Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

15. Commitment and Contingencies

15. Commitment and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitment and Contingencies

Note 15: Commitments and Contingencies


The Company has various contractual obligations, which are recorded as liabilities in our consolidated financial statements. Other items, such as certain purchase commitments and other executory contracts are not recognized as liabilities in our consolidated financial statements but are required to be disclosed in the footnotes to the financial statements. For example, the Company is contractually committed to make certain minimum lease payments for the use of property under its operating lease. In addition, the Company has contractual commitments for employment agreements of certain employees.


During the first quarter of 2018, the Company entered into an agreement for new office space to which it relocated its operations upon the expiration of its prior lease. Effective May 25, 2018, the Company began leasing approximately 6,969 square feet of general office space at 131 S Rodeo Drive, Suite 250, Beverly Hills, California 90212 pursuant to a 91-month lease. The Company will pay $364,130 annually, subject to annual escalations of 3.5%.


Rental expenses incurred for operating leases during the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 were $343,347 and $143,451, respectively.


The following is a schedule of future minimum contractual obligations as of December 31, 2018, under the Company’s operating leases and employment agreements:


    2019     2020     2021     2022     2023     Thereafter     Total  
Operating Leases   $ 369,923     $ 382,871     $ 396,271     $ 410,141     $ 424,495     $ 978,315     $ 2,962,016  
Employment Contracts     635,808       393,595       322,950       322,950       282,581             1,957,884  
Total   $ 1,005,731     $ 776,466     $ 719,221     $ 733,091     $ 707,077     $ 978,315     $ 4,919,860  


In addition to employment agreements and operating leases, in the normal course of its business, the Company enters into various agreements associated with its individual properties. Some of these agreements call for the potential future payment of royalties or “profit” participations for either (i) the use of third party intellectual property, such as the case with Stan Lee and the Mighty 7 and Llama Llama among others, in which the Company is obligated to share net profits with the underlying rights holders on a certain basis as defined in the respective agreements or (ii) services rendered by animation studios, post-production studios, writers, directors, musicians or other creative talent for which the Company is obligated to share with these service providers a portion of the net profits of the properties on which they have rendered services, as defined in each respective agreement.


Additionally, other agreements contain options to acquire rights to intellectual property and would require payment to the rights holders contingent upon the Company securing minimum production, broadcast, or other financing commitments from third parties.


Lastly, for its Genius Brands Network, the Company licenses content for exhibition for which the Company is obligated to pay between 35% and 100% of revenues from the channel allocated to the aforementioned content after the deduction of certain direct operating expenses.