Monday, November 19, 2018

Genius Brands International’s New Preschool Series, 'Rainbow Rangers', Debuts on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. in Key 3 PM Timeslot, Reaching 90 Million U.S. Television Households and Delivering 15 Million Digital Marketing Impressions on Launch

Official Genius Brands International, Inc. Press Release via GlobeNewswire:

Genius Brands International’s New Preschool Series, Rainbow Rangers, Debuts on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. in Key 3 PM Timeslot, Reaching 90 Million U.S. Television Households and Delivering 15 Million Digital Marketing Impressions on Launch


Launch Event Held at NASDAQ MarketSite In New York City on November 6th Featured Executive Speakers from Key Brand Partners, Including Mattel, MacMillan Publishing, and Gershwin Entertainment, as well as The Beacon Media Group’s Founder Shelley Hirsch




Genius Brands International (NASDAQ: GNUS) delivers its new animated adventure preschool series, Rainbow Rangers, on Nick Jr.!

Featuring engaging storylines rooted in themes of empowerment, diversity, friendship and sustainability, Genius Brands International’s Rainbow Rangers, which premiered on Nov. 5th on Nick Jr., follows the thrilling rescue-based adventures of seven 9-year-old girls who are Earth’s first responders, protecting people, animals, resources, and the natural beauty of our world. The series boasts a unique and highly-accomplished team of creators from the animated motion picture world, including Rob Minkoff (Disney’s The Lion King director), Shane Morris (Disney’s Frozen co-writer), Tim Mansfield and New York Times Bestselling author and Emmy-nominated writer Elise Allen (Dinosaur Train, Lion Guard, Barbie specials), who is serving as head writer and co-creator. Genius Brands’ Chairman and CEO and multiple EmmyAward-winning producer of more than 5,000 episodes of children's programming, Andy Heyward, serves as executive producer, with legendary Disney alum Ruben Aquino creating key designs.

Genius Brands International, Inc.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genius Brands International, Inc. "Genius Brands" (NASDAQ: GNUS), a leading media company that creates, produces and licenses children’s multimedia entertainment content and products for global broadcast, digital and retail distribution, delivers its new animated adventure preschool series, Rainbow Rangers, on Nick Jr., reaching 90 million U.S. TV households. The series premiere is being supported by a comprehensive marketing campaign across display, social media, e-blast and influencers with the Rainbow Rangers trailers distributed across Genius Brands’ Kid Genius channel, Baby Genius channel, and Affiliate VOD and OTT channels in over 80 million households.

At the Rainbow Rangers launch event held yesterday at NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City, Genius Brands was joined by a roster of key brand licensing partners to present to investors an overview of the brand, including the upcoming 2019 retail launch of over 300 Rainbow Rangers-branded products coming to market from nearly 30 blue-chip manufacturers. Speakers at the event included Andy Heyward, Chairman & CEO of Genius Brands; Sam Susz, Director of Marketing at Mattel Toys; Erin Stein, Publisher at MacMillan Publishing’s Imprint; Todd Gershwin, CEO & President of Gershwin Entertainment, who unveiled their plans for Rainbow Rangers. Shelly Hirsch, Founder of The Beacon Media Group, ‘industry guru,’ and the single largest children’s media buyer in the U.S.—discussed the timeliness and commerciality of the brand.

Rainbow Rangers follows the adventures of seven diverse girls with seven different powers who work together to protect the planet and its animals. Empowering young girls is a powerful and timely message in today’s world,” explained Heyward. “Nickelodeon is currently home to eight of the top ten preschool shows on all TV, and its Nick Jr. is clearly an ideal environment in which to introduce Rainbow Rangers, which is now primed to be THE brand for preschool girls as we head into 2019 and the retail launch.”

“I believe there is a void in the children’s market for a real breakout new TV franchise, so the timing for the release of Rainbow Rangers could not be happening at a better time,” said Hirsch.

Beginning for back-to-school 2019 (July/August), Genius Brands will launch the U.S. retail program for Rainbow Rangers with products debuting across all categories of kid’s consumer products. Master toy partner, Mattel, will premiere a range of toys, including collectible dolls, traditional fashion dolls, role-play items, and a playset. Additional licensing partners include MacMillan Publishing’s Imprint (master publishing), Bentex (master apparel), Gershwin Entertainment (live touring show), A.M.E. (sleepwear), Berkshire Fashions (cold weather and accessories), BioWorld (bags, backpacks), Ceaco (puzzles), Disguise (Halloween costumes), Handcraft Manufacturing (packaged underwear), H.E.R. Accessories (jewelry and hair accessories), Jay Franco (bedding and bath), Dynacraft (bicycles), Kid Galaxy (bubble toys), Kiddieland (foot-to-floor ride-ons), Planet Sox (hosiery), KIDdesigns (youth electronics line), Cra-Z-Art (craft and activity kits), Esquire Footwear (sneakers, shoes and other footwear), Kittrich (school supplies and paper goods), and Basic Fun! (novelty toy line).

About Rainbow Rangers
Featuring engaging storylines rooted in themes of empowerment, diversity, friendship and sustainability, Rainbow Rangers follows the thrilling rescue-based adventures of seven 9-year-old girls who are Earth’s first responders, protecting people, animals, resources, and the natural beauty of our world. The Rainbow Rangers, who live in the magical land of Kaleidoscopia at the other side of the rainbow, have their own distinctive personalities and superpowers. Whenever there’s trouble for the people or animals of Earth, our seven heroines zoom into action and ride their Spectra Scooters across the rainbow to save the day. Viewers will join them on exciting adventures, but also see them at home having the same daily dramas and hilarities as every pre-schooler watching the show. And at its heart, Rainbow Rangers is about empowering and encouraging girls to take action and make a difference in their own homes and neighborhoods to improve and safeguard the planet.

Rainbow Rangers boasts a unique and highly-accomplished team of creators from the animated motion picture world, including Rob Minkoff (Disney’s The Lion King director), Shane Morris (Disney’s Frozen co-writer), Tim Mansfield and New York Times Bestselling author and Emmy-nominated writer Elise Allen (Dinosaur Train, Lion Guard, Barbie specials), who is serving as head writer and co-creator. Genius Brands’ Chairman and CEO and multiple EmmyAward-winning producer of more than 5,000 episodes of children's programming, Andy Heyward, serves as executive producer, with legendary Disney alum Ruben Aquino creating key designs. Aquino is responsible for the design and animation of many of Disney’s most iconic characters from award-winning films including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mulan and Frozen.

About Genius Brands International
Headquartered in Beverly Hills, 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 “content with a purpose” brand portfolio, which is led by award-winning creators and producers, includes preschool properties Rainbow Rangers for Nick Jr. and Llama Llama for Netflix; award-winning toddler brand, Baby Genius; adventure comedy STEM series, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab; and financial literacy and entrepreneurship series, Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club. The Company’s content catalog also includes the animated series, Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders, created with Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment. Seeing the need to provide kids and parents with a safe viewing environment that offers premium enriching and engaging programming, Genius Brands launched the Genius Brands Network – comprised of Kid Genius Cartoon Channel and Baby Genius TV, as well as an exclusive Kid Genius Cartoons Plus subscription channel on Amazon Prime. The Network channels are available in approximately 80 million U.S. households via a variety of distribution platforms, such as OTT, set-top box, internet and mobile. Through licensing agreements with category leading partners, characters from the Company’s properties also appear on a wide range of consumer products for retail. For additional information please visit www.gnusbrands.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:
Forward-Looking Statements: Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "continue," "predict," "forecast," "project," "plan," "intend" or similar expressions, or statements regarding intent, belief, or current expectations, are forward-looking statements. While the Company believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on any such forward-looking statements, which are based on information available to us on the date of this release. These forward-looking statements are based upon current estimates and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation those set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, under the heading "Risk Factors," and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), not limited to risk factors relating to its patent business contained therein. Thus, actual results could be materially different. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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Update (11/19) - Below is a transcript from Genius Brands' Tuesday, November 19 conference call, featuring the bits about Rainbow Rangers, via Seeking Alpha. To read the transcript in full, please visit seekingalpha.com:

Genius Brands International, Inc. (GNUS) CEO Andy Heyward on Q3 2018 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Genius Brands International, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNUS) Q3 2018 Results Earnings Conference Call November 19, 2018 10:00 AM ET

Executives

Michael Porter - IR, Porter, LeVay & Rose

Andy Heyward - Chairman and CEO

Analysts

Jim McIlree - Chardan Capital

Ishfaque Faruk - WestPark Capital

Operator

Greetings, and welcome to Genius Brands International Third Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference to Michael Porter, with Porter, LeVay & Rose. Please, you may begin.

Michael Porter

Thank you, operator. Good morning, ladies and gentleman, and welcome to the Genius Brands third quarter conference call.

Certain statements in this conference call constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Words such as may, might, will, should, believe, expect, anticipate, estimate, continue, project, plan, intend or similar expressions or similar expressions or statements regarding intent, belief of current expectations are forward-looking statements.

While the Company believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on any such forward-looking statements which are based on information available to us on the date of this conference call. These forward-looking statements are based upon current estimates and assumptions, and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, those set forth in the Company’s annual report or 10-K for the fiscal year end December, 2017 under the risk heading Risk Factors and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, not limited to risk factors related to the business contained therein. Thus, actual results could be materially different. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update the altered statements whether as a result of new information, further events or otherwise, except as required by law.

And now, I’d like to turn the call over to Andy Heyward. Good morning, Andy.

Andy Heyward

Good morning. Thank you, Michael. Welcome, everybody.

Today, I’m going to talk about the launch of our Rainbow Rangers animated television series on Nickelodeon and the transformational impact we foresee it having on the revenues and earnings of Genius Brands. There is nothing more important on our immediate agenda.

Before doing so, I want to take a moment and share some highlights from the recently released 10-Q statement, which was out last Wednesday for the Q3 period ending September 30, 2018. Some quick bullet points.

Revenues for the three months period increased 103% to $523,175 versus the same period in 2017. Licensing revenues increased by $116,245 due to advances from both Llama Llama and Rainbow Rangers during this period. Our Kid Genius Networks broadcasting revenues increased by $108,619, due largely to increased revenues from Twitch and Amazon Prime subscribers now beginning to grow. Home entertainment revenues went up by $41,516 due to Llama Llama delivery to our home entertainment partner and NCircle. Total expense during this period increased by $353,951, largely due to the ramped up production and that ramp-up of production will continue as we’ve already contracted for with Netflix to do a second season of Llama Llama and our expectation additionally to shortly begin a second season of Rainbow Rangers. And more detail across all the areas is in the Q, but there is a trend emerging of a Company with growing revenues across all of its key sectors.

Before talking about Rainbow Rangers, I also want to say a quick word regarding the untimely passing this last week of the great Stan Lee. Many people have reached out to ask how this will affect us at Genius Brands International, as we’ve worked so closely with Stan these recent years. Those of us who knew and worked with him are of course unspeakably sad over his loss. There will never be another of his talent. And for those who don’t know Stan Lee, I must share he was the creator of and in some cases co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, the Avengers, Thor, the Fantastic Four, and many other hugely successful characters. His comic books sold billions of copies and his characters were made into animated TV shows like Motion Pictures, and endless consumer products generating billions of dollars of revenue for Marvel and the Walt Disney Company. His imagination and wit were unmatched, and those as myself who worked closely with Stan will miss him deeply.

Having said all of the above, on a professional level, Genius Brands and Stan created a joint venture together called Stan Lee Comics. Stan provided the creative seeds and we nourished them, together with his company POW! Entertainment, we created half a dozen original Stan Lee properties. These properties are managed by Genius Brands now, which together with his company owns them 50-50. Each one of them has Stan’s unique fingerprint, as the creator they already exist. They’re in our Genius Brands vault, and one property in particular Stan Lee’s Cosmic Crusaders, he plays himself an animation and it is the only Stan Lee property in which he actually has ever played a role as himself.

Fortunately, Stan had already recorded the voices of his characters prior to his passing. We’re blessed to have worked so closely with him. And now having these properties, it is like having suddenly discovered six songs written by John Lennon that had never been brought to the marketplace. They’re valuable assets and the Genius Brands were fortunate to be the steward of this precious original Stan Lee intellectual property. We will diligently roll these into the marketplace and we believe they will bring strong, continuing value to the company as they are broadcast and exploited across all media and consumer licensing. A number of broadcasters and filmmakers have already contacted us about them, and we look forward to bringing them to the life.

Okay. Having said all of the above, without further ado, I want to get the Rainbow Rangers. Last week, on Monday, November 5th, Rainbow Rangers began being broadcast on Nickelodeon’s preschool channel, Nick Jr. It has been the culmination of four years of work which began with key retailers telling us they foresaw both the vacuum and an opportunity in gross preschool products in 2019. As many of our investors know, we went about recruiting a very unique team of the strongest creators in the kids’ entertainment industry. They included the director of Disney’s Lion King, the co-writer of Disney’s Frozen and the character designer of virtually every Disney character from Little Mermaid through Frozen.

Alongside them, we built the best animation team I have been a part of them with my three decades in this business and that having produced over 5,000 half hours of Emmy and award-winning animation, including numerous billion dollar brands among them, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Hello Kitty, Inspector Gadget, Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, Ghostbusters and others. The Rainbow Rangers team included the most accomplished writers, musicians, voice artists and animators. We presented the series to the Nickelodeon Kids Networks and we were fortunate that they licensed it and subsequently, upon seeing scripts and first episodes, placed it in their coveted 3 p.m. Monday through Friday time slot on their preschool channel, Nick Jr.

Through the efforts of our licensing team, led by our VP of Global Licensing, Lloyd Mintz, the former head of Consumer Products and Licensing for Hasbro Toys and prior to that the licensing unit of the Walt Disney Company, we secured an extraordinary lineup of consumer products licensees. Recognized as the Tiffany manufacturers in the industry, almost all of them worked at our first tier Disney licensees and the leaders in their respective categories. Beginning in July and August in 2019, we will launch the U.S. retail program for Rainbow Rangers with them with over 300 branded products debuting across all categories of kids consumer products.

Master toy partner, Mattel, will premiere a range of toys including collectible dolls, 3-inch dolls, 6-inch dolls, traditional fashion dolls, role-play items and a play set. Other product categories from the roster of blue-chip partners include apparel, publishing, sleepwear, bedding, bath, footwear, bags, backpacks, Halloween costumes, accessories, youth consumer electronics, health and beauty aids, cosmetics, bicycles, and ride-ons and Rainbow Rangers live touring show from the Gershwin company, produces of the Charlie Brown touring show and the Sesame Street touring show.

Okay. I am ecstatic to report that we have now received from the Nielsen company ratings from the first week of broadcast. They are the earliest indicators of Rainbow Rangers’ success and they have been very, very strong. We have verified these with Shelly Hirsch, CEO of Beacon Media, the largest advertising buyer in the kids business. And based on them for the first week, Rainbow Rangers showed a number of very strong metrics. The first and most important metric to look for is whether a show is able to retain the audience of its lead in show. In our case, the lead in show is Shimmer and Shine, an establish Nickelodeon franchise, playing in the 2:30 to 3:00 pm time slot. Based on the Nielsen ratings for the week of Monday, November 5th through Monday, November 11th, Rainbow Rangers retained and grew its audience from its lead in show against all demos, all genders and on all days of its first week of broadcast.

Separately, the margin by which Rainbow Rangers grew its audience from its leads in increased daily. By Friday Rainbow Rangers had showed 153% growth against its key target demo of growth two to five. In what has been a declining market, Rainbow Rangers increased Nick Jr.’s season average by 15%, and additionally, it outperformed Nick Jr. prior premier week programming by 21%. This, that was all the more impressive in light of the fact that Tuesday was an election day and kid viewing was down overall that day because an inordinate amount of adult viewing occurred watching television election coverage. Wednesday kids’ numbers bounced back and continued to grow the rest of the week.

After reviewing data from the first two days of broadcast on Nick Jr., Nickelodeon informed us that they had added encore place of Rainbow Rangers on Saturday, November 10th at 6:30 and Sunday, November 11th at 7:30 to build further awareness of the show and sample it in new time periods alongside various shows. During this first week, we outperformed established Nick Jr. franchises such as Dora the Explorer, Peppa Pig, Thomas the Tank Engine, Blue’s Clues, and Peter Rabbit among others. It is our belief, and we will get this clarified that by Friday’s broadcast, Rainbow Rangers has become the highest rated program on Nick Jr. that is the most viewed program in our gross two to five target demo other than PAW Patrol, and possibly may have even beaten PAW Patrol on Friday. PAW Patrol is the juggernaut on the Nick schedule. And while we did not beat PAW Patrol for the weekly average, I should point out that it is a boys’ property, not a girls’ one. It has an audience curated over the last five years, and it had 41 broadcast on Nick Jr. over the week versus the seven for Rainbow Rangers.

PAW Patrol is a mission-based show with a number of creative similarities to Rainbow Rangers and in fact Rainbow Rangers has been called by the licensing community “the PAW Patrol for girls”. The comparison is very flattering. PAW Patrol is a franchise whose toys and consumer products this last year did over $1 billion in sales and it propelled its owners, Spin Master’s to a $5 billion market cap. As PAW Patrol became a mature -- as PAW Patrol becomes a mature property and is now peaking, we believe that Rainbow Rangers is positioned to become the next big hit. The Rainbow Rangers trend line is strong, especially so for its show in its first week. The momentum of growth through the week is a very positive sign, the kids are sampling, they like the show, and they’re coming back greater each day. And just as PAW Patrol indexed inordinately high with girls, we are also indexing inordinately high for boys, both boys, 2 to 5 and 6 to 11.

So, what does all this mean? We’re starting to get the picture of an emerging hit. What is the importance of this to Genius Brands, our revenues, our earnings, and ultimately our stock price? It is the basic connection between viewership and consumer products, a kids’ show which draws viewers, also sells licensed consumer products to kids. It is a foregone conclusion that a hit show sells a lot of consumer products. As I said, PAW Patrol sells now over $1 billion a year of products, and it’s turned Spin Master from a small toy company into a $5 billion market cap enterprise in a relatively short time.

At Genius, we have meticulously curated the very best licensees in the industry; starting with Mattel Toys, as I said earlier, to every possible category of kids’ product. We have over 300 SKUs, they’re poised and standing ready to be introduced in the marketplace in the third quarter like a tsunami. And as I said above, we have virtually every imaginable product for children under license and being manufactured. We continue to sign new licensees and expand the product offerings. The average royalty across all our product licenses which is paid to Genius Brands is 10%, which means that the company is paid a 10% royalty on all wholesale sales. I underscore this because it’s without inventory risk, manufacturing, marketing costs or any costs of any kind associated with the products.

I should add on a personal note, those of us inside Genius Brands who have worked on Rainbow Rangers now for the better part of four years from conception to marketplace, take pride that we also have a property which is not only showing the signs of the looming commercial success, but one grounded in positive values and positive storytelling for kids. Rainbow Rangers follows the adventures of seven strong diverse girls with different powers who use those powers to save the planet and its animals. The messaging is as positive as the nascent rating success. Both of these will inert to the commercial success and the impact on our Company’s revenues and earnings. It would be hard to deliver better news at this point. As the weekly ratings come in, we will continue to share them with you.

Now, I will be happy to take any questions.

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Our first question is from Jim McIlree with Chardan Capital. Please proceed with your question.

Jim McIlree

Thank you. Good morning, Andy, and congratulations on the ratings. I was wondering if you could comment a little bit on how this will help you sell Rainbow Rangers in other geographies and what the next steps would be on making sure that you have product available in the right retailers at the right time, or is that kind of baked already, and now we’re just waiting for continued viewership to drive product sales.

Andy Heyward

Okay. So, two questions there. Thank you. Let’s start with the first one, which is the international sales. We’ve already completed a number of international sales, and we will announce a lineup there in the coming weeks as it becomes more mature. We’ve been in dialogue with virtually every major broadcaster in the world. Mattel has a global license, they’ve given us a list of their priority broadcasters and we’ve been working to get them in place. There a number of other broadcasters, which we think will do the job as well, and that triggers additional guarantees from Mattel. I would say, the global marketplace is very small and very intimate. All of the broadcasters watch what goes on in the United States, they see if the show is performing. And I think we will be in a position in the next quarter to announce a very substantial lineup of global broadcasters. As I said, we’ve been talking to all of them. We don’t see that as a problem at all. American product is very coveted overseas and especially strong product that performs on one of the major networks as Nickelodeon.

Secondly, when product will be in the marketplace, that is a very curated process. Every licensee has reasons why they need to get theirs is in or not in at a certain time. But by and large, we’re going to see products coming into the market in July and August. We need to have the show on the air really for I’d say a good three quarters, so that the appetite is very strong. And as Lloyd Mintz, our Head of Licensing likes to say, there have to be all of these failed Google searches so that by the time content does appear on shelf, it becomes something like a frenzy. We have every possible category of product in place. And I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve never been in a position like this before where we’ve seen such a broad consumer products program prior to the first show being on the air. So, we’ve got all the major categories. Of course, Mattel is our anchored category with the toys, but we’ve got pretty much every product that you can imagine. And if the ratings continue as they have begun, then there will be no reason why won’t be seeing the products everywhere and a lot of them selling.

Jim McIlree

And as far as the ratings going forward, should we be aware of any sort of seasonality that might make the ratings particularly strong or weak during a time period, just so we’re not surprised by ratings moving about? So, I don’t know, I’m just guessing here, I mean Christmas is stronger or weaker or summer is stronger or weaker?

Andy Heyward

Generally, the viewing will go up as the weather gets bad. So, during the cold months, you are going to see greater viewing. But right now is the perfect time to launch a show, and that’s why show’s launched in the fourth quarter. And we will be getting these numbers -- generally speaking, we get them every Thursday and they follow for the previous week. So, this coming Thursday, we should have numbers that will reflect the second week of broadcast.

Jim McIlree

All right. Very good. Well, thank you and good luck, and let’s hope for a cold winter.

Andy Heyward

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question is from Ishfaque Faruk with WestPark Capital. Please proceed with your question.

Ishfaque Faruk

A quick question on Rainbow Rangers. You mentioned that PAW Patrol was a big hit for Spin Master Company. So, do you think Rainbow Rangers can propel Genius Brands higher in a similar manner, beyond the ratings, and your initial conversations?

Andy Heyward

Well, that would be our dream, if we were so fortunate to have a hit of the magnitude -- of a fraction of the magnitude of PAW Patrol. And these types of hits come along continuously, I mean there’s -- I mean you get a PAW Patrol or a Ninja Turtles or a Power Rangers or a Strawberry Shortcake or a Pokémon, any of those hits, they become multibillion-dollar businesses. As I said PAW Patrol did $1 billion of toy sales this last year. I don’t know what the total amount is in all categories, but that was just what was published from the Master Toy licensee Spin Master. It’s too early to say if we’re going to have a hit of that magnitude. But, I can say to you that all the signs are positive at this point. Everything that we would want in place for the perfect storm is there. We have the right broadcaster. I don’t know if you’ve seen the shows yet, the shows are superb with the creative talent that is in the shows is the absolute crème de la crème. It didn’t come out of the television industry; it came out of the motion picture animated industry. So, we have people from the most successful of Walt Disney’s animated motion picture’s Lion King and Frozen create this show. So everything is in place. The licensees are in place, the broadcasting is in place. Now, it’s just going to completely come down to if the kids like it and the viewership is there. If the viewership is there, the consumer products will sell. This show is designed for consumer products. [Technical Difficulty] Michael, you’re speaking on mute, Michael Porter. Sorry. So, anyway, go ahead.

Ishfaque Faruk

Okay. Yes. A follow-up to that is so -- and did Nick Jr. give you indications as to how many seasons they might… [Technical Difficulty] Excuse me, sorry.

Andy Heyward

Did they give us indications of what? I am sorry, someone spoke over you. I think Michael Porter, your line is not on mute and we’re hearing you talking. Go ahead.

Ishfaque Faruk

Yes. Did Nick Jr. give you indications of how many additional seasons if any for Rainbow Rangers they might renew it for?

Andy Heyward

No, they never would do that after the first week. But, they did tell us that they were very pleased with the performance of the show, and more importantly than telling us that they scheduled two additional runs right after only two days of broadcast. So, we were running on Saturday and Sunday now as well.

Ishfaque Faruk

And Andy, you -- other than Rainbow Rangers, what could be your next big property amongst the existing portfolio that you have?

Andy Heyward

Well, we have a very important property that’s coming out of the Stan Lee Comics portfolio and it hasn’t been announced yet, and I am not at liberty to do it, but again, with a very, very highly pedigreed creative team, no less than the one that we have on Rainbow Rangers and we’re working feverishly to get that ready for the marketplace now.

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Operator

Our next question is from Tucker Anderson [ph] with Above All Advisors [ph]. Please proceed.

Unidentified Analyst

It sounds very exciting, and I’m real disappointed I have to wait till next July to get any characters. By the way, I think you not only have seven great characters, but I think Floof is going to be a breakout character too, if people haven’t seen the show. Two questions. First, could you talk about couple other properties, as you were asked about first? Where are we on Llama Llama in general, and could you give us some background on that?

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Unidentified Analyst

And second, just given all the publicity about Stan, given his unfortunate death, is there any time priority in developing these properties to take advantage of that, and given everything else going on with you guys, do you have the bandwidth to fully take advantage of that at this point?

Andy Heyward

Yes. The answer is yes to both points. One is that there’s a tremendous appetite right now for all things Stan Lee. It’s been a priority for us for some time. And we have one property that I said a moment ago that we are working on full steam ahead right now, and it’s a partnership with Stan -- I mean, his company, and a major celebrity who will be attached to it. And we will be in a position to speak more to it shortly, but it’s extremely toyetic. It’s not going to be cannibalizing or competing with other superhero stuff from Marvel in the marketplace, it’s got a very unique niche and one that we have been told by retail has got an open field, just as we were told such by retail regarding Rainbow Rangers a few years back. As far as the bandwidth, we’re nothing going to be doing all six Stan Lee properties that we have at once or cloning them into spin-off, sell it once. There’s only so much you can do. And there’s only so much that we can properly manage. But, I think if we have this one out in the next year that we work to get done, we will be in a very strong position with three very strong properties. Llama Llama is going to grow dramatically for us as well. All signs are positive for that too. It’s a slower build than Rainbow Rangers, which starts with an explosion.

Operator

[Operator Instructions]

Andy Heyward

I want to just add one more thing -- excuse me for Tucker Anderson who just spoke. He mentioned one of our characters Floof. And for those of you who have not seen Rainbow Rangers, Floof is a unicorn and unicorns are extremely timely now. I have an 11-year-old daughter who I was at Target with month or so ago and she saw some unicorns there for -- that she got for Halloween costumes. So, they’re everywhere, they are everywhere, and this is a branded unicorn. Ours’ is called the Prismacorn because it’s a rainbow unicorn. It’s very fun character who steals a lot of the show.

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Operator

Mr. Heyward, there’re no more questions at this time. Do you have any closing comments?

Andy Heyward

No. Thank you, everybody. We’ll keep you everyone informed as we continue to receive viewership numbers on Rainbow Rangers. We couldn’t possibly have had a more auspicious start. Thank you all.

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