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.
Saban Brands has appointed Corus Entertainment's Nelvana to represent the Power Rangers brand for licensing in France.
British soccer team Liverpool FC has appointed Fermata Partners to expand its brand in North America.
Mercis has appointed CPLG Nordic and CPLG Central and Eastern Europe to represent its brands, which include the classic Dick Bruna character Miffy.
Disney Junior has optioned the New York Times-bestselling kids' book series Fancy Nancy for a TV movie and series.
SmileyWorld has launched a host of new fashion collaborations featuring the iconic smiley face imagery with retail partners around the world.
Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises has partnered with actress Julie Andrews to develop a new preschool TV series based on her book series The Very Fairy Princess.
High IntenCity has renewed its license for ABC’s TV series "Once Upon a Time" for jewelry, hair and novelty accessories.
The Praim Group has released a limited edition chocolate bar featuring DreamWorks Animation's latest feature film, Home.
m4e AG has appointed the Paris-based licensing agency Planeta Junior to represent its TV series “Tip the Mouse” in France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
Brands with Influence is expanding the U.K. licensing program for "The Next Step" as the TV series enters its second season on CBBC.
The new spin-off company of sourcing and distribution group Li & Fung Limited–Global Brands Group–made its debut on the Hong Kong stock exchange Thursday.
Tech 4 Kids has signed on to create toy and lifestyle products for the game app "Flappy Bird."
Players in Australia's National Rugby League will wear an exclusive line of Marvel Super Hero-themed jerseys at the Round 21 games in August.
The Smiley Company is continuing a number of partnerships with European licensees and has added more for the back-to-school season.
Quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns ranks No. 1 overall on the NFL Players Top 50 Player Sales list for the first quarter of 2014.
Art licensing firm MGL has added artist Katarina Sokolova to its roster.
Temple Street Productions has brought on Striker Entertainment as the worldwide (excluding Canada) licensing agent for its hit TV series "Orphan Black."
Clothing line Her Universe, along with retailer Hot Topic and media company Nerdist Industries, will hold their debut fashion show at Comic-Con Thursday.
CBS Consumer Products and Poppy, the Young Readers imprint of Little, Brown Books, will release the full-length novel based on The CW's “Reign” series.
Vancouver-based Big Bad Boo Studios struck a deal with Kingston-based TV Jamaica to air the children’s television series “1001 Nights.”
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