LICENSING TAKES CENTER STAGE

The 2019 Awards Ceremony, always a high point of Licensing Expo, will take place Tuesday, June 4, at Mandalay Bay’s South Seas Ballroom, beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:30pm, with the ceremony taking place from 6:15-7:30pm. This event (and the drinks) is free for all Licensing Expo attendees.

The International Licensing Awards Ceremony represents the culmination of another year of innovation and hard work, and showcasing the ever-evolving, dynamic world of brand licensing. The Awards Ceremony is always held in conjunction with the industry’s largest trade gathering – Licensing Expo – at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to announcing the winners in the 23 award categories, the event also features a Year in Review, induction of the newest Hall of Fame member(s), an update on LIMA’s fundraising efforts for the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation and a special call out to the year’s Rising Stars. It’s a lot to fit into 75 minutes, but that’s what makes it so fun. 

Award ceremony audience

At this year’s event, we’re switching things up à la the Oscars with 12 industry leaders announcing the winners in lieu of a single host. Suffice it to say, it will be a night to remember. This year’s presenters are: 

  • MC – Maura Regan, Licensing International

  • MC – Cindy Levitt, Mad Engine & Chairperson, Licensing International Board of Directors

  • Mandy Bardisbanian, Pop Insider & 2018 Rising Star

  • Jessica Blue, Global Licensing Group, Informa Markets

  • Charlotte Castillo, Viacom

  • Scott Chambers, Sesame Workshop

  • Jiggy George, Dream Theatre & Representative, Licensing International India

  • Simo Hämäläinen, Rovio

  • Yvonne King, Haven Licensing

  • Marc Mostman, Striker Entertainment & member, Licensing International Board of Directors

  • Jeremy Padawar, Wicked Cool Toys

  • Maca Rotter, La Panadería Licensing & Marketing

  • Anthony Shaut, Spielman Koeningsberg & Parker and 2012 Rising Star

  • Miki Yamamoto, IMG Licensing Asia

Mandalay Bay Hotel

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

In its early years, when Licensing Expo was held in New York, the LIMA Awards Ceremony graced some of the most iconic locations throughout the city. The first-ever Awards Ceremony, held in 1986, took place at Windows on the World at the World Trade Center and in the intervening years, until Licensing Expo moved to Las Vegas, the ceremony was hosted at a number of other landmark NYC venues. Since 2008, the Awards Ceremony has taken place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center where it resides to this day.

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