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.
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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