Current Report

Pursuant To Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 14, 2016


(Name of registrant as specified in its charter)



(State or other jurisdiction of

Incorporation or organization)


301 N. Canon Drive, Suite 305

Beverly Hills, CA

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Commission File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)




(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (310) 273-4222


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


Copies to:

Harvey J. Kesner, Esq.

Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP

61 Broadway, 32 nd Floor

New York, New York 10006

Phone: (212) 930-9700

Fax: (212) 930-9725


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Item 4.01 Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant.


Genius Brands International, Inc., a Nevada corporation (the “Company”), has been informed that effective as of January 1, 2016 (the “Effective Date” ) all of the assets of HJ & Associates, LLC and HJ Associates and Consultants, LLP ( “HJ ” ) were acquired by Haynie & Company, Salt Lake City, Utah, and, as a result, on January 15, 2016 HJ resigned as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm because the firm will no longer be an active entity and not able to certify the Company’s financial statement from and after the Effective Date. Therefore, on January 15, 2016, the Company engaged Haynie & Company, Salt Lake City, Utah, as its new independent registered public accounting firm. The engagement of Haynie & Company was unanimously approved by the Company’s audit committee and Board of Directors.


The reports of HJ regarding the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the two most recent fiscal years did not contain an adverse or disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles.


During the two most recent fiscal years and through the Effective Date, there were (i) no disagreements between the Company and HJ on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedures, which disagreement, if not resolved to the satisfaction of HJ, would have caused HJ to make reference thereto in their reports on the consolidated financial statements for such years, and (ii) no “ reportable events ” as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.


The Company provided HJ with a copy of this Form 8-K and requested that HJ furnish it with a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether or not HJ agrees with the above statements. A copy of such letter, dated January 15, 2016, is attached as Exhibit 16.1.


During the Company’s two most recent fiscal years and in the subsequent interim period through the Effective Date, the Company has not consulted with Haynie & Company regarding either (i) the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Company’s consolidated financial statements, and neither a written report nor oral advice was provided to the Company that Haynie & Company concluded was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to the accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue; or (ii) any matter that was either the subject of a disagreement (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions) or a reportable event (as described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


See Exhibit Index.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Date: January 19, 2016 By:   /s/ Andy Heyward
  Andy Heyward
  Chief Executive Officer




















Exhibit Number   Description
16.1   Letter from HJ & Associates, LLC, dated January 15, 2016