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.
Cupcake Digital and DHX Media will release a new kids app, “A Very Yo Gabba Gabba! Christmas.”
Virgin Atlantic has tapped Paul Windle Design to create a new Birthday Girl flying lady illustration for the airline’s latest Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
Dark Hall Mansion has released prints by artist Tom Whalen of the '70s holiday classic TV movie The Year Without a Santa Claus.
Polaroid has launched the first of three new Fotobar micro-retail locations in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Joester Loria Group, global licensing agent for The World of Eric Carle, has appointed Team! Licensing to build the brand in Germany.
Scottish artist Debbie Taylor-Kerman has added new licensing partners for both her seasonal and everyday design collections.
Brands with Influence Worldwide has negotiated a deal with Frances Lincoln for a range of stationery products featuring The Famous Five brand.
Home décor company Primitives by Kathy has launched a new line of baby frames and box signs featuring the designs of Caleb Gray Studio.
SmileyWorld has paired with the French snack brand Brossard for a retail promotion.
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