Wednesday May 2nd - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
In this panel, we will explore conversations about diversity and inclusion in children's programming development and how it has evolved and changed for the better. Kids, parents, networks and consumers are not asking, they are demanding more diverse representation in children's programming to reflect the world around us more accurately. How has the development and production process changed to meet demands and what is there still left to do?
As Executive Vice President of Development for DreamWorks Animation Television, Gal oversees the creative development of a rapidly growing slate of original television projects, including the content for DWA TV’s groundbreaking multi-year deal with Netflix as well as Amazon, Universal Kids and other leading broadcasters around the world. As part of the studio’s global initiatives, Gal and his creative team are tasked with developing original animated programming inspired by characters from DreamWorks Animation’s iconic franchises and upcoming feature films, the company’s vast Classic Media library, Universal Pictures library in addition to projects based on original and acquired IP. Among the series Gal has developed at DWA TV are a re-imagining of the pop culture phenomenon Voltron Legendary Defender, Emmy®-winning All Hail King Julien, The Adventures of Puss In Boots, DreamWorks Dragons, Dawn of the Croods, Home Adventures with Tip & Oh, Spirit Riding Free, Trolls The Beat Goes On, the recently released The Boss Baby: Back in Business and the upcoming series The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants and She-Ra.
Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Gal spent three years as Vice President, Production at 20th Century Fox Animation, and five years at Nickelodeon, where he was Vice President of Animation Development and developed such original animated series as Penguins of Madagascar, Mighty B!, and El Tigre. Gal has also been a development executive at both Walt Disney Animation Television and Disney Channel. He holds a BA from Tufts University and a JD from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law.
Kallan started listening to talking animals in 1975 when she met Thumper in the re-release of Disney’s classic Bambi at the Laemmele Music Hall movie theater on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles California.
A producer, writer and director of kids and branded entertainment for over 25 years, she has had the pleasure of working with Warner Bros Animation, Disney TV Animation, Disney Animation Japan, Mattel, Viacom, Macy’s, Nickelodeon, Blue Sky Studios, Fox Animation, Dreamworks, HIT Entertainment, The NFL, Microsoft, McDonald’s, JWT, BBDO, The Jim Henson Co., and Netflix. In 2017 Kallan won her first Emmy as an executive producer on Amazon’s original animated series Lost in OZ.
Kallan considers it her calling to create new talking animals to help the children of the world decide what to imagine next. As head of Kids and Branded Entertainment development for Kickstart, she is focused on developing and producing original content with messages of inclusion, diversity, collaboration and kindness.
Bronwen O’Keefe is Executive Vice President, Live Action and Movies, Nickelodeon Group. In this role, O’Keefe oversees the development and production of Nickelodeon’s scripted and unscripted live-action series as well as all live-action TV movies, including #1 hit Henry Danger, The Thundermans, The Dude Perfect Show, Paradise Run and the recently launched Keep It Spotless.
A 21-year Nickelodeon veteran, O’Keefe most recently served as Senior Vice President, New Formats, where she supervised the development and production of Nick’s unscripted content, daily serialized shows and live-action global co-productions, working on shows like Every Witch Way, Hunter Street and Lip Sync Battle Shorties. Prior to that position, she held the title of Senior Vice President, Content Strategy for Nicktoons, TeenNick and Nick Jr., where she managed the content creation and execution of original and co-produced content for each of those channels.
O’Keefe also served as Senior Vice President, Events and Original Programming, where she oversaw the production of network television events and specials including Kids’ Choice Awards, HALO Awards and Worldwide Day of Play; and animated and live-action series Speed Racer, Kappa Mikey, The Secret World of Alex Mack and Degrassi.
Before joining Nickelodeon, O’Keefe taught at a preschool where she developed an educational and social curriculum for children with special needs. She graduated with a B.A. in Theater from Connecticut College.
Matt Repicky is the Sr. Director of Global Brand Marketing and Partnerships for Barbie, where he leads brand strategy and marketing planning, as well as strategic direction for all aspects of the Barbie franchise including content strategy and planning. Prior to this role, Matt was the Head of Marketing for a business within the Amazon Fashion portfolio.