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Disability and the Digital Revolution

  Cecilia Weiss is a digital producer who spent several years at CBeebies Interactive, where she was privileged to be part of the team who created the games for children with visual impairments and motor disabilities. She worked for Inclusive Technology, a leading supplier of software and hardware for people with special needs, and is […]


How Support for CMF Benefits New Indies

James Hill is the Co-Founder and Director of Fudge Animation, which was a new start-up in 2014. Here, he explains how support for the Children’s Media Foundation has helped Fudge Animation grow the company and develop their portfolio. Fudge is a boutique, full-service animation studio and a producer of animated Children’s content. Our latest property, a […]

CMF Updates Industry

Screen Time – A Children’s Media Producer’s View

  By Martin Franks, Children’s Media Producer and Director, Adastra Creative. There have been high-octane discussions about children and media since the advent of the printing press. Mass literacy, the cinema and then the TV all contributed to the debate (and what about the fuss over comics?). And now we are looking at the advent of personal screen […]

Industry Research

From Policing Screen Time To Weighing Screen Use

  By Professor Sonia Livingstone, OBE, Department of Media and Communications, LSE New research has shown that length of screen time for children is not as harmful as first thought Oft-repeated advice to parents to limit their children’s screen time changed in recent weeks: “We’ve got the screen time debate all wrong. Let’s fix it.” (Wired, […]

Industry Research

Reflecting the Refugee Experience

Children’s Screen Content in an Era of forced Migration – Creating Arab-European Dialogue.  Jeanette Steemers, Professor of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College, London and CMF Board Member has been co-directing a research project into how growing numbers of displaced children create a need for content reflecting their issues. Children from Arab countries constitute a growing media audience in […]

Industry Research

Not Just About Managing

A Review of a new book by Lewis Rudd, Controller of Children’s TV for Central Television in the UK from 1981-1994. By Anna Home OBE, Chair, Children’s Media Foundation Board This is a series of short reminiscent essays about a long career in ITV spent mainly in Children’s Television. Over the years Lewis worked across the spectrum […]


Monica Sims

By Anna Home OBE Chair, Children’s Media Foundation Board   Monica Sims who died recently, aged 93, played an important part in the history of Children’s TV in the UK. Having been Editor of Woman’s Hour in Radio she moved to BBC Television Centre in 1967 to run the newly reinstated Children’s Department.  For some years there […]


Let Toys Be Toys for Girls and Boys

By Olivia Dickinson Children’s Media Professional and CMF Executive Group Member   The Let Toys Be Toys campaign has been going for 6 years – it started on a thread on Mumsnet in late 2012 in the run up to Christmas shopping – and in that first year had huge success with shops taking down […]

Industry Policy Research

Hope Works

HOPE WORKS  Alison Stewart, Children’s Media Consultant,  Co-Founder Hope Works and CMF Supporter.   IT ALL STARTED AT CMC The Hope Works project launched globally this November.  A set of short films with additional learning resources aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 12 and their families, designed to promote the values of […]


Christmas Cracker

A Bargain Stocking Filler for all Ages The new Children’s Film Foundation Bumper Box Set contains nine films ranging in date from 1956 to 1984 plus some animal acting highlights, and some documentary material on the history of the Foundation. The CFF was a not for profit company founded in 1950 by J Arthur Rank, supported by […]


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