Key kids’ TV executives at SPAA

02 September, 2010 by IF

Press release from SPAA

SPAA announced today the guest speaker line-up for the Kids Programme at this year’s Conference to be held 16 to 19 November at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.


The Kids Programme will focus on local and international children’s television with speakers from Australia, Germany, Canada, USA, Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia. SPAA has invited an impressive group of the world’s top Kids TV executives to speak at the Conference with the view of
forming new partnerships and business opportunities in Australia.

International guests include: Michael Carrington, Chief Content Officer, EMEA and Cartoon Network Asia’s Rick Fernandes, Executive Director, Original Production and Development; Anthony Lilley, multi-award winning producer and CEO of UK based Magic Lantern; Frank Dietz, Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Super RTL, which is Europe’s leader in children’s television and jointly owned by RTL Group and Walt Disney International Television; Irene Weibel,Vice- President International Content and Co-Productions, Corus Entertainment/Nelvana Studio,Canada and Jocelyn Hamilton, VP, Programming & Production, Corus Kids Television, one of Canada’s most successful Integrated media and entertainment companies.

Evan Baily, President of Consolidated Baily, USA and Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS, USA will also join the international line-up.

The VIPs will take part in roundtable events and sessions to include: Developing and Funding Kids Formats – Case Study Prank Patrol; Inside Corus Kids – Canada; Working with the BIG GUNS – German Broadcaster SRTL; Gaming – The Future for KIDS; Public Broadcasters – Why they are important for kids, and Making Waves – Cartoon Network a force of its own.

Australian children’s television broadcasters and executives will also participate including: Tim Brooke-Hunt, Executive Head of Children’s Content and David Glen, Executive Producer of Children’s Multi-platform TV, ABC Television; Amanda Peppard Vice-President of Development, Active TV; Catherine Nebauer, Director of Talefinn Entertainment; Donna Andrews, CEO and Executive Producer of Sticky Pictures, Geoff Cooper, Manager, Children’s Television Productions, Network Ten; Fiona Crago, General Manager of Beyond Distribution; Mike Cowap, Development Manager, Screen Australia; Brad Giblin, Digital Media Manager, Film Victoria and Michael Bourchier, Managing Director and Executive Producer, Blink Films/Freehand.

SNAPTOONS AUSTRALIA contestants will get their chance to pitch to Turner executives on Thursday, 18 November with the two finalists announced at Friday’s lunch.

SPAA Conference, 16 – 19 November 2010
Hilton Hotel, Sydney, New South Wales