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.
Footwear company Keds and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift have unveiled their new spring collaboration.
Flowers Foods has given Aunt Millie's Bakeries of Fort Wayne, Ind., the exclusive license to produce Wonder and Home Pride breads in the Midwest U.S.
Nickelodeon has launched an interactive, digital Kids' Choice Awards-themed e-book, the first-ever dedicated book produced for a live awards show.
American consumers powered through the winter weather lifting retail sales in February.
Social expressions designer Kathy Davis has added a series of new licensing partners in the homewares category.
D23, the official Disney fan club, is already busy planning the next D23 Expo, which will take place in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 14–16, 2015.
Nathan's Famous has moved its retail food business to new licensing partner the John Morrell Food Group.
Bazooka Candy Brands is expanding its line of Major League Baseball-branded Ring Pops this season to include new teams.
Cheetos brand spokes-cheetah Chester Cheetah is entering the fragrance category with a new limited edition scent–Cheeteau.
The iconic elephant character Babar is taking part in the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt this month in New York City.
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