BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genius Brands International, Inc. “Genius Brands” (NASDAQ:GNUS) announced today the January 26, 2018 global premiere of Llama Llama on Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service. Based on the award-winning and bestselling book series by celebrated author and illustrator Anna Dewdney, the all-new Llama Llama animated series features the voice talent of award-winning actress Jennifer Garner.

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Llama Llama will debut worldwide with 15 x 30” episodes, which have been produced in 20 different languages. The preschool series is about first childhood experiences and adventures, as well as the special connections between the lead character, Llama, his Mama and his grandparents. Llama Llama tells heart-warming tales of life in a safe, friendly town seen through the eyes of Llama as he interacts with the amazing world around him. 

“From the caliber of the development and production team and our best in class media partner Netflix to the talent and passion that Jennifer Garner brought to the series, Llama Llama has truly been a dream project for Genius Brands, and we are extremely proud to deliver a series that we believe honors Anna Dewdney’s legacy,” stated Andy Heyward, Chairman & CEO, Genius Brands. “The series is just the beginning of our creating a global entertainment franchise for Llama Llama, including a worldwide licensing, merchandising and retail program to launch next year, that will take the brand to the next level.”

Llama Llama was developed and produced by an all-star team of creators, including director Saul Blinkoff (Doc McStuffins, Barbie’s Dreamtopia, Winnie the Pooh), Emmy Award-winning writer Joe Purdy (Arthur, Hey Arnold!), legendary Disney art director Ruben Aquino (Frozen, The Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan) and Emmy® Award-winning producers Jane Startz (Ella Enchanted, Tuck Everlasting, The Indian In The Cupboard, The Magic School Bus series) and Andy Heyward (Inspector Gadget, The Real Ghostbusters, Strawberry Shortcake). Dewdney’s longtime partner, Reed Duncan, also serves as producer.  

About Llama Llama
With 20 million units in print worldwide, Dewdney’s Llama Llama books from Penguin Young Readers have all been New York Times bestsellers with several titles claiming the #1 spot, and her work has been translated into eight languages. Dewdney’s soothing tales are synonymous with calming early-childhood anxiety and she was praised by the Chicago Tribune as a “geographer extraordinaire of the emotional terrain of preschoolers and their mothers.” Books in her Llama Llama series include Llama Llama Red Pajama, Llama Llama Holiday Drama, Llama Llama Misses Mama, and Llama Llama Time to Share.

About Genius Brands International
Headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, Genius Brands International, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNUS) is a leading global media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media distribution and retail channels. Led by award-winning creators and producers, Genius Brands distributes its content worldwide in all formats, as well as a broad range of consumer products based on its characters. In the children's media sector, its portfolio of “content with a purpose” includes new preschool properties Rainbow Rangers for Nick Jr. and Llama Llama for Netflix; tween music-driven YouTube brand SpacePOP; award-winning toddler brand Baby Genius; adventure comedy series Thomas Edison's Secret Lab, and Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, created with and starring iconic investor Warren Buffett. The Company is also co-producing an all-new adult animated series, Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders, with Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment and The Hollywood Reporter. Genius Brands’ Kid Genius Cartoon Channel is currently available in approximately 60 million households. For additional information please visit www.gnusbrands.com.

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