At This Year’s Frankfurt Rights Meeting: ‘Change Is the New Constant’

In News by Porter Anderson

With an updated format for its 31st year, the Frankfurt Rights Meeting on ‘Book Fair Tuesday’ focuses on Asian licensing, social media, and a burgeoning audiobook market.

At Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2016 Rights Meeting. Image: Frankfurter Buchmesse, Bernd Hartung

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

This Year: Round-Table Talks With Speakers
A redesigned format for the 31st iteration of Frankfurt Book Fair’s (October 11-15) popular Frankfurt Rights Meeting promises attendees “more in-depth discussion, more time for networking, and increased sharing of experiences and information,” say organizers.

The Rights Meeting is set for Tuesday, October 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Business Club in Hall 4, Room Europa. (A reminder: Today, August 31 is the last day to get the 20-percent Early Bird discount on tickets.)

Falling on “Frankfurt Tuesday,” the eve of the fair’s official opening, the Rights Meeting allows rights and licensing managers, literary agents, scouts, publishers, editors, business development managers, and export managers to share experiences and develop an international network

In line with its thematic approach, “Change Is the New Constant,” the Rights Meeting this year will place special attention on three key areas of international interest today:

  • The expanding audio market: what does the recent uptake in audio mean for the international rights business?
  • The Japanese licensing business: what’s selling in Japan, what isn’t? .
  • Social media channels in terms of how they impact the rights trade: what role do Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms play in the rights trade? Where do young editors find their content?

The program this year introduces round-table discussions in which speakers will be available to attendees for follow-up questions and answers, facilitating new international contacts and targeted conversation. These discussions will follow initial presentations by those speakers—specialists in their sectors and subjects in the world industry.

The afternoon is made possible by a trio of sponsors: Copyright Clearance Center, Frankfurt’s premium partner; IPR License is an official partner of the conference; and BookBrunch is the media partner for the event.

The speakers lined up for the program are being introduced today (August 31) in three topically defined groups.

The Audio Market and Its Opportunities
  • Helena Gustafsson, CEO of StorySide of Sweden, will provide an overview of the international audio industry
  • Kate Song, associate director of rights & licensing for Asia at John Wiley & Sons of China, will examine the upsurge in the Chinese audio market
  • Kilian Kissling, managing director of sales and marketing at Argon Verlag in Germany, will present the success story of the German audio market
Japan and Licensing

Manami Tamaoki, general manager of the Tuttle-Mori Agency in Japan, will share facts and figures about the Japanese book market. In a related panel discussion to follow, Japanese editors will speak with moderator Lance Fitzgerald, vice president of subsidiary rights at Crown Publishing  in the States.

Social Media and the Rights Trade

Here, the connections between various social media and today’s increasingly digitally enabled rights trade are examined by two specialists:

  • Lisanne Matthijssen-van Hoorn, editor at Harper Collins in the Netherlands
  • Maria Cardona Serra, literary agent at Pontas Agency in Spain, will examine the connections between social media and the rights trade

More information and tickets for Frankfurt Rights Meeting are here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.