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.
Outfit7, the company behind Talking Tom and Friends, has appointed a raft of new licensing agents to expand its reach globally.
Zodiak Kids has sold Tele Images Productions’ CGI animated series “Extreme Football” in a raft of territories including the U.K., Israel, India, Finland and China.
Viacom International Media Networks has appointed Ananey as its new consumer products agent in Israel.
FremantleMedia International has re-signed a multi-year deal with MBC Group that will see pan-Arab versions of “Idol” and “Got Talent” re-commissioned.
The TV series "Invizimals, a transmedia production based on the PlayStation video game franchise, is making its debut on the small screen this month.
Betty Boop and her younger self, Baby Boop, are adding some sparkle to children’s fashion this season, with a new line of apparel from Monnalisa.
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.
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