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 Natural Sapphire Company of New York has sent the royals a special gift to celebrate their birth of the new princess.
RMS International has picked up Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants brand for a range of toys and craft items in the U.K. and Ireland.
Brand Licensing Europe has launched The BLE Blog, which will feature insights and opinions on the European licensing sector.
M&M's World stores in New York, Las Vegas, London and Orlando are featuring a wide range of special Star Wars merchandise to celebrate Star Wars Day on Monday.
DC Thomson has unveiled a raft of brand collaborations that will bring the iconic British teen magazine, Jackie, to a contemporary audience.
Santoro has added two new product lines for two of its art brands–Mirabelle and Kori Kumi.
Rainbow is planning the first-ever "Winx Club" reunion, which will take place in Jesolo, Italy, (near Venice) from Sept. 3-6.
Nurture Rights has appointed IVS Group as the U.K. master plush partner for its pre-school brand, Dinosaur Roar!.
4K Media has sold season one of the new series "Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V" to K2, an Italian kids’ channel owned by Discovery Italy.
Brandgenuity has appointed independent licensing company Rocket as the pan-European agent for Gas Monkey Garage brand.
Discovery Communications and Liberty Global have formed a 50:50 joint venture to acquire international television producer and distributor All3Media.
Toy State has secured the worldwide rights to remote-control toy manufacturer Nikko by acquiring its Asian and European operations.
Mattel has tapped Parragon Books to develop a publishing program for its new toy brand Ever After High, which launched in October 2013.
Newsweek has partnered with Empirical Media to pursue foreign license agreements for Newsweek and Newsweek.com around the world.
Lawless Entertainment has appointed Paris-based The Agency to represent the Suzy’s Zoo brand in France and Benelux for licensing.
DC Thomson has appointed Ishika Kawiratne as brand licensing manager in its consumer products division.
Takkoda, creator of the Pets Rock brand, has tapped London-based PR agency Battenhall to implement the PR program for the brand.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA has inked a deal with Allegre HKM to devlop a range of plush in Europe featuring its Looney Tunes NBA co-brand.
eOne is building momentum for the Peppa Pig brand in Russia and the Ukraine with the appointment of a regional licensing agent and a number of licensees.
Playing card company Caramundi is bringing its new Shuffle card game range to France.
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