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.
Aurora World’s YooHoo & Friends brand will serve as the exclusive sponsor of the Children's Zoo at the Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Surry.
Licensing agency Brandgenuity has signed six new licensees for the History channel’s Dark Ages drama “Vikings.”
The owner of Albertson’s grocers has announced plans to buy competitor chain Safeway in a transaction valued at $9 billion.
A host of British celebrities took part in Simon and Schuster’s re-launch of the Miffy book brand.
Bif Bang Pow! and ZICA Toys have entered a creative partnership to produce a line of The Twilight Zone retro action figures.
Nickelodeon has unveiled its biggest content pipeline ever, with new series and content planned in every genre.
WWE and Mattel have launched a new multi-platform kids’ property, WWE Slam City, complete with an animated series and merchandise.
The Hub Network is planning a new animated series based on Hasbro’s Transformers brand.
SVP Worldwide has appointed Knockout Licensing to manage and expand its licensing program for the iconic sewing brand Singer.
Li & Fung Limited announced that it is considering spinning off its brands and licensing businesses into a standalone unit.
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