2019 #LAOForum Recap

Looking back at the 2019 Brand Partnership Forum

The partnership marketing community gathered in Nashville for the 9th Annual Brand Partnership Forum from October 16-19, 2019 and everyone was buzzing! From the opening night party on Wednesday until brunch on Saturday, the event was a tremendous success. Here’s a recap of the event!

New Faces… New Companies!

With 150 attendees from over 100 different companies, we were thrilled to introduce the new attendess to the Brand Partnership Forum. Some of these first-time companies included Carnival Cruise Line, Exxon-Mobil, Holland America Line, Lionsgate Entertainment, Hershey’s, Madison Square Garden Company, MGM Resorts International, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Planet Fitness, Regal Cinemas, Sam’s Club and Spotify. These companies joined alumni from entertainment companies and brands like Kellogg’s, DreamWorks, Sesame, Sony TV, Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures, Clear Channel, Henkel, Valpak, Universal Music Group, Just Born, PlayStation, Lego, Six Flags, and Discovery. Non-profits organizations were also well represented by companies like Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, St. Jude, Best Friends Animal Society, American Cancer Society, Humane Society of the US, Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, ASPCA and more. Additional companies are mentioned throughout this post!

The Forum’s Opening Night Party, sponsored by Disney Music Group, kicked off the event!

Analog at the Hutton Hotel was the perfect venue for the Forum’s Opening Night Party. Everyone in attendance said that the night felt like a college reunion. The evening was hosted by Disney Music Group and featured a live performance from their group, Temecula Road (https://www.instagram.com/temecularoad/)

Sessions on Thursday jumped right into partnership marketing trends, tactics and insights!

The purpose of the event is to share trends, insights and partnership marketing tactics from each of the presenting companies and industries. Attendees were treated to Industry Insights on Thursday from Kellogg’s, Blue Diamond, Planet Fitness and Burlington Stores.

While casual conversations introduce attendees to great partnership opportunities, our RoadShow Snapshots provided a deeper dive into key initiatives. These 5-minute “snapshots” were delivered by Big Machine Label Group, The Country Music Association, Disney Music Group, iHeart Radio, Kidz Bop and Universal Music Group. The highly-concentrated format allowed everyone to leave with a quick review and the appropriate contact at each music company.

One of our favorite traditions takes place as we close out the main sessions on Thursday. For years now, kids from the local Boys & Girls Clubs of America chapter greet attendees as they exit the ballroom with smiles, cheers, and cookies! What a perfect way to send off attendees as they prepare for the Thursday night activities. 

Thanks to A+E, Thursday’s lunch was one for the “history” books

Whether you are a history buff or not, A+E’s lunch was fun… and educational too! The lunch celebrated History Channel’s 25th Anniversary and added some new attendees into the mix. Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and General Grant treated our attendees with stories from the past.

Time to hit Broadway! A special night presented by Xbox and The L.A. Office 

Our annual trip into the heart of Nashville is always a Forum highlight! Nashville Underground was the perfect venue to kick the night off. The reception was sponsored by Xbox in celebration of the new platform release, GEARS 5! The video floor showed attendees playing GEARS 5 while the bar poured spirits from Campari and wine from Fetzer Vineyards.

Nashville Underground’s rooftop was the spot for our dinner under the stars! The evening celebrated The L.A. Office’s 25th Anniversary and brought together three LA Office favorites… food, drinks and fun! Dinner was a BBQ buffet and it was perfectly punctuated with 1000 Stories wine. After dinner, something crazy happened for about an hour. If you were there… you know what I mean. If you weren’t, you will have to ask someone that was!

Friday: More Insights, Opportunities, Games and a visit from Peppa Pig

Allowing for a little time to sleep in, sessions kicked off at 9:30am with a session from Best Buy, who spoke about their turnaround story and partnership activities.  

From there, we moved to a snapshot presentation from PlayMonster, followed by a quick game of “Relative Insanity” that invited a handful of attendees to choose captions for potential memes of pictures from previous events. 

Design agency WC+A then presented their capabilities (ps. they did all the design work for the Forum), which lead right into Snapshots from our Corporate Members in the TV industry: A+E Networks, Crown Media, Disney Channel, DreamWorks Animation, eOne, NBC Universal, pocket.watch, Sesame Workshop, and Sony Pictures Television. 

After a presentation of case studies from ZOe Productions, who is instrumental in putting on our events, we headed to lunch and then returned to our final sessions. Green Giant provided terrific information on B&G’s acquisition of the brand, its place in a larger portfolio, and their marketing and partnership priorities.  

It was now time to have some more fun… picking winners for The BIG Ticket! Big thanks for our prizing partners: Fetzer Vineyards, Fandango, PlayMonster, Planet Fitness, Burlington Stores, and Xbox

After prizing, we heard the backstory of the Grand ‘Ol Opry, which ended the sessions for the day.

Big Machine Label Group sponsored our Friday reception and provided a top-notch talent showcase

Big Machine Label Group led us into an artist session at Analog with musicians Payton Smith (https://www.instagram.com/thepaytonsmith) and Avenue Beat (https://www.instagram.com/avenuebeat/)!   After a really special performance, everyone was able to mix and mingle with the team from Big Machine and their artists. The afternoon ended with everyone wanting more!!

Keep The Conversations Going on MarketingPartnerships.com!

The Forum brought together a community of marketing professionals with the goal of great conversation and creating relationships that will help in future partnership activities. All of the attendees gained access to the Forum Event Page on MarketingPartnerships.com where they can see and connect with everyone that attended the Forum. Over 200 partnerships have been born from relationships created at these events and many more were nurtured through the site. Check out the event page on MarketingPartnerships.com today!

What People are Saying About the Forum

“This is not only the best-produced conference I have ever attended, the removal of aggressive sales people creates an environment where real connections can happen.” – Joe Corn, Sam’s Club

“Continues to be a step above the rest in terms of industry conferences. Great exclusivity, amazing attendees, and life long relationships!” – Scott McAdams, PlayStation

“It’s an event that delivers on all of its promises, connections, insights, and new ideas are all to be found at the Forum.” – Lance Still, A+E Networks

“I walk away from every LAO event with new contacts, new ideas, and new insight on the industry.” – Jackie Collins, Disney Music Group

“Content is very diverse – which makes you think beyond your normal partners and see how you could do things differently!” – Deb Turoczy, Just Born Quality Confections

“A causal forum that truly invites you to network in a way that isn’t forced where you hear from a variety of industries and learn best practices that sparks future ideas.” – Dani Merkrebs, eOne

“Best partnership forum available. Not one wasted moment as you’re meeting decision makers representing dozens of brands who want to partner with you today.” – Neil Roberts, Tennis Channel

“This conference is an annual part of our partnership planning and strategy. It consistently delivers premium content, quality attendees, and impactful connections.” – Tony Barnett, Boys & Girls Clubs

“If your brand benefits from partnership marketing, you need to be here. (One of the few conferences where the speakers ARE the attendees. They don’t simply bounce after their presentations).” – Rebecca Frommer, ASPCA

“The most strategic forum to be if you want to cultivate long-lasting business relationships that will result in lucrative partnerships.” – Stefanie Luciano, Fathom Events

The Calm Before the Storm

Each year, the teams from The L.A. Office and ZOe Productions enjoy a night on the town before the Forum begins. This year’s Tuesday night kicked off at House of Cards Nashville before hitting a few bars on Broadway!

Special Thanks to our Forum Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors:  Campari, Cost Plus, Kellogg’s, PlayMonster and Xbox
Non-Profit Partners:  Boys and Girls Club of America, Special Olympics, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Gold Sponsor and Marketing Partner:  WC+A
Special Activity Sponsors:  A+E, Big Machine Label Group,  and Disney Music Group
Supporting Sponsors:  Allied Global Marketing, Brookfield, Fandango, Fetzer, Lime Media, Nextperience, Niagara, The Dot, The Marketing Store, TPN, ZakHill and ZOe Productions

6 Partnerships Bringing Life to the Small Screen

With the vast amount of content available, and the wide range of television viewership, more and more brands are finding unique opportunities to partner with networks. From sweepstakes, to social media integrations and exclusive licensed products, there is no shortage unique partnerships! Here are 6 television partnerships aimed to enhance the viewer experience.


FALL HARVEST | Delta Vacations

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Crown Family Media Networks and Delta Vacations teamed up to celebrate the original premieres of Fall Harvest on Hallmark Channel. Fans could submit an online entry form for the chance to win a Delta Vacations autumn apple picking adventure in Wisconsin. One grand prize winner received a three-night stay for two at Brightonwoods Orchard in Wisconsin, as well as $500 spending money! Read more…


AMERICA’S GOT TALENT | Dunkin’ Donuts

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America’s Got Talent partnered with Dunkin’ Donuts in an exciting and innovative partnership creating cross platform  partnerships including social media efforts such as the Dunkin’ Save and on-air branding integrations including the innovative Dunkin’ Lounge. America’s Got Talent & Dunkin’ Donuts have proven to create integrations that are successful beyond measure. Read More…


STUCK IN THE MIDDLE | Cool Makers

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Disney Channels Worldwide and Cool Maker teamed up for a sweepstakes to promote Stuck In The Middle. Fans had the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles, CA to create cool designs with the show’s star Kayla Maisonet and a Cool Maker Designer. Read more…


PROJECT RUNWAY | J.C. Penny

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J.C. Penney and A+E Networks teamed up to bring the looks from Project Runway directly into its stores by becoming the show’s exclusive retailer. The partnership included a sponsored challenge segment in each season where the winning design was featured online and in select stores after the episode airs. Read more…


THE ELLEN SHOW | QVC

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ELLEN DEGENERES and QVC teamed up to promote her new collection of handbags and footwear with a sweepstakes to meet the star. Fans had the opportunity to enter via social media for the chance to win a two-night trip to Hollywood, CA to see The Ellen Degeneres Show live as well as select pieces from the collection. Read more…


THE WALKING DEAD | Mountain Dew

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AMC and Mountain Dew teamed up to promote the eighth season of The Walking Dead and a new augmented reality app that allowed consumers to experience some of the show’s most iconic zombie walkers in their own real-world environments and then share the interactions via social media. Read more…


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8 Things that Caught our Attention at the 2017 Licensing Show

The 2017 Licensing Show recently wrapped in Las Vegas, and we have compiled a quick recap of updates for you to keep an eye out for as you make plans for your brand.

From entertainment keynote presentations and character appearances, to eye-catching booths and new collaborations, here are 8 things that caught our eye at the 2017 Licensing Show, featuring some of our Corporate Members, who can be found on MarketingPartnerships.com


A+E Networks

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A+E Networks launched a series of housewares and textiles based on a variety of franchises and properties from History, Lifetime and A&E, including: History’s ANCIENT ALIENS, THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND, SIX and KNIGHTFALL; as well as Lifetime’s BRING IT! and A&E’s DUCK DYNASTY. The multi-category collections will be available at in-store and online at department stores, mass retailers and specialty retailers in the U.S. and Canada, beginning in spring 2018.

Additionally, A+E Networks and Titan Publishing are collaborating for original novels and an eight-part comic book series based on History’s new scripted drama, KNIGHTFALL, which centers on the elite and mysterious military order, the Knights Templar.

To learn more about these and other television opportunities for your brand, head over to our Properties section here.


Activision Blizzard

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Known primarily for record-breaking video game releases, Activision Blizzard (CALL OF DUTY, SKYLANDER, WORLD OF WARCRAFT+) launched a new consumer products division this year, and Blizzard’s OVERWATCH gaming franchise is said to be a big priority. Launched only a year ago, OVERWATCH reaches more than 30 million players globally, making it the company’s eighth billion-dollar franchise, according to Activision Blizzard. Additionally, they are working to establish professional teams and commercialize media rights for the upcoming OVERWATCH league this year as part of their emphasis on eSports to offer its fans fresh ways to experience games.

The gaming giant also highlighted its other gaming properties, and attendees were able to experience games such as CALL OF DUTY, DESTINY and CRASH BANDICOOT N. SANE TRILOGY. See more information on these and other gaming opportunities for your brand here.


Nickelodeon 

nickelodeonNickelodeon announced popular program renewals, including PAW PATROL, SHIMMER AND SHINE, RUSTY RIVETS, NELLA THE PRINCESS KNIGHT and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. The renewed preschool shows will debut for the 2017-18 television season, and the 12th season of SPONGEBOB is set to premiere in 2019 to coincide with the series’ 20th anniversary year.

Additionally, Nickelodeon will introduce a new collection of interactive, curriculum-driven preschool episodes in its NOGGIN video subscription service. The new play-along videos will allow preschoolers to engage with their favorite characters by navigating through experiences that promote social-emotional skills and STEM learning.

Details on these and many other types of entertainment Properties can be found here.


Rovio Entertainment  

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Rovio announced THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 is slated to hit theaters on Sept. 20, 2019, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the original ANGRY BIRDS game. In collaboration with Columbia and Sony Pictures, the film will be be co-directed by John Rice, who served as lead storyboard artist on THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE and directed the popular ANGRY BIRDS HATCHLINGS shorts. According to Rovio, they are continuing to focus on creating exciting new stories and experiences around their games, and they are eager to take fans back into the vibrant ANGRY BIRDS world on the big screen once again. To see more information on Rovio’s or other gaming opportunities for your brand, check out our Properties section here.


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Saban Brands gave a first look at the future of Power Rangers, including Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel season’s first teaser and official logo. The company also revealed ways they will celebrate POWER RANGERS’ 25th Anniversary, including: commemorative lightning bolt pins, returning cast members on POWER RANGERS SUPER NINJA STEEL, Boom! Studios’ new mythology stories, live location-based events, and more.

Aside from having characters dressed in POWER RANGERS suits posing at the show, Saban Brands’ booth featured a Wall of POWER RANGERS Helmets display, showcasing one helmet for each of the seasons from the franchise’s 25 year history.

For information on these and many other types of entertainment opportunities for your brand, click here.


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In addition to collaborating with Rovio, Sony Pictures Consumer Products announced several licensees for Sony Pictures’ upcoming THE EMOJI MOVIE. featuring an array of items (apparel, housewares and toys) inspired by the characters in the movie. The company also showcased their upcoming slate, and you can learn more about what that entails, as they recently highlighted upcoming opportunities in their RoadShow Property Review here.


 Universal Pictures

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NBCUniversal unveiled a new live event experience for the fall based on NBC’s obstacle course competition series “AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR,” now in its ninth season. The live event, titled “American Ninja Warrior Experience,” will allow participants to compete against friends and other athletes on a multi-stage adult open course featuring fan-favorite obstacles from the series, for a chance to run in the Pro Course Competition against the best Ninja Warrior athletes in the world.

The company is also promoting upcoming films in creative ways. First, they announced a new collection of construction sets based on the upcoming DESPICABLE ME 3 film, featuring some of the franchise’s most beloved characters. They’ve also teamed up with an augmented reality app to promote THE MUMMY, offering fans the opportunity to win thousands of prizes. Check out great partnership opportunities like these and more for your brand here.


Walt Disney Studios

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Aside from a vast overview of their film slate, Disney Channel, Pixar and Marvel brands, the company unveiled Disney Digital Network, a hub of digital-first stories delivered to Millennial and Gen Z audiences on known platforms. The new network, which according to Disney reaches more than one billion followers, will combine more than 300 social media channels and will also include Disney’s in-house branded content service, which pairs Disney digital storytellers with advertisers for custom campaigns.

Disney Consumer Products also announced new collaborations, including a limited edition footwear and accessories collection based on Mickey Mouse and other classic characters. To view Disney’s and many other opportunities, explore our Properties section here.


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1 Source: License Global, May 2017