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.
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.
The new mixed media animated series “Lily’s Driftwood Bay” is set to debut on Sprout in the U.S. May 12.
Mattel has completed its acquisition of fellow toy company Mega Brands for approximately $460 million.
The Smithsonian has teamed up with The Great Courses to develop and produce educational seminars inspired by the group of museums.
New Holland Brewing Co. is planning a beer inspired by the American workwear brand Carhartt, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.
Lifestyle designer Debra Valencia is authoring two sewing books for the DIY craft consumer.
The Boppy Company, maker of the Boppy feeding and infant support pillow, has partnered with Global Design Concepts to develop a line of diaper bags.
Activision has teamed with IDW Publishing to publish the first-ever Skylanders comic book series.
Warner Bros. and Tonner Doll have tapped a slate of high-end fashion and costume designers to create one-of-a-kind looks for Tonner’s 22-inch dolls.
Kids action brand Surf Sharks has partnered with VenDynamics for educational collector cards and stickers featuring the publishing brand.
Scholastic Media’s TV series “Goosebumps” is now available on iTunes in Canada, the U.K. and Australia for the first time.
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