Tag Archives: Ian Downes

OPINION – Hurrah for the madding crowd: How crowdfunding is fueling the flames of fandom

It’s like the old Funko strapline says: Everybody’s a fan of something. It’s no secret that adult fandom has become an increasingly important market to the toy industry and pop culture scene in general, but – with limited shelf space among retailers – just how can brands and manufacturers cater …

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Six finalists revealed in this year’s all virtual License This! awards

The weeks are drawing in to the start of this year’s all-virtual Festival of Licensing, and with it the ever popular License This! final is undergoing its preparations to crown the winners of the 2020 offering.  Six brand designers have been shortlisted for this year’s final, with just a couple …

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Licensing chatter: 10 questions with Start Licensing’s Ian Downes

In these unprecedented times for the global community, it’s nice to keep connected – and for an industry as reliant on peer to peer networking as the licensing business, maintaining those connections with our industry colleagues is paramount. That’ why Licensing.biz is kicking off a new series of interviews to …

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Popular licensing four take on Thames Bridge Challenge in HikeForCal fundraiser

Popular licensing executives Ian Downes, Paul Bufton, Simon Gresswell, and Chris Isitt will take on the Thames Bridges Challenge this September walking together for Mind in memory of Ian’s son, Calum, who passed away in 2015 aged 19.  The event will see the team cross every London bridge, starting at …

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BLE 2018: “If I don’t do this, who will?” Nadiya Hussain on licensing life after The Great British Bake Off

In a candid conversation with Start Licensing’s Ian Downes and UBM’s Jessica Blue, Hussain detailed the moment she realised that what she was bringing to the world of cooking and licensing “was presenting an important message to the world.”

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