Orlando's MegaCon bought by Informa

Orlando's MegaCon has been sold to Informa PLC, the multinational media company that owns Fan Expo Canada organizer Hobby Star Marketing and Dallas Comic Con.

Beth Widera, who's owned the 22-year-old Florida convention since purchasing it in 2003 from CrossGen, confirmed the sale to the Orlando Sentinel. She will remain as executive director.The news arrives ahead this weekend's show, which is expected to draw 70,000 people to the Orange County Convention Center. Guests include Stan Lee, Hulk Hogan, Karen Gillan, Norman Reedus, Jeremy Shada, Chuck Dixon, Amanda Conner, Paolo Rivera and Ethan Van Sciver.Headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, and London, Informa is one of the world’s largest event organizers. In 2013, the company bought Hobby Star, which operated Fan Expo Canada, Toronto Comicon, Fan Expo Vancouver and Fan Expo Regina, and in 2014 Dallas Comic Con and related Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days.

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