Save the Children teams up with children's digital media company Made in Me to offer an exclusive and engaging app experience for young children and their families over the Christmas period, via the award-winning Me Books app (available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch).
Thanks to Save the Children you can now get an exclusive Me Book edition of Elmer in the Snow, read by Dom Joly, absolutely FREE!
The campaign will offer families throughout the UK the opportunity to download a free, exclusive version of Elmer in the Snow narrated by comedian and Save the Children Ambassador, Dom Joly.
The purpose of the offer is to raise awareness for the charity, and provide a wonderful experience to families and young children. The app encourages togetherness through stories at a time of year when many children spend Christmas along, hungry or cold.
Those that support the campaign will have access to Elmer in the Snow Me Book via the Me Books app. Customers will be able to redeem their free Me Book via www.mebooks.co/savethechildren - and will need to register their details with Save the Children.
We stumbled across the artwork of illustrator Aaron Becker last week and fell in love immediately. The image above is from Journey, his first picture book, published by Walker Books, which is wordless and portrays the journey of a young girl as she explores a magical world. What's not to love?
Described as a month-long imagination invasion this is what happens when two awesome parents really go to town in order to inspire their kids. We couldn't love this more so you must go and check it out!
The Lead Developer and Finance Manager positions have now been filled and we are no longer accepting applications for the Production Assistant position. Thanks to everyone who either applied or helped spread the word. Hopefully it won't be too long before we look to expand the team once again.
Made in Me is a multi-award wining children's digital media company based in Shoreditch in East London and we're currently looking for a full-time developer to join an outstanding creative team. The projects are largely mobile in nature with web based components playing an important part both from a front and back-end perspective. You should be adventurous, easy going and flexible, being able to switch from top level client and partner meetings to fixing a dodgy website form with ease.
This is a challenging role requiring a technically proficient, commercially-minded individual with excellent communication and time-management skills.
In this ‘hands on’ role you will effectively manage the day to day finance function of the company including bookkeeping, cash management and credit control, royalty accounting and management accounts, reporting directly to the board of directors.
- Strong academic background with appropriate accounting qualification
- 2+ years experience in a similar role
- Experience of the media sector preferred but not essential
- Royalty accounting experience helpful
- High level of Excel knowledge
We need a bright spark to come and work in our production team! The role would incorporate both production and marketing responsibilities. You would have a good knowledge of Photoshop, FCP, Microsoft Office and all things internet. An interest in marketing and PR, or at least the thirst to learn the ropes, would be a benefit. Overall you should just be driven and easy going, have a keen eye for detail, a creative mind and passion for all things digital.
We found out this morning that our little app Sneak has been nominated for a BAFTA in the Children's Original Interactive category. Needless to say the studio is all a flutter with excitement and celebratory biscuits. Thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word about Sneak, an experiment which we're delighted to see being so well received.
Anyone on Warren Buckleitner's Dust or Magic mailing list will have seen this already but I thought it was worth popping up here anyway. Sure the demo is deliberately gimmicky and at times I thought 'why?' to myself but by the end I was thinking of ways this kind of tech could enable new and exciting interactive experiences for kids.
Following the success of the Ladybird Classic and Peppa Pig standalone Me Books collections we've just launched two more with our chums over at Penguin in support of their continuing digital focus on popular brands. The hugely popular Charlie and Lola (above) and British treasure Peter Rabbit now have their very own Me Books apps.
You know how we love a good natter here, particularly if the topic of conversation covers apps and storytelling. This September we're going to be all talked out as we'll be at no less than three events in the same week! Come and say hello, oh and be sure to heckle.
Tuesday 24th September
Publish! New Adventures in Innovation
Wednesday 25th September
Stories from the Fold - A Mini Conference on Book Design
Thursday 26th September
The Bookseller Children's Conference
(London, 12th August) Publishing industry heavyweight Eric Huang joins children’s digital agency and consultancy Made in Me in the newly created role of Development Director with immediate effect. Eric's new role will focus on leveraging his experience in digital publishing, licensing and broadcast to enhance the company's offering in these areas.
Huang commented, "I've been working closely with the amazing team at Made in Me for a few years now and have always found their approach to digital strategy and design refreshing. I'm really excited by the prospect of being able to marry up my knowledge of the children's licensing, publishing and broadcast industries with their incredible digital expertise."
Eric's appointment as Development Director marks the company's move to expand its range of digital consultancy services to include a broader spectrum of IP exploitation and brand development.
Made in Me Managing Director James Huggins explained, "Eric has an enviable reputation in the children's media space. He's that rare combination of creativity and commercial instinct which is very much what we're about. Increasingly IP owners are looking to digital channels to get new brands off the ground or enhance existing ones. With Eric on board we'll be able to offer clients a compelling service with a team that understands how children's digital, publishing, broadcast and licensing can best serve a brand strategy."
Eric's previous experience includes Disney, Penguin and Moshi Monsters creators Mind Candy.
Eric Huang Bio
Eric Huang is Development Director at Made in Me, an award winning Shoreditch digital agency specialising in children's entertainment and brand development. Starting out at Disney Publishing in LA, Eric moved to Melbourne, Australia, as Managing Editor at Penguin Australia. He then joined Aussie toy company Funtastic's new book division as Publisher, after which he re-located to the UK as Head of Licensing at Parragon. In 2007, Eric took up the role of Publishing Director at Penguin UK's Media and Entertainment division where he looked after Penguin's IP and co-production businesses. After six years at Penguin Eric moved on to become Development Director at Mind Candy before joining Made in Me. Eric lives in London and is always on the look-out for creative partnerships and ways to tell stories via new media platforms.
We're all over the moon that Apple and Starbucks decided to feature Sneak as App of the Week through their in-store promotion cards. We've had lots of lovely messages from friends all over the UK who have been running into the sneaky beasties in their local coffee shop!
Just how sneaky are you? We're excited to tell you about the release of our new app Sneak, a family game that challenges you to literally sneak up on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. This one is a bit of a pet project but we thought it would make for lots of laughs for all the family this Christmas. What's more we're doing a special launch offer so it's only 69p for the next two weeks! It's time to get your Sneak on.
At the weekend we were treated to an early Christmas present from the Guardian when we discovered that they had included Me Books in the Top 25 apps of 2012. Me Books and Toca Tailor, from the consistently marvellous Toca Boca, were the only apps for children to make the list which included Netflix and Angry Birds Star Wars! We have lots of plans to make Me Books even better but in the meantime, a huge thank you to everyone who is helping spread the word.
We just spotted this Kickstarter project that looks right up our street. The plan is to make a documentary about the relationship between risk and play by following the goings on at the Plas Madoc Adventure Playground in Northern Wales fondly referred to as 'The Land'.
Better a broken bone than a broken spirit.
- Lady Allen of Hurtwood, an early advocate of Adventure Play
The funding goal for the project is not huge so we've all got our fingers crossed they reach their goal. To find out more and to back 'The Land' visit their Kickstarter page.
What a day we're having here in the Made in Me studio. Hot on the heels of launching three apps we learn that one of them, The Land of Me - Story Time has been named the Best App for Kids in Apps Magazine's 2012 Awards Issue. Um... Well we... We're speechless. Thank you!
There's a new illustration exhibition running this week at Foyles Bookshop in London. Celebrating 200 years of Grimm's Fairy Tales the gallery at Foyles will be adorned with the work of 7 up and coming illustrators. Yep, we're definitely going to pop down and check it out.