Genius Brands International, Inc.
(NASDAQ:GNUS) has signed a partnership with Tankee Inc. to develop
a new Roblox series to be aired exclusively on Kartoon Channel!.
Genius Brands and Tankee Inc. first partnered in 2019 to bring a
roster of Tankee Originals to Kartoon Channel!.
Since then, the slate of gaming content has expanded to include
the Roblox-themed Big B Statz Roblox Challenges and Sally Plays
Roblox. Building upon the popularity of the existing shows, and the
phenomenon of Roblox itself, Genius Brands and Tankee will produce
an all-new 12 episode Roblox series featuring top Roblox
influencers. The action-packed new show will be available for
streaming on Kartoon Channel! starting in June.
“At Kartoon Channel! we pride ourselves on delivering the latest
and most innovative content to our viewers,” said Jon Ollwerther,
General Manager of Kartoon Channel! at Genius Brands. “Roblox has
become a phenomenon that has captured the attention of children
across the globe, and we are thrilled to be working with Tankee to
develop and share new episodes in order to meet the growing demand
“We’ve grown our partnership with Genius Brands over 2 years and
we’re proud to develop our first-ever co-production with Kartoon
Channel! for a new Roblox-themed series,” said Tankee Founder
Gerald Youngblood. “Tankee’s dedication to becoming the top
producer of kid safe gaming content came from connecting with my
son through gaming and a desire to celebrate gaming content with
kids around the world. We weren’t alone and have seen that many
kids and families have a huge appetite for Roblox and other
family-friendly gaming content.”
About Genius Brands International
Genius Brands International, Inc. (Nasdaq: GNUS) is a leading
global kids media company developing, producing, marketing and
licensing 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, for Kartoon Channel!; 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; and entrepreneurship series Warren Buffett's
Secret Millionaires Club. Through licensing agreements with leading
partners, characters from Genius Brands’ IP also appear on a wide
range of consumer products for the worldwide retail marketplace.
The Company’s new Kartoon Channel! and Kartoon Classroom! are
available in over 100 million U.S. television households via a
broad 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,
KartoonChannel.com, Samsung Smart TVs and LG TVs. For additional
information, please visit www.gnusbrands.com.
About Kartoon Channel!
Available everywhere and anywhere kids are
today, Genius Brands International’s digital network, Kartoon
Channel!, is a family entertainment destination that delivers
enduring childhood moments of humor, adventure, and discovery.
Delivering 1000’s of episodes of carefully curated free
family-friendly content, the channel features animated classics for
little kids, including The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss,
Babar,Mello Dees, Super Simple Songs and Baby Genius, and hit
content for bigger kids, such as Pac-Man, Angry Birds, Yu-Gi-Oh and
Bakugan, to original programming like Stan Lee’s Superhero
Kindergarten, premiering in spring 2021 and starring Arnold
Schwarzenegger, KC! Pop Quiz coming in 2021, and Shaq’s Garage,
starring Shaquille O’Neal for 2022. Kartoon Channel! also offers
STEM-based content through its Kartoon Classroom!, including Baby
Einstein, Lil Doc, Counting with Earl and More. Look for the
Kartoon Channel! on Comcast, Cox, DISH, Sling TV, Amazon Prime,
Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Apple iOS, Android TV, Android Mobile,
Google Play, Xumo, Roku, Tubi, and streaming via
KartoonChannel.com, as well as accessible via Samsung Smart TVs,
and now LGTVs.
To stream or download the app for Kartoon Channel!, click
About Tankee Inc.
Tankee Inc. is an Austin-based media company dedicated to the
future of kids’ digital entertainment. As the top producer of kid
safe gaming content, the Tankee platform features over 700 episodes
of Tankee Original shows, exclusive content produced with top
gaming content creators. The Tankee platform is a family-friendly
entertainment offering that helps parents protect their kids from
inappropriate online content while giving kids access to the gaming
and entertainment videos they love. The safe, family-friendly
platform features 1000+ hours of curated and original videos
spanning the most popular game franchises for kids and features top
gaming influencers. Connecting gaming content owners to advertisers
in the advertising video-on-demand (AVOD) space, Tankee features
popular brands in a robust library of videos. Tankee is available
on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, VIZIO, Plex TV, Web, and many
other streaming media devices. For more information, visit
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significant number of shares, which will dilute our equity holders;
fluctuations in the results of our operations from period to
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anticipate changes in popular culture, media and movies, fashion
and technology; competitive pressure from other distributors of
content and within the retail market; our reliance on and
relationships with third-party production and animation studios;
our ability to market and advertise 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 those other risk factors set forth 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 the
Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). Thus, actual
results could be materially different. The Company expressly
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result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as
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