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.
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.
Nike has extended its license agreement with Perry Ellis International for men's, women's and children's swimwear and accessories in North America.
"LingoZING!," an app that uses digital comics to teach foreign languages, has signed a deal with IMPS to feature The Smurfs brand when it launches later this year.
Televisa has picked up a new package of 496 hours of Nickelodeon content from Viacom International Media Networks for its networks in Mexico.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment are planning to set a world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as DC Comics Super Heroes.
Scripps Networks Interactive is launching culinary and lifestyle channel Food Network on DirecTV across various countries in Latin America.
4K Media has inked a deal with Star Cutouts for standees and face masks featuring Yu-Gi-Oh! monsters.
Perry Ellis International has tapped DreamKyds to create a range of men's and boy's apparel and accessories under the Grand Slam golf brand.
Mexican free-to-air broadcaster Televisa has snagged the rights to HIT Entertainment's re-imagined "Bob the Builder" series.
Asian media company CJ E&M has sold its new animated preschool series "Super Wings" to new broadcasters in the Americas.
Pretty Ugly, owner of the Uglydoll brand, has appointed LID-Group to serve as their licensing agent in Brazil.
Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants has a front row seat to the World Cup in Brazil with a range of branded products available on shelves throughout the country.
Epic Rights has signed a number of international licensing agents to represent its roster of clients in specific markets around the globe.
DHX Brands has signed a deal with Egmont Publishing for the international rights to produce children’s books and magazines based on the Teletubbies brand.
Imira Entertainment has signed a number of broadcast deals throughout Latin America for its catalog of titles ahead of NATPE Miami, which will take place Jan. 20-22.
Licensing Expo 2015 will add new international pavilions and see increased representation from countries including Mexico, India, China, Japan and the U.K.
Casual dining chain TGI Friday's has extended and expanded its partnership with Inventure Foods in a new agreement that will grow the brand’s snack food line.
HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, is planning a new CGI feature-length Thomas & Friends special that will provide a new track for the brand’s licensing partners.
Greeting card brand Hallmark has tapped P&L Global Network will develop a new licensing program for its brand in Latin America.
Viacom International Media Networks has appointed Pierluigi Gazzolo as president of its Americas division.
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