The 31st Frankfurt Rights Meeting is about ‘Change’

The 31st Frankfurt Rights Meeting is about 'Change'

At the Frankfurt Rights Meeting, which will take place the day before the Frankfurter Buchmesse (11-15 October 2017), there will be more in-depth discussions, more time for networking and increased sharing of experiences and information—thanks to a redesigned format. 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’ will figure in the subsequent round table sessions, during which the speakers will be available for questions and further discussion. In this way, the new format will give participants the opportunity to share more information and to expand their international network.

 Speakers from the audio market
Helena Gustafsson, chief executive officer 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.

 Speakers from Japan

Manami Tamaoki, general manager of 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).

 Speakers from 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. 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.

 This year’s Frankfurt Rights Meeting will take place on 10 October 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Business Club of the Frankfurter Buchmesse (Hall 4.0, Room ‘Europa’). For tickets and more information, visit

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