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Online Good?

  CMF Director Greg Childs contributed to the Lego Group’s recent industry stakeholder research into children and technology.  On April 28th 2021 he attended a roundtable to hear the results.     Lego commissioned BritainThinks to research key stakeholder views about the current relationship between children and technology, focusing in particular on: The benefits and harms […]

Events Industry Policy Research

Giving with One Hand, Taking Back with the Other

The Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport has announced that it is removing 25% of the budget for the Young Audiences Content Fund, before the three year pilot scheme is completed. This represents, according to Broadcast Magazine, around 20 productions which will not now be funded.  Having fought long and hard for the Fund, […]

Events Industry Policy

In Conversation with: Alison Stewart

  Alison Stewart, Children’s Media Consultant, Executive Producer and Writer – now a member of the CMF Board and Executive Group – shares with us her childhood memories of children’s media, her views on the world of children’s media, and vision for the future of CMF.     What is your earliest memory of children’s media?  AS: […]

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Small Screen: Big Debate? What about Small People: Big Picture?

By Greg Childs, Director the Children’s Media Foundation   CMF has responded to the consultation on Small Screen: Big Debate – Ofcom’s interim report on how best to reform public service media in the UK. The report is an important view of the future and the consultation is intended to finesse the recommendations Ofcom will send to government later […]

CMF Updates Industry Policy Research

Update on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s Media and The Arts

  By Jayne Kirkham, CMF Board Member and Political Liaison   The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s Media and The Arts held its Annual General Meeting on 1st March 2021. This was a short event to elect officers and plan for the year ahead. Julie Elliott MP and Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham were re-elected as co-chairs with […]

Policy

Our Children’s Future: Does Public Service Media Matter?

  By Colin Ward, Deputy Director CMF Colin is leading the CMF campaign on the future of public service media for children and young people. The CMF has launched a major new campaign to put the children’s audience at the centre of the national debate on the future of public service media. The debate has […]

CMF Updates Industry Policy Research

The UK’s Children’s Content Market: Looking Back and Thinking Forward

By Martin Franks, CMF Executive Group, Industry Liaison In this reflection, Martin Franks offers a pragmatic view – from a producer perspective – on the history of change in the kids’ commissioning market in the UK over the last 15 years. It tells us something about how we have reached a point of inflexion for children’s media, especially the public […]

Industry Policy

Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 9 February 2021

  CMF Exec Group member Cecilia Weiss attended Safer Internet Day (UK).  “Around 500 guests attended Safer Internet Day. I was invited on behalf of the Children’s Media Foundation. Here’s my summarised report of the event.” Safer Internet Day was presented by Jake Humphrey from the BT Tower with virtual contributors from the industry, government and […]

Events Industry Policy

Updates on the BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund

By Jackie Edwards, Head of BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund. The Young Audiences Content Fund is a Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) funded, 3 year pilot to support the development and production of brilliant television for British children and teens. We opened the doors on the 1st April 2019 with the specific intent […]

Industry Policy

CMF Welcomes Wincie Knight

The Children’s Media Foundation is delighted to welcome Wincie Knight, Vice President of Global Inclusion Strategies at ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), Europe, Middle East and Africa, as our new Board member. Wincie is responsible for leading VCNI’s diversity and inclusion strategy in Britain, Europe, Israel, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She reports to Marva […]

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