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.
The full series of BRB Internacional’s animated series “Canimals” is now available on Hulu Kids, making its U.S. debut via the Internet TV service.
Brand Activation Association has announced the winners of its 2014 Brand Brilliance Awards.
Transom Capital Group has acquired Topspin Media’s music e-commerce platform from Beats Music.
The Pokémon Company International debuted a new feature-length animated film at MIPTV Monday.
Sesame Workshop has lunched a new subscription video on demand service, “Sesame Go.”
Following its debut last year, Hasbro is expanding the product range in its Nerf Dog line with more than 40 new dog toys.
Hot Topic is planning a limited edition collection of apparel inspired by Disney’s upcoming feature film Maleficent, in theaters on May 30.
Nickelodeon has tapped Jakks Pacific for a line of specialty figures and toys in the U.S. based on "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Kohl’s Department Stores is offering exclusive merchandise from the new animated feature Rio 2 through the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program.
Dynamite Entertainment has partnered with Ubisoft for a comic book series based on the “Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell” video game franchise.
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