SOURCE: Genius Brands International, Inc.

Genius Brands International, Inc.

December 11, 2014 09:00 ET

Genius Brands International and Its Wholly Owned Subsidiary, A Squared Entertainment, Sign Chronicle Books as Publishing Partner for Popular From Frank™ Lifestyle Brand

Chronicle Books to Publish a Hilarious New From Frank Book in Fall 2015 and Wall Calendar Available at Retail in Summer 2015

BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 11, 2014) - Genius Brands International, Inc. "GBI" (OTCQB: GNUS), and its wholly owned subsidiary A Squared Entertainment, has finalized an agreement with Chronicle Books for its client, From Frank, to publish a new From Frank book, "Don't Fart When You Snuggle: Lessons On How To Make Humans Smile," as well as a 2016 wall calendar. The announcement was made today by Stone Newman, President, Global Consumer Products, GBI, and Sarah Malarkey, Executive Editorial Director, Chronicle Books.

"From Frank's infectious humor translates so naturally onto a broad range of products, and what better way to introduce the world to Frank and tell his story than with a book that brings Frank and his beloved friends alive for fans," said Newman. "We are delighted that Chronicle Books has joined us and our other From Frank partners to deliver Frank's wisecracking humor across multiple product categories."

"Chronicle is excited to partner with From Frank on 'Don't Fart When You Snuggle: Lessons On How To Make Humans Smile,'" comments Malarkey, Chronicle Books. "This compilation of hilarious photos and advice from Frank and his friends will help dogs of all shapes and sizes join their mission to make humans happy."

From Frank began as a line of witty greeting cards just a few years ago and has grown to become a humor lifestyle brand with a range of new products to be introduced in 2015, including lottery tickets (GTECH), sticky notes, boxed cards and notepads (Galison/Mudpuppy); emoticons and a photo bomb app (Bare Tree Media), a 2015 Wall Calendar and 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles (Calendar Club), and pins, stickers, air fresheners, and magnets (Hot Properties). GBI is also currently in discussions with partners to develop pet products, stationery, party supplies, apparel, accessories, plush, novelty and more.

About From Frank:
The idea for From Frank, the brainchild of Kate Smith and her French bulldog, Frank the Tank, was born in 2008 when Smith combined images capturing Frank's humorous, human-like personality with the quirky, yet happy, comments she imagined Frank saying. Frank's main goal in life is to make humans smile. And since he's not allowed to venture more than a block from his house, his cards and other gift products help him do that. Frank knows how to live life -- he appreciates the little things and quickly forgets the bad ones.

The From Frank brand shares these values with consumers, helping them to take life a little less seriously and ultimately to make them smile.

About Genius Brands International:
Headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, Genius Brands International "GBI" (OTCQB: GNUS) is a publicly traded global brand management company that creates multimedia content for toddlers to tweens. Led by award-winning creators and producers CEO Andy Heyward and President Amy Moynihan Heyward, GBI creates "content with a purpose," meaning content that is as entertaining as it is enriching. GBI's growing library of content includes the award-winning "Baby Genius," Warren Buffett's "Secret Millionaires Club," "Thomas Edison's Secret Lab" and "Stan Lee's Mighty 7," the first project from Stan Lee Comics, a joint venture with legendary Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment. For more information, please visit www.gnusbrands.com.

A Squared Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genius Brands International, is a brand management and licensing company that represents 3rd party properties across a broad range of categories in territories around the world. The company currently represents Psycho Bunny, a luxury apparel line; From Frank, a humor greeting card and product line; Elecktro Kids and MIP, both from Wowee Toys; Celessence Technologies, the world's leading microencapsulation company; and Archie Comics, celebrating its 75th Anniversary as one of the most successful and beloved comic book brands of all time.

About Chronicle Books:
Chronicle Books, one of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one as the fifty best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children's titles. Chronicle Books' objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that's instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books visit www.chroniclebooks.com

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