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CEO Paul Robinson announces bold new programming block ‘KARTOON GENIUS ‘ on international channels YFE

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., December 7, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Genius Brands International, Inc. (“Genius Brands” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: GNUS) following the impending acquisition of Canadian company WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. and a strategic investment in German company Your Family Entertainment AG (“YFE”) (FRA: RTV) unveiled a bold new “block” of animated series for children and extended distribution for its international channels. The new range and the new brand image are led by Kartoon Channel! Worldwide new Managing Director Paul Robinson, who was previously Managing Director of Walt Disney Television International and Senior Vice President of Disney Channel Worldwide.

The new block on YFE International channels will carry the “KARTOON GENIUS” brand and provide positive entertainment for children, highlighted by security and enrichment.

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GENIUS KARTOON will be broadcast each morning on Genius Brands International’s new channel footprint across Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, and is the first step in improving the quality and range of content on YFE’s existing platforms .

Genius Brands President and CEO Andy Heyward said, “With his experience as Managing Director of Walt Disney Television International and his successful history of building systems for delivering children’s content around the world. , there is no one in my opinion more qualified than Paul Robinson to create value for this company and to create the next great global distribution system for children.

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Paul Robinson commented, “I am pleased to announce the first global initiative to enhance and deliver even better content and experiences to children, families and our affiliate partners in international markets through GENIUS KARTOON, a daily block of superior quality, exclusive, branded, first performance Animated contents, which will be defined by being not only entertaining, but also being SAFE and ENRICHING. In today’s world, more than ever before, parents want to know that what their children are watching on TV is safe. We hear this over and over again, and Genius Brands is committed to fulfilling it not only as a producer, but also now as a global broadcaster through Kartoon Channel! Worldwide. There will be no violence, no inappropriate language, images, negative models or stereotypes. Kartoon channel! in the United States has adopted these messages, which we now plan to elevate globally through our expanded lineup and increased distribution footprint in Europe / Middle East / Africa, Asia-Pacific and South America. We believe that there is no other global children’s channel system today that offers this level of quality, secure content.

Kartoon Genius’ new global range will include first performance and exclusive content directed by

  • Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, with Arnold Schwarzenegger: health, exercise and nutrition
  • Rainbow rangers: the protection of the environment
  • Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaire Club: financial literacy for children
  • Albert: answering children’s questions, such as the origins of life and how things work
  • Yoghurt space: creative problem solving and teamwork
  • Children’s songs: have fun sing together and get up and dance
  • To restart: adventures around the first fully computer-generated characters

Robinson added, “Kartoon Channel! Worldwide plans to expand the existing footprint of its international YFE channels by partnering across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia with pay TV platforms that currently do not broadcast not the chain and need a safe and high quality children’s chain. In addition, as a Kartoon chain! made in the United States, we plan to expand the distribution in international markets to connected devices, smart TVs, tablets and mobile devices, with access through Android TV and Apple TV, as well as AVoD channels, SVoD and FAST in international markets.

Heyward commented, “This launch immediately follows and builds on the impending acquisition of WOW! Unlimited Media and strategic investment in YFE, one of the largest European distributors and broadcasters of high quality programs for children and families. YFE brings an award-winning global streaming and broadcast footprint across satellite, cable, OTT and terrestrial networks, allowing us to expand outside of the United States, Europe and the rest of the world. The vision of YFE CEO Stefan Piech, and the broadcast experience of COO Bernd Wendeln, enrich the Genius Brands leadership team and help position the company to become the premier provider and broadcaster of children’s content at the to come up.

About Genius Brands International
Genius Brands International, Inc. (Nasdaq: GNUS) is one of the world’s leading children’s media companies that develops, produces, markets and licenses children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media and distribution. by retail. The Company’s “content with a purpose” portfolio includes Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Kartoon Channel! ; Shaq’s garage, with Shaquille O’Neal on Kartoon Channel! ; Rainbow rangers on Kartoon Channel! and Netflix; Llama, with Jennifer Garner, on Netflix; award-winning brand for toddlers genie baby; adventure comedy STEM series Thomas Edison’s Secret Laboratory; and entrepreneurship series Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaire Club. Through licensing agreements with leading partners, Genius Brands’ intellectual property figures also appear on a wide range of consumer products destined for the global retail market. The company’s Kartoon channel! and Kartoon Classroom! are available to over 100 million US TV homes through a wide range of distribution platforms including Comcast, Cox, DISH, Sling TV, Amazon Prime, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Apple iOS, Android TV, Android Mobil, Google Play, Xumo, Roku, Tubi, YouTube, KartoonChannel.com, Samsung smart TVs, and LG TVs. For more information, please visit www.gnusbrands.com.

Forward-Looking Statements: Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws. Words such as “may”, “could”, “will”, “should”, “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “continue”, “predict”, “foresee” , “plan”, “plan”, “intention” or similar expressions, or statements regarding current intention, belief or expectations, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based on information available to us as of the date of this press release. These forward-looking statements are based on current estimates and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, our ability to generate income or achieve profitability; our ability to obtain additional financing on acceptable terms, if any; the potential issue of a significant number of shares, which will dilute our shareholders; fluctuations in the results of our operations from period to period; general economic and financial conditions; our ability to anticipate changes in popular culture, media and films, fashion and technology; competitive pressure from other content distributors and within the retail market; our dependence on and relationships with third party production and animation studios; our ability to market and promote our products; our reliance on third parties to promote our products; our ability to keep pace with technological advances; our ability to protect our intellectual property and other risk factors set out in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and in the Company’s subsequent filings with Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Thus, the actual results could be materially different. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or modify statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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