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.
Stan Lee has partnered with Carnival Films, the production company behind "Downton Abbey," to create a mystery crime drama for the U.K.'s Sky 1 network.
Endemol Shine Group has teamed with digital celebrity and entrepreneur Michelle Phan to create the new multi-platform digital network, Icon.
Nike has extended its license agreement with Perry Ellis International for men's, women's and children's swimwear and accessories in North America.
Mattel has unveiled new publishing plans at the Bologna Children's Book Fair including a renewed focus on Barbie story-telling and digital publishing.
San-X is taking the Asian character Rilakkuma global with new international licensing agents and licensees.
Iconix Europe, the joint venture between Iconix Brand Group and TLC, has signed a direct-to-retail deal to bring the Brooklyn’s Own by Rocawear brand to Europe.
The Leolandia amusement park just outside of Milan, Italy, opened the doors to The World of Peppa Pig (Il Mondo di Peppa Pig) last weekend.
Rainbow is highlighting its top brands including "Winx Club" and "Mia and me" at both the Bologna Licensing Trade Fair and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this week.
The National Gallery Company has paired with SEB UK to create high-quality reproductions of some of its most iconic paintings.
Viz Media Europe has acquired the rights to the Japanese brand "Yo-Kai Watch" for TV, home entertainment/VOD, licensing and merchandising in Europe, Russia and Africa.
In addition to celebrating Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, Team! Licensing has added a number of new partners for the Sanrio brand in G/A/S.
DC Thomson Consumer Products division has outlined growth plans in the publishing category.
More than 11,000 TV executives gathered in Cannes, France, this week for the MIPTV market, and L!G was there, covering what’s new and hot in TV.
Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, a DHX Media company, has appointed Stephen Gould as its new U.K. managing director.
Activision Publishing has revealed the newest installment to the Skylanders gaming franchise.
Aardman continues to build the licensing program for Shaun the Sheep with new apparel deals.
VMC has signed on to create a range of LIFE-branded fashion accessories inspired by the publishing brand.
Sanrio is launching Hello Kitty’s first permanent attraction in Europe at the Drusillas Park zoo in East Sussex, England.
21st Century Fox confirmed Thursday that it is planning to form a TV production joint venture with Apollo Global Management.
Pepsi debuted its inaugural Live for Now capsule collection of apparel and accessories at Bloomingdale’s in New York City Wednesday.
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