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.
Disney Consumer Products and Marvel have unveiled a broad merchandise program, now arriving at retailers in the U.S., for the upcoming film Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Kohl's Department Stores is collaborating with designer Thakoon Panichgul for the seventh installment of its DesigNation apparel series.
The global private investment firm TPG has acquired a majority stake in Cirque du Soleil in a move to grow the 30-year-old live entertainment brand.
Customers of service provider Dependable Solutions have convened in Southern California for the company's annual Licensing Automation Summit.
Actress and fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker has teamed up with Zappos Couture to develop an exclusive footwear line.
Global merchandising and brand management company Epic Rights has promoted Lisa Streff to executive vice president of global licensing.
Warner Bros. Records has made two promotions in its brand partnerships and Creative Synch Licensing team.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson retained the No. 1 ranking for a second consecutive year on the NFL Players Inc.'s Top 50 Player Sales List.
Meredith Corp.'s publishing and lifestyle brand Better Homes and Gardens has partnered with Lakeside Development Company to build the Innovation Home.
Walls Outdoor Goods will include DuPont Kevlar materials in its new line of outdoor workwear designed for durability in demanding conditions.
Rovio will preview its upcoming “Angry Birds Stella” mobile game exclusively at Barnes & Noble stores from Aug. 29 to Sept. 3.
Columbia Sportswear and the Dallas Cowboys have announced an apparel licensing partnership for co-branded sportswear, outerwear and accessories.
Rovio Entertainment has released the first “Angry Birds Stella” game in the new Angry Birds series.
Jeffrey D. Dunn has been appointed as the new president and chief executive officer of Sesame Workshop.
Scripps Networks International has created a new in-house International Program Sales and Distribution department that will bring new fresh content to MIPCOM.
Rubie’s Costume Company, under license from Nickelodeon, is planning a line of costumes inspired by the TV series “PAW Patrol.”
Microsoft has acquired Stockholm-based game developer Mojang and its iconic “Minecraft” franchise for $2.5 billion.
Hasbro and 3DPlusMe have introduced Super Awesome Me, a personalized 3D printing experience that allows kids to become one of their favorite characters.
Otter Media, a joint venture between The Chernin Group and AT&T, has purchased a majority stake in the YouTube multi-channel network Fullscreen.
Cookies United, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Baking Co., has purchased certain assets of the Silver Lake Cookie Co.
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