1. Organization and Business
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2017
|Accounting Policies [Abstract]|
|Organization and Business||
Note 1: 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 the award-winning Baby Genius; new preschool property Rainbow Rangers; preschool property Llama Llama that debuted on Netflix; tween music-driven brand SpacePop; adventure comedy Thomas Edison's Secret Lab® available on public broadcast stations and the Company’s Genius Brands Network on Comcast's Xfinity on Demand, Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Prime; Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, created with and starring iconic investor Warren Buffett. The Company is also developing 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 Llama Llama, leveraging its existing licensing infrastructure to expand these brands into new product categories, new retailers, and new territories.
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, 2017 and 2016, the Company reported net losses of $4,908,736 and $6,213,135, respectively. The Company reported net cash used in operating activities of $7,186,870 and $3,716,277 for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. As of December 31, 2017, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $41,551,497 and total stockholders’ equity of $15,039,846. As of December 31, 2017, the Company had current assets of $10,834,926, including cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash of $7,498,072 and current liabilities of $3,718,647, including certain trade payables of $925,000 to which the Company disputes the claim. The Company had working capital of $7,116,279 as of December 31, 2017, compared to a working capital deficit of $479,404 as of December 31, 2016.
During 2017, the Company completed three transactions that enhanced cash and working capital balances:
Subsequent to the end of the year, on January 8, 2018, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with certain accredited investors pursuant to which the Company sold approximately $1,800,000 of common stock and warrants to such investors (the “January 2018 Private Placement”). The Company issued and sold warrants to purchase 592,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $3.00 per share.
While the Company believes that its anticipated cash balances, working capital, 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 or will not deteriorate during that period. 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.
The entire disclosure for the business description and accounting policies concepts. Business description describes the nature and type of organization including but not limited to organizational structure as may be applicable to holding companies, parent and subsidiary relationships, business divisions, business units, business segments, affiliates and information about significant ownership of the reporting entity. Accounting policies describe all significant accounting policies of the reporting entity.
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