Check out the 2018 Agenda

This year, the NYC Summit will be hyper-focused on the rapidly shifting worlds of retail and media with speakers from some of the biggest players in those arenas. 

7:00 - 8:00 AM

Location: The Gallery

NYC Licensing Summit 2018 Opens: Registration and Networking Breakfast
Connect with leaders in brand licensing and retail as we start the 2018 event off with registration and the networking breakfast at the Gallery.

8:00 - 8:15 AM

Location: The Forum

Welcome and Introduction

8:15 - 9:00 AM

Location: The Forum

Opening Keynote: Retail Today – The Current Landscape and What's Ahead
One of the world's top retail analysts, Dana Telsey from the Telsey Advisory Group, will reflect on the major retail developments of 2017, with an analysis of holiday results and a look at the implications for 2018.
Speakers: Dana Telsey  (Telsey Advisory Group) Want to know more? Send us your questions »

9:00 - 9:45 AM

Location: The Forum

Retail Revolution: New Models for the Modern Consumer
How licensors are working with online retail to bring products to fans.
Speakers: Veronica Hart  (CBS Consumer Products), Ivan Lopez (Merch by Amazon) and Peter Yoder (Cartoon Network Enterprises). Moderated by Jeff Lotman (Global Icons).

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9:45 - 10:15 AM

Location: Varies

BREAKOUT SESSION

TRACK 1: The Evolving Gaming Ecosystem
How eSports and other innovations are turning video game brands into long-term lifestyle franchises.
Speakers: Sarah Buzby (Ubisoft), John Friend (Microsoft), and Jennifer Staley (Bioworld Merchandising). Moderated by Naz Amarchi-Cuevas (SYBO Games).
Location: The Forum

TRACK 2: Beyond the Song: The Unique Opportunity of Music Brands 
Warner Music Artist Services has evolved to be a one-stop shop for the artists that call Warner home, as well as artists signed to other labels, the WWE , and more. In this session, we will hear about the challenges that face these brands, as well as creative ways to approach music IP.
Speakers: Alix Kram (Warner Music Group)
Location: Hub One

10:15 - 10:45 AM

Location: The Gallery

Networking Break

10:45 - 11:45 AM

Location: The Forum

Influencing the Buy: Tapping into the Power of Social Influencers
The Internet has given rise to a vast new crop of stars that have a massive impact on the purchasing decisions of younger generations. In this session, we’ll hear directly from one of those stars and explore how Influencers can help build your brand and your business. 
Speakers: Gil Eyal (HYPR), Kevin Gould (Kombo Ventures), Ross Misher (Brand Central), and digital media star Jake Paul (Team 10)

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Location: The Forum

The Remaking of a Traditional Retailer: Aéropostale
For years Aéropostale was one of the most popular mall-based retailers among teens, but shifting consumer shopping habits in the last decade threatened its future. In 2016, the brand was purchased by Authentic Brands Group. Now, less than a year later, the retailer is stronger than ever with a thriving, international brick-and-mortar business. In this session, we’ll find out how Aéropostale reimagined its business model to beat the odds.
Speakers: Ken Ohashi (Authentic Brands Group) Want to know more? Send us your questions »

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12:15 - 12:45 PM

Location: The Forum

The Rise of the Player
How sports associations are finding the “I” in Team by focusing on the star power of individual athletes.
Speakers: Josh Goodstadt (National Basketball Players Inc.), Becca Roux (USWNTPA) and Steve Scebelo (NFL Players Inc.). Moderated by Bill Patterson (OpSec Security).

12:45 - 2:00 PM

Location: Hub Two and The Living Room

Networking Lunch

2:00 - 2:45 PM

Location: The Forum

The Need for Speed: Product Development in a Digital World
In the new world of social media, brands can take off overnight and retailers want product by the next morning. Adapting the development cycle to meet the increased speed of consumer and retailer demand has become a critical challenge for IP owners and licensees. In this session, we’ll hear from licensees and retailers who have found ways to strike while the iron’s hot.
Speakers:  Charlotte Clisby (Evode Group), Cindy Levitt (Hot Topic) and Brian Mann (Loot Crate). Moderated by Jennifer Sullivan (memBrain).

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2:45 - 3:15 PM

Location: The Forum

Deep Dive with National Geographic
Keeping a 130-year-old brand relevant for today's audience through experiential activations and retail innovation.
Speakers: Rosa Zeegers (National Geographic Partners)

3:15 - 3:45 PM

Location: Varies

BREAKOUT SESSION

Track 1: Millennials are Killing Everything
Uber, Amazon, Netflix, Facebook… The innovations of the Millennial generation have dramatically changed countless industries forever. This session will gather Millennials who are the forefront of the massive shifts occurring in media and retail to discuss the advantages and benefits of the new world they are creating.
Speakers:  Danielle DiFerdinando (Danielle Nicole), Danny Kim (Macy's), and Maximilian Ulanoff (Buchwald Talent Agency). Moderated by Erica Garber (License Global magazine).
Location: The Forum

Track 2: In Conversation with RedBubble: Balancing the Passion of Fans with the Rights of Brand Owners
Leading print-on-demand marketplace RedBubble has been working under the radar for years with licensors, but with the proliferation of independent artists and consumers flocking to the marketplace model, brands have been seeing an increase of un-licensed, referential content across the Internet. The company's newly appointed General Manager of Global Licensing, Eric, Morse, a 20-year veteran of the licensing industry, will take the stage to talk solutions for fighting piracy and engaging fans in the fast-paced e-commerce landscape.
Speakers: Eric Morse (RedBubble) Want to know more? Send us your questions »
Location: Hub One

3:45 - 4:15 PM

Location: The Gallery

Networking Break

4:15 - 4:45 PM

Location: The Forum

The Little Toy Companies that Could: How Boutique Toy Brands are Taking Over the Sandbox
Amidst the decline of brands that had long been mainstays in toy aisles, smaller, agile toy companies have been releasing runaway hits. Find out how they are successfully tapping into the zeitgeist to create brands that kids want.
Speakers:  Adam Beder (Spin Master), Alex Ries (Moose Toys), Richard Yanofsky (WowWee), and Laura Zebersky (Jazwares). Moderated by Maura Regan (LIMA).

4:45 - 5:15 PM

Location: The Forum

Closing Keynote: The Story of Me – Insights Into Kids Today
The children of Generation Z (already 50 million strong) represent the most diverse group ever in the country’s history and are very much a product of the unique times they are growing up in. Join Nickelodeon’s Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer & President of Consumer Products, as she sits down with Sujata Luther, EVP of Consumer Insights, to discuss the findings of several years of research that illuminates the motivations, attitudes and ethos of Generation Z.
Speakers:  Pam Kaufman (Nickelodeon) and Sujata Luther (Nickelodeon)

5:15 - 5:30 PM

Location: The Forum

Honoring the 2018 License Global Influentials: People Impacting the Business of Licensing

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Location: The Gallery and The Living Room

Networking Cocktail

 

 

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