Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

1. Organization and Business

1. Organization and Business
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Organization and Business

Organization and Nature of Business


Genius Brands International, Inc. (“we”, “us”, “our”, or the “Company”) is a global content and brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia content. Led by industry veterans, the Company distributes its content in all formats as well as a broad range of consumer products based on its characters. In the children's media sector, the Company’s portfolio features “content with a purpose” for toddlers to tweens, which provides enrichment as well as entertainment, including tween music-driven brand SpacePop; Rainbow Rangers, a girls mission-based adventure series; preschool property debuting on Netflix Llama Llama; award-winning Baby Genius, re-launched with new entertainment and over 40 new products; adventure comedy Thomas Edison's Secret Lab®, available on Netflix, public broadcast stations and the Company’s Kid Genius Carton Channel on Comcast's Xfinity on Demand; Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, created with and starring iconic investor Warren Buffett. The Company is also co-producing an all-new adult-themed animated series, Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders, with Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment and The Hollywood Reporter


In addition, the Company acts as licensing agent for certain brands, leveraging its existing licensing infrastructure to expand these brands into new product categories, new retailers, and new territories. These include Llama Llama; From Frank, a humor greeting card and product line; and Celessence Technologies, the world's leading microencapsulation company.


The Company commenced operations in January 2006, assuming all the rights and obligations of its then Chief Executive Officer, under an Asset Purchase Agreement between the Company and Genius Products, Inc., in which the Company obtained all rights, copyrights, and trademarks to the brands “Baby Genius,” “Kid Genius,” “123 Favorite Music” and “Wee Worship,” and all then existing productions under those titles. In October 2011, the Company (i) changed its domicile to Nevada from California, and (ii) changed its name to Genius Brands International, Inc. from Pacific Entertainment Corporation (the “Reincorporation”). In connection with the Reincorporation, the Company changed its trading symbol from “PENT” to “GNUS”.


On November 15, 2013, the Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (the “Merger Agreement”) with A Squared Entertainment LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“A Squared”), A Squared Holdings LLC, a California limited liability company and sole member of A Squared (the “Parent Member”) and A2E Acquisition LLC, its newly formed, wholly-owned Delaware subsidiary (“Acquisition Sub”). Upon closing of the transactions contemplated under the Merger Agreement (the “Merger”), which occurred concurrently with entering into the Merger Agreement, the Acquisition Sub merged with and into A Squared, and A Squared, as the surviving entity, became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. As a result of the Merger, the Company acquired the business and operations of A Squared.


On November 4, 2016, the Company filed a certificate to change its Articles of Incorporation to effect a reverse split on a one-for-three basis (the “2016 Reverse Split”). The 2016 Reverse Split became effective on November 9, 2016. All common stock (“Common Stock”) share and per share information in this Annual Report on Form 10-K (“Form 10-K”), including the accompanying consolidated financial statements and notes thereto, have been adjusted to reflect retrospective application of the 2016 Reverse Split, unless otherwise indicated.




Historically, the Company has incurred net losses. For the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company reported a net loss of $6,213,135 and $3,483,122, respectively, and reported net cash used in operating activities $3,716,277 and $3,396,581, respectively. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $36,642,761 and total stockholders’ equity of $10,055,526. At December 31, 2016, the Company had current assets of $3,376,788, including cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash of 2,887,921 and current liabilities of $3,856,192, including certain trade payables of $925,000 to which the Company disputes the claim and a service advance of $1,489,583, resulting in a working capital deficit of $479,404.


During 2016 and subsequent to the end of the year, the Company completed several key transactions that enhanced cash and working capital balances:


  · During the first quarter of 2016, we entered into a home entertainment distribution agreement (“Distribution Agreement”) with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Inc. (“Sony”), pursuant to which we agreed to grant Sony certain rights for the marketing and distribution of our animated feature-length motion pictures and animated television series in the United States and Canada, and potentially additional countries. In consideration for such rights, and subject to certain conditions, Sony has paid us an advance in the amount of $2,000,000, against future royalties.
  · Additionally, during the third quarter of 2016, Llama Productions LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (“Llama Productions”), closed a $5,275,000 multiple draw-down, secured, non-recourse, non-revolving credit facility with Bank Leumi USA for the production of its animated series Llama Llama. The credit facility matures in December 2019.
  · Subsequent to the end of the period, on January 10, 2017, the Company entered into an amendment of our home entertainment Distribution Agreement with Sony pursuant to which, among other things, Sony agreed to pay Sony DADC US Inc. (“DADC”), its sister company, the service advance of $1,489,583, the amount which was owed and payable by us to DADC. In connection with the transaction, we issued to Sony 301,231 shares of our Common Stock at $4.945 per share (See Note 8 for additional information about this transaction).
· Subsequent to the end of the period, on February 9, 2017, the Company entered into a private transaction (the “Private Transaction”) pursuant to a Warrant Exercise Agreement (the “Agreement”) with certain holders of the Company’s existing warrants (the “Original Warrants”) for which it received gross proceeds of $3,866,573 from the exercise of the Original Warrants and issued additional warrants to these holders (See Note 19 for additional information about the Private Transaction).


While the Company believes that its proforma cash balances and working capital combined with its production facility and deal pipeline will be sufficient to fund operations for the next twelve months, there can be no assurance that cash flows from operations will continue to improve in the near future. If the Company is unable to attain profitable operations and attain positive operating cash flows, it may need to (i) seek additional funding, (ii) scale back its development or production plans, or (iii) reduce certain operations.