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Contestable Fund – Less than 6 Months to Go

CMF Director, Greg Childs reports on progress with planning for the new government funding initiative. On 19 October the DCMS handed over responsibility to the BFI for the fine tuning of what they are now calling the “Young Audiences Content Fund”. The BFI are the body that will operate  the fund when it goes live. […]

Industry Policy

All Parties Together

Jayne Kirkham, CMF Exec Group and Board member, is also Clerk to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children’s Media and the Arts. Here she reports on the APPG meeting which took place on 24th October. You’d expect all parties at Westminster at an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting. After all, that’s the point – […]

Industry Policy

Blue Peter’s Big Birthday

Blue Peter’s 60th birthday was on 16th October 2018. Blue Peter Editor, Ewan Vinnicombe, examines the programme’s enduring popularity in this updated version of his article for the Children’s Media Yearbook 2018  In 1958, a programme that has entertained and educated a nation and captured the hearts of millions first aired on the BBC. On Tuesday 16 […]

Events Industry

Paddington Bear – An Enduring Icon for a Throwaway Age

In an article for the Children’s Media Yearbook 2018, Diana Hinshelwood considers the reasons for Paddington’s longevity. PADDINGTON 2 was the fourth most successful British film of 2017.  Considering that this gentle, unassuming character first made his way into our hearts in 1958, that is an astonishing achievement. In October this year, Paddington will be […]

Events Industry

The State of Animation Production in the UK

Phil Dobree wrote this article originally for the Children’s Media Yearbook 2018 Phil is  is the founder of Jellyfish Pictures. He has worked in all genres of content creation including film, commercials, animation, games and broadcast TV, winning multiple BAFTA, VES, RTS and EMMY awards. He has overseen work from leading studios and broadcasters including Star Wars: Rogue One […]

Industry Policy

Age Appropriate Design Code – Consultation

Following her inspirational CMC Keynote, Baroness Beeban Kidron has appealed to producers, digital practitioners, broadcasters and all interested parties to submit comments to the Information Commissioner (ICO) Consultation on the Age Appropriate Design Code. The Code will work with GDPR to inform the regulation of companies that store and use children’s data, and guide any legal cases which  might ensue. The 5Rights Foundation produced […]

Events Policy

Upcoming CMF Events

The Children’s Media Foundation hosts events that not only offer important information to industry members and researchers, but also bring people together to debate common causes and share views on campaign issues.  In the next few months, the Children’s Media Foundation will be hosting a series of events that carry on the discussions started at the Children’s Media […]

CMF Updates Events Industry Policy Research

CMF VR Roadshow

“Conjuring Magical Experiences for Kids in VR” is the 3rd in a series of VR and Kids roadshows organised by the Children’s Media Foundation. It will be on Tuesday 25th September in Manchester. Hosted by Immotion (Studio Liddell), the event will look at Experience Design for kids in Virtual Reality. The 4th event is planned for Bristol in November. […]

CMF Updates Events Industry Research

Learning In The Digital Age

Despite concerns about kids’ online activity, there’s little doubt that digital engagement benefits learning.  As children prepare to return to school next month, the London School of Economics blog Parenting For A Digital Future discusses the advantages of digital resources, particularly for those with disabilities or impairments. “I use my phone like any other teenager would”  How do teenagers with […]


CMF Funding Drive

Our August fundraising campaign has seen a number of new supporting companies and individual patrons joining up and helping keep the Foundation afloat. Thank you and welcome to: Cloth Cat Animation, Factory, Flipbook Studio, Fudge Animation, Jetpack Distribution, Karrot Entertainment, Nine Lives Media, Sandbox & Co and Zespa Media.  You too can be in this happy […]

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