Justine Bannister (France)
Justine is an independent children’s media consultant with 20 years experience in distribution, acquisitions, co-productions, production, marketing, brand and community management gained notably at 20th Century Fox, The Lagardère Group, Disney Channels France & Latin America, TV Loonland, Dupuis and PGS Entertainment. Justine set up her own company JUST B in the spring of 2013 to help producers market, promote, fund, finance and then sell their projects and properties on the International market.
Eric Goossens (Belgium)
Eric Goossens founded the production company Walking The Dog with Anton Roebben in 1999. The first project they were involved in was the Oscar-nominated animated film The Triplets of Belleville. Their The Secret of Kells also received an Oscar nomination. Alongside the co-production of animated shorts and series such as Kika & Bob and Picknick with Pie, Walking The Dog was recently involved in the CGI movie A Monster in Paris and the 2D-animation features Pinocchio and Le Jour des Corneilles. As an animation studio, they also worked on the promising film The Congress. Goossens is vice chairman of anim.be, an association of Belgian animation producers, and is the owner of the documentary production company Off World.
Vicky Schroderus (Finland)
Vicky Schroderus, who joined YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company in 1997, is currently working as Acquisition Executive for YLE Television. When measured by ratings and audience satisfaction, YLE TV2 is the leading channel for children’s programming in Finland. It broadcasts over a thousand hours of children’s programming annually for a two- to twelve-year-old audience. Vicky is responsible for acquiring over 60% of this volume.
Marleen Slot (The Netherlands)
Viking Film is the Amsterdam-based film production company founded in 2011 by Marleen Slot. International in scope, Viking Film wants to make high-quality films for both Dutch and international audiences with a special focus on children films, animation films and arthouse. Marleen worked as a producer at Lemming Film for many years.
Juliet Tzabar (United Kingdom)
Juliet has been working in media production since 1995, moving from TV dramas to produce interactive content in 2000. Making interactive content for leading digital businesses, she has specialised in delivering interactive entertainment projects with a broadcast tie-in, largely focused at the children and family audience. Juliet worked as a producer at Victoria Real on the company’s ground-breaking broadcast-related digital projects such as Big Brother, River Cottage and CBBC’s Xchange. She then set up and ran Scream Out Loud, one of the first ever businesses specialising in digital, interactive content for children. Joining Plug-in Media as a partner at the start of 2007, Juliet has established the company as one of the UK’s leading digital agencies. More recently she has been overseeing its move into original IP development, capitalising on experience within the kids’ content sector to originate, produce and publish original IP across multiple platforms.
Juliet serves on the advisory committee for the Children's Media Conference and is on the board of Wired Sussex. In 2011 she was a finalist in the Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Lily Yan (Canada)
Lily Yan is the Brand Director at Nelvana, responsible for managing the marketing initiatives for their brands worldwide. Nelvana is a division of Corus Entertainment, an award-winning international media company comprising production, consumer products, broadcast, and radio divisions based in Canada. As owner of the leading children’s broadcast channels in the country, Corus and Nelvana have a unique advantage over other producers in that they are able to fund and produce high quality animated and live action series and broadcast them in Canada; the result of which they then leverage to help place their series into international markets.
Kresimir Zubcic (Croatia)
Kresimir Zubcic has been working with HRT since 1989 as scriptwriter, host or editor in several children’s docu-series. In 1996 he started with animation as an editor's assistant in the animation department. As time passed, he took over responsibilities for all foreign languages progammes for children and youth at the Croatian TV. Nowadays, he has approximately 4000 time slots for animated shorts, 52 slots for children’s films, 365 slots for youth series, 365 slots for children’s series and about 1500 slots for animated series.