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.
SEGA of America has expanded the new Sonic Boom brand program with the addition of new merchandising partners for toys, comics, apparel and novelty items.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has teamed with Kent International to develop a brand-new line of bicycle tires and tubes.
Adidas Group North America has signed a licensing agreement with DuPont Protection Technologies to use its Kevlar technology and brand in a line of new football cleats.
The Boppy Company, maker of the Boppy Feeding and Infant Support Pillow, has partnered with Rashti & Rashti to brings its brand to a range of new infant products.
Transporation company Uber has teamed with Fuhu, the creator of the Nabi kids' tablet, to launch the UberFamily rideshare service.
Agency Rush has signed on to represent the design brand Magicomora, created by artist Sergio Mora.
Nickelodeon will premiere its brand-new animated series "Harvey Beaks" March 29.
The Fred Rogers Company is planning a second season of its preschool series "Peg + Cat" for PBS Kids.
Genius Brands International has made a number of new sales for its portfolio of original content including Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 and the library of "Baby Genius" videos and music.
Authentic Brands Group is bringing the Prince tennis brand to a new line of performance apparel exclusively at retailer Sports Authority in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Genius Brands International has elected entertainment industry veteran Anthony Thomopoulos to its board of directors.
Bonnier’s Outdoor Life magazine is building its branded consumer product line with the addition of two new lifestyle partners.
Cupcake Digital has acquired fellow digital licensee Zuuka, creators of iStoryTime.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has teamed with CafePress to create an extensive collection of Veronica Mars fan-designed merchandise.
The Hub Network is planning a new animated series based on Hasbro’s Transformers brand.
Former Lonestar band member and “Celebrity Apprentice” winner John Rich has launched the new lifestyle brand.
Playboy Enterprises has entered into a strategic partnership with rapper Pitbull that will be a creative cross-pollination between the two brands' worlds.
Activision Publishing and McDonald’s USA are teaming up to feature Skylanders collectible toys in Happy Meals across the country.
Baskin-Robbins and Sony Pictures are celebrating the upcoming film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with a tasty promotion.
Evian Natural Spring Water has launched the new short film, The Amazing Baby & Me 2, starring Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man.
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