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Genius Brands Appoints Former Head of Financial Markets and Entertainment Industry Zrinka Dekic as Chief Financial Officer

Genius Brands International, Inc has strengthened its global operations and strategy with the appointment of Zrinka Dekic as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions. Bob Denton will assume the new role of Executive Vice President of Finance and Accounting at Genius Brands.

Dekic brings nearly 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry and financial markets including corporate strategy, investment banking, investment management and corporate finance to The Walt Disney Company, and before that, Goldman Sachs. At The Walt Disney Company, she has held positions in the areas of corporate strategy, strategic planning and business development, where she has been involved in a number of large-scale strategic projects and initiatives for the company.

“We are delighted to welcome Zrinka as Chief Financial Officer of Genius Brands at this major inflection point in the development of the business, given rapid revenue growth, expanded distribution and a powerful roster. new content. With the recently announced acquisition of WOW! Unlimited Media in Canada and our strategic investment in Your Family Entertainment traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (RFE.F), allowing us to control one of Europe’s largest animation catalogs and now a global channel footprint, l he addition of Zrinka, with his impressive professional pedigree, including The Walt Disney Company and Goldman Sachs, will allow us to maximize shareholder value. In particular, Zrinka brings a proven track record in mergers and acquisitions, which will continue to be an important part of our strategy as we realize our vision of becoming one of the world’s leading children’s entertainment companies. In support of this goal, she maintains close relationships across Wall Street and the entertainment industry, spanning animation, media and entertainment, sports and consumer products companies in North America and throughout the world, ”said Andy Heyward, President and CEO of Genius Brands.

“Bob Denton has made significant contributions to the company as Chief Financial Officer over the past few years as we transform Genius Brands from an emerging children’s entertainment company into a diverse global organization with a strong balance sheet, positioned to long-term growth. We look forward to his continued contributions as Executive Vice President of Finance and Accounting as we accelerate our focus on expansion, ”said Heyward.

Commenting on this new role, Dekic said, “I am delighted and honored to join Genius Brands International at this critical juncture of disruptive technological changes in the industry as well as the explosive global demand for children’s content. With Genius’ recently announced acquisition of a prolific animation producer, WOW! Unlimited Media in Canada and its investment in Your Family Entertainment in Europe, as well as the fact that Genius Brands, via Kartoon Channel! Worldwide, controlling both content and distribution, it is poised for global expansion and growth. I am delighted to join the company at such an exciting time and be part of the leadership team that will take Genius Brands to the next level.

Prior to joining Disney, Dekic was vice president of the investment management division at Goldman Sachs in New York City, on the US fundamental equity portfolio management team overseeing nearly $ 30 billion in assets under management. Most recently, she was Vice President of Houlihan Lokey’s Investment Banking Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) group, where she was responsible for business development and execution across the industry, including media and entertainment, digital media, streaming technologies, animation and video games. . Ms. Dekic holds a BA from Amherst College and an MBA in Finance from Wharton School.

Genius Brands International, Inc. recently announced the acquisition of WOW! Unlimited Media, Inc. and a major stake in Your Family Entertainment AG in Germany.