MIPJunior has announced that Margie Cohn, President of DreamWorks Animation Television, will keynote this year’s edition of the world-leading kids’ entertainment industry event. The confab is taking place in Cannes, France on October 13-14 ahead of MIPCOM (Oct. 15-18). The keynote address will be held at the JW Marriott Hotel on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A with Cohn moderated by Anna Carugati (Worldscreen).
In a keynote session titled “Creating Timeless Content in Ever-Changing Times,” Cohn will chronicle five years of extraordinary growth and expansion and will discuss what it takes to create innovative kids and family series across multiple distributors that can keep up with today’s ever-evolving market. As DreamWorks looks ahead to more diversified distribution, Cohn will offer her thoughts on the future of the industry and why it looks bright for content creators.
Margie Cohn serves as President of DreamWorks Animation Television, reporting to Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman, Jeff Shell. Cohn oversees all television development and production for the studio’s rapidly-growing slate of original series, including DWA TV’s groundbreaking multi-year deal with Netflix as well as Hulu, Amazon, Universal Kids and other leading broadcasters around the world. As part of the studio’s global initiatives, she and her team are tasked with creating original animated programming inspired by DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures’ iconic franchises and feature films, as well projects based on original and acquired IP. Since the studio’s inception in 2013, DreamWorks Animation Television has won 22 Emmy Awards.
Among the many DWA TV titles produced under Cohn’s leadership are the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning series Trollhunters from Guillermo del Toro, All Hail King Julien, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dragons: Race to the Edge, The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show and Dinotrux, in addition to Dawn of the Croods, Home Adventures with Tip & Oh, the reimagined Voltron Legendary Defender and Spirit Riding Free. In 2018, the studio is premiering eight original series: Trolls: The Beat Goes On, The Boss Baby: Back in Business, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, Harvey Street Kids, The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants and the upcoming She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny and 3 Below.
Cohn previously spent 26 years at Nickelodeon, where in various development and production roles she helped make the network number one in cable television for 18 consecutive years. She started as a coordinator in physical production and left as President of Content Development. During her years at Nick, she was involved in every type of production including live action scripted comedy; animation; games and reality; TV movies; documentary; soap opera and event programming. Some of the series under her guidance that went on to become beloved hits include Double Dare, Clarissa Explains It All, All That, The Fairly OddParents, SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar: The Last Airbender, iCarly, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee and the Kids’ Choice Awards.