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.
Bulls Licensing has signed on to represent Licensing Management International and its client British Motor Heritage in the Nordics.
Finnish stationery and gift licensee Karto Oy has signed on to create a new line for the preschool brand Deer Little Forest, created by illustrator Jo Rose
Rainbow is planning a third Winx Club movie, The Mystery of the Abyss, which is being released as part of the brand’s 10th anniversary celebrations.
Netflix plans to significantly expand in Europe later this year with launches scheduled for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Rocket Licensing is continuing to see solid growth for the Breaking Bad brand in the U.K., despite the fact that the series finished its TV run in fall 2013.
Cartoon Network EMEA has greenlit a fourth and fifth season of the animated series “The Amazing World of Gumball.”
BBC Worldwide is marking a year of momentous events with new merchandise for FIFA World Cup 2014, Doctor Who, Sherlock and more.
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has partnered with DJ Murphy for an official monthly magazine for the kids’ comedy series “Strange Hill High.”
ITV Studios Global Entertainment unveiled the first official image of the iconic Thunderbird 1 from the new series, "Thunderbirds are Go!"
DC Thomson Consumer Products has teamed with pet accessories specialist Rupert’s Pet Shop for a range of Dennis the Menace and Gnasher dog toys.
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