BAFTA New York's Children's Committee throws a tasty Networking Lunch
On Friday, May 9, the BAFTA New York Children's Committee hosted the second in its Networking Lunch Series. Feeling more like a family reunion than a formal event, 22 key members of the Kids Media community gathered at Punch Restaurant in New York's Flatiron district, many former colleagues and associates, and a few new faces. Jennie Lupinacci, Bob Higgins and Jen Liang, of the Children's Committee hosted the event which saw Puppet Heap mingle with CMA & Flickerlab president Jordan Geary. NY writer and creator, Susan Saunders heard tail of Josh Selig's canine cohort, Buffy. David Kleeman got a charge out of sitting next to BatteryPop founder Greg Alkalay, who was surrounded by the powerhouse quad of Sharon Gomes Thomas from Little Airplane, Ellen Doherty of WNET, Susanna Pollock and Traci Paige Johnson of Yummico. Evan Baily was able to take a break from exec producing the new Sonic Boom series to join. Jef Kaminsky from Scholastic and Dea Connick Perez were tablemates, no doubt vying to see whose workload was heavier.
Olivia King Canter from DreamWorks brought back stories from France. Ben Lehmann, of both Sesame Street and the PGA, shared Street stories with Jason Korfine and JJ Ahearn from Licensing Street, and Astoria stories with Miguel Camacho of DreamWorks, who deftly handles the coordination of these lunches.
Punch hosted the group in their upstairs wine bar, Wined Up, a spacious, elegant setting which boasts massive windows out onto Broadway and a very nice wine list. Guests dined on their choice of chicken pailliard with an arugula salad or delicious ravioli in a red pepper sauce.
BAFTA New York Board member Doug Schwalbe chairs the Children's Committee. The goal of these lunches is connection, maintaining old and building new ones. The lunches are by invitation only events. For further information, please contact Miguel Camacho at firstname.lastname@example.org