Cyma Zarghami, President of Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group will present the MIPCOM Junior 2008 Keynote on Sunday 12 October. The 16th edition of MIPCOM Junior, the specialist international screening marketplace and conference for children’s programming and merchandising will be held on the 11-12 October at the Carlton Hotel, Cannes.
During her Keynote Address, Ms. Zarghami will share her vision of how the localisation of global hit creative properties can result in a stronger worldwide brand presence.
Under Ms. Zarghami’s leadership, Nickelodeon has been the number-one-rated cable network in the United States for 14 straight years and has been the pre-eminent producer of original content for kids across all entertainment platforms.
She oversees all business operations for its divisions, including: Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite; Noggin; The N; Nicktoons Network; Nick Movies; Nickelodeon’s consumer products, magazine and recreation businesses; and Nickelodeon’s growing portfolio of digital properties including all of the Nickelodeon branded websites, Neopets, Shockwave, AddictingGames, ParentsConnect, and Quizilla. She has expanded the brand through the launch of hotels, theme parks and a new multi-year partnership with Sony Music Label Group.
MIPCOM Junior’s two day conference programme will also feature major industry figures such as: Cindy Rose, MD for Europe, Middle East & Africa, Walt Disney Internet Group; Paul Robinson, Managing Director Worldwide, KidsCo Ltd.; Rob Sorcher, Chief Content Officer, Cartoon Network; Ira Rubenstein, EVP, Global Digital Media Group, Marvel Entertainment, Inc.; Mostapha Mellouk, Deputy Managing Director, Al Jazeera Children’s; David Ripert, Senior Manager Content & Partnerships, Dailymotion; Neil Ross Russell, Managing Director of Children’s, BBC Worldwide; Anthony Lilley, Managing Director, Magic Lantern Productions; Nicole Keeb, Head International Coproductions & Acquisitions, Children & Youth, ZDF and Matthias Mickshe, CEO of Stardoll.
In conjunction with “Focus on Spain’, the special country focus taking place at MIPCOM, the Catalan channel TV3 will be hosting a conference under the heading “Animation From Spain: Sharing Expertise.’
Other key events include the 5th edition of the “MIPCOM Junior Licensing Challenge’ in which a selection of the newest TV properties will be showcased. A jury of savvy industry experts will evaluate their licensing and merchandising potential.
New this year, a Matchmaking Breakfast will create a networking forum for programming investors and licensing.