Chief Operating Officer
Veteran children’s programming executive Finn Arnesen joined Hasbro Studios as senior VP, international distribution and development, in April 2010. In his role, Arnesen manages Hasbro Studios’ global content sales, distribution, channel and program development activities outside of North America, extending across television, online and other emerging media. Previously, Arnesen served...more
Speaking at: Now Trending; The Universal Laugh Track
EVP, Kids & Family
Viacom International Media Networks
In his current role, which he assumed in 2008, Jules Borkent is responsible for leading global acquisitions for Nickelodeon around the world, as well as programming strategies for Nickelodeon International. Borkent works in close partnership with Nickelodeon in the US, and worldwide channels, across development, production and program financing.
Speaking at: Pitch It! The Preschool Edition; KEYNOTE—Inside the Multimedia Mastermind
Will Brenton is one of the only people in the UK to create, write and produce award-winning children’s TV programming, as well as creating, writing and directing live shows from small-scale pantomines up to full-scale arena tours. He has worked with all major children’s TV brands, bringing their characters in...more
Speaking at: The Universal Laugh Track; Crafting Characters That Connect Around the World; Pitch It! The Preschool Edition; Speed Networking
An experienced animation director and producer, Zhijun Cai is General Manager of CCTV Animation. In addition, serves as Secretary-General of the China Animation Association and a post-graduate supervisor at the Communication University of China, and has judged the China Animation Achievement Awards, the Monkey King Awards, the Aniwow!-China (Beijing) International...more
Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Zhijun Cai, CCTV Animation; Speed Pitching Asia
Founder & CEO
Ciwen Media Group
Sean Chu is a seasoned animation and transmedia producer, with two decades of experiences in creative development, production and licensing & merchandising in the international kids entertainment industry. Sean is VP of Ciwen Kids at Ciwen Media Group, a media company based in Beijing, China.
Under Sean’s leadership, Ciwen Kids is...more
Speaking at: Big Country, Big Opportunity: Navigating China’s Growing Consumer Products Market; Going Global: A Co-Production Guide; Asian Webnets to Watch
Promotional Partners Worldwide
Ivan Chan has more than 20 years of experience in market expansion, strategic planning and marketing. As CEO of Promotional Partners Worldwide, he has expanded the licensing agency’s scope of business to 12 new territories since joining the company in 2002. PPW is now widely recognized as the leading integrated...more
Speaking at: Big Country, Big Opportunity: Navigating China’s Growing Consumer Products Market; 30 Minutes with Ivan Chan, Promotional Partners Worldwide; Translating TV to Toys
President, Family Brands
As Managing Director of eOne Family and eOne Licensing, Olivier Dumont oversees all commercial and creative activities of eOne’s combined kids, family and licensing operations, including development, production, sales, licensing and merchandising. He is responsible for developing properties into global TV, home entertainment, new media and consumer product brands, and...more
Speaking at: Going Global: A Co-Production Guide; Globetrotting: Building a Licensing Hit Country by Country; Speed Networking
President, Global Distribution and Consumer Products
The Jim Henson Company
As EVP of Global Distribution, a position he has held since joining the company in 2011, Richard Goldsmith oversees worldwide distribution of both Henson-produced and HIP (Henson Independent Properties) brands in the domestic and international markets across all media, including television, home entertainment and digital platforms. In addition, he secures international...more
Speaking at: SVOD: The New Dimension in Kids TV; Now Trending; Speed Pitching International; 30 Minutes with Richard Goldsmith, The Jim Henson Company; Speed Networking
Founder & Chief Consultant
Little Airplane Productions
A multiple Emmy Award winner, Sharon Gomes Thomas oversees production, distribution, licensing and business development at Little Airplane Productions. And to date, she has produced programming for channels such as Disney-ABC Television, MTV, VH1, PBS, Nickelodeon and Disney.
Earlier in her career, Sharon was a News Anchor for the launch of...more
Speaking at: The Universal Laugh Track; Asian Webnets to Watch; Speed Networking
American Greetings Properties
Sean Gorman is President of American Greetings Properties (AGP), the entertainment and licensing division of the world’s largest social expressions company.
AGP is focused on the creation, development, production, distribution and licensing of leading children’s properties on a worldwide scale in all media and retail platforms. Some of AGP’s brands include...more
Speaking at: The Universal Laugh Track; Speed Pitching International; Translating TV to Toys
Robot Playground Media
Ervin has over 14 years’ experience in the tech and media sector, with stints at SingTel and the Media Development Authority before taking over as head of development at Scrawl Studios, one of Singapore’s pioneering animation companies. He has created and produced a range of award-winning content for broadcasters and...more
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Head of Creative Development
As the Head of Creative Development at FunnyFlux Entertainment, Jung-Jin is responsible for developing new IP and managing international collaborations. His work experience ranges from high-end 2D and 3D animation development and production, to children’s book publishing and script writing.
FunnyFlux Entertainment is a South Korean animation production company that made...more
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In his 16 years at Mattel, Rob Hudnut has created entertainment for Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, American Girl, Polly Pocket, Max Steel, Masters of the Universe and other many brands.
In 2000, Rob co-wrote Barbie in The Nutcracker, the first-ever Barbie movie. He has since executive produced an additional 27 titles that...more
Speaking at: Crafting Characters That Connect Around the World; Speed Networking; Translating TV to Toys
As Co-Head of Nelvana Enterprises, Andrew oversees all aspects of the Corus Kids distribution and merchandising business and Nelvana’s brand rights in the Americas and Australasia. Andrew joined Corus in January 2012 as the Head of Consumer Products, The Americas and Australasia.
Andrew has more than 16 years of experience in...more
Speaking at: Audience Outreach: A Character Brand Marketing Success Story
Associate Director, Programming
Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific
In her current role as Manager of Planning & Sourcing, Sarah Kwek’s primary responsibilities include sourcing content and program planning for Discovery Kids across the Asia-Pacific region, as well as implementing program sourcing strategies for Discovery’s portfolio of channels within the South-East Asian territories.
Sarah has previously worked at local terrestrial...more
Speaking at: Speed Pitching Asia; Speed Networking; Speed Networking
Tiny Island Productions (Pte.Ltd.)
Under founder David Kwok’s leadership as CEO, Tiny Island Productions has become Singapore's leading stereoscopic 3D animation studio. Established in 2002, the company creates, manages and markets high-quality content for the global CG animation market.
Tiny Island has most notably worked with international distributor Classic Media (now DreamWorks Classic) and Thai...more
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Mia Hyokmi Kwon
EBS (Korean Educational Broadcasting System)
As an Acquisitions Executive for EBS, Mia Kwon is responsible for stocking the Korean public broadcaster with content for kids and families. Mia started her career at EBS as a producer focused on educational and language-learning programming, and she moved into her current role in 2010. Her current buying priority...more
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CEO & Creative Director
Trevor Lai is the CEO and Creative Director of UP Studios, one of China's leading creators and producers of original family entertainment. Its BOOMiGram app, books and emoticons reach fans in more than 90 countries, and Trevor was the first animation director to be featured by Apple in a cross-country...more
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Chairman & Managing Director
Ying Lei is Chairman and GM of Hunan Aniworld Cartoon Co., chief inspector of the Hunan’s Aniworld Cartoon channel on radio and TV, and VP of the China Animation Association
Under her supervision, Aniworld Cartoon on satellite television has been China’s most popular children's channel for 10 consecutive years. It was...more
Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Ying Lei, Hunan Aniworld Cartoon Co.
Coco Ma has served as Senior Director of Content Acquisition & Production at SOHU Video since 2008, and she heads up the SVOD company’s content businesses.
In her current role, Coco is responsible for producing and acquiring domestic and international TV programming, movies, variety shows, animations and more for distribution on...more
Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Coco Ma, SOHU Video
VP K&F & MTVE VCNI Asia, Nick Acquisition
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) operates 12 television channels in Asia that offer the very best in music, kids, comedy and family programming through its MTV, MTV Live, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Comedy Central brands, seen in over 96 million households via 24-hour feeds and free-to-air Nickelodeon-branded blocks.
Syahrizan Mansor is...more
Speaking at: Speed Pitching Asia; 30 Minutes with Syahrizan Mansor, Nickelodeon Asia
President & Founder
Speaking at: Big Country, Big Opportunity: Navigating China’s Growing Consumer Products Market; Speed Pitching International
Co-CEO & Founder
As principal at consulting firm Mowrer Meta-story, Kevin Mowrer has developed a broad reputation as a thought-leader in understanding why audiences/consumers “use” stories. He developed the proprietary Meta-story process to analyze and craft commercial franchise stories, drawing on his 35-plus years of experience in creating for the family entertainment and...more
Speaking at: New-World Storytelling: Creating a Transmedia Franchise; Speed Networking; Translating TV to Toys
VP Global Distribution
Small Screen Distribution
Small Screen Distribution was formed in 2004 by 20-year industry veteran Kerry Novick to provide sales representation in Asia for top-tier children’s entertainment producers. For the past 10 years, Kerry has acted as Nelvana Enterprises’ sales representative for Australasia, establishing new broadcast relationships and forging deals with new platforms and...more
Speaking at: Pitching for Global Success; Speed Networking; Speed Networking
Gary trained as an English teacher and led a London school department before leaving the profession to join a change management agency as a facilitator and learning designer, working with Eriksson, Thomson, Reuters, BA, Diageo and Disney.
It was while with Disney in 1999 that Gary realized the opportunity to create...more
Speaking at: The Global Child; Crafting Characters That Connect Around the World; Speed Networking; Speed Networking
Maura Regan serves as SVP and GM of Global Consumer Products for Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization responsible forSesame Street. She oversees the Workshop’s global retail business across all major categories of licensed goods, including toys, apparel, home furnishings, stationery and gifts.
Maura previously served as VP and GM of Global...more
Speaking at: Big Country, Big Opportunity: Navigating China’s Growing Consumer Products Market; Speed Networking
DHX Media is a leading international supplier of television programming, with an emphasis on children, family and youth markets. In his role as SVP of Distribution, Josh Scherba oversees the company’s distribution arm that works with a catalogue totaling over 9,500 half hours and including programming from all of DHX Media's production...more
Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Josh Scherba, DHX Media; SVOD: The New Dimension in Kids TV; Speed Pitching International; Speed Networking
Little Airplane Productions
Josh Selig is the Founder and President of Little Airplane Productions. He is the Creator and Executive producer of The Wonder Pets! (Nick Jr.), Oobi! (Noggin), 3rd & Bird! (CCTV/DisneyUS/CBeebies) and Small Potatoes (CBeebies/Disney Junior). Josh is also the writer/director of the film Meet The Small Potatoes starring Malcolm McDowell...more
Speaking at: Crafting Characters That Connect Around the World; Pitch It! The Preschool Edition; Creating for Preschool; Speed Networking
For the past seven years, Selina She has been leading the creation and development of Tencent Kid, the first child-oriented companion site to China’s largest web portal, QQ.com. Under Selina’s guidance, Tencent Kid has been fulfilling its mission to be the “Safest, Healthiest and Greenest” kids online hub, providing tools...more
Speaking at: Asian Webnets to Watch
Head of PBS KIDS Content
As VP of Children’s Programming at PBS, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners, PBS station programmers and distributors throughout the development, production, post-production and broadcast phases for PBS KIDS programming.
Linda’s efforts in transforming the PBS KIDS lineup for preschool- and school-age children over the past several years have brought...more
Speaking at: Changing Channels with PBS Kids; The Universal Laugh Track; 30 Minutes with Linda Simensky, PBS Kids; Pitch It! The Preschool Edition; Speed Pitching International
Writer and Producer
Eat Your Lunch
Dave Skwarczek heads up Eat Your Lunch, an LA-based creative studio that creates original broadcast and digital content with an eye towards characters and licensing. Dave’s current projects include original animated series Hero, Cat and Bacon with FremantleMedia, and preschool eBook Is That A Fairy? with Vancouver's Storypanda.
Formerly a Creative Director of Digital...more
Speaking at: Character-Driven Writing for 6 to 10s; Speed Networking
Janine Stein is Editorial Director for ContentAsia's information platforms, including print, multimedia and online services such as contentasia.com and the ContentAsia App for Apple’s iOS and Android, as well as events and conferences, including the annual ContentAsia Summit. She has covered the Asian television and media business based...more
Speaking at: Now Trending; Box-Office Boom: Exploring China’s Animated Film Market
Chairman & SVP
Mr Cartoon Pictures
In his past roles as Deputy Director of Movies and Drama for Shanghai Media Group and VP of Shanghai Toonmax Cartoon Channel, Wang Lei took the lead in presenting local animation blockbusters including Storm Rider, Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, Mcdull, Seer and I Love Wollfy. Based on these successes,...more
Speaking at: Box-Office Boom: Exploring China’s Animated Film Market
Founded in 1971 as a small independent studio, Nelvana is now one of the world's leading international producers and distributors of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana is comprised of Nelvana Studio and its distribution arm, Nelvana Enterprises, and owned by Corus Entertainment. Nelvana Studio is a globally recognized studio...more
Speaking at: Going Global: A Co-Production Guide; Speed Networking
CEO & Executive Producer
Matt Wexler is CEO and Executive Producer of Wexworks Media, a Canadian-based media company focused on the development, production and strategic implementation of innovative media content. Most recently, Matt was co-head of Spin Master Entertainment (Toronto and Los Angeles), where he served as Executive Producer and was a key creative...more
Speaking at: Going Global: A Co-Production Guide; Translating TV to Toys; Speed Networking
TJTV Children's Channel
Drawing on 20 years of experience in the Chinese media industry, Ms. Xue Wu currently serves as Director of Tianjin Television’s Children’s Channel, a position she has held for more than a decade. Her brand-building approach to content creation has contributed to many outstanding shows in the children’s and animation...more
Speaking at: Speed Pitching Asia
A senior producer of children’s television programming and animation, Chao Ye has more than 30 years of experience in the Chinese media industry, particularly in content production and brand management. His team has won many national awards, including Starlight Awards, China Radio, Film and Television Awards, China Golden Eagle TV...more
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