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.
CBeebies has appointed the licensing agency Brands with Influence to represent its new series “Swashbuckle” in the U.K.
Zodiak Kids has appointed FranceTV Distribution to manage the licensing of its new animated series “Lolirock” in France and French-speaking territories.
Coolabi Group has finalized a publishing agreement with Penguin for its upcoming animated series “Clangers.”
Carte Blanche Group has added a new licensed apparel partner for its Tiny Tatty Teddy nursery brand.
Endemol has acquired the international drama production company Artists Studio, which produces “The Fall.”
The Pokémon Company International debuted a new feature-length animated film at MIPTV Monday.
U.K. children’s research and consulting firm The Pineapple Lounge is planning to open a U.S. division and has Cheryl Gotthelf to lead it.
Studio 100 will raise the curtain on its new musical production of the turbulent background of World War One Sunday in Belgium.
Irish apparel retailer Primark is planning to open its first U.S. store in Boston, Mass.
Viacom International Media Networks Spain and Parques Reunidos have opened the country’s first Nickelodeon-branded attraction.
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