Genius Brands International

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Genius Brands International, Inc. (Nasdaq: GNUS) is a leading global kids media company developing, producing, marketing, licensing, and broadcasting, branded children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media and retail distribution. The Company’s award-winning ‘content with a purpose’ portfolio includes the upcoming Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Rainbow Rangers for Nick Jr.; Llama Llama, starring Jennifer Garner, for Netflix; award-winning toddler brand Baby Genius; adventure comedy STEM series Thomas Edison's Secret Lab; entrepreneurship series Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club; and Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders, created with Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment. Through licensing agreements with leading manufacturers, characters from Genius Brands’ IP, also appear on a wide range of consumer products for the worldwide retail marketplace. The Company’s new digital network, Kartoon Channel!, is available in over 100 million U.S. television households and over 200 million mobile devices via a broad range of distribution platforms, including Comcast, Cox, DISH, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and more. For additional information, please visit www.gnusbrands.com.

“In my world, there is no bigger honor than to be entrusted to carry the mantle of Stan Lee forward.” -Michael Uslan, Ex...
07/17/2020

“In my world, there is no bigger honor than to be entrusted to carry the mantle of Stan Lee forward.” -Michael Uslan, Executive Producer of the Batman movies
We agree! That’s why we’re excited to have Stan’s good friend and collaborator Michael Uslan on board as the Creative Director of the newly announced Stan Lee Universe. BUT THERE’S MORE! We’re also thrilled to be working with the iconic Archie Comics, the new publisher for Stan Lee Universe, to bring unseen comic book treasures from Stan's boundless creative mind to fans everywhere! #geniusbrands #gnus #stanlee

"Stan and Andy Heyward were close friends and worked together for years.  It is only fitting now that Genius Brands take...
07/09/2020

"Stan and Andy Heyward were close friends and worked together for years. It is only fitting now that Genius Brands takes the lead to steward a new generation of Kids and Family characters going forward under STAN LEE UNIVERSE, embodying many of Stan's greatest ideas ever, many way ahead of their time. With films, TV, comics, and merchandising, we know the best stories from Stan are yet to be told, and we know we are in no better hands than Genius to do so."

We can't wait to bring you #StanLeeUniverse!

Via @TheRealStanLee Instagram
#geniusbrands #gnus #StanLee #excelsior

John Landis, director of Trading Places, Animal House and Coming to America, joins the Stan Lee #SuperHeroKindergarten t...
06/18/2020

John Landis, director of Trading Places, Animal House and Coming to America, joins the Stan Lee #SuperHeroKindergarten team to direct and develop live action series and feature film spin-off. #GNUS #KartoonChannel

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06/15/2020

Genius Brands International's cover photo

"Arnold Schwarzenegger to become major investor in Genius Brands International. Schwarzenegger will star in and co-produ...
06/15/2020
Arnold Schwarzenegger to become major investor in Genius Brands

"Arnold Schwarzenegger to become major investor in Genius Brands International. Schwarzenegger will star in and co-produce its series, 'Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten.'"
#GNUS #GeniusBrands #NASDAQ #kartoonchannel #stanlee #superherokindergarten

Genius Brands says former governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger will become a significant investor in the company.

“We are gathering steam with our latest tentpole series, ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten,’ and are thrilled to have t...
04/22/2020
Amazon Prime to Launch of ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’

“We are gathering steam with our latest tentpole series, ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten,’ and are thrilled to have two of the top digital streaming partners worldwide, Amazon and Alibaba, on board as launch partners." - Andy Heyward

New Arnold Schwarzenegger-led cartoon series, “Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten,” joins Amazon Prime.

We're so happy Dolly Parton chose "Llama Llama Red Pajama" as part of her Goodnight with Dolly YouTube Series! Tune in a...
04/16/2020
"Llama Llama Red Pajama" | Episode 3 | Dolly Parton reads "Llama Llama Red Pajama"

We're so happy Dolly Parton chose "Llama Llama Red Pajama" as part of her Goodnight with Dolly YouTube Series! Tune in at 7 p.m. EST to hear the Queen of Country read this classic children's book! #GNUS #DollyParton #LlamaLlama

Watch Dolly Parton on April 16 at 7 PM Eastern when she reads "Llama Llama Red Pajama" by Anna Dewdney! This is the third installment of her new read-aloud s...

“I am proud to participate in these PSAs with Genius Brands to deliver the overarching message to children everywhere th...
03/30/2020

“I am proud to participate in these PSAs with Genius Brands to deliver the overarching message to children everywhere that the best investment they can make, is an investment in themselves and today that means safe hygiene.” - #WarrenBuffett https://link.cnbc.com/public/19858030 #GNUS #Covid19

The Genius Brands Network is FUN for kids anytime, anywhere and SAFE for kids every time, everywhere.  During these diff...
03/27/2020

The Genius Brands Network is FUN for kids anytime, anywhere and SAFE for kids every time, everywhere. During these difficult times, we remain committed to bringing safe, educational, and entertaining programming to you and your family every day.

We were so happy to see Sir Richard Branson watching #RainbowRangers with his family over the weekend!Sir Branson must’v...
01/13/2020

We were so happy to see Sir Richard Branson watching #RainbowRangers with his family over the weekend!

Sir Branson must’ve liked the shows messages about environmental responsibility and diversity, because he decided to share this beautiful moment with his 4.2m Instagram followers! 🤯 #GNUS #GeniusBrands #richardbranson

"Audrey is the first disabled character that is not defined by her disability. It is a part of her, but she is more than...
12/06/2019
Why You Need to Know Audrey from Netflix’s “Llama Llama.”

"Audrey is the first disabled character that is not defined by her disability. It is a part of her, but she is more than what it represents."

Elizabeth Wright, a disability activist and Paralympic Medalist, wrote a great piece about what Audrey's character means to her and how #LlamaLlama gets limb different representation right! Read the article below!

Disability representation in TV is improving and we have Llama Llama to thank for that.

Llama Llama is now on 80 million boxes of Kellogg’s, Pop-Tarts and other breakfast foods! We’re so proud of this brand a...
07/30/2019

Llama Llama is now on 80 million boxes of Kellogg’s, Pop-Tarts and other breakfast foods! We’re so proud of this brand and this partnership which promotes youth literacy. Pick up your #LlamaLlama cereal box at your local grocery store today!

Today, #SDCC19 will be honoring the late, great #StanLee. Our CEO, Andy Heyward, was a dear friend of Stan’s and wanted ...
07/18/2019

Today, #SDCC19 will be honoring the late, great #StanLee. Our CEO, Andy Heyward, was a dear friend of Stan’s and wanted to commemorate his mentor’s life with a few words.

Genius Brands is launching new CPG in a big way with 450 SKUs — and the industry is taking notice! #RainbowRangers #Geni...
07/16/2019
Inside Genius Brands’ big CP blitz

Genius Brands is launching new CPG in a big way with 450 SKUs — and the industry is taking notice! #RainbowRangers #GeniusBrands #LlamaLlama

The Washington Post chose #LlamaLlama as the best book to read to your 2-year-old and we couldn't agree more! We're so p...
06/26/2019
The best books to read at every age, from 1 to 100

The Washington Post chose #LlamaLlama as the best book to read to your 2-year-old and we couldn't agree more! We're so proud to be a part of Anna Dewdney's eternal legacy.

Sometimes books come into our lives just when we need them. Here’s what to read and when.

We're so excited to partner with #Tankee to bring wholesome #gaming content to kids! #GNUS
06/25/2019
Tankee’s content joins the Genius Network

We're so excited to partner with #Tankee to bring wholesome #gaming content to kids! #GNUS

Seventy-five original gaming episodes from the SVOD will join the Kid Genius Cartoon channel available through Roku, Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Xumo.

Genius Brands is excited to unite the might of Arnold Schwarzenegger and creativity of Stan Lee for “Stan Lee’s Superher...
05/29/2019
Arnold Schwarzenegger Lending Voice to 'Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten'

Genius Brands is excited to unite the might of Arnold Schwarzenegger and creativity of Stan Lee for “Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten!”

“Stan loved and admired Arnold as not just an actor, but a true hero in so many ways and always envisioned Arnold for this role.” - Andy Heyward

'Deadpool' co-creator Fabian Nicieza is writing the series, aimed at young children.

We're continuing to expand the Rainbow Rangers licensing program with an addition 4 new companies including cra-z-art, E...
11/27/2018
Rainbow Rangers shine with more licensing deals

We're continuing to expand the Rainbow Rangers licensing program with an addition 4 new companies including cra-z-art, Esquire Footwear, Integrity Vitamins and Townley, Inc. Read more in Kidscreen:

Genius Brands International has inked four new licensing agreements for its girl-skewing preschool brand ahead of the 2019 US retail launch.

11/05/2018
Social Media Geek Out

We're live on Social Media Geek Out talking all things #RainbowRangers!

We discuss Rainbow Rangers, a new show empowering kids. Mattel and Genius Brands International join us on set. ✨

Genius Brands Network has grown it's reach beyond 80 million households with deals from XUMO, Tubi TV and Cox Communicat...
08/21/2018
Genius Brands Network Surges Past 80 Million U.S. Households | Animation Magazine

Genius Brands Network has grown it's reach beyond 80 million households with deals from XUMO, Tubi TV and Cox Communications!

Genius Brands Network has surpassed availability in over 80 million U.S. households. The 33 percent increase in reach from the company’s last publicly reported total in April is a result of recent multi-year distribution deals with Cox, Tubi and XUMO. Genius Brands launched the Genius Brands Netwo...

We're excited to announce PhatMojo as the master toy partner for Llama Llama! Launching in 2019, the new range will incl...
08/09/2018
Llama Llama names master toy partner

We're excited to announce PhatMojo as the master toy partner for Llama Llama! Launching in 2019, the new range will include figures, play sets, carry cases, construction and plush.

Genius Brands International taps PhatMojo as the North American master toy partner for its original preschool property.

“I love Anna Dewdney’s award-winning, joyful Llama Llama books and am proud to voice Mama Llama on this very special ser...
06/19/2018
‘Llama Llama’ Renewed For Season 2 On Netflix; Jennifer Garner Leads Voice Cast

“I love Anna Dewdney’s award-winning, joyful Llama Llama books and am proud to voice Mama Llama on this very special series for Netflix,” Garner said. “And now — great news! — Mama Llama and Llama Llama will be back for a second season! Thank you, Netflix. I can’t wait to get to work!” Netflix Family Deadline Hollywood

Netflix has ordered a second season of Llama Llama, its animated series from Genius Brands International. Jennifer Garner leads the voice cast of the preschooler toon, which premiered in January in…

Cindy Elfenbein has joined our team in a newly minted position VP,  global consumer products and retail development. Wel...
03/23/2018
Genius Brands appoints consumer products VP

Cindy Elfenbein has joined our team in a newly minted position VP, global consumer products and retail development. Welcome, Cindy! (via Kidscreen)

Former ZAG exec Cindy Elfenbein will oversee consumer product and retail initiatives for GBI series like Rainbow Rangers and Llama Llama.

We're pleased to welcome Michael Jaffa as our new General Counsel and SVP, Business affairs. (via Deadline Hollywood)
03/22/2018
Michael Jaffa Joins Genius Brands As General Counsel & SVP Biz Affairs

We're pleased to welcome Michael Jaffa as our new General Counsel and SVP, Business affairs. (via Deadline Hollywood)

EXCLUSIVE: Former DreamWorks Animation Television exec Michael Jaffa has joined Genius Brands International as its General Counsel and SVP Business Affairs. The global brand-managment company said …

We've brought on Centa IP to to represent the sale of Rainbow Rangers throughout Australia, New Zealand and Alicom to ha...
02/21/2018
Rainbow Rangers Secures Brand Agents for Global Launch - TVKIDS

We've brought on Centa IP to to represent the sale of Rainbow Rangers throughout Australia, New Zealand and Alicom to handle Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. We're pleased to have them onboard.

Genius Brands International has appointed two brand agents as it gears up for the global launch of Rainbow Rangers, its all-new preschool series.

01/26/2018
Netflix Family

Happy Llama Llama Day! We're very excited to see our little llama streaming on Netflix. Congrats to our incredible team for all of their hard work!

It's a Llama Llama day ✨ Now streaming, only on Netflix!

"The kids business is a timeless business." Watch our CEO, Andy Heyward, talk to Yahoo Finance about the future of Geniu...
01/12/2018
Genius Brands CEO talks Warren Buffett, Jennifer Garner and Disney

"The kids business is a timeless business." Watch our CEO, Andy Heyward, talk to Yahoo Finance about the future of Genius Brands.

Andy Heyward, Chairman and CEO of Genius Brands International, talks with Yahoo Finance's Jared Blikre at the New York Stock Exchange about producing, distributing and licensing content for toddlers to tweens, including: Llama Llama, Kid Genius, Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, Thomas Edis...

APC Kids has been tapped to distribute Rainbow Rangers in EMEA. (via Kidscreen)
01/11/2018
APC Kids to distribute Rainbow Rangers in EMEA

APC Kids has been tapped to distribute Rainbow Rangers in EMEA. (via Kidscreen)

As exclusive agent, APC Kids will distribute Genius Brands International's preschool series in EMEA, including Russia and ex-CIS countries.

01/03/2018
Netflix Family

It's official! The Llama Llama trailer is here!

Preschool parents rejoice: Llama Llama drops Jan 26 exclusively on Netflix, featuring Jennifer Garner as Mama Llama ❤️

Baby Genius has launched on Comcast Xfinity on Demand. The Baby Genius channel will featured expanded content including ...
12/19/2017
Baby Genius launches on Comcast Xfinity

Baby Genius has launched on Comcast Xfinity on Demand. The Baby Genius channel will featured expanded content including Rainbow Valley Fire Department, The Adventures of Paddington Bear and much more.Here's the article from Kidscreen

Genius Brands is launching its second children’s channel on the on-demand platform, following the Kid Genius Cartoon Channel.

Llama Llama premieres on Netflix January 26th featuring the voice of Jennifer Garner as Mama Llama.
12/14/2017
Genius Brands’ Llama Llama to premiere on Netflix on Jan. 26 next – ADD

Llama Llama premieres on Netflix January 26th featuring the voice of Jennifer Garner as Mama Llama.

Genius Brands International Inc’s. series Llama Llama will premiere on January 26 next on Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service. Llama Llama tells heart-warming tales of life in a safe, friendly town seen through the eyes of Llama as he interacts with the amazing world arou...

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Federal Court Fines Stan Lee's Heir $1mm for Seeking Federal Court Action to Recover the Name and Brand from a Chinese Communist Criminal Enterprise that Illegally Acquired POW Entertainment using Funds Obtained in a $1.6 Billion Fraud on Chinese Hedge funds with the Acquisition Being Challenged Now in a Shareholder Suit in Court in Delaware. The Federal District Court ruled that the Estate of Stan Lee and his sole heir was precluded from asserting their rights to petition the federal Court to expose myriad frauds committed by Stan Lee's partner and prevent recovery of the Stan Lee brand from the fraudulent acquisition by a Chinese communist criminal enterprise- Camsing International - acting through POW Entertainment- a company that was fraudulently purchased in 2017 with the assistance of its co-founder Gill Champion who betrayed his relationship with Stan Lee to benefit personally at Stan Lee's expense. The Court was uninterested in the fact that Camsing International and its Founder and Chairman Vivian Lo, who was arrested in June 2019, for defrauding the largest hedge funds in China of $1.6 billion, which was used to buy POW Entertainment and use Stan Lee's name to further the ongoing frauds it committed from 2016 until the company was forced to stop trading its stock on Hong Kong when its founder was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The shareholders of POW Entertainment are currently suing Champion and POW for the illegalities in the Camsing acquisition. The evidence of these frauds was precluded from being presented in Court by the Estate on the basis that previous litigation asserting rights Stan Lee assigned to his original company Stan Lee Entertainment, resulted in a determination that Stan Lee's employment contract was unenforceable and that somehow precluded the enforceability of all rights that were assigned forever and unconditionally to Stan Lee Entertainment which is now partnering with the Estate to recover Stan Lee's name and brand. We hope that the Appellate Court will not permit this travesty to become binding. Genius Brands, a US Public company, has announced that it has made a deal with POW Entertainment to exploit Stan Lee's name and brand internationally with the knowledge that Stan Lee and the Estate have challenged the use of Stan's name and have presented a California Judgment that is enforceable everywhere around the world except in California where the Federal Court denied the Estate the opportunity to demonstrate the illegalities that were engaged in by the Chinese Communist criminal enterprise that now owns POW. Here is Stan Lee saying he never gave the rights to POW or Camsing
Stan Lee lied about every character he said he ever created. Got paid billions. And several of the actual creators died in poverty. He wrote: "with great power comes great responsibility". Then abused the power his cousin martin Goodman, The actual owner of marvel gave him, by lying about creating characters he didint actually create. ..Facts. Daredevil, yellow jacket, black-cat, wonder-man, black panther, wasp, juggernaut, doc doom, baron von Doom, doc strange, Quicksilver, ghost-rider, black widow, the falcon, spider-man, and captain-marvel. ..all were created at other companies before marvel and stan lee lied. And committed multiple felonies. And directly ripped the real creators off. It's theft and breaking three federal laws. Law one: "no confusion in the same marketplace." You can't legally have two characters from different companies/publications named the same, unless one is lapsed into the public domain first. He didn't purchase the names before they lapsed. law two: 28 years of no publication of a character has to go by, from the last known publication, before its public domain, & legal to use a name someone else first published pre 1977, unless the name is purchased from the last known legal copyright holder. after 1977, it's 72 years after the creators death. stan lee did this from 1961-1977. which means he committed multiple federal felony acts. Law 3: trademark infringement. On multiple different trademarks. Wonder-man was also published elsewhere, at two separate companies, before marvels version. Stan lee was an intern at timely comics in 1941. The company that would later become marvel. His entire job, was to read and re read about every other character being published at the time, to figure out a way to beat them in sales. Especially the overwhelming sales of the lev gleason Daredevil. And no, it legally doesn't matter that some of the companies went out of business before marvel published theirs. Federal law states he would have had to purchase the copyrights from the copyright holders, "or" wait until 28 years went by as per Federal U.S. public domain law pre1977, before publishing them. marvel ripped off daredevil from lev gleason productions. he was actually created by jack binder and jack cole in 1941. ----------magazine enterprises had ghost rider. ---harvey comics had the black cat. created by Al Gabriele in 1941. fox features syndicate had wonder-man and a few others marvel claims they created but didn't. wow Comics, and fawcett comics had the only captain marvel. --marvels version of sentry was a rip off of the silver-sentry/silver streak. also created by jack binder. a man stan lee loved to rip off regularly. The black panther was created for centaur comics, published in 1941. created by Paul Gustavson. --none of these characters were in the public domain yet, when stan & marvel utilized them. A no confusion in the same marketplace federal law exists. this means no two names may be the same in the superhero medium, unless the original version of the character has already lapsed into the public domain. 28 years must go by from the last known publication, for a copyright to be public-domain by federal laws.- reprints don't count. ..this means he committed multiple felonies. the copyrights and trademarks were still owned by other companies when marvel published them. there's more: Dr. Strange First Appearance Thrilling Comics #1 (1940) Original Publisher Nedor Created by Richard E. Hughes & Alexander Kostuk Dr. Doom First Appearance Science Comics #1 Original Publisher Fox Features Created by Richard Crater Baron von Doom: ----First Appearance Silver Streak Comics #19 (1942) Original Publisher Lev Gleason Created by Otto Binder and Jack Binder Juggernaut: ----First Appearance Terrific Comics #1 (1944) Original Publisher Helnit/Continental Jack Kirby who had co-created: Captain-America with Joe Simon, pitched the original X-men concept to Stan lee. Who then "marketed" scripts with Jack. He never wrote one. Jack kirby also created the entirety of the fantastic-Four. Their version of Thor, And the Hulk. As well as Daredevil. Marvel: the house of lies and recycled ideas.* he's a thief, an broke three federal laws when he refused to wait until 1975-1977, when the characters lapsed into the public domain before publishing them. All these characters are now in the "public domain." We at M.K.U.I.I. will be "publishing them," an citing the actual creators and companies, who created & first published them "every time." Should a man, stan lee, act like a villain, commit two separate felonies with each character i mentioned, yet publish superheroes, when those same heroes would have to arrest him if they were real? The honest answer is "no". ...He's a thief, a liar, and committed several federal felonies. ..boycott marvel. The house of lies an recycled ideas. Disney knew about this. No company spends four billion on another, without knowing their dirty laundry. They do not pay the real creators families. They do not even credit them. Federal laws state, that it doesn't matter if the characters are different or not. Names legally cant be the same. Unless they purchase them from the original copyright holder's, or they lapse onto the public domain. Period. Powersets can't be copyrighted. He didn't purchase the names. He didn't wait until they legally lapsed. Spider-Man was a Halloween costume named the same, and looked exactly the same, in the 1950's. the only difference was the color yellow, was in the red parts of stans version. they settled out of court on that "one," with the real creator. ..Said actual creator, did not get even half of the billions of dollars Stan did. Jack kirby designed the original version of the costume. The name spider-man, was created by the costume shop owner. Black fury was also created in the 1940's and by a separate comic's company. He's public domain.
Genius international should look into acquiring futuretoday inc. Private company. They already have a channel in place called happykids.tv. it is well build and already a Netflix for kids. No sense in reinventing the wheel
I joined this page for positive feedback. It seems that is not the case. I totally believe in this company and I can do without the negativity! I would like to remove my self from this page as I believed this was going to be positive. Some people just don’t realize what this company is all about. You are just looking for a quick buck.
Hey. Would you cancel to bring Rainbow Rangers Toys and Figures to Stores this August and Forever Please?
Release an iOS app and reach will grow by 500M overnight. This should have been done before the June 15 release. This is what's missing and why your stock price is limping.
You got half decent programming content. It's just your PR team sucks. This is a company on children's cartoons. How come I don't see many children in the media adds and press conferences giving their opinions of the shows? A children's TV channel, should have the input of children. P.S. have children wear shirts that say, "invest in a child, and watch their hearts glow." And other catchy sayings. This should be more than a company, treat it like a cause and get the public believing in the cause.
Hey. Would you let anyone Cancel to bring Rainbow Rangers Toys & Figures to Stores this August and Forever Please?