UPDATE: World Congress of Play


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SAN FRANCISCO,
CA (June 17, 2013)
–The World Congress
of Play
,
the first conference to gather members of every field of the “play industry,”
will be making history this fall.  Produced by Richard Gottlieb, CEO,
Global Toy Experts and Charles
Albert, CEO,
Creativity Inc., this historic
three-day conference will provide an environment for breaking down silos;
inspiring new ideas, encouraging new relationships and uniting all members of
the play industry in as they create a play economy for the 21
st
century.  Global manufacturers and
retailers of traditional toys and games, video games, and digital play, as well
as theme parks, industry associations, analysts and trade media are all
encouraged to attend.  The World Congress
of Play takes place at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, CA on
September 9-11, 2013.

“The
world of play is changing quickly and dramatically,” said Richard Gottlieb, CEO,
Global Toy Experts.  “As a result, we
need to change the way we do business and work together to shape the future of
play as we all compete in the same marketplace for revenue and time.”

The
congress will feature a high profile list of exciting speakersfrom all over the
world. Keynoting the congress are John Barbour, CEO, LeapFrog Enterprisesand Trip
Hawkins, founder, Electronic Arts, 3DO, Digital Chocolate and his latest
start-up, If You Can.  Some
of the highlights will beUtkuTansel, head
of toys and games research, Euromonitor International presenting the first ever
“State of the Play Industry” address,providing data and commentary on video
games, digital play, traditional toys and games.Chris
Heatherly, VP, production & marketing, Disney Interactive Worlds will disrupt attendee’s
thinking with “Toys of the
Future.”  David Merrill,
the creator of the hugely popular Sifteo, will share his insights on what makes
a successful product in the age of phygital play:
“Timeless Play; when digital meets physical”
and
Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands, will provide
powerful perspective and insight with
“Playing with
OMNI-CHANNEL Brands.”

In
addition, a growing list of speakers includes:

  • Richard Barry, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer,
    Toys“R”Us
  • DarranGarnham, chief business development officer and chief licensing officer, Mind Candy
  • Donna Friedman Meir, Founder of Lemonade 
  • Traci Paige Johnson, co-creator of “Blue’s Clues” and Yummico
  • Miles Ludwig, managing director, Content Innovation Lab, Sesame
    Workshop

The
World Congress of Play will also tackle play’s place in society.  “We will explore
the role of play not just in child's play and recreation, but throughout our
lives, including how play fosters development, mental health, socialization and
creativity,” added
Charles Albert, CEO, Creativity Inc.

To
register to attend the first World Congress of Play, Click here.
Registration is $950, with a $150 discount
if registered by July 1st.  Cost
includes all speaking sessions, networking events and meals.

For
more information and ongoing updates to the list of speakers and agenda topics,visit
http://www.worldcongressofplay.com

 

About Global Toy Experts

Global Toy Experts is
a world-renowned consultancy and resource for toy industry insight and
information led by well-known industry leader, Richard Gottlieb. Experts
provide cutting-edge analysis and strategies to domestic toy manufacturers as
well as those international providers who are looking to raise their profile in
the United States. The consultancy also provides unique observations and
commentary at speaking engagements and conferences globally, furnishing the toy
industry with exceptional blueprints for success. Additionally, Global Toy
Experts publishes Global Toy News, a
Web-based magazine that covers toy industry news and provides resource links.  For more information, please visit www.GlobalToyExperts.com.

About
Creativity, Inc.
 
Creativity, Inc. was established in 1998 in San Carlos, California.  The company’s mission is to provide toy,
game, learning, and entertainment developers with the very best design,
development and engineering services available.  Strengths include game
design and play pattern development; music composition, sound design, voice
casting and recording; digital illustration and animation; software engineering
for embedded processors and mobile App platforms including Apple and Android;
electro-mechanical engineering; puppeteering and localization. Customers
include 9 of the 10 leading toy companies in the world and leading
entertainment companies including Disney, Sony, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop,
Bandai, HIT, Discovery Channel, and more. 
For more information, please visit www.CreativityUSA.com.

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