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.
Moose Toys has added 16 new licensees for its Shopkins brand in the U.S. and Canada, in a series of deals brokered by The Licensing Shop.
Fashion designer Lela Rose will celebrate the launch of her new collaboration with plus-size retailer Lane Bryant in an event Thursday in Dallas, Texas.
Knockout Licensing adds two new licensees to the "Downton Abbey" program for a collection of yarns and pajamas.
Mega Brands America has launched a puzzle line featuring vintage artwork from the Smithsonian Libraries’ seed catalog collection.
Painting Lulu has signed its first licensing agreement with Mattel, to bring the Barbie and Hot Wheels brands to the digital coloring platform.
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.
Plumbing and drain cleaning brand Roto-Rooter has teamed with Metro Design USA to develop a line of branded plumbing plungers for residential use.
With a number of big name speakers, new feature areas and a not-to-be-missed all-industry Opening Night Party, Licensing Expo’s 34th year is shaping up to be its best yet.
NFL Players Inc. will be the headline sponsor of the annual Licensing Expo Opening Night Party.
Home Plate Entertainment is planning a game app based on its animated skateboarding series, “Rob Dyrdek’s Wild Grinders.”
Ludorom has teamed up with Life Like Touring for the first-ever U.S. stage show, "Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure."
Spin Master has partnered with Youth Venture Marketing and the American Camp Association to integrate Spin Master products into camp programs across the U.S.
Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group has appointed Nickelodeon character SpongeBob SquarePants as its 2014 Holiday Ambassador.
Disney has teamed up with the city of New Orleans, La., for a summer tourism campaign featuring Princess Tiana.
Playboy Enterprises has completed several financing initiatives designed to enhance its flexibility to execute on its licensing and media growth strategies.
Dora is setting off on her next big adventure in “Dora and Friends: Into the City!,” a brand-new animated preschool series.
Ellen DeGeneres has teamed up with J. Christopher Burch, founder of C. Wonder and chief executive officer of Burch Creative Capital, to create a new lifestyle brand.
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