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Genius Brands Names Finance Vet Robert Denton CFO

Addition reunites him with his boss from DIC Entertainment, Andy Heyward.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. -- Genius Brands International has appointed Robert Denton, a financial executive with 30 years of senior management experience in fast-growing global media companies, as Chief Financial Officer, effective April 18.

Robert Denton is the new CFO of Genius Brands International.

Denton, who worked alongside Genius Brands’ Chairman and CEO Andy Heyward for five years while serving as CFO of DIC Entertainment leading up to the public company’s successful sale, will once again be reporting directly to Heyward.

Denton brings extensive experience in finance having served as chief operating officer at Artisan Home Entertainment; chief accounting officer of LIVE Entertainment and over eight years at Ernst & Young. As chief financial officer for Genius Brands, he will oversee finance, accounting, budgeting and forecasting, information technology, human resources and corporate facilities. Denton will also be a vital member of Genius Brands’ executive management team, driving the expansion of its investor relations and corporate development initiatives.

Denton has spent the past six years in the role of CFO/Controller for Atlys Inc., a next-gen media technology company. His entertainment experience includes assisting with the restructuring of corporate financing for Gold Circle Films, a theatrical motion picture production and distribution company, as its interim chief financial officer; five years as CFO of DIC Entertainment Corp., the global brand management, production and distribution company specializing in family entertainment with annual sales of $85 million. Other previously held executive positions include chief operating officer at Artisan Home Entertainment; VP of finance for LIVE Home Video, and VP and chief accounting officer of LIVE Entertainment. He got his professional start with Ernst & Young’s Century City office, most recently as a senior manager.

Denton, a graduate of California State University, Northridge, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting, Denton is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Source: Genius Brands International

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