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.
Children around the world can now learn English with the help of Aardman Animations' character Timmy in the new "Learning Time with Timmy" app.
Novel Entertainment has tapped Fashions U.K. to create a new line of "Horrid Henry"-branded apparel, in a deal brokered by Novel’s licensing agent Caroline Mickler.
Mercis is collaborating with retailer Uniqlo for a kidswear collection featuring Dick Bruna's Miffy, as the storybook character celebrates her 60th anniversary this year.
Anderson Entertainment has lined up a host of new products and content inspired by the work of the late British producer Gerry Anderson.
Santoro has signed a roster of new deals for its art and design brands including Gorjuss, Willow and Mirabelle.
Endemol Shine Group has teamed with digital celebrity and entrepreneur Michelle Phan to create the new multi-platform digital network, Icon.
John Lewis is now featuring the Wish You Were Here product range from artist Tina Crawford.
Rainbow and Nickelodeon have announced that a seventh season of "Winx Club” will begin airing on Nickelodeon’s global network of channels in 2015.
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and a slew of major fashion brands have unveiled new collaborations featuring The Simpsons.
After the expansion of its Fast & Easy chain was abandoned last year, Tesco is trying again, this time with fast fashion chain F&F.
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