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.
Tohokushinsha Film Corporation has taken the Japanese television and distribution rights for ITVS GE's "Thunderbirds Are Go" in Japan.
Garfield licensor Paws, Inc. has teamed with Bare Tree Media to launch digital content featuring the famous feline on messenging apps around the world.
Cartoon Network Enterprises' "Ben 10" franchise won the award for Best Licensor of the Year in the entertainment category at the fourth annual Indian Retail and E-Retail Awards.
All American Licensing & Management Group has been appointed to represent the new entertainment brand Mulligan.
LMCA has brought in two new executives–Ted Curtin as chief marketing and business development officer, and Jane Ma as assistant manager of brand licensing for LMCA Asia.
Authentic Brands Group has partnered with the Japanese brand management company Itochu in a joint-ownership agreement for the youth brand Airwalk in Japan.
Rainbow has teamed with the Malaysian broadcaster NTV7 to host "Winx Club"-themed talent show.
Fashion label Psycho Bunny has signed a multi-year deal with the Japanese licensee Itochu to develop an upscale accessories program.
The National Basketball Association has announced a new multi-year marketing partnership with PepsiCo, making the food and beverage company an official partner of the league.
Roi Visual's character Robocar Poli is making the rounds with new products and appearances across the globe.
DC Thomson Consumer Products has teamed with John Hornby Skewes for a line of musical instruments that features characters from The Beano.
At this year’s Licensing Expo, the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan is sending 10 delegate exhibitors to represent not only Taiwan, but also all of Asia.
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Village Roadshow Theme Parks are developing Korea’s first international theme park and resort destination.
SmileyWorld has partnered with fashion handbags licensee Guangzhou Qiankun to release a new collection of handbags and accessories in China later this year.
Genius Brands International has tapped Small Screen Distribution to exclusively represent the company’s content for distribution throughout Asia.
Aardman has signed a number of new deals for its global brand Shaun the Sheep across a host of core categories.
Manchester United has entered a multi-year partnership with IVC to create a line of branded wellness products in China.
The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association has opened voting for the 2015 Asian Licensing Awards.
Viacom International Media Networks Asia has opened the doors of its first retail store in Malaysia, in advance of the debut of a theme park in the region.
LMCA has brokered a new deal with the JiangMen Westinghouse Small Kitchen Appliance Co. to create Westinghouse-branded kitchen appliances in China.
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