Merchandise Licensing 

Genius Brands launches branded merchandise for Rainbow Rangers & Llama Llama

Genius Brands International, Inc. the global brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia entertainment content for children, announced that it is has entered the next phase of its growth, expanding beyond content development, production and distribution into product merchandising, as licensed consumer products tied to the Company’s two hit flagship series, Rainbow Rangers and Llama Llama, begin to hit shelves in Q3 and Q4 2019. In 2019 through 2020, Genius Brands plans to debut over 450 SKUs of branded merchandise combined for Rainbow Rangers, which currently airs on Nickelodeon’s…

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Character & Entertainment 

Genius Brands International appoints industry content sales veteran, Caroline Tyre

Genius Brands International “Genius Brands” announced the appointment of content sales and acquisitions veteran, Caroline Tyre to oversee global content sales as SVP of international distribution. Additionally, Tyre will spearhead the ongoing digital growth as Head of the Genius Brands Network, comprised of the Kid Genius Cartoon Channel and Baby Genius TV.  The announcement was made today by Genius Brands’ Chairman and CEO Andy Heyward, to whom she will report. In her new position, Tyre will be responsible for all aspects of Genius Brands’ global distribution business, including content sales…

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Character Character & Entertainment 

Genius Brands and Tankee On-demand forge cross content partnership

Genius Brands International, Inc. “Genius Brands” the global brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia entertainment content for children, today announced a unique content partnership between its Genius Brands Network, which includes the Kid Genius Cartoon Channel and Baby Genius TV reaching 80 million U.S. households, and Tankee, Inc., the first safe, digital destination for kids ages 6-12 to enjoy gaming videos. Beginning July 2019, Genius Brands Network will launch a roster of Tankee Originals, including Minecraft Journey to the End, Octodad Dadliest Catch, PixARK Adventure, and Fairy Horse…

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Retail Retail Licensing 

Genius Brands International apppoints studio veteran Jeff Shapiro as VP of Retail Development

Genius Brands International, Inc. “Genius Brands” (Nasdaq:GNUS) has announced the appointment of licensing industry veteran Jeff Shapiro as Vice President of Retail Development. The announcement was made by Genius Brands’ SVP of Global Consumer Products, Lloyd Mintz, to whom he will directly report. Shapiro, who has held positions at Warner Bros. Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company, will work closely with Mintz to build retail partnerships and programs for each of the company’s brands, including Rainbow Rangers, airing on Nick Jr. in the U.S.…

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TV & Films 

Genius Brands International announces season 2 of preschool series ‘Llama Llama’

Genius Brands International, announced that Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, has greenlit the production of season two of animated preschool series Llama Llama, with Jennifer Garner returning in the lead role as Mama Llama. Jennifer Garner said, “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. 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!” Season one of Llama…

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Character & Entertainment TV & Films 

Genius Brands scores new licensees to develop merchandises for ‘Rainbow Rangers’

Genius Brands International, continues to grow its line-up of key licensing partners in support of the 2019 retail launch of its new original preschool brand, Rainbow Rangers, with multiple new key partner appointments for the US. The products include Berkshire Fashions for outerwear, Disguise for Halloween costumes, and Ceaco for puzzles.  Currently in production on season one, the CGI-animated series, Rainbow Rangers, is slated to premiere in fall 2018 on the Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. The Rainbow Rangers’ retail program will begin rolling out in the US in late spring 2019,…

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TV Series Licensing 

Genius Brands Intl. appoints APC Kids to handle content distribution of Rainbow Rangers

Genius Brands International has appointed APC Kids as exclusive agent to handle content distribution for its pre-school series Rainbow Rangers throughout EMEA including Russia and ex-CIS countries. Rainbow Rangers follows Earth’s First Responders, a group of girls who protect the environment with their unique personalities and powers. APC Kids is the children’s entertainment distribution arm of London-based boutique financier and distributor About Premium Content. The first season of the CGI-animated series is currently in production. The show is set to premiere in fall 2018 on Nick Jr. Genius Brands is developing…

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TV Series Licensing 

Genius Brands International’s Kid Genius Cartoons Plus! to debut on Amazon channels

Further expanding Amazon’s reach in the kid’s digital media space, Amazon channels will debut Genius Brands International’s Kid Genius Cartoons Plus! subscription streaming service on September 28th. Genius Brands International’s Kid Genius Cartoons Plus! is spearheaded by industry veterans including multiple Emmy Award winning producer & CEO of Genius Brands Andy Heyward and Margaret Loesch (formerly head of The Hub, Fox Kids) who serves as Executive Chairman of the channel.   The channel’s “content with a purpose” programming includes Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, Martha Stewart’s Martha & Friends, Gisele Bundchen’s Gisele & the Green Team, Liberty’s Kids (starring the…

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Entertainment Licensing 

Genius Brands Intl. signs broadcast agreement with Nat Geo Kids

In a deal with Nat Geo Kids that will see its animated series Secret Lab telecast all across Latin America, Genius Brands International has signed a broadcast agreement with the former. The animated serial which follows a young prodigy and her science club had its premiere on Nat Geo Kids in all Spanish-speaking markets on July 1. Further to it, the serial will show in all Portuguese-speaking markets on September 1. Additionally, Genius Brands has appointed Tycoon Enterprises as its pan-Latin American licensing agent for the brand with a retail programme set to bow…

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