The Children’s Media Conference to return to Sheffield in July

The Children’s Media Conference (CMC), now in its 19th year, will be returning to Sheffield for an in-person and parallel online event from Tuesday 5 – Thursday 7 July 2022.

CMC’s first hybrid event follows the success of its virtual conferences in 2020 and 2021, and will see a packed agenda of keynotes, masterclasses and panels tackling the urgent issues facing the children’s media industry and young audiences. This year’s event will be themed ‘What Next 2.2’ and will play host to a wide range of broadcasters, co-producers, funders and investors from across the world.

Also for the first time, the conference’s sessions and networking events will take place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, from which all live sessions will also be streamed to CMC’s online platform. Both online and in-person delegates will also have access to an extensive library of VOD content covering the breath of children’s media, with topics including: Learning, research insights in “Understanding Kids”, the ever-popular “Art of…” strand, business insights on specific territories, personal creative journeys in “Back to the Beginning” and presentations by CMC’s young speakers: the Changemakers.

In the run-up to the conference, CMC will host a free webinar on Monday 27 June for newcomers to the industry and the conference titled “Get In and Get On” as well as a SkillBuilder pitching workshop on Tuesday 28 June.

CMC’s hugely popular International Exchange virtual market, which plays host to broadcasters, co-producers, funders and investors from across the world keen to meet sellers of content and services, will also precede the conference on Thursday 30 June.

Greg Childs OBE, Editorial Director at CMC, says: “Back in 2018 the theme for CMC was ‘What’s Next?’ – who’d have thought that just four years on we’d revisit it in a 2.2 updated version, because basically everything has changed.

“It’s been a rollercoaster ride for creatives, producers, broadcasters and platforms and, most importantly, for audiences over the last few years, and it may well not be letting up for some time to come. All the more reason for us to come together once again to consider where all this is taking us, how the industry responds to the seismic changes, and how we can best continue to serve kids and young people in these uncertain times.”

Both in-person and online tickets for CMC 2022 will go on sale in April. For the live event, early-bird tickets will be priced at £360 + VAT and self-funded at £265 + VAT. Online-only passes will have an early bird rate of £130 + VAT and self-funded rate of £100 + VAT. Further details on registration and delegate pass rates will be available at:

www.thechildrensmediaconference.com

About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and babycentre.co.uk. Get in touch at tessa.clayton@biz-media.co.uk

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