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.
Cartoon Network Enterprises has teamed with Bandai Namco Games Europe and Little Orbit for the third installment in the "Adventure Time" video game franchise.
Smiley has made two new executive appointments–David Fox as head of design and Salvatore Zingrillo as global brand director of fashion.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is the latest in a growing list of eateries partnering with CafePress to meet the demand of loyal customers.
Columbia Sportswear and the Dallas Cowboys have announced an apparel licensing partnership for co-branded sportswear, outerwear and accessories.
The entire Peanuts gang is now available at German retailer Butlers in a line of home accessories.
Indian Motorcycle has announced a new collaboration with FieldCandy, a designer brand of outdoor products, for a branded tent.
Jeffrey D. Dunn has been appointed as the new president and chief executive officer of Sesame Workshop.
Vince Klaseus will join Universal Pictures as president of the newly created brand development division.
Egmont Publishing has unveiled its newest Minecraft title–Blockopedia.
Bleacher Creatures is planning a brand-new line of DC Comics plush figures representing the greatest Super Heroes (and Super Villains) in the galaxy.
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