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.
Jazwares has debuted its 2015 toy portfolio at New York Toy Fair, with a diverse range of products including items for its newest licenses–Peppa Pig and "Terraria."
LEGO has overtaken Ferrari as the top brand in the world in Brand Finance's annual Brand Strength Index.
Bob Chapek, president of Disney Consumer Products, has been named as chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, effective immediately.
Drew Sheinman has joined talent agency IMG as senior vice president of IMG Licensing.
41 Entertainment has appointed Anna Kislevitz as senior manager of licensing and merchandising.
The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association has announced the nominees for positions on its board of directors.
Licensing industry professionals raised £12,000 for the Light Fund charity at the 8th annual quiz night in Manchester, England, March 19.
Saban Brands has appointed Corus Entertainment's Nelvana to represent the Power Rangers brand for licensing in France.
DreamWorks Animation has appointed Copyright Promotions Licensing Group to represent Felix the Cat and the publishing brand Where’s Wally? in France.
Morgen Studios has appointed licensing agents to represent its animated series "Super 4" and the brand that inspired it, Playmobil, in Spain, Portugal and Italy.
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