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.
Saban Brands has appointed Corus Entertainment's Nelvana to represent the Power Rangers brand for licensing in France.
British soccer team Liverpool FC has appointed Fermata Partners to expand its brand in North America.
Mercis has appointed CPLG Nordic and CPLG Central and Eastern Europe to represent its brands, which include the classic Dick Bruna character Miffy.
SmileyWorld has launched a host of new fashion collaborations featuring the iconic smiley face imagery with retail partners around the world.
m4e AG has appointed the Paris-based licensing agency Planeta Junior to represent its TV series “Tip the Mouse” in France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
Brands with Influence is expanding the U.K. licensing program for "The Next Step" as the TV series enters its second season on CBBC.
Spike is launching a new free-TV channel in the U.K. April 15 that will offer a mix of new British series, U.S. hits like "Breaking Bad" and serve as the official home of the Bellator MMA.
PGS Entertainment has made a raft of sales for "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" (52x30).
DHX Media has tapped The Orchard to distribute more than 8,000 episodes from its library content, as well as newly produced and acquired series.
Independent studio Acamar Films is expanding its animated series "Bing" with deals to screen episodes in theaters across the U.K. and release the show's first DVD.
HIT Entertainment is planning a brand-new CG-animated series featuring Bob the Builder.
ProSieben MAXX’s kids’ programming block YEP! Germany has picked up season two of 4K Media’s “Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal.”
The Juicy Couture brand is expanding its retail presence in Europe with plans to add standalone locations and shop-in-shops.
PGS Entertainment has sold the animated series “Chaplin & Co” to more than 100 territories worldwide.
Lisle international has signed the first two licensees for the new TV series, “Pip Ahoy!,” which is set to debut in September.
Bulls Licensing has signed on to represent Licensing Management International and its client British Motor Heritage in the Nordics.
Finnish stationery and gift licensee Karto Oy has signed on to create a new line for the preschool brand Deer Little Forest, created by illustrator Jo Rose
Rainbow is planning a third Winx Club movie, The Mystery of the Abyss, which is being released as part of the brand’s 10th anniversary celebrations.
Netflix plans to significantly expand in Europe later this year with launches scheduled for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Rocket Licensing is continuing to see solid growth for the Breaking Bad brand in the U.K., despite the fact that the series finished its TV run in fall 2013.
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