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Kid Content Creators – Define Your Own Path on YouTube
July 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Our YouTube Kids Panel is about empowering content creators to take creative matters into their own hands by distributing their own programming and building a following via YouTube Kids!
Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Location: Livestream Event
ABOUT THE PANEL:
MODERATOR: Kristen McGregor is an Emmy award-winning writer, director and producer of kids and family content. A dual citizen of Canada and the US, she’s currently developing her own projects after serving as a creative executive for children’s programming at AppleTV+, where she helped launch the service. A multi-hyphenate, Kristen has written/produced/directed NBC/Sprout’s Emmy-nominated Sunny Side Up and TVO’s Emmy-winning playground building series Giver, which she also co-developed. She has written for Nickelodeon’s Abby Hatcher and PBS’s Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, created segments for HBO’s Sesame Street and has directed on Amazon’s Dino Dana.
Kristen completed her Master’s Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University focusing on the cognitive development of children in relation to screen-based media. She is also a recipient of the Youth Media Alliance Emerging Talent Award. Coming from a family of farmers, Kristen is no stranger to hard work and is committed to crafting media for kids with impact beyond the screen. When she’s not making incredible content for kids, Kristen can usually be found petting a dog.
Lauren Glaubach leads YouTube’s Family Content Partnerships and Programming team in North America, working with partners such as Ryan’s World, Art for Kids Hub, and Nickelodeon. Lauren’s been at Youtube for over 7 years and working in the Kids & Family space for the past 5, joining the day the company launched YouTube Kids. Prior to joining YouTube, Lauren began her career at The Walt Disney Company, spending time in both the Corporate Strategic Planning and Corporate Brand Management groups. Lauren holds her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Princeton University.
Meredith Halpern-Ranzer – is an Emmy-nominated children’s media executive and the Co-founder and Chief Executive Tinkerer at Tinkercast, the company behind #1 kids podcast “Wow in the World”. As the CEO of Tinkercast, Meredith leads the vision and execution of business, partnerships, brand and marketing strategies and oversees day-to-day operations. For over 20 years, she has been a thought-leader in the children’s media industry, identifying and spearheading multiplatform and industry trends and innovations. From 2005 to 2015, Meredith was a key member of the start-up team responsible for launching and running the preschool cable channel Sprout where she was responsible for developing and overseeing branding, promotions, shorts, specials and original programming blocks, including “Sunny Side Up” and “The Good Night Show” as VP of Creative, VP of Alternative Programming and Executive Producer. Prior to joining Sprout, Meredith learned the answer to the burning question of her childhood when she found out how to get, how to get to Sesame Street where she worked for eight years as a producer and editor. She is a founding member and on the board of directors of Children’s Media Association.
Lucas Field and Emeen Zarookian are the co-creators of Koala & Giraffe’s Mini Musicals, a series of quirky, fun, music-driven shorts (think Adult Swim Jr) currently on YouTube Kids. With over 15 years of experience in music production and composition for tv, film, and video games, they’ve recently expanded into writing and development with their third partner, Executive Producer Ellis Hawes, to form Not for Kids Only (NFKO.tv). NFKO has provided a platform to bring their creative ideas to life beyond being just the “music guys” on each project. They are currently busy growing the Koala & Giraffe universe, as well as developing new music-driven IPs for animation and beyond. HBO Max, Disney+, Sesame Workshop, Netflix, PBS Kids, and Nick Jr. are just a few of the great channels the guys have spent countless hours watching together!