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.
Disney Consumer Products is launching a line of interactive toys for its newest film Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, in theaters July 18.
Pretty Ugly is collaborating with 3D printing developer MakerBot to create 3D printable Uglydoll collectibles.
Mattel and Hot Wheels will debut the new feature-length film, Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome, on Digital HD Sept. 2 and DVD/Blu-ray Sept. 30.
Konami Digital Entertainment’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Duelist competition for North American World Championship qualifiers was held in Detroit, Mich.
Lemonis Fischer Acquisition Company will acquire New York-based cupcake specialty chain and licensor Crumbs Bake Shop as part of Crumbs' bankruptcy filing.
Konami Digital Entertainment has launched "Swords & Poker Adventure," a mobile game for iOS devices based on "Sword & Poker" app series.
Fashion and brand licensing veteran Terry Hauss, chief executive officer of apparel firm Von Dutch, passed away on July 17.
Fam Brands' apparel brand Marika has released Marika Curves, a line of plus-size activewear.
Sequential Brands Group has announced several initiatives for a global re-launch of the company’s recently acquired brand the Franklin Mint.
Musical instrument manufacturer Peavey Electronics will unveil a new line of Star Wars guitars and accessories this week at San Diego Comic-Con.
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