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.
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.
Malaysian licensing and publishing agency, Kota Buku will hold the seventh annual Kuala Lumpur Trade and Copyright Centre April 19-21 at the Seri Pacific Hotel.
Cartoon Network has unveiled a special airplane on Thai Smile Airways featuring the network's "Adventure Time" brand.
SmileyWorld has launched a host of new fashion collaborations featuring the iconic smiley face imagery with retail partners around the world.
Universal Studios Japan hosted the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Friday that featured an unveiling of the Hogwarts castle.
The NBA and FIBA have announced plans for this year’s Basketball without Borders global basketball development program.
Cartoon Network has bought the exclusive rights for the newest season of Aardman Animations’ “Shaun the Sheep” series in Southeast Asia.
Medialink has signed two new deals for the Care Bears brand in Taiwan on behalf of brand owner American Greetings Properties.
Discovery Consumer Products has renewed its longstanding direct-to-retail partnership with Toys 'R' Us U.S. and Toys 'R' Us Australia.
From the Simpsons to Sons of Anarchy, Fox Consumer Products has the savvy instincts needed to develop a broad array of licensed apparel programs.
Bandai Namco Games Europe has launched the "Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle" video game for Nintendo 3DS in Europe, the Middle East and Australasia.
China-based Guangdong Alpha Animation and Culture Company, a developer of animation and toys, has created a North American division–Auldey Toys North America.
Chinese Internet television company Youku Tudou has obtained the exclusive rights from Talpa Holding to produce “The Voice Kids” format in China.
Kids' brand and companion channel to Cartoon Network, Boomerang, will re-launch in several key markets in Asia on Jan. 1.
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