Hong Kong Licensing Awards 2017 Invites Applications


Recognising Local Creative and Licensing Practitioners
Connecting Them to Global Opportunities

September 4, 2017 – To highlight the outstanding performance of the leading licensing practitioners in Hong Kong as well as to foster the development of the industry, Asian Licensing Association (ALA) launched the Hong Kong Licensing Awards 2017 (“HKLA 2017”) today (Monday) at HKTDC SME Centre at the Launching Ceremony cum Licensing for Creative Industry Seminar.

HKLA 2017 is organized by ALA and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (“CreateHK”) of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”)with the aims at showing appreciation to practitioners with admirable performance.

Ms. Maria NG, Deputy Director of Intellectual Property, officiated at the launching ceremony of HKLA 2017, together with Dr. Toby CHAN, Founding Chairman of ALA, Ms. Cindy KWONG, Senior Manager (Funding) of CreateHK, Mr. Danny CHEUNG, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the HKLA and Board Member of ALA.

Guest speakers of the Licensing for Creative Industry Seminar are Ms. Claire GILCHRIST, Vice President of Hasbro Inc. Asia Pacific, Mr. LAM Chin-fai, CEO & Founder & Mr. TSE Yuk, Director of Innoduction Group INC Limited, and Mr. Gordon CHIN, Director of M & C Toy Centre Ltd. and Puzzle Animation Studio. They shared their insights on the development of Hong Kong’s licensing industry and the upcoming trends of the international market.

Ms. Maria NG, Deputy Director of Intellectual Property, highly valued HKLA which connects industry talent and contributes to industry development. Speaking at the launching ceremony, she said, “HKLA is the first-ever award covering creative content related to licensing. It has been functioning as a valuable platform for industry exchange of expertise, contributing to the growth of a strong and competitive licensing and creative industries in Hong Kong.”

Dr. Toby CHAN, Founding Chairman of ALA, spoke on the same occasion that HKLA would promote the sustainable development of licensing industry in Hong Kong. “Global licensing is expanding at a stunning speed. The retail sales of global licensed goods in 2015 already reached US$251.7 billion. Hong Kong licensing industry should take the advantage of being the regional centre in Asia. With the back-up of the Mainland, the second largest consumer market in the world, Hong Kong provides an excellent platform for the development of licensing business. We hope to embrace the global opportunities together with the local practitioners by holding HKLA,” he said.

Mr. Danny CHEUNG, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for HKLA, introduced various awards of HKLA 2017 during the launching ceremony. “To recognise the outstanding achievements of creative talent, there are five award categories in HKLA 2017, namely Best Property, Best Licensee, Best Promotion Campaign, Best Young Property, as well as the Best New Character Design for Licensing.”

Application for Hong Kong Licensing Awards 2017 is open from today onwards, till 18 October 2017. For further information and download of application form, please visit: http://www.hklicensingawards.hk.

 

Photo 1: Speech by Ms. Maria NG, Deputy Director of Intellectual Property

 

Photo 2: Speech by Dr. Toby CHAN, Founding Chairman of ALA

 

Photo 3: Speech by Mr. Danny CHEUNG, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the HKLA

 

Photo 4:(Left) Mr. Eddie NG (Board Member of ALA), Ms. Cindy KWONG (Senior Manager (Funding) of CreateHK), Dr. Toby CHAN (Founding Chairman of ALA), Ms. Maria NG (Deputy Director of Intellectual Property), Mr. Danny CHEUNG (Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the HKLA), Mr. Jacky LEE (Board Member of ALA) and Mr. Tim Kondo (Board Member of ALA) officiated at the launching ceremony of HKLA 2017

 

Photo 5: Guest Speaker, Ms. Claire GILCHRIST, Vice President of Hasbro Inc. Asia Pacific

 

Photo 6: Guest Speakers, Mr. LAM Chin-fai, CEO & Founder & Mr. TSE Yuk, Director of Innoduction Group INC Limited

 

Photo 7: Guest Speaker, Mr. Gordon CHIN, Director of M & C Toy Centre Ltd. and Puzzle Animation Studio

 

Photo 8: Group Photo of all officiating guests and representatives from supporting organisations