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.
HanesBrands, owner of sportswear brands such as Hanes and Champion, has acquired the licensed collegiate apparel company Knights Apparel.
Five iconic British institutions will be exhibiting at Licensing Expo this year for the first time including The Royal Ballet and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Entrepreneur Media, publisher of Entrepreneur magazine, has partnered with the Professional Education Institute to develop coaching and training programs.
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 its art brand Gorjuss in Europe.
Ravensburger is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the "Thomas & Friends" brand with the addition of new puzzles to its existing range.
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.
CJ Products has added characters from the TV series "VeggieTales in the House" to its line of Pillow Pets foldable plush.
Retro Apparel launched its first line of It's A Good Sign apparel at the MAGIC Marketweek trade show last month in Las Vegas, Nev.
Televix Entertainment has signed on to distribute Platinum Films' animated TV series "Matt Hatter Chronicles" in Latin America.
Sandra Magsamen and Put Me in the Story are creating a series of personalized children’s books that extend the product’s reach.
Reebok has signed on as the first-ever exclusive global outfitter of the mixed martial arts organization UFC.
Breakthrough Entertainment has completed a number of sales for its lineup of kids’ TV series in Asia.
Turkish agency Kaynak Licensing Company has changed its name to Sentries Licensing Company.
The Carat Shop has recently released a line of Harry Potter jewelry in the U.K., under license from Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
VIMN has named Larissa Zagustin as senior vice president and general counsel for its brands and businesses in LatAm, Canada and the U.S. Hispanic market.
K'Nex is bringing the manufacturing of classic toy brand Lincoln Logs back to the U.S.
Sports and entertainment company Day 6 Sports Group has teamed with the National Basketball Association to re-launch the game brand Backyard Sports.
The late famed pianist Liberace is set to play for audiences once again, thanks to a new partnership between the Liberace Foundation and Hologram USA.
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