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.
Sevenarts New York, owners of the copyright and trademark of the “Father of Art Deco” Erté (Romain de Tirtoff), have granted access to Chicago, Ill.-based Airlift Ideas to several hundred designs for use in a global licensing program.
Allsop will debut its new line of Gaiam-branded lunch coolers and sports accessories this weekend at the International Home and Housewares show in Chicago, Ill.
Firefly Brand Management has appointed Pinup Girl Clothing to create an apparel range for the Mary Blair brand. The artist is best known for her work with Walt Disney Studios.
Deer Little Forest has partnered with mobile content developer Playrific to create digital assets for the art property, which is also being developed into a TV series.
Sports and lifestyle apparel company Loudmouth has named Dennis Green as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
British children's publisher Ladybird Books has challenged students from the London College of Communication to re-imagine its brand as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Agency Rush has signed on to represent the design brand Magicomora, created by artist Sergio Mora.
Perfetti Van Melle and Pantone Colorwear have teamed up to combine their iconic brands for a new outerwear collection featuring Mentos and Chupa Chups.
Triforce Luggage has teamed with neo-pop artist Francisco Ceron for a new line of contemporary, colorful luggage sets.
Santoro has signed a host of new licensees and launched several new lines for its art brand Gorjuss in Europe.
Trunk Archive has brokered a series of fashion collaborations that will see its clients’ work appearing on spring collections across the globe.
The Good Sign brand, which literally features a yellow road sign that reads “This is a Good Sign,” has signed a series of new licensing deals.
Jo Rose, creator of the U.K. brand Deer Little Forest, has appointed Think Tank Emporium as licensing agent for the brand in the U.S. and Canada.
Independent licensing agency JELC has appointed JTL licensing to serve as the Greek sub-agent for the iDoo-B-Doo brand.
Artist Maria Scrivan has licensed 14 of her cartoons to Recycled Paper Greetings.
Hasbro and Shapeways are combining powers to launch SuperFanArt.com, a 3D printing marketplace and community that will allow fans to promote their artwork and creations.
SEGA announces the release dates for its upcoming Sonic Boom video game series.
JELC was appointed to represent the National Gallery Company to expand and develop an international licensing program featuring the museum’s collection of paintings.
Both Marvel and Funko offered a sneak peek at the upcoming dancing Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend via social media.
RJM Licensing will represent The Country Diary of an Edwarian Lady for the home décor and stationery market in the U.S. and Canada.
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