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.
Bleacher Creatures has brought several new plush collections to New York Toy Fair, featuring everything from Major League Baseball players to DC Comics to the Pope.
UBM Advanstar, the producer of the MAGIC, has entered into a strategic alliance with the Eurovet/CurveExpo to create a jointly owned new swimwear and lingerie show.
The Bologna Licensing Trade Fair will return for its eighth edition March 30 to April 1, running parallel to the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
The professional wrestling organization WWE has promoted three executives within its consumer products group.
Hoho Rights, the production company behind "Cloudbabies" and "Everybody Loves a Moose," has appointed Jayne Pitts as its new head of TV sales.
Endemol Beyond USA, the premium channel network and digital division of Endemol Shine North America, has appointing Adrian Sexton as its chief operating officer.
Bedding and homewares licensee Character World has appointed Lindsey Bonney as head of supply chain operations for the EMEA region.
Companies wishing to be considered for License! Global's exclusive, annual Top 150 Top International Licensing Agents list must submit information by no later than April 8.
Sequential Brands Group has closed its acquisition of the Jessica Simpson brand, taking a 62.5 percent stake in the company for $117.5 million.
Licensing Expo will present an expanded lineup of sports brands at this year's show, including the Major League Baseball Players Association and Tottenham Hotspur.
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