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.
RRKidz, the company that re-launched "Reading Rainbow" in 2011, has appointed Brand Central to develop its consumer products program.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA and Sanrio have launched two new product collections for their DC Comics X Hello Kitty collaboration.
Playboy Enterprises is expanding its presence in China through a new 10-year licensing partnership with Handong United.
The Peppa Pig live show, which has sold more than 650,000 tickets in the U.K., is headed to the U.S.
Cartamundi is planning for a cold summer with the launch of a three-in-one pack of card games inspired by Disney’s Frozen.
Panini will create a sticker album for the upcoming FIFA Women World Cup, which will take place from June 6 to July 5 in six cities across Canada.
Backyard Sports brand is celebrating the success of NBA MVP Stephen Curry with a super-powered Stephan Curry character in its mobile game.
Tattiemoon, creators of the CBeebies series "Woolly and Tig," has inked two new publishing deals for the brand.
Vita Coco has teamed with swimwear brand L*Space by Monica Wise to create a limited edition bikini inspired by the coconut water brand.
Licensing agency LMCA has added two new members to the team of its consulting subsidiary ProdigyWorks.
Sony and Titan Merchandise have announced plans for a line of Breaking Bad vinyl figures.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has brought a slate of primetime TV brands to Licensing Expo this week.
Joy Tashjian Marketing Group has been appointed as the licensing agent for Over Active Imagination’s Enchantails brand.
Epic Rights and Yoko Ono will collaborate on a global branding and licensing program based on the career of John Lennon.
Bulldog Licensing Inc, the new U.S. arm of British agent Bulldog Licensing Ltd, s exhibiting at Licensing Expo for the first time this year.
Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group has appointed Nickelodeon character SpongeBob SquarePants as its 2014 Holiday Ambassador.
Fuhu, creator of the Nabi line of tablets for kids (including the DreamTab, created in partnership with DreamWorks Animation) is launching interactive toys called Morpho Pods.
Fisher-Price has teamed up with Ford for a Power Wheels vehicle inspired by the 2015 F-150 truck.
The Santa Clara Stadium Authority has signed a multi-year venue partnership for the Levi’s Stadium with Feld Motor Sports' Monster Jam events.
Janna Markle has joined licensing and brand extension agency Brand Licensing Team as executive director.
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