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.
The Jim Henson Company has teamed with the animation house Cyber Group Studios to co-finance and co-produce two new children’s series.
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.”
kathy ireland Worldwide has signed a new deal for home cleaning products and is planning a re-launch of the co-branded line of NuGene cosmetics.
Saban Brands has teamed with Frisky Nineteen to create a new line of kids’ footwear and accessories featuring "Power Rangers Dino Charge."
The Joester Loria Group has tapped Buffalo Games to develop games based on the the National Geographic Channel series “Brain Games.”
The stars of the hit show “Glee” have moved from the choir room to the iTunes Store, in a new update on Halfbrick’s app “Band Stars.”
For the second year in a row, Dunkin’ Donuts has brewed up a series of new coffee flavors inspired by Baskin-Robbins ice cream.
Disney and Kohl’s have launched a Disney-branded apparel collection for kids under the department store’s proprietary Jumping Beans brand.
Costco is bringing a new category of products to its members–fine art.
HBO Global Licensing and VIP Partnerships have created a six-week online auction to allow fans to buy memorabilia from the series “Rome.”
Silvergate Media has awarded Grosset & Dunlap (an imprint of Penguin) the North American publishing rights for its preschool brand, Octonauts.
Destination Maternity has partnered with family lifestyle expert and designer Wendy Bellissimo for her first foray into maternity wear.
Walls 360 is featuring the work of artist Caleb Gray in a new line of removable wall decals for kids.
Cupcake Digital and DreamWorks Animation have released a new story app based on the TV series “Dragons: Defenders of Berk.”
Snap Creative has brought on Brant Bridges to serve as senior vice president of business development.
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