa Lim

Head of Content Acquisitions and Co-Productions - Kid (APAC)

WarnerMedia

Melissa Lim leads the content acquisitions and co-productions team for WarnerMedia’s Kids networks in Asia Pacific, which include POGO, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. She also advises on licensing content to fuel the growing slate of kids and family programming on the regional streaming service HBO GO in Southeast Asia, Hong...show more

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Chantal Ling

VP of Original Series and Co-Productions

Mercury Filmworks

As Vice President, Original Series & Co-Production, Chantal Ling specializes in proprietary content and co-productions. She works directly with Mercury’s international partners to develop, finance, and co-produce properties that are considered the benchmark in television animation. During her tenure with Mercury Filmworks, some of her producing credits include Hilda with...show more

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Leeger Liu

Producer

Tencent

Leeger was an animation producer work for Tencent Video Kids studio and responsible for the independent production and co-production of animation and live-action projects. Leeger has participated in more than 15 new animation projects totally since 2017. Before that, Leeger was an animated director and direct animation TV series and...show more

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Rhea Liu

Programming Editor, Tencent Video Kids

Tencent

Rhea is the programming editor at Tencent Video Kids team Tencent Video is a leading online video platform, providing a wide range of premium content, covering films, TV series, variety shows, sports events and news. As the largest and fastest-growing online video platform in China, Tencent Video has the largest...show more

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Sarah Lonsdale

Development Executive

9 Story Media Group

Sarah is a Development Executive at 9 Sory Media Group, based in their award-winning animation studio Brown Bag Films in Dublin. Sarah looks after the development of a number of animated properties, from
Preschool to 6-11 comedies. She holds a BA in Creative Digital Media and had 12 years of...show more

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Chapman Maddox

Vice President of Content

Boat Rocker

Chapman is the Vice President of Content for Boat Rocker Studios in London. He currently is one of the Executive Producers of the upcoming animated action-comedy series Daniel Spellbound for Netflix, he serves the same role on the pre-school series Love Monster for CBeebies and the teen drama GET EVEN on BBC iPlayer...show more

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Brenda Maffuchi

Head of Acquisitions & Property Development

DeAKids

Brenda Maffuchi joined De Agostini Editore in December 2012 as Head of Acquisitions & Property Development and is responsible for analyzing, negotiating, and managing all content acquisition and all international co-productions for De Agostini’s channels in Italy. In this role, she also supervises the complete development process for the local...show more

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Marney Malabar

Director, KidsTV

TVO

Marney Malabar has been creating award-winning children’s educational content for over two decades. As the Director, Kids TV, TVO, Marney oversees development and production for TVOKids’ internationally recognized original content, co-productions and acquisitions. Marney ensures that all TVOKids’ content (animated, live-action scripted, non-scripted and puppet-based) complements learning inside and outside...show more

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Veronica Manzerolle

Programming and Acquisitions Manager

WildBrain Television

Veronica Manzerolle, Programming & Acquisitions Manager, WildBrain Television, is responsible for sourcing and acquiring content for WildBrain’s portfolio of Canadian broadcast channels, Family Channel, Family Jr., Family CHRGD, Télémagino and their multiplatform/VOD extensions. She is also responsible for sourcing and acquiring content and overseeing the scheduling and programming strategy across...show more

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Rachel Reade Marcus

VP, Creative Development

Guru Studio

Rachel Reade Marcus is the VP of Creative Development at Guru Studio where she leads the company’s development of new original IP. Her passion is creating innovative, quality animated content for all ages through nurturing and mentoring new talent, and fostering long-term creative partnerships. Rachel has played a pivotal role...show more

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Kez Margrie

Commissioning Editor, Independents 7+

BBC Children's (Pitches for 7+ only)

Kez is Commissioning Editor, Independents for 7 – 12s non-scripted content in the BBC’s Children’s & Education department. She has been committed to working with children and young people through the Arts for over 30 years.

In her current role she is responsible for some of the BBC’s most successful factual...show more

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Tyler Martin

Acquisitions Executive

ITV

Tyler recently joined the ITV acquisitions team working across Series and Kids content for the company's channel portfolio.

Prior to this he has worked as a strategic scheduler for various channels including Britbox, ITV Choice - South Africa, ITV4, ITV3, CITV and launched the pre-school block littleBe.

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Lionel Marty

General Manager

APC Kids

Managing Director & Founder Lionel Marty started international distribution of TV programs in 1994 at Tele Images, then specialized in kids’ contents in 1999 when he launched the Distribution Department of France Animation. He later became President of Worldwide Distribution, CP and Digital at Moonscoop, where he worked for 10...show more

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Alfredo Marun

Director of Development

Disney Television Animation

Born and raised in Colombia, Alfredo Marun moved to the United States in his early teens and quickly found his passion for filmmaking and storytelling. He is currently a Director of Development at Disney Television Animation working closely with creators to develop new animated series based on original ideas as...show more

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Jennifer McCann

VP, Kids and Family

Shaftesbury

Award-winning producer with over two decades of experience in multiplatform content production, international co-production, and development. Jennifer has worked in Europe and North America, overseeing projects in both documentary and entertainment programming. Beginning her career in Paris at Marathon Media, part of Zodiak Kids and one of France’s largest animation...show more


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Marie McCann

Senior Director, CBC Kids

CBC

Marie McCann is the senior director of children's content for CBC Kids. McCann oversees development, production, acquisition and in-house production of award-winning content. As Canada's national public broadcaster, CBC is committed to excellence and innovation in children's and youth media and to reaching audiences across multiple platforms.

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Kayla McNally

Director of Content

Boat Rocker

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Sabina McNally

Senior Acquisitions Manager

WarnerMedia

Sabina McNally is part of the EMEA Acquisitions team specialising in children and family content for WarnerMedia’s network of linear and OTT services. In this role she is responsible for licencing content across all genres and age demographics for WarnerMedia’s key platforms such as Cartoon Network, Boomerang, HBO Max Kids...show more

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Gary Milne

Head of Content Development

Zodiak Kids

As current Head of Content Development at Zodiak Kids Studios, Gary is responsible for developing content for young audiences aged 0-16 across both animation and live-action. Gary joined Zodiak Kids back in 2011, moving across from production at RDF Television. Gary initially worked on the distribution side of the kid’s...show more

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Maria-Nicole Miriklis

Manager Acquisitions Children's

ABC Australia

Maria-Nicole Miriklis is responsible for all acquisitions of programming for children for the ABC. She works closely with international and local partners to deliver best-in-class content in multiple genres for child audiences across ABC platforms in Australia.

ABC Kids is Australia's most trusted destination for preschool children with high-quality, multi-genre content...show more

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Tabassum Modi

Content Head

DIY.org

DIY.org is a learning community for kids between 5-15 years. DIY TV (launching in 2022) is geared up to become the destination for entertaining content for kids that inspires learning and exploration through active consumption. We are planning a content slate which elevates kids edutainment globally with engaging shows, both...show more

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Edward Moline

Animation Development Producer

Zodiak Kids

Edward joined the Zodiak Kids team in April 2021 as an Animation Development Producer. In this role he develops animated series for young audiences aged 0 to 16. Prior to joining Zodiak Kids, Edward was a freelance script consultant and spent two and a half years at Beano Studios as...show more

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Sharon Moverman

VP of Acquisitions and International Operations

Hop! Channel

Hop! Media Group is the owner and operator of four children channels in Israel: Hop!, Luli, Israeli Childhood and WIZ, and is a market leader with the largest share of preschool viewings and a strong digital presence.

Creating and curating content for 20 years, Hop! is synonyms with high quality and...show more

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Mary-Ellen Mullane

Commissioning Editor

ABC Australia

Executive Producer, ABC Children’s Content, Mary-Ellen Mullane facilitates and oversees the delivery of a broad slate of award-winning content including animation, factual entertainment, documentary, online and live action in collaboration with a wide range of independent film and television content makers. Mary-Ellen’s executive producing credits include 13 part Grace Beside...show more

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Drew Mullin

Executive in Charge of Production

CBC

Drew Mullin is an international award-winning Writer, Director, and Producer who joined CBC Kids team as an Executive in Charge of Production in 2015. At CBC, Drew has overseen several broadcast and digital series including season 1 & 2 of Dot, Kingdom Force, Big Blue, Snapshots (2018 International Emmy winner),...show more

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Nadia Mykhaylyuk-Geers

Senior Manager, Content Distribution, EMEA

LEGO

Nadia oversees sales of LEGO Entertainment content in EMEA region, focusing on EUC, Russia and CEE markets and works closely with major international kids networks ( including CN, and Nickelodeon) on complex multi-territory deals. She collaborates with Acquisitions and Programming teams on a buyer side and Content Development and Production...show more

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Darren Nartey

Acquisitions Manager: Films & Kids

ITV

Darren is responsible for leading negotiations on a range of acquired series, films and kids deals across the ITV portfolio (ITV1, ITV2, ITVBe, ITV3, ITV4, CITV and littleBe). For CITV & littleBe, Darren has acquired a range of live-action and animated comedies such as Detention Adventure, Mighty Mike, Mr. Bean...show more

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Naléka N'Guessan

Acquisition Executive, Kids

France Televisions

Naléka N’Guessan selects kids and preschool content for Okoo, France Télévisions' new linear and non-linear children brand, and the children's corner of France.tv.

She started her career managing the content localization part of the acquisitions department of Lagardère‘s young adults and children’s channels, before being in charge of children content acquisitions...show more

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Holly Nichols

Development Manager

WildBrain

Holly Nichols, Development Manager, is the key contact for all incoming content submissions. Holly ensures WildBrain’s creative-slate needs and content strategy are communicated clearly to external producers and creators. Working closely with WildBrain’s development teams covering animation, live-action and short-form digital content, Holly seeks to find distinct creative voices and...show more

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Bronwyn North-Reist

Executive Director, Development

Disney Channels (Live-action pitches only)

Bronwyn North-Reist is executive director, Original Series Development, Disney Channel.

North-Reist has spent the past six years developing shows for Disney XD, Disney Channel and Disney+, including one of the first original series to premiere at platform launch, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Prior to Disney Channel, she worked...show more

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Kerry Novick

SVP Global Sales & Co-Productions

Sparky Animation

In the newly created position of SVP of Global Sales and Co-Productions for Singapore’s Sparky Animation, Kerry Novick is creating new partnerships and identifying co-production opportunities which meet Sparky’s content and investment criteria, with a keen eye for compelling stories and trending content genres, and a focus on co-production treaty...show more

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Helena Nylander

Acquistions Executive, Children

SVT

Helena Nylander has been working with children’s content at SVT since 1995 and as a buyer since 2012.

She has great experience from scheduling, in-house production and acquisitions.


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Lynsey O'Callaghan

Director of International Content Acquisitions and Pre-school Current Series

Viacom International Media Networks

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Bronwen O'Keefe

Live Action Content Consultant/Executive Producer

MiMO Studios

Bronwen O’Keefe serves as the Live Action Content Consultant and Executive Producer for MiMO Studios. O’Keefe spent 25+ years at Nickelodeon where she was most recently EVP of Live Action. In this role she oversaw a full slate of live action content through a bi-coastal team, guided development of scripted,...show more

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Jon Ollwerther

President of Kartoon Channel

Genius Brands International

Jon Ollwerther serves as President of Kartoon Channel! and Executive Vice President of Business Development at Genius Brands International. Ollwerther oversees strategy, growth, and programming at Kartoon Channel!, in addition to his roles in Business Development and Investor Relations at Genius Brands.

Jon joined Genius Brands two years ago from Measure,...show more

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Eimear O'Mahony

Executive Producer, Children's & Young People's Programming

RTE Television

Eimear O’Mahony has worked in RTÉ, the Irish National Broadcaster, for 20 years. Over that time she has worked in Sport, Current Affairs, Irish Language Programmes and the Entertainment Department. She has produced numerous documentaries and was nominated for an IFTA for best documentary in 2014. In 2018 she produced...show more

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Rosemary Palacios

Director, Talent Outreach, Inclusion and Content Development

Sesame Workshop

Rosemary Palacios is Director of Talent Outreach, Inclusion and Creative Development for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street. In this role, she further infuses the Workshop’s company-wide diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy into all areas of show development and production, including ideation, scripting, creator and voice over...show more

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Brad Pettingell

Executive in Charge of Production

PBS

Since joining the Children’s Programming team in 2003, Brad has been the executive in charge of production on nearly 800 episodes of educational kids' content and two dozen movie specials. His series have included: Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, and Dinosaur Train, as well as the Daytime Emmy-winning WordGirl and Daniel...show more

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Jamie Piekarz

Creative Executive, Preschool

Apple TV+

Jamie Piekarz is children’s media professional with the unique combination of creative production and broadcast experience that spans all age groups and genres. She is currently developing preschool programming for AppleTV+, after spending the past few years creating, showrunning and providing expertise on children’s media through her company, JamPie Media,...show more

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Adina Pitt

VP, Content Acquisitions, Partnerships and Co-Productions for the Americas, WarnerMedia Kids and Family

WarnerMedia

Adina Pitt is Vice President, Content Acquisitions and Co-productions for Cartoon Network and Boomerang. She is responsible for identifying, negotiating and acquiring pre-produced series, specials, movies and short-form product that fit the Cartoon Network and Boomerang brands for exposure across all platforms. She continues to oversee those programs once they...show more

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Mike Pons

Director, Strategy & Planning

LEGO

Mike is the director of strategy and planning for the LEGO Entertainment Partners and Content group. In this capacity he serves as the chief of staff for the head of the department and works with members of the leadership team to define strategic direction, implement processes, and support the team...show more

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Kim Powers

Series Producer, Live action

9 Story Media Group

Kim currently serves as a Series Producer at 9Story, producing an upcoming live action pre-school series in addition to developing new Live Action properties. Prior to 9Story, Kim served as an Executive Producer at truTV, developing a variety of scripted and unscripted series while also overseeing the critically acclaimed Talk...show more

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Sophie Prigent

Global Sales Director

Jetpack Distribution

Global Sales Director at Jetpack, Sophie “Kido” Prigent handles sales and acquisitions in France, LatAm, Asia, Canada, Portugal and Israel and is responsible for AVOD sales worldwide.

Prior to that she was responsible for France, CEEMA and LatAm.

Sophie is a Wildbrain alumni, she joined Cookie Jar in 2010 after several years...show more

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Barry Quinn

Senior Producer

BBC Children's

Barry is highly experienced producer at the BBC with a proven track record in creating and developing popular children’s brands including CBeebies series: Go Jetters, The Numtums, Kerwhizz and Furchester Hotel.  He has also series produced various animations including Tree Fu Tom and Bitz and Bob and is currently producing Love Monster a co-production between the BBC, Boat Rocker & UYoung...show more

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Enos Rakumo

Junior Fiction Editor

Super RTL

Enos Rakumo joined Super RTL as Trainee in the Editorial Department Commissioning and Development (Fiction) in 2019. After successfully concluding his traineeship, he is now part of the team as a Junior Editor, where he is involved in the evaluation process, development, co-production and dubbing of new shows and seasons....show more

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Elizabeth Randall

Senior Development & Editorial Manager, Children's

BBC Studios

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Carl Reed

President

Lion Forge Animation

Carl Reed is the President and Co-founder of Lion Forge Animation, and Producer of the Academy Award-winning film, Hair Love.

Carl’s career includes 20 years in media. Over the course of his career, Carl has worked with partners to produce a variety of different types of content, from comic books to...show more

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Liliana Reyes

SVP Content

Portfolio Entertainment

As Senior Vice President of Content for Portfolio Entertainment, Liliana Reyes leads the company’s development of television and digital media content across all platforms. Liliana has a successful track record as an executive producer and development executive with wide-ranging experience from creative development to television production and distribution. Previously, she...show more

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Christina Reynolds

Executive, Kids Programming

Apple TV+

Christina Reynolds is a Creative Executive at Apple TV+, heading up content for the 6-11 demo, where she manages a small curated slate of originals in both the animation and live-action space, including the Emmy Award winning Ghostwriter.

Before Apple, Christina was at Amazon Studios, helping launch the kids’ slate with...show more

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Miriam Ritchie

Senior Director, Preschool

Nickelodeon

Miriam Ritchie began her career in the feature film space. She served as a Creative Executive at Warner Bros. Pictures and then at DreamWorks Animation where she oversaw productions including The Lego Movie: The Second PartAbominable and Trolls World Tour. More recently, she worked in interactive entertainment for a New York based start...show more

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Mia Rodak

Executive Producer, Digital, CBC Kids

CBC

Mia has specialized in digital content and product development for 20 years, working on digital teams for several premium brands such as HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, Slice, National Geographic Channel, BBC Canada BBC Kids and more before joining CBC Kids as Executive Producer, Digital in 2017. Today she oversees...show more

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Hannah Rodgers

Senior Development Producers

BBC

Hannah Rodger is Senior Development Producer in the Scripted Development Team. Her particular focus is on high concept, international co-production projects for a children’s and family audience. Prior to working at BBC Children’s Hannah worked for BBC Writersroom, Nickelodeon and Virgin Media. She has also worked in development at Disney...show more

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Annita Romanelli

Head of Co-Productions and Preacquisitions

RAI (European co-pitches only)

Annita Romanelli works at RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, the Italian public broadcaster.
At Rai Ragazzi, Rai department for kids, she’s in charge for the Unit for Production and Co-production of Animation and kids' Drama. Previously, she has been working as project manager for many animated series, live action dramas, TV shows.

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Lauren Rose

Senior Manager, Live-Action Content

Mattel Television (Girl-centered pitches only)

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Joanna Rosenthal

Manager, Content Acquisitions and Coproductions

WarnerMedia

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Richard Rowe

Director of International Acquisitions

WildBrain (Distribution properties only)

Richard Rowe, Director of International Acquisitions, sources third-party content for WildBrain's distribution business. WildBrain is seeking kids’ and family content with a global appeal that compliments its own original development and production slate.

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Julia Rowlands

VP of Sales, Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Zodiak Kids

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Kirsten Samanich

Manager, Preschool

Nickelodeon

Originally from both Florida and Ohio, Kirsten Samanich started out in the production world working on sports docu-series before shifting over to children’s media and animation. Currently, Kirsten works as a Manager on the Development team for Nickelodeon Preschool and Bridge, in addition to overseeing the production of Nick Jr...show more

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Shaleen Sangha

VP Content, Kids and Family

Boat Rocker

Shaleen Sangha has been a part of the Boat Rocker team since 2017. As a Vice President of Boat Rocker Studios, Kids and Family, Shaleen oversees the day-to-day operations of its Toronto division with a focus on creative development and production. Shaleen has a passion for content and focuses on...show more

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David Sauerwein

Producer, CCO

APC Kids/Zephyr Animation

David Sauerwein, former Head Writer, Story Editor and Script Doctor for Xilam and Ubisoft.

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Vicky Schroderus

Executive in Charge of International Co-Productions and Acquisitions

YLE

Vicky Schroderus joined YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company in 1997 is currently working as Acquisition Executive for YLE Television. When measured by ratings and audience satisfaction YLE is the number one multi-platform destination for Finnish Kids. It transmits annually over 1300 hours of children’s programming for a two- to 12-year-old audience...show more

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Doug Schwalbe

Founder

The Co-Production Company

Doug Schwalbe is the founder of The Co-Production Company, the boutique production firm specializing in finance and distribution arrangements for high end international productions.

Prior to launching The Co-Production Company, Doug Schwalbe was the Senior Vice President of Coproduction at DreamWorks Animation Television where he structured and managed coproduction arrangements for...show more

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Martha Sepulveda

Senior Director of Development

9 Story Media Group

Martha Sepulveda is a Canadian/Colombian Children's Media Development Executive and Creative Producer. Martha currently occupies the exciting role of mom, and Senior Development Director at 9 Story Media Group. She has over 10 years of international experience in kids’ media, working with such award-winning companies as Sinking Ship Entertainment and...show more

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Melanie Shannon

Creative Executive

Mattel Television

Melanie Shannon is a Creative Executive for Mattel Television, helping to create dynamic television from Creative Development to Current Series for such properties as Hot Wheels, Polly Pocket, Fireman Sam, and the two critically-acclaimed and highly-anticipated Netflix Original Series Masters Of The Universe: Revelation, and He-Man And The Masters Of Universe. Melanie has...show more

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Hila Sharif

Senior Manager, Creative Development

Spin Master Entertainment

Hila Sharif joined Spin Master Entertainment as Senior Manager of Creative Development in 2019. In her role, she supports Spin Master Entertainment’s development slate and is responsible for sourcing new content. Prior to joining Spin Master, she was Development Manager, DHX Media (now WildBrain).

Before her role at DHX Media, Hila...show more

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Linda Simensky

Head of PBS KIDS Content

PBS KIDS

As the Head of PBS KIDS Content, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners, PBS station programmers, and distributors throughout the development, production, post-production, broadcast, and digital phases for PBS KIDS content. She leads the development of a multi-platform video content strategy, designed to respond to the quickly evolving media...show more

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Ira Singerman

VP of Development

Cyber Group Studios USA

Ira Singerman has had the privilege of working on some of the most successful Kids & Family brands in the world.

Born in Montreal, Canada and now living in Los Angeles, Ira began his career in the feature film business as a Creative Executive at Warner Bros. Pictures and Miramax Films.

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Leticia Smith

Manager Sourcing & Acquisitions

Discovery Kids

Leticia Smith has 14 years’ experience working with kids’ content. She is currently the Sourcing & Acquisitions Manager for Discovery Kids Latin America. She has worked in the sourcing department for the last seven years and prior to working in sourcing & acquisitions, Leticia worked programming Discovery Kids for 7...show more

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Jamie Smy

Kids & Family Acquisitions-Disney+ and Disney Channels

Disney EMEA

Jamie has worked in Kids TV for the last 15 years. His professional highlights include launching & programming the Disney Junior and Disney XD EMEA channels, leading the Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for Disney PRIDE UK & Ireland, spending a morning with Selena Gomez’s mum gossiping over croissants, and working...show more

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Tara Sorensen

Head of Children's Programming

Apple TV+

Respected kids’ executive Tara Sorensen is Apple’s Head of Children’s Programming for Worldwide Video. Joining Apple in 2018, Sorensen oversees the development and production of original live-action and animated children’s series globally for the company’s new streaming service, Apple TV+.

Under Sorensen’s leadership, Apple children’s programming was recently honored with 18...show more

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Guillaume Soutter

Co-Founder

PGS

Philippe and Guillaume Soutter co-founded the PGS company in 2008. Their ambition was to provide producers and rights owners an environment entirely dedicated to the financing and brand management of kids entertainment franchises.

Throughout the years, PGS has partnered on leading IPs such as Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks (Bagdasarian Productions and...show more

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Jennie Stacey

VP Development & Production

9 Story Media Group

Jennie Stacey, VP of Development, leads the company’s overall development efforts for original television series. Stacey has spearheaded many of Brown Bag’s biggest hits, including Henry Hugglemonster, Angela’s Christmas and Sadie Sparks for Disney Channel, which have flourished under her leadership and creativity. Stacey first joined Brown Bag Films in...show more


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Rose Stacey

Development Coordinator

Atomic Cartoons

Before joining the Atomic team, Rose served as Coordinator of Development at Nickelodeon Animation. Throughout her time there, she helped develop a slate of 40+ original projects, and assisted with handling the acquisition and development of IP for young adults - including Star Trek, Rugrats, and SpongeBob. Prior to her...show more

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Halle Stanford

President of Television, Executive Producer

The Jim Henson Company

Brand Builder, Creator, Executive Producer, and a ten-time Emmy®-nominated television producer, Halle Stanford leads the Jim Henson Company’s development and production of all television, home entertainment, and digital media in animated and live-action formats.

Stanford recently executive produced the critically acclaimed Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Her recent...show more

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Paula Taborda dos Guaranys

Creative Executive Director Original Series Development

Planeta Junior

Paula Taborda dos Guaranys is an award-winning Development Executive, with over 25 years’ experience in the entertainment industry. As Creative Executive Director for European leader Planeta Junior, Paula provides expert strategic direction in developing Kids & Family content for the international market. Prior to joining Planeta, Paula was the creative...show more

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Asa Tait

Director, Production

LEGO

Asa Tait is Head of Production for LEGO, overseeing the Producers and production companies that create all entertainment content for the beloved brand. He works to develop and balance production slates, ensure on-time and on-budget deliveries, and drive innovation in both production processes and content types. In addition, Tait heads...show more

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Carlene Tan

Director: Original Productions and Development - Kids (APAC)

WarnerMedia

Carlene Tan is responsible for identifying new IP and producing original series for Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO in Asia Pacific.

Based in Singapore, she oversees the region’s current slate of originals that include the International Emmy-nominated Lamput, the brand-new Monster Beach, as well as steering the production on the long-running...show more

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Andrew Tolbert

Vice President, Kids & Animation

Hello Sunshine (Family viewing & six to 11 pitches only)

Andrew Tolbert is an executive, producer and writer in television, film and theatre. After working around the world developing stage productions for Broadway, the West End, arenas and theme parks, Andrew joined the DreamWorks Animation TV team to help build a premier TV studio. At DreamWorks, Andrew oversaw the development...show more

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Melinda Toporoff

Producer

WNET

Melinda Toporoff is an Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and development executive with more than 25 years experience working across multiple platforms, formats and genres. In September 2019, Toporoff joined The WNET Group Kids Media and Education Department as series producer for PBS KIDSanimated series, Cyberchase.

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Ingrid Tous Tovar

Creative Executive, Development and Current

Moonbug Entertainment

Ingrid Tous Tovar recently joined Moonbug as a Creative Executive working across Development and Current. She is a proud Latina from Costa Rica and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication.

She is a Charter Member of Latinx in Amination, a non-profit branch of the Latino Film Institute...show more

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Michael Towner

Senior Commissioning Editor, Independents, 0-6

BBC Children's (Preschool pitches only)

Following a period as the Acting Head of Commissioning and Acquisitions, Michael has resumed his role as Senior Commissioning Editor, Independents for 0-6 at BBC Children’s. His career at the BBC spans 33 years, starting as a runner and going on to work in every production job across all genres....show more


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AJ Trauth

VP, Kids

marblemedia

AJ is a 20+ year veteran of the entertainment industry as both on-screen talent and an off-screen creative. As a development executive he is driven by a lifetime desire to tell inspiring stories. In addition to overseeing the Kids/Family scripted TV slate for marblemedia, AJ regularly volunteers to mentor emerging...show more

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Marc van den Bosch-Mprah

Sr. Manager Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Super RTL

Marc van den Bosch-Mprah joined Super RTL as Senior Manager – Content Acquisitions & Co-Production in 2019. In this function, Marc oversees and negotiates the acquisition, development and co-production of kids content for the Broadcast Channels and the SVOD Services.

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Juliëtte van Paridon

Head of Kids Content

VPRO

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Amanda Vaughan

Production Executive, Corus Kids

Corus

Amanda is a Production Executive at Corus Kids, where she uses her passion for children's programming to assist in the production and development of live action and animated series for Corus’s YTV, Teletoon, and Treehouse networks. Previously, she has held other roles at Corus Entertainment on the Kids Original Content...show more

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Neil Wade

Manager, Current Series

Nickelodeon

Neil began his career as a Nickelodeon intern and has since worked in production, social media and now, animated current series. This path has allowed him to indulge his love of storytelling as well as his passion for equality, inclusion and representation. Neil earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture at...show more

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Sarah Wallendjack

VP, Production & Development

9 Story Media Group

Sarah Wallendjack is an Emmy award-winning Producer with a 20+ year career creating children’s content. Sarah co-leads the company’s overall development efforts for original properties and oversees a slate of ambitious development and production projects that aim to better children’s lives through media. Sarah Executive Produced Super Why!, PBS’s long...show more

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Kitty Walsh

Director, Development

Disney Junior

Kitty Walsh is Director of Development for Disney Junior and has been with the team for five years. Kitty is passionately driven to collaborate with new storytellers in the animation community and develop heartfelt, fun, and impactful series that speak to every child. Most recently, she helped develop The Chicken...show more

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Jessica Watson

Sr Director, Global Sales & Acquisitions

Boat Rocker Media (Pitches well along the development pipeline only)

Jessica Watson is Senior Director of Global Sales & Acquisitions at Boat Rocker Media. In this role, Watson is responsible for generating sales and cultivating distribution partnerships with producers, broadcasters and global content buyers. Prior to joining Boat Rocker Media, Watson held the position of Manager, TV International Acquisitions at...show more

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Kamel Weiss

Strategic Business Development Director

Spacetoon

Kamel Weiss is the Strategic Business Development Director at GNAM (Holding company of Spacetoon), and the general manager of Spacetoon Go the online video streaming service for families. He plays several leadership roles in product development, digital media, and content development.

Following an effective and productive digital approach, Kamel has been...show more

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Colin Williams

Creative Director

Sixteen South

Sixteen South is focussed on the creation and production of the highest quality television with heart for kids in every country across the world. Our shows are among the highest rating on all the major television networks and SVODs - you can see our work on Disney, PBS, Hulu, Nickelodeon...show more

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Kay Wilson Stallings

EVP Creative & Production

Sesame Workshop

She oversees Sesame Street and all Sesame Workshop shows, as well as the development of new programs and content across existing and emerging platforms. Wilson Stallings leads creative for domestic production and partners with global teams to enrich and expand Sesame Workshop’s presence around the world.

She was most recently the...show more

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Marion Winter

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions

Super RTL

Marion Winter joined Super RTL in April 2011 as Senior Manager of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. Previously, she held numerous positions within the Program Acquisitions and Sales department of parent network RTL Television, and worked as Manager of Content Sourcing for RTL Interactive’s online, mobile and VOD platforms.

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Lorna Withrington

VP, Development - Animation

WildBrain

Lorna Withrington, Vice President, Development–Animation, is a recognized leader in the creative development and acquisition of kids’ and family properties with franchise appeal for the global market. As a key member of WildBrain’s Content team, she helps drive the strategic vision behind the company’s diverse, multi-genre slate of original animation,...show more

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Krystal Yang

Programming Editor, Tencent Video Kids

Tencent

Krystal Yang is the programming editor at Tencent Video Kids team.


Tencent Video is a leading online video platform, providing a wide range of premium content, covering films, TV series, variety shows, sports events and news. As the largest and fastest-growing online video platform in China, Tencent Video has the...show more

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Zheng (Clara) Yang

VP International Business

UYoung

Clara Yang, a senior entertainment executive with over 20 years of experience in introducing a large number of well-known film, television dramas, variety sports content and animation IP for the Chinese market. Now serving as UYoung’s VP of International Business, Clara’s expertise lies in business development, content acquisition & distribution,...show more

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Pete Young

Director of Development

Splash Entertainment

As a creator, Pete Young continues to be a creative force thriving on the forefront of an industry whose creative challenge is constantly evolving. Among the productions Young is now overseeing are Woody Woodpecker, as well as R. L. Stine's The Little Shop of Monsters and R. L. Stine's Rotten...show more

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Cyma Zarghami

Founder & CEO

MiMO Studios

Cyma Zarghami is the Founder and CEO of MiMO Studios, a female-owned and operated media company that specializes in kids and family content spanning live-action, animation and preschool, that she launched earlier this year.

Zarghami is a 33-year veteran of Viacom’s largest and most profitable division, Nickelodeon—the premier kids’ entertainment brand...show more

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Candida Zelaya

Director, Programming, Kids

Corus

Candida Zelaya is the Director of Programming at Corus Entertainment, overseeing the 10-network portfolio of Corus Kids, including flagship networks, YTV, Treehouse and TELETOON. In addition to overseeing content and scheduling strategy, she manages acquisition needs across the portfolio. She also works closely and collaborates with international partners including Nickelodeon,...show more

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Andrea Ziem

Senior Fiction Editor

Super RTL

Andrea Ziem joined Super RTL as Senior Editor in the Department Commissioning and Development (Fiction) in 2020. Starting out in a film music company, she began her career as a producer for several long-running, popular children's series, such as Löwenzahn (Dandelion), Siebenstein and Beutolomäus.

She spent several years on the well-known and long...show more

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