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2018

JUNE 14, 2018

Licensing Expo 2018 Mirrors the Industry and Grows Key Categories

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world’s largest and most influential licensing event, capped off Licensing Week in Las Vegas, NV from May 22-24, 2018. The 2018 rendition of the show was the most robust to date, realizing an increased presence from core categories and opened with a keynote address from... Read More

MAY 23, 2018

Feisty Pets Named ‘One to Watch’ at Licensing Expo 2018

Santa Monica, California – License Global, the premier publication and leading source of news and trends for the global consumer products and licensing industry, today announced Feisty Pets, represented by Surge Licensing, as its annual One to Watch contest winner. The One to Watch contest recognizes... Read More

MAY 16, 2018

Celebrities George Foreman, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Drew and Jonathan Scott and More to Greet Fans at Licensing Expo 2018

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world’s largest and most influential brand licensing industry event, today announced that several exhibitors will host celebrity appearances, meet and greets and photo opportunities at their booths on the Expo floor. The exhibitors hosting these events include... Read More

MAY 10, 2018

Licensing Expo Announces New International Exhibitors, TOHO Co. LTD, Spin Master and Van Gogh Museum

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world’s largest and most influential brand licensing industry event, today announced growing participation from international brands, licensors and licensees in its international pavilions including China, Japan and Mexico. This year, new international exhibitors including... Read More

APRIL 17, 2018

Licensing Expo 2018 Solidified as the Premier Event for Sports Licensing 

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world’s largest and most influential brand licensing industry event, today announced that it will feature the world’s leading professional sports associations and sports-focused licensing agencies at Licensing Expo 2018. As licensed sports properties continue to experience year-on-year growth, Licensing Expo is... Read More

APRIL 12, 2018

License Global Magazine Reveals 2018 Top 150 Global Licensors

Santa Monica, California – License Global, the premier publication and leading source of news and trends for the global consumer products and licensing industry, has released its annual Top 150 Global Licensors report, which brings together financial information from the world's most powerful brands... Read More

APRIL 10, 2018

Amazon VP to Deliver Keynote at Licensing Expo 2018 

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world’s largest and most influential brand licensing industry event, today announced that Nicholas Denissen, vice president, Amazon, will lead the opening keynote at Licensing Expo 2018. Denissen will take the stage on Tuesday, May 22, from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. PT with other industry leaders in a panel session titled... Read More

FEBRUARY 27, 2018

Licensing Expo 2018 Unveils Licensing Week Programming

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world's largest and most influential brand licensing industry event, today announced its Licensing Week lineup, which will include a variety of educational and experiential components designed to complement the offerings on the expo floor and empower attendees to walk away with new connections and knowledge... Read More

JANUARY 19, 2018

Licensing Expo 2018 Announces New Exhibitors Including Members Only, Penguin Random House, tokidoki, Warner Music Group

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world's largest and most influential licensing industry event, today announced that a diverse roster of new exhibitors have signed on for this year's event including the Country Music Association, Flying Colors Apparel, Gearbox, Members Only, Penguin Random House, pocket.watch, PurseN, SMOOTS, Swissbrand World, Tetris, tokidoki.... Read More

JANUARY 03, 2018

20-Year Licensing Industry Veteran Steven Ekstract Named Brand Director of UBM’s Global Licensing Group

Santa Monica, California – The Global Licensing Group at UBM, the industry’s leading tradeshow organizer and media partner, today announced that Steven Ekstract, group publisher, License Global magazine, has been appointed brand director for the Global Licensing Group and Howard Gelb, vice president of sales, will undertake an expanded role, overseeing both media and event sales... Read More

2017

DECEMBER 14, 2017

License Global Honors 19 Female Leaders Who Have Markedly Impacted Licensing Industry with Inaugural "The Influentials" List 

Santa Monica, California – License Global Magazine, the most widely read and respected publication in the licensing industry, today released its inaugural "The Influentials" list, which honors women who have impacted the licensing industry in a significant way. The honorees are established industry leaders from highly-respected companies including... Read More

OCTOBER 24, 2017

UBM's Global Licensing Group Selected as Connectiv Innovation Award Winner for Contributions to the International Licensing Industry

Santa Monica, California – The Global Licensing Group at UBM, the industry's leading tradeshow organizer and media partner, today announced that it won a Connectiv Innovation Award in the "Leveraging Ecosystem Partners" category for its highly successful global expansion strategy. The Connectiv Innovation Awards, which recognize the best, most forward-thinking work... Read More

OCTOBER 17, 2017

Licensing Expo 2018 Selected for Prestigious U.S. Department of Commerce Program, IBP Select

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world's largest and most influential licensing industry event, today announced that the trade show has been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Buyer Program Select (IBP Select) for the second consecutive year. IBP Select is a joint government-industry effort that brings... Read More

JUNE 07, 2017

First Inaugural Licensing Week Concludes with Resounding Success

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world’s largest and most influential licensing event, returned to Las Vegas, NV from May 23-25, 2017. This year’s expo proved to be one of the most successful to date with the debut of Licensing Week, a brand new initiative that incorporated all events surrounding Licensing Expo into... Read More

MAY 24, 2017

Lulu by Renée Graef Named as the 'One to Watch' at Licensing Expo

Las Vegas, Nevada – License Global magazine (www.licensemag.com) is pleased to announce that the brand Lulu by artist Renée Graef is the winner of the annual 'One to Watch' contest for new brand licensing concepts, held in conjunction with Licensing Expo (www.licensingexpo.com). Organized by UBM and sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA)... Read More

MAY 17, 2017

Character and Entertainment Brands Take Center Stage at Licensing Expo 2017

Santa Monica, California – Leading character and entertainment brands from all facets of the licensing industry, including television, film, online, gaming and music, will converge at Licensing Expo on May 23-25, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Produced by UBM and sponsored by... Read More

MAY 09, 2017

World's Top Brands and Licensing Agencies to Participate in Licensing Expo 2017

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world’s largest and most influential licensing industry event, is pleased to announce that more than 5000 brands from consumer goods and lifestyle categories including accessories, automotive, corporate, fashion, food and beverage, household, publishing, sports and non-profit will exhibit at Licensing Expo 2017. The Expo returns... Read More

MAY 05, 2017

The Fine Art of Licensing

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world’s largest and most influential licensing industry event, showcases the creations of artists & designers to the largest audience of brand owners, licensees and retailers in the world. Sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA), the Expo takes place on May 23-25 at the Mandalay... Read More

APRIL 27, 2017

Exciting New Exhibitors Announced for Licensing Expo 2017

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo (www.licensingexpo.com), the world’s largest and most influential licensing industry event, is pleased to announce that a number of exciting companies and leading brands have joined the expanded lineup of new exhibitors for 2017. Sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), the Expo takes place on May 23-25... Read More

APRIL 19, 2017

Licensing University™ 2017 to Tackle Essential Topics for Success in Today’s Ever-Changing Marketplace

New York, New York – With an exploding international market, millennial shoppers opening their wallets at ever-increasing rates, and a digital landscape that allows for on-demand product fulfillment at lightning speed, there have never been more opportunities to achieve success in licensing. To help licensing professionals capitalize on today’s newest business prospects, the International Licensing Industry... Read More

APRIL 17, 2017

Jessie James Decker to Headline Licensing Expo Opening Night Party Co-Hosted By Sony Music

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world's largest and most influential licensing industry event, today announced that Sony Music will co-host its prestigious Opening Night Party and present country music singer and songwriter Jessie James Decker as the special guest performer. The Opening Night Party at Licensing... Read More

MARCH 30, 2017

Licensing Week Adds Entertainment Showcases, Attractions, Educational Events and Networking Opportunities to May 22-25, 2017 Calendar

Santa Monica, California – UBM’s Global Licensing Group has revealed additional plans for Licensing Week, taking place May 22-25, in conjunction with Licensing Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The weeklong program has expanded to include new and returning educational and networking events surrounding Licensing Expo. The new offerings include... Read More

MARCH 09, 2017

Licensing University™ 2017 to Feature Blend of Trending Topics and Key Basics 

New York, New York – The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) has assembled a wide range of business-boosting Licensing University™ sessions for Licensing Week 2017 that covers everything from the latest issues and trends to the fundamentals of how the licensing business works. Licensing University takes place May 22-25 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center... Read More

FEBRUARY 07, 2017

Fanatics' Cole Gahagan to Kick Off Licensing Expo 2017 As Keynote Speaker

New York, New York – Perhaps the most significant business topic this past holiday season was the rise of e-commerce and how "traditional retailers, brand owners and product marketers continue to adapt to changing consumer shopping patterns." While these shifts affect all parts of the licensing business, nowhere are they more acutely felt than in sports... Read More

JANUARY 26, 2017

Look Who’s Booked

Santa Monica, California – UBM is pleased to announce its initial lineup of exhibitors for Licensing Expo (www.licensingexpo.com), the world’s largest and most influential licensing industry event, taking place May 23-25, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), the 2017 event is... Read More

2016

DECEMBER 07, 2016

Licensing Expo Kicks Off Attendee Registration for 2017

Santa Monica, California – UBM's Global Licensing Group, organizers of Licensing Expo, the world's largest and most influential licensing industry event, today announced the opening of attendee registration and unveiled the blueprint for Licensing Week, taking place May 22-25, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Licensing Week brings together new and returning... Read More

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

Licensing Expo Chosen for International Buyer Program (IBP) Select, a U.S. Department of Commerce Export, Licensing & Trade Promotion Program, to Facilitate International Licensing Deals

Santa Monica, California – Licensing Expo, the world's largest and most influential licensing industry event, today announced that the Expo has been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Buyer Program (IBP) Select. The program will enlist the U.S. Department of Commerce's global network to recruit pre-screened international manufacturers and retailers... Read More