From 1995′s Toy Story to this year’s groundbreaking Inside Out, Pixar Animation films have long been viewed as creative balancing acts between storytelling and technological innovation. And the studio’s head of creative development Mary Coleman is set to offer a deep exploration into its creative process in an opening session at the 2016 Kidscreen Summit, which will take place from February 8 to 11 next year.
Sharing film clips and insider anecdotes, Coleman will illustrate how storytelling needs have been driving the development process at the studio for the past 20 years.
Kidscreen will be looking back at the last two decades of children’s entertainment as it gears up to celebrate its own 20th anniversary in 2016. Joining Pixar’s Coleman in a series of “Then, Now & Next” sessions on the first day of the event are former Nickelodeon maven Geraldine Laybourne; Toys”R”Us, Inc. EVP and global chief merchandising officer Richard Barry; Frederator Networks CEO Fred Siebert; and two of the founding fathers of DHX Media, Steven DeNure and Neil Court—all of whom have grown up in their fields of expertise over the course of Kidscreen‘s history. “h
Opening day two of the Summit is Oscar-winning actor Geena Davis, who will deliver a keynote address entitled “If She Can See It, She Can Be It.” A longtime advocate of women and girls, Davis has made it her life-long mission to bring gender equality into children’s media. In this presentation, she’ll detail her work at the forefront of changing female portrayals and gender stereotypes within the entertainment industry to dramatically alter how girls and women are reflected in media targeting children ages 11 and under.
Kidscreen Summit will once again take place at the InterContinental Miami. Last year, the event welcomed attendees from 54 countries around the world, including more than 450 kids programming buyers and investors looking for new content and partners. Registration for 2016 is now open, and the full conference program is available online here .