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.
Fashion U.K. is planning a new line of apparel featuring the classic British design brand A-Z, known for its maps and guidebooks.
Saban Brands’ animated preschool series “Julius Jr.” has been picked up by Nick Jr. for a second season in the U.S.
Kaptiva Sports, which has been offering FC Barcelona soccer camps across the U.S. for seven years, will open the first FCBEscola soccer academy in the U.S.
Bandai America has released a new toy line for the upcoming animated musical film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.
Sesame Workshop has named Lewis Kofsky to the newly created position of vice president, international creative and global interactive strategy.
HIT Entertainment has given Universal Studios Home Entertainment distribution rights to its family content library.
Bulldog Licensing’s U.S. division has signed on to represent Outfit7’s app brand Talking Tom and Friends in the U.S. and Canada.
Dimensional Branding Group will represent the iconic character King Kong as part of DeVito ArtWorks’ property King Kong of Skull Island.
DreamWorks has partnered with Praim Group for a collection of seven chocolate bars featuring the studio’s animated characters.
ABC will air a Captain America spin-off series based on the female lead in the films Agent Peggy Carter.
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