Licensing experts assemble for special London Book Fair online insights seminar next week

The former marketing manager of Licensing International UK and CEO of, Ryan Beaird will be chairing a panel of licensing experts during the London Book Fair’s online insights seminar later this month.

The basics of licensing seminar will be aimed at the show’s audience of publishers looking to get into licensing, or authors wanting to better understand how the licensing industry operates and how they can build a brand from their works.

Scheduled to take place on June, 22nd from 13.25, the hour long session will hear from Beaird as he shares insights from his seven years experience running the UK office of the licensing industry association, Licensing International UK. He will be joined by Thomas Merrington, creative director of Penguin Ventures who will talk about Peter Rabbit and the brand’s live exhibitions.

Following the presentations, there will be a live Q&A session with panellists including Merrington, Rob Wijeratna, joint MD of Rocket Licensing, Rebecca French, head of licensing at the Roald Dahl company, and Lauren Sizeland, director of licensing of the V&A, who will talk audiences through the V&A’s Alice in Wonderland exhibitions as well as its award winning shop.

“We are delighted that we can host this panel as part of The Online Book Fair’s seminar programme,” said Andy Ventris, event director, London Book Fair.

“We are sure that this topic will be of great interest to our audience, with more than 2,000 global publishing professionals registered for the event and licensing being such a crucial part to the business of publishing, this looks set to be one of the highlights of the Online Book Fair programme.”

Registration for the online event next week is free.

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