Frankfurt’s 2016 Rights Meeting: Where the Surprises Are

In News by Porter Anderson

In its 30th year, the Frankfurt Rights Meeting on October 18 will place special attention on the sometimes unexpected success stories coming out of international publishing’s rights and licensing arena.
2015 Rights Directors Meeting at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Image: Frankfurter Buchmesse)

2015 Rights Directors Meeting at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Image: Frankfurter Buchmesse)

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘Surprising Successes in Challenging Times’
Speakers and programming for Frankfurt Book Fair’s 30th Rights Meeting 2016 have been announced for the afternoon of October 18 in Hall 4.2, with a themed focus on “surprising successes in challenging times.”

Immediate registration is available, with an Early Bird price valid until August 31.

30th Frankfurt Rights Meeting logo pureWhile rights transactions always lie at the heart of the fair, the current international market’s intricacies have helped energize the rights context so effectively that Frankfurt’s rights center, the Literary Agents & Scouts Center (LitAg) had an early sellout of available tables. The fair has added agent meetings on 18 October, the eve of the fair’s trade-show opening, to facilitate business with publishers, who for the first time will have a one-day Publishers Rights Corner in Hall 6.3 adjacent to the LitAg.

As was evident in Publishing Perspectives’ rights conference last month in New York City, “More orchestrated, coordinated, and supported approaches to the management of rights is fast becoming a major key for publishers at a time when sales are challenged in saturated markets: a failure to exploit rights to the fullest, most efficient degree possible is something publishers can’t afford.”

Kris Kliemann

Kris Kliemann

As Frankfurt’s announced agenda indicates, key comments are planned from Kris Kleimann, formerly Director of Global Rights at Wiley, USA, and now a rights consultant. Her copyright and licensing experience lies in a wide range of markets, and encompasses many content types. She’ll be speaking about the long-term potential of the backlist, uncovering possible streams of revenue.

Here’s a recent Publishing Perspectives interview with Kliemann.

After Bärbel Becker opens the conference at 2 p.m., conference host Isabelle Bleecker, International Rights Director with Perseus Books Group, Hachette Book Group, will introduce the program. Bleecker has more than 20 years in the publishing industry—more than 17 of them in content and licensing.

More speakers on tap:

  • Bence Sárközy, Director of Hungary’s Libri Publishing, will speak about conditions in his company’s market, emphasizing challenges he faces every day and how he manages to publish translations.
  • John Donatich, Director of Yale University Press, will share his insights into the US publishing market, focusing on the factors for selling translations successfully in the USA.
  • Gudrun Hebel, founder of agentur literatur, Germany, is the agenting force behind the internationally successful title Norwegian Wood by Lars Mytting.
  • Katharina Bielenberg, commissioning editor at MacLehose Press, who will present the behind-the-scenes “journey” of this exceptional title and explore what “made this book work,” especially in the challenging UK market.
  • Michael Healy, Executive Director for International Relations with Copyright Clearance Center. His focus will be on the state of copyright licensing around the world. (Copyright Clearance Center is the event’s official sponsor and additional support is provided by IPR License.)

Here is a special commentary from Healy for Publishing Perspectives on copyright battles of particular note at the moment—and on publishers’ need to understand and follow the issues involved.

The Rights Meeting at Frankfurt was formerly known as the International Rights Directors Meeting—today, attendees include not only director-level personnel but also licensing and rights managers, publishers, literary agents, scouts, and export managers and business development players in publishing.

More details of the Frankfurt Rights Meeting are here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He is also co-owner and editor with Jane Friedman of The Hot Sheet, the newsletter for trade and indie authors. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald.