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.
Peanuts Worldwide has tapped FranceTV Distribution as the global distribution partner for a new animated series based on the Peanuts comic strip.
DreamWorks Classics has secured a range of new sales across Europe, The Middle East and Asia for the children’s series, “The Owl & Co.”
Mart Agency, the licensing and publishing agency for Turkish cartoon characters Limon and Oli, is bringing the brand to a whole new roster of categories.
VIMN South has appointed Andrea Castellari senior vice president and general manager of Viacom International Media Networks Italy, Middle East and Turkey.
Mattel has tapped VMC Accessories to produce a range of licensed accessories for its girls’ brand Monster High in the U.K.
Bulldog Licensing has made two new additions to the burgeoning licensing program for the CBBC fantasy drama “Wolfblood.”
Casual dining chain TGI Friday's has extended and expanded its partnership with Inventure Foods in a new agreement that will grow the brand’s snack food line.
BBC has bought a second season of the Silvergate Media’s animated preschool series “Peter Rabbit.”
UEFA, European football’s governing body, has appointed IMG Licensing as master licensee for the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament.
Bandai Namco Games U.K. has announced that the “Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2” video game will be available in October in the U.K.
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