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Gene Simmons to Headline Licensing Leadership Summit 2020

The multi-hyphenate entertainment and entrepreneurial icon is set to take the stage at upcoming executive-level conference to share strategies to build a billion-dollar brand

/EIN News/ -- SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Global Licensing Group at Informa Markets, the licensing industry’s leading tradeshow organizer and media partner, today announced world-renowned entertainer and entrepreneur Gene Simmons will headline Licensing Leadership Summit 2020 as the lead keynote speaker. Simmons has been tantalizing and titillating fans for more than four decades. Simmons is the co-founder of KISS, America’s No. 1 Gold Record award-winning group of all time, and is the brains behind the merchandise powerhouse that has driven more than $1 billion in retail sales of licensed consumer products for brands ranging from Gene Simmons Family Jewels to Rock & Brews, Erebus Pictures, Simmons Records, LA KISS and more. He’s also engineered collaborations with best-in-class partners such as Archie Comics, Coca-Cola, Hello Kitty, Visa, USPS, Indy Car Series and more. In his keynote, “Gene Simmons: Creating a Brand,” Simmons will speak candidly to the Licensing Leadership Summit audience about the launch of his newest branding empire and the secrets to leveraging a brand when you’re the star.

“Licensing is an ever-changing, multi-faceted industry that, if executed passionately and strategically, allows brands to showcase and monetize their style and personality,” said Simmons. “I look forward to sharing my personal experience and lessons learned over my years mastering the art of this electric business with Licensing Leadership Summit attendees.” 

Year-over-year, the business of brand licensing is continuously growing and evolving. According to the Licensing International Annual Global Licensing Survey, global retail sales of licensed merchandise and services grew to $280.3 billion in 2018. Licensing Leadership Summit, an exclusive executive-level conference and networking event, sits at the center of the industry’s innovation, connecting global trend setters shaping the dynamic industry across manufacturing, retail, brands, and agents. The intimate conference set to take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, March 16-17, 2020, will bring together more than 300 brand licensing and retail executives for two full days of networking and thought leadership. To register to attend, please visit: LicensingLeadershipSummit/Register2020.

“We are honored to announce that Gene Simmons will headline this year’s Licensing Leadership Summit,” said Anna Knight, Vice President, Global Licensing Group. “Simmons is truly a merchandising genius – as the driver of one of the biggest music brands of all time, the innovation behind and staying power of his brand is certainly one any business leader would want to emulate. His ability to take risks, foster deep and lasting brand growth and diversify across product categories is inspiring and will be an experience our attendees will take back to the board room.”  

Additional keynotes and speakers at Licensing Leadership Summit include:

  • Research and analysis organization, The NPD Group
  • 19 million subscribers strong YouTube star Steven John (Blippi)
  • Artestar
  • Beanstalk
  • Dependable Rights
  • Funko
  • Future State Brands
  • Google Shopping
  • JPatten
  • MoMa
  • NFL Players Association
  • Spin Master
  • Trevco
  • United Talent Agency
  • Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products
  • Viacom CBS Consumer Products
  • Zynga
  • And many more!

Confirmed attendees include executives from:

  • Beanstalk
  • Coty Inc.
  • Crayola
  • Major League Baseball
  • Mars Wrigley
  • Steve Madden
  • The Pokémon Company
  • Warner Bros.
  • Warner Media
  • And many more!

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Media Contacts:

Audrey Uchimoto, (310) 496-9423,
Lauren Lloyd, (310) 266-4792,
Tam Nguyen, (424) 410-9797,

About Global Licensing Group
The Global Licensing Group at Informa Markets 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 Informa Markets: Licensing Expo, Brand Licensing Europe, Licensing Expo Japan, Licensing Expo China, The Licensing Leadership Summit, License Global magazine, and License Global Daily E-News. Global Licensing Group events are sponsored by Licensing International (LI).

The Global Licensing Group is organized by Informa Markets, which recently acquired UBM to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B events and exhibitions organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit

About The Licensing Leadership Summit
The Licensing Leadership Summit takes place every spring in New York City. The executive-level conference and networking event brings together leading professionals from the brand licensing industry’s most influential organizations including licensees, retailers, agents, service providers and licensors. With content developed by License Global magazine and organized by the Global Licensing Group at Informa Markets, this intimate gathering is designed to complement the Global Licensing Group’s trade shows and information products, which include Licensing Expo, Brand Licensing Europe, Licensing Expo Japan, Licensing Expo China, and License Global magazine.

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Gene Simmons

Licensing Leadership Summit 2020 Keynote Speaker Gene Simmons