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.
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.
California-based designer Chan Luu has unveiled two new jewelry lines inspired by Disney's Frozen and classic Cinderella.
The U.S.-based non-profits Kids In Distressed Situations and Fashion Delivers have successfully completed their merger.
Drexel University has extended its partnership with The Collegiate Licensing Company, the licensing affiliate of IMG College.
MerryMakers has tapped University Games for a range of puzzles and games featuring the Pete the Cat publishing brand.
Global brand extension agency Beanstalk has launched a new consulting division -Blueprint–Powered by Beanstalk.
The University of Connecticut has had a full year in the sports arena as evidenced by a booming licensed product sales.
Spin Master will roll out its line of Paw Patrol toys inspired by the Nickelodeon preschool series exclusively at Toys ‘R’ Us in the U.S. Sunday.
4K Media is celebrating the launch of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! website in the U.S. with a sweepstakes for four prize packages of Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise.
Jo Rose, creator of the U.K. brand Deer Little Forest, has appointed Think Tank Emporium as licensing agent for the brand in the U.S. and Canada.
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