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.
Factory Entertainment has picked up the license for Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin this week at New York Toy Fair.
Adidas A.C Milan, Chelsea Football Club, FIFA, Automobil Lamborghini and Moto GP are among the 180 companies already signed up to exhibit at this year’s BLE.
DHX Brands has appointed Haven as the licensing agent for the all-new "Teletubbies" program in Australia and New Zealand.
Biaggi will unveil the new, innovative ZipSak by Lori Greiner at the International Home and Housewares show this weekend in Chicago, Ill.
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has appointed Maurizio Distefano as the licensing agent for its preschool property "Tree Fu Tom" in Italy.
DeAPlaneta Group, parent company of DeAPlaneta Cine and Planeta Junior, has appointed Pío Vernis as its new marketing director.
Twentieth Century has appointed Born Licensing to represent its clip licensing business in Australia and New Zealand.
Content marketing and audience development agency McMurry/TMG has hired former Beanstalk executive Suzanne Jacober as director of business development.
Italian agency Team Entertainment has been appointed to represent the TV series "Calimero" and fashion brand V19.69 Italy.
Talent and media agency WME/IMG acquired the bull riding circuit Professional Bull Riders, which features more than 300 events worldwide each year.
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