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.
Mind Candy, the entertainment company behind the Moshi Monsters franchise, globally launched the "World of Warriors" app.
Rovio has partnered with the digital entertainment business division of Alibaba Group to introduce the TV series “Angry Birds Stella” to fans through “Chinese Idols.”
MAGIC Marketweek has announced a new addition to its collection of fashion trade shows–Playground, its first-ever contemporary kidswear show.
Fangirl fashion company Her Universe has released a collection of Darth Vader jewelry.
Surge Licensing has signed on to develop a licensing program for marine biologist, author and nature illustrator Nick Mayer.
Retailer Steve's Blinds & Wallpaper has partnered with home fashion and lifestyle brand Waverly to launch a line of Waverly-branded custom blinds and shades.
American Greetings Properties and Exim Licensing have secured three new partnerships that expand the Care Bears brand presence in Argentina.
Viz Media Europe has signed on to distribute the Japanese anime series "Kuroko's Basket," which follows two rookie high school basketball players.
Disney has unveiled new details of the Shanghai Disney Resort including a Toy Story-themed hotel, Magic Kingdom-style theme park and Disneytown shopping district.
Licensing agency The Wildflower Group has signed two new partners to bring the Bombay lifestyle brand to furniture and home fragrance products.
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