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.
Licensing Expo 2014 will feature an expanded Sourcing & Production zone this June.
The Jim Henson Company has launched an app based on its new animated preschool series “Doozers,” to coincide with the show’s premiere on Hulu Kids.
Nickelodeon has unveiled a new specialty plush line inspired by the preschool series “Peter Rabbit” at Nordstrom stores across the U.S. and online.
The Unilever U.K. ice cream brand Wall’s has partnered with Airpure International to create a car air freshener inspired by the iconic Funny Feet ice lolly.
Gregg Steinhafel is stepping down from his positions as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors at Target.
Brandgenuity has launched the licensing program for Gas Monkey Garage, famous for fixing up and flipping hot rods, classic cars and motorcycles.
Global brand extension agency Beanstalk has launched a new consulting division -Blueprint–Powered by Beanstalk.
Zodiak Rights has appointed Gary Woolf to the newly created position of head of digital, business development and insight.
Chinese brands are expanding internationally at a rapidly growing pace, according to a new report from Thomson Reuters CompuMark.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment are planning to launch the Superman Hall of Heroes, an online gift-giving portal.
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