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.
HanesBrands, owner of sportswear brands such as Hanes and Champion, has acquired the licensed collegiate apparel company Knights Apparel.
Five iconic British institutions will be exhibiting at Licensing Expo this year for the first time including The Royal Ballet and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Entrepreneur Media, publisher of Entrepreneur magazine, has partnered with the Professional Education Institute to develop coaching and training programs.
Ravensburger is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the "Thomas & Friends" brand with the addition of new puzzles to its existing range.
CJ Products has added characters from the TV series "VeggieTales in the House" to its line of Pillow Pets foldable plush.
Retro Apparel launched its first line of It's A Good Sign apparel at the MAGIC Marketweek trade show last month in Las Vegas, Nev.
Crayola has teamed with Bloomingdale’s for the new I Am Color campaign that includes fashion collaborations, window displays and in-store events.
Disney Consumer Products is celebrating one of the studio's most iconic characters with a massive assortment of products inspired by the upcoming film Cinderella.
Universal Partnerships & Licensing has teamed with Xbox to bring the Fast & Furious film franchise to the video game "Forza Horizon 2."
Feld Motor Sports and Strottman international have once again partnered with home improvement retailer Lowe’s to bring back Monster Jam-themed Build and Grow Clinics.
Commercial fitness equipment manufacturer Life Fitness has signed a deal that will bring the brand to a new line of activewear.
Genius Brands International has elected entertainment industry veteran Anthony Thomopoulos to its board of directors.
Bonnier’s Outdoor Life magazine is building its branded consumer product line with the addition of two new lifestyle partners.
Cupcake Digital has acquired fellow digital licensee Zuuka, creators of iStoryTime.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has teamed with CafePress to create an extensive collection of Veronica Mars fan-designed merchandise.
The Hub Network is planning a new animated series based on Hasbro’s Transformers brand.
Former Lonestar band member and “Celebrity Apprentice” winner John Rich has launched the new lifestyle brand.
Playboy Enterprises has entered into a strategic partnership with rapper Pitbull that will be a creative cross-pollination between the two brands' worlds.
Activision Publishing and McDonald’s USA are teaming up to feature Skylanders collectible toys in Happy Meals across the country.
Baskin-Robbins and Sony Pictures are celebrating the upcoming film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with a tasty promotion.
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