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.
A record number of retailers are taking part in Brand Licensing Europe’s 2014 Retail Mentoring Programme.
Rocket Licensing is continuing to see solid growth for the Breaking Bad brand in the U.K., despite the fact that the series finished its TV run in fall 2013.
Cupcake Digital and FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment have released a new app based on “Tree Fu Tom.”
Concept One has formed a joint venture with the Mexican fashion firm Comercializadora Euro CVH to expand its business into Mexico.
DreamWorks Animation and Fuhu, creator of the Nabi kids’ tablet, have launched the nabi DreamTab HD8 at Walmart and Target.
The first M&M's store in France has opened its doors at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.
"Skylanders Trap Team,” the newest iteration of Activision’s Skylanders franchise, is getting a dose of girl power with the new character Gearshift.
BBC Worldwide is marking a year of momentous events with new merchandise for FIFA World Cup 2014, Doctor Who, Sherlock and more.
Germany’s Super RTL and Spain’s Atresmedia Televisión have pre-bought two seasons of the upcoming series “Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks.”
Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA is working with licensees and retailers to celebrate the synergy between its brands and sports.
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