2018 LIMA Rising Stars

Mariana Orvañanos M., Head of Marketing for la Panadería Licensing & Marketing

MARIANA ORVAÑANOSMariana started her career in the licensing industry in 2013 when she joined Televisa Consumer Products in the of brand assurance and graphic designer position for the food, beverage & promotions division of the company, and she continued to perform in that position for over year and a half. During that short but valuable time she had the opportunity to work closely with some of the biggest and most relevant food and beverage companies in the country.


Nick Manzo, Account Director, Seltzer Licensing

Nick_headshotNick Manzo is an Account Director at Seltzer Licensing Group and works with some of the world’s largest brands including Suave, Popsicle, Del Monte and Airheads.  During his time at Seltzer, Nick has touched all the Seltzer Licensing Group clients and has been instrumental in building the American Red Cross program which now has 15 licensees and was nominated for a LIMA award this year.


Leon Maratchi, Senior Manager of Retail, Cartoon Network

Leon Maratchi HeadshotLeon Maratchi began his career in licensing as an intern for Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) in 2008. Upon graduating from Brooklyn College, he got a job at CNE as their consumer products coordinator. Since his start as an intern, Leon now oversees retail development for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim properties in North America.Leon’s role at CNE is to develop their retail strategy and attain premier placement and promotions across all retail channels of distribution.


Peter Cross, Brand Manager, Broad Street Licensing Group

Peter Cross HeadshotPeter Cross began his career in the licensing industry after several years in the world of Public Relations. He joined Broad Street Licensing Group in 2014 as an Account Coordinator and worked his way to become a Brand Manager. Peter has been involved in all aspects of BSLG’s food and beverage licensing efforts including new business and program development and client management.


Mimi Nicosia, Senior Manager, CPG, Nickelodeon

Mimi Nicosia - Photo - LIMA Rising StarMimi Nicosia is the Senior Manager for Nickelodeon’s Consumer Packaged Goods, covering Health & Beauty and Food & Beverage products for beloved characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Mimi has played an integral part in driving Nickelodeon’s licensed CPG business, helping to create and execute strategic plans for some of Nick’s premier Consumer Products partners, including General Mills, Church & Dwight, Colgate, and Johnson & Johnson.


Mandy Bardisbanian, Buyer – Cosmetics, Hot Topic

17458379_3464191450454_5016237897447874667_nMandy Bardisbanian has been with Hot Topic for 6 years, serving as Beauty Buyer since 2016. Mandy specializes in the licensed beauty field, working closely with licensors to create original and exclusive pop culture-inspired beauty products to be sold at Hot Topic stores and hottopic.com. Mandy has pioneered inspired-by cosmetics, and her expertise is reflected in the quality and storytelling of each piece. Mandy’s dedication and passion has resulted in the exponential growth of Hot Topic’s beauty category.



Meghan Mernin, Director, Licensing, Epic Rights

Meghan Mernin headshotMeghan Mernin is the Director of Licensing at Epic Rights, a leading licensing and brand management company for some of the world’s most iconic and legendary music artists such as David Bowie, AC/DC, KISS, John Lennon, WHAM!, *NSYNC, Britney Spears and more. She began working at Epic Rights in 2014 as an Assistant and has advanced to Director of Licensing through focus, dedication and a natural ability to connect Artists with companies and products.



Sally Russell, Associate Licensing Manager, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

SER HeadshotSally started working in Licensing at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation as an Administrative Assistant shortly after receiving a Bachelor’s degree for studies in art history and communications, management, and design at Ithaca College. She was fortunate to work with the Foundation’s archives of over 25,000 drawings. Sally turned the passion for creating product from his timeless designs into a Manager position of various licensing programs.



Fernanda Coutinho, Associate Director, Brand Management at Beanstalk

KeniaPolphotography-286Fernanda Coutinho is an international Marketing and  Licensing executive with knowledge of many industries in the North and Latin America regions. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese having mastered all in her native Brazil. In the past 7 years since she helped craft creative win-win partnerships for Licensees and Licensors in the Americas regions.



Danielle Tanton, Global Live Events & Attraction Manager, DHX Brands

Danielle Tanton HeadshotSince January 2016, Danielle has been responsible for developing DHX Brands’ live events and attractions programme, licensing the rights to Teletubbies, In the Night Garden and Twirlywoos. Notable deals include licensing the first ever Teletubbies Live theatre show, securing a two year partnership with Butlins and Teletubbies across all three of their resorts, expanding DHX Brands’ relationship with Alton Towers and BBC Worldwide by brokering a deal for 6 new In the Night Garden themed hotel rooms,