Related Party Transactions
|9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2022
|Related Party Transactions [Abstract]
|Related Party Transactions
Note 22: Related Party Transactions
Pursuant to his employment agreements dated December 7, 2020, Andy Heyward, the Company’s CEO, is entitled to an Executive Producer fee of $12,500 per one-half hour episode for each episode he provides services as an executive producer. During the nine months ended September 30, 2022, Mr. Heyward earned and the Company paid $0.6 million in producer fees. During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, Mr. Heyward earned $0.2 million in producer fees. Mr. Heyward has also earned $55,000 as part of his quarterly discretionary bonus in each of the quarters of 2022 and 2021.
Pursuant to his employment agreement dated April 7, 2022, whereas Michael Hirsh was appointed as the CEO of Wow and its Frederator and Mainframe Studio subsidiaries, a member of the Company’s Executive Committee and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, is entitled to an Executive Producer fee of $12,400 per one-half hour for each episode of any audio-visual production produced by Wow and any of its subsidiaries during the term of his employment, up to 52 episodes per year. During the nine months ended September 30, 2022, Mr. Hirsh did not yet earn any producer fees under the employment agreement.
On July 21, 2020, the Company entered into a merchandising and licensing agreement with Andy Heyward Animation Art (“AHAA”), whose principal is Andy Heyward. The Company entered into a customary merchandise license agreement with AHAA for the use of characters and logos related to Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club and Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 in connection with certain products to be sold by AHAA. The terms and conditions of such license are customary within the industry, and the Company earns an arm-length industry standard royalty on all sales made by AHAA utilizing the licensed content. Since execution of the agreement, the Company has earned $0 in royalties from this agreement.
On September 30, 2021, the Company entered into a Loan Agreement and Promissory Note with POW! in the amount of $1,250,000, accruing simple interest at the annualized rate of 9%. The entire principal sum was required to be remitted to POW!’s client trust account of POW!’s legal counsel within 5 days of the effective date. The principal, plus interest must be repaid by no later than November 1, 2022. Within the Loan Agreement, it is stated that the proceeds of $1,000,000 are required to be used by POW! to settle the arbitration against Stan Lee Studios (aka Proxima Studios) and $250,000 shall be used to solely pay for the payment of legal costs and fees. The principal amount was transferred to POW! on October 12, 2021 and on or about November 4, 2021, POW and Proxima entered into a binding settlement agreement resolving all the claims made by Proxima. The loan has accrued interest of $78,660 and $26,221 as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively, recorded with the principal balance within Note Receivable from Related Party on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheets. In addition, pursuant to its joint venture with POW! and formation of the entity Stan Lee Universe, LLC, the Company included within Note Receivable from Related Party, the amount owed to the Company related to the 50% non-controlling interest held by POW!.
During the three months ended September 30, 2022, the Company and YFE completed an asset exchange transaction pursuant to a License and Distribution Agreement (the “Agreement”) signed on June 27, 2022. The Agreement includes multiple elements, including (i) broadcast rights and (ii) distribution rights. Stefan Piëch, a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since June 23, 2022, is the chief executive officer of YFE. The Company currently has a 48.0% economic ownership interest in YFE and Mr. Piech has a 28.2% economic ownership interest in YFE. Pursuant to the Agreement, the Company granted YFE the right to use certain of the Company’s programs to broadcast on YFE’s channels in certain territories and in exchange, the Company shall be entitled to receive a flat fee of EUR 1,000,000 upon delivery of the programs. In addition, YFE granted the Company the right to use certain of YFE’s programs to broadcast on the Company’s channels in certain territories and in exchange, YFE shall be entitled to receive a flat fee of EUR 1,000,000 upon YFE’s delivery of the programs. The rights between the parties were exchanged and invoices were generated and marked as paid without cash actually being exchanged between the parties as it was agreed that the physical transfer of cash was unnecessary. The EUR 1,000,000 was treated as an asset exchange and was not included as part of revenue generated by the Company. Each party granted to the other distribution rights to those same titles. The distribution rights grant the Company the right to license the YFE titles to third parties within specific territories and YFE the right to license the Company’s titles to third parties worldwide. Each party will earn a commission of 30% from gross receipts of titles distributed and reimbursement of up to 5% of expenses incurred.
On July 19, 2022, the Company entered into a Shareholder Loan Agreement with YFE in the amount of USD $1.3 million, accruing interest at the fixed annualized rate of 5%, with successive interest periods of three months due on the last day of each calendar quarter. The entire principal sum was required to be remitted to YFE within 5 days of the effective date. The principal, plus interest must be repaid by no later than June 30, 2026. The loan has accrued interest of USD $11,639 as of September 30, 2022 recorded with the principal balance within Note Receivable from Related Party on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet.