Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Related Party Transactions

Related Party Transactions
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2022
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related Party Transactions

Note 22: Related Party Transactions


Pursuant to his employment agreements dated December 7, 2020, Andy Heyward, the Company’s CEO, is entitled to an Executive Producer fee of $12,500 per one-half hour episode for each episode he provides services as an executive producer. During the six months ended June 30, 2022, Mr. Heyward earned $0.6 million in producer fees. Mr. Heyward was also paid $55,000 as part of his quarterly discretionary bonus during each of the first and second quarters of 2022.


Pursuant to his employment agreement dated April 7, 2022, whereas Michael Hirsh was appointed as the CEO of Wow and its Frederator and Mainframe Studio subsidiaries, a member of the Company’s Executive Committee and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, is entitled to an Executive Producer fee of $12,400 per one-half hour for each episode of any audio-visual production produced by Wow and any of its subsidiaries during the term of his employment, up to 52 episodes per year. During the six months ended June 30, 2022, Mr. Hirsh did not yet earn any producer fees under the employment agreement.


On July 21, 2020, the Company entered into a merchandising and licensing agreement with Andy Heyward Animation Art (“AHAA”), whose principal is Andy Heyward. The Company entered into a customary merchandise license agreement with AHAA for the use of characters and logos related to Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club and Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 in connection with certain products to be sold by AHAA. The terms and conditions of such license are customary within the industry, and the Company earns an arm-length industry standard royalty on all sales made by AHAA utilizing the licensed content. During the three months ended June 30, 2022, the Company earned $0 in royalties from this agreement.


On September 30, 2021, the Company entered into a Loan Agreement and Promissory Note with POW! in the amount of $1,250,000, accruing simple interest at the annualized rate of 9%. The entire principal sum was required to be remitted to POW!’s client trust account of POW!’s legal counsel within 5 days of the effective date. The principal, plus interest must be repaid by no later than November 1, 2022. Within the Loan Agreement, it is stated that the proceeds of $1,000,000 are required to be used by POW! to settle the arbitration against Stan Lee Studios (aka Proxima Studios) and $250,000 shall be used to solely pay for the payment of legal costs and fees. The principal amount was transferred to POW! on October 12, 2021 and on or about November 4, 2021, POW and Proxima entered into a binding settlement agreement resolving all the claims made by Proxima. The loan has accrued interest of $52,442 as of June 30, 2022 recorded with the principal balance within Note Receivable from Related Party on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet. In addition, pursuant to its joint venture with POW! and formation of the entity Stan Lee Universe, LLC, the Company included within Note Receivable from Related Party, the amount owed to the Company related to the 50% non-controlling interest held by POW!.