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12-15 April

New York Rights Fair maps a booming marketplace

The first edition of the New York Rights Fair has successfully ended. From May 30 to June 1, it brought together professionals from the world of copyright and publishing licensing to the Big Apple.

This new trade show organized by BolognaFiere, Publishers Weekly and The Combined Book Exhibit featured about 160 exhibitors from around the world and 1,500 registered participants, as well as 1,700 BookExpo professionals who had free access to the event thanks to the recent agreement that made NYRF the "Official Rights Fair" of the important American book fair organized by Reed Exhibitions.

The rich programme of meetings, with 70 international speakers, saw every day a focus on a different theme:

  • The first day opened with the session "The Global Landscape" dedicated to the international publishing scene covering the rise of European comics and Scandinavian crime fiction, the making of international blockbusters, the growing audiobook market, China’s thriving publishing market; finally looking into the innovations introduced by platforms such as Wattpad and new practices like crowdfunding.
  • The second day’s programming was focused on the transition from “Page to Screen”, with new  business models for adapting content for the big screen and how the streaming giants are changing the IP rules in Hollywood.


  • The third day’s theme was dedicated to the world of rights with "The Pillar of Rights" section, including meetings focused on the practices and challenges in the work of foreign rights agents, film/literary scouts and co-agents.


A grand success also for “Talking Pictures: The Visual Book Now”, the special initiative on the visual and illustrated book. Find out more here!