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.”
Brookstone is working toward an agreement with Spencer Spirit Holdings to acquire the company and may file for bankruptcy to facilitate the sale.
SEGA of America, SEGA Europe and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products will release the new video game “Alien: Isolation” Oct. 7.
Amazon Studios has given the go-ahead for six more original series for its Prime Instant Video online streaming service.
Silvergate Media is promoting Peter Rabbit this Easter in a national U.K. campaign.
Xcel Brands has acquired the Judith Ripka lifestyle brand, known for jewelry, for $22.5 million.
DreamWorks Classics has secured a range of new sales across Europe, The Middle East and Asia for the children’s series, “The Owl & Co.”
Anchor Bay Entertainment has teamed up with Minute Rice and Amtrak to promote the release of the newest “Chuggington” DVD.
HBO Global Licensing and VIP Partnerships have created a six-week online auction to allow fans to buy memorabilia from the series “Rome.”
HSN announced a multi-film marketing collaboration with Disney Studios for three of its upcoming films–Maleficent, Cinderella and The Hundred-Foot Journey.
Crumbs Bake Shop has cooked up a deal with BJ's Wholesale Club to bring a selection of its baked goods to 201 club locations.
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