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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.

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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.

Speaker Cyma Zarghami


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 that consists of five TV channels, a global consumer products business, digital apps and mobile content, feature films and location-based experiences. With revenue exceeding $4B annually, Nickelodeon is number one with kids in the U.S., and it’s the world’s most widely distributed kids' channel, reaching more than 1.1 billion subscribers in more than 160 countries and territories.

From the beginning of her career at Nickelodeon in 1985, to being named its President in 2006, Zarghami is credited with nurturing the explosive growth and expansion of what was initially a single cable channel into what is now a multi-platform kids and family lifestyle brand. She ensured that the company’s output and workplace culture remained true to the brand’s primary mission to serve and be inclusive of all kids, and that work was rewarded by Nickelodeon being cited for decades as one of the most diverse and successful entertainment businesses, and the corporate culture was heralded as a model of teamwork, inclusivity and opportunity.

The results of her leadership at Nickelodeon stand as some of the biggest cultural touchstones for several generations, like SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, Paw Patrol, iCarly, Rugrats, Doug, Double Dare, Kids’ Choice Awards, and more. As a career-advocate for kids, Zarghami also expanded Nickelodeon’s pro-social leadership role as a key component of its brand identity, with a string of initiatives designed to empower kids to get involved with the issues they care about most, from Nick News and The Big Help, to WorldWide Day of Play and the HALO Awards.

In tandem with her success with Nickelodeon and the kids’ market, Zarghami has vast experience and proven success with building audiences of older demographics, notably Adults 18-49. Her longtime stewardship of Nick at Nite resulted in a decades-long run of it being a top five network with adults and number-one with Women 18-49. Similarly, she drove a turnaround in revenue and ratings gains in a mere 18-month time span for TV Land and CMT, marshaling both critical acclaim and new audiences to those networks’ respective prime-time schedules through slates of inventive original programming, most notably Darren Star’s definitional hit, Younger.

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