Judges announced for BLE 2018 License This! competition

Published on: 16th August 2018

With less than one month to go until entries close, UBM has revealed this year’s judging panel.

The closing date for entries is 14th September, and applicants can enter this year’s competition for free online at

Following the introduction of two awards to mark the competition’s 10th anniversary (Brand & Design and Character & Animation), two panels of judges will be responsible for whittling down the shortlist and choosing the two winners at the show in October.

The judges are:

Chair: Kelvyn Gardner – LIMA UK
Cross-category judge: Christina Schiavone – Wynne-Jones

Character & Animation judges:

Dan Grant – Danilo Promotions
Nikki Samuels – Sambro
Clare Piggott – Larkshead Media
Julia Redman – M&Co
Steve Manners – CPLG

Brand & Design judges:

Stuart Cox – I Like Birds
Will Stewart – The Point 1888
Vicki Thomas – Vicki Thomas Associates
Sarah Lawrence – This is Iris
Jehane Boden Spiers – Jehane Ltd.

“License This! is a proven propeller for entrepreneurs to launch themselves into the licensing industry and a valuable tool to bring fresh, exciting talent into licensing,” said BLE brand director Anna Knight. “BLE would like to say a huge thank you to all of this year’s judges; we’re really excited about the competition’s new format and seeing all of the entrants on judging day next month.”

This year’s winners will receive a free exhibition stand at BLE 2019, one year’s LIMA membership and PR support and advice from a panel of industry experts. Previous entrants – both winners and finalists – have also signed lucrative agent and licensing deals off the back of the competition.


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