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.
Signature Publishing is promoting GP Flairs’ modeling brand Plasticine in its children’s magazines over the next three months.
Spin Master has filed a civil lawsuit in California to stop the manufacture and sale of Stafly toys, which it claims infringe on its Flutterbye toy.
Bandai Namco Games Europe is planning a new video game for Nintendo 3DS based on Viz Media’s anime property, Tenkai Knights.
The Collegiate Licensing Company, the licensing affiliate of IMG College, has named Nicole Armentrout as senior director, marketing.
Under Armour has opened the doors of its newest specialty retail location in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City.
Scripps Networks International’s Fine Living network has made its debut in the Balkans region on Telemach in both Bosnia and Slovenia.
Fetch…for Pets! and Farouk Systems have teamed up to bring the human hair care brands Chi and BioSilk to animals.
Tipp Distributors has tapped the Star Candle Company to create a line of scented candles inspired by the Mexican soft drink Jarritos.
Nickelodeon has teamed up with Insight Editions for a new book that tells the complete, never-before-told story of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
For the first time ever, an official Duff Beer (inspired by “The Simpsons” brew) will be available at retail.
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