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Virtual Esports Conference Slated For April 22

EBS/Cynopsis is virtually bringing together some of the biggest opportunities in esports as the industry’s biggest leagues, platforms, content and teams serve up a showcase of activation delights for brands who want to reach and engage the highly-prized fanbase, watching and engaging in sports and esports. “We are thrilled with this year’s lineup, which will deliver opportunities from all sides of this industry, ” said Chris Pursell, Head of Content & Strategic Partnerships, Sports + Esports. “As audiences eagerly prepare for a return to live events, now is the time to get ahead of the curve to engage this passionate community through our roster of presenters.” Esports Newfronts, a by-invitation-only event for brands or licensing agencies, will take place on April 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will… . . . read more

Jewel & GCA Partner on Noted: The Greeting Card Expo

The Greeting Card Association (GCA) and Jewel Branding & Licensing have announced a new partnership to co-locate Noted: The Greeting Card Expo and Showcase, running virtually on May 20 and 21, 2021. Noted debuted in 2019 with the goal of bringing together the greeting card community so attendees could connect with one another, discover new products, and celebrate the stories of the makers behind the cards. The show allows retailers to find new greeting card lines, discover makers through Meet the Maker videos and the innovative Pitch Program, explore winners of the Noted @ Noted awards, and place orders directly through the GCA Marketplace, an online B2B sales platform exclusively for GCA members. “There are not a lot of viable avenues available to join together the art licensing community, says… . . . read more

Spielwarenmesse July Toy Fair Cancelled

In yet another sign that normality is still a long way off, the Spielwarenmesse conference in Nuremberg, Germany scheduled for July has now been cancelled due to “the unrelenting uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic both on a national and international level.” Organizers say they’ve decided to cancel the event and to focus instead on a combined online and onsite Spielwarenmesse 2022, now scheduled for February, 2022. Spielwarenmesse is among the world’s leading international trade fairs for toys, hobbies and leisure, organized by the fair and marketing services provider Spielwarenmesse eG. The trade fair creates a comprehensive communication and ordering platform for 2,800 national and international manufacturers, with attendance reflecting 65,000 buyers and toy traders from more than 130 nations. “Initially, we received excellent feedback about the Summer Edition from both… . . . read more

Licensing Letter Editor To Deliver Keynote at Octane5 Event

Octane5, the company behind the BrandComply Licensing Enterprise Platform, has announced its 2021 International Open House March 4, 2021, featuring The Licensing Letter Editor in Chief Gary Symons as the keynote speaker. Symons, who also presented Rise of the Virtual Influencer at the SPLiCE Conference last month (Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence), will present a keynote entitled The Cave Dweller Economy, showing how the COVID-19 pandemic created or accelerated radical new trends in the licensing and retail industries. “As one prime example,” joked Symons, “we’ll all be attending the conference virtually from our various digital caves around the world.” Participants can register at The event will consist of multiple events designed to inform and engage the licensing industry.  “We’re proud to be able to connect our industry during… . . . read more

SILC 2020 Confirms Speakers for Inaugural Licensing Conference

The first ever Sustainability in Licensing Conference (SILC) goes ahead with a virtual format Nov. 24-25, as SILC organizers announce they have confirmed a full agenda of keynote speeches, panel discussions and research presentations. The conference will feature a wide array of retailers and visionaries, all focused on helping the licensing community drive sustainable growth within their business and in the industry as a whole. “While all our personal and business lives continue to be disrupted by COVID-19, joining SILC 2020 which is uninterrupted by taking place online means that we can all continue on our sustainable journey,” said Helena Mansell-Stopher, the SILC curator and director. “The commitment we have engendered in SILC, as evidenced by the fabulous line-up of speakers and official supporters, highlights the collective drive for change on… . . . read more

Licensing Leadership Summit Starts Wednesday

The Licensing Leadership Summit begins on Wednesday as the culmination of the month-long virtual Festival of Licensing Event: Here’s what you’ll see, or what you’ll be missing, at this inaugural event. Taking place from Oct. 28-29, the two day event will bring together executives and C-suite professionals as they gather to network and listen to discussions from the licensing industry’s thought leaders.  The event kicks off with a keynote from Daniel Bobroff, Co-Founder of ASOS Ventures and the CEO at Coded Futures, who will speak about how retailers can use ‘gamification’ to supercharge their retail sales. This practical keynote will provide the latest thinking in how gamification is changing the world of retail, across its entire value chain, and reshaping organisations. Learn how to use simple techniques for your customers… . . . read more

Digital Media Licensing Conference On Now, Goes Virtual

The Digital Media Licensing Conference is being held October 25 to October 30th. This all virtual conference is the 25th international conference hosted by the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA). The conference includes keynotes by Google and Adobe, as well as panels and round tables on virtual photoshoots, the Unreal engine, Google’s Licensable Badge, OTT distribution, Free content, resilience during Covid-19, the Content Authenticity Initiative, legal topics, diversity, copyright enforcement technology, artificial intelligence, digital asset management, footage, and more. The conference also will feature a panel bringing together White House photographers and other leading photojournalists to discuss their experiences covering the coronavirus, protests, the election, and more in 2020. The Digital Media Licensing Association is the largest trade group for the media licensing industry. DMLA’s annual conference is the premier… . . . read more

Licensing International Germany Announces 2020 Award Winners

And the winner is …. Licensing International Germany unveiled the 2020 winners of its annual best of the best licensing awards, selected from among 54 finalists in 10 categories.  And for the first time, LI Germany also issued awards for the industry’s ‘Rising Stars’.  “We have some extraordinary talent in our creative and fast moving industry who may not have been in their jobs for a long time but show commitment and creativity,” said LI Germany’s managing director Peter Hollo.  “These can be young career starters or career changers new to licensing. Age is not the decisive factor here, but commitment, drive and passion for licensing.” The winners of the Licensing International Germany 2020 Awards are:  Licensor/Licensing Agency of the year – KIDDINX, Studio 100 Media GmbH Licensee of the… . . . read more

New Licensing Conference Launches Virtually in November

There’s a new conference for the licensing industry, but like most event in the Year of Covid, the inaugural 2020 Sustainability in Licensing Conference (SILC) will be held virtually over two days in November.  Breaking new ground in the licensing industry, the Sustainability in Licensing Conference 2020,  to be staged digitally over a two day period on 24 – 25 November 2020, is aimed at everyone in the licensing arena, from retailers to licensors, licensees to trade suppliers.  The conference is based on the idea that, to “future proof” one’s business, operators have to develop sustainable strategies that foster company longevity. This requires a business approach that creates long-term value, taking into consideration how a given organization operates in the ecological, social and economic environment. Being launched by Max Publishing… . . . read more


CBD-infused, Sustainable & Bright: IBS+IECSC Roundup

We attended the 17th annual International Beauty Show (IBS) and International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) in New York City this week, and brought back the buzziest trends from the floor…

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