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.
Kindle Entertainment in the U.K., Mediamax in Canada and Toonz Entertainment in India are producing a contemporary re-working of the classic Arabian Nights story.
Zodiak Kids has secured two more pre-sales for its production company Marathon Media’s new series "Get Blake!"
Licensing Expo 2015 will add new international pavilions and see increased representation from countries including Mexico, India, China, Japan and the U.K.
Playboy and retailer Supreme have joined forces for a line of branded accessories.
Footwear and apparel veteran David Thomson has joined Crocs as senior vice president and general manager of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
As its kicks off the international leg of its 40th anniversary tour, the band KISS and its licensing agent Epic Rights have added a number of new partners in Asia Pacific.
Smiley has announced a new collaboration with French fashion designer Martine Sitbon and the global release of its sticker book line from Editis.
King Digital Entertainment is continuing to grow the international licensing program for the game app "Candy Crush" with the appointment of three new agents.
The Jim Henson Company has appointed four new licensing agents for the CG-animated preschool series "Doozers" and sold the new series to new broadcasters.
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products has appointed Merchantwise as its new licensing agent in Australia and New Zealand.
The Chinese video-on-demand company YOU on Demand Holdings has partnered with Nelvana Enterprises, Sesame Workshop and HIT Entertainment.
Studio 100 International has tapped Empire Licensing to represent May the Bee in South East Asia.
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.”
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