MIPJunior - The world's showcase for kids programming
14-15 October 2023
Cannes, France

Conferences & Events at MIPJUNIOR

The world is changing fast. The impact on the kids entertainment industry is real, which is why understanding the next generations on the move is crucial for content creation as well as for finding the right business model for new and established brands.

From the cutting-edge MIPJUNIOR Conference Programme, learn from top industry leaders, discover the latest trends and insights, and find out about the next big hits and topics that will drive the world of kids entertainment.

2022 MIPJUNIOR Keynote

Cecilia Persson - BBC Studios’ Kids & Family: open to business

Be inspired by a top leader in the world of TV entertainment as she shares her vision of the future.

Cecilia Persson, Managing Director of BBC Studios’ Kids & Family, will address MIPJUNIOR discussing the exciting opportunities created by the formation of the new division.  She will lay out her vision for Kids & Family to be a major global force in children’s content and will unveil her plans seeking fresh and innovative ideas, partnerships and talent across the whole industry. As it launches a dynamic new chapter for children’s content at the BBC, Cecilia will show how building on the BBC’s tradition of quality, creativity and diversity will produce the JoJo & Gran Grans, Hey Duggees, Tracy Beakers and Blue Peters of the future, that will resonate equally deeply with children and families, across the UK and beyond.

2022 MIPJUNIOR World Premiere TV Screening


Presented by Sinking Ship Entertainment

Channelling the spirit of the classic 80s film The Breakfast Club, Phoenix Rise follows six teenagers ostracized because of their backgrounds and reputation. Previously excluded from mainstream education, just one thing unites them - they’re all outsiders. But as they embark on their first day at a new school, they’re told they are on their final warning. They must prove themselves before the school decides their fate. Quickly realising they need to stick together, they find themselves forming a unique club of their own in a disused boiler room. At first, these wildly different characters seem to have nothing in common. Until they realise they share a unique trait: an indomitable will to survive. And maybe even thrive. For them school becomes a hopeful place, a chance to finally right the wrongs of the past as they navigate and, ultimately, find their place in the world. This is the story of six diverse and unlikely allies who, over the course of the first series, form a unique family unit as they battle to conquer demons both inside and outside the classroom.

2022 MIPJUNIOR Case Study


As creators and producers navigate the complex path to discovery, WildBrain showcases four case studies to demonstrate the power of a 360 approach. Moving from classic, product-based or original IP through development, production, distribution – find out Caillou, Strawberry Shortcake, Boy & Dragon and Emojitown have evolved, led by a unique understanding of the audience, platforms and partners.

Moderator: Adam Woodgate, DUBIT, Senior Vice President, Media Insights

Speaker(s): Josh Scherba, President, Wildbrain, Canada; Matt Rennie, VP Content & Operations, Wildbrain Spark; Nico Lockhart, Director Production, Spark Digital Studio

2022 MIP Talks

Join open discussions about key themes and trends of the industry.

Let’s talk about Co-production: what’s new for Autumn 2022 and beyond

From left to right:

Sarah Baynes, The Creative Garden, UK

Billy Macqueen, CO-MD, Darrall Macqueen, UK
Dominic Gardiner, CEO, Jetpack Distribution, UK
Cyma Zarghami, Founder & CEO, Mimo Studios, USA


Let’s talk about Financing: How to find the missing piece to finance your content

From left to right:

Sarah Baynes, The Creative Garden, UK

Genevieve Dexter, Founder & CEO, Serious Kids, UK
Jayakumar Prabhakaran Nair, CEO, Toonz Media Group, India
Ken Faier, CEO and El Presidente, Epic Story Media Inc, Canada
Judith Chan, Executive Director, Coutts & Co, UK

IT'S ALL ABOUT AUTHENTICITY!                                                                                  

From left to right:

Shabnam Rezaie, Big Bad Boo Studios, Canada

Gary Milne, Head of content Development, Banijay Kids & Family, UK 
Orion Ross, VP Animation,  The Walt Disney Compagny, UK 
Telidja Klaï, Content Manager, Vrt-Ketnet, Belgium


Understanding content and marketplace trends is essential when pitching your business to global companies. In this intimate session, a key content executive shares his programming, acquisition and commissioning strategies over 30 minutes.

Followed by a 15 minutes “Meet with the Team” at the end of the session.


Speakers : Maud Branly, Children Acquisitions Director & International TV Channels Children Programming Director, M6/Gulli, France; Elodie Antunes, Children Acquisition Officer, Groupe M6, France


Speaker : Luca Milano, Director RAI Kids, RAI, Italy

The Essence Of The Pitch

In this special session 30 MINUTES WITH, come & discover the must have & tips to prepare the best pitch for your IP & brand.  

Speaker : Ken Faier, CEO & El Presidente, EPIC STORY, USA

Moderateur : Amy Friedman, Head of Kids & Family Programming, Warner Bros. Discovery, USA


Speaker : Lucy Murphy, Director of Kids Content, UK & ROI, Sky, UK

Moderateur : Deirdre Brennan, Chief Operating Officer, WildBrain, Canada

Disney Branded Television

Speaker : Rick Clodfelter, Executive Director, Content Acquisitions & Partnerships, Disney Branded Television, USA

Moderateur : Deirdre Brennan, Chief Operating Officer, WildBrain, Canada

2022 MIPJUNIOR Industry Showcases

Discover key companies line up & strategies for 2022 in KIDS content.




Diving into an Era of ECOtainment


Don’t miss the launch of premier new children’s program Beep & Mort, produced by Windmill Pictures and from the ABC commissioning team behind Bluey.

Internationally renowned strategist and Head, ABC Children’s Content Libbie Doherty will introduce a sneak peek at never-before-seen episodes and will host a brief Q&A with Windmill Pictures creatives Rosemary Myers (Director) and Kaye Weeks (Producer); they will be joined by Head, ABC Commercial Jessica Ellis.

Creative India: Forging a Global Destiny, Indian powerhouses, IP, Animation & VFX

Indian animation and visual FX are on a roll. Service work for domestic kids channels and for Hollywood and European clients has for long been a staple of Indian studios. And that work continues even as some of them are working hard on creating globally relevant original IPs and series. Meanwhile, broadcasters and OTTs continue to acquire animation content locally and globally.

The Indian government too - under the information and broadcasting ministry - has put in place measures to encourage international biggies to set up base in India as well kick start co-productions and collaborations between India and international studios.

A panel discussion between various stakeholders from industry and government gives you an insight into how India has established itself in the business of creation and creativity, what kids content buyers are looking for, how much easier co-productions have become now and how the country is working on building and fine tuning its creative muscle to make a further global impact in animation and VFX.

Moderator: Anil NM Wanvari, Founder, CEO, editor in chief, Indiantelevision.com Group, AnimationXpress.com

Speaker(s): Manoj Mishra, CEO, Powerkidz Entertainment ; Anu Sikka, Executive Vice President - Viacom 18 Media Pvt Ltd (Nickelodeon); Soumitra Ranade, Chairman, Creative Director PaperBoat Design Studios

Trends & Insights 2022

The market intelligence sessions will help you gain key insights to track and understand the junior audience, identify and analyse trends in content (now and in the future) and, navigate smoothly through the shifting sands of viewership as well as Brands & IP distribution.

Binge watching session: kids audience successes across the globe

Presented by Avril Blondelot, Head of Content Insight, Glance

Dive into content through a review of the best 2022 launches and TV hits for kids.

Platform Dive: Distribution and Marketing Insights for Brands and IP     

Presented by Adam WOODGATE, SVP Media Insights, Dubit

Explore new ways for brands to navigate the complex path of IP distribution.

New kids on the block – Trends 2022, 23 and beyond                

Presented by Pete Robinson, CSO, KidsKnowBest

Provide decision makers with insight into the attitudes, behavior, and consumption of kids and youth audiences post covid and highlight emerging trends.

2022 MIPJUNIOR Opening Night Party

Presented by NBCUniversal

The Opening Party is presented by NBCUniversal Global Distribution, Kids & Family

2022 MIPJUNIOR Project Pitch Competition

The MIPJUNIOR Project Pitch is a unique pitching competition highlighting new Kids & Tweens/Teens TV projects with the greatest potential for commissioning and roll-out across platforms.

Relevant for all creators and producers seeking financing for projects in development, the Project Pitch competition offers high-visibility in front of a jury of leading decision-makers from the global kids content Industry.