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.
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.
Walmart Stores has promoted Shelley Broader to executive vice president, president and chief executive officer of Walmart EMEA.
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