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.
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.
Phil Carroll is has joined Pedigree Books as the interim head of sales for the annuals and yearbooks publisher.
Playboy has joined forces with Blitzway to create a limited edition collection of art figurines that highlight the brand's history of bringing together art and pop culture.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is seeking licensing of its stage production of the children’s book by Ian Fleming.
Talisman Licensing has tapped Li & Fung Home to develop the debut homewares line for international food writer and TV host Rick Stein.
This year’s Brand Licensing Europe will be the largest in the event's 16-year history with close to 235 exhibitors set to appear, 55 of which are new.
While inherent risks are still prevalent, so are the opportunities for retail growth especially in several smaller, less publicized nations.
Actress Sofia Vergara has partnered with Kay Jewelers to launch a new jewelry collection.
Aadrash has appointed MJA licensing as its licensing agent in France for the Purple Turtle book series.
Plus-size retailer Lane Bryant is teaming up with American ready-to-wear designer Lela Rose for a limited edition apparel line.
Kraft Foods Group has announced a multi-year deal with Keurig Green Mountain to bring its branded coffees to Keurig brewing systems in the U.S.
The National Football League, NFL Players Inc. and licensee Bleacher Creatures have unveiled the 2014 NFL player plush collection, which includes more than 50 NFL stars.
Nestlé has released two limited edition flavors of Nesquik inspired by Girl Scouts cookies.
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