Warner Bros., Disney, Walmart and Cherokee Executives To Kick Off Licensing Expo 2013 with Keynote Panel

 Warner Bros., Disney, Walmart and Cherokee Executives To Kick Off Licensing
                         Expo 2013 with Keynote Panel

Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products; Andy Prince, Sr.
Category Director, Toys, Walmart; Josh Silverman, EVP, Global Licensing,
Disney Consumer Products; and Henry Stupp, CEO, The Cherokee Group To Discuss
the Forces that Will Impact the Future of Licensing and Branding

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 18, 2013

NEW YORK, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The International Licensing Industry
Merchandisers' Association(LIMA) and Advanstar Licensing will bring together
four of the foremost experts from across the licensing business for a keynote
panel to kick-off Licensing Expo 2013. Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros.
Consumer Products; Andy Prince, Sr. Category Director, Toys, Walmart; Josh
Silverman, EVP, Global Licensing, Disney Consumer Products; and Henry Stupp,
Director and CEO, The Cherokee Group; will participate in a wide-ranging
discussion, "A Licensing Roadmap: Where Are We Headed, and How Will We Get
There?" The session promises to be a thought-provoking look at the state of
licensing today and the forces that will impact the industry's future – from
the globalization of retailing, communication, brands, and products to the
effects of technology on interaction with retailers, brands and content; how
the changing media landscape will affect business and more. The panel will
open the Expo on Tuesday, June 18, at 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the Mandalay
Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, and is free for all Expo attendees.

The executive keynote panel will be followed at 11:30 a.m. by a keynote
presentation, "Brands on the Brink of Global Expansion,"  headlined by
actress, fashion icon and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow.

"The opening keynote session has consistently been one of the best attended
and most informative events at Licensing Expo," said Charles Riotto, President
of LIMA, the exclusive show sponsor. "This year's distinguished group of
panelists features leading experts and visionaries representing several of the
largest and most successful companies in the world. The session presents a
unique opportunity for attendees to interact with some of the best and
brightest minds in the industry today."

About The Panelists
Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products – One of the
entertainment industry's most experienced and well-respected consumer products
executives, Globe oversees all WBCP business functions, including domestic and
international licensing, worldwide marketing, business and legal affairs,
finance and retail business development. Globe joined WBCP in February 2005 as
Executive Vice President and General Manager. While at the company, Globe has
helmed some of the most influential licensing initiatives in global- themed
entertainment, including the one-of-a-kind theme park experience, The
Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort; and the
state-of-the-art touring exhibition, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, featuring
set pieces and artifacts from the Warner Bros. films based on J.K. Rowling's
best-selling book series, among others. Prior to joining WBCP, Globe headed
the consumer products business for DreamWorks SKG. Globe joined Steven
Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment in 1983, and when Spielberg, Jeffrey
Katzenberg and David Geffen formed DreamWorks in 1994, he launched the
company's Consumer Products division.

Andy Prince, Walmart, Sr. Category Director, Toys, Walmart – Prince has been
connected to retailing and the toy industry for 28 years, the past 17 years
with Walmart. His current responsibilities include supervision of the buyers
for all boys categories, spring/summer-related categories, and games. Prior to
his current position, Prince was the Sr. Buyer for Boys Action Figures and
Construction from 2001-2011. In this role, he had close relationships with all
of the movie studios, as most of the action figure properties had a Hollywood
theatrical tie-in. Previous to joining Walmart, Prince was a buyer at
retailers Penn Daniels and Yellow Front Stores, the latter a division of Lucky
Food Corporation.

Josh Silverman, Executive Vice President, Global Licensing, Disney Consumer
Products – Silverman was named Executive Vice President of Global Licensing,
Disney Consumer Products (DCP) in 2011. Under his leadership, DCP leverages
The Walt Disney Company's unrivaled content into compelling product
experiences that deliver Disney magic to the home. Silverman oversees Disney,
Marvel and Lucasfilm franchise planning, category management and development
across a broad range of merchandise, including apparel, toys, home décor,
food, cosmetics, stationery and electronics. Prior to joining DCP, Silverman
was Senior Vice President of Global Strategy and Business Development for
Marvel Entertainment, responsible for global strategic and tactical matters
across divisions. In his current role, Silverman is driving growth of DCP's
licensing business domestically and internationally, and plays a key role in
brand management.

Henry Stupp, Chief Executive Officer, The Cherokee Group – Stupp became the
Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Cherokee Group in August 2010.
Cherokee Inc. is a global marketer and manager of a portfolio of Fashion and
Lifestyle brands it owns and represents in multiple consumer product
categories and sectors around the world, including Cherokee^®, Carole
Little^®, Sideout^®, Liz Lange^® andale by Alessandra^®. The company's annual
global retail sales are approaching $2 billion with license agreements with
premier retailers and manufacturers covering more than 40 countries around the
world. Prior tojoining Cherokee, Stupp was Co-Founder of Montreal-based Novel
Teez Designs, later known asNTD Apparel, a leading licenseeof entertainment,
character, sport and branded apparel, and a supplier toall major North
American retailers. After relocating to Southern California, Mr. Stupp served
asPresident of NTD Apparel USA LLC from 2005 to 2010.

In addition to the two keynotes set to launch this year's show, LIMA will once
again produce its annual Licensing University™ program. Taking place over a
four-day period alongside the Expo, Licensing University™ features a
comprehensive slate of 24 events and seminars that will provide participants
with actionable, up-to-the-minute information on ways to enhance their bottom
line and take their business to the next level.

LIMA's Certificate of Licensing Studies (CLS) program will also begin during
Licensing University™. This exclusive year-long educational program is
specifically designed to provide a 360-degree view of licensing for those
seeking a career in the industry as well as professionals who want to enhance
their skills in the ever-changing business.

For more information on Licensing University™ and Licensing Expo, visit

About LIMA
Founded in 1985, the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers'
Association (LIMA) is the primary trade organization for the worldwide
licensing industry. LIMA's mission is to bring together all segments of the
industry for the advancement of professionalism in licensing through research,
national and international seminars, trade events and publications. With
members in 35 countries, offices in New York, London, Munich, Tokyo, and Hong
Kong, and representatives in Australia, Iberia, India, Italy, Korea, and
Turkey, members enjoy access to a wide variety of activities, resources and
benefits. For more information on LIMA sponsored trade shows, educational
programming, networking opportunities and more, please visit
www.licensing.org. To learn more about LIMANET, the most complete network of
Property Information and Licensing Professionals online, please visit

LIMA is a proud supporter of the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation. To learn
more about how to join LIMA in standing up for the bravest, visit
www.licensing.org/about/lima-cares and "like" LIMA Cares on Facebook.

About Licensing Expo
Licensing Expo (www.licensingexpo.com) is the licensing industry's largest
annual event. A trade show for leveraging properties and brand equity to
develop merchandise, Licensing Expo attracts more than 400 exhibitors
representing more than 5,000 brands and properties in entertainment; sports;
fashion and apparel; publishing; art and design; automotive; animation/anime;
home and housewares; and lifestyle. Exhibitors include Fortune 500 consumer
brands, film studios, publishing houses and other creative agencies. Attendees
from more than 80 countries represent the world's leading retailers,
licensees, manufacturers, distributors and licensing agents. Licensing Expo is
owned and organized by Advanstar Communications, Inc., is sponsored by the
International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA), and is
affiliated with License! Global magazine and Brand Licensing Europe.

SOURCE Advanstar Communications, Inc.

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