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5 Things You MUST See at Kidscreen Summit 2017

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Got anticipation for animation? Want those toons soon? The wait is almost over. In less than two weeks, Kidscreen 2017 will be taking over the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami. Running February 13 to 16, it is the children's entertainment industry's most important annual event — and we'll be there!

Kidscreen saw almost 1,800 delegates in 2016, a five percent increase over 2015. This year promises to be even bigger and better, bringing together the top talents in the biz to network, exchange knowledge and find new ideas to advance animation. On the agenda are panels and presentations, debates and discussions, and keynotes and cocktails. What more could you want?

We are most looking forward to discovering the latest innovations from the industry, particularly surrounding the intersections of digital and mobile trends, technology and the rise of online broadcasters like Netflix and Amazon.

Want to know what else we are excited about? Check out these 5 things you must see at Kidscreen 2017.


1. From Cartoons to Caring

What if we could engender entertainment with empathy, and empower children and parents in the process? Harvard Graduate School of Education's Dr. Richard Weissbourd's keynote, "Making Caring Common", will show how TV producers can teach kids to care for others — particularly those who don't look like them. Given the current socio-political climate, we can all agree this is a good thing.


2. Back to Pre-School

Understanding the next generation of viewers means you have to start young — really young. For Kidscreen 2017, there will be two sessions to help you know what's cool with the kids. The first is "Inside Amazon Studio's Approach to Preschool", where the company will discuss how it is infusing play, creativity, art and early life skills into its content, as well as what it's looking for next. Viacom's "Little Big Kids: Preschoolers ready for life" offers intense insight; the media giant conducted a global study of preschoolers, spanning 12 countries, 6,500 families, social media diaries and in-depth ethnographies.


3. Who's the Boss?

Who rules the remote: the parents or the kids? According to Common Sense Media's session, "The Power of Character: How parents choose content for their kids", mom and dad often choose children's content based on the character traits represented. On the flip side, "Emotional Scheduling: How kids are organizing their own media lives" argues it's kids who are in control, and they orient their media lives around where they are, who they're with, and what they've been doing or are about to do. Guess you'll have to check them both out to see who's right.


4. And the Kidscreen Award goes to…

One of the top honours in animation, the Kidscreen Awards are an exciting evening of entertainment, celebrating the best of the best in our industry. This year, Nickelodeon and Sprout lead, with 10 and 8 nominations, respectively. The winners will be announced February 14, with the categories including Programming, Broadcasting and Digital. There are always a few tears and laughs, and we officially challenge any presenter to top Kristen Wiig and Steve Carrell at the Golden Globes last month.

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Source: BBC


5. SHH! We've got a BIG secret!

Toon Boom will have a table at Kidscreen 2017 where we'll be booking meetings, seeing clients, and talking about the latest and greatest in Storyboard Pro and Harmony. We will also be making a special announcement at the event so you'll want to stay close. Can't wait until then? Stay 'tooned' to our blog for a hint next week!

What are you most excited for at Kidscreen 2017? Let us know in the comments below!

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