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.
Gaumont Animation has secured a number of new international broadcasters for its animated CGI series "Calimero" (104 x 11).
After 18 years at Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA, Bruno Schwobthaler, currently SVP of marketing, sales and business development, is leaving the company.
PGS Entertainment has made a raft of sales for "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" (52x30).
Lionsgate has partnered with Dubai Parks and Resorts to bring a studio-themed zone to the Motiongate Dubai theme park, which will open in October 2016.
Disney Junior has picked up the Turkish production “Limon and Oli” for 111 different markets across Poland, South Africa, Greece, Romania, the Middle East and CEE.
Universal Pictures has unveiled the new Fast & Furious 777 airliner in partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates.
Outfit7 has signed five new licensing deals in territories around the world for its suite of mobile properties, Talking Tom and Friends.
Genius Brands International has made a number of new sales for its portfolio of original content including Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 and the library of "Baby Genius" videos and music.
Footwear and apparel veteran David Thomson has joined Crocs as senior vice president and general manager of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The Jim Henson Company has appointed four new licensing agents for the CG-animated preschool series "Doozers" and sold the new series to new broadcasters.
The festival Dubai Summer Surprises will host the world premiere of the traveling exhibition “Angry Birds Universe: The Art and Science Behind a Global Phenomenon.”
Jetpack Distribution will represent TV and licensing rights for Guru Studio’s preschool show “Justin Time” across Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Studio 100 has signed a deal to air its content in the Middle East for a period of three years via Mondo TV and extended its existing partnership with distribution company Comarex.
Turner Broadcasting has picked up DHX Media's new CG reboot of the classic kids' cartoon "Inspector Gadget" across EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific.
Italian fashion brand and retailer Pynkiss Milano is planning a home décor line as well as a range of Abayas featuring Hello Kitty.
Platinum Films' "Matt Hatter Chronicles" has strengthened its foothold in the Middle East, with a new multi-territory, three-season deal with Cartoon Network.
Dubai Parks and Resorts has teamed with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to create a Sony Pictures Studio and Smurfs Zone at the upcoming Motiongate Dubai theme park.
Scripps Networks Interactive has appointed Phillip Luff to head its U.K., Europe, Middle East and Africa business.
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