A cross-section of the kids entertainment industry’s top leaders, from Hulu, Amazon Studios, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks TV and Disney Digital Media, are now set to offer up new insights to the 1,600 attendees expected at next month’s Kidscreen Summit in New York.
In a Q&A called Meet the CCO, Nickelodeon president of content development & production Russell Hicks will talk about the circuitous career path that has seen him take charge of setting the global content direction of one of the world’s most influential children’s broadcasters.
Marjorie Cohn, the first-ever head of television at DreamWorks Animation, will discuss her approach to producing 300 hours to fulfil Netflix’s largest commission ever as well as the 1,200 new original episodes she’s charged with shepherding over the next five years.
Hulu Kids’ content acquisition lead Benjamin Kim is the latest to join a panel discussion called The SVOD Effect, which will explore how video-on-demand services are approaching original content and franchise-building and what the impact these efforts may have on traditional kids entertainment platforms. Kim joins Amazon Studios head of kids programming Tara Sorensen, DHX Media SVP of distribution Josh Scherba and Henson EVP of global distribution Richard Goldsmith in the session’s lineup.
Meanwhile, Lauren DeVillier, VP of Digital Media at Disney Channel, will share her perspective on the burgeoning trend of launching series programming through apps first (and how this may change viewing habits and methods for gathering audience feedback) in Harnessing the Power of the App. Rounding out the panel are Sprout SVP of programming Andrew Beecham, Nickelodeon senior director of Preschool Games Jordana Drell, and yummico co-founder Traci Paige Johnson, with Disney EMEA VP of programming, production and strategic development David Levine moderating.
Last year, Kidscreen Summit welcomed 1,600+ attendees from 47 countries, with more than 400 kids TV buyers and investors on-hand looking for new content and partners. This year’s event will take place from February 9 to 12 at the Hilton New York. Registration is currently open.