Children’s Media Conference goes virtual

Covid-19 cancellation of this year’s July event replaced with webinar series culminating in a virtual conference

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 03.04.2020 | Events

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The Children’s Media Conference will temporarily become The Children’s Media Community for 2020, replacing its now-cancelled physical event with a series of webinars, culminating in a virtual conference.

Due to take place in Sheffield from 7-9 July, this year’s CMC has been abandoned, but will continue with a revised theme of ‘Still Here Right Now’ with webinars on key topics, the first of which is a timely exploration of the market in China, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry.

On Tuesday 21 April there will be a webinar open to all looking at how the Chinese market is reviving itself with a focus on opportunities for international companies looking to work in China. On Wednesday 22 April there will be limited slots available to join virtual meetings with key Chinese platforms and co-producers who are looking to work with British companies. Delegates will need to register interest with CMC and pay a fee.

CMC is planning a regular weekly roll out of webinars and content, offering the children’s community a wide range of discussions on the topics that matter and a chance to hear from commissioners, funders, research companies and master-practitioners. The webinars will culminate in a limited virtual conference from 7-9 July, including the International Exchange, which will run via virtual one-to-one meetings.

All registration details and information on the webinars (including Zoom logins) will be available on the CMC website.

Greg Childs, Editorial Director at CMC, says: “We’re pleased to say that CMC 2020 is rebranding ‘for the duration’ as the Children’s Media Community and refocusing its theme from Right Here Right Now to Still Here Right Now. 

"What that means is that volunteer producers will still work on great sessions, helped by the CMC Advisory Committee, and they’ll be delivered to people’s desktops on a regular basis, right up to and including a virtual conference in July.

“We can come together as a community to share the learning, insights and inspiration, challenge, argue and discuss – just as we do in Sheffield – but you’ll need to make your own tea.”


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