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.”
Licensing Expo 2014 will feature an expanded Sourcing & Production zone this June.
Following a sell-out of his Urban guitar collection last November, country crooner Keith Urban will return to HSN May 18 with a second collection.
Energizer Holdings is planning to separate its household products and personal care divisions into two independent, publicly traded companies.
Sesame Workshop has named Lewis Kofsky to the newly created position of vice president, international creative and global interactive strategy.
Saban is teaming with Lionsgate to develop the first-ever feature film based on Power Rangers and has launched a new film distribution division.
Diamond Select Toys is planning a line of deluxe gift sets featuring Marvel Comics action figures inspired by Mego's 1970s toy line.
The creators of the blog “Snob Essentials” have partnered with Artisan House to create their debut handbag collection.
John Deere has partnered with Soul and Vibe Interactive to develop video games, apps and digital content based on the agriculture brand.
Mattel has tapped Parragon Books to develop a publishing program for its new toy brand Ever After High, which launched in October 2013.
Art studio HLL Design has teamed with Evy of California to develop a line of plush hoodies featuring the Hoodsbee brand.
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