Summit confirms importance of content tailored for young audiences

Shadow Minister for the Arts and Heritage Kevin Anderson, Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh, BBC Children’s UK Senior Head of Commissioning Sarah Muller, Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan and Australian Children’s Content Summit founder Suzanne Ryan at the Summit’s opening night.

CHILDREN’S screen industry members attending the inaugural Australian Children’s Content Summit (ACCS), from August 29 to August 31 in Coffs Harbour, discussed and ignited ideas and connections around the profound importance of content tailored for young audiences.

This three-day event, deemed a milestone by the industry, proved fertile ground for fostering business opportunities, also providing extensive networking within the children’s screen industry.

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“The summit’s objective of facilitating discussions and driving innovation in Australian children’s content was certainly celebrated,” said Suzanne Ryan, founder of the Australian Children’s Content Summit.

Ms Ryan is also CEO and founder of Coffs Harbour-based SLR Productions and a producer of international children’s content.

Some 260 delegates, hailing from across Australia and ten other countries, demonstrated the widespread recognition of the industry’s significance and its potential for innovation and growth.

At the heart of ACCS were the pivotal business meetings that occurred throughout the event.

These meetings provided a platform for industry professionals to engage in meaningful discussions, negotiations and collaborations.

“The exchange of ideas and opportunities during these sessions laid the foundation for future projects and partnerships, further catalysing the industry’s development,” said Ms Ryan.

The event also featured a series of key industry sessions that addressed the most pressing issues and trends in the realm of children’s screen content.

“These sessions were undoubtedly enlightening, covering a wide range of topics including content creation, distribution strategies, emerging technology trends and essential regulatory considerations.

“The insights shared in these sessions offered attendees valuable guidance and foresight to navigate the evolving landscape of children’s media.”

Networking events provided delegates with the opportunity to interact, exchange ideas and forge lasting partnerships.

“These connections, formed during ACCS, have the potential to spark creative collaborations that will not only benefit individual participants but also contribute to the growth and vitality of the entire children’s screen industry,” she said.

The program also provided delegates with the opportunity to experience some tourist activities alongside the wonderful Gumbaynggirr nation welcome from Uncle Alex Webb, a Smoking Ceremony by Troy and a performance by the Giingan Yiiliwiyay Girrwaa group dancers.

“The inaugural Australian Children’s Content Summit served as a reminder of the vital role that quality content plays in the broader media landscape, ensuring that the future of children’s entertainment remains bright and inspiring,” said Ms Ryan.

The Screen NSW opening night drinks included the launch of the Australian Children’s Content Exhibition being held at the National Cartoon Gallery.


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