Christine Thomas, senior licensing executive at Entertainment One, has won the inaugural LIMA UK Rising Stars Award.
Taking place on July 24th at LIMA UK's Young Professionals Network party, the event was hosted at the offices of Mind Candy in East London and sponsored by Dependable Solutions.
The award is designed to support and champion excellence among upcoming junior licensing industry professionals. Thomas will receive one year of mentorship from LIMA UK MD Kelvyn Gardner - including four career development meetings - and the Rising Stars trophy.
"I look forward with great anticipating to working with Christine, our first UK rising star, who has shown a commitment to and passion for the UK licensing industry, as well as demonstrating innovation, initiative and leadership in her career to date," said Gardner.
"It was a fantastic evening for young licensing professionals and we're really pleased to be able to recognise and support such talent in our industry."
Thomas added: "I am absolutely thrilled to have been recognised for this award and was completely shocked when my name was read out. I would also like to thank Hannah [Mungo] for being a great mentor and providing advice and answers to my many questions when I started the transition from retail to licensor."
Hannah Mungo, head of UK licensing at eOne, who nominated Thomas for the award, continued: "Christine always goes beyond what is expected of her, is mature, conscientious, pro-active, always offering support and is intent on driving our brands forward. Christine is someone who can be relied upon and has become a truly trusted member of staff."
Over 50 young licensing professionals attended the event. It also included a practical career advice session and Q&A with Ashley Holman, director of UK hardlines & business operations at Nickelodeon; Vickie O'Malley, MD of Rockpool; and Dave Tovey, licensing manager at Mind Candy.