UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 1, 2020

 

GENIUS BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada 001-37950 20-4118216
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission File Number) (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

190 N. Canon Drive, 4th Fl.

Beverly Hills, CA

 

 

90210

(Address of principal executive offices)  

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (310) 273-4222

 

________________________________________________________

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2 below):

 

o      Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

o      Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

o      Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

o      Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share GNUS The Nasdaq Capital Market

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company o

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o

 

 

 

     

 

 

ITEM 4.01 CHANGES IN REGISTRANT’S CERTIFYING ACCOUNTANT

 

On November 1, 2020, Genius Brands International, Inc. (the “Company”) was notified that the audit practice of Squar Milner LLP (“Squar Milner”), the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, was combined with Baker Tilly US, LLP (“Baker Tilly”) in a transaction pursuant to which Squar Milner combined its operations with Baker Tilly and certain of the professional staff and partners of Squar Milner joined Baker Tilly either as employees or partners of Baker Tilly. On November 1, 2020 and with the approval of the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors, Baker Tilly was engaged as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.

 

Prior to engaging Baker Tilly, the Company did not consult with Baker Tilly regarding the application of accounting principles to a specific completed or contemplated transaction or regarding the type of audit opinions that might be rendered by Baker Tilly on the Company’s financial statements, and Baker Tilly did not provide any written or oral advice that was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to any such accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue.

 

The report of independent registered public accounting firm of Squar Milner regarding the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 did not contain any adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles, except that the audit reports for the year ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 contained an explanatory paragraph disclosing the uncertainty regarding the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

 

During the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, and during the interim period from the end of the most recently completed fiscal year through November 1, 2020, the date of resignation, there were no disagreements with Squar Milner on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope of procedures, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of Squar Milner would have caused it to make reference to such disagreement in its reports.

 

The Company provided Squar Milner with a copy of this Current Report on Form 8-K prior to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission and requested that Squar Milner furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether it agrees with above statements and, if it does not agree, the respects in which it does not agree. A copy of the letter, dated November 4, 2020 is filed as Exhibit 16.1 (which is incorporated by reference herein) to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

ITEM 9.01 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

The exhibit listed in the following Exhibit Index is filed as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

 

Exhibit No. Description
   
16.1 Letter from Squar Milner LLP dated November 4, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

     
  GENIUS BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
   
Date:   November 5, 2020 By: /s/ Andy Heyward                                
  Name: Andy Heyward
  Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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