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.
Centum Books is planning a range of titles based on Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's Jurassic World, which will hit cinemas in the U.K. June 12.
Planeta Junior has signed on to represent Motion Pictures' new series "Pumpkin Reports" in Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, Turkey and Eastern Europe.
Toot Enterprises has released the first app for its preschool series "Toot the Tiny Tugboat," which airs on Channel 5’s Milkshake! and Cartoonito in the U.K.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water has sparked global interest in the brand's TV series from broadcasters around the globe.
Nelvana's CGI boys' preschool series "Trucktown" has been picked up by the German children's broadcaster Super RTL and will begin airing later this year.
Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products has appointed Copyright Promotions Licensing Group as its new consumer products agent in the Nordics and CEE.
Universal Partnerships & Licensing has awarded independent U.K. publisher Centum Books the U.K. master format license for the upcoming film Minions.
Morgen Studios has appointed licensing agents to represent its animated series "Super 4" and the brand that inspired it, Playmobil, in Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Fashion label Psycho Bunny has signed a multi-year deal with the Japanese licensee Itochu to develop an upscale accessories program.
Hoho Entertainment has tapped Global Solutions for Clothing to produce a collection of "CloudBabies" costumes under its Pretend to Bee brand in the U.K.
Activision continues to expand the worldwide footprint for its Skylanders brand with a series of new publishing deals.
The Smiley Company has signed a new deal with Bic that will see disposable Bic lighters adorned with different Smiley face images and slogans.
Mask-arade has launched a new range of officially licensed WWE facemasks.
Lifestyle brand Extreme has appointed Ryan Maxwell to the position of marketing manager.
Jeremy Robinson has been appointed as the new country manager at toy company Schleich.
SmileyWorld, OuiDo! Productions and international brand manager PGS are teaming up to launch an original, animated TV series for kids 4- to 7-years-old featuring the Smiley brand.
Designer brand Versace 19.69 Italia has signed with Those Licensing People as its exclusive licensing agent in the U.K.
Backstage Licensing has negotiated a new deal with Swiss Eyewear Group and its INVU brand for a Smurfs sunglasses line.
Brand Licensing Europe is teaming up with a number of charities this year, including the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which will provide the event's first-ever mascot.
Santoro's Gorjuss design property has added a swath of new licensees around the world.
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