From an increased focus on building 360-degree franchises to a host of major executive moves, here's the news that shaped 2015.
The 16th Annual Toy of the Year Awards, hosted by the U.S. Toy Industry Association, honored the best toys and games of the year.
Spin Master has purchased the Etch A Sketch and Doodle Sketch brands from The Ohio Art Company.
Entertainment One, the international entertainment company behind “Peppa Pig,” has signed deals with seven new licensing partners a range of categories.
Playmates Toys, the global master toy partner for Cartoon Network’s “Ben 10,” has appointed the Giochi Preziosi Group as the pan European marketing and distribution partner for its upcoming “Ben 10” product range.
“Little Baby Bum,” an award-winning educational YouTube channel by El Bebe Productions, has appointed Parragon as its global master publisher.
PlayFusion, the creators of “RuneScape,” has appointed Tomy International as the master toy licensee for its upcoming fantasy role-playing game.
In anticipation of its upcoming film Trolls, DreamWorks Animation has added a host of licensees across numerous categories.
Discovery Consumer Products has added a wide range of new licensing deals and expanded its existing partnerships in North America for the Discovery Kids brand.
Thousands of toys and games will be unveiled this weekend in New York City at the 113th North American International Toy Fair–the largest toy marketplace in the Western Hemisphere.
Senior licensing executives Jessica Blue of UBM Americas and Dianne Bellchambers of Moose Toys will host a session on brand licensing basics at New York Toy Fair this Saturday.
Mega Brands, a member of the Mattel family, has announced a host of new partnerships for its Mega Bloks construction portfolio.
The equivalent of more than seven football fields were filled with toys and games last weekend at the 112th annual New York Toy Fair.
Discovery Communications has named Robert Marick vice president of North American licensing and global location-based entertainment for Discovery Consumer Products.
Agency Rush has signed on to represent the design brand Magicomora, created by artist Sergio Mora.
A panel of top merchants and brand experts from Toys 'R' Us, Hot Topic and other companies will kick off Licensing Expo in June with the Executive Keynote Panel.
FremantleMedia North America has hired Ron Garfield as executive vice president and general manager of its new digital network, Buzzr TV.
Golf ball brand Volvik has appointed Stan Denenberg as its new director of licensing.
Companies wishing to be considered for License! Global's exclusive, annual Top 150 Global Licensors report must submit information by no later than April 8.
Ninety-five percent of the exhibit space for Licensing Expo 2015 has already been sold, with more than 500 new and returning company's planning to exhibit.
Universal Pictures has added three new executives to its recently formed brand development division–Santiago Capdepont, Stephanie Kraus and Marc Low.
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