The Children’s Media Foundation (CMF)

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Ofcom and the PSBs

Greg Childs Director, the Children’s Media Foundation Last Autumn, Ofcom were granted powers by the new Digital Economy Act to once again regulate ITV, Chanel 4 and Channel 5 to carry more children’s and youth content.  This was contingent on their analysis of the kids’ content market in the UK – and basically a sense […]

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Young Audiences Content Fund Soon To Launch

Three CMF views on the new content fund and its operational plans. Greg Childs Director, CMF     The much awaited – and CMF campaigned for – Young Audiences Content Fund should be operational within a few weeks.  Operated by the BFI – under its newly appointed Fund Head, former BBC Executive Jackie Edwards – […]

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BFI Young Audiences Content Fund Guidelines

The draft guidelines have been made public for the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund (previously known as the Contestable Fund) which will “support the creation of exciting and engaging content, with public service broadcast values, for children and young audiences” . Industry professionals are encouraged to comment on the newly published draft criteria. This is the main chance […]

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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 […]

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Policy Round-Up

CMF Director Greg Childs sent this presentation to the Screen Producers of Australia 20th November Screen Forever Conference. It outlines the key UK policy initiatives in the kids’ media sector. You can watch the entire presentation here: Our perspective at the Children’s Media Foundation is audience advocacy. But in pursuing that we believe in, and campaign […]

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Self Regulation For The Digital Age

How should the CMF respond to Michael Rosen’s call for self-regulation? By Colin Ward, Deputy Director, The Children’s Media Foundation Colin Ward is a children’s media writer and producer. He started working in children’s TV for Yorkshire Television and won a BAFTA for ‘The Scoop’ before joining Granada Kids to produce the BAFTA nominated gameshow ‘Jungle Run’. He […]

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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. […]

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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 – […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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