Monday, January 07, 2019

Nickelodeon to Take Part in Kidscreen Summit 2019

The children's entertainment and media news publication Kidscreen has announced the exciting news that Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, will be holding two sessions at the Kidscreen Summit 2019 in February 2019!

Being held at the Miami InterContinental hotel in Miami, Florida between Monday, February 11 - Thursday, February 14, 2019, Kidscreen Summit is renowned as one of the kids entertainment industry’s most important annual events. In 2018, the conference welcomed over 2,000 event delegates - including more than 400 kids content buyers and over 900+ producers & distributors - from more than 50 countries. Top executives attend Kidscreen Summit to take advantage of the year’s best business networking, and to engage in critical dialogue on issues that affect the industry.

Some highlights of this years Kidscreen Summit include panel discussions on filling the need for better entertainment options for kids on the autism spectrum, and better on-screen role models for boys to emulate.

Picking up the thread on a theme that Kidscreen magazine first explored in its April 2018 issue, “What Little Boys Are Made Of” will examine whether the kids entertainment industry needs to rethink the messages it’s sending to boys about gender identity and emotional development to battle unconscious bias and promote positive masculinity.

And “Inclusion is Expansion: Creating content that spans the spectrum” will look at how a growing global audience of children with autism could be better served by linear and digital content that is “born-accessible,” building on coverage of the topic in Kidscreen‘s July/August issue.

For more information about Kidscreen Summit 2019 and to register to attend, please visit
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Nickelodeon will be hosting two sessions at Kidscreen Summit 2019:

30 Minutes with... Jules Borkent & Layla Lewis, Nickelodeon
Monday, February 11, 2019
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

A returning favorite at the Summit, the 30 Minutes with… sessions give you a chance to hear about the future plans and priorities of the kids industry’s major content investors first-hand, as well as participate in some Q&A and meet-and-greets. You are welcome to attend as many of these popular buyer briefing sessions as you can fit into your schedule! Space will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis until we hit room capacity.


Jules Borkent
EVP Content and Network Strategy
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN)

Layla Lewis
SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships
Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products

Cocktails with... Nina Hahn, Nickelodeon
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Chat over drinks with leading buyers in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels and platforms that acquire and invest in kids programming. This is designed as a networking opportunity, folks, so please save your pitch for a private meeting.

Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.
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Nina Hahn
SVP, International Production & Development
Nickelodeon UK

Nina Hahn will also be participating in the Deconstructing Kid Humor panel on Tuesday, February 12, 2019:

Deconstructing Kid Humor
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

From slapstick and fart jokes, to irony and sarcasm—bringing the funny in kids entertainment requires a broad repertoire of techniques, and also a precise understanding of your audience. This panel discussion will explore what makes kids laugh at every age, and all around the world.


Michael Dee
Director of Content
Coolabi Limited


Nina Hahn
SVP, International Production & Development
Nickelodeon UK

Anttu Harlin
CEO, Co-Founder
Gigglebug Entertainment

Patricia Hidalgo
SVP, Chief Content & Creative Officer, Kids EMEA & International Kids Strategy
Turner Broadcasting System EMEA Limited

In additional news:

- Sebastian Seppelt, Senior Manager, Licensing, Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA), Nickelodeon/Viacom Consumer Products will be taking part in the "The Influence of Entertainment in the Toy Industry" panel at the 70th anniversary edition of the Spielwarenmesse Nuremberg Toy Fair on Friday 1st February 2019! Nickelodeon will also be exhibiting its brand during LIMA's LicensePreview stage. Nickelodeon and Jazwares are joining forces with TV chef Alexander Herrmann, actor Christian Tramitz, and YouTuber Freshtorge to announce the launch of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Germany, Switzerland and Austria!

- Kidscreen recently named Nickelodeon in its fifth-annual Hot50 ranking of the most happening companies in kids entertainment—as determined by industry peers. Nick came third, after Netflix (No. 1) and PBS (No. 2).

-- Nickelodeon's Erica DiBacco was recently named as a finalist in Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment's (WIT) Wonder Women Awards!

Nickelodeon Speakers at Kidscreen Summit 2018:
JULES BORKENT, EVP Content and Network Strategy
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN)

Jules Borkent is Senior Vice President, Global Acquisitions and International Programming, Nickelodeon, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). In his role, which he assumed in 2008, Borkent is responsible for leading global acquisitions for Nickelodeon around the world, as well as programming strategies for Nickelodeon International. Borkent works in close partnership with Nickelodeon in the US, and worldwide channels, across development, production and program financing. Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is comprised of many of the world’s most popular premier multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, VIVA, Paramount Channel, BET and Tr3s:MTV, Musicá y Mas. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 700 million households in approximately 170 territories and 37 languages via more than 200 locally programmed TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties.

Prior to his role at VIMN, Borkent was the Vice President, Programming, Nickelodeon International, based in London. He was responsible for Nickelodeon’s global programming and acquisitions strategy, with a particular emphasis on working with local programming heads to coordinate and develop pan-regional deals for Nickelodeon’s localized channels across Europe. In addition to acquisitions, Borkent also managed programming activities for Nickelodeon’s international channels.

Borkent joined Nickelodeon in 1998 as the Senior Director of Programming, Acquisitions and Development for Nickelodeon Europe and Africa where he was responsible for local acquisitions as well as various pan-regional programming initiatives and productions.

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Jules Borkent, Nickelodeon

Layla Lewis
SVP Global Acquisitions & Content Partnerships
Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products (VNCP)

Layla Lewis is Senior Vice President of Global Acquisitions and Content Partnerships for Nickelodeon. In her role, which she assumed in October 2017 and based in New York, Lewis manages and implements the strategy for all acquisitions for Nickelodeon's 100+ locally programmed channels both domestically and internationally, as well as cultivates partnerships with content distributors and creators from around the globe. Responsible for negotiating, sourcing and managing content acquisitions for Nickelodeon channels globally, she is also integral in the greenlighting process of new Nickelodeon programming and partnership content, both domestic and internationally.

Lewis rejoined Nickelodeon in 2013 as Vice President of Global Content Acquisition. Prior to that she held content acquisitions roles at both Turner Broadcasting in Hong Kong and Nickelodeon UK.

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with... Jules Borkent & Layla Lewis, Nickelodeon

Nina Hahn
SVP, International Production & Development
Nickelodeon UK

As Senior Vice President, International Production & Development, Nina Hahn oversees international content development and co-production partnerships for Nickelodeon outside of the US.

Based in London, Hahn coordinates and drives the development process, spearheading new production models, managing productions from pilot through to series, and working in direct partnership with Nickelodeon’s content teams around the world. As part of this role, Hahn is responsible for internationally sourced productions, aligning Nickelodeon’s global production and development pipeline, representing Nickelodeon US’s production and development interests abroad and identifying resources and expertise to drive creative partnerships and cultivate talent. As the main international production and development conduit for Nickelodeon’s channels, Hahn also ensures the cultural relevancy of all Nickelodeon production and development for global broadcast.

Hahn also works in direct partnership with Nickelodeon in the UK to source content from UK independent producers for potential global production and development.

Hahn is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in creating and producing content for kids spanning all genres, from pre-school and kid’s animation, to live action and TV movies. Since joining Nickelodeon in 2005, Hahn has been responsible for overseeing the production and development of some of Nickelodeon’s biggest hits including live action favouriteHouse of Anubisand pre-school animationNella the Princess Knight.

Working closely with Nickelodeon US, Hahn is also the driving force behind establishing the brand as a core international hub for creators and talent, spearheading the international roll-out of creative outreach initiatives designed to unearth and identify new creative talent. These include the Nickelodeon Writers Program, designed to attract, develop and staff writers with diverse backgrounds and experiences on Nickelodeon Network Productions; and the global Nickelodeon Shorts Program, spanning both Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., providing animation and comedy talent with a platform to explore original characters, concepts and innovative styles through short form storytelling.

Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Hahn worked as an independent producer and development consultant for some of the world’s leading kid’s content producers and broadcasters in New York, including HBO and Jim Henson Productions.

Speaking at: Cocktails with... Nina Hahn, Nickelodeon; Deconstructing Kid Humor

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