Children’s Media Symposium II

Creativity Re-booted: Platforms and Possibilities for Storytelling

21–22 November 2019, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

The second biennial Children’s Media Symposium will be held again on Australia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast’s School of Creative Industries, November 21 and 22 2019. This year’s CMS will consider how digitisation, participatory and convergence cultures, emergent digital media, and streaming services like YouTube and Netflix have transformed platforms, texts and possibilities for children’s storytelling.


We have had to make some last minute changes to the CMS schedule, so please check your presentation details, just in case they have been affected.

CMS 2019 Keynote Speakers

Academic keynote speaker

Julian Sefton Green

We are delighted to announce that Professor Julian Sefton Green will be our keynote speaker.


Julian Sefton Green is Professor of New Media Education at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He has worked as an independent scholar and has held positions at the Department of Media & Communication, London School of Economics & Political Science and at the University of Oslo working on projects exploring learning and learner identity across formal and informal domains. He has been an Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK and the Institute of Education, Hong Kong and he is now a Visiting Professor at The Playful Learning Centre, University of Helsinki, Finland. He has researched and written widely on many aspects of media education, new technologies, creativity, digital cultures and informal learning and has authored, co-authored or edited 15 books. 

Industry keynote speakers

Bluey Illustration

Joe Brumm, creator and showrunner of ABCME’s Logie award winning preschool animated series Bluey. Joe graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Animation (Honours) from Griffith University and worked in London for a decade before returning home and establishing his own production company, Studio Joho. For Bluey, Joe teamed up with Brisbane-based Ludo Studio, co-founded by Daley Pearson and Charlie Aspinwall. Bluey is the top-rating show on i-View, and the seven-minute show has been streamed over 100 million times through the ABC's apps since it launched in 2018. Bluey will be going global on Disney's new streaming service in November 2019. 

Rhianna Patrick

Rhianna Patrick is Torres Strait Islander woman with 20+ years as a media professional. She has worked across Indigenous media, communications, radio, television documentaries and news.

Rhianna currently presents a national ABC Radio programme which is broadcast out of Brisbane every Sunday night.

Rhianna serves as a committee member on Queensland’s peak music industry development association, QMusic, the State Library of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group and is the former Queensland Representative of the #LoveOzYA committee.

Industry Presenters

Amanda Isdale is an Executive Producer for ABC Children’s Content, where she oversees a multi-genre slate of Children’s commissioned shows that delivers to the ABC Kids and ABC ME channels.She has over 16-years of experience producing, writing and directing children’s live-action and animated series for broadcasters and independent production companies throughout Australia, Canada and the UK. Amanda is enthusiastic about working in children's and youth television, and is passionate about providing an empowered and genuine platform for them to share their real stories and experiences in interesting and engaging ways. 

Carl Smith

Carl Smith is a Young Walkley Award-winning science reporter and kids’ presenter at ABC Radio National and at ABC Science. He makes radio documentaries for RN’s science programs and co-presents the kids’ podcasts Short & Curly (ABC Audio Studios) and Pickle (WNYC + ABC Audio Studios). Carl has worked as a reporter for Behind the News, presented the ABC Education series Minibeast Heroes, and was an ABC News Cadet. His Twitter handle is @Carl3Smith.

Kyla Slaven

Kyla Slaven is the producer of the kids ethics podcast, Short & Curly. Kyla has been making radio and podcasts for a long time – working in community radio, as a reporter at Triple J and heading up the then-new current affairs show, Hack. She also worked on the philosophy podcast (for grown ups) The Philosopher’s Zone, where a chance encounter with a bunch of school kids gave her the idea for Short & Curly. She is also the co-author of the book, The Short and Curly Guide to Life.

Cate McQuillen is creatively driven. Writer and director of dirtgirlworld, compost rocks, get grubby TV and the get grubby musical - Cate’s creative playground rambles through screens, mobile devices and stages. In 2015 her work on Get Grubby TV was awarded the Esben Storm Award for Best Direction of a Children's TV. From her home base in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW, she and her partner Hewey Eustace are mememe productions, creating 'out there' children's programming for a new generation of content seekers.

Jenny Buckland

Jenny Buckland, CEO of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. Jenny was appointed CEO of the ACTF on July 1, 2002. From the outset, she has played a key role in positioning the ACTF as a national children's media and policy hub, and growing the business to become one of the most successful international marketers of children's television programs. It was Jenny who originally floated the proposal for an Australian children's digital television channel, which culminated in the establishment of ABC3 in 2009.