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.
OPI and Ford Motor Company are planning a limited edition nail lacquer collection inspired by the Ford Mustang.
Sony Pictures Consumer Products has tapped apparel manufacturer Bioworld as the first licensee for ABC’s new comedy series, “The Goldbergs.”
The new mixed media animated series “Lily’s Driftwood Bay” is set to debut on Sprout in the U.S. May 12.
Mattel has completed its acquisition of fellow toy company Mega Brands for approximately $460 million.
The Smithsonian has teamed up with The Great Courses to develop and produce educational seminars inspired by the group of museums.
New Holland Brewing Co. is planning a beer inspired by the American workwear brand Carhartt, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.
Lifestyle designer Debra Valencia is authoring two sewing books for the DIY craft consumer.
The Boppy Company, maker of the Boppy feeding and infant support pillow, has partnered with Global Design Concepts to develop a line of diaper bags.
Activision has teamed with IDW Publishing to publish the first-ever Skylanders comic book series.
Warner Bros. and Tonner Doll have tapped a slate of high-end fashion and costume designers to create one-of-a-kind looks for Tonner’s 22-inch dolls.
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