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.
The WWE has partnered with Toy State to bring the professional wrestling brand to the remote-controlled vehicle category in North America.
Energizer Personal Care has signed four new licensees to bring the Hawaiian Tropic sun care brand to swimwear, footwear, cosmetics and beach accessories.
Sunrise Brands has sold its North American license for the Superdry retail brand to Superdry’s parent company, SuperGroup.
Santoro has signed a roster of new deals for its art and design brands including Gorjuss, Willow and Mirabelle.
Mask-arade has launched a new range of Star Wars masks in partnership with the brand's licensee, Rubie's Masquerade.
The Jim Henson Company has teamed with the animation house Cyber Group Studios to co-finance and co-produce two new children’s series.
Novel Entertainment has teamed with P2 Entertainment to launch a new game app based on the CITV series "Horrid Henry."
Outerwear brand Hawke & Co. has signed its first licensee, Core Classics, for a men's footwear collection that will launch this fall.
H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group have agreed to merge, forming the third largest food and beverage company in North Americ.
Temple Street Productions has teamed with retailer Hot Topic for a fashion collection inspired by its conspiracy thriller “Orphan Black.”
Carte Blanche Group has added a new licensed apparel partner for its Tiny Tatty Teddy nursery brand.
Toys ‘R’ Us will offer an expanded range of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood toys, as the brand heads to other top retailers.
John Lewis is now featuring the Wish You Were Here product range from artist Tina Crawford.
Pillow Pets has added a number of new brands to its line of convertible plush characters from Disney, Nickelodeon and Sanrio.
The Collegiate Licensing Company and the NCAA are coordinating to clear the marketplace of fake merchandise before the Men's Final Four.
Mercis has partnered with the animation studio Blue-Zoo to produce a brand-new 52 x 7-minute animated TV series for the Miffy brand.
The humor brand Bodacious Broads will soon appear on a greetings line from Design Design.
PGA Tour Superstore has unveiled a growth strategy that will more than double the current footprint of its experiential golf retail stores over the next five years.
Mart Agency, the licensing and publishing agency for Turkish cartoon characters Limon and Oli, is bringing the brand to a whole new roster of categories.
Silvergate Media has awarded Grosset & Dunlap (an imprint of Penguin) the North American publishing rights for its preschool brand, Octonauts.
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