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CMA JAMZ: Divinity Roxx

CMA JAMZ: Divinity Roxx

Wed Jun 12, 2024 8:00 PM

CMA Screening Room,

CMA Jamz is a fresh series that spotlights visionary artists shaping the landscape of children’s music.  This month we welcome Divinity Roxx!

Divinity Roxx is a Grammy-nominated, multi-hyphenate award winning musician, recording artist, and composer who is celebrated for her inspirational lyrics and infectious grooves. Hailed as a “true kid idol” by the Chicago Sun-Times after her debut at Kidzapalooza in 2023, her career skyrocketed after touring with Victor Wooten and Beyoncé. She created ‘Divi Roxx Kids’ to inspire and empower young people through creative arts. Her debut Family Music album ‘Ready Set Go!’ earned a 2023 Grammy nomination, and she co-composed music for plays with the Alliance Theater.

She has appeared on SNL, Good Morning America, The Grammy’s, and more, with personal highlights including a live performance at 2023 The White House Easter.

Divinity created ‘Divi Roxx Kids’ to further her mission to inspire and empower young people through the creative arts. Her debut full-length Family Music album ‘Ready Set Go!’ was nominated for Best Children’s Music Album at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. Scholastic Inc. published two songs from ‘Ready Set Go!’ as fully illustrated picture books.

Divinity co-composed original music and lyrics for the Young Theatre of the Arts play, ‘The Boy Who Kissed The Sky’ (Idris Goodwin), a co-production between the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theater (Atlanta) and Seattle Children’s Theater and a special production of ‘Peter Rabbit: Into The Burrow’ with The Alliance Theatre.

Divinity was born in Atlanta, GA, and lives in New Jersey where she continues to compose, produce and create. She is working on a new Family album as well as a series of theatre and book projects.



Kids & AI: We Can Do Better

Kids & AI: We Can Do Better

Thu May 23, 2024 12:00 PM

Streamyard,

Kid-tech developers are always trying to incorporate new technologies into their products and today’s shiny object is AI. To date, many attempts to incorporate AI into kid-friendly technology have relied on chatbots to make kids feel as if they were engaging with a super smart, personalized friend. The results have been lackluster in their ability to engage, and the depth, appropriateness, and fun of the engagement. How do we move past bots into more meaningful uses of AI in kid products? This event is a unique opportunity to see how AI can enhance educational and entertainment products for children in ways that are imaginative, engaging, and go beyond the expected.Robin Raskin, founder of The Virtual Events Group, journalist and innovator in the tech landscape, will moderate the session. She’ll be joined by:

• Seth Raphael, CEO of Hello Wonder, who will discuss how AI can transform how children interact with internet content in a magical new way.
• Keren Ruth Wong, Senior Partnerships Lead at IDEO Play Lab, who enables experiences that spark joy, growth and connection through purposeful play.
• Joshua Garrett, CCO of Readyland, a leader in the toy industry, whose latest work integrates AI with physical books to create interactive storytelling experiences that captivate the imagination.
• Martin Horstman, CEO of Pixicade, an experience that revolutionizes play by turning children’s drawings into playable video games, demonstrating the boundless creativity that AI can help unlock.

Join us to explore how these trailblazers are redefining the interaction between kids and technology, opening a world of possibilities that enrich their learning and play.

Robin Raskin, Moderator
Robin Raskin is the Founder of The Virtual Events Group, a community that explores how we will meet in a tech-first future. An award-winning journalist, author, publisher, event producer and advocate for integrating technology into lifestyle, Raskin was one of the early editors of PC Magazine and one of the first women in technology publishing. Later she founded FamilyPC, createdYahoo!Tech as well as other tech-forward publications. She’s the author of 6 books on technology and appeared regularly on CBS and other networks.In 2008 she founded Living in Digital Times(LIDT), the producers conferences and expos at conferences and events worldwide. The company’s trademark events include: The Last Gadget Standing, Digital Health Summit, FashionWare,Fitness Tech Summit,Kids@Play Summit,High Tech Retailing, Wearable Tech Summitand others. The Consumer Technology Association acquired the company in January 2020. Raskin continues to consult for them and other event clients helping them understand new technologies. She writes a weekly column about the intersection of technology and the economy for Techonomy and a weekly newsletter on events.She served on the National Academy of Sciences committee to explore Internet Safety, is a Trustee of the CTA Foundation, and is a director of the Global Industry Council founded under UNESCO. She won a lifetime achievement award from the CTA in 2020.

Panelists

Seth Raphael, CEO Hello Wonder
Seth Raphael led AI prototyping teams at Google, where he spent 10 years in AI, AR, and VR leadership, and built the first version of Google Photos. He’s a professional magician who fooled Penn and Teller, a TED Fellow, and has an MA from MIT’s Media Lab.

Keren Ruth Wong, Senior Partnerships Lead, IDEO Play Lab
Keren supports partners at the IDEO Play Lab to enable experiences that spark joy, growth and connection through purposeful play. Prior to IDEO, she was based in the Bay Area and Beijing designing products for the education sector.

Joshua Garrett, CCO Readyland and VP Development, Creativity
Joshua Garrett, recognized by Mojo Nation as one of the 100 most influential figures in toy and game design, has contributed to thousands of toys for companies like Hasbro, Mattel, and Spin Master, and for dozens of brands from Star Wars to Sesame Street to Furby. As a co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Readyland, he’s led the creation of the first interactive printed books that work with Alexa, bringing a new level of interactive storytelling and digital engagement to the children’s book industry. Before developing kid products he was a professional French horn player, holding a doctorate from the Juilliard school and performing and teaching around the world.

Martin Horstman, CEO Pixicade
Martin Horstman, co-founder of Pixicade and CEO of BitOGenius Inc., transitioned from a career in molecular dynamics and software engineering at EMC Smarts to founding multiple startups, including Pixafy and AlgoCrunch Inc. He led the creation and growth of Pixicade, a gaming application that has amassed hundreds of thousands of users and over 5 million games. Martin’s creative skills, honed from childhood and enriched through diverse interests including ballroom dancing and reading to his children, are fundamental to his success and the innovative products developed by his companies.

CMA New York May Chapter Meet Up

CMA New York May Chapter Meet Up

Wed May 29, 2024 6:00 PM

American Whiskey, 10001

Join us for some great networking and light bites at our monthly meetup! RSVP on the website for entry. Admission is FREE for members! 

Animating with Nickelodeon's Niki Lopez

Animating with Nickelodeon's Niki Lopez

Sat May 25, 2024 2:00 PM

Soho House West Hollywood, 90069

Animating with Niki Lopez! Join Children’s Media Association at Soho House West Hollywood for a fun, interactive event with Nickelodeon’s Niki Lopez. She’ll teach the art of animation drawing her favorite Nickelodeon character(s). Spend the day learning from an award winning producer, animation artist, showrunner, writer and creator of Nick Jr’s Emmy-nominated series, “Santiago of the Seas.”

Niki López is an award winning producer, showrunner, writer, director and artist working in the animation industry. She is the creator of Nick JR’s Emmy-nominated series, Santiago of the Seas. López also created The Other Side, a new spooky project through Nickelodeon’s Intergalactic Shorts Program that is currently in series development.Prior to fulfilling her dream of creating her own series, López’s journey in animation started as an intern at Nickelodeon in 2010. She honed her skills as a color designer on popular Nick animated series such as Glitch Techs, Harvey Beaks, Sanjay & Craig, and The Fairly Odd Parents before moving on to Showrunning. Earlier in her career, she worked as a production assistant on Nickelodeon’s Kung-Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, following a brief stint in advertising and as a freelance comic artist in Puerto Rico.Born and raised Puerto Rico, López’s childhood was fueled by adventure and an imagination cultivated by her tropical backdrop. Inspired to seek out visual arts and storytelling as a creative outlet, she graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Arts & Design in Sarasota, Fla.In 2018, López was selected as one of Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch and is featured in Animation Magazine’s Rising Stars of Animation for their April 2020 issue. In 2021, she received a Women’s Image Network Awards for Outstanding Animated Program.

CMA Bay Area Sonoma Summer Picnic

CMA Bay Area Sonoma Summer Picnic

Sat Jun 8, 2024 11:00 AM

Sonoma Plaza, 95476

Come join us for a CMA Bay Area Summer Picnic at the lovely Sonoma Plaza! Bring your own food and beverage!

Children's Media Heard Around The World: A Conversation With Ros Attille, Big Little Fish TV | London

Children's Media Heard Around The World: A Conversation With Ros Attille, Big Little Fish TV | London

Thu Jun 6, 2024 12:00 PM

Online, CMA Screening Room,

Children’s media has the power to transcend generations and continents. Bluey was launched in London and has invaded the United States, Pinkfong and Babyshark took over Seoul and soon the globe, and the same with Blippi. To paraphrase, children’s media is heard and seen around the world, with media companies from Nickelodeon to Disney to Moonbug holding real estate internationally. In this conversation with Ros Attille, Head of Children’s and Young Audiences at Big Little Fish TV in London, we’ll dive deeper into how and why kid’s media has the ability to permeate countries and impact kid’s around the world. 

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Ros Attille is currently Head of Children’s and Young Audiences for Big Little Fish Television, based in London, UK.

A veteran TV executive with over 25 years’ experience, Attille was co-creator and Executive Producer of multi-award-winning animated series JoJo & Gran Gran. Formerly Head of Preschool Development at BBC Kids & Family, her commissions included Royal Television Society award winning shows YolanDa’s Band Jam and Grace’s Amazing Machines. Other commissioned titles are Number 1 Newton Avenue, Kit & Pup, Colours and Daydreams.

Attille has written and produced for a variety of broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, Disney, Sky and pioneering independent production company, Ragdoll. During this time, she worked on many iconic children’s brands and titles: Teletubbies, Rosie and Jim, Totally Doctor Who and Disney’s Art Attack to highlight a few.

In 2017 Attille was included in a list of the top 50 most influential people of colour in UK television. She is on the advisory board of the Children’s Media Conference.

It's More Than A Great Idea: Strategies for Helping Break Kids Content on YouTube

It's More Than A Great Idea: Strategies for Helping Break Kids Content on YouTube

Thu Jun 27, 2024 1:00 PM

Online, CMA Screening Room,

As creators, we all have ideas with the intent on them being the next big thing in kid’s media but “it’s more than just a great idea.” There’s also strategies, research and of course perfect timing. With proper knowledge and insight, we’re better equipped to control three of the four, to turn our ideas into successful kid’s content. 

In this virtual event, we’ll chat with creators Javoris Hollingsworth, PhD and Arlene Gordon-Hollingsworth, PhD, founders of uber-popular music YouTube channel, “Gracie’s Corner,” and parents of Graceyn, the inspiration behind the idea. “Gracie’s Corner” provides a combination of educational, fun, and encouraging songs for children from diverse backgrounds. We’ll hear about their initial idea, and the strategies used to grow Gracie’s Corner to 3 million+ subscribers on the platform and more!

Also joining the discussion is Emmy-nominated kids media executive Marc Cantone. Marc will share his 15+ years expertise in digital media as the VP of Preschool Digital Content at Nickelodeon. While discussing YouTube strategies from the network side, Marc will also discuss the importance of creativity, the actual creative as well as production.

CMA Connect

CMA Connect

Thu Jun 20, 2024 8:00 PM

Zoom,

Join our member-only networking event on Thursday, June 20th!

Please remember to register and the Zoom link will be sent the day before the event.

NY June Meetup

NY June Meetup

Tue Jun 25, 2024 6:00 PM

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Join us for some great networking and light bites at our PRIDE themed June Meetup!

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Here is just a snippet of the Mentorship Program mixers we hosted from coast to coast! We loved having everyone in-person for some fun mingling, making new connections, and chatting with your mentor or mentee. We'd love to see your photos from these mixer events! Tag us in your posts. 😁
This past weekend’s LA Meetup with the incredible @magentakristen was an absolute blast! Thanks to all who joined us! Stay tuned for details on our next meet up in June! Can’t get enough of CMA? Check out the link in our bio to learn more about all our exciting upcoming global events! 

Illustrations by @tobycochran! 🎨
Mark your calendars for May 29th from 6-7:30 pm and join us at @americanwhiskeynyc for an evening of connecting at our monthly Childrens Media Association NYC meetup! 🌆 Don't miss out on the chance to mingle with professionals in the industry. RSVP through the link in our bio. Admission is FREE for members! See you there!
CMA LA MeetUp + Coffee = The best morning ever! Mark your calendars for this Saturday as we'll be joined by Showrunner, Writer and Director, @magentakristen at @sightglass Hollywood! Kristen, who recently helmed @Blippi’s Treehouse, has loads of insights to share! The first 60-90 minutes will be an informal Q&A with Kristen, and the last 30 minutes will be left for networking with your fellow CMA members. We'll see you there! RSVP with the link in bio. ☕
🎤🎤🎤 Calling all Music Makers! 🎤🎤🎤
Ready to unleash your inner songwriter? Bid on a 45-minute virtual songwriting lesson with the one and only Fyütch, a GRAMMY-nominated superstar!
Fyütch is a master of melodies, a lyrical genius, and a true inspiration to aspiring musicians everywhere.
This is your chance to learn from the best, unlock the secrets of songwriting, and create your own musical masterpiece. 
Find this and more a once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the @childrens_media_association silent auction on @givebutter. But don't delay. The auction ends tonight! #linkinbio
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🎸 Calling all Music Superstars! 🎸
This is your chance to rock out with Grammy-nominated recording artist, Divinity Roxx! 🤘
Today is the last day to bid on a 30-minute virtual bass guitar lesson with @diviroxx, renowned musician, composer, and performer, known for her electrifying stage presence and infectious energy.
Find this and more a once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the @childrens_media_association silent auction on @givebutter. But don't delay. The auction ends tonight! #linkinbio
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🎭 Journey to the Underworld with Hadestown! 🎭
Calling all lovers of myth, music, and unforgettable theatrical experiences! Up for grabs in our silent auction are two coveted tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical, Hadestown, on Broadway! 

Hadestown is a mesmerizing blend of myth, music, and modern storytelling that will will immerse you in the heart-wrenching story of Orpheus and Eurydice, their love, and their journey through the underworld. 

Don't miss your chance to experience this critically acclaimed musical live on stage! 

Place your bids now and let the bidding war commence! #linkinbio

Hurry, these tickets and our other amazing auction items are going, going, gone on May 14!

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