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.”
Toot Enterprises has appointed Metrostar as the U.K. licensing agency for its new preschool television property “Toot the Tiny Tugboat.”
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Random House Enterprises is launching Matt Sewell's Birds at BLE, with Sewell, renowned for his bird illustrations, painting live at the publisher's stand.
Ink is going global with its Russian animated series “Masha and the Bear” and extensions for the digital game “Subway Surfers,” including an animated series.
Discovery Consumer Products is currently exploring licensing and brand extension opportunities for its core properties.
First-time Brand Licensing Europe exhibitor, the creative licensing agency Iris, has signed a greeting card deal with The Great British Card Company.
Hasbro has signed a global agreement with PEZ International to develop a My Little Pony-branded line of PEZ dispensers.
Mind Candy has signed Giochi Preziosi Group as the European toy partner for its new game brand “World of Warriors.”
The Jim Henson Company unveiled its new live-action preschool series, “Hi Opie!” at MIPJunior and MIPCOM this week in Cannes, France.
Discovery Kids Latin America has acquired the format for the children’s television series, “Hi-5.”
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