Brand Licensing Europe's (BLE) organiser, UBM, has announced the two panels of judges who will be tasked with filtering the short-list down for the 2018 BLE License This! competition.


The judges are:

Chair: Kelvyn Gardner – LIMA UK

Cross category judge: Christina Schiavone - Wynne-Jones


Character and Animation judges
Dan Grant – Danilo Promotions

Nikki Samuels – Sambro
Clare Piggott – Larkshead Media
Julia Redman – M&Co

Steve Manners – CPLG


Brand and Design judges
Stuart Cox – I Like Birds
Will Stewart – The Point 1888

Vicki Thomas – Vicki Thomas Associates
Sarah Lawrence – This is Iris
Jehane Boden Spiers – Jehane Ltd.


Intellectual property firm, Wynne Jones, have come on as sponsors for the competition and will offer legal advice to the finalists.


“We are thrilled to sponsor the License This! competition at BLE. All brands have intellectual property (IP), regardless of size, and considering how to protect your IP from the very start is so important,” Christina Schiavone, senior trainee patent attorney at Wynne Jones said.


“Wynne Jones thrives on supporting entrepreneurship and we’re looking forward to being a part of this year’s judging process and offering both of this year’s License This! winners valuable IP advice and support as they go forward with their licensing ventures into 2019,” she said.


License This! is a proven propeller for entrepreneurs to launch themselves in to the licensing industry and a valuable tool to bring fresh, exciting talent into the licensing industry,” Anna Knight BLE brand director said.


“BLE would like to say a huge thank you to all of this year’s judges – we’re really excited about the competition’s new format and seeing all of the entrants on judging day next month.”


License This! winners will be announced at BLE in October.


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