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.
Aardman Animations has signed on to be included in London Resort Company Holdings' planned North Kent entertainment resort, set to open Easter 2020.
Perry Ellis International has signed two new agreements with New Accessories Group in Europe for its Farah and Original Penguin by Munsingwear brands.
Deer Little Forest has partnered with mobile content developer Playrific to create digital assets for the art property, which is also being developed into a TV series.
Mind Candy is launching a marketing campaign next week for its new game "World of Warriors" aimed at increasing awareness of the brand among boys in the U.K.
Pip, the lead character of the popular preschool show "Pip Ahoy!," met thousands of his young fans at Pontins holiday parks across the U.K. during the half-term break.
British children's publisher Ladybird Books has challenged students from the London College of Communication to re-imagine its brand as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Custom sportswear manufacturer Scimitar Sports has teamed up with U.K. confectionery company Swizzels for a range of apparel featuring some of its top candy brands.
CBeebies has commissioned a seventh season of Zodiak Kids' "Mister Maker" series.
CBBC has ordered two more seasons of Zig Zag Productions' kids' game show, "Ultimate Brain" (10x30), a remake of a popular Japanese game show from NTV.
Genius Brands International has made a number of new sales for its portfolio of original content including Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 and the library of "Baby Genius" videos and music.
Nine West, a division of The Jones Group, and the fashion magazine InStyle are expanding their limited edition footwear collaboration.
Men’s Health U.K. magazine is expanding its licensing efforts in the U.K. and Europe with new deals for fitness equipment and beef jerky.
Coolabi Group is bringing its fantasy adventure brand Beast Quest to the digital world in a new a deal with Miniclip.
Egmont Publishing is planning to release the first-ever app for the iconic British children’s book series Mr. Men & Little Miss.
Bright Star Characters and its licensing agent Kaynak Licensing have signed a new deal with Alfa Defter in Turkey for the Popcorn the Bear brand.
Mercis has partnered with the animation studio Blue-Zoo to produce a brand-new 52 x 7-minute animated TV series for the Miffy brand.
Prava I Prevodi has taken the TV and home entertainment rights for Planeta Junior and Nottingham Forest’s kids series “Sendokai Champions.”
Lima Sky has appointed Danish firm INK as licensing agent in the Nordics and Eastern Europe for its mobile game “Doodle Jump.”
Three licensing executives conquered the London Marathon and raised more than £6,700 for The Light Fund.
Technicolor’s new children’s animated series “Atomic Puppet” has been pre-sold to France Télévisions.
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