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.
Finnish stationery and gift licensee Karto Oy has signed on to create a new line for the preschool brand Deer Little Forest, created by illustrator Jo Rose
SmileyWorld has again partnered with Herlitz, now part of the Pelikan Group, for a new range of back-to-school products.
Licensing agency Carmella Johns Unltd. has brokered a new partnership for its client Ragnar with Sin in Linen.
Italian art brand The Gkrs has added two new partners.
HBO and its official licensees have a slew of Game of Thrones exclusive at San Diego Comic-Con this week and weekend.
Candle company PartyLite had unveiled its new designer collection from celebrity stylist Jonathan Adler.
Brentwood Licensing has added Fun Apparel as the newest licensee for the Peace Frogs brand to create a line of boxers and loungewear.
Literary agency Prava i Prevodi has been appointed as sub-agent for Roberto Ricci’s young adult fantasy series, The Red Harlequin, in 19 countries.
Carte Blanche has unveiled a new range of Moshi Monsters 3D cards that bring to live the digital characters with new 3D technology.
P&L Global Network has signed on to represent Colombian illustrator Catalina Estrada for licensing in Latin America.
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