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 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.
Lawless Entertainment has sold its "Olive the Ostrich" animated series to the "PlayKids" mobile video platform.
Entertainment One Licensing has added a raft of new deals for Peppa Pig in Australia in a range of categories including toys, homewares and food.
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.
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.
Dentsu Entertainment USA and TV Tokyo have partnered with Hasbro to bring the Japanese multi-media franchise Yo-Kai Watch to new markets.
Saban Brands has signed The Mercer House as the global footwear licensee for Macbeth and appointed apparel partners in North America, Australia and New Zealand.
The New Zealand Mint is kicking off the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Gerry Anderson's "Thunderbirds with a new collectible coins series.
Rainbow and its co-production partner Lucky Punch have announced a raft of new broadcasting deals for “Mia and me.”
Life Like Touring, which develops children’s live entertainment, has appointed Antonio Huab as vice president, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, is planning a new CGI feature-length Thomas & Friends special that will provide a new track for the brand’s licensing partners.
Vancouver-based Big Bad Boo Studios struck a deal with Kingston-based TV Jamaica to air the children’s television series “1001 Nights.”
Merchantwise has been appointed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment to manage the licensing program of the new “Thunderbirds Are Go!” TV series in Australia.
Toys ‘R’ Us has appointed Dianne Guerreiro as managing director of Toys ‘R’ Us, Australia.
Global publisher Parragon Books has partnered with Platinum Films to publish a range of activity formats for "Matt Hatter Chronicles" in Australia, the U.K. and South Africa.
The Perth Mint is honoring "Star Trek: The Original Series" with the release of two silver commemorative coins, under license by CBS Consumer Products.
Carte Blanche Australia will launch its line of Moshi Monsters Moshlings plush next week following a 2013 licensing deal with Mind Candy late last year.
Scholastic Media’s TV series “Goosebumps” is now available on iTunes in Canada, the U.K. and Australia for the first time.
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