THE CHILDREN’S MEDIA CONFERENCE CHANGES DATES

With the theme ‘Right Here Right Now’ CMC will run from  7-9 July in Sheffield

The Children’s Media Conference (CMC), now in its 17th year, is changing its dates for 2020, running from Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 July.

With the theme ‘Right Here Right Now’, the conference will tackle the urgent issues facing the children’s media industry and the young audience. With around 1,250 delegates expected, CMC will kick off with its annual market day, the CMC International Exchange on Tuesday 7 July which plays host to a wide range of broadcasters, co-producers, funders and investors from across the world keen to meet sellers of content and services.

The three-day agenda-setting event will feature a packed schedule including exciting and relevant keynote speakers, and will offer delegates a no-limits exploration of the unprecedented changes facing the industry, including new players and funding models, new thinking on inclusivity and engagement, and discussion panels on topical and timely issues including young people’s new activism and the volatile digital landscape for kids.

Over the last few years, the voices of CMC’s young Changemakers have provided a call to arms for the children’s media industry. At CMC 2020, the Changemakers will have an even greater presence with the addition of a new Changemaker network and more young people influencing the content of the conference.

Greg Childs, Editorial Director at CMC says: “Our theme this year was very much inspired by the challenges set by our young Changemakers last July. They demanded action from us on climate change, diversity in the industry, enabling the voices of young people and understanding the changing ways in which they’re accessing their media choices. The theme reflects the rapid change in the kids’ content business landscape. New sources of funding, industry consolidation, public service and commercial pressure, new platforms targeting young consumers, new regulatory issues and continuing audience fragmentation – they are all contributing to uncertainty.”

The future will have to wait – problems and solutions are Right Here Right Now in Sheffield 2020.