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.
Moose Toys has added 16 new licensees for its Shopkins brand in the U.S. and Canada, in a series of deals brokered by The Licensing Shop.
Fashion designer Lela Rose will celebrate the launch of her new collaboration with plus-size retailer Lane Bryant in an event Thursday in Dallas, Texas.
Brandgenuity has appointed independent licensing company Rocket as the pan-European agent for Gas Monkey Garage brand.
Knockout Licensing adds two new licensees to the "Downton Abbey" program for a collection of yarns and pajamas.
Hoho Rights has signed Zippy to create baby and toddler clothing featuring its preschool series "CloudBabies" in the U.K.
Mega Brands America has launched a puzzle line featuring vintage artwork from the Smithsonian Libraries’ seed catalog collection.
Painting Lulu has signed its first licensing agreement with Mattel, to bring the Barbie and Hot Wheels brands to the digital coloring platform.
Aadarsh, owner of Purple Turtle brand, took home the Licensor of the Year award in the publishing category at the Indian eRetail Congress.
Authentic Brands Group has appointed Javier Brandwain to the new role of managing director of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Bulldog Licensing has hired Helena Mansell-Stopher as retail licensing director.
JELC was appointed to represent the National Gallery Company to expand and develop an international licensing program featuring the museum’s collection of paintings.
Kabillion has partnered with VHX, where viewers can now download and own episodes of Kabillion titles to stream on multiple devices.
European print-on-demand platform Spreadshirt has acquired the Brazilian e-commerce company Vitrinepix, which will now operate as a Spreadshirt subsidiary.
Outfit7 has signed an on-demand apparel deal with the London-based licensing company MerchANT for its mobile game franchise “Talking Tom and Friends.”
Sequential Brands Group has announced several initiatives for a global relaunch of the company’s recently acquired brand The Franklin Mint.
Brand Licensing Europe has unveiled the judging panel for this year’s License This! challenge for new creative concepts.
Withit Licensing has appointed licensing agency AI Licensing to represent its character brand Joey and Joy in the Far East, the Middle East and India.
In honor of back-to-school season, Warner Bros. Consumer Products has launched an educational program featuring Scooby-Doo.
Converse has unveiled the new fall Wiz Khalifa sneaker collection, the rapper's second line with the footwear brand.
Global brand management company Genius Brands International has secured a $2 million revolving line of credit with SunTrust Banks to finance future growth.
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