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  • Mega-Hit Yu-Gi-Oh Joins Kartoon Channel!
    GlobeNewswire

    Mega-Hit Yu-Gi-Oh Joins Kartoon Channel!

    Yu-Gi-Oh! Genius Brands International (NASDAQ:GNUS) announced the acquisition of approximately 230 new episodes of programming, including the 1 rated anime phenomenon, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, based on the trading card game from Konami. Genius Brands International Continues to Build Its Premium Content Pipeline on Kartoon Channel! With Konami’s Hit Anime Adventure Series, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Approximately 230 Episodes of New Programming Rolling Out on Kartoon Channel! and its 5-Star Rated iOS AppBEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Following the June 15 launch of its new free digital Kartoon Channel! across multiple AVOD and OTT platforms, and the subsequent debut of its first COPPA-compliant Apple iOS app to 5-star ratings, Genius Brands International (NASDAQ:GNUS) continues to build its premium offering of entertaining and enriching family-friendly content on Kartoon Channel! with the acquisition of approximately 230 new episodes of programming, including the 1 rated anime phenomenon, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, based on the trading card game from Konami. “Led by Yu-Gi-Oh, these new program acquisitions truly showcase the quality and diversity of content we are striving to bring to young audiences discovering the Kartoon Channel! and offer opportunities for a wide range of ad partners to drive revenue for the channel,” said Chairman & CEO Andy Heyward. “We are extremely proud of the rapid expansion of Kartoon Channel! and the positive responses we are receiving from kids and especially parents, who feel we are providing a safe destination for their kids’ entertainment. Our reach now extends to over 100M U.S. television households and over 200M mobile devices; we have our first iOS app which has thousands of positive reviews and 5-star ratings, and we have new apps launching on Android, Roku and Amazon Fire, with the same interface as on iOS. And, we are continually looking for unique ways to fill our offering with the best children’s programming in the marketplace, with titles such as Yu-Gi-Oh!, Babar, Angry Birds, Roblox, and our upcoming Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten. This is just the beginning of our mission to build what I like to call the FREE ‘Netflix for Kids.”In addition to the 148x22’ episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V now being offered on Kartoon Channel!, Genius Brands has also licensed the English language rights to 25x4’ episodes and Spanish language rights to 5x30’ episodes of YouTube sensation My Dog Chocolo,  from Productora Atiempo Ltda., which has over four million subscribers and more than three million daily views and a total of over two billion views. The Company has also acquired 52x11’ episodes of the 3-D comedy series Invention Story from Mondo TV, which follows a quirky fox inventor who tries to fit into Carrot Town, a place full of rabbits—hopefully winning them over with his big heart and his amazing gadgets; and 26x22’ episodes of Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog from Muse Entertainment, a series which encourages science exploration and teamwork—by thinking, linking and deducing, kids can be entertained and learn while solving the puzzles and problems of Alfred's mysterious world!The Kartoon Channel! and the new complementary iOS app offer access to a wide variety of Genius Brands original and acquired family-friendly content, with more added daily, including Babar, Angry Birds, Stan Lee’s Mighty7, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab, Baby Einstein, Baby Genius, Llama Llama shorts Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, and more. Additionally, Genius Brands is adding more family-friendly gaming content, including Minecraft’s Journey to the End and Fairy Horse Quest, Octodad, PixArk, and Big B Roblox Challenge, from Tankee. Genius Brands will also premiere on Kartoon Channel! the upcoming comedy-adventure series, Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, currently in pre-production and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Kartoon Channel! in Q1 2021.In addition to the iOS mobile app, Kartoon Channel! can be accessed via Apple TV Devices, Android (mobile devices), Android TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku Devices, Xumo, Comcast, Cox, Dish, and Sling. The iOS app will be the model for the other platforms and will be rolled out across them. For more information on where to watch Kartoon Channel!, please visit https://www.kartoonchannel.com/where-to-watchAbout Yu-Gi-Oh YU-GI-OH! is a $2-billion-dollar global entertainment franchise and is the leading trading card game in the world. The popular property has spawned a wide array of top rated TV anime series, including Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, as well as trading cards, action figures, video games, magazines, apparel and other consumer products. In North America, the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series The Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise is currently in its 12th consecutive year of broadcast in the U.S. and most major markets worldwide. The series and brand continue to captivate children through its best-selling trading card game, animated series and motion picture releases.Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V introduces fans to Action Duels, where characters and monsters interact for the first time ever. The newest star, Yuya, is a 14-year-old boy learning to become an “entertainment duelist” at one of the many Preparatory Schools children attend to hone their skills and become professional duelists. Yuya duels using the Pendulum Summon, which provides access to many high-level monsters. About Genius Brands International Genius Brands International, Inc. (Nasdaq: GNUS) is a leading global kids media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media and retail distribution. The Company’s award-winning ‘content with a purpose’ portfolio includes the upcoming Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and in partnership with Alibaba; Rainbow Rangers for Nick Jr.; Llama Llama, starring Jennifer Garner, for Netflix; award-winning toddler brand Baby Genius; adventure comedy STEM series Thomas Edison's Secret Lab; and entrepreneurship series Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club. Through licensing agreements with leading partners, characters from Genius Brands’ IP also appear on a wide range of consumer products for the worldwide retail marketplace. The Company’s new Kartoon Channel! is available in over 100 million U.S. television households via a broad range of distribution platforms, including Comcast, Cox, DISH, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and more. For additional information, please visit www.gnusbrands.com.Forward Looking Statements: Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "continue," "predict," "forecast," "project," "plan," "intend" or similar expressions, or statements regarding intent, belief, or current expectations, are forward-looking statements. While the Company believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on any such forward-looking statements, which are based on information available to us on the date of this release. These forward looking statements are based upon current estimates and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, our ability to generate revenue or achieve profitability; our ability to obtain additional financing on acceptable terms, if at all; our ability to repay our outstanding debt; the potential issuance of a significant number of shares to our convertible note holders which will dilute our equity holders; fluctuations in the results of our operations from period to period; general economic and financial conditions; our ability to anticipate changes in popular culture, media and movies, fashion and technology; competitive pressure from other distributors of content and within the retail market; our reliance on and relationships with third-party production and animation studios; our ability to market and advertise our products; our reliance on third-parties to promote our products; our ability to keep pace with technological advances; our ability to protect our intellectual property and those other risk factors set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). Thus, actual results could be materially different. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.MEDIA CONTACT: pr@gnusbrands.comINVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT:                                                                         ir@gnusbrands.com A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/61ab6912-f3ae-4475-bc07-2dbbde489a83

  • GlobeNewswire

    Genius Brands International Files Definitive Proxy Statement in Connection with Upcoming Special Meeting

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genius Brands International, Inc. (“Genius Brands” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:GNUS), the global brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia entertainment content for children, today filed a definitive proxy statement in connection with a special meeting of stockholders that will be held via live webcast at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Genius Brands Chairman & CEO, Andy Heyward, sent the following letter to stockholders in connection with this filing:Dear Shareholders,Today we filed a definitive proxy for a special meeting of stockholders to be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020. The purpose of this meeting is to amend our Articles of Incorporation to increase the authorized number of shares of Genius Brands International, Inc. common stock from 233 million to 400 million shares, and to adopt our 2020 Incentive Plan. Let me explain why we are doing this – and why your vote is important.I want to make sure that all our shareholders understand exactly why we have proposed this amendment and Incentive Plan, and why we are confident it is in the shareholders’ interests. The purpose of these new shares will be to take advantage of unusual current opportunities to acquire assets in the consolidating entertainment space, which will be accretive to the company.  It will additionally, enable us to attract, motivate, and retain qualified individuals upon whom our business and accretive growth strategy to create value, depends.Normally, people associate the issuance of shares with dilution, however when the dilution is accretive, the benefit to the company is exceeded by the acquisition of the asset, and is greater than the dilutive effect. That is the primary purpose of having these new shares available.I speak not only as your Chairman and CEO, but as one of the largest shareholders in the company, whose interests are fully aligned with those of our shareholders of common stock to create value.  We have only one class of voting stock, it is common stock and mine is the exact same as all other shareholders.Today, there is great consolidation going on in the entertainment industry. There are valuable program and distribution assets available and a smart company able to be nimble, can acquire them on extremely attractive terms, and may witness values that might not be available for a long time. The Genius common stock is a valuable currency that I believe will enable us to do that. One only needs to look at The Walt Disney Company’s ‘playbook’, to see the value changing transformation of important assets….all acquired through issuance of new stock.  * Pixar * Lucasfilm/Star Wars * Marvel EntertainmentImagine what the Walt Disney Company would have been today without having moved to acquire Pixar, LucasFilm, or Marvel.   We believe there are opportunities today for Genius Brands as well, which can be equally as important for our own growing company.  The preponderance of the proposed authorized shares are targeted to fuel growth.Separately, the 2020 Incentive Plan will enable us to retain and motivate the qualified individuals upon whom our business and accretive growth strategy depend, as well as attract new employees with accomplished pedigrees, to further support our growth strategy. I have often spoken about the caliber of our management team, and its pedigree from the top of the most successful companies in Hollywood. I also want to draw attention to the pedigree of your Board of Directors. We have the former Managing Director of Entertainment at J.P. Morgan, one of the largest banks in the world, with a leading global media mergers and acquisitions practice. We have the former Governor of California, the former President of ABC Entertainment, and the former Head of Entertainment for Bear Stearns.    Margaret Loesch, the former President of Marvel Entertainment and Founder of FOX Kids, which was eventually sold to the Walt Disney Company for $5.5 Billion dollars, David Neuman, the former President of Walt Disney Television, and Caroline Tyre, who launched Cartoon Network Canada, is the leadership team that recently has brought Kartoon Channel! into the marketplace. Just a week ago we announced the launch of Kartoon Channel! on iOS with the debut of an all-new dedicated Kartoon Channel! app, available free on Apple iOS – to a stunning reception. In just the first 24 hours of availability, our app reached the Top 10 for kids and received thousands of 5-star ratings.   This is the kind of talent that is joining Genius Brands to lead our growth strategy going forward. Having them motivated with common stock like us all, is the best tool for talent acquisition and retention.We are focused and determined to grow Genius Brands into the leader in children’s and family entertainment. As Genius Brand’s largest shareholder, I can say wholeheartedly that my interests are aligned with our shareholders to create value, and all of us in management and your board are committed to doing what’s in our shareholders’ best interests.We urge you to vote in favor of all proposals at the special meeting. If you have any questions, please contact the Company’s proxy solicitor, Morrow Sodali:509 Madison Avenue, Suite 1608 New York, NY 10022 Stockholders Call Toll Free: (800) 662-5200 E-mail:  GNUS@investor.morrowsodali.comStay Tuned…Andy HeywardChairman & CEOGenius Brands International, Inc.About Genius Brands International Genius Brands International, Inc. (Nasdaq: GNUS) is a leading global kids media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media and retail distribution. The Company’s award-winning ‘content with a purpose’ portfolio includes the upcoming Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and in partnership with Alibaba; Rainbow Rangers for Nick Jr.; Llama Llama, starring Jennifer Garner, for Netflix; award-winning toddler brand Baby Genius; adventure comedy STEM series Thomas Edison's Secret Lab; and entrepreneurship series Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club. Through licensing agreements with leading partners, characters from Genius Brands’ IP also appear on a wide range of consumer products for the worldwide retail marketplace. The Company’s new Kartoon Channel! is available in over 100 million U.S. television households via a broad range of distribution platforms, including Comcast, Cox, DISH, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and more. For additional information, please visit www.gnusbrands.com.Forward Looking Statements: Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "continue," "predict," "forecast," "project," "plan," "intend" or similar expressions, or statements regarding intent, belief, or current expectations, are forward-looking statements. While the Company believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on any such forward-looking statements, which are based on information available to us on the date of this release. These forward looking statements are based upon current estimates and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, our ability to generate revenue or achieve profitability; our ability to obtain additional financing on acceptable terms, if at all; our ability to repay our outstanding debt; the potential issuance of a significant number of shares to our convertible note holders which will dilute our equity holders; fluctuations in the results of our operations from period to period; general economic and financial conditions; our ability to anticipate changes in popular culture, media and movies, fashion and technology; competitive pressure from other distributors of content and within the retail market; our reliance on and relationships with third-party production and animation studios; our ability to market and advertise our products; our reliance on third-parties to promote our products; our ability to keep pace with technological advances; our ability to protect our intellectual property and those other risk factors set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). Thus, actual results could be materially different. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.MEDIA CONTACT: pr@gnusbrands.comINVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT:                                                                         ir@gnusbrands.com

  • Rainbow Rangers Toys From Mattel’s Fisher-Price Debuts at Walmart Stores Nationwide, Walmart.com and Amazon
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    Rainbow Rangers Toys From Mattel’s Fisher-Price Debuts at Walmart Stores Nationwide, Walmart.com and Amazon

    First Toys Based on Characters from Genius Brands International’s Hit Animated Children’s Series, Currently Airing on Nick Jr. with New Episodes in Production RAINBOW RANGERS TOYS FROM MATTEL’S FISHER-PRICE DEBUTS AT WALMART STORES NATIONWIDE, WALMART.COM AND AMAZON Genius Brands International, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNUS) announced today the debut of the first toys from Fisher-Price, a division of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT), for the hit original preschool series, Rainbow Rangers, now available at Walmart (NYSE:WMT) stores across the U.S., Walmart.com and Amazon.BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After four years of development and production, Genius Brands International, Inc. "Genius Brands" (NASDAQ: GNUS) announced today the debut of the first toys from Fisher-Price, a division of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT), for the hit original preschool series, Rainbow Rangers, now available at Walmart (NYSE:WMT) stores across the U.S., Walmart.com and Amazon. The “Team Rainbow Rangers” multipack (MSRP: $24.99, ages 3+) features characters—Rosie Redd, Mandarin Orange, Anna Banana, Pepper Mintz, Bonnie Blueberry, Indigo Allfruit, Lavender LaViolette and Floof—from the popular Rainbow Rangers series, currently airing on Nick Jr. in the U.S., Nickelodeon Latin America, China’s CCTV and other key territories around the world.  Each unique and diverse character represents a superpower, including super strength, music power, animal whisperer, invisibility, super vision, super speed, micro-power!  The launch of the Rainbow Rangers’ toys will be supported by a comprehensive national advertising and promotional campaign, including television advertising, widespread social media and influencer programs, a customer appreciation initiative, new content, and more.In addition to Mattel, current manufacturing partners producing product for mass retail and online for Rainbow Rangers include Distribution Solutions (DVDs), Bentex (apparel), MacMillan Publishing (books), Dynacraft (bicycles), Centric Brands (sleepwear), Handcraft (underwear), and Disguise (costumes and accessories).“Over the weekend, we officially launched online the first Rainbow Rangers toy figures from Mattel’s Fisher-Price into the U.S. marketplace on Walmart.com, and Amazon, and we hear from customers that the product has appeared to be sold through but keep checking back! And, we launch in Walmart stores today, marking a significant step for Genius Brands in the growth of the brand!” commented Chairman & CEO Andy Heyward. “The Rainbow Rangers brand has all of the elements to potentially become a breakout hit and a huge business for Genius Brands.  A lot of our licensing/manufacturing partners feel the same way, which is why we have hundreds of product SKUs in virtually every category coming to retail across North America over the next 12 months.”As part of the launch initiative, Genius Brands will be issuing commemorative, limited edition, numbered and hand-signed lithographs featuring the Rainbow Rangers to the first 1,000 buyers to submit proof of in-store or online purchase.  The lithographs will be accompanied by a hand-signed certificate of authenticity and embossed foil seal to be affixed to the multipack. Genius Brands will also offer an additional 2,500 customers, at no cost, hand-signed and numbered Certificates of Authenticity and embossed seals.Said Heyward, “I’ve been privileged to shepherd many successful brands, such as Strawberry Shortcake, The Real Ghostbusters, and Inspector Gadget, to name a few, where the original toys have become very valuable collectible items. As a token of our appreciation for our Rainbow Rangers fans, we are thrilled to be able to offer this unique free opportunity to become a collector at launch.”Featuring engaging storylines rooted in themes of empowerment, diversity, friendship, and sustainability, Rainbow Rangers is a rescue-based series that follows the adventures of seven girls who are Earth’s first responders, protecting people, animals, resources, and the natural beauty of our world.  The series currently airs on Nick Jr. in the U.S., with new episodes currently in production!, available in over 100 million U.S. television households and over 200 million mobile devices.  Rainbow Rangers also airs in key markets around the world, including Nickelodeon Latin America, NOGGIN in Latin America, CCTV in China, Cartoonito in Italy, TVNZ in New Zealand, Nine Network in Australia, and more.“Rainbow Rangers is the result of the genius behind our all-star creative team, which includes by Rob Minkoff, the director of Walt Disney’s Lion King and Shane Morris the co-writer of Walt Disney’s Frozen.  The head writer of Rainbow Rangers is Elise Allen, who among other things was head writer of Disney Channel’s hit, The Lion Guard, and the Director of Rainbow Rangers is Mike Maliani, who directed Strawberry Shortcake, a brand which did $5 billion of retail sales in five years,” commented Heyward.  “We love Rainbow Rangers for two reasons:  First, it is in keeping with our ethos for Genius Brands…it is positive, enriching, non-violent programming for kids.  As the father of two girls, I felt it was important to not only show diversity, protecting the planet, and its animals, but also to show young female heroes! And, we have even more Rainbow Rangers content coming in the near future, featuring celebrity guest stars, and new themes!”About Genius Brands InternationalGenius Brands International, Inc. (Nasdaq: GNUS) is a leading global kids media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media and retail distribution. The Company’s award-winning ‘content with a purpose’ portfolio includes the upcoming Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and in partnership with Alibaba; Rainbow Rangers for Nick Jr.; Llama Llama, starring Jennifer Garner, for Netflix; award-winning toddler brand Baby Genius; adventure comedy STEM series Thomas Edison's Secret Lab; and entrepreneurship series Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club. Through licensing agreements with leading partners, characters from Genius Brands’ IP also appear on a wide range of consumer products for the worldwide retail marketplace. The Company’s new Kartoon Channel! is available in over 100 million U.S. television households via a broad range of distribution platforms, including Comcast, Cox, DISH, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and more. For additional information, please visit www.gnusbrands.com. Forward Looking Statements: Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "continue," "predict," "forecast," "project," "plan," "intend" or similar expressions, or statements regarding intent, belief, or current expectations, are forward-looking statements. While the Company believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on any such forward-looking statements, which are based on information available to us on the date of this release. These forward looking statements are based upon current estimates and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, our ability to generate revenue or achieve profitability; our ability to obtain additional financing on acceptable terms, if at all; our ability to repay our outstanding debt; the potential issuance of a significant number of shares to our convertible note holders which will dilute our equity holders; fluctuations in the results of our operations from period to period; general economic and financial conditions; our ability to anticipate changes in popular culture, media and movies, fashion and technology; competitive pressure from other distributors of content and within the retail market; our reliance on and relationships with third-party production and animation studios; our ability to market and advertise our products; our reliance on third-parties to promote our products; our ability to keep pace with technological advances; our ability to protect our intellectual property and those other risk factors set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). Thus, actual results could be materially different. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.MEDIA CONTACT: pr@gnusbrands.comINVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT: ir@gnusbrands.comA photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/37098260-f562-4538-9d5f-20b65287e152