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.
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.
Cherokee Global Brands has teamed with Sears Canada to bring the Liz Lange maternity and sportswear brand to Canada.
Ace Hardware and OPI are continuing their exclusive partnership with the addition of new nail lacquer-inspired colors in Ace's Clark+Kensington paint line.
Sony Pictures Consumer Products has tapped Beeline Interactive to develop the new match-three puzzle battle game "Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter.”
Cupcake Digital and Peanuts Worldwide have released “Snoopy’s All-Star Football,” the first app in a new collaboration between the two companies.
National children’s club Captain McFinn has released an app that features pro-social learning, allowing preschoolers to communicate with a live character host.
Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Media Group have seen a flurry of activity for their animated adventure series, "Wild Kratts," including new broadcast and licensing deals.
Pretty Ugly has partnered with Fathead to create a collection of Uglydoll wall graphics.
DHX Media has acquired the Vancouver-based Nerd Corps Entertainment and its subsidiaries for approximately $57 million.
The Walt Disney Company will unveil a new initiative this morning at an event at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
Bluefin Distribution has appointed Candice Uyloan as director of marketing to oversee the company's marketing, public relations and events.
LIMA is seeking session ideas and speaker suggestions for next year's Licensing University program at Licensing Expo 2015.
Brand development and licensing agency Carmella Johns Unlimited has appointed Segal Licensing to represent the lifestyle brand Ragnar in Canada.
Sesame Workshop has appointed Mag Brands to produce a range of Sesame Street outerwear for the U.S.
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