New York Rights Fair program

2018 New York Rights Fair program
2019 program coming soon!

Rights and licensing are the cornerstones of most creative industries. In publishing, rights—if they sell, and who they sell to—determine how big an audience a book might win, and its earning potential. Will a literary work travel across borders? Will it become a film? A television show? An audiobook? These things are determined through rights sales, and there is an army of important professionals, largely working behind the scenes, who make these sales happen. At the New York Rights Fair you will meet these professionals—literary agents, scouts, foreign rights associates, film producers, literary managers—and learn how their work is essential to determining what we read, watch and listen to, around the world.

Over three days, the New York Rights Fair will feature four distinct areas of programming.

We will be joined by industry professionals and experts from around the globe who specialize in both children's and adult properties.


New York Rights Fair (NYRF) Spotlights Global Innovators Seasoned and New
NEW YORK, NY – May 15, 2018 – New York Rights Fair (NYRF) is pleased to announce two new sessions examining innovation as it plays out in international rights and licensing, across media and formats from books to videogames to television to toys and beyond...Read More


Tuesday, May 29:

TALKING PICTURES: The Visual Book Now free symposium at Parsons School of Design. Learn more and register here.

Talking Pictures

Highlights: Special discussions on the visual book, titled "TALKING PICTURES: The Visual Book Now" will be presented in partnership with the Parsons School of Design and the Hamelin Cultural Association. In an increasingly visual culture, the visual book has flourished in the publishing industry and with the greater public. TALKING PICTURES will discuss contemporary visual books, focusing on the graphic novel, the revival of children's and adult picture books in Europe and in the United States, the importance of book cover design, trends in visual cook books and the book-as-object.

Talking Pictures will consist of a series of events:

  • A free symposium at Parsons School of Design on May 29 to open the TALKING PICTURES program
  • Three TALKING PICTURES panels held at the New York Rights Fair on May 30, 31 and June 1
  • The selection of the inaugural best visual books of the year & Press Release



Wednesday, May 30:

The Global Landscape


Panel 1
10:00 am: Welcome remarks

Mark Rotella Mark Rotella, Senior Editor, Publishers Weekly, New York Rights Fair Emcee

International Blockbusters: Behind the Success of Four Global Bestsellers
The adage is that American publishers don't buy foreign books. Although largely true, there are exceptions. Here we will look at four books that have hit the market with an international bang, selling in competitive auctions to publishers around the world. What about these books made them such hot commodities—drawing huge buzz, big advances and selling in multi-publisher auctions—from the get-go?



Peter Blackstock Peter Blackstock, Senior Editor, Grove Atlantic


Clare Forster Clare Forster, Agent, Curtis Brown Australia
Madeleine Milburn Madeleine Milburn, Founder, Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency
Even Råkil Even Råkil. Rights Director, Oslo Literary Agency
Monica Calignano Monica Calignano, Foreign Rights Agent, MalaTesta Literary Agency

Panel 2
11:15-12:00 pm
The Scandinavian Smell of Success: Why, and How, Their Crime Fiction Has Become a Global Export
Once considered a fad or a passing trend, Scandinavian crime fiction has become a staple in bookshops around the world. Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo and Camilla Läckberg are household names. Why? There is excellent commercial fiction from all over the world that never crosses borders, especially into America (a market notoriously averse to literature in translation). So why have are authors from this region gained so much traction? Is it a lucky coincidence, or part of a strategic effort on the part of key players in the region? We will talk with agents, editors and other insiders about how, and why, Scandinavian crime fiction has broken all the rules of international publishing.


Jessica Case Jessica Case, Deputy Publisher, Pegasus Books


Tor Jonasson Tor Jonasson, Literary Agent, Salomonsson Agency
Elina Ahlbäck Elina Ahlbäck, Founder & CEO, Literary Agent, Elina Ahlback Literary Agency
Agnes Ahlander Turner Agnes Ahlander Turner, Senior Scout, Maria Campbell Associates
Anna Frankl Anna Frankl, Agent and Partner, The Nordin Agency

12:15-12:45 pm:
SPOTLIGHT: New Models Innovating the Global Landscape

Shifts in the industry being driven by innovative professionals are currently re-creating how intellectual property rights are explored and developed U.S. and the world. These innovations are opening remarkable opportunities for both consumers and the industry. These special spotlights will look at thought leaders from exemplary ventures, for a truly mind-opening experience in today's global landscape of publishing.

In this session, we will look at how an authors' community forum like Wattpad succeeded in becoming an international game changer by allowing writers to reach out directly to readers, and at the same time opening creative opportunities far beyond just the format of a book.

Wattpad's CEO, Allen Lau will give us a close-up look at the past 10 years of building a platform that crosses media, global and innovation strategies and how these strategies affect rights. We'll hear firsthand stories of authors who have used Wattpad as a catalyst for achieving deals from books to television series to other media and more.

Hosted by:

Allen Lau Ruediger Wischenbart, President and Founder, Content and Consulting


Allen Lau Allen Lau, CEO and co-founder, Wattpad

Panel 3
1:00-1:45 pm:
China Calling: What Consumers, in One of the Biggest Global Markets, Want
Over 1.3 billion people. It's a market that companies have been chasing for years. China, which is the second largest box office in the world (after North America), has a book market estimated at $20 billion. But Chinese consumers are changing. A recent McKinsey survey estimated that 550 million people (and 76% of the country's urban population) will be middle class by 2020, compared to just 5 million in 2000. With these demographic changes are coming shifts in the tastes and behaviors of Chinese consumers. Succeeding in these markets, with film and book content, is becoming an increasingly nuanced proposition. We will talk to literary agents and filmmakers working in China about how Chinese consumers are changing, and what it is they want…and don't want.


Eric Abrahamsen Eric Abrahamsen, Manager, Paper Republic


Gray Tan Gray Tan, Literary Agent, Grayhawk Agency
Mike Nardullo Mike Nardullo, Foreign Rights Director, Foundry Literary + Media
Alexis Garcia Alexis Garcia, Partner, Endeavor Content
Christina Chou Christina Chou, Agent, MP Lit/Corporate Development at Creative Artists Agency

Panel 4
The International Cartoonists Are Coming: How European Comics Are Taking Hold in the U.S.
European comics have never been more popular in the American market. High-quality titles from Europe—which showcase beautiful art and great storytelling in a variety of genres—are proving to be financially savvy acquisitions for American publishers. At least for those in know. We will introduce the key players in the European comics market who are driving the sale of these titles and providing a booming literary export.


Calvin Reid Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor, Publishers Weekly, Co-editor, PW Comics World


Riva Hocherman Riva Hocherman, Executive Editor, Metropolitan Books, an Imprint of Henry Holt
Ted Adams Ted Adams, Founder & CEO, IDW Media Holdings
Ivanka Hahnenberger Ivanka Hahnenberger, General Manager, VIP Brands
Etienne Bonnin Etienne Bonnin, Rights & Licensing Director, Glenat Editions
Andrea Colvin Andrea Colvin, VP, Executive Editor, Lion Forge Comics
Nazeli Kyuregyan-Baron Nazeli Kyuregyan-Baron, Director of Editorial and Marketing, Europe Comics

SPOTLIGHT: New Models Innovating the Global Landscape

In this session, we speak with two remarkable professionals sharing their inspiration and their strategies in navigating the publishing model under their own, highly innovative terms.

We will look at how an author and a creative director from Milan, Italy, teamed up to build a reading community for young "Rebel Girls" first in the U.S, and then internationally, with a crowd-funded book that was launched more along the strategies of a digital start-up enterprise than a literary project, and is now ready to become the seedbed for a new trans-media company, Timbuktu.

Then, Laura Nevanlinna will discuss how a marketing agency out of Helsinki, Finland, launched the global "Angry Bird" craze, learned from the unique experience how striking characters can be developed and exploited across formats and media channels, to be now the driver in building Kaiken Enterprises with new offices in Vancover and Los Angeles, to keep control over outstanding intellectual property assets on a global scale.

Hosted by:

Ruediger Wischenbart Ruediger Wischenbart, President and Founder, Content and Consulting
Interviewer: name of PW editor here


Elena Favilli Elena Favilli, Timbuktu Labs, and co-author of New York Timesbest-selling Rebel Girls
Laura Nevanlinna Laura Nevanlinna, Co-founder, Kaiken Enterprises

3:45-4:30 pm
The Audiobook Heard 'Round the World: How Publishing's Hottest Format Has Taken the Globe By Storm, And What it Means for the Future curated by the American Association of Authors Representatives (AAR)

The AAR has put together the major international players in audio to discuss how and why this format has exploded into most countries in Europe and where it is heading next! We will discuss the different subscription models being offered for digital subscribers and how the ubiquitous smart phone has been a major changer of audio consumer consumption.

Moderated by

Jennifer Weltz Jennifer Weltz, Literary Agent, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency


Helena Gustafsson Helena Gustafsson, Head of Global Publishing, Storytel
Nathan Maharaj Nathan Maharaj, Sr. Director, Merchandising, Rakuten kobo

4:30-5:15 pm
Talking Pictures: Selected Books

Talking Pictures

"TALKING PICTURES - The Visual Book Now" is a new series of events which look at contemporary publishing through the lens of visual language and imagery, emblems of today's culture.

Presented in partnership with the Parsons School of Design and the Hamelin Cultural Association, the TALKING PICTURES program will look at contemporary visual books, focusing on the graphic novel, the revival of children's and adult picture books in Europe and in the United States, the importance of book cover design, trends in visual cook books and the book-as-object.

This panel will reveal the "Selected Books" list, a selection of books that offers an overview of excellence in visual books, without dividing them by age group or subject matter.

Three notable books and 15 honorable mentions have been chosen in each of these five categories

Contemporary Art and Photography/Architecture and Graphic Design/Children's Picture Books/Comic Books and Graphic Novels/Cookbooks


5:15-6:00: Special Reception honoring this year's TALKING PICTURES selected books and honorable mentions


Thursday, May 31:

Page to Screen

Panel 1
9:00-10:00 am
Global Kids Connect Special Panel! Adaptation: Navigating the New Hollywood
It is a classic Hollywood tale: children's book tops bestseller list, Hollywood options book, book becomes blockbuster film franchise. But in today's marketplace, the old rules no longer apply! From niche graphic novels to updated classics to beloved character brand reboots and beyond, Hollywood is finding literary inspiration in unexpected places. And with the mindboggling proliferation of screen content outlets, book-based projects are being developed in new ways by traditional, independent, and emerging Hollywood players. What do children's publishing professionals need to know about the New Hollywood adaptation models? In this session, a roster of industry insiders will dig into the nuances of how new and traditional players assess book-based material, discuss the critical considerations when adapting to "screens" of different scales and sizes, and offer exclusive insights into the rapidly evolving books-to-screens marketplace.


Eddie Gamarra, Literary Manager and Producer, The Gotham Group


Lisa Fragner Lisa Fragner, Vice President, Feature Film Development, 20th Century Fox Feature Animation/Blue Sky Studios
Jane Startz Jane Startz, Producer, Jane Startz Productions, Inc.
Pouya Shahbazian Pouya Shahbazian, New Leaf Literary

Panel 2
The Rise of the Streaming Giants: How Netflix, Amazon and Others are Changing the Rules of IP in Hollywood
The Guardian recently reported that revenue generated by streaming content from Netflix and Amazon will, by 2020, overtake the U.K. box office. The growth of streaming media companies has led to a surge in demand for content in Hollywood. For book publishers and authors the current paradigm has meant a boon in business. There are more buyers in L.A. than ever before. Their model, built on binge-worthy material for niche audiences, is very different than the major studios and TV companies. So what are these new players looking for? How are they finding material? We will talk to development executives and scouts, working for companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, to find out.


Maris Kreizman Maris Kreizman, Author and Critic


Mac Hawkins Mac Hawkins, Literary Consultant, Pragmatic
John Delaney John Delaney, John Delaney Literary Consulting
Sean Daily Sean Daily, Films Rights Associate, Hotchkiss & Associates
Emily Conner Emily Conner, Founder, Conner Literary

Panel 3:
11:45 am-12:30 pm
Talking PicturesBuilding Blocks: Design and the City in Children's Books



Julie Lasky Julie Lasky, Design Journalist, former Editor of the New York Times Home section and Interiors magazine, Adjunct at Parsons School of Design


Charles Kim Charles Kim, former Associate Publisher MoMA Books
David Macaulay David Macaulay, Author and Illustrator of The New Way Things Work
Mark Stamaty Mark Stamaty, Cartoonist and children's Author and Illustrator

Panel 4:
1:00-1:45 pm
Adaptations Around the World: How International Producers Source Literary Material
Hollywood may be the most famous movie industry in the world, but it's far from the only one. There are producers adapting literary material around the world. How do they source and option material? Are they heavily focused on books in their local markets? Do they employ film scouts? We will talk to producers and film executives in various markets outside the U.S. to find out how they conduct business, and whether they're willing (and eager) to make connections beyond their own borders.


Ed Nawotka Ed Nawotka, Bookselling and International News Editor, Publishers Weekly


Katie Holly Katie Holly, Managing Director and Producer, Blinder Films
Andrew Rosen Andrew Rosen, Executive Producer, Aircraft Pictures
Sarah Borch Jacobsen Sarah Borch Jacobsen, Head of Development and Production, Vendôme Pictures
Surian Fletcher-Jones Surian Fletcher-Jones, Head of Development, Working Title Films

Panel 5
2:15-3:00 pm
Diversity and Dollars: Do Creative Gatekeepers Appreciate the Financial Upside of Diversity?
From the #oscarssowhite campaign to the outrage caused by the PW Salary Survey statistic that the book publishing industry is roughly 80% white, the entertainment industry has a diversity problem. As these industries grapple with how to produce more diverse content, are they failing to grasp the financial upsides of diversity? Is creating diverse content too often seen as doing good, instead of being smart? We will talk to editors and agents in books and film about whether this imbalance is being addressed.


Jennifer Baker Jennifer Baker, Author, Editor and Creator/Host of 'Minorities in Publishing' podcast


Judith Curr Judith Curr, Former Publisher and Founder of Simon & Schuster's Atria Publishing Group
Talitha Watkins Talitha Watkins, Executive and Motion Picture Agent, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Nancy Wang Yuen Nancy Wang Yuen, Ph.D. , Sociologist and Author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism
Zareen Jaffery Zareen Jaffery, Executive Editor, Simon & Schuster Children's Books

Panel 6:
3:15-4:00 pm
The Crowdsourcing Way: What Hollywood Sees in Emerging Content Platforms
The Punch Escrow was the kind of red-hot manuscript an editor dreams about. It had multiple studios bidding on it, before it went to Lionsgate for seven figures. The catch? It didn't have an editor, at least not a traditional one. The work was published by the crowdsourcing website Inkshares, which has strong Hollywood admirers. And Inkshares is not alone. Smashwords, a writing community where authors can gain an audience through crowdsourcing, has proven to be another area of interest for Hollywood. Do these platforms actually offer built-in audiences? Do they appeal in other ways? Who are the companies Hollywood has been turning to for this type of content? We will talk to executives at these companies, and L.A.-based agents, to find out.


Jason Boog Jason Boog, West Coast Correspondent, Publishers Weekly


Ashleigh Gardner Ashleigh Gardner, Head of Partnerships, Wattpad Studios
Chris Goldberg Chris Goldberg, Executive Vice President of Literary and Creative, Studio 8
Katrina Escudero Katrina Escudero, Books to Film Agent, United Talent Agency
Jack Davis Jack Davis, Founder and CEO, Crypt TV

Panel 7:
Translated Literature Today: A Decade of Growth
Since the launch of the Translation Database in 2008, the number of works of fiction and poetry published in English translation has almost doubled. What has led to this expansion? Will it continue into the future? What collaborations between translators, agents, booksellers, and publishers can help bring more translations to market AND make them commercially successfu? We'll talk with participates from those three fields and take a look at where the market is today and what lies ahead.


Chad Post Chad Post, Publisher,Open Letter Books


Elisabeth Jaquette Elisabeth Jaquette, Executive Director, American Literary Translators Association
Marleen Seegers Marleen Seegers, Owner & Foreign Rights Agent, 2 Seas Agency
Gabriella Page-Fort Gabriella Page-Fort, Editorial Director, AmazonCrossing, Amazon
Stephen Sparks Stephen Sparks, Co-owner, Point Reyes Books 5:15-6:15: Cocktail reception honoring the 2018 Best Translated Book Awards

Friday, June 1:

The Pillars of Rights

Panel 1
9:00-9:45 am
Making Books Travel: The World of Foreign Rights and Book Scouts
For authors and publishers, foreign rights are one of the most important aspects of a book sale. The perception of how well a book can sell outside its country of origin has a huge impact on an author's advance, and future royalties. But who makes these decisions? And how are books sold to publishers in other countries? We will learn how these rights are assessed and sold from the people doing it every day: foreign rights managers and literary scouts.


Francis Hoch Francis Hoch, Managing Agent, Chartwell Speakers


Jon Baker Jon Baker, President, Baker Literary Scouting, Inc.
Lance Fitzgerald Lance Fitzgerald, VP, Director of Subsidiary Rights at Crown Publishing Group
Rachel Hecht Rachel Hecht, Owner,Rachel Hecht Children's Scouting
Marleen Seegers Marleen Seegers, Owner & Foreign Rights Agent, 2 Seas Agency

Panel 2
10:15-11:00 am:
The NY and LA Literati: Meet the Film Scouts and Co-Agents
Although there is a perception that how a book becomes a movie is based on chance, the reality is that film scouts and co-agents are the driving force behind book options. These are the people informing studio executives about which books will make successful movies. In this talk we will uncover how these essential players do their jobs, and the various ways content wends its way from New York publishing houses to the desks of producers, big and small.


Claire Lundberg Claire Lundberg, Owner and Literary Scout, CTL Scouting
Jerry Kalajian Jerry Kalajian, Literary Manager, Intellectual Property Group
Jake Bauman Jake Bauman, VP, Literary Development, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Panel 2
11:30-12:15 pm:
Talking PicturesComix Next: Beyond Linearity



Karen Green Karen Green, Curator for Comics and Cartoons, Columbia University Libraries


Connor Stechschulte Connor Stechschulte, Comics Artist, author of Christmas in Prison and The Amateurs
Richard McGuire Richard McGuire, Author/ Illustrator of Here
Lale Westvind Lale Westvind, Comics Artist, Editor and Publisher of Chromazoid Comics and Music Anthology

Panel 3
Inside the Auction: How the Biggest Books Get Sold
Books that land huge advances—seven figures, high six figures—are often bought at auction. But how do auctions actually work? Do all sought-after titles become the subject of heated auctions? How much do these sales come down to the instincts and maneuvering of literary agents? What's it like, as an editor, to be involved in a bidding war? We will talk to agents and editors who've been a part of big auctions to find out what these behind-the-scenes literary sales actually involve.


Rachel Deahl Rachel Deahl, News Director and Deals columnist, Publishers Weekly,
Executive Director of Programming, New York Rights Fair


Suzanne Gluck Suzanne Gluck, Literary Agent, William Morris Endeavor
Alison Callahan Alison Callahan, Vice President and Executive Editor, Simon & Schuster
Christian Trimmer Christian Trimmer, Editorial Director, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Simon Lipskar Simon Lipskar, President, Writers House

Panel 4
2:00-3:00 pm
Can You Hear Me Now? Finding Opportunity in the Booming Audio Rights Market

With more and more titles being produced in audio now is the time to get all your questions answered. How can you join in the success and growth of audiobooks? What are the options for ensuring a title is available in audio? How is a quality audiobook created? Which factors are driving enthusiasm in the market? Where will the future take audiobooks?


Michele Cobb Michele Cobb, Partner, Forte Business Consulting


Tavia Gilbert Tavia Gilbert, Narrator/Producer/Publisher, Animal Mineral Press
Chief Content Officer, Recorded Books, Inc.
Kelly Lytle Kelly Lytle, Head of Author Services & Audio Production, Findaway Voices
Troy Juliar Troy Juliar Chief Content Officer, Recorded Books, Inc
Lindy Humphreys Lindy Humphreys, Associate Publisher, Digital, Abrams Books


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