An inaugural Australian Children’s Content Summit will take place in Coffs Harbor in August for local and international delegates.
The summit is presented by SLR Productions with Principal Partner, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.
“The Australian Children’s Content Summit is set to become a global highlight, bringing together the brightest minds and creative talents of the children’s film industry in Australia and around the world. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Coffs Coast, this event will ignite inspiring discussions, build valuable relationships and foster business opportunities for the children’s entertainment industry. With a strong commitment to collaboration, this inaugural Children’s Summit invites delegates to engage in fruitful partnerships and lead the creation of exciting new content,” said Suzanne Ryan, CEO of SLR Productions and founder of the Australian Children’s Content Summit.
“A summit that brings everyone together to talk about the content on Australian children’s screens is timely. We are all at a crossroads with so many challenges and opportunities, and so much to think about in terms of changing audience habits and different ways of working. Taking the time to reflect and connect with each other is a great idea and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation is a proud supporter of the Australian Children’s Content Summit,” said Jenny Buckland, CEO of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.
“Screen NSW is delighted to support the inaugural Australian Children’s Content Summit. Increasing the development of local content for children is a key focus area for Screen NSW and I encourage all professionals to join us, have their say and help shape future content,” said Screen NSW Head, Kyas Hepworth .
“As an advocate for children’s content, the Australian Children’s Content Summit is an excellent and exciting opportunity for the industry to come together in a space designed specifically for the work we do and to be able to speak to our creative visions. The emphasis on authenticity and keeping the audience in mind is the perfect setting for attending the Australian Children’s Content Summit,” said Libbie Doherty, head of ABC Children’s.
The Australian Children’s Content Summit presents a unique opportunity to engage and connect with influential and respected industry executives and creative visionaries from around the world to foster dialogue, build relationships and encourage business in the vibrant entertainment and media sector to children and families.
Already confirmed local representatives include Libbie Doherty – Head of Children’s Content, ABC, Jenny Buckland – CEO, Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF), Bernadette O’Mahony – Head of Content, ACTF, Grainne Brunsdon – Head of Content, Screen Australia, Kyas Hepworth – Head of Screen NSW, Nakul Legha – Content Executive, Netflix, Deb Richards – Director APAC Studio & Production Affairs, Netflix, and Marissa McDowell – Head of Commissions, NITV.
International delegates attending the Australian Children’s Content Summit include Sarah Muller – Head of Commissioning & Acquisitions, BBC Children’s, Marie McCann – Senior Director of Children’s Content, CBC, Karen K. Miller – President & CEO, Cyber Group Studios USA, LLC, Carla de Jong – Head of Production and Executive Producer, Sinking Ship Entertainment, Joe D’Ambrosia – EVP and General Manager, Sony Pictures Television – Kids, Matthew Berkowitz – President and Creative Director, Thunderbird Entertainment and Atomic Cartoons, Bob Higgins – President, Trustbridge Entertainment and more.
The Australian Children’s Content Summit provides an opportunity to network in a fun and engaging environment. It will provide an exciting platform to make valuable connections within the industry while enjoying various social activities and events.
Hosted by Australian television personality and actor Mike Goldman, the Australian Children’s Content Summit consists of high-level activities relevant to the industry, including speaker panels, discussion sessions, panel discussions, business discussions and fun social engagements, and will include the opportunity to experience the Coffs Coast – the coastal destination that has it all and is NSW’s first ECO destination.
The main government partner is Screen Australia and is supported by Screen NSW and the Department of Regional NSW. Corporate sponsors include Fulcrum Media Finance, Simpsons, Hayes Knight, Silver Trak Digital, Count Out Loud, Klang and Scout Management.
Industry support is provided by Australian Children’s Producers, Screen Producers Australia and Screenworks with regional support from the City of Coffs Harbor and the National Cartoon Gallery.
Tuesday 29 August, Wednesday 30 August and Thursday 31 August 2023