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The Licensing Mixtape

Why are Nike’s Chunky Dunky going for $6k on eBay? How did Mickey Mouse find his way onto a COVID face mask? Who put all that "Stranger Things" gear in your Target cart? Find the answers to questions like these and more in a new podcast from the editors of License Global, The Licensing Mixtape, where we explore what makes consumers click “buy” on the products that stand out above the rest, thanks to a little thing called brand licensing.

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Steven Eckstract.jpgSteven Ekstract -- Brand Director, Global Licensing Group 

Steven Ekstract, founder of License Global magazine, has been a leading voice in the licensing industry for more than two decades. In 1997, he founded License Global, the leading news source for the brand licensing industry, after a series of pivotal roles in entertainment journalism and marketing at Video Review, Premiere and The Hollywood Reporter. As brand director, Global Licensing Group, Steven manages and drives Informa Markets' group of brands and products. He serves as a thought leader for the greater licensing community, providing key insights and forecasts on the licensing business.

0 (7).pngBen Roberts -- Content Editor (EMEA), License Global

Ben Roberts studied journalism and culture at Canterbury Christ Church University before moving to London to begin his career in content design. Moving from writing to video production, creative solutions and beyond to become editor-in-chief, Ben has spent 10 years traveling the world in various roles looking to tell stories in new and interesting ways. A lifelong gamer, comic book geek and movie-goer, Ben's love for pop and cult culture, design and branding brought him to the world of brand licensing, where he sits today as content editor (EMEA) at License Global.

James Dohnert (1).pngJames Dohnert -- Content Editor, License Global

James is a writer and editor with experience covering the latest in entertainment and business news. As a reporter for various online and print publications, he has covered topics as diverse as Facebook ad monetization to the patent issues surrounding time travel. His pieces have appeared in publications including Mashable, The Register, Game N' Guide and Clickz. James currently covers all things licensing and pop culture as content editor at License Global.



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