15 – 20 January 2016

PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2016 Preselection: Meet the Jurors

The deadline for submitting programmes into PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2016 was on 11 December 2015. We are excited that we can announce a record number of submissions: Almost 400 children's and youth TV programmes from 60 countries have been entered into the six categories and will compete for the prestigious awards. The next step of preparations will be the tough preselection. From 15 to 20 January 2016 an international team of jurors, all oustanding children's media professionals, will come together at the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation in Munich, to decide on the finalists.

Meet our Team of jurors:

Jan-Willem Bult
Chief Editor | WADADA News for Kids
Head of Children & Youth Media | Free Press Unlimited, Netherlands

Jan-Willem Bult is a creator/producer/trainer from the Netherlands. Since 2014 he is Head of Children, Youth & Media at Dutch NGO Free Press Unlimited, leading WADADA News for Kids, a cooperation between currently 15 countries worldwide.

The 16 years before Bult has been Creative Head of KRO Youth dept. and created over 125 programs, series and films for Netherlands Public Broadcasting. Bult has received numerous awards such as PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL, Japan Prize, Dutch Academy Award, Dutch Golden Calf, Cinekid Kinderkast and Prix Danube and nominations such as Int. Emmy Awards, BANFF Rocky Award and European Broadcaster of the Year.

Jan-Willem Bult has been an international juror and moderator and was guest lecturer at Universities in Rome, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv, Sderot, Bogotá, Buenos Aires. In 2007, Bult founded his own JWB foundation to support children’s media & sports for development & peace, working in over 20 countries worldwide.

Glynis Beukes-Kapa
Executive Producer of Education | Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, Namibia

Glynis Beukes-Kapa graduated in Political Science and Art History at the University of Namibia. Then she moved to Johannesburg where she received an Honours degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Art History.

She joined NBC in 1996 where she received training in directing, script writing and producing, followed by in service training at Ice Media, in Johannesburg. She worked on various local film productions in Namibia, among them the Twentieth Century Fox film “Flight of the Phoenix”. Afterwards she was a Commissioner at the Namibian Film Commission until 2007. She started working at Clever Clogs Productions, shifting her focus from documentary making and films to children’s programmes.

In 2009 she started at NBC as a documentary producer and in 2012 she had training with producers from SVT on Children’s multimedia programme production. This was followed by training from DW and the inclusion of Namibia into the east Africa group, “Young Africa Connect” who specifically looked at content exchange between the English speaking countries in the region.

Currently she is Executive Producer of Education under the Content Hub for NBC.

Alvaro Ceppi
Creative Director | Zumbastico Studios, Chile

Alvaro Ceppi is Creative Director and Partner of Zumbastico Studios, an animation and live action studio specialized in kids content, set in Santiago of Chile.

Among his work are the shows “Block!”, “Achu”, “Horatio & The Plasticines” and “Zumbastico Fantastico”. Currently is directing and producing the stop-motion series “Paper Port” and his first feature film, “The Mango Brothers”.

Patricia Ellingson
Production Executive | Children’s Media Advisor | Consultant, Canada

In addition to numerous Gemini, Emmy, Canadian Screen and Youth Media Alliance awards for TVOKids’ original content Patricia Ellingson was awarded the Alliance for Children and Television’s 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award for her commitment to excellence in children’s programming.

She has worked with some of the world’s most notable producers who share a commitment to the creation of innovative content.

Over the past two decades, Patricia led the team that made TVO the most trusted media brand for children in Canada today. She was also responsible for the convergence of TVO’s new media and children’s television and rebuilt the tvokids.com website, one of the most popular kids’ online destinations in Canada.  

Patricia now works as a Children's Media Advisor and remains committed to creating content that enriches the lives of young children.  

Frederik Michael Hansen
Creative Director & Partner | OK Monkey, Denmark

Frederik Michael Hansen is a producer and partner at OK Monkey. He has seven years of experience as a producer and editor at DR (The Danish Broadcast Corporation). He was responsible for the development of many new popular childrens TV formats and the most downloaded Danish childrens app, The Ramasjang App.

In 2014 he left DR to start a new production company, OK Monkey, focusing on producing high quality content for kids in a multi-platform world - making sure that important stories and meaningful content always ends in the hands of the kids no matter what platform they are using.

David Kleeman
Senior Vice President | Global Trends for Dubit, USA

David Kleeman is a strategist, analyst, author and speaker — for more than a quarter-century, David Kleeman has led the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, kid-friendly practices. Kleeman is Senior Vice President of Global Trends for Dubit, a strategy and research consultancy and digital studio based in Leeds, England. For 25 years, he was President of the American Center for Children and Media, a creative professional development center.

Kleeman is advisory board chair to PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL, a board member of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, and a Governor of the Television Academy. He was a 2013 Senior Fellow of the Fred Rogers Center. In 2014, he received the “Pioneer” Award from Kids @ Play Interactive.

Kleeman travels worldwide seeking best practices in children’s and family media, technology and products; he has given presentations on six continents.  He writes extensively for trade and general press, including three book chapters and frequent commentaries for the Huffington Post and Kidscreen.

Sandra Le Blanc-Marissal
Commissioning Editor at Children&Youth Entertainment | NDR, Germany

After obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Radio/TV/Film from California State University Northridge, Sandra Le Blanc-Marissal started working as junior producer for the German version of Sesame Street, then produced by Studio Hamburg Productions. In 1998 she switched to the editorial side of production and became commissioning editor at NDR broadcasting, Department for Youth & Family Entertainment, where she has developed and produced programs from Sesame Street to the Peppercorns, cooking shows and many international TV series (among them Blue Water High, Emma’s Chatroom, In Your Dreams (all with Australian co-partners), Limbo (with DR) and Trio (with NRK).  A five year hiatus from 2005 to 2010 took her to Singapore, where she continued to work as a freelance producer for NDR – and certified museum docent at the Asian Civilizations Museum.

Roziah Naam
Principal Assistant Director Strategic Planning Section | Radio Television Malaysia, Malaysia

Roziah Naam has been in the industry for more than 15 years; specializing in documentary. Over the years, she has developed passion on children programmes and has been co-producing several programmes with international stations like NHK, KBS and a few ASEAN regional television stations.  2013 marked another progress in her career when she moves on to the Strategic Planning Section to chart, plan and strategize the content development for Radio Television Malaysia.

Bernadette O’Mahony
Head of Development and Production | Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Australia

Bernadette O’Mahony is Head of Development and Production at the Australian Children’s Television Foundation where she oversees development, production and international distribution.

She is an experienced Producer of high quality, award winning Australian children’s television, producing live action drama series including Crash Zone, Legacy of the Silver Shadow, Round the Twist, Mortified, and The Worst Year of My Life, Again!

Bernadette is also the Executive Producer of other award winning Australian series including Little Lunch, the teen dramas Ready for This and Dance Academy, the historical drama series My Place, Lockie Leonard and the sketch comedy series You’re Skitting Me, along with wildlife/adventure series Bushwhacked!

Alison Stewart
Head of CBeebies Production | BBC Children’s, United Kingdom

Alison Stewart has worked in children’s media production for most of her career, first at the BBC and later as a freelance Producer, Director and Scriptwriter. She subsequently returned to the BBC and took up her current position five years ago. 

CBeebies is the BBC’s pre-school channel, making content in all genres for children from 0 – 6 years. Alison leads a team which creates, develops and produces TV, online, mobile and radio content for the Channel, both for the UK audience and for the international market via co-productions.

Nils Stokke
Founder & Chief Executive Officer | Spark, Norway

Nils Stokke is the founder and CEO of Spark, a production company based in Oslo, Norway. Spark develops and produces content for kids and younger audiences on all platforms.

In 2009, he became head of NRK Super, the children channel of the Norwegian public broadcaster. He had the commissioning responsibility for NRK Super and was in charge of all in-house productions until he left NRK in 2013.

Nils Stokke holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) and an MA in Media Ecology from New York University.

Metka Dedakovic
Producer | RTVSLO, Slovenia

Metka graduated as a dramaturge at the Academy for Theater, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana in 1982. She started her TV career at Slovenian PBS (ex Yugoslavian studio), working first as dramaturge, then as an editor and finally as producer in the Drama Department. From there she joined the Children and Youth Department and was its Head from 2009 till 2012. After that Metka worked as a program producer, researcher, analyst, and a dramaturge for multimedia and new formats in TV SLO Developement Department, and is currently head of foreign animation in Children and Youth Department.

From 1996 to 2000 Metka was a board member of CIFEJ board of directors. Since September 2013 she is vice-chairperson  of the Eurovision Children and Youth Group . Metka was a jury member at various festivals, such as the Golden Chest, the Prix Danube-TV, or the Lucas Film Festival.