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.
Greeting card designer The London Studio is shifting its business toward a licensing model to allow founder Soula Zavacopoulos more time for creative development.
Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products held its annual U.K. Achievement Awards Thursday in London to celebrate the top collaborations from the past year.
Iron Gut Publishing has partnered with the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity for a collection of artwork featuring the Peter Pan brand.
The U.K. licensing industry charity The Light Fund, is planning a number of new fundraising events, after raising more than £90,000 in 2014.
Garfield licensor Paws, Inc. has teamed with Bare Tree Media to launch digital content featuring the famous feline on messenging apps around the world.
Kennedy Publishing and Koko Media have extended their agreement to include Deer Little Forest in the U.K. preschool magazines Get Busy and Busy Time.
Brand Licensing Europe has announced a raft of new prizes for the winner of this year’s License This! competition, which opens for entries today.
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.
Turner Broadcasting has appointed Humphrey Black to the newly created role of vice president of media distribution, EMEA.
Bulldog Licensing has added two new partners for TV ad star Monkey, who reached icon status after his double act with Johnny Vegas hit the airwaves.
Toy company Dracco continues to make strides in the boys’ and girls’ markets with its Filly and Zombie Zity brands.
Mattel and its subsidiary HIT Entertainment honored the company’s top U.K. licensees at its recent Country Conference and inaugural Licensing Awards.
Baskin-Robbins and its partner Boardwalk Frozen Treats have added new products to the ice cream chain’s retail line.
Brands with Influence has been appointed to create a licensing program for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Knockout Licensing has added three new licensees for the social media canine sensation Boo–The World’s Cutest Dog.
American-style baking brand The Hummingbird Bakery is kicking off its licensing program with giftwares from Scoop Designs.
King Features Syndicate is showcasing its new client, the digital brand Theo & Beau, at Licensing Expo this week in Las Vegas, Nev.
German TV network Super RTL has picked up FremantleMedia Kids’ preschool series “Kate & Mim-Mim,” and will also handle the licensing and home entertainment rights.
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