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By Stephanie Crets

San Diego Comic Con is one of the biggest events in the comics and entertainment industry in the world. This year’s convention, which was held July 21 to 24 at the San Diego Convention Center, was no exception. Attendance for Comic Con usually tops out at more than 130,000 attendees, and the convention has maxed out its event space, including even more satellite locations to incorporate more programming and accommodate more attendees.

Comic Con brings thousands of comic creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, actors and writers and creators from all aspects of popular arts together with their fans – some even wait in line overnight for a chance to see their favorite guest – for panels and signings.


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The ninth annual Food Network and Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola (NYCWFF) will once again set out to help “Eat. Drink. EndHunger.” this fall. With nearly 100 events and more than 350 participating talent, the industry-wide celebration showcases what’s on trend and what’s next in the ever-growing epicurean landscape.

Since its inception, NYCWFF has successfully raised more than $9.5 million to support the fight to end hunger by working with its charity partners, No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City.

Festival founder and director, Lee Schrager, who also serves as senior vice president, communications and corporate social responsibility at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, enlists both established and up-and-coming talent from all over the world to participate in his signature mix of events that range from hands-on classes, to panel discussions to expansive walk-around tastings held on Piers 92 and 94 in Midtown West.

This year, Coca-Cola joined the bill as the official presenting sponsor after partnering with the festival for eight years on various events. Additional sponsors will include past partners Delta Air Lines, New York Post, MasterCard and new to this year, Alfa Romeo, who has come on as the official automotive partner, and PEOPLE magazine.



Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), the largest and most prestigious licensing event in Europe, is returning this October and is shaping up to be the biggest ever. With more than 2,500 properties on show from more than 300 exhibitors, BLE is the biggest meeting point for the licensing industry in Europe – bringing together more than 7,200 visitors from 60-plus countries to discover some of the biggest brands in the industry.

The all-new matchmaking service, which saw amazing success at Licensing Expo, is launching at BLE this year and allows visitors and exhibitors to schedule 1-2-1 meetings pre-show. Engagement is very high for BLE with more than 2,000 meeting requests already sent by the beginning of September. Visitors can connect with exhibitors from all three zones of the show – Character & Entertainment, Brands & Lifestyle and Art, Design & Image. Exhibitors include Pokémon, Nickelodeon, PSG, Arsenal, 20th Century Fox, Activision, TF1, Cartoon Network, FIFA, IWM, Royal Airforce Museum and many more. Meetings are on a first-come-first-served basis and exhibitors’ schedules are booking up so visitors are advised to use this system to book their meetings as soon as possible.


This winter, nearly 30,000 play professionals from around the globe will flock to New York City to check out the hottest new toys and games, conduct business with the world’s top toy buyers and sellers and gain critical industry insights at the 114th annual North American International Toy Fair™, the largest toy and youth entertainment product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere.

Taking place Saturday, Feb. 18 to Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, Toy Fair will once again bring together global retail buyers, toymakers, toy inventors, licensors, entertainment executives and distributors under one roof for four jam-packed days of deal-making, networking and educational programming.

For more than 100 years, the show has been considered a “must-attend” event for play professionals vying for a stake in the $22 billion U.S. toy market. The show attracts buyers from more than 7,000 unique retail outlets eager to scope out innovative new products on display by more than 1,000 passionate and creative North American and global toy sellers.


FN PLATFORM is gearing up for a landmark show this August in Las Vegas.

With more than 1,600 men’s, women’s, juniors' and children’s footwear brands from over 20 countries expected on the show floor, August 2016 is anticipated to be the show's best market yet. Known as the global showcase for branded footwear, its international presence has grown to represent 250 exhibitors from over 20 countries, including top brands from Italy, France, Britain, Spain, Brazil, Portugal and more.

The show also draws prominent domestic exhibitors and this season is no exception with names like Sam Edelman, Vince Camuto, Cole Haan and Rebecca Minkoff gearing up to have a huge presence on the show floor. FN PLATFORM continues to bring in fresh talent as well – 20 percent of February 2016 exhibitors were new to the show and August 2016’s lineup lists fresh faces across every footwear category.

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