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.
RMS International has picked up Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants brand for a range of toys and craft items in the U.K. and Ireland.
Brand Licensing Europe has launched The BLE Blog, which will feature insights and opinions on the European licensing sector.
M&M's World stores in New York, Las Vegas, London and Orlando are featuring a wide range of special Star Wars merchandise to celebrate Star Wars Day on Monday.
DC Thomson has unveiled a raft of brand collaborations that will bring the iconic British teen magazine, Jackie, to a contemporary audience.
Santoro has added two new product lines for two of its art brands–Mirabelle and Kori Kumi.
Rainbow is planning the first-ever "Winx Club" reunion, which will take place in Jesolo, Italy, (near Venice) from Sept. 3-6.
Nurture Rights has appointed IVS Group as the U.K. master plush partner for its pre-school brand, Dinosaur Roar!.
4K Media has sold season one of the new series "Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V" to K2, an Italian kids’ channel owned by Discovery Italy.
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.
Marvel and Tesco have partnered on a fully integrated retail campaign in the U.K. for the box office hit The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has teamed with travel operator Thomas Cook to bring Tree Fu Tom to resorts this summer.
Studio 100 has renewed its partnership with toy distributor and retailer Dexy Co. in the ex-Yugoslavia countries.
Rovio Entertainment is building up its Consumer Products Licensing unit with a ew group of seasoned executives.
DC Thomson Consumer Products has partnered with the U.K. family restaurant chain Brewers Fayre to feature The Beano brand.
Sooty has proven so popular that Redan has decided to launch a one-off summer special for the TV star.
Character World has signed a new deal with Lisle International to create licensed bedroom textiles for the mobile gaming phenomenon, Flappy Bird.
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has appointed three new international agents for “Tree Fu Tom” in CIS, Benelux and Israel.
Zodiak Kids has sold Tele Images Productions’ CGI animated series “Extreme Football” in a raft of territories including the U.K., Israel, India, Finland and China.
British art and design museum the Victoria & Albert Museum has teamed with two new licensees for nail polish and home textiles.
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