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.
Smiley has announced a new collaboration with French fashion designer Martine Sitbon and the global release of its sticker book line from Editis.
Nintendo has entered into a strategic partnership with mobile game developer DeNA for game apps based on its IP and to launch a new multi-device gaming service.
As part of its annual investor meeting, Gap, Inc. unveiled plans for major expansion in Asia.
Casual dining chain TGI Friday's has extended and expanded its partnership with Inventure Foods in a new agreement that will grow the brand’s snack food line.
Beanstalk is expanding its territorial reach through a new strategic alliance with Asian brand licensing agency Click! Licensing.
Atlantyca Entertainment has teamed with Millennium Entertainment International of Singapore to produce live shows based on the Geronimo Stilton brand in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Temple Street Productions has brought on Striker Entertainment as the worldwide (excluding Canada) licensing agent for its hit TV series "Orphan Black."
While inherent risks are still prevalent, so are the opportunities for retail growth especially in several smaller, less publicized nations.
Heart health brand Cardioville and Borderless Healthcare Group are collaborating on a series of mobile apps.
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