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.
Bare Tree Media has snagged the global digital licensing rights for design company Wonderville Studios and its brands.
Knockout Licensing has made two new additions to the lifestyle program for the Little House on the Prairie brand, based on the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Pantone has created its first character-inspired color based on the Minions characters from Illumination Entertainment and Universal's Despicable Me franchise.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has granted 3 Dimensional Art the rights to develop 3D art products for classic Warner Bros. properties and DC Comics Super Heroes.
National Geographic has selected British product designer IF as an international giftware licensee to create bookmarks, playing cards and other gifts that showcase the brand's photographic archives.
The National Gallery Company has partnered with Scoop Designs to develop a range of unique food and beverage gifts featuring artwork from the London museum.
MHS Licensing has added two new artists to its portfolio of art brands–Lynn Sanchelli and Carolyn Blaylock.
Entertainment One Licensing has appointed Nina Leong as senior vice president, lifestyle, as it looks to grow its pop culture brands So So Happy and Skelanimals.
Debra Valencia and her agent The Brand Liaison continue to build the artist's licensing program with new design collections and product lines.
SmileyWorld has launched a host of new fashion collaborations featuring the iconic smiley face imagery with retail partners around the world.
Bulldog Licensing has kick started the licensing program for the new design property It’s a Wild Life with the addition of two new licensees.
Artists and creatives from around the world will come together June 17-19 to display the next big thing in art-related IP at Licensing Expo 2014.
Starbucks has unveiled its fifth designer mug collaboration featuring two limited edition ceramic mugs created by Band of Outsiders.
SmileyWorld has partnered with U.K novelty and toy company Bluw for a line of gifts and fashion accessories.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Animation have tapped Bif Bang Pow! to develop products for the upcoming animated comedy series "Mike Tyson Mysteries."
Game makers USAopoly, under license from Hasbro, and Nickelodeon will release two Monopoly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles board games this fall.
Pokémon Company International is celebrating the grand opening of PokemonCenter.com, an e-commerce store featuring official Pokémon merchandise.
Smiley has made two new executive appointments–David Fox as head of design and Salvatore Zingrillo as global brand director of fashion.
C3 Entertainment has signed a new deal with Photorealism to produce The Three Stooges fine artwork with world-renowned photorealist artist Doug Bloodworth.
London-based licensing agency Bloom has signed on to represent the Japanese lifestyle brand Tokidoki in the U.K., in partnership with European agent All Round.
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