Richard C. Levy
Richard C. Levy & Associates
Saturday 12:00pm // Richard Levy's Ten Immutable Laws of Licensing Toys and Games
specializing in toy and game invention and licensing. His licensed products include Furby (Hasbro), the animatronic creature that has sold more than 75 million units in 57 countries, and 12 languages.
Richard’s games include million plus unit sellers Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (Mattel), Chicken Soup for the Soul (Cardinal) and Adverteasing (Cadaco). His licensees range from Mattel and Hasbro to P&G and General Foods.
Richard’s twelfth book, co-authored with Ron Weingartner, the critically acclaimed The Toy and Game Inventor’s Handbook (3nd edition), is available exclusively through Amazon at The Toy and Game Inventor's Handbook . The book is priced at $6.95 as a New York Toy Fair 2019 special.
Richard served two consecutive terms on the board of directors of Intellectual Property Owners (IPO). He is listed in Who’s Who in Entertainment, has been profiled by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, New York Times, Washington Post, Inventor’s Digest, and The Discovery Channel’s “Invention” series. Richard received the Small Business Administration’s Innovation Award.
A popular speaker, Richard has addressed the Licensing Executives Society, USPTO’s National Inventor’s Day, National Science Foundation’s Conference on Industrial Science and Technological Innovation, IBM’s Inventor Dinner, Wharton’s Entrepreneurship Conference, University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business, to name a few appearances.
After graduating from Emerson College with a degree in television and cinematography, and completing an internship with the president of Paramount Pictures International, Richard was assigned to Central America to run Paramount’s ad/pub operation. At age 22, he managed foreign ad/pub for Joseph E. Levine’s Avco Embassy Pictures. He launched over 30 feature films between both corporate stints.
During the first Reagan Administration, Richard was appointed Deputy Director of the U.S.I.A.’s Television and Film Service, a Senior Executive Service position. He was a principal architect of WorldNet, the interactive satellite network that connects Washington, D.C. with American embassies worldwide. He produced more than 30 documentaries, including “Expressing a Feeling,” a bio pic about Hal David, songwriter and former president of ASCAP.