Kartoon channel! Expands Distribution with Launch of Digital Linear Channel for Ad-Funded Planned Viewing Experience

Kartoon channel! Now stream free 24/7 scheduled programming

The Kartoon chain of Genius Brands International!

Genius Brands International (NASDAQ: GNUS) announces the continued expansion of the distribution of its Kartoon chain! with the launch of a linear streaming channel, also known as Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST).

Genius Brands International (NASDAQ: GNUS) announces the continued expansion of the distribution of its Kartoon chain! with the launch of a linear streaming channel, also known as Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST).

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Continuing its mission of delivering “content with a purpose” suitable for families, anytime, anywhere, Genius Brands International, Inc. (“Genius Brands” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: GNUS), a global brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia content for children, today announced the continued expansion of the distribution of its Kartoon channel! with the launch of a linear streaming channel, also known as Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST).

The new FAST channel offers scheduled programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in addition to the current on-demand animation content available free of charge via Kartoon channel! Linear programmed programming is highlighted on the Kartoon channel! home page, as good as Apple and Android mobile and smart TV apps, and on Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, and Roku.

“Since we launched Kartoon Channel! Less than a year ago, we steadily expanded distribution, now available to over 100 million TV homes in the United States, and we continue to expand the channel offering with this latest FAST channel launch for increase both the value for the consumer and for the shareholder ”, commented Jon ollwerther, Managing Director of Kartoon Channel! & EVP of Global Business Development at Genius Brands. “It might seem counterintuitive in an on-demand world, but FAST channels are one of the fastest growing technologies in the streaming world because they help kids discover new content and remove content. sometimes overwhelming choice of digital content. As soon as children and families open the Kartoon channel! App they will see a carefully curated TV program, but that will not interrupt the existing Kartoon channel! experience on demand. In addition, with the FAST channel, we also have the possibility to integrate advertising as a new source of income and like everything on Kartoon Channel !, it will be safe for kids.”

About the Kartoon channel!
Available anywhere and everywhere kids are today, Genius Brands International’s digital network, Kartoon Channel !, is a family entertainment destination that delivers enduring moments of humor, adventure and discovery for children. Offering thousands of episodes of carefully curated free family content, the channel offers animated classics for little kids, including The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Babar, Mello Dees, Super Simple Songs and Baby Genius, and content for older kids, like Pac-Man, Angry Birds, Yu-Gi-Oh and Bakugan, to original programming such as Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, created in spring 2021 and with Arnold Schwarzenegger, KC! Pop Quiz to come in 2021, and Shaq’s garage, with Shaquille O’Neal for 2022. Additionally, the channel launched in March 2021 “Family Friendly Fun Nights”, featuring the hit Scooby-Doo! animated features and more! Kartoon channel! also offers STEM-based content through its Kartoon Classroom !, including Baby Einstein, Lil Doc, Counting 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 through KartoonChannel.com, as well as accessible through Samsung Smart TV, and now LGTV.

To stream or download the application for Kartoon Channel !, click on here

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 award-winning portfolio of “content with a purpose” includes the next Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, for Kartoon Channel! ; Rainbow rangers for Nick Jr.; Llama lama, with Jennifer Garner, for Netflix; award-winning brand for toddlers Baby genie; 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 new Kartoon chain! 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, 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; our ability to repay our unpaid debt; the potential issuance of a significant number of shares to our convertible note holders, which will dilute our equity holders; 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 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 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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