Licensing Expo Virtual, the meeting place for the global licensing community to learn, network and strike deals, in partnership with industry trade association Licensing International, has announced Mattel’s president and chief operating officer Richard Dickson and head of global consumer products and franchise marketing Roz Nowicki will keynote the third day of the event, which is set for Aug. 24-26.
"Year after year, Mattel is an industry leader in delivering new products that not only excite consumers but bring characters and stories to life in a meaningful way,” says Anna Knight, vice president, licensing, Informa Markets.
We are thrilled to announce that Richard and Roz will impart learnings from their work that spans a full range of toy and entertainment brands across categories.”
Richard and Roz will take the virtual stage in a fireside chat titled "Mattel and Living its Brand Purpose," exploring how the IP-driven, high performing toy and entertainment company empowers the next generation by introducing purpose-driven products from their suite of iconic brands. To tune into the free-to-attend keynote presentation, register here.
Joining senior executives from Warner Bros. Consumer Products, who will open the event as keynote speakers on Day 1, Richard and Roz will address the event’s thousands of attendees confirmed to date, who will get an inside look into building and progressing the toy giant's brand purpose. Attendees will benefit from the duo's combined experience that exceeds 50 years of leading brand and innovation strategy, design and development and franchise marketing. They are responsible for the worldwide growth of brands including Barbie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Peanuts and Hot Wheels, among many others.
The keynote presentation will begin at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST, followed by a final day of live content including the new Digital Brand Roadshows, Retail and Sustainability Clinics, industry networking and many meeting opportunities with hundreds of leading brand owners.
"We are proud to represent Mattel at the upcoming Licensing Expo Virtual event this August and speak to a topic that is foundational to our business: delivering purpose-driven products that help shape how children perceive, engage with, and someday influence the world around them,” says Richard Dickson, president and chief operating officer, Mattel. “Licensing is a powerful tool that enables us to build brand stories and reach a global audience – Roz and I could not be more excited to share our learnings that attendees can incorporate into their work.”
In addition to announcing the Day 3 keynote, Licensing Expo Virtual has also revealed a selection of exhibitors participating in the all-new Digital Brands Roadshows, a collection of curated exhibitor case studies designed to spotlight compelling brands and IP broadcast live at the live event. Among those participating includes:
- New Exhibitors to the Event with Chan-Chan, Playlife Media, Piney: The Lonesome Pine and Boat Rocker;
- Heritage & Nostalgia with MGM and Art Brand Studios;
- Licensing Around the World with Wildbrain CPLG and Yale University;
- The Live Experience with Penske and Nickelodeon; and
- Animation & Anime with Viz Media.
Licensing Expo Virtual also confirmed some of the experts as part of the exclusive retail program, composed of ‘Ask me Anything’ live Q&As and sessions on how brand licensing can support your retail business. Speakers for this program include:
- Steven Heller, founder, The Brand Liaison;
- Andrew Cohan, co-Founder/co-chief executive officer, ACI Licensing;
- Sharon Weisman, chief executive officer, Power Station Studios;
- Michael Connolly, founder and chief executive officer, Retail Monster;
- Julia Redman, retail expert, Buyers Eye;
- Ankit Mangal, director, Wayfair; and
- The Insights Family.