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.
Iconix Brand Group has acquired the remaining 50 percent of Iconix Latin America from its joint venture partner, New Brands Group.
The Hershey Company has partnered with Flower Foods’ Mrs. Freshley’s brand to create snacks that feature Hershey flavors in baked goods.
Genius Brands International has elected entertainment industry veteran Anthony Thomopoulos to its board of directors.
Motor oil brand Mobil 1 has partnered with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart to bring back the classic car film Smokey and The Bandit.
Nickelodeon has launched an interactive, digital Kids' Choice Awards-themed e-book, the first-ever dedicated book produced for a live awards show.
JELC, global licensing agent for the Silentnight, has signed the first brand extension for the U.K. bed and mattress brand.
The Victoria and Albert Museum has teamed up with Graham & Brown to create a range of wallpapers based on designs in the museum’s archive.
Meyer Corporation is adding to its line of Cake Boss-branded baking products with a new range designed for kids.
World-renowned brands such as a Doctor Who, Star Trek and Dr. Seuss will be on display at Licensing Expo 2014.
The executive team at Pretty Ugly, creators of the Uglydoll brand, have announced a series of changes at the company.
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