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.
Scripps Networks International’s Fine Living network has made its debut in the Balkans region on Telemach in both Bosnia and Slovenia.
Fetch…for Pets! and Farouk Systems have teamed up to bring the human hair care brands Chi and BioSilk to animals.
Tipp Distributors has tapped the Star Candle Company to create a line of scented candles inspired by the Mexican soft drink Jarritos.
Nickelodeon has teamed up with Insight Editions for a new book that tells the complete, never-before-told story of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
For the first time ever, an official Duff Beer (inspired by “The Simpsons” brew) will be available at retail.
Carter Keithley has announced that he will retire as president and chief executive officer of the Toy Industry Association effective April 30, 2015.
The Original Muck Boot Company is planning its first fashion collaboration with The Fabulous Beekman Boys’s Beekman 1802 brand.
The NBA and FIBA have announced plans for this year’s Basketball without Borders global basketball development program.
Turner Broadcasting U.K. will launch truTV, a new general entertainment channel available via digital terrestrial free-to-air, in the U.K. this summer.
Aardman Animations has teamed up with Nominet Trust to launch Shaun’s Game Academy, a national competition in the U.K. for kids to build online games.
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