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.”
CBS Consumer Products is introducing merchandising programs for "Under the Dome,” “The Millers” and “Ray Donovan.”
Baskin-Robbins and Sony Pictures are celebrating the upcoming film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with a tasty promotion.
Evian Natural Spring Water has launched the new short film, The Amazing Baby & Me 2, starring Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man.
Dunkin’ Donuts is ringing in spring with Peeps donuts, available now for a limited time across the U.S.
Executives from DreamWorks, Beanstalk and Valiant Entertainment are among the experts that will be presenting at this year’s Licensing University.
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are getting ready for Easter with holiday-inspired items featuring Scooby-Doo, Superman and Batman.
Women’s lifestyle brand Real Simple has teamed with online fashion brand Cuyana to create a line of apparel and accessories.
Barnes & Noble is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar with a series of hands-on events across the U.S.
NFL Players Inc., the licensing arm of the NFL Players Association, will be the headline sponsor of the annual Licensing Expo Opening Night Party.
Bulldog Licensing has been appointed to represent the gaming brands Saints Row and Dead Island across the U.S. and Canada.
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