In partnership with the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), a professional working day in Toronto was organized on March 21st: Roadmap 2020: Building Your Rights Business.
The purpose of this professional development day was to provide an overview of selling rights by experienced publishers in the lead up to the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020 when Canada is Guest of Honour. Feedback was very good and the day was filmed to reach other publishers across Canada.
Keynote, by Sarah McLachlan, President and Publisher of the House of Anansi Press and President of Groundwood Books.
Panel: Starting From Scratch, by Parisa Michailidis, Responsible for international rights for Firefly Books; Hazel Millar, Co-publisher at Book*hug; Adrienne Tang, Rights Director at Kids Can Press. Moderator: Gillian Fizet, Executive Director of Canada FBM2020.
Presentation: Let's Make A Deal, by Barbara Howson, Vice-President, Sales and Licensing at House of Anansi and Groundwood Books.
The Guest of Honor Experience, by Kevin Chapman, Publisher of Upstart Press in Auckland and as former president of PANZ, he led that country’s charge as Guest of Honour at Frankfurt 2012.
Overview of the German Market, Part 1, by Claudia Seeber, Trade Commissioner for Arts and Cultural Industries at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin.
Overview of the German Market, Part 2, by, Eva-Marie von Hippel, the Editorial Director for Berlin Verlag.
The Power of the Pitch, by Saffron Beckwith, industry-veteran and President at Ampersand Inc. and Peter Hill-Field, director of sales and marketing at Canadian Manda Group.
Canada FBM2020 would like to thank the OMDC for its generous financial support of Roadmap to 2020. It would also like to thank the Department of Canadian Heritage for making it possible to film the sessions.