Children’s publishers sign up to rights exchange

Children’s publishers sign up to rights exchange

Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Oxford University Press are among the publishers attending a new rights exchange event, organised by the Children’s Media Conference (CMC), to bring publishers and media companies together.
 
The CMC Rights Exchange will take place in London on the 7th November and was set up to help publishers, agents, TV and film producers, and gaming professionals to trade rights.
 
CMC director Greg Childs described the event as a “totally new form of market”. He said: “Delegates from across the children’s industries will be able to come to our event and meet potential partners at this one-stop shop. As the old model of licensing published content is being superseded by new forms of partnership or service delivery models, there needs to be a forum to understand, explore and negotiate those new relationships.”
 
The one-day event is split into the two halves. In the morning, there will be a series of conference-style sessions exploring partnerships and how companies build content brands. Speakers include Ingrid Selberg, m.d. of Simon and Schuster Children’s UK, Philippa Milnes-Smith, m.d. of LAW Writers and Artists Agents, and Michael Carrington, c.e.o. of The Foundation media company.
 
In the afternoon, delegates can take part in one-on-one meetings with other attendees.
 
The Bookseller is the media partner for the event and other publishers attending include Scholastic, D.C. Thomson and Walker Books. Literary agencies such as the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency will be there on the day, as will media companies such as the BBC, Milkshake Channel 5 and Playabble.
 
Speaking at the Bookseller Children’s Conference in September, Childs said publishers are in an advantageous position when it comes to selling rights, as they have such a lot of fantastic content.
 
He said: “I believe going beyond your core product is the future in creating brands. The model is to go beyond what you’re doing now and into a place where you’re reflecting what’s going on in other media. The reason you are really well placed to do this is your relationship with IP and the creators of IP.”
 
The CMC Rights Exchange is taking place at Two Temple Place in London. Delegates can sign up to the afternoon meetings using the CMC’s Meeting Mojo booking system on the website.