Licensing International UK has announced six nominees for its 2019 Rising Stars Award, which recognizes excellence among UK-based junior licensing industry professionals who have influenced their companies in meaningful and innovative ways. Last year’s crop of nominees included Cartoon Network licensing associate Tasmyn Knight, as well as Nickelodeon Viacom consumer products retail licensing manager Alex Salisbury.
This year’s winner will be announced during the 2019 Licensing Awards, which will take place in London on September 10.
The 2019 shortlist includes:
Louisa Skevington (pictured bottom left), licensing coordinator at Rocket Licensing, where she works on a brand portfolio that includes The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Elf on the Shelf, Horrible Histories, Beano, Rebel Girls and Godzilla. Skevington is responsible for publishing, games and puzzles, and accessories categories.
Samuel Byard (pictured top left), product development manager at SEGA, a position he’s held for four years, during which time he has provided creative direction and feedback to licensees on product submissions at each stage of development.
My Icon Story founder Laura Lane (pictured top center), whose interactive web design platform offers customers the ability to tell their life stories through icon art. Lane’s London-based startup launched in 2017.
Oliver Stanton (pictured bottom center), senior licensing manager at TSBA Group, who was upped to this role earlier this year. Previously, Stanton worked with TSBA Group brands including H&M and Boots as manager of licensing and brand partnerships.
Sebastian Mather (pictured bottom right), founder of Beautiful Game, which manufactures and sells licensed wall stickers and murals. Sports-skewing Beautiful Game currently has global and exclusive licenses in place with more than 25 UK football clubs.
Karina Rhoden (pictured top right), junior licensing manager at Smiley Company, a brand licensing agency that holds the rights to smiley face symbols in more than 100 territories.