1. Organization and Business
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2015
|Accounting Policies [Abstract]|
|Organization and Business||
Organization and Nature of Business
Genius Brands International, Inc. (we, us, our, GBI or the Company) is a global content and brand management company dedicated to providing entertaining and enriching content and products with a purpose for toddlers to tweens. Led by industry veterans Andrew Heyward (Chief Executive Officer) and Amy Moynihan Heyward (President), the Company produces original content and licenses the rights to that content to a variety of partners. Our licensees include (i) companies to which the audio-visual rights are licensed for exhibition in various formats such as Pay Television, Free or Broadcast Television, Video-on-Demand (VOD), subscription on demand (SVOD), DVDs/CDs and more and (ii) companies that develop and distribute products based on our content within different product categories such as toys, electronics, publishing, home goods, stationary, gifts, and more.
The Company owns a portfolio of original childrens entertainment that is targeted at toddlers to teens including the award-winning Baby Genius, Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab and Stan Lee's Mighty 7, the first project from Stan Lee Comics, LLC, a joint venture with legendary Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment.
In addition to the Companys wholly-owned brands, it also 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 the best-selling childrens book series, Llama Llama; Psycho Bunny, a luxury apparel line; From Frank, a humor greeting card and product line; Celessence Technologies, the world's leading microencapsulation company.
The Company commenced operations in January 2006, assuming all of 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, Little 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 April 2, 2014, the Company filed a certificate of amendment to its Articles of Incorporation to affect a reverse split of our issued and outstanding common stock on a one-for-one-hundred basis. The reverse stock split was effective with FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) on April 7, 2014 (the Reverse Split). All per share amounts referenced herein are reflective of the Reverse Split.
During 2014 and 2015, the Company began a series of strategic initiatives to restructure certain areas of business in an effort to operate more profitably in the long run. This included product sales, content distribution, production, and product development:
Historically, the Company has incurred net losses. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $27,735,776 and a total stockholders equity of $14,121,584. At December 31, 2015, the Company had current assets of $5,432,031, including cash of $5,187,620 and current liabilities of $2,606,680, including short-term debt to related parties which bears no interest and has no stated maturity of $410,535 and certain trade payables of $925,000 to which the Company disputes the claim, resulting in working capital of $2,825,351. For the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, the Company reported a net loss of $3,483,122 and $3,728,599, respectively, and reported net cash used by operating activities during year ended December 31, 2015 of $3,396,581.
During 2015, the Company received proceeds from the issuance of common stock. Additionally subsequent to the end of the year, the Company received a payment of $2,000,000 pursuant to its distribution agreement with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. While the Company believes that these funds 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 positive operating cash flows, it may need to (i) seek additional funding, (ii) scale back its development 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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