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.
Playboy Enterprises is expanding its presence in China through a new 10-year licensing partnership with Handong United.
Toei Animation has started production on the first new "Dragon Ball" television series in 18 years, "Dragon Ball Super."
Aadarsh, owner of Purple Turtle brand, took home the Licensor of the Year award in the publishing category at the Indian eRetail Congress.
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.
Cartoon Network has opened an exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, featuring its hit comedy brand Adventure Time.
New Taiwanese contemporary art brand GP Deva is making its move into the world of licensing this week at Licensing Expo.
Universal Studios Japan has opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a re-creation of the world of the Harry Potter movies.
Indian Intellectual Property development company Aadarsh has appointed Polish licensing agency Jantar Projekt for its anchor property Purple Turtle.
Italian lifestyle brand Lumberjack has been bought by leading Turkish company Ziylan Group, which plans to popularize the brand through new distribution deals.
While there is a world of difference between Hello Kitty and SpongeBob SquarePants, there are also many similarities that distinguish these properties from others.
Toys ‘R’ Us continues to expand in 2014 with plans to open 90 stores worldwide, including 22 locations in China.
Entertainment One Family has secured broadcast agreements around the globe for more than 100 hours of its children’s programming.
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has appointed U.S. toy company Jazwares as the master toy licensee for its preschool series "Tree Fu Tom."
Netflix has launched in Cuba and announced plans to bring its Internet video service to Japan this fall, as it moves to complete a global rollout by the end of 2016.
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