2014 was year of big successes (Frozen), milestones (Hello Kitty’s 40th) and industry-changing innovations (3D printing). Here’s a recap of the news that shaped the year.
Lionsgate has partnered with Dubai Parks and Resorts to bring a studio-themed zone to the Motiongate Dubai theme park, which will open in October 2016.
The Joester Loria Group has brokered a multi-category clothing deal for the Amy Coe baby and kids' brand that broadens the retail reach of the brand.
Stan Lee has partnered with Carnival Films, the production company behind "Downton Abbey," to create a mystery crime drama for the U.K.'s Sky 1 network.
Endemol Shine Group has teamed with digital celebrity and entrepreneur Michelle Phan to create the new multi-platform digital network, Icon.
Nike has extended its license agreement with Perry Ellis International for men's, women's and children's swimwear and accessories in North America.
Mattel has unveiled new publishing plans at the Bologna Children's Book Fair including a renewed focus on Barbie story-telling and digital publishing.
Internet star Grumpy Cat has joined forces with a number of new licensees for a comic book series, a new app and more.
San-X is taking the Asian character Rilakkuma global with new international licensing agents and licensees.
The Norwegian Star cruise ship has been re-launched with a range of new dining and entertainment venues including the Jimmy Buffet-themed Five o'Clock Somewhere Bar.
The Winterthur Museum has tapped Art Needlepoint for a range of needlepoint designs inspired by the museums' drawings, prints and floor coverings.
Entertainment One Licensing has welcomed a host of new U.S. licensees for its Peppa Pig brand.
E-commerce retailer Mr. Porter has teamed up with Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kingsman: The Secret Service, to launch a line of suits and men's accessories inspired by the film.
The "Octonauts" are joining other CBeebies stars at the Alton Towers Resort's CBeebies Land area.
Following Richard Broadbent’s decision to step down as chairman of Tesco, retail veteran John Allan has been appointed to the role, effective March 1.
Independent licensing agency TPA has been appointed to represent Bob, the street cat that changed the life of a homeless busker, for licensing in EMEA.
American Girl, a division of Mattel, has partnered with Fashion Angels to create a range of tween girl arts and crafts products featuring the doll brand.
PepsiCo has partnered with Body Rags for a new t-shirt line featuring the Pepsi and Mountain Dew beverage brands.
Jelly Jam Entertainment has partnered with Kids Preferred for the new Moodsters line of toys and books designed to teach young children about feelings.
Feld Motor Sports and Strottman international have once again partnered with home improvement retailer Lowe’s to bring back Monster Jam-themed Build and Grow Clinics.
Santoro has signed a host of new licensees and launched several new lines for its art brand Gorjuss in Europe.
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