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The predictions are dire, and the attention spans getting shorter: so what's the future for kids' TV? Three of Australia's most accomplished kids TV makers give their opinions and thoughts on what young minds might want to watch, and how they might want to watch it. Will everything be VR? Is "The Schedule" going to remain a thing? Will the kids of 2020 still love The Wiggles and Peppa Pig? ABC Head of Childrens' Michael Carrington, Flying Bark Managing Director Barbara Stephen, and Patrick Egerton from Cheeky Little  join the panel with MC Andrew.


  • Michael Carrington:  Head of Children’s Content, ABC TV
  • Barbara Stephen: Managing Director, Flying Bark
  • Patrick Egerton: EP Cheeky Little
  • MC: Andrew Garrick

Guest Bios

Barbara Stephen is the Managing Director of Flying Bark. Barbara has worked as a producer for over twelve years across sport, lifestyle and reality programs before finding her passion in children’s animation. Her children's producing credits include; the award winning animated series Erky Perky (Series 3), Magical Tales (Series 1) and multi-award nominated short film Hog while at Ambience EntertainmentBarbara line produced the two-time KidScreen and AFI award-winning hit series for ABC 3, The Adventures of Figaro Pho and teamed up with the Jurevicius brothers to work on the AFI and KidScreen award-winning show, Peleda. At Flying Bark, Barbara has produced ‘The Woodlies’ (Network 7 and ZDF) nominated at the Stuttgart Festival for Best Animated Series and most recently the award-winning and international box office success; Maya the Bee Movie. She has also produced the flagship new fantasy and adventure series Tashi (ABC & Network 7), nominated for best series at the Stuttgart Animation Festival, as well as producing a CGI revival of the much loved Australian classic, ‘Blinky Bill The Movie’. Barbara is currently producing a live action children's series called ‘Oh Yuck!’ and is working on a slate of new development projects, including the film adaptation of Jane Lyons' modern classic series, 100% Wolf. Barbara is the chairman of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) advisory committee for animation, industry advisor for Screen Producers Association (SPA) and a member of the advisory committee for the Screen Forever conference.

Notching up more than 25 years in his media career, Michael Carrington has a wealth of knowledge and experience in content development, production, and broadcasting. He returned to Australia in 2016 having spent twenty-six years abroad working in various capacities for the BBC, LEGO TV & Film, Cartoon Network, HIT Entertainment, and Zodiak Media.  Michael started in children’s production at Channel 10 working on Ridgey Didge and Double Dare.  He has a passion for children’s content and is best known for award winning programmes like Charlie & Lola, LazyTown, Shaun the Sheep and The Amazing World of Gumball.  Michael is a member of BAFTA, RTS, AACTA, and the International Academy of Arts & Sciences.  As Head of Children’s, Michael sits on the ABC television executive steering the overall children’s content strategy, and he manages development and production hubs in Melbourne and Sydney.

Patrick Egerton is co-founder and co-director of Cheeky Little Media. Cheeky Little focuses 100% on developing and producing unique animated content for kids worldwide, and growing global brands around that content. 

Cheeky Little completed production of two shows in 2016. Bottersnikes & Gumbles is a 52 x 11 minute action comedy for kids aged 6 – 9 for Seven Network (Australia), CBBC (UK) and Netflix (Europe, North America, and LATAM). The show won the 2016 Pulcinella for Best Kids Series at Cartoons on the Bay this year, as well as being nominated for Logie and AACTA awards in Australia. Kazoops is a 78 x 7 minute pre-school series produced for ABC Kids (Australia), CBeebies (UK) and Netflix (ROW).  The show has launched strongly on all three platforms and has attracted Tomy as global master toy partner and Penguin as a publishing partner. 

Along with co-founder David Webster, Patrick directs the development and production of all Cheeky Little’s brands and oversees management of staff and strategy.

Previously, Patrick was Executive Producer for International Co-Production at Ambience Entertainment where he developed the slate of animation properties with David Webster that they took rights for in starting Cheeky Little. Before that he was Head of Development at Chief Productions in the UK developing and producing children’s television for ITV, factual for Discovery and online comedy for the BBC.  From 2003 to 2005 Patrick worked as a producer in the film and TV dept at Animal Logic where he managed large teams of animators and compositors for VFX sequences on Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire and the Farscape mini-series. 

Andrew Garrick MC

Andrew has produced and directed major TV projects for all the free to air channels and has had the privilege of directing Little Ted in Ted's first stand-alone series, and directed political kids' documentary Rookie Reporter

Andrew's developed shows with leading independent production companies including Screentime, Shine, Fremantle Australia, and Beyond Productions and has a long list of commercial producing and directing credits. He is the founding partner of The Production Group, works as a consulting producer for the ABC Entertainment Department, is the Managing Director of Zedtown: a live zombie apocalypse for thousands at a time, and teaches Applied Storytelling at AFTRS Open.

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