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Top Executives from Media, Retail & More to Converge at NYC Licensing Summit

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NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — An impressive roster of brand licensing and retail thought leaders will take the stage at the third annual NYC Summit: The Business of Brand Licensing networking event and conference.

Among the first wave of speakers to be announced are:

NYC Summit, February 20, 2018 Rosa Zeegers, National Geographic‘s EVP of consumer products and experiences, will discuss how National Geographic keeps this iconic, 130-year-old brand relevant for today’s consumers through innovative experiences and premium retail activations. A special session focusing on social influencers, featuring actor, author, entrepreneur and one of the biggest digital stars today, Jake Paul. Paul will be joined by his manager and business partner Kevin Gould of Kombo Ventures and his licensing agent Ross Misher of Brand Central to offer insight into how to harness the power of today’s digital celebrities. Also participating in this session will be Gil Eyal, founder of HYPR! Brands, the world’s largest influencer search and discovery directory and the market leader for in-depth influencer audience analytics. Alix Kram, VP of global consumer products at Warner Music Group, who manages a portfolio that includes some of the biggest names in music from the Grateful Dead to Wiz Khalifa. Josh Goodstadt, EVP of licensing for the National Basketball Players, Inc., the newly created subsidiary of the National Basketball Players’ Association, charged with managing group licensing and other business opportunities for NBA players, who will take part in a panel discussing the current state of the sports licensing business and managing athletes. Charlotte Clisby, a co-founder and chief commercial officer of Evode Group, whose subsidiary Merchmaker offers a print-on-demand solution that works within the constraints of traditional wholesale, allowing brands such as Nickelodeon, WWE and CBS to get product in the hands of fans fast. With more speakers to be announced soon!

The NYC Summit will take place February 20, 2018 at the Convene event venue in New York City’s Times Square. The 2017 NYC Summit, which took place earlier this year, saw speakers from 20 leading companies including PepsiCo, Activision Blizzard, CAA-GBG and Tesco address a sold-out crowd of close to 400 licensing industry executives. Registration is now open for the 2018 NYC Summit, with a special Early Bird price of $795 and $695 for LIMA members available through

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