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.
SmileyWorld has launched a host of new fashion collaborations featuring the iconic smiley face imagery with retail partners around the world.
The Hollywood Reporter has launched a multi-year partnership with the China's largest Internet service provider Tencent to license its news, articles and videos.
Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific has partnered with the Thailand's Channel 3 to launch a programming block of content from its Indian kids' channel Pogo.
San-X is taking the Asian character Rilakkuma global with new international licensing agents and licensees.
The Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers will take part in the National Basketball Association's NBA Global Games China event this October.
Disney Junior has picked up the Turkish production “Limon and Oli” for 111 different markets across Poland, South Africa, Greece, Romania, the Middle East and CEE.
PGS Entertainment has secured a raft of sales for, "Super 4," the animated series inspired by the Playmobil brand.
LMCA is bringing the Westinghouse Electric Corp. brand to another new category– home water purification.
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products has appointed Dream Theatre as its new licensing agent in India.
Nintendo has entered into a strategic partnership with mobile game developer DeNA for game apps based on its IP and to launch a new multi-device gaming service.
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products has opened its first dedicated office in Asia and appointed Pinky David as vice president, Asia Pacific.
Toy State has secured the worldwide rights to remote-control toy manufacturer Nikko by acquiring its Asian and European operations.
License! Global explores the opportunities and challenges of the Japanese licensed consumer product market.
Authentic Brands Group has signed a long-term franchise partnership with ImagineX Group for its Juicy Couture brand in China.
SmileyWorld has launched a new kids’ fashion line for Fall 2014, marking the brand’s first major release into the Chinese children’s apparel market.
Withit Licensing has appointed licensing agency AI Licensing to represent its character brand Joey and Joy in the Far East, the Middle East and India.
Viacom18 Consumer Products is planning to bring the wild fun of DQ Entertainment's The Jungle Book brand to shelves in India.
Sewing machine company Brother International Malaysia has launched two special anniversary edition Hello Kitty home sewing machines.
Netflix and Guru Studio will produce an original spin-off series based on the preschool hit “Justin Time”– “Justin Time The New Adventures.”
DreamWorks Animation is planning to launch a 24/7 kids and family television channel across 19 countries in Asia in the second half of 2015.
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