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The 33rd Frankfurt Rights Meeting

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

2 - 5 pm CEST

Hall 4.2, Room Dimension

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The key conference for the rights and licensing market

The Frankfurt Rights Meeting has been the meeting place for all decision-makers in the field of rights and licenses for over 30 years. Top-class speakers offer an exclusive insight into current topics and trends to over 200 participants.
This is where rights and license managers, literary agents, scouts and publishers meet for lectures, discussions and networking.

The 2019 topics: Expanding, emerging, evolving

China and the Czech Republic – our expert speakers provide facts, figures, topics and trends and offer insight into new players and current developments in their respective markets.


Technologies & Rights (Selling) – learn about existing technologies and how they (can) support rights sellers and understand what lays ahead.


During the Round Table Sessions participants can discuss what they have heard in greater depth with the speakers, international colleagues and other experts.


As always, the networking afterwards offers the opportunity to end the day in a quiet atmosphere with a glass of wine.
 

The 2019 conference

2.00 pm

Welcome

Speaker: Jenny Kühne, Key Account Manager Rights & Licensing, Frankfurter Buchmesse, Germany

2.05 pm 

The Chinese book market

The Chinese rights market is a well established one – but the country’s economic growth, speedy urbanisation and every growing literacy lead to new opportunities for international publishers. Dive deep into the Chinese book market, learn about trends and current developments with our expert Yanping Jiang.

Speaker:  Yanping Jiang, CEO and Vice Chairman, OpenBook, China

2.20 pm

Trade publishing in China

Dive deep into the Chinese trade publishing sector, hear about what kind of books sell and why, understand which factors drive buying decisions and what to look out for when selling into the market. Speaker:  Wuping Zhao, Deputy Chief Editor and Vice President, Shanghai Translation Publishing, China

2.35 pm

University presses in China

What kinds of books do Chinese university presses publish and look out for? Which research topics are currently dominating the academic landscape? Learn all about this sector and find out where the opportunities for international publishers lie.

Speaker:  Guangyu (Tracy) Liu, Director Department of Rights and International Cooperation, China Renmin University Press, China

2.50 pm Open Q&A - China
3.00 pm

The Czech Republic

35% of the titles published in the Czech Republic are translations – this combined with a growing economy and the highest per capita number of books read per year in Europe provide excellent conditions for rights sellers. Learn all about the current market, important players, trends and arising opportunities in this lively market.

Speaker:  Kristin Olson, Owner, Kristin Olson Literary Agency, Czech Republic  

3.20 pm Coffee break
3.35 pm

International legislation and e-signature

E-Signature can make a rights seller’s life easier – but where in the world is this technology already accepted? And what points do rights sellers need to be aware of when using it? Our expert speakers provide an overview of international legislation and standard practices.

Speaker: Peter Craddock, Senior lead lawyer, DLA Piper, Belgium Valerijus Ostrovskis, Senior lead lawyer, DLA Piper, Belgium  

3.50 pm

Selling rights online - a market overview

Learn about the players currently in the market and their different (or similar?) offerings, hear from seller members’ experiences and find out if and how such technology could be useful for your rights business. 

Speaker:  Jeremy Brinton, Owner, JB Consultancy, UK  

4.05 pm

Blockchain - the future of rights?

Blockchain is everywhere – but what IS it actually and will it disrupt the way in which rights are sold and bought? Look into the future and understand the challenges and opportunities lying ahead. 

Speaker:  Sebastian Posth, Owner, Posth Werk BV, Netherlands / Germany

4.20 pm

Round table sessions

Attendees can discuss what they have heard in greater depth with the speakers, international colleagues and other experts. Besides our expert speakers the following hosts will be happy to welcome participants at their tables:

  • Online Rights Platforms – IPR License: Jane Tappuni, Managing Director, IPR License, UK / Germany
  • Online Rights Platforms – RightsDesk: Sebastian Ritscher, Founder, RightsDesk, Switzerland
  • Online Rights Platforms – PubMatch: Jon Malinowski, Managing Director, PubMatch, USA
  • Online Rights Platforms – Nakiri: Rosine Zadi, Co-Founder, Nakiri, France
  • Copyright Clinic: topic & host tbd, Copyright Clearance Center, USA
5.00 pm End of conference, followed by a networking reception

 

Jeremy Brinton auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Jeremy Brinton - Owner - JB Consultancy - UK

Jeremy Brinton spent three years at Publishers' Licensing Services (UK) as Head of Publisher Relations principally responsible for managing publisher relationships, gaining an intimate understanding of publishers' changing business needs to ensure PLS developed appropriate collective rights management services for its primary stakeholders.

Jeremy Brinton spent three years at Publishers' Licensing Services (UK) as Head of Publisher Relations principally responsible for managing publisher relationships, gaining an intimate understanding of publishers' changing business needs to ensure PLS developed appropriate collective rights management services for its primary stakeholders.

Following an eleven year commissioning career with Informa and Thomas Telford publishing, Jeremy built on his publishing experience as Publishing Manager with a premier Middle East trade publisher, prior to taking up a new role as CEO of bookseller Magrudy Enterprises, Dubai.
After four years in this position, Jeremy went on to provide strategic, board level expertise to a number of UK publishers and affiliated organisations. His experience and knowledge of the professional and trade publishing sectors, both in the UK and overseas, has given Jeremy a deep understanding of the publishing industry.

Kristin Olson auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Kristin Olson - Owner - Kristin Olson Literary Agency - Czech Republic

In 1994, Kristin Olson founded her eponymous translation rights agency which this year celebrates 25 years as an independent agency selling rights into the Czech and Slovak markets; it is the largest and oldest independent agency in the market.

In 1994, Kristin Olson founded her eponymous translation rights agency which this year celebrates 25 years as an independent agency selling rights into the Czech and Slovak markets; it is the largest and oldest independent agency in the market.

Kristin Olson graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Comparative Literature. She then worked as an editorial assistant at what is now a division of Penguin Random House for three years, before moving to Prague in 1992 to work with a book importing company and with the Czech center of P.E.N. to help organize the World Congress of P.E.N. in Prague in 1994.
She is also on the board of directors of an annual international poetry festival which takes place in Prague in November every year.

Guangyu Tracy Liu auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Guangyu (Tracy) Liu - Director Department of Rights and International Cooperation - China Renmin University Press - China

Guangyu (Tracy) Liu is the Director of the Department of Rights and International Cooperation at China Renmin University Press (CRUP). As a senior international rights professional in China’s publishing industry, she has been awarded with an array of awards such as “Excellent Copyright Manager” by official institutions.

Guangyu (Tracy) Liu is the Director of the Department of Rights and International Cooperation at China Renmin University Press (CRUP). As a senior international rights professional in China’s publishing industry, she has been awarded with an array of awards such as “Excellent Copyright Manager” by official institutions.

Holding a master’s degree in International Politics, she joined CRUP right after her graduation in 1998. Since then, Tracy has been working in the international rights acquisition business of CRUP for almost all her 21 years’ career life. She is one of the authors of the 2014 edition of the International Publishing Blue Book: Development Report of International Publishing Industry and has published multiple articles in newspapers and other media of China’s publishing industry.

Yanping Jiang auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Yanping Jiang - CEO and Vice Chairman, Beijing OpenBookCo. - China

Ms. Jiang currently serves as CEO and Vice Chairman of Beijing OpenBookCo., a privately-owned research and consulting company focused on the Chinese book industry. Besides providing industry data and market insights, she and her team also support international publishers wishing to enter the market.

Ms. Jiang currently serves as CEO and Vice Chairman of Beijing OpenBookCo., a privately-owned research and consulting company focused on the Chinese book industry. Besides providing industry data and market insights, she and her team also support international publishers wishing to enter the market.

Ms Jiang joined the company in 2000 and has since served as the chief editor of a large number of its independent research projects. She has also presided over research projects undertaken by the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee and provincial Publicity Departments which together oversee the Chinese book industry.

Peter Craddock auf der frankfurter Buchmesse

Peter Craddock - Senior Lead Lawyer, Intellectual Property and Technology, DLA Piper - Belgium

Peter Craddock is a legal technologist, combining a legal practice in the fields of data and technology law with software development in his spare time to assist him in his work. He has nine years of experience in leading complex projects in the fields of software contracting, data protection, cybersecurity, e-commerce and IT outsourcing, and his practical understanding of the underlying technical considerations and hands-on approach makes him a key intermediary between business, legal and technical representatives in such projects.

Peter Craddock is a legal technologist, combining a legal practice in the fields of data and technology law with software development in his spare time to assist him in his work. He has nine years of experience in leading complex projects in the fields of software contracting, data protection, cybersecurity, e-commerce and IT outsourcing, and his practical understanding of the underlying technical considerations and hands-on approach makes him a key intermediary between business, legal and technical representatives in such projects.

He has also spearheaded several innovative service delivery initiatives within the firm, notably the development of tools for GDPR compliance and cybersecurity risk management (including Notify, DLA Piper's new data breach assessment tool, which was “Highly Commended” at the 2019 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards).

Valerijus Ostrovskis auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Valerijus Ostrovskis - Senior Lead Lawyer, EU Regulatory and Government Affairs, DLA Piper - Belgium

Valerijus Ostrovskis has extensive experience advising clients - leading international companies and foreign governments - on the European Union's policy and regulation, with a focus on EU law and policy. He also has in-depth knowledge and significant experience in the fields of European copyright law, data protection, technology, EU and international economic sanctions and export control regulations.

Valerijus Ostrovskis has extensive experience advising clients - leading international companies and foreign governments - on the European Union's policy and regulation, with a focus on EU law and policy. He also has in-depth knowledge and significant experience in the fields of European copyright law, data protection, technology, EU and international economic sanctions and export control regulations.

He has advised and represented the interests of many multinational companies and industry associations vis-à-vis the EU institutions on the EU legislative and policy-making process. He practices in a wide range of areas, including copyright, financial services, energy and transport regulation.

Sebastian Post auf der Frankfurter Buchmess

Sebastian Posth - Founder and Managing Director, Posth Werk BV - Germany

Sebastian Posth is an entrepreneur and consultant in the publishing industry with a focus on digital innovation and blockchain technology. As such, he has been working for many years to transform innovative technology into valuable and useful products, services and tools for the publishing industry; with the personal ambition to support media companies in developing and implementing a digital business model that suits their needs and helps them grow their digital business.

Sebastian Posth is an entrepreneur and consultant in the publishing industry with a focus on digital innovation and blockchain technology. As such, he has been working for many years to transform innovative technology into valuable and useful products, services and tools for the publishing industry; with the personal ambition to support media companies in developing and implementing a digital business model that suits their needs and helps them grow their digital business.

Sebastian is also a co-initiator and contributor to the Content Blockchain Project and the chairman of the board of the ISCC Foundation, an independent international non-profit organization to support and promote open, interoperable and decentralized content identifier technology.

Wuping Zhao auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Wuping Zhao - stellvertr. Cheflektor und Vize-Präsident, Shanghai Translation Publishing House - China

Wuping Zhao joined Shanghai Translation Publishing House in July 2001, and has been active in international markets ever since, publishing both fiction and nonfiction in Chinese translation. He is noted for publishing contemporary authors, including Milan Kundera, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jean-Christophe Ruffin, Philip Roth, Bernhard Schlink, and Banana Yoshimoto. He also publishes academic works along with titles related to international politics. Noam Chomsky, Joseph Nye, Ezra Vogel, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Henry Kissinger, Al Gore, Brigitte Macron and other scholars and politicians are on his list. Wuping speaks frequently on the topic of international publishing at book fairs in Frankfurt, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.

Wuping Zhao joined Shanghai Translation Publishing House in July 2001, and has been active in international markets ever since, publishing both fiction and nonfiction in Chinese translation. He is noted for publishing contemporary authors, including Milan Kundera, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jean-Christophe Ruffin, Philip Roth, Bernhard Schlink, and Banana Yoshimoto. He also publishes academic works along with titles related to international politics. Noam Chomsky, Joseph Nye, Ezra Vogel, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Henry Kissinger, Al Gore, Brigitte Macron and other scholars and politicians are on his list. Wuping speaks frequently on the topic of international publishing at book fairs in Frankfurt, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.

Furthermore, Wuping is an established author and translator himself. He conducted research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University as a visiting scholar from August 2017 to July 2018, graduated from Yale Publishing Course in 2014 and Columbia-Radcliff Publishing Course in 2009, won the fellowship of the Henry Luce Foundation and participated in the Yale-China’s American Studies program at Yale University in July 1999. Prior to his publishing career, he spent seven years as a book reporter in Beijing.

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