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.
SmileyWorld has partnered with fashion handbags licensee Guangzhou Qiankun to release a new collection of handbags and accessories in China later this year.
Target and its “One for You, One for Me” campaign hit its goal of donating $25 million in school supplies for this school year.
U.K. gaming software developers Microgaming has created an online slot game for Jurassic Park in partnership with Universal Partnerships & Licensing.
The Collegiate Licensing Company, the licensing affiliate of IMG College, released its annual list of top-selling universities and manufacturers.
Paramount and Nickelodeon Movies have announced a sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to be released in 2016.
Ultimate Fighting Championship has tapped Pacific Sportswear & Emblem Company to develop a line of accessories, gifts, novelties and souvenirs.
Brand Licensing Europe 2014 expects to top last year’s record-breaking attendance with even more features and new brands on the floor.
Bulldog Licensing, agent for the CBeebies series "Mr. Bloom’s Nursery," has teamed with charitable organization The Conservation Volunteers for a new range of Mr. Bloom product.
Following Dollar Tree's announcement at the end of July that it had bought rival Family Dollar, Dollar General has offered a counter-bid for the discount chain.
The Topps Company has released "Topps Kicks 15," a real-world, real-time football trading card app for Barclays Premier League, Bundesliga and Major League Soccer.
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