Brexit, sustainability and esports are just some of the topics to be covered during BLE’s educational programme this year, the most diverse series of seminars and presentations in the show’s 21-year history.
BLE’s License Global Theatre will feature 25 sessions across the show’s three days. Publishing, animation, gaming, food and beverage, heritage, fashion, influencers, digitalisation, and retail will also be covered by industry experts, with keynotes scheduled for Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 October to be announced in September.
“We cannot wait to announce this year’s two keynotes – one focusing on animation and the second on eSports – we just know they are going to be packed out,” says BLE Event Director Anna Knight. “All BLE sessions are free to attend – just the like the show itself – and space will be available on a first come first served basis. When it comes to the keynotes, we recommend that visitors arrive at least 10 minutes before they start to avoid disappointment.”
Speaking more broadly on the line-up of demonstrations and talks, Anna says the team aimed to focus some of the content around this year’s themes and spotlight categories.
“We are incredibly proud of this year’s conference programme – it’s comprehensive and cohesive and considerate of everyone visiting BLE,” she say. “With sessions on gaming, publishing and heritage licensing, we have tied the educational content to this year’s themes, delivering rich, deep content that’s of real value to retailers and licensees.”
Richard Pink, MD of Pink Key Licensing, will be focusing his session on retail and how it’s “changed so much in the last 12 months”.
“This means retailers need to be so much savvier about licensing and I have a retailer, agent, licensee and licensor on the panel,” he says. “By bringing together experts from each side of the licensing equation, I intend to show how they are adapting to the changing environment to maximise the opportunities and will be encouraging them to share valuable nuggets of wisdom with the audience.”
BLE 2019 takes place at ExCeL London from 1-3 October 2019.