The winners of this year’s License This! competition – Carrot & Toast and My Little Opera – were announced at Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) last week following an hour of pitching and presentations from seven finalists to a judging panel that included The Giftware Association’s ceo Sarah Ward.
The brainchild of Drew Bristow – who was also a License This! finalist in 2018 – Carrot & Toast both feature in a series of mini comics aimed at younger readers.
Meanwhile, My Little Opera, created by Rosie Brooks and is inspired by the world’s greatest operas and ballets, has a fresh visual illustrated narrative.
“The target demographic extends way beyond the ‘opera lovers’,” explains Rosie. “It’s a springboard for the creation of a new world of characters with limitless global possibilities.”
Chair of the judging panel, Kelvyn Gardner, UK managing director of Licensing International, commented: “With over 50 entrants, it’s an achievement in its own right just to make the final.”
Both License This! winners will receive a free exhibition stand at BLE 2020, one year’s Licensing International membership and PR support. Finalists will also receive legal consultation from competition sponsor Wynne-Jones.
Top: License This! winners Rosie Brooks and Drew Bristow are shown with Kelvyn Gardner, UK managing director of Licensing International.