Westminster Media Forum

Next steps for the UK children’s content market: investment, international competitiveness and policy priorities

Morning, Thursday, 2nd November 2017

Central London


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

This seminar will consider industry and policy priorities for supporting the long-term growth of the UK children’s content sector.  

It follows the amendment to the Digital Economy Act, which gives Ofcom powers to impose quotas on PSBs to increase their provision of original children’s content, and comes as the final shape of the £60 million contestable fund is negotiated.

Delegates will examine strategies for extending the reach and quality of PSB children’s content across platforms, and will assess alternative forms of public support.

Attendees will also discuss latest developments in private investment - including new approaches to funding, rights management and merchandising - and options for mitigating the impact of increased regulatory pressure on marketing.

Further sessions consider the UK sector’s international positioning going forward - looking at the commercial, creative and policy issues, as well as priorities for increasing the effectiveness of global rights exploitation, and attracting foreign investment and skills into the industry as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

Guest of Honour

Alice Webb

Director, BBC Children’s and BBC North

Guest of Honour

Alice Webb

Director, BBC Children’s and BBC North


Christine Jardine MP

Lord Watson of Invergowrie


Rosina Robson

Director of Nations & Children’s, PACT

Anna Home

Chair, Children’s Media Foundation

Tim Patterson

Chief Executive Officer, Larkshead Media

Steve Carle

Director, Edge Investments

Kate O’Connor

Executive Chair, Animation UK, UK Screen Alliance

Tim Westcott

Senior Principal Analyst, Television Media, IHS Markit

Chris Rose

Director, Development and Production, Beano Studios

Adrian Wilkins

Chief Executive, CHF Enterprises

Estelle Lloyd

Founder, Azoomee

Helen Howells

Joint Managing Director, Hoho Entertainment

Richard Bradley

Managing Director, Lion TV

Michael Rose

Co-Founder, Magic Light Pictures