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.
The Boy Scouts of America has added two new licensees for its growing range of Be Prepared products.
Long Island University Post’s College of Management is now offering a branding and licensing minor, developed in partnership with LIMA.
Authentic Brands Group has signed a long-term franchise partnership with ImagineX Group for its Juicy Couture brand in China.
Nickelodeon is planning the first-ever Road to Worldwide Day of Play tour to three cities across the U.S., leading up to the annual nationwide event on Sept. 20.
Quiksilver has signed a raft of new partners to extend its brands, including Quiksilver, Roxy and DC, into children’s apparel, watches, legwear, luggage and more.
Eric Poses is driving cross-country this summer to host meet-and-greets throughout the U.S.
Pizza Hut and The Hershey Company have partnered on a line of desserts for the pizza chain.
CBBC has commissioned Dot To Dot Productions to produce “Art Ninja,” a new series hosted by animator Ricky Martin that will premiere this fall.
Cartoon Network Amazone, the first CN-themed waterpark located in Bang Saray, Thailand, will work with Dell to create an immersive entertainment experience for park-goers.
“Tree Fu Tom” will take to the U.K. stage in 2015, in a deal between Fremantle Media Kids & Family Entertainment and Premier Stage Productions.
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