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MANIMATION Announces 2018 Lineup

One-day U.K. animation industry event kicks off ahead of the Manchester Animation Festival on Monday, November 12.

Manimation, Manchester’s must-attend annual gathering for the U.K. animation community, gathers the key players to discuss the future of the industry, in a one-day event on Monday, November 12, packed with one-to-one meetings, panels and roundtables.

The sixth edition of the event, at the Manchester Technology Centre, has a brand new format and venue and by popular demand, is positioned the day before the Manchester Animation Festival, which runs November 13-15.

Manimation is supported by National Lottery funds awarded to ScreenSkills from the British Film Institute to deliver its Future Film Skills program. Organizers say that the brand new format gives delegates the opportunity to pre-book meetings with experts using CMC’s brand new and unique advance booking system, Meeting Mojo, which will give conference goers the chance to profile themselves and their company in advance of the day.

Also new in 2018, is a special focus on inviting experts from creative, advertising and corporate agencies, so that companies can future proof themselves by broadening their client base.

Experts available for one-to-one meetings will be:

  • Jo Allen, Producer, BBC Children’s Acquisitions & Independent Animation
  • Simon Dean, Creative Director EMEA, Turner
  • Rob Doherty, VP Production, Cake Entertainment
  • Olivier Dumont, President, Family & Brands, eOne
  • Jackie Edwards, Head of BBC Children’s Acquisitions & Independent Animation
  • Josie Grierson, Production and Programme Manager, Milkshake!
  • Sarah Legg-Barratt, Producer, CBeebies
  • Richard Kinning, Director of Creative for Northern Europe, Turner
  • Lynsey O’Callahan, Senior Programming Manager, Nickelodeon 
  • Desiree Peeters, Development Co-ordinator, BBC Children’s Acquisitions & Independent Animation 
  • Neil Williams, Head Of Film, Havas Lynx

Additional participants are still to be announced.

A CMC curated program of three business-focused round-tables will feature, with the aim to develop skills and provide new intelligence on where clients will be in the future, and what they will be looking for. They will discuss “Realtime engines and the future of production,” “Skills shortages, apprenticeships and training” and “Working with Creative Agencies – case studies in successful relationships.”

“This year’s Manimation has been strategically developed to meet the animation industry’s ever changing needs,” said Greg Childs, Editorial Director, The Children's Media Conference. “With a renewed focus on creating a marketplace for animation and driving business forward, Manimation is the place for all types of animation businesses to meet, pitch, network and build lasting relationships, whilst discussing the future of the industry with its key players.  Manimation creates a friendly and open market setting to achieve this.”

There will also be an opening Keynote speech to be announced and complimentary refreshments and lunch with a closing networking event to conclude the day. 

This year’s Manimation is sponsored by the industry-led skills body for the screen industries, ScreenSkills, BBC and MMU and is organized by The Children’s Media Conference, the U.K.’s premier organization for the children’s content industries with 15 years’ experience of media-related conference and learning events. 

Tickets are priced at £75 + VAT, to find out more or to purchase a ticket, visit

Source: Manimation