Industry experts to share insights into the future of children’s TV production

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The controller of business for BBC Children’s will join an expert panel of speakers at the Bradford International Film Summit to discuss the growing potential for creating children’s content.

Jackie Myburgh, who is responsible for all content delivery across CBBC and Cbeebies will speak alongside Barney Goodland from Magic Light Pictures, the team behind the animation of the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom and Christopher Halliday from the British Film Institute, an expert in children’s television tax relief.

The panel will be chaired by Executive Producer and Bradford UNESCO City of Film Board member, Liz Molyneux.

The seminar, Focus on Children’s Film and TV, is aimed at those considering children’s film and TV as a career option and will explore the rich content of children’s film and TV being produced in the UK. The panel will discuss the viewing habits and content consumption of the IPAD generation and share their knowledge and experience of getting projects financed and commissioned.

Speaking about the event, Liz Molyneux said

“It’s an honour to be chairing such a stellar panel. The children’s film and TV industry in the UK is at the forefront of creativity and innovation and our panellists represent that excellence. The session offers an opportunity to debate the latest issues – but most importantly – the future of the genre. A session for industry pros and the next generation of children content creators.”

Children’s film and TV has seen a recent boost after the Chancellor announced tax breaks for the children’s television production industry, in the 2014 Autumn statement. The move was a significant boost for production companies looking to make live action children’s shows in the UK.

Focus on Children’s Film and TV is being organised as part of the Bradford International Film Summit and will take place on Friday 6 March 2015, 2-4pm at The Studio, Alhambra Theatre. Tickets for the events are free, to register, please visit

The panel:

Liz Molyneux, Executive Producer

Liz Molyneux is a programme maker and journalist and has worked in Current Affairs and Factual TV throughout her career. Her credits include films and series for the BBC, C4, ITV and Discovery. As the Executive Producer and head of the Network Current affairs department at the BBC in Manchester she delivered a range of Current Affairs TV from Panorama to The One Show and across BBC ONE, TWO and THREE.

Last year Liz received a Children’s Bafta nomination with the team at Fettle Animation for their series ‘Children of the Holocaust’.   She’s currently working as a freelance executive producer for STV.

Jackie Myburgh, Controller of Business – BBC Children’s

Jackie Myburgh is Controller of Business for BBC Children’s, responsible for all content delivery across CBBC & CBeebies channels and digital platforms. Her role also covers the operational and business side of all in-house production, financial management across the department and responsibility for all commercial business and strategy for the Children’s genre.

Previously, she was Head of Production for BBC Sport, and oversaw the project to move the Sport department to Salford. She led the production management and Technology teams to deliver all BBC Sport output of major events including World Cup & Commonwealth Games in 2010 and Euros & London 2012.

Barney Goodland, Company Manager – Magic Light Pictures

Barney Goodland manages Magic Light Pictures’ day-to-day activities as well as overseeing aspects of production and project delivery. Graduating from Lincoln University in 2005 with a BA Hons in Media Production. Barney joined Magic Light in 2008 on the film Wild Target and as animation began on The Gruffalo.

Amongst others Barney has since worked on the delivery of the films One Life, Chico & Rita and Room on the Broom. He is currently working on Magic Light’s latest animation films as well as developing the company’s app portfolio, which includes the BAFTA nominated Room on the Broom: Games.

Christopher Halliday, Senior Certification Analyst – British Film Institute

Chris Halliday is a Senior Certification Analyst at the BFI’s certification unit, which is the first point of contact for applicants wanting to qualify their film, television programme, animation programme and video games as British and to access the UK’s creative sector tax reliefs.

Chris works closely with key stakeholders in government and industry to provide advice and guidance on the application processes for the cultural test, co-production and policy. Since the children’s television tax relief was announced Chris has been working closely with government and industry to put procedures in place.