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 Curent 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)

9:00 - 9:45 AM

Location: The Forum

Retail Revolution: New Models for the Modern Consumer
The retailers on this panel are breaking new ground with cutting-edge commerce models that are changing the way the world shops.
Speakers: Jeff Lotman (Global Icons) and Eric Morse (RedBubble) with additional speakers to be announced soon. Stay tuned!

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9:45 - 10:15 AM

Location: Varies

BREAKOUT SESSION

TRACK 1: Deep Dive with National Geographic
Making a 130-year-old brand relevant for today’s audience through experiential and retail innovation.
Speakers: Rosa Zeegers (National Geographic Partners)
Location: Hub Two

TRACK 2: 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)
Location: The Forum

10:15 - 10:45 AM

Location: The Gallery

Networking Break

10:45 - 11:30 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)

11:30 AM - 12:00 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)

12:00 - 12:30 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.), Bill Patterson (OpSec Security), Becca Roux (USWNTPA), and Steve Scebelo (NFL Players Inc.)

12:30 - 2:00 PM

Location: Hub Two and The Living Room

Networking Lunch

2:00 - 3:00 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), Brian Mann (Loot Crate), and Jennifer Sullivan (memBrain)

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3:00 - 3:30 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)
Location: The Forum

Track 2: Beyond the Song: The Unique Position of Music Brands at Retail
Speakers: Alix Kram (Warner Music Group)
Location: Hub Two

3:30 - 4:00 PM

Location: The Gallery

Networking Break

4:00 - 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)

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 - 6:15 PM

Location: The Gallery and The Living Room

Networking Cocktail
Honoring the 2018 License Global Influentials: 18 Women Impacting the Business of Brand Licensing

 

 

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