Source: Festival of Licensing

by Reyne Rice, Global Trend Hunter and Co-President of International Toy Magazine Association (ITMA)

Global Licensing Group at Informa Markets, the organizer behind Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), is introducing Festival of Licensing, a celebration of the business of brand licensing, in partnership with industry trade association Licensing International.

Festival of Licensing will be a four-week large-scale global digital gathering. Scheduled to take place from Oct. 6-29, 2020, the virtual event aims to bring together the global licensing industry to connect, learn, strike deals, and do business on an international stage.

Festival of Licensing details:

  • Four regionally tailored virtual events will be organized across four key licensing territories.
  • Each week is hosted by a different sector of Global Licensing Group:
    • Week 1: Oct. 6-8 — Europe, powered by Brand Licensing Europe
    • Week 2: Oct. 14-15 — Asia, powered by Licensing Expo China and Licensing Expo Japan
    • Week 3: Oct. 20-22 — North America and Latin America, powered by Licensing Expo
    • Week 4: Oct. 28-29 — Global C-suite virtual conference – Licensing Leadership Summit
  • Exclusive brand and property showcases, designed to feature up to 300 exhibitors.
  • Matchmaking Service enabling both pre-planned online video meetings and impromptu exhibitor drop-ins.
  • More than 100 hours of on-demand, territory- and category-specific content to guide business partners and alliances through the new consumer landscape.
  • Entertainment experiences, well-being workshops, business mentoring and advice, and a charity fundraiser is being designed to leverage the power of the global licensing industry.

About the author

Reyne Rice

Reyne Rice

Reyne Rice serves as co-president of the International Toy Trade Magazine Association (ITMA). She is a global trend hunter, journalist, and contributing editor for multiple international publications, including The Toy Book and the Spirit of Play, from New York. She’s also a keynote speaker at more than 20 global industry conferences annually. She founded her own consultancy, Toy Trends, in 2003, and can be reached at