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.
Turner Broadcasting System International has acquired the second season of Endemol’s “Mr. Bean” animated TV series.
Viacom International Media Networks Asia is planning the first Nickelodeon-branded attraction in Asia.
Licensing agency Dream Theatre is partnering with Adidas to develop the licensing business of the Italian football team AC Milan in India.
Coty has tapped Li & Fung to distribute some of its power brands in China including adidas, Rimmel and Playboy.
Following an international tour, “Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys” will debut in Hong Kong next month.
Smiley will open its first-ever pop-up shop this week in the Causeway Bay shopping district, Hong Kong.
Aadarsh signed with Chinese children’s book publisher Hebei Children’s Publishing House to produce a line of books and products in China for Purple Turtle.
OuiDO! Productions is producing an all-new TV series based on the Japanese brand Monchhichi and the company has tapped PGS to represent the show for distribution.
Tiger Aspect has appointed two new licensing agents in preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Mr. Bean brand and the launch of a new animated series.
Lawless Entertainment and Dina Asia Pacific have made a deal with Shanghai Pin Shi Fushi for a line of children’s apparel featuring Suzy’s Zoo.
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