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.
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.
The Asian media company CJ E&M has created a new animation business division, and simultaneously launched the animated TV series "Robot Trains RT."
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