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Meet the Licensing's 40 Under 40 with License Global's Annual "The Influentials" Report
The December 2018 issue honors the next generation of influencers impacting licensing in a marked way

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- License Global magazine, the licensing industry's thought leader, today released its 2018 "The Influentials" report, which recognizes the achievements of licensing executives and professionals who drive innovation. This year, License Global honors 40 Under 40, with honorees hailing from globally-respected companies including BBC, CAA/GBG, Gameloft, Grumpy Cat, IMG, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, Taste Beauty, Warner Music Company and WWE, among others. To read the full 40 Under 40 feature, please visit here.   

"The bold risk-takers and novel minds on 'The Influentials' report this year are the next generation of business executives that will drive future strategies and innovation," said Amanda Cioletti, Content Director, License Global. "They will shape the landscape for years to come; they are our next board members, presidents and CEOs. We are proud to chronicle this year's 'Influentials' and look forward to the ways in which they will continue to build, not only the licensed consumer product industry, but business as a whole."

This year's 40 Under 40 honorees were nominated by their peers in the licensing industry, followed by strict vetting and evaluation by License Global magazine's editorial team to select the final winners.

The 40 Under 40 honorees on "The Influentials" list include: 

  • Michael Almeida, Joester Loria Group
  • Maya Assis, Accutime Watch Corporation
  • Josh Austin, Paramount Pictures
  • Sam Barker, IMG
  • David Born, Born Licensing
  • Jacob Cohen, Earthbound Brands
  • Rikesh Desai, BBC
  • Sam Ferguson, Jazwares
  • Thomas Ferguson, Endemol Shine North America
  • Alex Fogelson, Taste Beauty
  • Trevor George, Trevco
  • Jarred Goro, King Features
  • Stephanie Griggs, Roald Dahl Story Company
  • Scott Halpern, WWE
  • Simo Hämäläinen, Rovio
  • Todd Kaufman, Beanstalk
  • Laura Kaufmann, CAA-GBG
  • Anna Knight, Brand Licensing Europe
  • Alix Kram, Warner Music Group Artist Services
  • Stephanie Kupperman, Creative Licensing Corporation
  • Daniel Landver, Digital Brand Products
  • Ben Lashes, A Weird Movie (Grumpy Cat)
  • Karen Lawler, Hachette Children's Group
  • Sheelagh Li, Beanstalk
  • Ashley Mady, Women in Toys
  • Shane Mang, The Jim Henson Company
  • Ricky Medina, NFL Players Inc.
  • Colin McLaughlin, Retail Monster
  • Dani Merkrebs, eOne
  • Marshall Mizrahi, Handcraft
  • Michelle Perez, Gameloft
  • Jess Richardson, Netflix
  • Eva Rodriguez, Fox Consumer Products
  • Corey Salter, Authentic Brands Group
  • Milin Shah, CultureFly
  • Ian Shepherd, The Social Store
  • Laura Shim, IMG (Korea)
  • Allison Tseng, Universal
  • Jacqueline Vong, Playology International
  • Sharon Weisman, LIMA

Many of the companies represented on "The Influentials" report are also exhibitors at one or several of Global Licensing Group at UBM events, which includes Licensing Expo, the world's largest tradeshow dedicated to brand licensing, taking place June 4 – 5, 2019 in Las Vegas.

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About License Global 
License Global magazine, published by the Global Licensing Group at UBM, is the leading news source for the brand licensing industry, delivering award-winning editorial content including news, trends, analysis and special reports about the global consumer product and retail marketplace. Through its print edition, website, daily e-newsletter and event publications, License Global reaches more than 150,000 executives and professionals in all major markets. The magazine also serves as the official publication for the sector's trade events, which include Licensing Expo, Brand Licensing Europe, Licensing Expo Japan, Licensing Expo China and the NYC Licensing Summit.

About Global Licensing Group  
The Global Licensing Group at UBM is the licensing industry's leading tradeshow organizer and media partner. Its mission is to provide licensing opportunities around the world by bringing brands and products together. The following events and information products are produced for the licensing industry by the Global Licensing Group at UBM: Licensing Expo, Brand Licensing Europe, Licensing Expo Japan, Licensing Expo China, NYC Licensing Summit, License Global magazine and License Global Daily E-News. Global Licensing Group events are sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA).

The Global Licensing Group is organized by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit and

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