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.
Mega Brands America has launched a puzzle line featuring vintage artwork from the Smithsonian Libraries’ seed catalog collection.
Greeting card designer The London Studio is shifting its business toward a licensing model to allow founder Soula Zavacopoulos more time for creative development.
Iron Gut Publishing has partnered with the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity for a collection of artwork featuring the Peter Pan brand.
The Caleb Gray Studio has appointed Ideaologie to rep the artist's portfolio for licensing.
Firefly Brand Management has signed a host of new licensees for Mr. Bubble as the bubble bath brand readies for its 55th anniversary next year.
Kennedy Publishing and Koko Media have extended their agreement to include Deer Little Forest in the U.K. preschool magazines Get Busy and Busy Time.
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.
Crayola has teamed with game publisher Legacy Games to develop a series of apps designed to engage children in the creative process.
Lifestyle brand Old Guys Rule has teamed up with Tervis for a line of insulated drinkware.
SmileyWorld has signed two new deals that will bring the brand to prepaid debit cards and the latest installment of Ubisoft’s “Just Dance” video game franchise.
DRi Licensing has signed on to represent U.K. artist Doug Hyde.
The LEGO Systems booth at Comic-Con will feature life-sized LEGO models, sneak peeks of 2015 building sets, photo opps and content demos.
Designer brand Versace 19.69 Italia has signed with Those Licensing People as its exclusive licensing agent in the U.K.
JELC was appointed to expand and manage an international licensing program for the U.K.-based greeting card and gift line The Wisdom of Kids.
Rights management company Paidas Management has been named as the global licensing agent for record cover artist Ioannis.
DHX Media has appointed Character Options as the global master toy partner for the new version of the TV series “Teletubbies.”
Random House Enterprises is launching Matt Sewell's Birds at BLE, with Sewell, renowned for his bird illustrations, painting live at the publisher's stand.
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