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.
Gruppo Cartorama is the latest licensee to join the growing roster of partners for Takkoda’s Pets Rock brand.
PGS Entertainment has sold the new series inspired by Playmobil, “Super 4,” to Cartoon Network in Italy and Latin America.
LMI has brokered a new deal that will see Gascoigne Designs create reproduction furniture from Highclere Castle, where “Downton Abbey” is filmed.
Betty Boop and her younger self, Baby Boop, are adding some sparkle to children’s fashion this season, with a new line of apparel from Monnalisa.
Tinderbox and 5th Wave Brands, have joined forces to develop a consumer products program for the award-winning game app, “Badland.”
The Unilever U.K. ice cream brand Wall’s has partnered with Airpure International to create a car air freshener inspired by the iconic Funny Feet ice lolly.
Zodiak Rights has appointed Gary Woolf to the newly created position of head of digital, business development and insight.
Rainbow is collaborating with the kids’ website CitizenKid to host four Winx Club treasure hunts at parks across France later this month.
The Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association U.K. has debuted the new U.K. Rising Stars Award.
Independent licensing agency JELC has signed on to represent the new girls’ brand concept iDoo-B-Doo.
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