The Cross-Platform Summit provides a crossover networking opportunity for media and literary professionals from Asia and around the world. The conference presents a line-up of sessions and workshop centring on multi-platform storytelling, pitching, interactive narrative and digital marketing to address the current trends and issues in the content market.

Delegates from Writers and Illustrators Conference Day 3 can also attend the sessions for Cross-Platform Summit.

9:00 am - 9:15 am
Official Welcome to the AFCC 2016 Cross-Platform Summit (L5 POSSIBILITY ROOM)

Marc Checkley (Founder, Creative Director IO CREATIVE)

9.15am - 10.00am
Fluidity between Page and Screen (L5 POSSIBILITY ROOM)

Colin South (Producer, Media World Pictures Pty Ltd)

Books have long been a rich source for producers of children’s film and television. Now, even television shows can morph into a book. How does a producer approach taking a book from the written word to the screen, or the reverse, and remain true to the audience with both forms of storytelling?

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Tea Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am
[PANEL] Co-production Discussion (L5 IMAGINATION ROOM)

Richard Thomas (Creative Director, One Animation Pte Ltd), Putri Rahartana (Vice to Production Director, Business and Partnership, Creative Indigo Production)

Combine forces and a multitude of creative and financial possibilities will emerge. This session will feature case studies of companies that co-produced children’s films, their journey towards co-production and the rewards they reaped.

Immersive Storytelling: Augmented Reality and Games to Engage Young Adults (L1 VISITORS BRIEFING ROOM)

Saad Chinoy (Chief Geek, Tusitala (RLS) Pte Ltd), Nataly Rios Goico (Creative Consultant, Conducttr)

We don't "just read" or “just play games” anymore. We experience stories. Exploring how storytelling can involve our sense of sight, touch, smell and hearing, Saad Chinoy will go deeper into bringing the digital experience into the real world, while Nataly discusses how to “gamify your content” in order to create immersive and enduring transmedia experiences with higher engagement.

11:30 am - 11:45 am
Break for Room Change

11:45 am - 12:45 pm
[PANEL] Meet the Commissioners (B1 MULTIPURPOSE ROOM)

Leslie Lee (Executive Director, Programming, Branded Media and Content, Walt Disney Company), Ryo Leong (Senior Director, Programming, Youth Segment, MediaCorp Pte Ltd), Vikram Channa (Vice President of Production and Development, Discovery Kids), Syahrizan Mansor (Vice President, Nickelodeon, Asia at Viacom International Media Networks)

Behind every great idea stands an organisation passionate about supporting this dream. But getting the right ingredients for their channel is just part of the challenge. Get the inside word from some of Asia’s leading kids’ broadcasters: Disney, Nickelodean, Okto and Discovery Kids Asia as they share insights about content that commissioners are looking for.

Localisation of Content (L1 VISITORS BRIEFING ROOM)

Dina Rara (Project Manager, Sesame Street Indonesia – Jalan Sesama (Creative Indigo Production) & Amazing Edu)

Sesame Street is the longest running preschool series in the world. This session will provide insight into how Jalan Sesama (Sesame Street Indonesia) was developed, how it was executed and given a local flavour, learning from more than 40 years of Sesame Street experiences.

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

2:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Speed Pitching (Media) (L16 THE POD)

Richard Thomas (Creative Director, One Animation Pte Ltd), Ryo Leong (Senior Director, Programming, Youth Segment, MediaCorp Pte Ltd), Leslie Lee (Executive Director, Programming, Branded Media and Content, Walt Disney Company), Wendy Wong (Creative Director, Tusitala (RLS)), Syahrizan Mansor (Vice President, Nickelodeon, Asia at Viacom International Media Networks)

Speed Pitching (Media) gives conference delegates a chance to pitch their ideas to any one of our panellists for a chance to get their ideas commissioned. Whether it is an idea for a television series, web series, transmedia project or an interactive app, delegates can sign up for a pitching slot and have 5-10 minutes to sell their ideas! Find out more about submissions here

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
A Peek Into Puppetry (B1 MULTIPURPOSE ROOM)

Brian Zimmerman (Puppeteer)

Puppets are back! This exclusive session introduces the basics of puppetry to industry professionals and gives them a taste of what working with puppets is like and how to develop content for puppet characters. This talk also aims to reignite a passion for this centuries old art form within.

Developing Your Children’s Book Series for an Animated Series (L1 VISITORS BRIEFING ROOM)

Chris Nixon (Illustrator)

Illustrating for a children’s picture book versus the television screen is tackled quite differently. Lead Designer behind The Jake series, Chris Nixon, shares his experiences of adaptation and creative development of the children’s book series for different screens.

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Break for Room Change

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Illustration & Book Design
Lights, Camera, Action: Talking about Children’s Art on TV (L1 VISITORS BRIEFING ROOM)

Robert A. Alejandro (Illustrator and children’s art show host)

In this session, Robert gives us insight into his journey from a children’s book illustrator to art show host, conducting art workshops for children who live in poverty. These art projects are so easy, the children end up creating these projects themselves!

[PANEL] Humour is Evergreen (B1 MULTIPURPOSE ROOM)

Haresh Tilani (Co-founder, Ministry of Funny), Brian Zimmerman (Puppeteer), Terence Chia (Co-Founder, Ministry of Funny), Prem Anand (Executive Research Writer)

Humour is a formula that never grows old and a necessary element in kids entertainment, from TV series, to Vlogs and puppetry, writers and producers must inject humour in their content to keep audiences hooked and wanting more to giggle about.

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Tea Break

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
How Connected Learning will Transform Content for Young Adults (B1 MULTIPURPOSE ROOM)

Nataly Rios Goico (Creative Consultant, Conducttr)

The trend towards flipped classrooms, the changing workplace and the anxieties of modern teenage life create new opportunities for publishers and broadcasters to integrate their content into formal and informal educational opportunities. This in-depth session will provide answers in how we tackle connecting with kids through content. 

Story-hacking: A Journey of Narrative Creation (90 minutes) (L1 VISITORS BRIEFING ROOM)

Marco Sparmberg (Founder/organizer, StoryCode Singapore)

Do not miss this hands-on story-hacking workshop. Participants will embark on a unique narrative journey. Passing through various stations, each “story-hacker” will use various methods and (physical) tools to create multiple narrative layers. Final results will be documented, presented and discussed among the groups.