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.
Pip, the lead character of the popular preschool show "Pip Ahoy!," met thousands of his young fans at Pontins holiday parks across the U.K. during the half-term break.
Sports and lifestyle apparel company Loudmouth has named Dennis Green as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
The professional wrestling organization WWE has promoted three executives within its consumer products group.
SEGA of America has expanded the new Sonic Boom brand program with the addition of new merchandising partners for toys, comics, apparel and novelty items.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has teamed with Kent International to develop a brand-new line of bicycle tires and tubes.
Adidas Group North America has signed a licensing agreement with DuPont Protection Technologies to use its Kevlar technology and brand in a line of new football cleats.
The Boppy Company, maker of the Boppy Feeding and Infant Support Pillow, has partnered with Rashti & Rashti to brings its brand to a range of new infant products.
Perry Ellis International has tapped DreamKyds to create a range of men's and boy's apparel and accessories under the Grand Slam golf brand.
British children's publisher Ladybird Books has challenged students from the London College of Communication to re-imagine its brand as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Transporation company Uber has teamed with Fuhu, the creator of the Nabi kids' tablet, to launch the UberFamily rideshare service.
Mind Candy has launched the new app “PopJam” in the U.K., which is designed to be a creative community for kids ages 7 to 12.
HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, has appointed Christopher Keenan as its new vice president of creative and executive producer.
Iconic British bear Paddington has joined forces with U.K. bakery brand Warburtons to promote Paddington’s upcoming feature film.
Atlantyca Entertainment has signed a deal with Italian transportation company Italo and New Shipping Travelers to promote its animated series “Geronimo Stilton.”
Character World is expanding and moving up the release of bedroom textiles and accessories based on the Disney animated film Frozen in time for Christmas.
Egmont Magazines has signed on to create a magazine for the preschool publishing property Dinosaur Roar, in a deal brokered by Nurture Rights.
Genius Brands International has appointed industry veteran Stone Newman as president of global consumer products.
Music publishing company Concord Music Group and producer Stuart Benjamin are developing a musical based on the story behind soul label Stax Records.
Accessories Innovations is ready for the back-to-school season with themed backpacks for Nickelodeon, Hasbro, Disney and Mattel.
DreamWorks Animation will make its first official foray into the retail space with the launch of DreamPlace this holiday season.
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