MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, and the Children’s Media Conference have announced the speakers for animation and content creation conference Manimation, taking place at MediaCityUK on Thursday, November 20. Brown Bag Films’ CEO Cathal Gaffney will deliver the keynote address. The studio has won multiple Emmy Awards for international animated kids’ hits like Octonauts, Noddy in Toyland, Doc McStuffins, Peter Rabbit and Henry Hugglemonster. Gaffney will provide 20 years experience worth of industry insight, discussing the current climate and plans for the future of the Dublin-based company.
Additional speakers include David Barton (Producer, Cubic Motion), Steve Berman (MD, The Composer Works), Chris Bowden (Producer, Mackinnon and Saunders), Jackie Edwards (Executive Producer, Animation and Acquisitions, CBeebies), Jean Flynn (Producer/Director, Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick), Matthew Gyves (Senior Manager, EMEA – Adobe Systems Europe Ltd), Christopher Halliday (Senior Certification Analyst, BFI Certification Unit), Chris Hardcastle (Partner and MD – Mainframe), Jane Hyndman (Senior Business Affairs Manager, Rights.tv), David Jackson (MD, 422), Gina Jackson (Acting MD, Next Gen Skills Academy), Sarah Ann Kennedy (Course Leader BA/MA Animation, University of Central Lancashire), Warren Mackenzie (Founder/Partner, Mocapone), Sarah Muller (Head of Acquisition and Drama Development, CBBC), Tony Prosser (MD, RealtimeUK), Kath Shackletone (Producer, Fettle Animation), Ken Swain (MD, EON Reality), Lindsay Watson (Head of UK Business Development & Sales, Toon Boom).