SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS

Since 1986, when industry leaders first gathered to celebrate the creativity and accomplishments of their colleagues, the annual Licensing International Excellence Awards have been a highlight of the year for the global licensing community.

The Excellence Awards have continually evolved over the last 3 decades, alongside the industry they honor, serving not only to showcase exceptional work, but also as a time capsule of licensing through the years. See all the past winners here…

Now’s your chance! The submissions window for the 2020 Awards is open. Enter here from now through January 31, 2020.

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A GLOBAL AWARD FOR A GLOBAL INDUSTRY

The Licensing International Excellence Awards are the only international recognition of licensing excellence, spanning borders and languages.

The competition to make it on the ballot, much less win, is fierce. In 2019, we received more than 600 entries from around the world, resulting in 154 nominees. Check out the 2019 Winners. The nominees are selected by a judging panel of industry experts from around the world who are identified by Licensing International officials.  The Licensing International membership then gets a chance to vote on their favorites, which is factored into the final decision. The induction of the newest Licensing International Hall of Fame member and the Rising Star Award, recognizing exceptional young professionals who are shaping the future of licensing, round out the honors. Last year, for the first time in the Awards’ history, submissions and judging were conducted fully online, making a process that was once limited by geography and time zones easily accessible to entrants and judges anywhere in the world. Not only did the pool of expert judges expand significantly (the 2019 panel included close to 150 executives from 18 different countries), but the submissions also reflected the diversity and innovation of our industry like never before. In 2020, we will continue to expand the international diversity of both our judging panel and our slate of nominees.

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A WINNER

This is no time to be humble… Here’s what you need to know about entering the 2020 Licensing International Excellence Awards (view the Official Criteria here):  

  • The Licensing International Excellence Awards are open to licensors, agents, licensees, retailers and anyone else from the worldwide licensing industry with a product or brand that meets the criteria of each category. You (or your company) DO NOT have to be a Licensing International member to enter. And it’s completely free – there are no entry fees.
  • The brand or product must have had bona fide retail distribution during the calendar year of 2019.
  • You must fill out the online entry form for each category you wish to enter. You will be asked to describe what was special about your product/brand and discuss how it was received in the marketplace (things like placement, sell-through, etc.)
  • You will need to provide up to five high-resolution (300 dpi) digital images of your brand or product. You also have the option to include a video link. 
  • The deadline for submissions is January 24, 2020. Entries received after this date will not be eligible for consideration
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