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.
The WWE has partnered with Toy State to bring the professional wrestling brand to the remote-controlled vehicle category in North America.
Energizer Personal Care has signed four new licensees to bring the Hawaiian Tropic sun care brand to swimwear, footwear, cosmetics and beach accessories.
Sunrise Brands has sold its North American license for the Superdry retail brand to Superdry’s parent company, SuperGroup.
Santoro has signed a roster of new deals for its art and design brands including Gorjuss, Willow and Mirabelle.
Mask-arade has launched a new range of Star Wars masks in partnership with the brand's licensee, Rubie's Masquerade.
The Jim Henson Company has teamed with the animation house Cyber Group Studios to co-finance and co-produce two new children’s series.
Novel Entertainment has teamed with P2 Entertainment to launch a new game app based on the CITV series "Horrid Henry."
Outerwear brand Hawke & Co. has signed its first licensee, Core Classics, for a men's footwear collection that will launch this fall.
H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group have agreed to merge, forming the third largest food and beverage company in North Americ.
Temple Street Productions has teamed with retailer Hot Topic for a fashion collection inspired by its conspiracy thriller “Orphan Black.”
NFL Players Inc. has selected Bleacher Creatures, which makes plush figures of NFL players, as its first video case study on successful licensees.
Cartamundi has announced the debut of three new Shuffle games: Disney's Frozen, Pixar Cars and a Monopoly Deal Disney Edition.
Oxford Limited has signed a co-branding deal with Punch to produce clothing for men in Germany featuring the University of Oxford and Lonsdale brands.
DreamWorks Animation's YouTube network AwesomenessTV opened its first pop-up shop Saturday, featuring a range of products inspired by its digital celebrities.
Nerd Corps Entertainment has extended its contract with toy partner Jakks Pacific for the boys’ action property Slugterra.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the winners of the annual British Academy Children’s Awards Sunday in London.
Auto event brand Monster Jam has released a host of new toy offerings, continued its program at Lowe's and added new trucks to its mobile game.
Zodiak Kids has promoted BenoÎt Runel to the newly created role of managing director of Zodiak Kids France.
U.S. wine company Delicato Family Vineyards has released the eighth edition of its Elvis the King of Rock N’ Roll Cabernet Sauvignon.
Metrostar, licensing agent for Macmillan Children’s publishing brand Dear Zoo, has signed a raft of new licensing deals in support of the pop-up book.
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