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.
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 it 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.
Kindle Entertainment in the U.K., Mediamax in Canada and Toonz Entertainment in India are producing a contemporary re-working of the classic Arabian Nights story.
Bulldog Licensing has signed a new deal with Brand International for a line of Garfield-branded footwear and slippers in the U.K.
Debenhams, Matalan, Card Factory and Blue Inc have joined the roster of top retailers participating in BLE Retail Mentoring Programme.
Nintendo U.K. has teamed up with McDonald's for a Happy Meal promotion featuring characters from the classic video game “Super Mario.”
U.K. families celebrated The Very Hungry Caterpillar by picking the 10 foods they would choose for the hungry caterpillar.
Viz Media Europe is bringing its new TV series “Tenkai Knights” to Italy on the Discovery Italy free-to-air channel K2.
ZDF Enterprises has secured a number of new international sales for preschool series “Q Pootle 5.”
Disney Junior has signed a new a new broadcast distribution agreement for Saban Brands’ “Julius Jr.” in Italy.
In celebration of the Gruffalo’s 15th anniversary, Magic Light Pictures has partnered with Forestry Commission England to launch themed forest trails in the U.K.
Signature Publishing is promoting GP Flairs’ modeling brand Plasticine in its children’s magazines over the next three months.
Lazy Oaf has launched a new of Garfield-branded apparel for men and women in a deal brokered by Bulldog Licensing.
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