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.
Pan American World Airways has tapped Itochu Fashion System as the master licensee for the Pan Am brand in Japan.
Perry Ellis International has signed two new deals to expand its Ben Hogan golf brand.
SmileyWorld has signed three new apparel partners for its smiley face image.
TV Tokyo has announced a licensing agreement, giving Chinese game platform Shenzhen iDreamSky Technology permission to create mobile games for China and other Asian territories.
Children's specialty apparel retailer The Children's Place has signed a franchise agreement with Arvind Lifestyle Brands to open stores in India.
Epic Rights has signed a number of international licensing agents to represent its roster of clients in specific markets around the globe.
Kate Spade New York and Jack Spade are making their first foray into childrenswear with a new limited edition line of apparel and accessories at GapKids.
American Greetings Properties has launched a promotional program with drink brand Ribena Cordial in Singapore.
Ubisoft has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment to bring some of its top games and major franchises to the PlayStation4 in China.
PGS Entertainment has closed a number of pre-sales for season three of Method Animation’s animated series "The Little Prince" (78x26).
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