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.
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.
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.
Social expressions designers Kathy Davis saw sales of more than $100 million of her licensed goods at retail last year.
Lawless Entertainment has appointed Paris-based The Agency to represent the Suzy’s Zoo brand in France and Benelux for licensing.
New Jersey-based Fire Flies Entertainment has announced the latest offering from young adult author and R&B singing sensation Tanille Edwards.
Art licensing company MGL has signed on to represent contemporary artist Dan Fenelon.
Enseco has renewed its licensing agreement with artist Jim Shore until 2019.
U.K. gaming software developers Microgaming has created an online slot game for Jurassic Park in partnership with Universal Partnerships & Licensing.
Haven Licensing will now represent Artestar and manage the licensing of its art, design and pop culture brands in Australia and New Zealand.
Cartoon Network has launched LEGO Game Creator, an online application that allows kids to build their own games or play games created by other players.
Apparel company Loudmouth, known for its bold, bright patterns, has signed a new licensing deal with electronics accessories specialist, iHip.
Paul Frank announced a partnership with Scottish R&B singer/songwriter and Elton John protégé Tallia Storm, who will be featured in the U.K. Pajammin campaign.
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