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.
Rubie’s Costume Company is planning a raft of new costumes, accessories, wigs and masks inspired by Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters May 1.
Retailer Meijer has teamed with lawn care and garden brand Scotts-MiracleGro to create a Garden Marketplace inside 27 of its stores across the Midwest.
Little League Baseball and Softball has promoted three executives within its marketing department to focus on licensing and merchandising.
Jewel Branding & Licensing has partnered with Prestige Paints to launch a new collection featuring brands such as the New York Botanical Garden and Shell Rummel.
Greeting card designer The London Studio is shifting its business toward a licensing model to allow founder Soula Zavacopoulos more time for creative development.
Plumbing and drain cleaning brand Roto-Rooter has teamed with Metro Design USA to develop a line of branded plumbing plungers for residential use.
Hormel Foods' Spam brand has kicked off the cross-country Spamerican Tour with Food Network chef Sunny Anderson.
Hockey icon Wayne Gretzky has teamed with Sears Canada to launch a casual menswear brand under his name.
Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products held its annual U.K. Achievement Awards Thursday in London to celebrate the top collaborations from the past year.
Cherokee Global Brands has teamed with Sears Canada to bring the Liz Lange maternity and sportswear brand to Canada.
Knockout Licensing has added three new licensees for the social media canine sensation Boo–The World’s Cutest Dog.
HBO Global Licensing is partnering with Composite Effects for a line of hyper-realistic silicone masks and prosthetics based on “Game of Thrones.”
License! Global has announced the finalists of the inaugural One to Watch contest for new creative concepts, held in conjunction with Licensing Expo.
Chinese new media company BesTV and Sesame Workshop are teaming to debut “Sesame Street” episodes.
Party Animal has launched the first military action figures licensed by the U.S. Army called Lil’ Troops.
Rainbow Group unveiled new plans for its Winx Club brand in China, including a theme park and consumer product program.
London-based licensing agency Bloom has been appointed as the U.K. representative for the British gifting and stationery brand Happy Jackson.
Creative Licensing Corporation will showcase the iconic ’80s film The Terminator and its new licensed products at Licensing Expo this week.
Zodiak Kids and Biplano, the Iberian agent for the preschool brand Tickety Toc, have appointed new licensees for the brand in the region.
The new art property Hank & Sylvie from New York City artist Lou Patrou is making its Licensing Expo debut this year.
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