Rocket Forum Unveils Highly Anticipated 2023 Agenda at Content Canada

Content Canada and Shaw Rocket Fund are proud to announce the agenda for the third annual Rocket Forum, taking place during Content Canada from Sept 11 – 13, 2023, as well as additional content that will be available free of charge via Digital Box Set following the live program.

The 2023 Rocket Forum promises an exceptional program aimed at driving the advancement of Canadian kids’ content creation. In addition to valuable thought leadership through sessions and fireside chats, Rocket Forum will provide a multitude of opportunities for delegates through interactive workshops, small-group meetings with commissioners and funders, and purposeful networking.

Creativity and Innovation: A Keynote Interview with Mattel

Join Mattel's Head of Live Action Series, Phil Breman, for a captivating Keynote Interview. The influential and driving force behind the adaption of Mattel properties to the screen, he recently launched "Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge" on HGTV, demonstrating what's possible when you reimagine existing IP in cutting-edge and exciting new ways.

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Moderator: Johanna Schneller

It's All About the Brands

Kids content based on existing brands is not only a fun and nostalgic way to engage with an audience, it has also proven to be good business. With a built-in fan base and the ability to rejuvenate a brand's popularity for licensing offshoots, adapting content from existing IP can widen the show's potential audience and discoverability.

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Rick Clodfelter
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Laura Clunie
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Moderator: Agnes Augustin

The Magic of Mr. Dressup

Join the Canadian Amazon Original "Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe", recently announced as an Official Selection at TIFF 2023, for an intimate and exclusive fireside chat. Discover the heartfelt dedication that went into bringing the beloved CBC TV icon's life to the screen. Uncover the magic that made this Prime Video documentary.

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Mark Bishop
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Exclusive Workshop, Kids’ Content Consumption led by Dubit’s David Kleeman, SVP, Global Trends, for a deep dive into the landscape of kids viewing and content consumption habits.

Content Canada Connects powered by Rocket Forum Registered delegates will also have the opportunity to sign up for one-to-one pitch meetings and small group discussions with key kids’ executives and funders about the opportunities for collaboration and moving projects forward.

Rocket Forum is also proud to support a BIPOC TV & Film Official Delegation for producers working in the kids’ industry. These Official Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in the full Rocket Forum, in addition to dedicated programming exclusive to Official Delegations.


As the conference sessions and meetings draw to a close, join us for the Rocket Forum Cocktail Reception on September 13, 2023, to forge new connections, solidify newfound knowledge, and unwind in a vibrant atmosphere.

Following the in-person event, Rocket Forum will release a Digital Box Set of exciting new content to ensure everyone can access its important thought leadership regardless of geographic location. Rocket Forum digital sessions will be presented on an array of key topics that impact the Canadian kids’ content sector, including:

  • Mapping the Landscape: Rocket Fund Trends Report on Canadian Kids’ Media
  • Unlocking the Kids’ Content Code: Navigating Viewing Patterns with Wonder and Insight
  • Fostering Tomorrow’s Change-Makers: Social Impact through Kids’ Programming
  • Generation Alpha Unveiled: Understanding the Digital Natives Shaping Our Future
  • Case Study – the Future of Indigenous Content for Children
  • Strengthening Cultural Collaborations: Exploring the Canada-France Connections


More information about Content Canada Connects, our curated marketplace featuring some of the industry’s top decision makers and organizations, will be coming next week, including instructions on how and when to sign-up for meetings. Meetings will be booked on a first come, first served basis, and are only open to registered delegates.

Come network and learn from the best in the biz at Content Canada! For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit: Content Canada.

To inquire about opportunities to send an Official Delegation to Content Canada, please contact Joel Fecht at: [email protected]

For all other inquiries please contact Carrie Habert at: [email protected]

Content Canada would like to acknowledge its Founding Partners: