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.
Rainbow and its co-production partner Lucky Punch have announced a raft of new broadcasting deals for “Mia and me.”
Turner Broadcasting System International has acquired the second season of Endemol’s “Mr. Bean” animated TV series.
Atlantyca Entertainment has teamed with PTS for a range of new specialty plush dolls featuring the Geronimo Stilton classic brand.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has appointed Anna Viola as senior licensing manager of hard lines.
DC Thomson created a special edition of The Beano comic book that appeared as a free sampler in The Mail on Sunday.
HarperCollins Children's Books has acquired global English-language rights to a new book from 1958’s A Bear Called Paddington author, Michael Bond.
AG Properties has renewed its partnerships with 14 licensing agents worldwide for its five signature brands.
Clan TV in Spain has picked up Saban Brands’ animated series “Digimon Fusion.”
Artist Sir Peter Blake has created a limited edition print to celebrate the 75th anniversary of DC Thomson’s The Beano brand.
Giromax has launched a new collection of Shaun the Sheep stickers in the U.K., under license from Aardman Animations.
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