Licensing International and the Licensing International Foundation have celebrated the induction of Pam Kaufman, Cindy Levitt and Carole Postale into the Licensing International Hall of Fame.
Held at Gotham Hall in New York City and hosted by CBS Saturday Morning co-host Dana Jacobson, the 2023 Hall of Fame Induction and Rising Star Awards event also honoured the future of brand licensing, recognising young talent in the licensing business and celebrating the 2023 Licensing International Foundation scholarship recipients.
Pam Kaufman, president and ceo international markets, global consumer products and experiences at Paramount, was presented by Marva Smalls, evp global head of inclusion at Paramount and evp public affairs, Nickelodeon.
Cindy Levitt, who recently retired as svp of licensing at Mad Engine and also spent two decades with retailer Hot Topic, was presented by Ed La Bay, evp of merchandise, marketing, licensing, product development and design at Hot Topic.
Finally, Carole Postal launched her agency – originally called CopCorp – in 1997 and, in 2017, it was renamed Spotlight in recognition of its focus on developing successful branding and licensing programs for entertainment and non-traditional properties. She was presented by Gareth Neame, ceo at Carnival Films and executive producer of Downton Abbey.
In addition, the event also celebrated six 2023 Rising Star recipients – Rebecca Barlow, Alex Locke, Ololade Oloniyo, Leigh Simpson, Jeremy Smith, and Fernanda Zimbrón – and nine students as part of the Licensing International Foundation 2023 Scholarship.
“The impact Pam, Cindy, and Carole have had on the global brand licensing industry cannot be overstated,” commented Maura Regan, president at Licensing International. “I am thrilled to see them join Licensing International’s Hall of Fame. In addition to being trailblazers in our industry, they are also leaders in our community. I know they will continue to fight to grow the licensing industry in every way that matters and it’s fitting that this celebration also spotlights the next generation of licensing professionals through the Rising Star Awards.”