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.
Other Criteria and Marc Jacobs International have released a limited edition t-shirt produced in collaboration between Marc Jacobs and artist Damien Hirst.
The work of British artist Norman Thelwel is now available on a number of customizable products from Spreadshirt.
Fashion designer Zac Posen will "dress" the bottle of Ecco Domani's Pinot Grigio with a limited edition label design that will be available in stores across the U.S. in May.
Maya Studio has appointed the IP management company Consumer Product Connection to develop a licensing program for its brands in Europe and the East.
Encyclopaedia Britannica has partnered with Great Big Canvas to bring its collection of images to wall art and canvas prints.
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."
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