Jan 21, 2017
For the first time in 25 years, the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) will name a trio of industry executives to the Licensing Hall of Fame in the same year. This year, the honorees include: Allan Feldman, CEO and Founder of LMCA; Dell Furano, CEO and Founder of Epic Rights; and Cyril Speijer, former CEO of Wavery Productions B.V. and current co-principal of BN Licensing B.V. This year’s Hall of Fame Induction takes place Tuesday, May 23, at the LIMA Licensing Awards Ceremony during Licensing Expo 2017 in Las Vegas.
Candidates for the Licensing Hall of Fame must demonstrate continual and outstanding contributions to the licensing industry. Consideration is given to those who have been actively involved in the business of licensing for a minimum of 15 years and whose contributions have ongoing relevance to the industry.
With more than 40 years in the business, Feldman is credited with being first to bring trademark licensing into industrial products. Feldman also started LMCA in 1986 and his client roster included brands such as AT&T, Craftsman, Del Monte, Frigidaire, United Airlines, and American Diabetes Association, among many others.
Feldman served on two LIMA committees, and is a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and International Trademark Association (INTA). He is a board member of the U.S Department of Commerce’s New York District Export Council (NYDEC) and the Intellectual Property Management Institute, and is on the advisory board of The Licensing Journal. Feldman was a member of LIMA’s first delegation to China and helped bring the organization and licensing to Asia.
Furano has been instrumental in growing music artist’s retail brand licensing into a multibillion-dollar global business. In his more than 40 years in the business, he directed the merchandising and licensing efforts for the top names in the music industry, including The Beatles, KISS, Madonna, U2, AC/DC, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Wham/George Michael, Shakira, and more.
He currently helms Epic Rights, which he founded in Los Angeles in 2013. Previous to Epic, Furano was founder and CEO of Sony Signatures – later renamed Signatures Network – and became CEO of Live Nation Merchandise when he sold Signatures Network to Live Nation.
Speijer and his Wavery Productions has been a go-to agent for character and brand licensing for more than 50 years. Beginning in 1967, Speijer became an agent extraordinaire with characters such as Marsupilami, Bollie & Billie, The Smurfs, and many others for publisher Dupuis and Lombard. He was also credited with the rollout of the international licensing program for the National Football League and the National Hockey League.
The second international executive to be inducted into the Licensing Hall of, Speijer is a former LIMA board member and the 1995 recipient of the LIMA Beanie International Licensing Agent Award.