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Focus: “Close-up on East Asia, audio and creating a buzz”

Frankfurt, 31 August 2017 – More in-depth discussions, more time for networking and increased sharing of experiences and information – thanks to a redesigned format, you can expect all this at the Frankfurt Rights Meeting, which will take place the day before the Frankfurter Buchmesse (11-15 October 2017). Even in terms of its theme, with the motto “Change is the new constant”, the 31st Frankfurt Rights Meeting is all about transformation. The focus will be on areas where big changes are happening – among others, the Japanese licensing business, the international audio market and the role of social media channels in the rights trade.

The first two hours of the leading conference for the rights and licensing business will feature presentations by industry experts. What’s new are the subsequent round table sessions, during which the speakers will be available for questions and further discussion. In this way, the new format gives participants the opportunity to share more information and to expand their international network.

The speakers

Audio market:

Helena Gustafsson, CEO of Storyside (Sweden), will provide an overview of the international audio industry. Kate Song, Associate Director, Rights & Licensing (Asia) at John Wiley & Sons (China), will examine the upsurge in the Chinese audio market. Kilian Kissling, Managing Director, Sales and Marketing at Argon Verlag (Germany), will present the success story of the German audio market.


Manami Tamaoki, General Manager of the Tuttle-Mori Agency (Japan), will share facts and figures about the Japanese book market. This will be followed by a related panel discussion with Japanese editors, moderated by Lance Fitzgerald, Vice President Subsidiary Rights at Crown Publishing (USA).

Social Media:

Lisanne Matthijsen-van Hoorn, Editor at Harper Collins (Netherlands), and Maria Cardona Serra, Literary Agent at Pontas Agency (Spain), will examine the connections between social media and the rights trade.

For 30 years, the Frankfurt Rights Meeting has been bringing together representatives of the international rights and licensing market of the publishing industry. The conference allows rights and licensing managers, literary agents, scouts, publishers, editors, business development managers and export managers to share experiences and develop an international network.

This year’s Frankfurt Rights Meeting will take place on Tuesday, 10 October 2017, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Business Club of the Frankfurter Buchmesse on the exhibition grounds (Hall 4.0, Room “Europa”). An early bird discount is available until 31 August 2017. For tickets and more information please visit:…

The Copyright Clearance Center is the official Premium Partner of the Frankfurt Rights Meetings, IPR License is an official partner of the conference and BookBrunch is the media partner for the event.

About CCC
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is a global leader in content management, licensing, discovery and delivery solutions. Through its relationships with those who use and create content, CCC drives market-based solutions that fuel research, power publishing and respect copyright. With its subsidiaries RightsDirect and Ixxus, CCC provides solutions for millions of people from the world’s largest companies and academic institutions.

About IPR License
IPR License is the first fully transactional rights and licensing marketplace within the publishing industry. It was founded in 2012, when a gap was identified in the market for a dedicated online platform on which publishing rights-holders could complete domestic and international licensing deals. In May 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair made a significant investment in IPR License, and in April 2016 it acquired control of the company, with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) keeping its minority stake. IPR License has over 500 members listing their rights online, and a large, international subscriber base of rights buyers. Since IPR License was launched, rights listing have been viewed in 201 countries across 168 languages. Twitter: @IPRLicense

About Bookbrunch
BookBrunch is a daily news service and information site for the book industry. Joint editors Nicholas Clee and Neill Denny have 40+ years covering the book trade between them. BookBrunch's news coverage reflects their knowledge and experience, and over 7,500 corporate and individual subscribers make BookBrunch their daily destination for publishing industry news.

About the Frankfurter Buchmesse
The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,150 exhibitors from 106 countries, around 278,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists of which 2,400 are bloggers – in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurter Buchmesse offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. Founded in 2016, THE ARTS+ is a business festival for creatives, investors, publishers, museums, tech companies, that takes place at Frankfurter Buchmesse. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

Contact for the media:
Press & Corporate Communications Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-138,
Kathrin Grün, Head of PR and Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,
Julia Biermann, Trainee Marketing & Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-165,
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