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Inaugural Festival of Licensing to feature keynotes from Smiley, ABG and Alibaba

A month-long virtual celebration of the global licensing industry running from October 6-29, Festival of Licensing incorporates three regional events linked to the world’s biggest markets – Europe, Asia and the Americas, and culminates with the global C-suite and executive-level virtual conference, Licensing Leadership Summit. Festival of Licensing is organized and produced by the Global Licensing Group at Informa Markets.

Going live at 0900 BST on October 6, The Smiley Co., the French brand that’s been dedicated to the way we share happiness since the 1970s, will open the festival and kick off the event’s Europe content. Alibaba will take the center stage for the first day of the Asia week. ABG will headline day one of the Americas week with insight into their unique business strategy that has been making business headlines thanks to a strong partnership with U.S. mall owner Simon Property Group; and Live Stage sponsor, Crunchyroll, will keynote the America’s second day of content with a lively discussion around anime, one of the hottest entertainment trends in pop culture right now.

Festival of Licensing will also include educational content from event sponsor Licensing International, the leading trade association for the global licensing industry, working to foster the growth and expansion of licensing around the world.

“To have businesses of this stature, who are globally known and respected throughout licensing and beyond, headlining on the Festival of Licensing Live Stage is phenomenal. We couldn’t have asked for more,” says Anna Knight, vice president, licensing, Informa Markets. “We have amazing regional sessions confirmed, as well, including fantastic panels. This is just the start. We have another four weeks to go and a tonne more keynotes and content yet to announce. It’s going to be an incredible line up with some truly inspirational sessions and can’t-miss educational content.”

You can see the full Festival of Licensing Speaker Agenda here.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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