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.
Five iconic British institutions will be exhibiting at Licensing Expo this year for the first time including The Royal Ballet and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
ITV has given a sneak peek at some of the re-imagined characters in its upcoming series "Thunderbirds Are Go," based on the classic Gerry Anderson brand.
Santoro has signed a host of new licensees and launched several new lines for its art brand Gorjuss in Europe.
Publisher Pedigree is entering the education sector with a new range of titles featuring content from educational publisher Letts.
German manufacturer Rodenstock has signed on to create eyewear for German fashion designer Jil Sander.
Maya Studio has appointed the IP management company Consumer Product Connection to develop a licensing program for its brands in Europe and the East.
Turner Classic Movies has partnered with Euro Ceramica to launch a tabletop collection inspired by the film An American in Paris.
Seven Canada has launched the first product for its character brand Baby Animals–a toy line from Cefa Toys, a division of KD Group.
The Bologna Licensing Trade Fair will return for its eighth edition March 30 to April 1, running parallel to the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
In partnership with a number of global producers including DHX Media and FremantleMedia, Netflix is adding five new animated and live-action kids' series.
King Features has tapped apparel licensee Fashion Lab for a new Betty Boop line in the U.K.
European fast fashion retailer Etam has launched a new line of lounge and sleepwear featuring The Smiley Brand.
Three licensing executives will be donning their trainers and running the London Marathon on April 13 to support The Light Fund.
Youth lifestyle brand Extreme has signed on as the pole sponsor and a long-term support partner of the European motorsports brand Drift Allstars.
The Jim Henson Company has sold the entire series of its cult sci-fi show “Farscape” to the U.K.’s BSKYB.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has signed a new deal with C&M Licensing to develop a range of apparel featuring the ’70s disco band the Village People.
Space Enterprises has teamed up DIC 2 in Italy to develop a licensing program for its preschool series “The Hive.”
VIZ Media Europe has signed several new broadcast partners and a licensing agent for its boys’ property Tenkai Knights in Benelux.
LIMA U.K. has revealed details of its upcoming Licensing Essentials course and Spring Fling networking event, set for May 22 in London.
With the “Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures” TV series performing well, 41 Entertainment has granted a swath of new licensees for the property.
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