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.
Vandor is adding to its Marvel Entertainment lineup with new superheroes including Spider-Man, Captain America and Iron Man.
LMNO Productions has tapped Surge Licensing to represent its reality television series “The Little Couple,” which airs on TLC.
Tipp Distributors has tapped the Star Candle Company to create a line of scented candles inspired by the Mexican soft drink Jarritos.
Ripple Junction has donated 5,000 of its graphic t-shirts to victims affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding in the Southern and Eastern U.S.
Nerd Corps Entertainment is developing a TV series based on Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy Hawking's best-selling book series for kids.
Dimensional Branding Group will represent the iconic character King Kong as part of DeVito ArtWorks’ property King Kong of Skull Island.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment are planning to launch the Superman Hall of Heroes, an online gift-giving portal.
Zodiak Kids and game developer Cupcake Digital have released a new Tickety Toc app based on the preschool series.
Lawless Entertainment has been appointed as the exclusive North American licensing agent for Atlantyca Entertainment’s "Geronimo Stilton."
Apparel and accessories company Loudmouth has tapped M-Edge Accessories for a new collection of cell phone and tablet cases featuring its signature prints.
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