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.
Fox Consumer Products and FXX are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first appearance of the Kwik-E-Mart on "The Simpsons" with a number of brand activations.
Disney Consumer Products and Saks Fifth Avenue have launched their collection of Cinderella "glass slippers" from some of the world's top footwear designers.
Children’s animation series “Filly Funtasia” has signed a deal with Discuvery in Italy for broadcast in the country on channel K2 beginning in 2016.
PlayStation has appointed High IntenCity to create a line of jewelry, hair and novelty accessories for tweens and young adults based on its video games.
Outfit7 has signed five new licensing deals in territories around the world for its suite of mobile properties, Talking Tom and Friends.
Parragon has been tapped by Disney to publish a range of products across the North American market.
"LingoZING!," an app that uses digital comics to teach foreign languages, has signed a deal with IMPS to feature The Smurfs brand when it launches later this year.
Imangi Studios' game app "Temple Run" is racing into kids’ meals at Sonic Drive-In restaurants across the U.S. this spring.
The European indoor theme park Yumble has opened the doors of a new "Mia and me" attraction, inspired by the Hahn & m4e Productions TV series.
Licensing industry professionals raised £12,000 for the Light Fund charity at the 8th annual quiz night in Manchester, England, March 19.
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