CBC – For New Kids on The Block


This panel is specifically built for filmmakers working in children’s programming. Join this informative discussion with CBC to learn how to break into and develop a career in the field in a way that can create a better future for kids. What is CBC’s current programming strategy for kids’ content? What opportunities and training are offered to racialized filmmakers whose stories deserve more space in Canadian television?



Kara Harun Writer, Director, and Producer

Kara Harun is a two-time Canadian Screen Award nominee for her work as a writer, producer and host for TVOKids, The Space. Kara has written for children’s shows such as Dino Dana (Sinking Ship/TVO), Glowbies (CBC), It’s My Party (Bristow Global Media/TVO), Fishheads(TVO), Pollinators (TVO), and Denis and Me II and III (Crave, Family). Kara is also a talented singer/songwriter and voice over artist. Kara worked as writer/producer/director of YTV’s The Zone Weekend and Big Fun Movies. In this role she honed her skills, writing comedy sketches on a daily basis. In the tween space, she wrote for My Perfect Landing, a Frank Van Keekan tween dramedy that airs on Family Channel and CBBC. Kara is currently directing episodes for three different live action children’s tv shows.


Zach Feldberg Head of YA Digital Originals, CBC Gem

With over a decade of experience pioneering the intersection of TV and digital, Zach Feldberg has navigated the content business from many different angles. At CBC, he oversees the YA Digital Originals strategy and programming team, developing and commissioning Gen Z-targeted series for CBC Gem and branded social platforms. This slate includes such titles as The 410, For Heaven's Sake, Kenny & Spenny Paldemic, Next Stop, My 90-Year-Old Roommate, Save Me, The Neddeaus of Duqesne Island, Coming In, the Emmy-nominated series The Amazing Gayl Pile and How to Buy a Baby, and many more.

Tony Kim Actor, Producer, and Entertainer, CBC Kids

Tony Kim is an actor/producer/entertainer from the small town of Vancouver, British Columbia. He is currently a host on CBC Kids and has lent his vocal talents to various animated series. Despite his parent's wishes of him becoming a doctor or lawyer (sorry mom and dad), he loves that he is able to play for a living and is enjoying every step of journey through life.

Marie McCann Senior Director of Children's Content, CBC

Marie McCann is the Senior Director of Children's Content for CBC Kids. Marie oversees development, production, acquisition as well as in-house production of our-award winning content for Canadian children 2 - 13. CBC Kids creates and curates content for children and youth that entertains, informs and inspires. We reach kids from 2 - 13 on our various platforms, including CBC TV, cbckids.ca, CBC GEM and cbckidsnews.ca.

What are we looking for? We are looking for content that speaks with an authentic voice and reflects the diversity of Canadian children today. We look for content that makes kids laugh, think, feel and create. We value excellence in storytelling, performance and design.

CBC Kids is currently accepting pitches for:

CBC TV - Preschool ages 2 - 6

CBC GEM - Tween : 8 - 13

How to reach us? kidspitch@cbc.ca

Tickets are free thanks to the generous support of the CBC


17 Nov, 2021 4:30 pm


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