• June 3-5th. The Crypt. Clerkenwell

    PDLN Conference 2018 - London.

  • PDLN

    The PDLN conference is an invitation only event for senior news licensing organisation executives from PDLN members, other licensing bodies and media monitoring and evaluation businesses. We meet in an informal setting, numbers are limited to around 60, allowing excellent networking and interactive discussion on topics of interest including market developments, legal changes, and how technology is driving business change.


    The 2018 PDLN London Conference will include speakers from Google, New York Times, global MMO body FIBEP, global licensing body IFRRO, the EU Summa project, and academic legal experts. Just as important it will allow delegates time and space to share ideas, developments and experiences from around the world.


    About PDLN www.pdln.info


    PDLN aims to protect and promote the interest of publishers in media monitoring services. Its members seek to encourage the development of simple, efficient market solutions to the supply and use of press information internationally. PDLN works to share best practice in licensing and supply and to create forums for content owners and users to come together to solve the challenges of improving these services. The Press Database and Licensing Network (PDLN) is an association representing organisations owned or controlled by publishers who license or supply newspaper, magazine and website material for media monitoring, press cutting and press review services. PDLN was founded in 2008 and has grown rapidly. It now has 26 members in 23 countries, including the Asian rim, Africa, America and Europe.


  • Location

    We are based at The Crypt - a converted church venue in the heart of Clerkenwell village


    Crypt on the Green

    The Crypt on the Green is a unique, flexible, cosy large space on the edge of the City of London in a tranquil oasis surrounded by green space. The vaulted brick crypt is used for conferences, networking and client events, product launches, exhibitions, press briefings as well as filming, performances, and wedding receptions.


    The Crypt on the Green
    St James Clerkenwell
    Clerkenwell Close
    London EC1R 0EA


    Our recommended hotel is the Malmaison, Clerkenwell Green

    This boutique hotel in central London offers stylish bedrooms and free WiFi. Located in trendy Clerkenwell, it is just 5 minutes' walk from Barbican & Farringdon tube stations


    18-21 Charterhouse Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6AH


    020 3750 9402  eventsdesk@malmaison.com

    Dinner - Sunday

    The Swan, Thameside

    The Swan is at Bankside, SE1, at the foot of the Millenium Bridge, next to the Globe Elizabethan theatre


    Swan, Shakespeare's Globe
    21 New Globe Walk
    London SE1 9DT

    Dinner - Monday

    Stationers Hall

    Stationers' Hall is a Grade I listed building, close to St Paul's Cathedral.
    It is one of the few ancient Livery Halls remaining in the City of London. Completed in 1673 after the Great Fire of London, the Hall's suite of three imposing, inter-linking rooms makes it one of the most sought after venues in the City for Corporate events and private functions.

    The secluded garden is a draw during the warmer months for corporate entertaining and the warmth of the Hall with its stained glass windows is the perfect setting for Christmas dinners.


    Stationers' Hall
    Ave Maria Lane
    London EC4M 7DD

  • Sunday

  • Sunday Programme

    Informal Tour and Dinner - all delegates welcome

    Walking Tour


    We meet at the conference hotel - Malmaison Clerkenwell - for an informal walking tour at 5pm, ending at the dinner venue.


    18-21 Charterhouse Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6AH



    Dinner at the Swan, Bankside - a riverside restaurant next to the Globe Elizabethan theatre. The walking tour wlll end there. Guest are welcome to join for dinner only.


    Swan, Shakespeare's Globe
    21 New Globe Walk
    London SE1 9DT

  • Monday

    PDLN General Assembly and Member presentations

    Welcome - Sandra Chastanet President PDLN


    Sandra will open the conference.

    PDLN General Assembly

    9.45 - 10.30

    Board report, approval of budget and accounts, election of officers, other formal business. Members will receive an agenda prior to the meeting.

    PDLN member presentations

    11:00 - 12:30

    Presentations from members on developments in their country of wider interest to colleagues. Sharing experience and learnings is central to the value of PDLN


    12.30 -14_00

    We will eat at the venue - hopefully outdoors in the Churchyard. There is rather nice old a pub 10 yards away...

    PDLN member presentations on country developments

    14:00 - 15:30

    Presentations from PDLN members on developments in their country of wider interest to colleagues. Sharing experience and learnings is central to the value of PDLN. This session may also include briefings on legal developments of interest to members.

    IFRRO CEO on copyright development - Amaral CEO on the EU SUMMA programme

    16:00 - 17.30 - MMOs and external guest join

    Presentations from IFRRO Secretary General Caroline Morgan on developments in global licensing regulation and Priberam CEO Carlos Amaral on the EU SUMMA project developing new technologies for media monitoring

    Dinner Stationers Hall

    19.30 - smart casual dress

    Guests make their own way to a formal dinner in the splendid ancient Stationers Hall, 100 yards from St Pauls Cathedral. The hall has been the home of the UK publishing industry for nearly 600 years. Smart dress is encouraged. Drinks will be served in the garden from 6.30, and dinner at 7.30


    Our host is Tim Brooks, Chairman, NLA media access


  • Tuesday Programme

    Show off your projects, features, or clients in this section.

    The New York Times on on its approach to licensing partnerships and Google on working with the press,

    9.00 - 10:30

    Elenora Rosati on legal developments and ,FIBEP on international media monitoring and licensing

    11.00 - 12.30


    Conference close and lunch


    Informal lunch, We will eat at the venue - hopefully outdoors

  • Speakers

    Google, New York Times, FIBEP, IFRRO, Priberam, NLA media access

    Bénédicte Autret


    Head of Strategic Relations - News & Publishers, UK & Benelux - EMEA Strategic Relationships


    Benedicte joined the Google Syndication team in 2005 and has embraced the world of monetisation and platform partnership for the past 11 years.

    First working with traditional publishers across Europe and in 2010 refocusing on the UK market, managing the relationship with publishers such as DMGT, Telegraph, Guardian and Haymarket just to name a few. In the past 2 years, Benedicte pivoted to work closely with UK Telcos and broadcasters starting a conversation with existing partners and prospects on new platform technology such as dynamic ad insertion capability. In May 2016, Benedicte joined the newly formed team of European Strategic Relationships, engaging with the news industry in UK, Ireland and Benelux.

    Prior to joining Google, Benedicte worked for WILink Europe. Benedicte holds a degree from the EDHEC Business School Bachelor programme.

    Benedicte is as French as it comes with regards to her love for good food and good wine but what you may not know is that she likes her adopted country so much that she officially became a British citizen in March 2015. The art of queuing in a line and apologising profusely holds no secret for her!!




    Eleonora Rosati

    University of Southampton

    European University Institute

    Associate Professor in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Southampton

    An Italian-qualified lawyer (avvocato) admitted to the Florence Bar (Ordine degli Avvocati di Firenze), I am a tenured associate professor in intellectual property (IP) law at the University of Southampton (UK), a guest lecturer in copyright law at EDHEC Business School (France), a door tenant at 8 New Square, and an Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford University Press).

    Previously I was a Post-Doctoral Legal Research Associate at the University of Cambridge (UK), and worked in the IP departments of Bird&Bird LLP in Milan (Italy) and London (UK).

    I hold two law degrees summa cum laude from the University of Florence (Italy), an LLM from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a PhD in EU copyright law from the European University Institute (Italy).

    I have researched and written extensively in the fields of IP, internet law, and fashion law. I am a regular contributor to specialist blogs The 1709 Blog and The IPKat, for which I report and comment on IP-related news from all over the world.

    I have also been interviewed by leading media publications regarding copyright issues, including - recently - The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Hollywood Reporter, BBC, The Telegraph, and Metro.

    Carlos Amaral



    Carlos graduated in Electronics Engineering at Técnico, with a specialization in Systems and Computers and was a full time researcher at INESC. He is co-founder and CEO of Priberam, where he took several roles in R&D, Product Management and Business and Partnerships Development. Priberam combines Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence to extract actionable knowledge from multilingual unstructured data.

    Amazon, Microsoft, the major Portuguese and Brazilian media publishers, law firms and the Government are some of the clients using Priberam’s language technologies in different business areas. Priberam participates in the SUMMA project that aims to provide a media monitoring platform capable of dealing with large volumes of data across many languages and different media types. Two use cases are already implemented in BBC and Deutsche Welle.

    Priberam developed a prototype of an advanced Press Delivery Platform that integrates an automatic content enrichment pipeline for Visapress, the Portuguese content licensing association.

    Alice Ting

    VP Licensing & Syndication

    The New York Times

    Alice Ting, vice president, licensing and syndication, for The New York Times, is responsible for the global financial performance of the licensing and syndication businesses. Ms. Ting oversees a portfolio of products and services ranging from local licenses of T: The New York Times Style Magazine to book development to digital archive distribution deals. She leads an international team of sales, business development, marketing and operations professionals who are focused on licensing and distributing content from both The New York Times and from select editorial brands to media companies, businesses, websites and other digital platforms.


    Ms. Ting has held several positions at The Times. Previously, she was responsible for various commerce and brand extension businesses, including the School of the New York Times. Ms. Ting served as executive director, brand development, for The Times, where she identified, executed and oversaw businesses such as the online store, branded merchandise, the wine club, and Times Journeys. She was also responsible for content-related business development such as rights and permission, content licensing and sales for the North American market.


    Ms. Ting joined The Times in 2000 as a director of strategy for NYTd, which was the digital arm of the company. She also served as director, strategic planning, for Times Media Group, where she identified ancillary revenue streams. She then became director, strategic initiatives and publications, for the News Services Division, where she managed some of its niche publications and rights & permissions partners.


    Before joining The Times, Ms. Ting was a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising media and publishing companies on revenue growth strategies and new product development.


    Ms. Ting earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School at Columbia University.


    Caroline Morgan

    CEO and Secretary General



    Caroline is Chief Executive and Secretary General of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO). Previous to that, she was the General Manager of Copyright Agency responsible for managing Copyright Agency’s relations with licensing clients, including education and government sectors. Caroline also managed VISCOPY, the Australian collective management organisation for visual arts. Caroline is the Past President of the Copyright Society of Australia (2006 – 2014). She was also Chair of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisation’s (IFRRO), Asia Pacific Committee, and chair of IFRRO’s Legal Forum.

    Johna Burke




    Johna is the CMO of BurrellesLuce and AMEC North America co-chair.

    During a career spanning over 25 years, Johna has worked both as a public relations practitioner and a provider of services that are vital to the successful performance of communications professionals. Prior to joining BurrellesLuce she was the director of public and investor relations of a Fortune 500 company. In 2015 she was inducted into the PR News Measurement Hall of Fame for her work and leadership in the community.

    Tim Brooks


    NLA media access


    Along with many other leading roles in the publishing industry has been CEO of leading ,medical publisher BMJ, Managing Director of The Guardian. He is a director of the PPA and chairs the British Library Advisory Council

  • Registration

    A simple email is all you need

    The conference fee is euro 300, which includes both Sunday and Monday dinners and lunch on Monday and Tuesday. To register please email pdlninfo@nla.co.uk giving your full details, including billing address. Invoices will be raised in May. No refunds will be given after April 31st. Please register before the end of April.


    PDLN reserves the right to refuse admission to organisations that do not support its objectives. Non members should note that the Monday morning and early afternoon sessions are exclusively for PDLN members.

  • Ninestars

    The PDLN board and members thank Ninestars for sponsoring this event. Many PDLN members use Ninestars for content processing and services, and are proud of the relationship. See http://ninestars.in/ for more information

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