In the British Queen’s New Year Honours, Greg Childs (Children’s Media Conference & Children’s Media Foundation) was awarded an OBE for his services to International Trade and the children’s media sector.
ECFA welcomes nobility! OBE stands for Officer in the Order of the British Empire. This award is a recognition of the CMC’s work, and of children’s media in general. In his laudatio Greg Childs was praised for his “outstanding contribution to children’s media for over 35 years. He has built an unrivalled network of domestic talent that he is able to match with key international commissioners across the globe. Greg has become a role model in the field.”
Greg, whose Directorship of the Children’s Media Foundation is also listed in the award citation, has said: “This is a fantastic new year present. Not just for me but for the whole kids’ media industry. It’s for the hard work of so many UK creatives and companies that make internationally successful projects, as well as the CMC team in Sheffield. It also recognises all the people who volunteer to make The Children’s Media Conference a success – advisors, speakers, session producers, student helpers – they all do their bit to make the kids’ media sector the best it can be. And inspiring volunteer effort keeps the Children’s Media Foundation going too. I’ve just done the gathering together, cajoling and persuading, steering the ship full of all these people who care about kids.”