The Children’s Media Foundation (CMF)

Are the Kids Alright?

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Date(s) - 22/01/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hogg Lecture Theatre, University of Westminster


This event is produced jointly by RTS London and the Children’s Media Foundation

Read Maggie Brown’s report on the event.


Richard Bradley, MD, Lion TV
Jon Gisby, MD, Wildbrain
Emma Scott, CEO Beano Studios
Alice Webb, Director BBC Children’s and Education

As we move into a new decade, the children’s and youth media landscape is, to say the least, turbulent – with consequent issues for producers and distributors of content for young people.

As kids migrate in ever increasing numbers to YouTube for their day to day content, and to Netflix and other streamers for series, public service broadcasting to young people comes under strain – both at the BBC and the commercial PSBs.

The Young Audiences Content Fund seeks to address the failure in the kids’ marketplace with a three-year pilot offering £57m in public money to support public service content for kids and teens.  Ofcom wrestles with issues of regulating the PSBs and the BBC’s plans to launch more content online. How will these affect change?

Brand owners, content producers and IP developers have to keep up in an ever-shifting, rapid-moving market in which content is still king, but where you find it, and HOW you find it, is becoming increasingly multi-layered, fraught with its own issues of online safety and potential regulation, and insecure in terms of revenue.

To discuss the challenges facing the kids’ and youth sectors, and consider the decade ahead for UK kid’s audiences, CMF and RTS have gathered a panel of 4 experts with unique insights into the cutting edge needs of modern kids’ audiences.

Their experience and opinions will help inform your view of the creative and business opportunities in children’s and youth content in the years to come.

Doors open at 6.30pm and there is time for networking after the event.

CMF Events are supported by ALCS

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