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.
Walt Disney Studios has signed on to co-produce and co-finance DreamWorks Studios' film adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book The BFG.
Her Universe and Disney Consumer Products have created a new women's fashion line to celebrate the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Trade show veteran Kathy Ireland has teamed up with ExpoMarketing Group to help other businesspeople showcase their brands at trade events.
Nickelodeon has tapped Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique to create a line of pet costumes inspired by its preschool series "Paw Patrol."
Licensing agency LMCA has brokered a new partnership between Westinghouse Electric and Strattec Advance Logic for a line of security products.
Brandgenuity has secured seven new licensing partners for Gas Monkey Garage, the auto restoration shop featured in the Discovery series “Fast ‘N Loud.”
Garfield licensor Paws, Inc. has teamed with Bare Tree Media to launch digital content featuring the famous feline on messenging apps around the world.
Iconic red and white frozen treat Bomb Pop and sour candy brand Warheads have joined forces to launch a new line of lip-puckering frozen treats.
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.
Nerd Corps Entertainment has partnered with Shout! Factory and Screenvision for a new feature film based on its TV series, “Slugterra.”
Fashion U.K. is planning a new line of apparel featuring the classic British design brand A-Z, known for its maps and guidebooks.
Fetch…for Pets! and Farouk Systems have teamed up to bring the human hair care brands Chi and BioSilk to animals.
The Antigua Group has signed a multi-year agreement to develop apparel for the mixed martial arts league Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Brandgenuity has launched the licensing program for Gas Monkey Garage, famous for fixing up and flipping hot rods, classic cars and motorcycles.
Crayola has teamed with game publisher Legacy Games to develop a series of apps designed to engage children in the creative process.
The non-profit New Starship Foundation is planning to open the world’s first dedicated science-fiction museum in 2015.
Fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” chose the next brew in Brewery Ommegang’s line of beers for the series.
Jim Benton has tapped Striker Entertainment to represent his publishing brand It’s Happy Bunny for licensing.
Artists and creatives from around the world will come together June 17-19 to display the next big thing in art-related IP at Licensing Expo 2014.
©2015 ADVANSTAR COMMUNICATIONS INC. All rights reserved.