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.
Lifestyle designer Debra Valencia is authoring two sewing books for the DIY craft consumer.
Independent licensing agency JELC has signed on to represent the new girls’ brand concept iDoo-B-Doo.
London-based licensing agency Bloom has been appointed as the U.K. representative for the British gifting and stationery brand Happy Jackson.
DC Thomson Consumer Products has launched a limited edition range of The Beano Alphabet greetings cards and exclusive screen prints at The British Library.
ThinkGeek will debut The Wand Company's latest Universal Remote Control–a Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser universal remote control at San Diego Comic-Con this week.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products is partnering with Pottery Barn and other licensees with DC Comics-inspired school supplies.
Licensing agency The Wildflower Group has expanded the licensing program for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum with three new licensees.
Last week Playboy hosted the grand opening of its new, freestanding Playboy Mexico store, Playboy Estd 1953.
DC Thomson Consumer Products and shoe brand Dr. Martens are extending their partnership with the launch of a fall/winter limited edition The Beano footwear collection.
Smiley has added four new licensees in the U.S. for childrenswear.
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