On September 20th, 2016 CMA members gathered to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Blue’s Clues, regarded as “one of the most successful, critically acclaimed, and ground-breaking preschool television series of all time.” Like most children of the 90’s, I can vividly recall many mornings spent singing along with Steve, Joe, Blue, Mailbox, and the whole Blue’s Clues gang. I’ll… Read More CMA Event Recap: Blue’s Clues Turns 20!
by Nick Anderson Wednesday, August 24th marked the annual Summer Mixer for the Children’s Media Association. As CMA’s mixers are free to non-members, The Blarney Rock was packed with children’s media specialists from all over Greater New York City. And what a great mix of people for a mixer! You have people entering the industry… Read More Event Recap: CMA Summer Mixer—The Bigs and Smalls of Children’s Media
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
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
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
TinyBop employees Kika and Ashley recently invited members of CMA to their bright and beautiful Brooklyn office for coffee and breakfast to see how their organization works, glean insight from their experience, and make connections to their own work and values. Tinybop creates elegant, educational iOS apps to spark the curiosity of kids around the world today, and… Read More CMA Breakfast at TinyBop
Remember that book CMA wrote, edited, published, AND partied over? Well not only can you buy the whole thing at Amazon: you can check out Part 2 of our Q&A with the 19 people who wrote it. In case you’re still not sure how a book with that many authors gets written in the first place (Part 1 of… Read More CMA is Publishing a Book! Meeting the Authors (Part 2)
Remember that book CMA started writing (and editing) a year ago that we kept promising to update you on? IT’S PUBLISHED! YES, REALLY! WE’RE EXCITED, TOO! Check out the trailer! Shot by our crack trailer team! Want more? Here’s our Amazon blurb (written by our crack marketing team!): In 1913 Daisy Van Wyck receives a birthday gift… Read More CMA Published a Book!
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)
When you pitch a show, you hope that the person you’re pitching to will not only love your idea, but help you nurture it. After all, you’re not just looking for a creative outlet: you’re looking for someone who can and will help guide the success of your property. Give you personal feedback on it.… Read More CMA Event Recap: An Evening with batteryPOP
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)!
No, seriously. Remember that book 20 of us are writing (and 4 of us crazy people are editing)? It’s almost done! And we need a cover! That’s where you come in. We need YOU to make one for us. Yes, YOU. Unless you’re already in the Writers Group (in which case, pass this on to your… Read More Want to win a FREE One-Year Membership to CMA? Draw us a book cover.
As you know, we’re getting ready to celebrate our 10th anniversary on Thursday, November 13, and in our never-ending quest to show you how much we love you, we’ve decided to add a silent auction to the proceedings. In addition to the finger foods. And open bar.
Because we love you.… Read More Win Big at the CMA Silent Auction!
You’ve got a great kids product. You’ve tested it with kids who aren’t your own and you’re sure that parents understand – and love – the value it adds to their lives. So how the heck do you get them to buy it? Ask Linnette! That’s where Linette Attai (PlayWell LLC) comes in. She’s spent… Read More CMA Event: The How-To’s of Marketing to Children
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
Games are old hat to me. I bust out this card game at Starbucks, I used to be a gaming blogger, and I helped promote this. While the trend of gamification in all aspects of children’s media may be new, the principles and rules of gaming are in my blood. But that’s not true of… Read More CMA Event: Dice, Digits, and Dreams
Question: How long does it take an animated show to go from script to screen? Answer: 1 episode delivered every 2 weeks + a 33 week production cycle = Peg + Cat. Creators Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley spoke to CMA members in New York and Boston (thanks to our first ever live stream!) on… Read More CMA Event: Problem Solving with “Peg + Cat”
Hi, everybody! Eager to catch up with all your CMA buddies at the mixer, but have been too busy this summer to know what to talk about? Don’t worry! I got you covered. Here are some ideas for networking topics: The immensely successful “Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter Almost $6.5 million dollars were raised by almost 106,000… Read More CMA Blog Post: Networking Topics for the CMA Mixer
Whether your idea of a perfect summer activity involves chilling at the beach, riding every roller coaster in the tristate area, or just curling up with a good book, I bet there’s one thing you’d never consider doing. Writing a book with 20 other people. And I double bet you’d run screaming from editing it.… Read More Inside the Trenches: Editing the CMA Writers Group Book
I would like to warmly welcome Lisa Hollander-Parente to the member spotlight chair. Lisa has extensive experience in the children’s media industry, having been a writer, editor, and producer at various times throughout her career. She shares how she got her start in the industry and offers some tips for those thinking about freelancing.… Read More Member Spotlight: Lisa Hollander-Parente
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
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
Gamified learning – or, the idea of using play to help reinforce learning – is a topic near and dear to my heart. It’s something I strive to do every day at na2ure, where I manage the creation of toys that aspire to teach biology. To kids as young as 5. By having them “build”… Read More CMA Event: Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Makers – Oh My!
Lots of folks dream of having their own show – creating their own property from scratch, selling it to a network or production company, rolling around in piles of money like Scrooge McDuck. While there are more ways than ever to get original IP in front of an audience, there are still plenty of hurdles to…… Read More CMA Event – They Loved Your Pitch! Now What??
We are honored to have the founder and past president of CMA, Livia Beasley , join us in the spotlight chair this month. After working for a number of television programs and networks, Livia is hanging out her own shingle with the recent launch of Mud Puddle Productions. Learn more about Mud Puddle below, plus the… Read More Spotlight Interview: Livia Beasley
“If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere,” goes the mantra. And scores of actors flock to NYC to try, full of hopes and dreams. And headshots. And strategies for coping with rejection. It is relentlessly hard. Jen Rudin goes out of her way to make it a lot easier. And yes… Read More CMA Event: Sneak Inside a Casting Call with Jen Rudin
Great things really do come in small packages – teensy, adorable, delicious packages. At least, at startup media company yummico they do. And what a wonderful selection of small packages they have. CMA sat down with co-founders Traci Paige Johnson (Blue’s Clues), Caroline Baron (FilmAid), and Head of Strategy Susanna Pollack (CBeebies) to chat about… Read More CMA Event: A Delicious Evening with Yummico
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
Hi, everyone! Check out our very first press release for 2014! It went out this morning, and we can’t wait to hear what people think. Let us know what YOU think in the comments below. Thanks! Laurie New York NY – (February 26, 2014) – A new year equals new leadership at the Children’s Media… Read More Press Release: 2014 Officers Lead CMA in Bold New Directions!
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
Melissa Major, digital marketing coordinator at Random House Children’s Books, swung by the ol’ blog to chat about working in both publishing and television industries and why Cookie Monster would make a great roommate in theory only. Can you tell us a little about your professional background and what drew you to children’s media? Since I graduated… Read More Member Spotlight: Melissa Major
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
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 email@example.com 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!
Our guest today, Kendall Haney, just wrapped up her internship with CMA. Before she flies the coop to spread her wings, she was kind enough to share her thoughts on the experience and what’s coming down the pike. You recently graduated from NYU earning a B.F.A. in Film and Television Production. Can you tell us… Read More Member Spotlight: Kendall Haney
This is it, gentle reader. The last blog of 2013 and well…the last blog for me. I hope you readers have found it to be a lot of fun, very educational and more than a little bit wacky! I know that’s how I feel about the last two years. I’ll see you all at a… Read More Red Chair Event (Much Better Than a Redrum Event)
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
CMA Membership Challenge December 2, 2013 – January 15, 2014 Spread the word! Receive rewards for referring friends and co-workers to CMA. The more new members you refer, the more rewards you earn! How it works: To be recognized for bringing in new CMA members, new members just need to enter your name in the… Read More CMA Membership Challenge – No Pushups Involved
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
It only took me 2 years as the resident CMA blogger to finally get the crown jewel of all guest bloggers: Madame Presidente herself Sarah Wallendjack. In addition to being the pres of CMA, Sarah is a Supervising Producer at Out of the Blue Productions – makers of such hit shows as “Daniel Tiger’s… Read More Behind the Scenes at Amazon Studios
What better way to kick off the back to school season than with an event about children’s publishing? The answer is none. None better way. CMA got to sit down with Andrea Montalbano, Jason Odell Williams and Carey Albertine – the innovators at In This Together Media, a new company that’s breaking the mold in… Read More We’re all In This Together…Media
As you all know I am a Chuck Barris-style spy (I mean with a name like Melinda LaRose, how could I not be) so I am occasionally unable to attend all the wonderful CMA events which is why I rely on the talents of Laurie-Anne Vazquez, guest blogger extraordinaire and talented aspiring kids’ writer. Uh… Read More Crowdfunding 2.0 Indiegogo Event
The road to finding that first job in children’s media can be long and winding. Below, Nancy Kaplan discusses the path she took to land her current role as Social Media Coordinator for Grand Communications and why organizations like CMA play an important part in the journey. Can you tell us a little about… Read More Member Spotlight: Nancy Kaplan
I have been reading the most delightful book – Twerp by Mark Goldblatt. We were fortunate enough to talk to Mark about his anti-bullying middle grade novel, a novel that Mark didn’t even know was middle grade or about bullying. Mark is a political writer by trade (www.markgoldblatt.com) and Harper Collins approached him about writing… Read More TwerP (With a P – Not That Miley Cyrus Thing)
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
I love a good field trip. Even at the ripe old age of however-old-I-am, I love to go to a new place and see something I’ve never seen before. In this case, CMA went to get a first hand look at how things work at Rosie’s Theater Kids! http://www.RosiesTheaterKids.org RTKids is a non-profit performing arts… Read More Everything’s Coming Up Rosie
As some of you may know, I took a little break to run around theme parks in Orlando. I would say it was to reconnect with the kid in me but I am never out of touch with the kid in me, so that’s just not true. Sometimes the kid in me needs a vacation,… Read More A Night at the Museum