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.”
Toys ‘R’ Us will offer an expanded range of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood toys, as the brand heads to other top retailers.
The full series of BRB Internacional’s animated series “Canimals” is now available on Hulu Kids, making its U.S. debut via the Internet TV service.
Décor and novelty manufacturer Fathead has launched its latest Big Head cut out mask featuring financial guru Warren Buffett.
Concept One is developing a line of accessories featuring the mobile game “Flappy Bird."
U.K. children’s research and consulting firm The Pineapple Lounge is planning to open a U.S. division and has Cheryl Gotthelf to lead it.
McFarlane Toys has launched a new line of Rabbids Invasion toys at Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us stores across the U.S., just in time for Easter.
MHS Licensing has signed on to represent artist Josephine Kimberling, who specializes in modern-meets-vintage florals.
Kellogg Company is getting in on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 action with a new game app that let’s players step into the world of the upcoming
Activision Publishing has revealed the newest installment to the Skylanders gaming franchise.
Saban Brands’ animated preschool series “Julius Jr.” has been picked up by Nick Jr. for a second season in the U.S.
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