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.
New Jersey-based Fire Flies Entertainment has announced the latest offering from young adult author and R&B singing sensation Tanille Edwards.
Dynamite is planning a new ongoing comic book series featuring The King of Darkness, rock music icon Alice Cooper.
Studio 100 Media has sold two of its key animation shows to Poland.
Sports and fitness brand Everlast Worldwide has teamed with lifestyle company Cellutions to expand its product offering to a include sports performance drink.
VidCon, the multi-genre online video convention held annually in Southern California since 2010, took place last week in Anaheim, Calif.
Bulls Licensing has signed on to represent ITV’s drama “Downton Abbey” for licensing.
BBC Worldwide has tapped Dreamtex for a new range of bedding and home accessories featuring its TV drama “Sherlock” in the U.K.
Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA has partnered with the Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group for a Cartoon Network Zone in the IMG Worlds of Adventure indoor theme park in Dubai.
Coolabi has started production on its brand new stop-motion animated series for 8- to 10-year-olds, “Scream Street” (52 x 11), with co-production partner Factory TM.
Novel Entertainment has signed a deal with Netflix to broadcast all three seasons of its animated children’s show “Horrid Henry” in the U.K and Eire.
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