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.
Rovio Entertainment has entered into an agreement with China’s Guogou Group to build nine Angry Birds family entertainment centers over the course of four years.
Pittsburgh-based startup PieceMaker Technologies will debut its retail 3D printing kiosks at two Toys ‘R’ Us locations later this month.
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.
Del Monte has teamed up with the Walt Disney Company Middle East to bring Disney and Marvel characters to its line of canned fruit juices.
The Caribu reading app has inked a deal with HIT Entertainment to bring Thomas & Friends, Angelina Ballerina and Mike the Knight to its bookshop.
Turner Broadcasting has acquired the U.K. pay TV rights for Lupus Films’ animated preschool series “Toot the Tiny Tugboat.”
Konami Digital Entertainment has released a large assortment of new Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game products for beginners and veterans.
King Digital Entertainment celebrated the launch of the new mobile game "Candy Crush Soda Saga" by turning the Thames river in London into a sea of purple "soda."
Viper Room, the iconic music venue on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, has collaborated with Vanson Leathers for a limited edition leather jacket.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Maud Borup are pairing for a range of hot cocoa mixes.
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