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.
Nickelodeon and Toyota have teamed up to create a 3D concept car based on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
Sanrio and Toei Animation Europe are pairing to unite Hello Kitty and the anime series "One Piece" in a joint licensing program for Europe.
Robin Zingone has teamed with Buckledown for a line of fashion accessories featuring the artist's designs.
Snapper Productions has signed a deal with CBeebies to air "Q Pootle 5 Christmas Special: Pootle All The Way."
CBS Consumer Products has released a new addition in its line of Star Trek alcoholic beverages, Klingon Bloodwine (tlhIngan 'Iw HIq).
Early holiday promotions, the continued growth of online shopping and an improving economy changed the way millions of people approached Black Friday.
FremantleMedia North America has tapped EVine Live to launch a new food-based TV series featuring seafood and other items inspired by the reality series “Deadliest Catch.”
The Joester Loria Group, global licensing agent for The World of Eric Carle, has appointed Team! Licensing to build the brand in Germany.
Australian retailer Woolworths has taken to the exclusive rights to the Australian technology solutions brand Hills.
Massive Audio has signed its first licensing deal with BBC Worldwide for Doctor Who audio products in North America.
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