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.
The U.K.-based Acamar Films has expanded its team, adding Bethan Garton as head of licensing and Emma Read as brand manager.
Forty-six Fnac stores across France hosted in-store workshops featuring DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Saturday in celebration of the film’s debut.
Studio 100 International has teamed with the Australian Post to promote its animated series “Blinky Bill.”
Bonnier Corporation’s Field & Stream magazine is now available as a 30-minute weekly TV show, exclusively on Net2TV’s Portico TV service.
Pamela El is joining the National Basketball Association in the new position of chief marketing officer beginning Aug. 18.
New York City tourism organization NYC & Company has named Curious George as its sixth official NYC Family Ambassador.
Jeremy Robinson has been appointed as the new country manager at toy company Schleich.
PGS Entertainment has made a raft of global sales for France Television’s “Super 4,” the new animated series inspired by the Playmobil toy brand.
Housewares International will develop a line of pet feed products under the American Kennel Club brand, in a deal brokered by 4Licensing.
Robert Graham has signed a new deal with Majestic International for the men’s underwear and loungewear categories.
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