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.
Corus Entertainment's Nelvana has entered a development agreement for two new preschool series, “Cozy Island” and “Camp Yeti.”
Sony Computer Entertainment America has launched the first dedicated webstore for its game studio Naughty Dog at Shop.NaughtyDog.com.
The Toy Industry Association has launched The Genius of Play, a collaborative educational campaign that spotlights the role of toys in a child’s healthy development.
DHX Media has acquired a library of children’s and family television series, feature films and television specials.
Pretty Ugly has partnered with Fathead to create a collection of Uglydoll wall graphics.
U.S. TV network AMC and the Amusement Park of Madrid have brought the TV show "The Walking Dead" to life at the Spanish theme park.
Henry Becket, the creator of the TV series "Olly the Little White Van," has announced a series of new broadcast deals for the show.
DreamWorks Animation has made its first official foray into the retail spacethis holiday season with the launch of DreamPlace.
Other Criteria and Marc Jacobs International have released a limited edition t-shirt produced in collaboration between Marc Jacobs and artist Damien Hirst.
Beanstalk has brought on three new partners for power tool and home brand Black + Decker.
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