GENIUS BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NASDAQ:GNUS) Files An 8-K Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant
ITEM 4.01 CHANGES IN REGISTRANT’S CERTIFYING ACCOUNTANT
On November 1, 2020, Genius Brands International, Inc. (the “Company”) was notified that the audit practice of Squar Milner LLP (“Squar Milner”), the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, was combined with Baker Tilly US, LLP (“Baker Tilly”) in a transaction to which Squar Milner combined its operations with Baker Tilly and certain of the professional staff and partners of Squar Milner joined Baker Tilly either as employees or partners of Baker Tilly. On November 1, 2020 and with the approval of the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors, Baker Tilly was engaged as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.
Prior to engaging Baker Tilly, the Company did not consult with Baker Tilly regarding the application of accounting principles to a specific completed or contemplated transaction or regarding the type of audit opinions that might be rendered by Baker Tilly on the Company’s financial statements, and Baker Tilly did not provide any written or oral advice that was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to any such accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue.
The report of independent registered public accounting firm of Squar Milner regarding the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 did not contain any adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles, except that the audit reports for the year ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 contained an explanatory paragraph disclosing the uncertainty regarding the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.
During the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, and during the interim period from the end of the most recently completed fiscal year through November 1, 2020, the date of resignation, there were no disagreements with Squar Milner on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope of procedures, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of Squar Milner would have caused it to make reference to such disagreement in its reports.
The Company provided Squar Milner with a copy of this Current Report on Form 8-K prior to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission and requested that Squar Milner furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether it agrees with above statements and, if it does not agree, the respects in which it does not agree. A copy of the letter, dated November 4, 2020 is filed as Exhibit 16.1 (which is incorporated by reference herein) to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
ITEM 9.01 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS
The exhibit listed in the following Exhibit Index is filed as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K.