Target, YouTube, Hasbro and More Slated for NYC Summit: The Business of Brand Licensing

Speakers at the inaugural conference will include some of the most respected top-tier executives in the sector at the two-day conference, hosted by License! Globalmagazine in conjunction with LIMA.

Target, YouTube, Hasbro and More Slated for NYC Summit: The Business of Brand Licensing
Target, YouTube, Hasbro and More Slated for NYC Summit: The Business of Brand Licensing

New York, NY (Jan. 13, 2016) An additional eight speakers have been confirmed for the first annual NYC Summit: The Business of Brand Licensing. This impressive group of executives will lend a 360-degree view of the licensing industry and includes speakers from leading retailers, multichannel platforms and even Wall Street. The NYC Summit will take place March 1-2, 2016 at the New York Marriott Downtown in New York City. Click here for more information about the event.

The latest speakers to join the two-day conference event are Eric Beder, managing director, Wunderlich Securities; Gaye Dean, group manager, Target Stores; Benjamin Grubbs, global head of top creators, YouTube; Cindy Levitt, senior vice president, merchandising and marketing, Hot Topic; and Simon Waters, general manager and senior vice president, entertainment and licensing, Hasbro.

To lead the Licensing Agents Forum, which will include insights and case studies on the value of corporate brand licensing, are Jay Asher, partner, Brandgenuity; Debra Joester, president, The Joester Loria Group; and Stu Seltzer, president, The Seltzer Licensing Group.

The NYC Summit: The Business of Brand Licensing will also include sessions with Dow Famulak, president and chief operating officer, Global Brands Group; Jim Fielding, global head of consumer products and retail, DreamWorks Animation and AwesomenessTV; Pam Kaufman, chief marketing officer and president, consumer products, Nickelodeon; Jamie Salter, chairman and chief executive officer, Authentic Brands Group; Yehuda Shmidman, chief executive officer, Sequential Brands Group; Michael Stone, chairman, Beanstalk; and Henry Stupp, chief executive officer, Cherokee Global Brands Group.

Tony Lisanti, Global Editorial Director, License! Global, and Adjunct Professor, New York University’s Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media and Business: “This exclusive networking event brings together a group of high-caliber brand licensing executives in one setting for the first time ever. The Business of Brand Licensing features more than 15 speakers who will share their perspective and insight with attendees in an unparalleled casual networking environment in the center of the financial hub of the world and New York City.”

The NYC Summit has been developed by License! Global magazine, in partnership with UBM Americas, organizers of Licensing Expo and Brand Licensing Europe, and the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), the industry’s leading trade organization.

The education-led format will offer in-depth analysis and insight into the driving factors and changing dynamics of global licensing in today’s highly competitive marketplace while allowing time for one-to-one meetings and networking.

Topics that will be explored include How Brand Management Companies are Driving New Licensing Models, A Licensing Agency Forum and Roundtable, The Influence of Sports Licensing, New Entertainment Stars and Brands, Brand Value: The Wall Street Viewpoint, A Retail Roundtable, Entertainment Licensing: The Value of Franchise Development and more.

Early bird registration rates are in effect through Jan. 31 and LIMA members will receive an additional $100 discount. A special block of rooms has also been reserved at the New York Marriott Downtown at a discounted rate. For out-of-town attendees interested in taking advantage be sure to book before Feb. 8 by calling +1 800 228 9290.

The NYC Summit: The Business of Brand Licensing is the must-attend East Coast event for licensors, licensees, retailers, agents, brand managers, marketers, consultants, investors, financial analysts and trade and consumer business media.

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