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.
Betty Boop and her younger self, Baby Boop, are adding some sparkle to children’s fashion this season, with a new line of apparel from Monnalisa.
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.
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