Brand Licensing Europe has revealed the line-up of industry executives judging the 2016 License This! Competition, including Nickelodeon’s Tom Gunn. Now in its seventh year, License This! is a unique competition (organized by UBM and sponsored by LIMA) which gives new creative concepts and brands the chance to break into the global licensing industry.
The 2016 panel of judges will be chaired by Kelvyn Gardner, Managing Director of LIMA UK. He is joined by Tom Gunn, Senior International Brand Director, Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products; Jane Evans, Director, JELC; Sam Ferguson, Senior Director of Licensing & Retail, Jazwares; Pat Reading, Licensing Director, UU Ltd.; Max Lister, Senior Licensing Manager, Natural History Museum; and Clare Piggot, Director of Licensing and Merchandising, Larkshead Media.
License This! is open to anyone with a concept that has yet to be published or broadcast, or a brand that has not yet extended to non-core consumer products. It applies to any new property with its roots in publishing, art and design, television or digital media. The deadline for entries is September 9; forms and competition rules are available at brandlicensing.eu.
Entries are reviewed by the panel of judges, and a shortlist of four properties will then be pitched to them in front of visitors at BLE, on October 13. The winner will receive a prize worth over £6,000, including a fully furnished stand at BLE 2017 in order to bring the property to market. The prize also includes LIMA membership for one year and a ticket to the LIMA Licensing Essentials Course & Spring Fling Networking Party in May 2017.