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.
Disney Consumer Products has rolled out a robust product range for its upcoming comedy-adventure Big Hero 6, which will debut in theaters Nov. 7.
British animation company Smallfilms and its licensing agent Coolabi have launched the first official licensed Bagpuss game app.
Ubisoft, with apparel company Design By Humans, recently announced the grand prize winners for a t-shirt design contest tying in with “Assassin's Creed Unity.”
Skylanders, the kids video game that brings physical toys to life, will debut its first-ever balloon at the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Britain’s Toy Retailers Association released DreamToys 2014, its annual prediction of best-selling toys for the holidays.
Blue Trellis will work with outdoors brand Sports Afield for licensing representation.
Brand Licensing Team has signed on to represent MillerCoors for licensing.
Designer Michael Kors will create seven new Duracell PowerCases and Powermats for the upcoming holiday season.
American Greetings Properties has launched a promotional program with drink brand Ribena Cordial in Singapore.
"Marvel Universe Live!" has joined forces with Unifi to raise awareness about the importance of recycling in connection with Unifi's Repreve recycled fiber brand.
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