One of our favourite times of the year is the beginning of July.. why? Because it’s the time of year the children’s media community come together to share knowledge, learn about trends and do some deals in the wonderful city of Sheffield at The Children’s Media Conference (CMC).
This year the Jellyfish Pictures team headed up on mass. Proud sponsors of the Opening Keynote with Nadiya Hussain, we gave audiences a sneak peak of our new brand as she eloquently spoke about the importance of teaching children about mental health from a young age. In discussion with Newsround presenter Leah Boleto, Nadiya spoke about her daily struggle with anxiety, and the effect the rise to stardom since her The Great British Bake Off win has had on her mental health. Using her public persona as a platform to spread the word, Nadiya spoke about her Children’s book ‘My Monster and Me’, which describes anxiety in a way children can understand. An inspirational talk from a very inspirational woman.
Elsewhere during the conference, our Head of Development, Natalie Llewellyn, kept herself busy as an ‘industry expert’ in the five hour SkillBuilder: Bible and Pitching workshop. Nat, along with other top executives and producers, shared her pearls of wisdom with a room full of eager attendees looking to learn how to craft the perfect pitch.
Not tired from her media guru stint, Nat pulled her best Deborah Meaden sitting on the Dragons Denesque panel ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’. Five brave producers have five minutes to impress the ‘Dragons’, seal the deal and take the money.
On the final day Jellyfish Pictures HR Director, Sarah Tanner, sat on ‘The Animation Skills Fund - Use it or Lose it’ panel alongside Tom Box, Blue Zoo, Adam Jackson-Nocher, Lupus Film, Kate O’Conner, Animation UK and Helen Piercy, Norwich University of the Arts. With the skills shortage being one of the biggest issues our industry faces, this panel set about discussing those issues, highlighting what the Animation Skills Fund is doing to tackle them, and asking the audience what it is they want out of the fund to protect the UK animation industry’s future.