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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

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 […]

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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

Invisible Children

Invisible Children:  Children’s Media, Diversity, and Forced Migration is a free event to present the findings of three workshops on screen content which reflects or empowers migrant and refugee children. 14 September, 2018 10.30- 17.15 including lunch Venue: King’s College London Email to register. To find out more, access the Programme. The symposium presents findings from previous Manchester, Copenhagen […]

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No Snowflakes Please, We’re Grange Hill

In an article for the Children’s Media Yearbook 2018, Diana Hinshelwood looks at the rise and fall of Grange Hill. Kids today, eh?  What are they like? No respect.  In my day, we didn’t … etc. etc.  Despite obvious differences in technology and taste in music, they’re more similar to us when we were at […]


Beano’s Immortal Birthday Secret

The Beano is 80 years old this week. Michael Stirling, Head of Beano Studios Scotland, offers his take on its enduring popularity, in this article for the Children’s Media Yearbook 2018… As Beano zooms – Billy Whizz style – towards being 80 years young, it’s proud to finally reveal the secret of its success, via a bold […]


Contestable Conversation

A recent meeting with Ben Roberts, Director of the Film Fund at the BFI, who is leading the work to develop the plans for the Public Service Contestable Fund, revealed it’s making good progress.  The DCMS is still involved in the planning and Margot James MP is the minister now responsible.   Ben was adamant that the Fund will be targeted […]

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Children’s Media Conference Round-up

The new CMF Newsletter Editor, Diana Hinshelwood, gives a CMF perspective on the UK’s major industry gathering, The Children’s Media Conference, which took place in Sheffield, 3-5 July 2018. Although I’ve attended CMC before, this was my first conference as the new Editor for the CMF Newsletter.  My brief was to act as a ‘roving […]

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Breakdancing over Pizza

Newsletter Editor Diana Hinshelwood’s “roving reporter” role at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield had unexpected rewards from chance meetings. That’s very CMC… What if one day you woke up and found that you suddenly couldn’t see you own child?  This question prompted Nathan Geering the artistic director of the hip hop theatre company Rationale, to think about how his […]

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