Event Recap: Putting the Tunes in Cartoons with Michael Rubin and J. Walter Hawkes

On Monday, May 16th, Children’s Media Association’s Hannah Cope moderated a lively discussion with musicians/composers Michael Rubin and J. Walter Hawkes at Hyperbolic Audio. Michael and Walter talked about how they first discovered a passion for music, how they got started in the music industry, and their individual artistic processes. Both artists also delineated the… Read More Event Recap: Putting the Tunes in Cartoons with Michael Rubin and J. Walter Hawkes

Lessons in Business and Life: The Red Chair Series with Susanne Daniels and Amy Friedman

On Tuesday, May 3rd, Children’s Media Association hosted the seventh annual Red Chair Series. The Red Chair Series are conversations between Amy Friedman, CMA Board Advisor and SVP of Programming and Development at Sprout, and some of the most influential figures in the children’s media industry. This year, Amy Friedman talked with Susanne Daniels, Global… Read More Lessons in Business and Life: The Red Chair Series with Susanne Daniels and Amy Friedman

CMA Event Recap: A Children’s Book Editor and A Children’s Bookstore Manager on the Industry Today

On Tuesday, April 5th, Leslie Shumante, assistant editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the children’s division of Hachette Book Group, and Andy Laites, manager of The Bank Street Bookstore, talked with CMA members in a fascinating roundtable discussion led by CMA’s own Leah Gostick. This was a members-only event, so if you’re not… Read More CMA Event Recap: A Children’s Book Editor and A Children’s Bookstore Manager on the Industry Today

CMA is Publishing a Book! Wrapping up the Writers Group and Meeting the Authors (Part 1)

Remember that book CMA started writing (and editing) a year ago that we kept promising to update you on? Well, it’s almost here! For starters, we have a cover (thanks to that contest you entered)! And a title! Here it is: We’re changing “Diary” to “Journal” but still! Cover! Title! Better still, we have input from the writers themselves.… Read More CMA is Publishing a Book! Wrapping up the Writers Group and Meeting the Authors (Part 1)

You’ve Got Two More Weeks to Win a FREE CMA Membership (by Drawing us a Cover)!

Hey! Remember when we said you could win a FREE One-Year Membership to CMA by drawing us a book cover? You still can! Because you lovely, talented people have been sending us such wonderful things (you should be proud of yourselves for being so talented!), we’ve decided to extend our deadline to Monday, December 8!… Read More You’ve Got Two More Weeks to Win a FREE CMA Membership (by Drawing us a Cover)!

CMA Event Recap: Red Chair Series – Andrew Beecham, former Sprout SVP of Programming

Sometimes, seizing your destiny involves making the best of every opportunity that comes your way. Sometimes, it involves McDonalds. In Andrew Beecham’s case, it involves both. That’s why he looks so happy Sitting opposite Amy Friedman in her beloved red chairs, he spoke to an enormous room full of people on Tuesday 16. And, being British,… Read More CMA Event Recap: Red Chair Series – Andrew Beecham, former Sprout SVP of Programming

CMA Event: Through an Editor’s Eyes – The Joys of Keeping Classic Brands Fresh

Classic brands are classic for a reason: they’re fresh for generation after generation of readers. But how do they get that way? CMA put together a panel to find out! On Thursday June 12, CMA brought Diane Muldrow (Random House, Little Golden Books), Alice Jonaitis (Random House, Seuss), and Karen Halpenny (Sesame Digital) together to… Read More CMA Event: Through an Editor’s Eyes – The Joys of Keeping Classic Brands Fresh

CMA Event: From Austria to Amazon – A Path to Publication

Everyone needs encouragement from time to time. Especially writers. Especially especially writers feeling stymied by the 18-month wait to get a 32-page picture book published. Those poor souls need hugs… And Linda Ravin Lodding gave them. Well, not hugs,per se (but I got one!). Encouragement. Linda Ravin Lodding (A Gift for Mama, The Busy Life of… Read More CMA Event: From Austria to Amazon – A Path to Publication

Member Spotlight: Laurie-Anne Vazquez

It’s my pleasure to welcome CMA’s public relations point woman and newest blogger to the Member Spotlight chair.  Laurie-Anne has quite the diversified media background–she’s done everything from television development to covering ComicCon for a gaming blog.  Thinking about freelancing?  Laurie-Anne offers a nugget of wisdom below.   Can you tell us a little about… Read More Member Spotlight: Laurie-Anne Vazquez

A Different Route – Self-Publishing and the CMA Writers Group “Publish YoSelf” Project

By Kristen McGregor CMA Writers Group Coordinator Tonight was my first night as the new Writers Group Coordinator for the CMA, and it was so lovely to see so many enthusiastic writers at the table ready to collaborate on ideas. We met the amazing and talented author Elisa Ludwig who shared with the group all… Read More A Different Route – Self-Publishing and the CMA Writers Group “Publish YoSelf” Project

CMA Event — 3-2-1 Contact to Minecraft: The Evolution of STEM Programming

Happy 2014 CMA-ers! Laurie here, your intrepid guest blogger. I’m kicking off the New Year as your OFFICIAL blogger! Firstly, I hope you had a great holiday season. Secondly, CMA had an event this past week! (I was too sick to post it then, so I’m putting it up now. Ta-da!)  Ta-da! To kickoff our… Read More CMA Event — 3-2-1 Contact to Minecraft: The Evolution of STEM Programming

Lend Us Your Skills!

Volunteers are an integral part of CMA’s success and volunteering provides a great opportunity to connect with new people and build your network! If you are interested in lending us your talents, please email info@cmanyc.org for more information. Calling all photographers… Utilize your professional skills and/or hobby interests to help strengthen CMA and capture stellar photographs for use… Read More Lend Us Your Skills!

Bridge Under Construction: Connecting Academia and Industry – A PlayCollective and CMA Collaboration

Hey there, it’s Melinda.  I can’t believe this is the penultimate blog for my tenure as the CMA blogger.  But don’t weep yet gentle reader there’s still one more from me to come.  This one is not from me as I’ve invited our guest blogger extraordinaire Laurie-Anne Vazquez to once again share her insights on… Read More Bridge Under Construction: Connecting Academia and Industry – A PlayCollective and CMA Collaboration

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey(s) To Publication

Back in good ol’ October we were fortunate enough to get a bevy (I’ve always wanted to write a sentence with that word) of young adult and middle grade authors in for a panel discussion hosted by the amazing Betsy Bird, legend of the New York book scene and recently published author http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/.  Officially, Betsy’s… Read More Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey(s) To Publication

Licensing – Tried and True vs. New Kid on the Block: The Ultimate Smackdown

This summer CMA teamed up with Women in Toys for a panel discussing the ins and outs of licensing.  Particularly, tried and true brands vs. new properties emerging into the market. Our illustrious panelists included:  Liza Abrams:  VP, Global Licensing and Marketing Sakar International.  Her work at Sakar includes brands such as Hello Kitty, Monster… Read More Licensing – Tried and True vs. New Kid on the Block: The Ultimate Smackdown