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.
Sanrio has teamed with jewelry designer Chan Luu for an exclusive collection of handmade jewelry featuring pop icon Hello Kitty.
A new Strawberry Shortcake promotion has launched at 4,000 KFC locations across mainland China.
After conquering much of Asia, the TurnOut Ventures (a subsidiary of Turner) bunny character Tuzki is heading to Japan with a new licensing agent.
Viacom has licensed some of its Nickelodeon shows to third-party stations across Europe this summer.
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment announced the appointment of three new senior roles under executive vice president and general manager of FMKFE Rick Glankler.
Knockout Licensing has added three new partners for Boo: The World’s Cutest Dog in Japan and Europe.
America Greetings Properties’ Care Bears and Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars have opened a co-branded café in Hiroshima Parco, one of Japan’s largest shopping centers.
Rovio has partnered with the digital entertainment business division of Alibaba Group to introduce the TV series “Angry Birds Stella” to fans through “Chinese Idols.”
Henry Becket, the creator of the TV series "Olly the Little White Van," has announced a series of new broadcast deals for the show.
Williamson-Dickie has tapped ID Overseas Private to produce and distribute licensed Dickies products in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
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