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.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has outlined a number of new franchise developments aimed at maintaining Scooby-Doo’s position as top dog in the U.K.
Rainbow has sold their girls’ series “Mia and me” to Nick Jr. in the U.S. and Turner in France.
While 2013 U.S. retail dollar sales of toys remained relatively flat compared to 2012, licensed toys experienced an increase of 3 percent to $5.3 billion.
Licensing agency Dream Theatre is partnering with Adidas to develop the licensing business of the Italian football team AC Milan in India.
Giromax has launched a new collection of Shaun the Sheep stickers in the U.K., under license from Aardman Animations.
Universal Pictures Germany has taken on home entertainment rights for “Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures” for the German-speaking territories of Europe.
Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, a DHX Media company, is expanding across the pond with the opening of CPLG North America.
Diamond Select Toys is planning a line of deluxe gift sets featuring Marvel Comics action figures inspired by Mego's 1970s toy line.
Time Home Entertainment has reintroduced the iconic Time-Life Books brand, with new content and packaging designed for today’s readers.
HIT Entertainment’s “Thomas & Friends” has been picked up by the free-to-air broadcaster TV Cultura in Brazil.
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