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.
DHX Media has tapped The Orchard to distribute more than 8,000 episodes from its library content, as well as newly produced and acquired series.
Atlantyca Entertainment has signed a licensing agreement with Nintendo to create video game themes featuring the Geronimo Stilton brand.
Twentieth Century has appointed Born Licensing to represent its clip licensing business in Australia and New Zealand.
Saban Brands has acquired another new brand for its burgeoning portfolio of fashion and lifestyle properties–the Australian surf brand Piping Hot.
The Australia Post has launched a new collectible stamp pack starring King Features' Betty Boop, in a deal brokered by the brand's regional agent, Merchantwise.
Mercis is collaborating with retailer Uniqlo for a kidswear collection featuring Dick Bruna's Miffy, as the storybook character celebrates her 60th anniversary this year.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment are planning to set a world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as DC Comics Super Heroes.
Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products unveiled its long-term consumer products strategy and key partnerships at its Australian upfront event Wednesday.
DHX Brands has appointed Haven as the licensing agent for the all-new "Teletubbies" program in Australia and New Zealand.
In partnership with a number of global producers including DHX Media and FremantleMedia, Netflix is adding five new animated and live-action kids' series.
ZDF Enterprises has secured a number of new international sales for preschool series “Q Pootle 5.”
The Five Mile Press will launch a new range of Garfield books beginning this October in Australia and New Zealand.
Big Tent Entertainment has added three more licensees to the roster of partners for its Domo/Ghostbusters mash-up.
Haven Licensing is expanding its collaboration with the Australian Football League to create co-branded Sesame Street merchandise for 17 of the league’s teams.
Crosby Brand Management Group has signed on to represent the Bruce Lee brand as a sub-agent of United Talent Agency in Asia Pacific.
Australian automaker GM Holden has appointed TPF as the global licensing agent for its stable of brands including Holden, Holden Special Vehicles and the Holden Racing Team.
PVH Corp. and Gazal are expanding the scope of their Australian joint venture with the addition of the Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen and Nancy Ganz businesses in the region.
Nickelodeon has sold both new and old episodes of the "SpongeBob SquarePants" TV series to new broadcasters around the world.
Nerd Corps Entertainment has secured several broadcast deals for its latest original comedy series, “Endangered Species” (52 x 11).
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