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.
m4e has tapped Dutch brand licensing agency License Connection to represent its girls brand Mia and me in Benelux.
For the first time, home entertainment titles from Fox International’s BabyTV channel are available at retail in China.
IDW Publishing is bringing of the most popular “Star Trek: The Original Series” episodes of all time into a new comic series.
Perfetti Van Melle has appointed Beanstalk as the exclusive licensing agency in Greater China for its iconic lollipop brand Chupa Chups.
Studio 100 International and its licensing agent, Merchantwise, have appointed Headstart International as master toy licensee for the Blinky Bill brand.
Cupcake Digital has acquired fellow digital licensee Zuuka, creators of iStoryTime.
The world’s first-ever commercial space line, Virgin Galactic, has tapped Brand Central to develop its CP program in North America.
A+ Images has teamed up with the Karen’s Kids brand for a new line of apparel for teachers and students.
Disney's EMEA division has started production on a four-part live-action TV movie for tweens and teens, “Evermoor.”
Iconix Brand Group has announced three key management changes.
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