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.
Brandgenuity has appointed independent licensing company Rocket as the pan-European agent for Gas Monkey Garage brand.
Hoho Rights has signed Zippy to create baby and toddler clothing featuring its preschool series "CloudBabies" in the U.K.
Aadarsh, owner of Purple Turtle brand, took home the Licensor of the Year award in the publishing category at the Indian eRetail Congress.
Bulldog Licensing has hired Helena Mansell-Stopher as retail licensing director.
Greeting card designer The London Studio is shifting its business toward a licensing model to allow founder Soula Zavacopoulos more time for creative development.
Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products held its annual U.K. Achievement Awards Thursday in London to celebrate the top collaborations from the past year.
Iron Gut Publishing has partnered with the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity for a collection of artwork featuring the Peter Pan brand.
The U.K. licensing industry charity The Light Fund, is planning a number of new fundraising events, after raising more than £90,000 in 2014.
Garfield licensor Paws, Inc. has teamed with Bare Tree Media to launch digital content featuring the famous feline on messenging apps around the world.
Kennedy Publishing and Koko Media have extended their agreement to include Deer Little Forest in the U.K. preschool magazines Get Busy and Busy Time.
Lisle international has signed the first two licensees for the new TV series, “Pip Ahoy!,” which is set to debut in September.
Bulls Licensing has signed on to represent Licensing Management International and its client British Motor Heritage in the Nordics.
Finnish stationery and gift licensee Karto Oy has signed on to create a new line for the preschool brand Deer Little Forest, created by illustrator Jo Rose
Rainbow is planning a third Winx Club movie, The Mystery of the Abyss, which is being released as part of the brand’s 10th anniversary celebrations.
Netflix plans to significantly expand in Europe later this year with launches scheduled for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Rocket Licensing is continuing to see solid growth for the Breaking Bad brand in the U.K., despite the fact that the series finished its TV run in fall 2013.
Cartoon Network EMEA has greenlit a fourth and fifth season of the animated series “The Amazing World of Gumball.”
BBC Worldwide is marking a year of momentous events with new merchandise for FIFA World Cup 2014, Doctor Who, Sherlock and more.
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has partnered with DJ Murphy for an official monthly magazine for the kids’ comedy series “Strange Hill High.”
ITV Studios Global Entertainment unveiled the first official image of the iconic Thunderbird 1 from the new series, "Thunderbirds are Go!"
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