Attached files

file filename
EX-32.2 - WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC.ex32-2.htm
EX-32.1 - WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC.ex32-1.htm
EX-31.2 - WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC.ex31-2.htm
EX-31.1 - WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC.ex31-1.htm
EX-21.1 - WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC.ex21-1.htm

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

[X] ANNUAL REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended: December 31, 2016

 

or

 

[  ] TRANSITION REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Commission file number: 000-33383

 

WIZARD WORLD, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   98-0357690
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

662 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 300

Los Angeles, CA 90049

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(310) 648-8410

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Securities registered under Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act: None

 

Securities registered under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act: Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes [  ] No [X]

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes [  ] No [X]

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes [X] No [  ]

 

Indicate by checkmark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes [X] No [  ]

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. [  ]

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.:

 

  Large accelerated filer [  ]   Non-accelerated filer [  ]
           
  Accelerated filer [  ]   Smaller reporting company [X]

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes [  ] No [X]

 

The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates of the registrant on June 30, 2016, based on a closing price of $0.43 was $9,152,692. As of April 17, 2017, the registrant had 68,535,036 shares of its common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, outstanding.

 

Documents Incorporated By Reference: None.

 

 

 

 
 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

    Page No.
PART I  
     
Item 1. Business 3
Item 1A. Risk Factors 10
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments 17
Item 2. Properties 17
Item 3. Legal Proceedings 17
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures 18
     
PART II  
     
Item 5. Market For Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities 18
Item 6. Selected Financial Data 22
Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation 22
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 30
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data 30
Item 9. Changes In and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure 30
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures 30
Item 9B. Other Information 31
     
PART III  
   
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance 31
Item 11. Executive Compensation 36
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters 41
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence 44
Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services 45
     
PART IV  
     
Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statements Schedules 46
     
SIGNATURES 51

 

2
 

 

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

Included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are “forward-looking” statements, as well as historical information. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including matters described in the section titled “Risk Factors.” Forward-looking statements include those that use forward-looking terminology, such as the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “project,” “plan,” “will,” “shall,” “should,” and similar expressions, including when used in the negative. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable and achievable, these statements involve risks and uncertainties and we cannot assure you that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ from these forward-looking statements include the following:

 

  the availability and adequacy of our cash flow to meet our requirements;
     
  economic, competitive, demographic, business and other conditions in our local and regional markets;
     
  changes in our business and growth strategy;
     
  changes or developments in laws, regulations or taxes in the entertainment industry;
     
  actions taken or not taken by third-parties, including our contractors and competitors;
     
  the availability of additional capital; and
     
  other factors discussed under the section entitled “Risk Factors” or elsewhere in this Annual Report.

 

All forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by these and other factors. We undertake no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether to reflect events or circumstances after the date initially filed or published, to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or otherwise unless required by applicable law.

 

PART I

 

Item 1. Business.

 

As used in this Annual Report, “we,” “us,” “our,” “Wizard,” “Company” or “our Company” refer to Wizard World, Inc. and references to “Conventions” refer collectively to Kick the Can Corp. and its predecessors, Wizard Conventions, Inc. and Kicking the Can, L.L.C.

 

3
 

 

Our Company

 

Through our operating subsidiary Conventions, the Company is a producer of “pop culture” live multimedia conventions across the United States. These live multimedia conventions provide a social networking and entertainment venue for enthusiasts of movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming, comic books and graphic novels. The Company is also moving into the digital space by creating content that will integrate with and enhance the Company’s current operations.

 

Company History

 

Wizard World, Inc. (f/k/a GoEnergy, Inc.) was incorporated in Delaware on May 2, 2001. The Company was initially involved in oil and gas exploration but ceased operations and abandoned any interests it had in such properties.

 

On December 7, 2010, the Company entered into a Share Purchase and Share Exchange Agreement (the “Exchange Agreement”) among the Company, the former majority stockholder of the Company, Conventions, and shareholders of Conventions, under which Conventions became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.

 

On August 27, 2014, the Company entered into a Joint Venture and Operating Agreement for a forty-seven and one half percent (47.5%) interest in CON TV, LLC (“CONtv”), with Cinedigm Entertainment Corp. (“Cinedigm”), ROAR, LLC (“ROAR”) and Bristol Capital, LLC (“Bristol”). On November 16, 2015, the parties entered into an Amended and Restated Operating Agreement, effective as of July 1, 2015, which, among other things, restructured the business relationship between the Company and Cinedigm with respect to the ownership and operation of CONtv. Under that agreement, the Company greatly reduced and limited its obligations to the venture, while retaining a ten percent (10%) membership interest in CONtv.

 

On December 29, 2014, the Company and a member of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company formed Wiz Wizard, LLC (“Wiz Wizard”) in the State of Delaware. On February 4, 2016, the member of the Board assigned his fifty percent (50%) membership interest to the Company. Consequently, Wiz Wizard is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.

 

On April 10, 2015, the Company and a third-party formed ButtaFyngas, LLC in the State of Delaware. The Company owns fifty percent (50%) of the membership interests.

 

Our executive offices are located at 662 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 300, Los Angeles California 90049, and our telephone number is (310) 648-8410.

 

Business Overview

 

The Company produces live pop culture conventions (“Comic Conventions”) across the United States that provide a social networking and entertainment venue for enthusiasts of movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking, gaming, comic books, and graphic novels. Our Comic Conventions provide an opportunity for companies in the entertainment, toy, gaming, publishing and retail business to carry out sales, marketing, product promotion, public relations, advertising, and sponsorship efforts.

 

During 2016, the Company underwent a significant senior management restructuring. The restructuring included the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer and new Chief Operating Officer, both entering their roles with experience at major movie studios and television networks. The Company also appointed an Executive Chairman. Focused on reforming the Company’s operations and key operating controls, the new management has worked extensively to position the Company to successfully grow by, among other things, implementing newly constituted internal accounting, marketing, and talent departments. A further description of management’s work to create a foundation for the Company to grow can be found below in Growth Strategy.

 

Conventions

 

Conventions has been producing Comic Conventions since July 1997.

 

In 2016, Conventions produced 16 Comic Conventions in the following cities: (i) Portland, OR; (ii) New Orleans, LA; (iii) Madison, WI; (iv) Cleveland, OH; (v) Chicago, IL; (vi) Las Vegas, NV; (vii) Minneapolis, MN; (viii) Philadelphia, PA; (ix) St Louis, MO; (x) Des Moines, IA; (xi) Sacramento, CA; (xii) Richmond, VA; (xiii) Columbus, OH; (xiv) Pittsburgh, PA; (xv) Tulsa, OK; and (xvi) Austin, TX.

 

4
 

 

The Company receives revenue from its Comic Conventions primarily from three sources: (i) consumer admissions; (ii) exhibitor booth sales; and (iii) national and/or regional sponsorships. Comic Conventions vary in cost to produce. Production costs vary based on the size and scope of the production. Generally, our production costs range from approximately $500,000 for a smaller scale production to over $2,500,000 for a larger production.

 

The Company’s plan for 2017 is to produce Comic Convention in the following cities: (i) Portland, OR; (ii) New Orleans, LA; (iii) Cleveland, OH; (iv) St. Louis, MO; (v) Madison, WI; (vi) Minneapolis, MN; (vii) Philadelphia, PA (viii) Des Moines, IA; (ix) Sacramento, CA; (x) Columbus, OH; (xi) Chicago, IL; (xii) Austin, TX; (xiii) Albuquerque, NM; (xiv) Orlando, FL; (xv) Nashville, TN; and (xvi) Oklahoma City, OK.

 

Our target audience includes men and women in the 18 to 34 year old demographic, together with families of all ages who are fans of various types of entertainment and media, including movies, music, toys, video games, consumer electronics, computers, and lifestyle products (e.g. clothes, footwear, digital devices, and mobile phones). We continuously review our existing operations and procedures relating to our Comic Conventions in order to ensure that we produce the best possible fan experience at our Comic Conventions, and maximize revenue while containing costs.

 

CONtv

 

The Company currently holds a limited interest in CONtv, a digital network devoted to fans of pop culture entertainment.

 

ConBox

 

In April 2015, the Company through its subsidiary, Wiz Wizard, launched ComicConBox (“ConBox”). ConBox is a subscription-based premium monthly box service. The boxes provided by ConBox feature collectibles, exclusives, toys, tech and gaming, licensed artwork, superior comics and apparel, Comic Convention admissions, special VIP discounts and more, which are shipped on or around the end of every month. The Company is currently evaluating its ConBox strategy with the objective of providing more highly-curated goods to subscribers while reducing the cost of production. The Company believes that the profitability of ConBox is limited due to the high cost of goods and logistical complications.

 

Digital Media

 

The Company produces a number of digital media properties, including our recently updated website www.wizardworld.com, emails, newsletters, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and Tumblr to create awareness of our Comic Conventions and provide updates to our fans and consumers. To a large extent we also use our website www.wizardworld.com to provide the latest Wizard World news and information. While we derive little or no direct revenue from these properties, they have the indirect benefit of supporting sales relating to our Comic Conventions (dealer and exhibitor booths, admissions, sponsorships), as well as helping us secure additional sought after and high profile talent. This in turn helps us obtain additional admissions, booth sales and sponsorships for our Comic Conventions. The Company intends to increase its presence in the digital space, through the creation and distribution of high quality and compelling content. Plans are underway to launch an initiative that will greatly amplify the Company’s digital presence and enhance the Company’s current operations.

 

5
 

 

The Company maintains an email list consisting of all our current and active users. This is a primary driver of information dissemination, along with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. YouTube is mainly used as brand awareness, information is posted after a Comic Convention, which helps to generate excitement at future events. Because our Comic Conventions visit multiple cities, it is essential that we create excitement in multiple regions, not just focused on a single event.

 

Through Facebook, our attending artists and celebrities are able to help promote our Comic Conventions by announcing their involvement in our events. This helps generate excitement among both their existing fan base and ours while creating a sense of community and groundswell of support for the upcoming Comic Convention. Once we establish a critical mass of people, the Comic Convention can become part of the fabric of the community where people anticipate and look forward to the event months and sometimes even a full year in advance. Retention of Comic Convention attendees is essential to our sales process. Procuring new and timely talent helps generate new customers, as well as the word of mouth of previous attendees. Much of this is achieved via email, Facebook, Twitter, and www.wizardworld.com.

 

Unlike many live events (sports, concerts, etc.), where attendees are spectators (even if they are a part of a community at large), at our Comic Conventions the attendees participate in events. This atmosphere creates a greater amount of user generated content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. For instance, we generally observe an increase in Facebook “Likes” on profile picture changes on Facebook the days during and after our Comic Conventions featuring celebrity “Photo Ops.” This is a non-paid form of free advertising. Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are a perfect marriage for these types of event photos.

 

Strategy

 

Our objective is to create an expanded and qualitatively enhanced digital initiative to leverage the Company’s digital extensions to become a dominant voice for pop culture enthusiasts across multiple media platforms. Key elements of our strategy include:

 

  producing high quality Comic Conventions events across the United States to entertain fans and to allow for promotion of consumer products and entertainment;
     
  produce high quality content and leveraging the content created at the Comic Conventions through digital media outlets such as websites, apps, emails, newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram and YouTube, among others;
     
  obtaining sponsorships and promotions from media and entertainment companies for our digital initiative Comic Conventions, including:

 

  expanding our relationships with entertainment and media companies; and
     
  utilizing the Company’s digital assets to create and launch a revised and vibrant e-commerce venture.

 

6
 

 

Sponsorships and Advertising

 

The Company sells sponsorship and advertising opportunities to businesses seeking to reach our core target audience of active entertainment consumers, with a particular focus on men and women ages 18 to 34 and families.

 

Sponsorships and Promotions

 

We provide sponsorship opportunities that allow advertisers a wide range of promotional vehicles on-site and through our public relations efforts. For example, we offer advertisers the ability to: (i) display signage at our Comic Conventions, (ii) include their desired logos on all direct mail that is sent in connection with one or more Comic Conventions, (iii) be included in press releases to the media, (iv) obtain sponsor tags on the radio spots or in the print or online ads where we advertise, and (v) obtain advertising space in our digital media. We also provide the opportunity for advertisers to sponsor events at the Comic Conventions, such as costume contests or gaming tournaments and the ability to brand “step-and-repeats” for photo opportunities, meet and greets with celebrities, VIP packages, and “goody” bag giveaways. Sponsors pay a fee based upon the position of their advertising media and the exposure it will receive. We are able to increase our revenue by utilizing a strategic floor layout that maximizes the amount of highly profitable booth, advertising, and sponsorship opportunities. We are focused on increasing our sponsorship revenue and we are currently actively engaged in enhancing our capabilities in that regard.

 

Marketing

 

Our Comic Conventions are marketed through a variety of media outlets, including social media, websites, public relations, television, radio, out-of-home (OOH), email, “street-teams” and by flyers, and postcards. Our Comic Conventions usually obtain publicity through coverage of the events at our Comic Conventions by local TV stations, radio stations, newspapers, national press, fan websites, blogs, and social network channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Tumblr. In certain instances, we do not pay for advertising because we can provide desirable content to media outlets. For example, we typically invite local TV stations to our Comic Conventions so that they can interview the celebrities featured at our Comic Conventions. As a result, we receive free TV coverage and the TV stations obtain content for their shows. In addition, we arrange for celebrities to call into local radio stations. As a result, we receive on-air promotion of our events and the radio station reaches a larger audience who want to tune in to hear our celebrities. We also receive on-air promotion by exchanging air time for admission giveaways to our Comic Conventions. With respect to the internet and online advertising, we advertise throughout our website www.wizardworld.com about upcoming Comic Conventions. We also send out emails to our fans on a regular basis.

 

7
 

 

Trademarks and Copyrights

 

We have a portfolio of trademarks and service marks and maintain a catalog of copyrighted works. Such marks include “Wizard World”, “Where Pop FI Comes to Life” and “Wizard World Girls”.

 

Regulation

 

Typically, we do not have to obtain permits to operate the Comic Conventions. The convention centers at which such events occur obtain any required permits and cover fire safety and occupancy matters as part of the rental agreement. Crowd control varies by location and is either provided by the convention center’s personnel or by a third party security service recommended by the convention center. The convention centers do, however, require liability insurance, which Conventions has obtained and maintained.

 

Customers

 

We derive revenue from both Comic Convention attendees and corporate clients that purchase sponsor opportunities and take part in our Comic Conventions as exhibitors.

 

Show Attendees

 

Our Comic Conventions are attended primarily by men and women in the 18 to 34 year old demographic, together with families of all ages who are fans of various types of entertainment and media, including movies, music, toys, video games, consumer electronics, computers, and lifestyle products (e.g. clothes, footwear, digital devices, and mobile phones). We are seeking to develop a positive reputation for hosting quality events in order to build brand loyalty among our show attendees and ensure repeat attendance.

 

Corporate Sponsors and Exhibitors

 

We continue to target some of the leading movie studios, video game producers, comic book publishers, television broadcasters, and toy manufacturers as future exhibitors and sponsors. In addition, our digital media business will provide sales opportunities across the Fortune 1000 corporate sector, as these brand advertisers look to leverage our media properties to reach our target audience.

 

No single advertiser, promoter or sponsor comprises a significant portion of our revenues.

 

Competition; Competitive Strengths

 

In the live, regionally-based consumer conventions market, the strength of a competitor is measured by the location and size of the region or city, the frequency of live events per year, the guest and VIP list (e.g. celebrities and artists), the number of paying attendees, the physical size of the convention, the extent of the public relations outreach (through traditional media, digital media and social media), and the quantity and quality of exhibitors and dealers. We believe that we have a strong competitive position because our Comic Conventions take place in well-known major cities across the United States throughout the year. Our multiple conventions per year enable us to market our events throughout the entire year, create a large amount of high-quality content that can be distributed through our digital media outlets, and market in not only the regional consumer areas, but nationally as well. The multiple locations also allow us to work with more celebrities, artists and writers and host them in multiple cities.

 

There are a number of Comic Convention providers that produce events across the country. We are unique in that we produce more Comic Conventions in the United States annually than any other organization. We reach audiences coast-to-coast, north-to-south markets in the United States. We believe that creates an advantage over other event producers because our Comic Conventions are not limited to one city, but rather span well-known cities across the United States.

 

We also believe that we have an advantage over competitors because our Comic Conventions are well known and well respected in the Comic Convention and pop culture industry. We have a reputation among fans, exhibitors, and celebrities for producing high-quality and well attended Comic Conventions.

 

Sales Channels and Pricing Policies

 

We have outsourced our admission sales to a national ticketing service. Our intention is to move all ticketing to a bar-code system that will be consumer friendly by decreasing lines at the convention venues. Admission prices typically range from $45 for a single day pass to $95 for a general weekend pass. Entry for children ten years old and under is free at all Comic Conventions.

 

8
 

 

Sales and Marketing Strategy

 

We promote our Comic Conventions through a wide variety of media outlets, such as local radio and TV stations, newspapers, fan websites, and blogs. We also use online social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr, and Tumblr, to reach our fans and provide updates. Further, we promote our Comic Conventions on our website www.wizardworld.com and through our email database. We currently sell to prospective corporate sponsors and advertisers through our direct sales force.

 

Growth Strategy

 

Aggressive steps taken by the Company’s new management throughout 2016 have now provided a stable and reliable base of operations from which the Company can grow. The Company plans to pursue expansion by carefully evaluating various strategies that are now under consideration and utilizing knowledge gained throughout the Company’s history.

 

We plan to organically develop new Comic Conventions, including a focused initiative to develop new Comic Conventions in smaller markets; in a variety of alternative venues. We also seek to increase revenues of our existing Comic Conventions through improving the fan experience by adding more entertainment, exhibitors, celebrities, panels, gaming tournaments, and opportunities for VIP experiences. Internalizing various services provided at our Comic Conventions we believe we can also lead to increased revenues. For example, all photo-operations at our Conventions are now owned and controlled by the Company. To help us provide a better customer experience, and in order to address the logistics of hosting additional and more profitable Comic Conventions, the Company has entered into a relationship with a sophisticated ticket sales company. 

 

The Company is also looking to leverage its existing resources and exposure, both online and at Comic Conventions, to generate revenue through new business opportunities. For example, the Company intends to move into the area of e-commerce and collectibles. The Company is also embarking on a new digital initiative intended to promote its convention platform and to serve as a platform for advertising in its own right.

 

Additionally, we intend to increase revenue through increasing corporate sponsorships with national Fortune 1000 marketers by offering these advertisers a wide range of promotional vehicles, both on-site and through our digital media and online offerings. We believe that we will be able to further enhance our relationships with our existing dealers, exhibitors, celebrities, and VIPs while, at the same time, developing new relationships with national brand marketers looking to connect with our growing audiences. Currently the Company has embarked on a major initiative to identify potential local, regional and national sponsors and to conclude sponsorship arrangements with them.

 

To help facilitate our growth, we have recently restructured our marketing department which now produces and utilizes enhanced sales collateral. We have also hired a new internal accounting department which has adopted the use of sophisticated accounting software in order to better handle the accounting matters associated with a larger company. The Company has also moved to enhance its ongoing sales operations by implementing a sophisticated CRM system to track sales activity and accounts and to methodically follow new leads.

 

The Wizard World Comic Convention digital marketing platform extends across online and social media outlets with a growth strategy that is fueled by continually producing content for and harnessing content from the growing Comic Convention consumers. For example, the platform includes: (i) the website www.wizardworld.com (ii) our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wizardworld, (iii) Twitter at www.twitter.com/wizardworld, (iv) video social websites such as www.youtube.com/wizardworld, and (v) Instagram at www.instagram.com/wizardworld. Across the various outlets, the Company covers new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, in order to distribute the large amount of content we create from our live events. Through the distribution of our content via digital media, we offer advertisers the ability to display their sponsorship messages in immersive and integrated ways, including, but not limited to, our large e-mail database of fans. Through sales varying from digital display advertising space on our digital media properties, to title sponsorship positioning on key aspects for the live events, we plan to generate new forms of sponsorship revenues and thus strengthen our financial condition. It is our further intention to expand the Company’s digital offerings by curating and producing high quality content for digital distribution which will broaden the Company’s position and reputation as an authentic voice of pop culture. The new digital initiatives will enhance the Company’s live event activities and will become a major force in their own right. We will also greatly increase our presence as a disseminator of collectible products as a part of a greatly augmented and expanded e-commerce initiative.

 

Employees

 

We currently have 32 full-time equivalent employees. Additionally, we engage 5 freelance consultants providing us with greater core competence in the disciplines of Marketing, Sponsorship Sales, Event Production and e-commerce.

 

Where You Can Find More Information

 

Our website address is www.wizardworld.com. We do not intend our website address to be an active link or to otherwise incorporate by reference the contents of the website into this Report. The public may read and copy any materials the Company files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549. The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0030. The SEC maintains an Internet website (http://www.sec.gov) that contains reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC.

 

9
 

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

 

Risks Relating to our Company

 

If we need additional capital to fund our growing operations, we may not be able to obtain sufficient capital and may be forced to limit the scope of our operations.

 

As we move forward to implement our growth strategies, we may experience increased capital needs We may not, however, have sufficient capital to fund our future operations without additional capital investments. If adequate additional financing is not available on reasonable terms or at all, we may not be able to carry out our corporate strategy and we would be forced to modify our business plans (e.g., limit our expansion, limit our marketing efforts and/or decrease or eliminate capital expenditures), any of which may adversely affect our financial condition, results of operations and cash flow. Such reduction could materially adversely affect our business and our ability to compete.

 

Our capital needs will depend on numerous factors, including, without limitation, (i) our profitability, (ii) our ability to respond to a release of competitive products by our competitors, and (iii) the amount of our capital expenditures, including acquisitions. Moreover, the costs involved may exceed those originally contemplated. Cost savings and other economic benefits expected may not materialize as a result of any cost overruns or changes in market circumstances. Failure to obtain intended economic benefits could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating performances.

 

We need to manage growth in operations to maximize our potential growth and achieve our expected revenues. Our failure to manage growth can cause a disruption of our operations that may result in the failure to generate revenues at levels we expect.

 

In order to maximize potential growth in our current markets, we may have to expand our operations. Such expansion will place a significant strain on our management and our operational, accounting, and information systems. We expect that we will need to continue to improve our financial controls, operating procedures and management information systems. We will also need to effectively train, motivate, and manage our employees. Our failure to manage our growth could disrupt our operations and ultimately prevent us from generating the revenues we expect.

 

Insiders have substantial control over the Company, and they could delay or prevent a change in our corporate control even if our other stockholders want it to occur.

 

As of the date of this filing, our executive officers, directors, and principal stockholders who beneficially own 5% or more of our outstanding common stock, own in the aggregate, approximately 69% of our outstanding common stock. These stockholders are able to exercise significant control over all matters requiring stockholder approval, including the election of directors and approval of significant corporate transactions. This could delay or prevent an outside party from acquiring or merging with our Company even if our other stockholders want it to occur.

 

Our Certificate of Incorporation provides for indemnification of officers and directors at our expense and limits their liability, which may result in a major cost to us and hurt the interests of our stockholders because corporate resources may be expended for the benefit of officers and/or directors.

 

Our Certificate of Incorporation and applicable Delaware law provide for the indemnification of our directors and officers against attorney’s fees and other expenses incurred by them in any action to which they become a party arising from their association with or activities on our behalf. This indemnification policy could result in substantial expenditures by us that we will be unable to recoup.

 

We have been advised that, in the opinion of the SEC, indemnification for liabilities arising under federal securities laws is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification for liabilities arising under federal securities laws, other than the payment by us of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding, is asserted by a director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, we will (unless in the opinion of our counsel, the matter has been settled by controlling precedent) submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction, the question whether indemnification by us is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue. The legal process relating to this matter, if it were to occur, is likely to be very costly and may result in us receiving negative publicity, either of which factors is likely to materially reduce the market and price for our shares if such a market ever develops.

 

10
 

 

Risks Related to our Business and Industry

 

General

 

We may not be able to prevent others from using our intellectual property, and may be subject to claims by third parties that we infringe on their intellectual property.

 

We regard the content that we plan to distribute via digital media to be important to our success. We plan to rely on non-disclosure and other contractual provisions to protect our proprietary rights. We may also try to protect our intellectual property rights by, among other things, searching the Internet to detect unauthorized use of our intellectual property.

 

However, policing the unauthorized use of our intellectual property is often difficult and any steps we take may not, in every case, prevent the infringement by unauthorized third parties. Further, there can be no assurance that our efforts to enforce our rights and protect our intellectual property will be successful. We may need to resort to litigation to enforce our intellectual property rights, which may result in substantial costs and diversion of resources and management attention.

 

Further, although management does not believe that our products and services infringe on the intellectual rights of others, there is no assurance that we will not be the target of infringement or other claims. Such claims, even if not true, could result in significant legal and other costs and may be a distraction to our management or interrupt our business.

 

We encounter competition in our business, and any failure to compete effectively could adversely affect our results of operations.

 

We anticipate that our competitors will continue to expand and seek to obtain additional market share with competitive price and performance characteristics. Aggressive expansion of our competitors or the entrance of new competitors into our markets could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

If we do not compete successfully against new and existing competitors, we may lose our market share, and our operating results may be adversely affected.

 

We compete with other advertising service providers that may reach our target audience by means that are more effective than our Comic Conventions and digital media. Further, if such other providers of advertising have a long operating history, large product and service suites, more capital resources and broad international or local recognition, our operating results may be adversely affected if we cannot successfully compete.

 

Our future success depends upon, in large part, our continuing ability to attract and retain qualified personnel.

 

Expansion of our business and operations may require additional managers and employees with industry experience, in which case our success will be dependent on our ability to attract and retain experienced management personnel and other employees. There can be no assurance that we will be able to attract or retain qualified personnel. Competition may also make it more difficult and expensive to attract, hire and retain qualified managers and employees. If we fail to attract, train and retain sufficient numbers of the qualified personnel, our prospects, business, financial condition and results of operations will be materially and adversely affected.

 

Comic Convention Business

 

If we do not maintain and develop our Wizard World Comic Convention brand, we will not be able to attract an audience to the Comic Conventions.

 

We attract audiences and advertisers partly through brand name recognition. We believe that establishing, maintaining and enhancing our portfolio of Comic Conventions and the brands of our strategic partners will enhance our growth prospects. The promotion of our Wizard World Comic Convention brand and those of our strategic partners will depend largely on our success in maintaining a sizable and loyal audience, providing high-quality content and organizing effective marketing programs. If we fail to meet the standards to which our consumers are accustomed, our reputation will be harmed and we may lose market share.

 

11
 

 

Our future success depends on attracting sponsors and pop culture advertisers who will advertise at our Comic Conventions. If we fail to attract a sufficient number of sponsors and pop culture advertisers, our operating results and revenues may not meet expectations.

 

One of our important strategies is to create an integrated platform of tours on which sponsors and pop culture advertisers wishing to reach our young male target audience may advertise. However, advertisers may find that our targeted demographic does not consist of their desired consumers or a critical mass of consumers, decide to use a competitor’s services or decide not to use our services for other reasons. If the sponsors and pop culture advertisers decide against advertising with us, we may not realize our growth potential or meet investor expectations. Our future operating results and business prospects could be adversely affected.

 

We may not be able to respond to changing consumer preferences and our sales may decline.

 

We operate in markets that are subject to change, including changes in customer preferences. New fads, trends and shifts in pop culture could affect the type of live events customers will attend or the products consumers will purchase. Content in which we have invested significant resources may fail to meet consumer demand at the time. A decrease in the level of media exposure or popularity of the pop culture market or a loss in sales could have a material adverse effect on our business, prospects and financial condition.

 

We rely on key contracts and business relationships, and if our current or future business partners or contracting counterparties fail to perform or terminate any of their contractual arrangements with us for any reason or cease operations, or should we fail to adequately identify key business relationships, our business could be disrupted and our reputation may be harmed.

 

If any of our business partners or contracting counterparties fails to perform or terminates their agreement(s) with us for any reason, or if our business partners or contracting counterparties with which we have short-term agreements refuse to extend or renew the agreement or enter into a similar agreement, our ability to carry on operations and cross-sell sales and marketing services among different platforms may be impaired. In addition, we depend on the continued operation of our long-term business partners and contracting counterparties and on maintaining good relations with them. If one of our long-term partners or counterparties is unable (including as a result of bankruptcy or a liquidation proceeding) or unwilling to continue operating in the line of business that is the subject of our contract, we may not be able to obtain similar relationships and agreements on terms acceptable to us or at all. If a partner or counterparty fails to perform or terminates any of the agreements with us or discontinues operations, and we are unable to obtain similar relationships or agreements, such events could have an adverse effect on our operating results and financial condition. Further, if we are unable to timely produce our Comic Conventions or produce the same quality of Comic Conventions to which our target demographic has been accustomed, the consequences could be far-reaching and harmful to our reputation, existing business relationships and future growth potential.

 

We may also need to form new strategic partnerships or joint ventures to access appropriate assets and industry know-how. Failing to identify, execute and integrate such future partnerships or joint ventures may have an adverse effect on our business, growth, financial condition, and cash flow from operations.

 

Our future success depends on attracting high-profile celebrities and VIPs to our Comic Conventions. If we fail to attract such celebrities and VIPs, our attendance may suffer and our operating results and revenues may be adversely impacted.

 

Our ability to maintain our competitive position will be dependent on attracting high profile celebrities and VIPs to attend our Comic Conventions. We attract our audience by providing opportunities to meet some of their favorite celebrities. The failure of the Company to attract such high-profile celebrities and VIPs may hurt the attendance at our Comic Conventions and as a result, our operations results and revenues may be adversely impacted.

 

12
 

 

ConBox

 

We may be unable to predict subscription renewal rates and the impact these rates may have on our future revenue and operating results.

 

Our subscribers have no obligation to renew their subscriptions for our services after the expiration of their initial subscription period, and some subscribers may elect not to renew. We cannot provide assurance that our subscriptions will be renewed. We cannot provide assurance that we will be able to accurately predict future subscriber renewal rates. Our subscribers’ renewal rates may decline or fluctuate as a result of a number of factors, including their level of satisfaction with our services, our ability to continue to provide unique and valuable content, the reliability of our subscription services, the prices of our services, the prices of services offered by our competitors, reductions in our customers’ spending levels, or declines in customer activity as a result of economic downturns or uncertainty in financial markets. We will need to add new subscribers to replace subscribers who cancel in order to grow our business. If we do not attract subscribers, if too many of our subscribers cancel our service, or if we are unable to attract new subscribers in sufficient numbers, our financial outlook, liquidity, business and operating results would be adversely affected.

 

If we fail to maintain or establish a positive reputation with subscribers concerning our service, including the content we deliver, we may not be able to attract or retain subscribers, and our operating results may be adversely affected.

 

We believe that a positive reputation with subscribers of ConBox is important in attracting and retaining subscribers. To the extent our content is perceived as low quality or otherwise not compelling to subscribers, our ability to establish and maintain a positive reputation may be adversely impacted. Furthermore, to the extent our marketing, and customer service efforts are not effective or result in negative consumer reaction, our ability to establish and maintain a positive reputation may likewise be adversely impacted. To date the ConBox venture has not been a successful one. The Company is evaluating the proper approach to reforming the ConBox model or shuttering the initiative.

 

Digital Media

 

We could face a variety of risks of expanding into a new business.

 

The Company will expand into digital media and content creation. Risks of our entry into the new business line of digital media, include, without limitation: (i) potential diversion of management’s attention and other resources, including available cash, from our existing businesses; (ii) unanticipated liabilities or contingencies; (iii) the need for additional capital and other resources to expand into this new line of business; and (iv) inefficient combination or integration of operational and management systems and controls. Entry into a new line of business may also subject us to new laws and regulations with which we are not familiar, and may lead to increased litigation and regulatory risk. Further, our business model and strategy are still evolving and are continually being reviewed and revised, and we may not be able to successfully implement our business model and strategy. We may not be able to attract a sufficiently large number of audience or customers, or recover costs incurred for developing and marketing these products or services. If we are unable to successfully implement our growth strategies, our revenue and profitability may not grow as we expect, our competitiveness may be materially and adversely affected, and our reputation and business may be harmed.

 

In developing and marketing the new business of digital media, we may invest significant time and resources. Initial timetables for the introduction and development of our digital media business may not be achieved and price and profitability targets may not prove feasible. Furthermore, any new line of business could have a significant impact on the effectiveness of our system of internal controls. Failure to successfully manage these risks in the development and implementation of our new digital media business could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

13
 

 

We will face significant competition in the digital media business. If we fail to compete effectively, we may lose users to competitors, which could materially and adversely affect our ability to generate revenues from online advertising.

 

We will face significant competition for online advertising revenues with other websites that sell online advertising services. In addition, we indirectly compete for advertising budgets with traditional advertising media, such as television and radio stations, newspapers and magazines, and major out-of-home media. Some of our competitors may have longer operating histories and significantly greater financial, technical and marketing resources than we do, and in turn may have an advantage in attracting and retaining users and advertisers.

 

Risks Relating to Being a Public Company

 

We will incur significant costs to ensure compliance with United States corporate governance and accounting requirements.

 

We will incur significant costs associated with our public company reporting requirements and costs associated with corporate governance requirements, including requirements under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and other rules implemented by the SEC. We expect all of these applicable rules and regulations to significantly increase our legal and financial compliance costs and to make some activities more time consuming and costly. We also expect that these applicable rules and regulations may make it more difficult and more expensive for us to obtain director and officer liability insurance and we may be required to accept reduced policy limits and coverage or incur substantially higher costs to obtain the same or similar coverage. As a result, it may be more difficult for us to attract and retain qualified individuals to serve on the Board or as executive officers. We may be wrong in our prediction or estimate of the amount of additional costs we may incur or the timing of such costs.

 

If we fail to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting, our ability to accurately and timely report our financial results or prevent fraud may be adversely affected and investor confidence may be adversely impacted.

 

As directed by Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, or SOX 404, the SEC adopted rules requiring public companies to include a report of management on the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting in their annual reports. Under current SEC rules, our management may conclude that our internal controls over our financial reporting are not effective. Even if our management concludes that our internal controls over financial reporting are effective, our independent registered public accounting firm may issue a report that is qualified if it is not satisfied with our controls or the level at which our controls are documented, designed, operated or reviewed, or if it interprets the relevant requirements differently from us. In the event that we are unable to have effective internal controls, investors and others may lose confidence in the reliability of our financial statements and our ability to obtain equity or debt financing as needed could suffer.

 

In addition, failure to implement required new or improved controls, or difficulties encountered in their implementation, could harm our operating results or cause us to fail to meet our reporting obligations. If we or our independent registered public accounting firm identify material weaknesses, the disclosure of that fact, even if quickly remedied, could reduce the market’s confidence in our financial statements and harm our stock price. In addition, if we are unable to continue to comply with Section 404, our non-compliance could subject us to a variety of administrative sanctions, including the inability of registered broker-dealers to make a market in our common stock, which could reduce our stock price.

 

Risks Related To Our Industry

 

A continued decline in general economic conditions and disruption of financial markets may, among other things, reduce the discretionary income of consumers or further erode advertising markets, which could adversely affect our business.

 

14
 

 

Our operations are affected by general economic conditions, which affect consumers’ disposable income. The demand for entertainment and leisure activities tends to be highly sensitive to the level of consumers’ disposable income. Declines in general economic conditions could reduce the level of discretionary income that our fans and potential fans have to spend on consumer products and entertainment, which could adversely affect our revenues. Volatility and disruption of financial markets could limit our advertisers’, sponsors’, and/or promoters’ ability to obtain adequate financing to maintain operations, and result in a decrease in sales volume that could have a negative impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Continued softness in the market could adversely affect our revenues or the financial viability of our distributors.

 

The advertising market is particularly volatile and we may not be able to effectively adjust to such volatility.

 

Advertising spending is volatile and sensitive to changes in the economy. Our advertising customers may reduce the amount they spend on our media for a number of reasons, including, without limitation:

 

  a downturn in economic conditions;
     
  a deterioration of the ratings of their programs; or
     
  a decline in advertising spending in general.

 

We may be unable to maintain or increase our advertising fees and sales, which could negatively affect our ability to generate revenues in the future. A decrease in demand for advertising in general, and for our advertising services in particular, could materially and adversely affect our operating results.

 

Risks Related To Our Securities

 

Our common stock is quoted on the OTCBB and OTCQB, which may have an unfavorable impact on our stock price and liquidity.

 

Our common stock is quoted on the OTCBB and OTCQB. The quotation of our shares on the OTCBB and OTCQB may result in a less liquid market available for existing and potential stockholders to trade shares of our common stock, could depress the trading price of our common stock and could have a long-term adverse impact on our ability to raise capital in the future.

 

There is limited liquidity on the OTCBB and OTCQB, which enhances the volatile nature of our equity.

 

When fewer shares of a security are being traded on the OTCBB and OTCQB, volatility of prices may increase and price movement may outpace the ability to deliver accurate quote information. Due to lower trading volumes in shares of our common stock, there may be a lower likelihood that orders for shares of our common stock will be executed, and current prices may differ significantly from the price that was quoted at the time of entry of the order.

 

Our stock price is likely to be highly volatile because of our limited public float.

 

The market price of our common stock is likely to be highly volatile because there has been a relatively thin trading market for our stock, which causes trades of small blocks of stock to have a significant impact on our stock price. You may not be able to resell shares of our common stock following periods of volatility because of the market’s adverse reaction to volatility. Other factors that could cause such volatility may include, among other things: actual or anticipated fluctuations in our operating results; the absence of securities analysts covering us and distributing research and recommendations about us; overall stock market fluctuations; economic conditions generally; announcements concerning our business or those of our competitors; our ability to raise capital when we require it, and to raise such capital on favorable terms; conditions or trends in the industry; litigation; changes in market valuations of other similar companies; announcements by us or our competitors of significant contracts, acquisitions, strategic partnerships or joint ventures; future sales of common stock; actions initiated by the SEC or other regulatory bodies; and general market conditions. Any of these factors could have a significant and adverse impact on the market price of our common stock. These broad market fluctuations may adversely affect the trading price of

 

15
 

 

The ownership by our Executive Chairman of our common stock will likely limit your ability to influence corporate matters.

 

Mr. Paul Kessler, our Executive Chairman, is the beneficial owner of 69% of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock. As a result, our Mr. Kessler has significant influence over most matters that require approval by our stockholders, including the election of directors and approval of significant corporate transactions, even if other stockholders oppose them. This concentration of ownership might also have the effect of delaying or preventing a change of control of our Company that other stockholders may view as beneficial.

 

In order to raise sufficient funds to expand our operations, we may have to issue additional securities at prices which may result in substantial dilution to our shareholders.

 

If we raise additional funds through the sale of equity or convertible debt, our current stockholders’ percentage ownership will be reduced. In addition, these transactions may dilute the value of our common shares outstanding. We may also have to issue securities that may have rights, preferences and privileges senior to our common stock.

 

Our stock is thinly traded, so an investor may be unable to sell at or near ask prices or at all.

 

The shares of our common stock are traded on the OTCBB and OTCQB and are thinly traded, meaning that the number of persons interested in purchasing our common stock at or near ask prices at any given time may be relatively small or non-existent. This situation is attributable to a number of factors, including the fact that we are a smaller reporting company that is relatively unknown to stock analysts, stock brokers, institutional investors and others in the investment community who generate or influence sales volume. Even in the event that we come to the attention of such persons, they would likely be reluctant to follow an unproven company such as ours or purchase or recommend the purchase of our shares until such time as we become more seasoned and viable. As a consequence, our stock price may not reflect an actual or perceived value. Also, there may be periods of several days or more when trading activity in our shares is minimal or non-existent, as is currently the case, as compared to a seasoned issuer that has a large and steady volume of trading activity that will generally support continuous sales without an adverse effect on share price. A broader or more active public trading market for our common shares may not develop or if developed, may not be sustained. Due to these conditions, you may not be able to sell your shares at or near ask prices or at all if you need money or otherwise desire to liquidate your shares.

 

Currently, there is a limited public market for our securities, and there can be no assurances that any public market will ever develop and, even if developed, it is likely to be subject to significant price fluctuations.

 

We have a trading symbol for our common stock, namely ‘WIZD’. However, our stock has been thinly traded, if at all. Consequently, there can be no assurances as to whether:

 

  any market for our shares will develop;
     
  the prices at which our common stock will trade; or
     
  the extent to which investor interest in us will lead to the development of an active, liquid trading market. Active trading markets generally result in lower price volatility and more efficient execution of buy and sell orders for investors.

 

Until our common stock is fully distributed and an orderly market develops in our common stock, if ever, the price at which it trades is likely to fluctuate significantly. Prices for our common stock will be determined in the marketplace and may be influenced by many factors, including the depth and liquidity of the market for shares of our common stock, developments affecting our business, including the impact of the factors referred to elsewhere in these risk factors, investor perception of our Company and general economic and market conditions. No assurances can be given that an orderly or liquid market will ever develop for the shares of our common stock.

 

16
 

 

We are subject to the “penny stock rules” which will make our securities more difficult to sell.

 

We are subject to the SEC’s “penny stock” rules because our securities sell below $5.00 per share. The penny stock rules require broker-dealers to deliver a standardized risk disclosure document prepared by the SEC which provides information about penny stocks and the nature and level of risks in the penny stock market. The broker-dealer must also provide the customer with current bid and offer quotations for the penny stock, the compensation of the broker-dealer and its salesperson, and monthly account statements showing the market value of each penny stock held in the customer’s account. In addition, the bid and offer quotations, and the broker-dealer and salesperson compensation information must be given to the customer orally or in writing prior to completing the transaction and must be given to the customer in writing before or with the customer’s confirmation.

 

Furthermore, the penny stock rules require that prior to a transaction, the broker dealer must make a special written determination that the penny stock is a suitable investment for the purchaser and receive the purchaser’s written agreement to the transaction. The penny stock rules are burdensome and may reduce purchases of any offerings and reduce the trading activity for our securities. As long as our securities are subject to the penny stock rules, the holders of such securities will find it more difficult to sell their securities.

 

We are not likely to pay cash dividends in the foreseeable future.

 

We currently intend to retain any future earnings for use in the operation and expansion of our business. Accordingly, we do not expect to pay any cash dividends in the foreseeable future, but will review this policy as circumstances dictate.

 

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 2. Properties.

 

Effective September 1, 2014, the Company entered into a standard sublease to occupy office space at 2201 Park Place, El Segundo, California 90245. The term of the lease expired on June 30, 2016 and the Company vacated the premises at such time. The Company paid a base rent of $11,132 per month, with an increase by three percent (3%) starting in the thirteenth month of the lease, and a security deposit of $11,466 was required. The Company must also pay $2,796 per month (22.3%) for operating expenses.

 

On June 16, 2016, the Company entered into a Standard Multi-Tenant Sublease (“Sublease”) to occupy office space at 662 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90049 with Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC, an entity controlled by the Company’s Executive Chairman. The term of the Sublease is 5 years and 3 months, beginning on July 1, 2016 with monthly payments of $8,118. Upon execution of the sublease, the Company paid a security deposit of $9,137 and $199,238 for prepaid rent. The prepaid rent allowed the Company to obtain preferential lease terms and induced the landlord to make certain improvements to the property. Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC is not the owner of the subject premises (it is a tenant in the building) and Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC passes its actual and direct cost of the Company’s occupancy through to the Company without any fee, profit or markup. Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC in no manner profited from the pre-payment of rent. The Company basis its operations out of this location.

 

In addition, the Company entered into a lease to occupy office space at 1440 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, New York 10018. The term of the lease agreement commenced on January 1, 2014 and automatically extends for one (1) year unless either party provides written notice of termination ninety (90) days prior to the end of the term. The Company’s monthly rent is $4,000. The Company has tendered notice to the Landlord that it does not intend to continue its tenancy past the termination of the now-current term.

 

The Company does not own any real estate.

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings.

 

On October 28, 2016, the Company filed a Complaint (the “SDNY Complaint”) and commenced a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, against Stephen Shamus, the former Chief Marketing Officer of the Company whose employment was terminated on October 27, 2016 (the “SDNY Lawsuit”). In the SDNY Lawsuit, the Company alleges, among other things, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of corporation assets, breach of contract, and conversion, against Mr. Shamus relating to the Company’s assertion that he used his position with the Company to improperly obtain memorabilia at the Company’s Comic Conventions which he would then sell and retain the profits from for his own benefit. On November 16, 2016, Mr. Shamus filed an Answer to the SDNY Complaint with counterclaims against the Company (the “SDNY Counterclaim”). The SDNY Counterclaim alleges breach of contract and unjust enrichment against the Company and seeks compensatory damages in the form of cash.

 

17
 

 

The SDNY Lawsuit was concluded on what management considers to be favorable terms on February 15, 2017.

 

On December 16, 2016, the Company filed a Complaint (the “DNJ Complaint”) and commenced a lawsuit in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey (the “DNJ Lawsuit”), against Gareb Shamus, the founder and former Chief Executive Officer of the Company; Pivot Media LLC and 4 Brothers LLC, entities owned and operated by Gareb Shamus; Stephen Shamus, the former Chief Marketing Officer of the Company whose employment was terminated on October 27, 2016; Kenneth Shamus, a former director of the Company; Eric Weisblum; GEM Funding LLC; It’s All Normal LLC; and various other defendants (collectively, the “DNJ Defendants”). In the DNJ Complaint, the Company alleged that the DNJ Defendants violated Section 13(d) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 and SEC Rules 13d-1 and 13d-5. The Company sought an injunction to compel the DNJ Defendants to make complete disclosure under Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act and to cure their past violations.

 

The DNJ Lawsuit was concluded on what management considers to be favorable terms on February 15, 2017.

 

On January 11, 2017, Arden B. Silverman (“Silverman”), d/b/a Capital Asset Protection, filed a complaint (the “Silverman Complaint”) and commenced a lawsuit against the Company in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles – Central District (the “Silverman Lawsuit”). Silverman brought the claim after being assigned the right title and interest in a claim against the Company by Rogers & Cowan, Inc., a California corporation (Rogers & Cowan). The Silverman Complaint alleges the Company owes $42,600 plus attorney’s fees to Silverman for services provided by Rogers & Cowan to the Company. On April 10, 2017, the Company filed a cross Cross-Complaint in the Silverman Lawsuit against Rogers and Cowan, among others (the “Cross-Complaint”). The Cross-Complaint seeks in excess of $90,000 from Rogers & Cowan, among others, and alleges, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of written agreement; breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealings, and violations of Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §§17200 et seq.

 

With the exception of the foregoing disputes, the Company is not involved in any disputes and does not have any litigation matters pending which the Company believes could have a materially adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition or results of operations.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

 

Not applicable.

 

PART II

 

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

 

(a) Market Information

 

Our shares of common stock are currently quoted on the OTCBB and OTCQB under the symbol “WIZD”.

 

The following table sets forth the high and low bid price for our common stock for each quarter during the past two fiscal years. The prices reflect inter-dealer quotations, do not include retail mark-ups, markdowns or commissions and do not necessarily reflect actual transactions.

 

Quarter ended   Low Price     High Price  
                 
December 31, 2016   $ 0.156     $ 0.338  
September 30, 2016   $ 0.310     $ 0.470  
June 30, 2016   $ 0.330     $ 0.530  
March 31, 2016   $ 0.302     $ 0.500  
                 
December 31, 2015   $ 0.400     $ 0.425  
September 30, 2015   $ 0.540     $ 0.580  
June 30, 2015   $ 0.685     $ 0.759  
March 31, 2015   $ 0.690     $ 0.744  

 

(b) Holders

 

As of April 17, 2017, a total of 68,535,036 shares of the Company’s common stock were outstanding and held by 33 shareholders of record. This figure does not take into account those shareholders whose certificates are held in the name of broker-dealers or other nominees.

 

(c) Dividends

 

We have not declared or paid any dividends on our common stock and intend to retain any future earnings to fund the development and growth of our business. Therefore, we do not anticipate paying dividends on our common stock for the foreseeable future. There are no restrictions on our present ability to pay dividends to stockholders of our common stock, other than those prescribed by Delaware law.

 

18
 

 

(d) Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans

 

Below is a description of the Company’s compensation plan adopted in 2011, and the Company’s compensation plan adopted in 2016.

 

2011 Incentive Stock Award Plan, as Amended

 

On May 9, 2011, the Board approved, authorized and adopted (subject to stockholder approval) the 2011 Incentive Stock and Award Plan (the “2011 Plan”). The 2011 Plan was amended on September 14, 2011, April 11, 2012, July 9, 2012 and September 25, 2014. The Plan provides for the issuance of up to 15,000,000 shares of our common stock through the grant of non-qualified options, incentive options and restricted stock to our directors, officers, consultants, attorneys, advisors and employees. The 2011 Plan has been administered by the Board since its adoption.

 

Under the 2011 Plan:

 

1. Each option contains the following terms:

 

  (i) the exercise price, which shall be determined at the time of grant, shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value (defined as the closing price on the final trading day immediately prior to the grant on the principal exchange or quotation system on which the common stock is listed or quoted, as applicable) of the common stock of the Company, provided that if the recipient of the option owns more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined voting power of the Company or of any subsidiary, the exercise price shall be at least 110% of the Fair Market Value;
     
  (ii) the term of each option shall be fixed by the Board, provided that such option shall not be exercisable more than five (5) years after the date such option is granted, and provided further that with respect to an incentive option, if the recipient owns more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined voting power of the Company or of any subsidiary, the incentive option shall not be exercisable more than five (5) years after the date such incentive option is granted;
     
  (iii) subject to acceleration in the event of a change of control of the Company (as further described in the 2011 Plan), the period during which the options vest shall be designated by the Board or, in the absence of any option vesting periods designated by the Board at the time of grant, shall vest and become exercisable in equal amounts on each fiscal quarter of the Company through the four (4) year anniversary of the date on which the option was granted;
     
  (iv) no option is transferable and each is exercisable only by the recipient of such option except in the event of the death of the recipient (if such recipient is a natural person); and
     
  (v) with respect to incentive options, the aggregate Fair Market Value of common stock exercisable for the first time during any calendar year shall not exceed $100,000.

 

2. Each award of restricted stock will be subject to the following terms:

 

  (i) no rights to an award of restricted stock is granted to the intended recipient of restricted stock unless and until the grant of restricted stock is accepted within the period prescribed by the Board;
     
  (ii) a certificate or certificates issued evidencing shares of restricted stock shall not be delivered until they are free of any restrictions specified by the Board at the time of grant;
     
  (iii) upon the acceptance and issuance of a certificate or certificates, recipients of restricted stock have the rights of a stockholder of the Company as of the date of the grant of the restricted stock;
     
  (iv) shares of restricted stock are forfeitable until the terms of the restricted stock grant have been satisfied or the employment with the Company is terminated; and
     
  (v) the restricted stock is not transferable until the date on which the Board has specified such restrictions have lapsed.

 

19
 

 

2016 Incentive Stock Award Plan

 

On August 12, 2016, Board unanimously approved, authorized and adopted (subject to stockholder approval) the 2016 Incentive Stock and Award Plan (the “2016 Plan”) to replace the expired Third Amended and Restated 2011 Incentive Stock and Award Plan. The 2016 Plan provides for the issuance of up to 5,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock through the grant of nonqualified options, incentive options and restricted stock to the Company’s directors, officers, consultants, attorneys, advisors and employees. Until a committee consisting of two or more independent, non-employee directors is appointed to administer the 2016 Plan, the Board shall administer the Plan.

 

Under the 2016 Plan:

 

1. Each option will contain the following terms:

 

(i) the exercise price for an Incentive Option (as defined in the Plan), which shall be determined at the time of grant, shall not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value (defined as the closing price on the final trading day immediately prior to the grant on the principal exchange or quotation system on which the common stock is listed or quoted, as applicable) of the common stock of the Company, provided that if the recipient of the option owns more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined voting power of the Company, the exercise price shall be at least 110% of the Fair Market Value, and provided further that with respect to the Nonqualified Option (as defined in the Plan), the purchase price of each share of stock purchasable under a Nonqualified Option shall be at least 100% of the Fair Market Value of such share of stock on the date that Nonqualified option is granted, unless the Committee, in its sole and absolute discretion, determines to set the purchase price of such Nonqualified Option below Fair Market Value;

     

  (ii) the term of each option shall be fixed by the Board, provided that such option shall not be exercisable more than five (5) years after the date such option is granted, and provided further that with respect to an Incentive Option, if the recipient owns more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined voting power of the Company, the Incentive Option shall not be exercisable more than five (5) years after the date such Incentive Option is granted;

     

  (iii) subject to acceleration in the event of a change of control of the Company (as further described in the Plan), the period during which the options vest shall be designated by the Board or, in the absence of any option vesting periods designated by the Board at the time of grant, shall vest and become exercisable in equal amounts on each fiscal quarter of the Company through the four (4) year anniversary of the date on which the option was granted;

     

  (iv) no option is transferable and each is exercisable only by the recipient of such option except in the event of the death of the recipient (if such recipient is a natural person); and

     

  (v) with respect to Incentive Options, the aggregate Fair Market Value of common stock exercisable for the first time during any calendar year shall not exceed $100,000.

 

2. Each award of restricted stock will be subject to the following terms:

 

(i) no rights to an award of restricted stock is granted to the intended recipient of restricted stock unless and until the grant of restricted stock is accepted within the period prescribed by the Board;

     

(ii) certificate(s) evidencing the restricted stock shall not be delivered until they are free of any restrictions specified by the Board at the time of grant;

     

(iii) recipients of restricted stock have the rights of a stockholder of the Company as of the date of the grant of the restricted stock;

     

(iv) shares of restricted stock are forfeitable until the terms of the restricted stock grant have been satisfied or the employment with the Company is terminated prior to such restrictions being satisfied; and

     

(v) the restricted stock is not transferable until the date on which the Board has specified such restrictions have lapsed.

 

20
 

 

As of December 31, 2016, the Company issued the following stock options and grants under the 2011 Plan:

 

Equity Compensation Plan Information Under The 2011 Plan

 

Plan category   Number of
securities to be
issued upon
exercise of
outstanding
options, warrants
and rights and
number of shares
of restricted stock
    Weighted average
exercise price of outstanding
options, warrants
and rights (1)
    Number of
securities
remaining available
for future issuance
 
Equity compensation approved by security holders under the Plan     -     $ -       -  
                         
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders     3,319,000     $ 0.59       -  
                         
Total     3,319,000     $ 0.59       -  

 

(1) Excludes shares of restricted stock issued under the Plan.

 

As of December 31, 2016, the Company issued the following stock options and grants under the 2016 Plan:

 

Equity Compensation Plan Information Under The 2016 Plan

 

Plan category   Number of
securities to be
issued upon
exercise of
outstanding
options, warrants
and rights and
number of shares
of restricted stock
    Weighted average
exercise price of outstanding
options, warrants
and rights
    Number of
securities
remaining available
for future issuance
 
Equity compensation approved by security holders under the Plan     -     $ -       -  
                         
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders     2,000,000     $ 0.55       3,000,000  
                         
Total     2,000,000     $ 0.55       3,000,000  

 

Rule 10B-18 Transactions

 

During the year ended December 31, 2016, there were no repurchases of the Company’s common stock by the Company.

 

21
 

 

Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

 

There were no unregistered sales of the Company’s equity securities during the year ended December 31, 2016 that were not previously disclosed in a Current Report on Form 8-K or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

Item 6. Selected Financial Data.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

 

THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION OF OUR PLAN OF OPERATION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS SHOULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND RELATED NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS INCLUDED ELSEWHERE IN THIS REPORT. THIS DISCUSSION CONTAINS FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS THAT RELATE TO FUTURE EVENTS OR OUR FUTURE FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE. THESE STATEMENTS INVOLVE KNOWN AND UNKNOWN RISKS, UNCERTAINTIES AND OTHER FACTORS THAT MAY CAUSE OUR ACTUAL RESULTS, LEVELS OF ACTIVITY, PERFORMANCE OR ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE MATERIALLY DIFFERENT FROM ANY FUTURE RESULTS, LEVELS OF ACTIVITY, PERFORMANCE OR ACHIEVEMENTS EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED BY THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. THESE RISKS AND OTHER FACTORS INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, THOSE LISTED UNDER “FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS” AND “RISK FACTORS” AND THOSE INCLUDED ELSEWHERE IN THIS REPORT.

 

Overview

 

We intend for this discussion to provide information that will assist in understanding our financial statements, the changes in certain key items in those financial statements, and the primary factors that accounted for those changes, as well as how certain accounting principles affect our financial statements. This discussion should be read in conjunction with our financial statements and accompanying notes for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, included elsewhere in this report.

 

We are currently a producer of Comic Conventions across the United States that celebrate movies, television shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. Our Comic Conventions provide entertainment for fans of the pop culture genre, as well as sales, marketing, promotions, public relations, advertising and sponsorship opportunities for entertainment companies, toy companies, gaming companies, publishing companies, marketers, corporate sponsors, and retailers which wish to reach our audience.

 

During 2016, the Company underwent a significant senior management restructuring. The restructuring included the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer and new Chief Operating Officer, both entering their roles with experience at major movie studios and television networks. The Company also appointed an Executive Chairman. The new management team has reviewed key operating controls and taken several steps to reform the Company’s operating controls and procedures. In addition, the management team consolidated the Company’s operations to a single office in order to improve the Company’s overall operational efficiency.

 

Plan of Operation

 

At present, the Company is engaged primarily in the live event business and derives income mainly from: (i) the production of Comic Conventions, which involves the sales of admissions and exhibitor booth space, and (ii) sale of sponsorships and advertising.

 

We plan on continuing to enhance our Comic Conventions by featuring new and exciting exhibitors and high-profile celebrities. Further, we are carefully researching and identifying new geographic markets for our Comic Convention.

 

Concurrently with the Company’s efforts in the Comic Convention business, the Company is entering the digital media space. The Company is producing and branding compelling content and reaching consumers via social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Tumblr, as well as the Company’s website, www.wizardworld.com. The Company hopes to utilize its digital offerings to bolster its Comic Convention business.

 

We currently expect to produce 16 live events during 2017, although that number of conventions may change as we evaluate locations and venues.

 

22
 

 

Results of Operations

 

Summary of Statements of Operations for the Year Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015:

 

    Year Ended  
    December 31,
2016
    December 31,
2015
 
Convention revenue   $ 21,994,433     $ 22,905,636  
ConBox revenue   $ 707,101       1,120,535  
Gross profit   $ 6,534,543     $ 5,266,140  
Operating expenses   $ (7,716,789 )   $ (8,147,968 )
Loss from operations   $ (1,182,246 )    $ (2,881,828 )
Other expenses   $ (7,266,640 )   $ (1,352,633 )
Net loss attributable to common shareholder   $ (8,516,144 )   $ (4,252,167 )
Loss per common share – basic and diluted   $ (0.16 )   $ (0.08 )

 

Convention Revenue

 

Convention revenue was $21,994,433 for the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to $22,905,636 for the comparable period ended December 31, 2015, a decrease of $911,203. The decrease in convention revenue is primarily attributable to running less shows than the prior year. In addition, the Company increased admission prices and the overall size and scope of each event. The Company ran sixteen events during the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to twenty-five events during the comparable year ended December 31, 2015. Average revenue generated per event in 2016 was $1,293,790 as compared to $916,225 during 2015.

 

ConBox Revenue

 

ConBox revenue was $707,101 for the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to $1,120,535 for the comparable year ended December 31, 2015, a decrease of $413,434. The decrease in ConBox revenue is attributable to the new management team’s decision to primarily focus on driving the convention business forward.

 

23
 

 

Gross Profit

 

Gross profit percentage for the convention segment increased from a gross profit of 23% during the year ended December 31, 2015, to a gross profit of 31% during the year ended December 31, 2016. The Company produced seventeen events during the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to twenty-five events during the comparable year ended December 31, 2015. The gross profit percentage increase was attributable to producing well-attended events in more established markets with increased investment in the programming and convention center build-out, resulting in an improved fan experience at the Company’s events.

 

Gross profit percentage for the ConBox segment decreased from a gross profit of 9% during the year ended December 31, 2015, to a gross deficit of 46% during the year ended December 31, 2016. The decrease was attributable to a decrease in subscriptions as well as an increase in costs.

 

Operating Expenses

 

Operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016, was $7,716,789, as compared to $8,147,968 for the year ended December 31, 2015. The change is attributable to a decrease in employee compensation offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses. The $928,649 decrease in compensation is primarily attributable to a decline in both headcount and officer compensation. General and administrative expenses increased by $435,527 since the prior year comparative period due to a rise in professional fees, depreciation expense and web development.

 

Loss from Operations

 

Loss from operations for the year ended December 31, 2016, was $1,182,246 as compared to a loss from operations of $2,881,828 for the year ended December 31, 2015. The decrease is primarily attributable to producing well-attended events with popular celebrity guests and programming, combined with increased cost containment in the area of event production. In addition, the Company is no longer exhausting resources into CONtv.

 

Other Expenses

 

Other expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016, was $7,266,640, as compared to $1,352,633 for the year ended December 31, 2015. The change is primarily attributable to the change in fair value of derivative liabilities and derivative expense of $1,829,709 and $5,110,879, respectively, in relation to the derivative liability of the convertible note and related warrants. The Company recorded a loss of $1,324,727 during the year ended December 31, 2015 on the CONtv joint venture with Cinedigm compared to a loss of $262,500 during the year ended December 31, 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company recorded a loss of $36,876 upon the disposal of equipment.

 

Net Loss Attributable to Common Stockholder

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholder for the year ended December 31, 2016, was $8,516,144 or loss per basic share of $0.16, compared to a net loss of $4,252,167 or loss per basic share of $0.08, for the year ended December 31, 2015.

 

Inflation did not have a material impact on the Company’s operations for the applicable period. Other than the foregoing, management knows of no trends, demands, or uncertainties that are reasonably likely to have a material impact on the Company’s results of operations.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

The following table summarizes total current assets, liabilities and working capital at December 31, 2016 compared to December 31, 2015:

 

    December 31,
2016
    December 31,
2015
    Increase/(Decrease)  
Current Assets   $ 5,599,269     $ 6,499,642     $ (900,373 )
Current Liabilities   $ 2,736,952     $ 5,420,678     $ (2,683,726 )
Working Capital (Deficit)   $ 2,862,317     $ 1,078,964     $ 1,783,353  

 

At December 31, 2016, we had a working capital of $2,862,317, as compared to working capital of $1,078,964, at December 31, 2015, an increase of $1,783,353. The increase in working capital is primarily attributable to the execution of the $2.5 million convertible promissory note with Bristol in December 2016.

 

24
 

 

Net Cash

 

Net (used in) provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, was $(2,488,009) and $443,123, respectively. The net loss for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, was $8,448,886 and $4,234,461, respectively.

 

Going Concern Analysis

 

The Company had a net loss of $8,448,886 (of which $6,940,588 was derived from non-cash charges related to the accounting treatment for derivative liabilities) and $4,234,461 for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. As a result, these conditions had raised doubt regarding our ability to continue as a going concern beyond 2017. However, subsequent to the Bristol financing transaction (as noted below) and as of December 31, 2016, we had cash and working capital of $4,401,217 and $2,862,317, respectively.  As noted above, the net loss during the year ended December 31, 2016 included non-cash derivative related expenses of $6,940,588.

 

Effective December 1, 2016, upon the Board of Directors of the Company receiving an independent third party fairness opinion, the Company entered into the Purchase Agreement with Bristol Investment Fund, Ltd., an entity controlled by the Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, pursuant to which the Company sold to the Purchaser, for a cash purchase price of $2,500,000, securities comprising: (i) the Debenture, (ii) Series A Warrants, and (iii) Series B Warrants. Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the Company paid $25,000 to the Purchaser and issue to the Purchaser 500,000 shares of Common Stock with a grant date fair value of $85,000 to cover the Purchaser’s legal fees.

 

If necessary, management also believes that it is probable that external sources of debt and/or equity financing could be obtained based on management’s history of being able to raise capital coupled with current favorable market conditions. As a result of both management’s plans, the Company believes the initial conditions which raised substantial doubt regarding the ability to continue as a going concern have been alleviated. Therefore, the accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern.

 

The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments to reflect the possible future effects on the recoverability and classification of assets or the amounts and classification of liabilities that may result from the matters discussed herein. While we believe in the viability of management’s strategy to generate sufficient revenue, control costs and the ability to raise additional funds if necessary, there can be no assurances to that effect. The Company’s ability to continue as a going concern is dependent upon the ability to further implement the business plan, generate sufficient revenues and to control operating expenses.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

As of December 31, 2016, the Company had no off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

We believe that the following accounting policies are the most critical to aid you in fully understanding and evaluating this “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation.”

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date(s) of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period(s). Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Property and Equipment

 

Property and equipment is stated at historical cost less accumulated depreciation and amortization. Depreciation and amortization is computed on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the assets, varying from 3 to 5 years or, when applicable, the life of the lease, whichever is shorter.

 

25
 

 

The impairment charges, if any, are included in operating expenses in the accompanying statements of operations.

 

Derivative Liability

 

The Company evaluates its debt and equity issuances to determine if those contracts or embedded components of those contracts qualify as derivatives to be separately accounted for in accordance with paragraph 815-10-05-4 and Section 815-40-25 of the FASB ASC. The result of this accounting treatment is that the fair value of the embedded derivative is marked-to-market each balance sheet date and recorded as either an asset or a liability. In the event that the fair value is recorded as a liability, the change in fair value is recorded in the consolidated statement of operations as other income or expense. Upon conversion, exercise or cancellation of a derivative instrument, the instrument is marked to fair value at the date of conversion, exercise or cancellation and then the related fair value is reclassified to equity.

 

In circumstances where the embedded conversion option in a convertible instrument is required to be bifurcated and there are also other embedded derivative instruments in the convertible instrument that are required to be bifurcated, the bifurcated derivative instruments are accounted for as a single, compound derivative instrument.

 

The classification of derivative instruments, including whether such instruments should be recorded as liabilities or as equity, is re-assessed at the end of each reporting period. Equity instruments that are initially classified as equity that become subject to reclassification are reclassified to liability at the fair value of the instrument on the reclassification date. Derivative instrument liabilities will be classified in the balance sheet as current or non-current based on whether or not net-cash settlement of the derivative instrument is expected within 12 months of the balance sheet date.

 

The Company adopted Section 815-40-15 of the FASB ASC (“Section 815-40-15”) to determine whether an instrument (or an embedded feature) is indexed to the Company’s own stock. Section 815-40-15 provides that an entity should use a two-step approach to evaluate whether an equity-linked financial instrument (or embedded feature) is indexed to its own stock, including evaluating the instrument’s contingent exercise and settlement provisions.

 

The Company utilizes the Monte Carlo pricing model to compute the fair value of the derivative and to mark to market the fair value of the derivative at each balance sheet date. The Company records the change in the fair value of the derivative as other income or expense in the consolidated statements of operations.

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes under Section 740-10-30 of the FASB ASC. Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are determined based upon differences between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities and are measured using the enacted tax rates and laws that will be in effect when the differences are expected to reverse. Deferred tax assets are reduced by a valuation allowance to the extent management concludes it is more likely than not that the assets will not be realized. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in the statements of operations in the period that includes the enactment date.

 

26
 

 

The Company adopted section 740-10-25 of the FASB ASC (“Section 740-10-25”). Section 740-10-25 addresses the determination of whether tax benefits claimed or expected to be claimed on a tax return should be recorded in the financial statements. Under Section 740-10-25, the Company may recognize the tax benefit from an uncertain tax position only if it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained on examination by the taxing authorities, based on the technical merits of the position. The tax benefits recognized in the financial statements from such a position should be measured based on the largest benefit that has a greater than fifty percent (50%) likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement. Section 740-10-25 also provides guidance on de-recognition, classification, interest and penalties on income taxes, accounting in interim periods and requires increased disclosures.

 

The estimated future tax effects of temporary differences between the tax basis of assets and liabilities are reported in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets, as well as tax credit carry-backs and carryforwards. The Company periodically reviews the recoverability of deferred tax assets recorded on its consolidated balance sheets and provides valuation allowances as management deems necessary.

 

Management makes judgments as to the interpretation of the tax laws that might be challenged upon an audit and cause changes to previous estimates of tax liability. In addition, the Company operates within multiple taxing jurisdictions and is subject to audit in these jurisdictions. In management’s opinion, adequate provisions for income taxes have been made for all years. If actual taxable income by tax jurisdiction varies from estimates, additional allowances or reversals of reserves may be necessary.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company follows Paragraph 605-10-S99-1 of the FASB ASC for revenue recognition. The Company will recognize revenue when it is realized or realizable and earned. The Company considers revenue realized or realizable and earned when all of the following criteria are met: (i) persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, (ii) the product has been shipped or the services have been rendered to the customer, (iii) the sales price is fixed or determinable, and (iv) collectability is reasonably assured.

 

Unearned convention revenue is deposits received for conventions that have not yet taken place, which are fully or partially refundable depending upon the terms and conditions of the agreements.

 

Unearned ConBox revenue is non-refundable up-front payments for products. These payments are initially deferred and subsequently recognized over the subscription period, typically three months, and upon shipment of the product.

 

The Company recognizes cost of revenues in the period in which the revenues was earned. In the event the Company incurs cost of revenues for conventions that are yet to occur, the Company records such amounts as prepaid expenses and such prepaid expenses are expensed during the period the convention takes place.

 

Equity–based compensation

 

The Company recognizes compensation expense for all equity–based payments in accordance with ASC 718 “Compensation – Stock Compensation”. Under fair value recognition provisions, the Company recognizes equity–based compensation net of an estimated forfeiture rate and recognizes compensation cost only for those shares expected to vest over the requisite service period of the award.

 

Restricted stock awards are granted at the discretion of the Company. These awards are restricted as to the transfer of ownership and generally vest over the requisite service periods, typically over a four year period (vesting on a straight–line basis). The fair value of a stock award is equal to the fair market value of a share of Company stock on the grant date.

 

The fair value of option award is estimated on the date of grant using the Black–Scholes option valuation model. The Black–Scholes option valuation model requires the development of assumptions that are input into the model. These assumptions are the expected stock volatility, the risk–free interest rate, the expected life of the option, the dividend yield on the underlying stock and the expected forfeiture rate. Expected volatility is calculated based on the historical volatility of the Company’s Common stock over the expected option life and other appropriate factors. Risk–free interest rates are calculated based on continuously compounded risk–free rates for the appropriate term. The dividend yield is assumed to be zero as the Company has never paid or declared any cash dividends on our Common stock and does not intend to pay dividends on our Common stock in the foreseeable future. The expected forfeiture rate is estimated based on historical experience.

 

27
 

 

Determining the appropriate fair value model and calculating the fair value of equity–based payment awards requires the input of the subjective assumptions described above. The assumptions used in calculating the fair value of equity–based payment awards represent management’s best estimates, which involve inherent uncertainties and the application of management’s judgment. As a result, if factors change and the Company uses different assumptions, our equity–based compensation could be materially different in the future. In addition, the Company is required to estimate the expected forfeiture rate and recognize expense only for those shares expected to vest. If our actual forfeiture rate is materially different from our estimate, the equity–based compensation could be significantly different from what the Company has recorded in the current period.

 

The Company accounts for share–based payments granted to non–employees in accordance with ASC 505-40, “Equity Based Payments to Non–Employees”. The Company determines the fair value of the stock–based payment as either the fair value of the consideration received or the fair value of the equity instruments issued, whichever is more reliably measurable. If the fair value of the equity instruments issued is used, it is measured using the stock price and other measurement assumptions as of the earlier of either (1) the date at which a commitment for performance by the counterparty to earn the equity instruments is reached, or (2) the date at which the counterparty’s performance is complete. The fair value of the equity instruments is re-measured each reporting period over the requisite service period.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

We follow Paragraph 825-10-50-10 of the FASB ASC for disclosures about fair value of our financial instruments and paragraph 820-10-35-37 of the FASB ASC (“Paragraph 820-10-35-37”) to measure the fair value of our financial instruments. Paragraph 820-10-35-37 establishes a framework for measuring fair value in GAAP, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. To increase consistency and comparability in fair value measurements and related disclosures, Paragraph 820-10-35-37 establishes a fair value hierarchy which prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value into three (3) broad levels. The fair value hierarchy gives the highest priority to quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs. The three (3) levels of fair value hierarchy defined by Paragraph 820-10-35-37 are described below:

 

  Level 1 – Quoted market prices available in active markets for identical assets or liabilities as of the reporting date;
     
  Level 2 – Pricing inputs other than quoted prices in active markets included in Level 1, which are either directly or indirectly observable as of the reporting date; and
     
  Level 3 – Pricing inputs that are generally observable inputs and not corroborated by market data.

 

Financial assets are considered Level 3 when their fair values are determined using pricing models, discounted cash flow methodologies or similar techniques and at least one significant model assumption or input is unobservable.

 

The fair value hierarchy gives the highest priority to quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs. If the inputs used to measure the financial assets and liabilities fall within more than one level described above, the categorization is based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement of the instrument.

 

The carrying amount of the Company’s assets and liabilities, such as cash, accounts receivable, inventory, prepaid expenses, accounts payable and accrued liabilities, and unearned revenue approximate their fair value because of the short maturity of those instruments.

 

28
 

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In August 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-15, “Presentation of Financial Statements-Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40): Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern.” ASU 2014-15 provides guidance on management’s responsibility to evaluate whether there is substantial doubt about an organization’s ability to continue as a going concern and to provide related footnote disclosures. For each reporting period, management will be required to evaluate whether there are conditions or events that raise substantial doubt about a company’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year from the date the financial statements are issued. The amendments in ASU 2014-15 are effective for annual reporting periods ending after December 15, 2016 and for annual and interim periods thereafter. Early adoption is permitted. The Company has adopted the methodologies prescribed by ASU 2014-15, the adoption of ASU 2014-15 did not have a material effect on its financial position or results of operations.

 

In July 2015, the FASB issued the ASU No. 2015-11 “Inventory (Topic 330): Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory” (“ASU 2015-11”). The amendments in this ASU do not apply to inventory that is measured using last-in, first-out (LIFO) or the retail inventory method. The amendments apply to all other inventory, which includes inventory that is measured using first-in, first-out (FIFO) or average cost. An entity should measure inventory within the scope of this ASU at the lower of cost and net realizable value. Net realizable value is the estimated selling prices in the ordinary course of business, less reasonably predictable costs of completion, disposal, and transportation. Subsequent measurement is unchanged for inventory measured using LIFO or the retail inventory method. For public business entities, the amendments in this ASU are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company is currently evaluating the effects of ASU 2015-11 on the consolidated financial statements.

 

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, “Leases (Topic 842).” Under ASU 2016-02, lessees will be required to recognize, for all leases of 12 months or more, a liability to make lease payments and a right-of-use asset representing the right to use the underlying asset for the lease term. Additionally, the guidance requires improved disclosures to help users of financial statements better understand the nature of an entity’s leasing activities. This ASU is effective for public reporting companies for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted, and must be adopted using a modified retrospective approach. The Company is in the process of evaluating the effect of the new guidance on its consolidated financial statements and disclosures.

 

In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-06, “Derivatives and Hedging” (topic 815). The FASB issued this update to clarify the requirements for assessing whether contingent call (put) options that can accelerate the payment of principal on debt instruments are clearly and closely related to their debt hosts. An entity performing the assessment under the amendments in this update is required to assess the embedded call (put) options solely in accordance with the four-step decision sequence. The updated guidance is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption of the update is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the new standard on the consolidated financial statements.

 

In April 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-10, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers: Identifying Performance Obligations and Licensing (Topic 606)”. In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-08, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers: Principal versus Agent Considerations (Reporting Revenue Gross verses Net) (Topic 606)”. These amendments provide additional clarification and implementation guidance on the previously issued ASU 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers”. The amendments in ASU 2016-10 provide clarifying guidance on materiality of performance obligations; evaluating distinct performance obligations; treatment of shipping and handling costs; and determining whether an entity’s promise to grant a license provides a customer with either a right to use an entity’s intellectual property or a right to access an entity’s intellectual property. The amendments in ASU 2016-08 clarify how an entity should identify the specified good or service for the principal versus agent evaluation and how it should apply the control principle to certain types of arrangements. The adoption of ASU 2016-10 and ASU 2016-08 is to coincide with an entity’s adoption of ASU 2014-09, which the Company intends to adopt for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. The Company is currently evaluating the standard and does not expect the adoption will have a material effect on its consolidated financial statements and disclosures.

 

In April 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-09, “Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718”). The FASB issued this update to improve the accounting for employee share-based payments and affect all organizations that issue share-based payment awards to their employees. Several aspects of the accounting for share-based payment award transactions are simplified, including: (a) income tax consequences; (b) classification of awards as either equity or liabilities; and (c) classification on the statement of cash flows. The updated guidance is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption of the update is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the new standard.

 

In May 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-12, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Narrow-Scope Improvements and Practical Expedients”, which narrowly amended the revenue recognition guidance regarding collectability, noncash consideration, presentation of sales tax and transition and is effective during the same period as ASU 2014-09. The Company is currently evaluating the standard and does not expect the adoption will have a material effect on its consolidated financial statements and disclosures.

 

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15, “Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments” (“ASU 2016-15”). ASU 2016-15 will make eight targeted changes to how cash receipts and cash payments are presented and classified in the statement of cash flows. ASU 2016-15 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017. The new standard will require adoption on a retrospective basis unless it is impracticable to apply, in which case it would be required to apply the amendments prospectively as of the earliest date practicable. The Company is currently in the process of evaluating the impact of ASU 2016-15 on its consolidated financial statements.

 

29
 

 

In October 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-16, “Income Taxes (Topic 740): Intra-Entity Transfers of Assets Other than Inventory”, which eliminates the exception that prohibits the recognition of current and deferred income tax effects for intra-entity transfers of assets other than inventory until the asset has been sold to an outside party. The updated guidance is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption of the update is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the new standard.

 

In November 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-18, “Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230)”, requiring that the statement of cash flows explain the change in the total cash, cash equivalents, and amounts generally described as restricted cash or restricted cash equivalents. This guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim reporting periods therein, beginning after December 15, 2017 with early adoption permitted. The provisions of this guidance are to be applied using a retrospective approach which requires application of the guidance for all periods presented. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the new standard.

 

Management does not believe that any recently issued, but not yet effective accounting pronouncements, if adopted, would have a material effect on the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

 

We do not hold any derivative instruments and do not engage in any hedging activities.

 

Item 8. Financial Statements.

 

Our consolidated financial statements are contained in pages F-1 through F-27 which appear at the end of this Annual Report.

 

Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.

 

There are no reportable events under this item for the year ended December 31, 2016.

 

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.

 

(a) EVALUATION OF DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Pursuant to Rule 13a- 15(b) under the Exchange Act, the Company carried out an evaluation, with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Company’s Principal Executive Officer (“PEO”) and Principal Financial Officer (“PFO”), of the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined under Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based upon that evaluation, the Company’s PEO and PFO concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were not effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that the Company files or submits under the Exchange Act, is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including the Company’s PEO and PFO, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

(b) MANAGEMENT’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

 

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting as required under applicable United States securities regulatory requirements. Internal control over financial reporting is defined in Rule 13a-15(f) or 15d-15(f) promulgated under the Exchange Act as a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the Company’s chief executive and chief financial officers and effected by the Board, management and other personnel, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and includes those policies and procedures that:

 

30
 

 

  (1) Pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the issuer;
     
  (2) Provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the issuer are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the registrant; and
     
  (3) Provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the issuer’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect all misstatements. A system of internal controls can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the control system are met, no matter how well the system is conceived or operated. Projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

Our management assessed the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016. In making this assessment, our management used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”) in 2013 in Internal Control Integrated Framework. Based on that evaluation under this framework, our management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was not effective because of the following material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting.

 

  (1) Due to our small number of accounting employees and resources, we have limited segregation of duties, as a result of which there is insufficient independent review of duties performed; and
     
  (2) In addition, management has not completed a full documentation of all processes and procedures as it relates to internal controls over financial reporting.

 

This annual report does not include an attestation report of our independent registered public accounting firm regarding internal control over financial reporting because we are a “smaller reporting company.” Our management’s report was not subject to attestation by our independent registered public accounting firm pursuant to rules of the SEC that permit us to provide only management’s report in this annual report.

 

(c) CHANGES IN INTERNAL CONTROLS OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

 

The Company is committed to improving financial organization. As part of this commitment, management and the Board performed an extensive review of the Company’s policies and procedures as it relates to financial reporting and human resources in an effort to mitigate future risks of potential misstatements. The former Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Accounting Officer declined to participate in such review procedures.  The Company will utilize the review findings to further develop, implement and document sound internal controls and procedures surrounding the financial reporting and human resource processes.

 

Item 9B. Other Information.

 

Not applicable.

 

PART III

 

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.

 

Directors and Executive Officers

 

The following table discloses our directors and executive officers who served during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and through April 17, 2017:

 

Name   Age   Title
         
John D. Maatta   65   Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director
         
Paul L. Kessler   56   Executive Chairman
         
Randall S. Malinoff   57   Chief Operating Officer
         
Greg Suess   44   Director
         
Jordan Schur1   52   Director
         

Michael Breen2

  54   Director
         
Vadim Mats3   33   Former Director
         
John M. Macaluso4   60   Former Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director
         
Kenneth Shamus5   46   Former Director

 

  (1) Mr. Breen joined the Board as a Director on March 29, 2017.
     
  (2) Mr. Schur joined the Board as a Director on March 29, 2017.
     
  (3) Mr. Mats resigned as a Director on March 23, 2017.
     
  (4) Mr. Macaluso served as the Chairman of the Board through February 5, 2016. From February 5, 2016 through April 19, 2016 Mr. Macaluso served as Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of the Company. On April 19, 2016 he resigned as a Director and from all positions he held with the Company.
     
  (5) Mr. Shamus resigned as a Director on October 27, 2016.

 

31
 

 

John D. Maatta, age 65, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

 

John D. Maatta has been a member of the Board since May 25, 2011, serving as Chairman of the Board from February 5, 2016 through April 22, 2016 and Mr. Maatta has served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President since May 3, 2016. Formerly, Mr. Maatta was engaged in the practice of law. Mr. Maatta also served as EVP of The CW Television Network, prior to which he was the Chief Operating Officer of The CW Network, which is America’s fifth broadcast network and a network that focuses substantially on targeting young adults between the ages of 18 and 34. From September 2005 through September 2006, Mr. Maatta served as the Chief Operating Officer of The WB, a Warner Bros. television network (“The WB”), where he had direct oversight of all business and operations departments, such as business affairs, finance, network distribution (which included The WB 100+ station group), technology, legal, research, network operations, broadcast standards and human resources. While Chief Operating Officer at The WB, Mr. Maatta also served as The WB’s General Counsel. Mr. Maatta is currently a director of Trader Vic’s, Inc., a Polynesian-style restaurant chain, a position he has held since 1998. Mr. Maatta received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of San Francisco in 1974, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1977. Between 2013 and 2016 Mr. Maatta served as the President of UNICEF for the Southern California region, and is a current member of the UNICEF Southern California Board and the Chairman of the UNICEF Chinese Children’s Initiative. Mr. Maatta is also a member of the Southern California Board of the Asia Society.

 

The Board believes that Mr. Maatta’s experience with operating companies in the entertainment industry and his contacts in the industry are important factor in the Company’s growth as a digital entertainment and event company.

 

Paul L. Kessler, age 56, Executive Chairman

 

Paul L. Kessler was appointed as Executive Chairman of the Company on December 29, 2016. Mr. Kessler combines over 25 years of experience as an investor, financier and venture capitalist. In 2000, Mr. Kessler founded Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC, a Los Angeles based investment advisor, and has served as the Principal and Portfolio Manager from 2000 through the present. Mr. Kessler has broad experience in operating, financing, capital formation, negotiating, structuring and re-structuring investment transactions. He is involved in all aspects of the investment process including identification and engagement of portfolio companies. His investment experience encompasses both public and private companies. Mr. Kessler has actively worked with executives and boards of companies on corporate governance and oversight, strategic repositioning and alignment of interests with shareholders.

 

The Board believes that Mr. Kessler’s extensive experience in matters including capital formation, corporate finance, investment banking, founder, owner, operator of successful companies, corporate governance, as well as his understanding of capital markets, will provide a significant contribution to the growth of the Company.

 

32
 

 

Randall S. Malinoff, age 57, Chief Operating Officer

 

Mr. Randall S. Malinoff was appointed Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Company effective as of March 2, 2016 and appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on July 14, 2016. Mr. Malinoff combines over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry as a marketing and digital executive. From 2009 through 2014, Mr. Malinoff was the Vice President and Head of Direct to Consumer Ecommerce for Universal Music Group, Inc., a company in the entertainment industry. From 2000 to 2008, he was Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing for Universal Studios, Inc., a company involved in movies and home entertainment. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Malinoff served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Ktel Music, Inc., a recorded music and publishing company.

 

 

The Board believes that Mr. Malinoff’s combination of experience, leadership and innovation in the entertainment industry in key areas of digital marketing, operations, publicity, strategy and his skill in developing and nurturing strategic partnerships launching new business initiatives will help grow the Company.

 

Greg Suess, age 44, Director

 

Greg Suess has been a director of our Company since May 9, 2011. In 2000, he co-founded ROAR, a Beverly Hills-based management and consulting company that focuses on media and entertainment and provides comprehensive management services for its clients, including talent and brand management, managing partnerships, strategic alliances and marketing strategies that engage consumers through entertainment, music and lifestyle experiences. Mr. Suess is, and has been since inception, a partner at ROAR. Since 1997, Mr. Suess has been with the law firm of Glaser, Weil, Fink, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP, where he is currently Partner and focuses on general corporate law and media and entertainment. Mr. Suess holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California (Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies), and holds a JD/MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

 

The Board believes that Mr. Suess’ extensive experience and background in the media and entertainment industry complements the Company’s events business and its new initiatives and will provide a significant contribution to the Company’s growth.

  

Michael Breen, age 54, Director

 

Mr. Breen is an English qualified solicitor and was the Managing Director of the Sports and Entertainment Division of Bank Insinger de Beaufort N.V., a wealth management organization and part of the BNP Paribas Group, one of the world's largest banks. Mr. Breen was an equity partner with the law firm Clyde & Co, where he specialized in all aspects of sports and entertainment law. Mr. Breen also has extensive experience in event based entertainment, having been responsible for the legal documentation relating to the world-famous UK music awards known as the Brit Awards. Mr. Breen holds an Honours LLB degree in law from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

 

The Board believes Mr. Breen’s extensive experience in the entertainment industry will allow him to provide a significant contribution to the Company’s growth.

 

Jordan Schur, age 52, Director

 

Mr. Schur is a veteran of the music and film industries. In 1994, Mr. Schur created Flip Records, a record label that sold over seventy million records. In 1999, Mr. Schur was appointed President of Geffen Records at Universal Music Group, where he merged the original Geffen Records with MCA Records and DreamWorks Records. The expanded company went on to become a market leader, generating over Two Billion Dollars in sales. In 2006, Mr. Schur left Geffen and founded Suretone Records which drove several artists to number one on itunes and soundscan in the U.S. and around the world. Mr. Schur entered the film industry in 2008, founding Mimran Schur Pictures and going on to become a successful film producer. In 2012, Mr. Schur founded Suretone Pictures, where he released several notable films. In 2014, Mr. Schur, in partnership with Cinsay, created and launched Suretone Live, the world’s first syndicatable e-commerce and social media driven film, television, and music content destination.

 

The Board believes Mr. Schur’s extensive experience in the music and film industry will allow him to provide a significant contribution to the Company’s growth.

 

33
 

 

Family Relationships

 

There are no family relationships among our directors, executive officers, or persons nominated or chosen by the Company to become directors or executive officers. Former director Kenneth Shamus is part of the family that owns Kicking the Can LLC, 4 Brothers LLC, It’s All Normal, LLC and Pivot Media LLC.

 

Board Meetings and Annual Meeting Attendance

 

The Board met approximately thirteen times and twice solely in executive session during fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. No director attended less than 100% of the meetings held while such director was serving on the Board. Additionally, the Board acted approximately two times by unanimous written consent in lieu of a meeting during 2016.

 

Committees of the Board of Directors

 

Our Board currently has an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee and a Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

 

Audit Committee

 

On March 17, 2013, the Board authorized the creation of an Audit Committee. Currently, the Audit Committee is not comprised of any members as its former members have departed from the Board or resigned from their position on the Audit Committee upon accepting positions as officers of the Company. The Audit Committee’s functions include: selecting our independent registered public accountants; reviewing the results and scope of the audit and other services provided by our independent registered public accountants; reviewing our financial statements for each interim period and for our year end and our internal financial and accounting controls; and recommending, establishing and monitoring the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures. The Audit Committee held approximately three meetings in 2016. The Company intends to appoint members to the Audit Committee in 2017.

 

Compensation Committee

 

On March 17, 2013, the Board authorized the creation of a Compensation Committee. Currently, Mr. Suess serves as the sole member of the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee is responsible for establishing and administering our policies involving the compensation of all of our executive officers and establishing and recommending to our Board the terms and conditions of all employee and consultant compensation and benefit plans. The Compensation Committee held approximately three meetings in 2016. The Company intends to appoint additional members to the Compensation Committee in 2017.

 

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

 

On March 13, 2014, the Board authorized the creation of a Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Currently, Mr. Suess serves as the sole member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee reviews and provides oversight with regard to the Company’s corporate governance related policies and procedures and also recommends nominees to the Board and committees of the Board, develops and recommends to the Board corporate governance principles, and oversees the evaluation of the Board and management. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee held approximately one meeting in 2016. The Company intends to appoint additional members to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee in 2017.

 

Committee Charters

 

The Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee have not yet adopted written charters which govern their conduct. The committees anticipate adopting such charters by the end of the next fiscal quarter.

 

34
 

 

Board Oversight in Risk Management

 

Risk is inherent with every business, and how well a business manages risk can ultimately determine its success. We face a number of risks, including liquidity risk, operational risk, strategic risk and reputation risk. Our Chief Executive Officer also serves as one of our directors. In the context of risk oversight, at the present stage of our operations we believe that our selection of one person to serve in both positions provides the Board with additional perspective which combines the operational experience of a member of management with the oversight focus of a member of the Board. The business and operations of the Company are managed by our Board as a whole, including oversight of various risks that the Company faces.

 

Compliance with Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act

 

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires the Company’s directors, executive officers and persons who beneficially own 10% or more of a class of securities registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act to file reports of beneficial ownership and changes in beneficial ownership with the SEC. Directors, executive officers and greater than 10% stockholders are required by the rules and regulations of the SEC to furnish the Company with copies of all reports filed by them in compliance with Section 16(a).

 

Based solely on our review of certain reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the reports required to be filed with respect to transactions in our common stock during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, were timely.

 

Code of Ethics

 

We have not yet adopted a code of ethics because we wanted to complete our constitution of the Board prior to adopting such code of ethics to allow the entire Board to review and approve a code of ethics.

 

Legal Proceedings

 

There are no material proceedings to which any director or officer, or any associate of any such director or officer, is a party that is adverse to our Company or any of our subsidiaries or has a material interest adverse to our Company or any of our subsidiaries. No director or executive officer has been a director or executive officer of any business which has filed a bankruptcy petition or had a bankruptcy petition filed against it during the past ten years. No director or executive officer has been convicted of a criminal offense or is the subject of a pending criminal proceeding during the past ten years. No director or executive officer has been the subject of any order, judgment or decree of any court permanently or temporarily enjoining, barring, suspending or otherwise limiting his involvement in any type of business, securities or banking activities during the past ten years. No director or officer has been found by a court to have violated a federal or state securities or commodities law during the past ten years.

 

Item 11. Executive Compensation.

 

2016 SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

 

Name and Principal Position   Year   Salary
($)
    Bonus
($)
    Stock
Awards
($)
    Option
Awards
($)
    Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
($)
    Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings
($)
    All Other
Compensation
($)
    Total
($)
 
                                                     
John D. Maatta (1)   2016   $ 165,277     $ -     $ -     $ 121,953     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ 287,230  
Chief Executive Officer   2015   $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
Director   2014   $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
Paul L. Kessler (2)   2016   $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
Executive Chairman   2015   $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
    2014   $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
Randall S. Malinoff (3)   2016   $ 168,462     $ -     $ -     $ 65,613     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ 234,075  
Chief Operating Officer   2015   $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
    2014   $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
John M. Macaluso   2016   163,605     $ -     $ -       251,326     $ -     $ -     -     414,931  
Former Chief Executive Officer (4)(5)   2015   $ 500,000     $ 570,832     $ -     $ 888,113     $ -     $ -     $ 14,400     $ 1,973,345  
    2014   326,667     466,988     $  -     541,505     -     -     $ 10,400     1,345,560  

   

35
 

 

  (1) Mr. Maatta was appointed as the Company Chief Executive Officer effective May 3, 2016. Mr. Maatta served as the Company’s non-executive Chairman from February 5, 2016 through April 22, 2016.
     
  (2) Mr. Kessler served as the Company’s non-executive Chairman from April 22, 2016 through December 29, 2016. On December 29, 2016, Mr. Kessler was appointed as Executive Chairman. Mr. Kessler serves as Executive Chairman pursuant to a consulting agreement between Bristol Capital, LLC and the Company.
     
  (3) Mr. Malinoff was appointed as the Company’s Interim Chief Operating Officer effective as of March 2, 2016 and appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on July 14, 2016.
     
  (4) Mr. Macaluso served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from March 19, 2012 through April 19, 2016, when he resigned. On October 10, 2012, Mr. Macaluso was appointed as the Company’s Chairman of the Board and served in such capacity until February 5, 2016 when he resigned as Chairman of the Board, but remained a Director until his resignation as a Director on April 19, 2016.
     
  (5) The Company used a credit card in the name of Mr. Macaluso for certain business expenses. This practice may have resulted in Mr. Macaluso receiving points or rewards under the terms of the credit card provider’s agreement with Mr. Macaluso, even though the Company makes all payments related to such expenses. The Board is evaluating such practices.

 

Employment Agreement with John D. Maatta

 

In connection with the appointment of John D. Maatta as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, the Company and Mr. Maatta entered into an employment agreement, dated as of July 15, 2016 but effective as of May 3, 2016 (the “Maatta Employment Agreement”). The initial term of the Maatta Employment Agreement is for a period of two (2) years, commencing on May 3, 2016 (the “Maatta Initial Term”). The term of the Maatta Employment Agreement will be automatically extended for additional terms of one (1) year each (each (1) year extension together with the Maatta Initial Term, the “Maatta Agreement Term”), unless either the Company or Mr. Maatta gives prior written notice of non-renewal to the other party no later than sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the then current Maatta Agreement Term.

 

During the Term, the Company will pay Mr. Maatta an annual base salary of $250,000. In addition, Maatta may receive an annual bonus as determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board and approved by the Board. In December of 2016 Mr. Maatta declined acceptance of any cash bonus.

 

36
 

 

As additional consideration for entering into the Maatta Employment Agreement, Mr. Matta received the following:

 

(i) 100,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting immediately and expiring May 3, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.50 per share;

 

(ii) 100,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on September 30, 2016 and expiring May 3, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.50 per share;

 

(iii) 100,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on December 31, 2016 and expiring May 3, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.50 per share;

 

(iv) 100,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on March 31, 2017 and expiring May 3, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.55 per share;

 

(v) 100,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on June 30, 2017 and expiring May 3, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.55 per share;

 

(vi) 100,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on September 30, 2017 and expiring May 3, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.55 per share;

 

(vii) 100,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on December 31, 2017 and expiring May 3, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.60 per share;

 

(viii) 100,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on March 31, 2018 and expiring May 3, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.60 per share; and

 

(ix) 300,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting upon a Change in Control (as defined in the Maatta Employment Agreement) during the term of the Maatta Employment Agreement, at an exercise price of $0.50 per share.

 

The options will vest immediately upon a “Change in Control” as defined in the Maatta Employment Agreement.

 

Employment Agreements with Randall S. Malinoff

 

Effective as of March 2, 2016, the Company entered into an employment agreement (the “Interim Employment Agreement”) with Randall S. Malinoff in connection with his appointment as the Company’s Interim Chief Operating Officer. The initial term of such agreement is for ninety (90) days from the date of execution but may be extended by mutual agreement for successive ninety (90) day periods. The Company shall pay Mr. Malinoff an annual base salary of $150,000.

 

Effective July 14, 2016 Mr. Malinoff was appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. In connection with such appointment, the Company and Mr. Malinoff entered into an employment agreement, dated as of November 8, 2016, but effective as of July 14, 2016 (the “Malinoff Employment Agreement”). The Malinoff Employment Agreement replaced the Interim Employment Agreement. The initial term of the Malinoff Employment Agreement is for a period of two (2) years, commencing on July 14, 2016 (the “Malinoff Initial Term”). The term of the Malinoff Employment Agreement will be automatically extended for additional terms of one (1) year each (each one year extension together with the Malinoff Initial Term, the “Malinoff Agreement Term”), unless either the Company or Mr. Malinoff gives prior written notice of non-renewal to the other party no later than sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the then current Malinoff Employment Term.

 

During the Malinoff Employment Term, the Company will pay Mr. Malinoff an annual base salary of $225,000. In addition, Mr. Malinoff may receive an annual bonus at the discretion of the Compensation Committee of the Board and subject to approval by the Board.

 

37
 

 

As additional consideration for entering into the Malinoff Employment Agreement, Mr. Malinoff received the following:

 

(i) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on November 8, 2016 and expiring July 14, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.50 per share;

 

(ii) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on December 31, 2016 and expiring July 14, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.50 per share;

 

(iii) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on March 31, 2017 and expiring July 14, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.55 per share;

 

(iv) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on June 30, 2017 and expiring July 14, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.55 per share;

 

(v) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on September 30, 2017 and expiring July 14, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.55 per share;

 

(vi) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on December 31, 2017 and expiring July 14, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.60 per share;

 

(vii) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on March 31, 2018 and expiring July 14, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.60 per share; and

 

(viii) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on June 30, 2018 and expiring July 14, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.60 per share.

 

The options will vest immediately upon a “Change in Control” as defined in the Malinoff Employment Agreement.

 

Consulting Agreements

 

Bristol Capital, LLC – related party

 

On December 29, 2016, the Company, entered into a Consulting Services Agreement (the “Bristol Consulting Agreement”) with Bristol Capital, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company managed by Paul L. Kessler, the then non-executive Chairman of the Company. Pursuant to the Bristol Consulting Agreement, Mr. Kessler will serve as Executive Chairman of the Company. The initial term of the Bristol Consulting Agreement is from December 29, 2016 through March 28, 2017 (the “Initial Bristol Consulting Term”). The term of the Bristol Consulting Agreement will be automatically extended for additional terms of 90 day periods each (each additional term together with the Initial Bristol Consulting Term, the “Bristol Consulting Term”), unless either the Company or Bristol Capital, LLC gives prior written notice of non-renewal to the other party no later than thirty (30) days prior to the expiration of the then current Bristol Consulting Term.

 

38
 

 

During the Bristol Consulting Term, the Company will pay Bristol Capital, LLC a monthly fee (the “Monthly Fee”) of $18,750. For services rendered by Bristol Capital, LLC prior to entering into the Bristol Consulting Agreement, the Company will pay Bristol Capital, LLC the Monthly Fee, pro-rated, for the time between September 1, 2016 and December 29, 2016. Bristol Capital, LLC may also receive an annual bonus as determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board and approved by the Board.

 

In addition, the Company will grant to Bristol Capital, LLC options to purchase up to an aggregate of 600,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, in accordance with the following vesting schedule and at the applicable exercise prices therein:

 

(i) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting upon the Effective Date and expiring on December 29, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.50 per share;

 

(ii) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on December 31, 2016 and expiring on December 29, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.50 per share;

 

(iii) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on March 31, 2017 and expiring on December 29, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.55 per share;

 

(iv) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on June 30, 2017 and expiring on December 29, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.55 per share;

 

(v) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on September 30, 2017 and expiring on December 29, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.55 per share;

 

(vi) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on December 31, 2017 and expiring on December 29, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.60 per share;

 

(vii) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on March 31, 2018 and expiring on December 29, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.60 per share; and

 

(viii) 75,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, such options vesting on June 30, 2018 and expiring on December 29, 2021, at an exercise price of $0.60 per share.

 

Outstanding Equity Awards

 

2016 OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END
OPTION AWARDS         STOCK AWARDS  
Name (a)   Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised Options
(#)
Exercisable
(b)
    Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Unexercisable (c)
    Equity Incentive Plan Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised Unearned
Options
(#)
(d)
    Option
Exercise Price
($)
(e)
    Option
Expiration Date
(f)
    Number
of Shares
or Units of Stock
That Have
Not
Vested
(#)
(g)
    Market
Value of
Shares or
Units of
Stock
That
Have Not
Vested ($)
(h)
    Equity
Incentive Plan
Awards:
Number of
Unearned Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights That
Have Not Vested (#)
(i)
    Equity
Incentive Plan
Awards:
Market or
Payout
Value of
Unearned Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights That
Have Not Vested
(#)
(j)
 
                                                       
John D. Maatta
Chief Executive Officer and1 President
    200,000        600,000       600,000     $ 0.55        5/11/21        -       -       -       -  
                                                                         
Paul L. Kessler
Executive Chairman
    150,000        450,000       450,000     $ 0.55        12/29/21        -       -       -       -  
                                                                         
Randall S Malinoff, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer     150,000        450,000       450,000     $ 0.56        11/8/21        -       -       -       -  
                                                                         
John M. Macaluso
Former Chief Executive Officer and Former Chairman
                    $                                    

 

39
 

 

Director Compensation

 

The following summary compensation table sets forth all compensation awarded to, earned by, or paid to the named directors by us during the year ended December 31, 2016.

 

                                  Non-Equity              
Name                                 Incentive              
And                      Stock     Option     Plan     All Other        
Principal
Position
  Year     Salary
($)
    Bonus
($)
    Awards
($)
    Awards
($)
    Compensation
($)
    Compensation
($)
    Total
($)
 
(a)   (b)     (c)     (d)     (e)     (f)     (g)     (h)     (i)  
                                                 
Paul L. Kessler Executive Chairman1     2016     $ 12,250      $ -     $ -     $ 57,406     $ -     $ -     $ 69,656  
                                                                 
John D. Maatta Director2     2016      $ 6,750     $ -     $ -     $ 57,406     $ -     $ -     $ 64,156  
                                                                 
Greg Suess Director     2016     $ 14,500     $ -     $ -     $ 57,406     $ -     $ -     $ 71,906  
                                                                 
Vadim Mats Former Director3     2016     $ 16,250     $ -     $ -     $ 57,406     $ -     $ -      $ 73,656  
                                                                 
Kenneth Shamus Former Director4     2016     $ 11,250     $ -     $ -     $ 57,406      $ -     $ -     $ 68,656  
                                                                 
John M. Macaluso Former Director5     2016     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $  

 

 

 

  (1) On April 22, 2016, the Board appointed Mr. Paul L. Kessler as non-executive Chairman of the Board. On December 29, 2016, Mr. Kessler was appointed as Executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Kessler serves as Executive Chairman pursuant to a consulting agreement between the Company and Bristol Capital, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company managed by Mr. Kessler.
     
  (2) On February 5, 2016, the Board appointed Mr. John Maatta as the non-executive Chairman of the Board. On April 22, 2016, Mr. Maatta resigned as non-executive Chairman of the Board and continued to serve as a director.
     
  (3) On March 23, 2017 Mr. Mats Resigned from the Board.
     
  (4) On October 27, 2016 Mr. Shamus Resigned from the Board.
     
  (5) On February 5, 2016, the Board appointed Mr. Maatta as the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Macaluso continued to serve as a director through April 19, 2016 when he resigned from the Board.

 

40
 

 

Director Agreements

 

The Company has entered into director agreements with each of its directors except Mr. Schur and Mr. Breen. The Company plans to enter into director Agreements with Mr. Schur and Mr. Breen in the near future. Each director agreement commences on the date that the respective director was appointed a member of the Board and continues through the Company’s next annual stockholders’ meeting, unless automatically renewed at the option of the Board on such date that such director is re-elected to the Board. Pursuant to the director agreements entered into with our directors, each director is granted a non-qualified option to purchase up to 150,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. Mr. Mats’ director agreement provided for a quarterly issuance of 10,000 shares of restricted common stock. On April 11, 2012, Mr. Mats waived his right to receive the stock award granted to him under his director agreement going forward. On May 9, 2011, Mr. Mats was granted a non-qualified option to purchase 150,000 shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

In conjunction with the director agreements, we entered into an indemnification agreement with each director that is effective during the term that such director serves as a member of the Board until six years thereafter. The indemnification agreement indemnifies the director to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law for any claims arising out of, or resulting from, among other things, (i) any actual, alleged or suspected act or failure to act as a director or agent of the Company and (ii) any actual, alleged or suspected act or failure to act in respect of any business, transaction, communication, filing, disclosure or other activity of the Company. Further, the director is indemnified for any losses pertaining to such claims, provided, however, that the losses not include expenses incurred by the director in respect of any claim as which such director shall have been adjudged liable to the Company, unless the Delaware Chancery Court rules otherwise.

 

On May 5, 2014, the Board approved the granting to each of the five then non-employee members of the Board on May 9, 2014, a non-qualified stock option to purchase up to three hundred thousand (300,000) shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $0.64 per share. Such options expire five years from the date of issuance and shall vest in equal amounts over a period of three (3) years at the rate of twenty-five thousand (25,000) shares per fiscal quarter at the end of such quarter, commencing in the quarter ended June 30, 2014, and pro-rated for the number of days each non-employee member of the Board serves on the Board during such fiscal quarter.

 

In addition, effective as of May 1, 2014, the non-employee members of the Board (i) for their participation in meetings of the Board and its committees, will be compensated $1,000 for in person meeting, and $250 - $500 per telephonic meeting, depending on the length of the telephonic meeting, and (ii) will be provided a monthly retainer of $750 per month.

 

Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.

 

Our authorized capital stock consists of 100,000,000 shares, of which 80,000,000 are for shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, and 20,000,000 are for shares of preferred stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of which 50,000 have been designated as Series A Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock. As of April 17, 2017, there were 68,535,036 shares of our common stock issued and outstanding, all of which were fully paid, non-assessable and entitled to vote. Each share of our common stock entitles its holder to one vote on each matter submitted to the stockholders.

 

41
 

 

The following table sets forth information as of April 17, 2017, with respect to the beneficial ownership of our common stock by (i) each of our officers and directors, (ii) our officers and directors as a group and (iii) each person known by us to beneficially own five percent (5%) or more of our outstanding common stock. Unless otherwise specified, the address of each of the persons set forth below is in care of Wizard World, Inc., 662 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

 

Title of Class   Name of Beneficial Owner (1)(2)   Number of
Shares
    Percent of
Class (3)
 
                 
Common   John D. Maatta, Chief Executive Officer, President, Director     500,000 (4)     * %
Common   Paul L. Kessler, Executive Chairman      80,518,370 (5)     77 %
Common   Randall S. Malinoff, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer     225,000 (6)     * %
Common   Greg Suess, Director     385,053 (7)     * %
Common   Jordan Schur, Director     -       0 %
Common   Michael Breen, Director     -       0 %
Common   All officers and directors as a group (6 persons)     82,528,423        78 %

 

* denotes less than 1%

 

(1) Beneficial ownership generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities. Unless otherwise indicated, each of the beneficial owners listed above has direct ownership of and sole voting power and investment power with respect to the securities. Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with Rule 13d–3(d)(1) under the Exchange Act and includes securities for which the beneficial owner has the right to acquire beneficial ownership within 60 days.
     
  (2) Former directors Mr. Mats (resigned from the Board on March 23, 2017), Mr. Kenneth Shamus (resigned from the Board on October 27, 2016), and Mr. Macaluso (resigned from the Board on April 19, 2016) are not included in this table because they are not presently directors and do not beneficially own five percent (5%) or more of the Company’s common stock.
     
  (3) Based on 68,535,036 shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of April 13, 2016.
     
  (4) This total includes shares issuable upon exercise of an option for 1,100,000 shares of common stock, of which approximately 500,000 have vested.
     
  (5) The total consists of: (i) 44,878,792 shares owned by Bristol Investment Fund, Ltd., a Cayman Islands exempted company managed by Bristol Capital Advisors LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, of which Mr. Kessler, as the manager of Bristol Capital, acting alone, has voting and dispositive power over the shares beneficially owned and (ii) 550,000 shares owned by Bristol Capital Pension and Profit Sharing, of which Mr. Kessler, acting alone, has voting and dispositive power over the shares beneficially owned. This total includes shares issuable upon exercise of an option for 450,000 shares of common stock, of which approximately 450,000 have vested. This total includes shares issuable upon exercise of a warrant for 16,666,667 shares of common stock, of which approximately 16,666,667 have vested. This total includes shares issuable upon exercise of a convertible note for 16,666,667 shares of common stock, of which approximately 16,666,667 have vested.
     
  (6) This total includes shares issuable upon exercise of an option for 600,000 shares of common stock, of which approximately 225,000 have vested.
     
  (7)

This total includes shares issuable upon exercise of an option for 300,000 shares of common stock, of which approximately 300,000 have vested.

 

42
 

 

Stock Option Issuances Under the 2011 Incentive Compensation and Award Plan

 

Option Grants

 

On May 9, 2011, as subsequently amended on September 14, 2011, April 11, 2012, July 9, 2012 and September 25, 2014, we adopted the 2011 Incentive Stock and Award Plan, which was authorized and approved by the Board, and have granted to all directors, options to purchase our common stock pursuant to the terms of their employment, consulting and/or director agreements.

 

In conjunction with the director agreements and indemnification agreements described above, we entered into a Non-qualified Stock Option Agreement (“Stock Option Agreement”) with each director, pursuant to which the director was granted a non-qualified stock purchase option (the “Non-qualified Option”) to purchase up to an aggregate of one hundred fifty thousand (150,000) shares of our common stock, subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan. The exercise price for the Non-qualified Option is the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the execution date of the director agreement. The Non-qualified Option is exercisable for a period of five years and vests in equal amounts over a period of three (3) years at the rate of twelve thousand five hundred (12,500) shares per fiscal quarter at the end of such quarter, and pro-rated for the number of days the director served on the Board during such fiscal quarter. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the director ceases to be a member of Board at any time during the three (3)-year vesting period for any reason (such as resignation, withdrawal, death, disability or any other reason), then any un-vested portion of the Non-qualified Option shall be irrefutably forfeited.

 

43
 

 

On May 5, 2014, the Board approved the granting to each of the five non-employee members of the Board on May 9, 2014, a Non-qualified Option to purchase up to three hundred thousand (300,000) shares of the Company’s common stock subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan. The exercise price for the Non-qualified Options is $0.64. The Non-qualified Option is exercisable for period of five (5) years from the date of issuance and such option shall vest in equal amounts over a period of three (3) years at the rate of twenty-five thousand (25,000) shares per fiscal quarter at the end of such quarter, commencing in the quarter ended June 30, 2014, and pro-rated for the number of days each non-employee member of the Board serves on the Board during such fiscal quarter.

 

In addition, in connection with Mr. Macaluso’s Employment Agreement, the Company granted to Macaluso Options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, which shall vest as follows: (i) 763,888 Options, which have already been issued to Macaluso pursuant to Macaluso’s original employment agreement with the Company, dated March 19, 2012, and shall vest quarterly over the period ending March 18, 2015, at an exercise price of $0.44 per share; (ii) 900,000 of the Options shall vest quarterly over the period beginning on March 19, 2015 and ending March 18, 2016, at an exercise price of $1.00 per share; (iii) 900,000 of the Options shall vest quarterly over the period beginning on March 19, 2016 and ending March 18, 2017, at an exercise price of $1.25 per share; and (iv) 900,000 of the Options which shall vest quarterly over the period beginning on March 18, 2017 and ending March 18, 2018, at an exercise price of $1.50 per share.

 

Restricted Stock Awards

 

On January 14, 2011, the Company entered into a director agreement with Vadim Mats. The term of such agreement was for one year. As compensation for his services, Mr. Mats was to receive ten thousand (10,000) shares of the Company’s restricted common stock, par value $0.0001 per share at the end of every fiscal quarter during which he serves as a member of the Board. For any period during the term that Mr. Mats did not serve a full quarter, the amount of shares of common stock issued was be pro-rated based on the number of days during such quarter that the Mr. Mats was a member of the Board. On April 11, 2012, Mr. Mats waived his right to receive the stock award granted to him under his director agreement going forward.

 

Stock Option Issuances Under the 2016 Incentive Compensation and Award Plan

 

Option Grants

 

On August 12, 2016, Board unanimously approved, authorized and adopted (subject to stockholder approval) the 2016 Incentive Stock and Award Plan (the “2016 Plan”) to replace the expired Third Amended and Restated 2011 Incentive Stock and Award Plan. The 2016 Plan provides for the issuance of up to 5,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock through the grant of nonqualified options, incentive options and restricted stock to the Company’s directors, officers, consultants, attorneys, advisors and employees.

 

On July 15, 2016, in conjunction with the Maatta Employment Agreement, the Company granted to Mr. Maatta 800,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.0001 per share which shall vest quarterly over the period beginning on July 15, 2016 and ending May 3, 2021, at an exercise price range of $0.50 to $0.60 per share.

 

On November 8, 2016, in conjunction with the Malinoff Employment Agreement, the Company granted to Mr. Malinoff 600,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.0001 per share which shall vest quarterly over the period beginning on November 8, 2016 and ending July 14, 2021, at an exercise price range of $0.50 to $0.60 per share.

 

On December 29, 2016, in conjunction with the Bristol Consulting Agreement, the Company granted to Bristol 600,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.0001 per share which shall vest quarterly over the period beginning on December 29, 2016 and ending December 29, 2021, at an exercise price range of $0.50 to $0.60 per share.

 

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions.

 

We present all possible transactions between us and our officers, directors and 5% stockholders, and our affiliates, to our Board for their consideration and approval. Any such transaction will require approval by a majority of the disinterested directors and such transactions will be on terms no less favorable than those available to disinterested third parties. During their years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015, the Company had the following transactions with related persons reportable under Item 404 of Regulation S-K:

 

Bristol and ROAR each received a 2.5% profits participation and ownership interest in CONtv.

 

Effective December 29, 2014, the Company and a member of the Board formed Wiz Wizard. The Company and the member of the Board each own 50% of the membership interest and shall allocate the profits and losses accordingly upon repayment of the initial capital contributions on a pro rata basis. On February 4, 2016, the member of the Board assigned his fifty percent (50%) membership interest to the Company.

 

On June 16, 2016, the Company entered into a Standard Multi-Tenant Sublease (“Sublease”) with Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC, an entity Controlled by the Company’s Executive Chairman. The term of the Sublease is for 5 years and 3 months, beginning on July 1, 2016 with monthly payments of $8,118. Upon execution of the sublease. The Company paid a security deposit of $9,137 and $199,238 for prepaid rent of which $181,796 remains as of December 31, 2016.

 

44
 

 

Effective December 1, 2016, the Company entered into a securities purchase agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with Bristol Investment Fund, Ltd., an entity controlled by the Executive Chairman of the Company (at the time of Purchase Agreement, Mr. Kessler served as the non-executive Chairman of the Company), for the sale of the Company’s securities, comprised of (i) $2,500,000 of convertible debentures convertible at a price of $0.15 per share (the “Debenture”), (ii) warrants (the “Series A Warrants”) to acquire 16,666,667 shares of the Company’s common stock, at an exercise price of $0.15 per share (the “Series A Initial Exercise Price”), and (iii) warrants (the “Series B Warrants” and together with the Series A Warrants, the “Warrants”) to acquire 16,666,650 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $0.0001 per share (the “Series B Initial Exercise Price”). As a condition to Bristol Investment Fund, Ltd. entering into the Purchase Agreement, the Company entered into a Security Agreement (the “Security Agreement”) in favor of Bristol Investment Fund, Ltd., granting a security interest in substantially all of the property of the Company, whether presently owned or existing or hereafter acquired or coming into existence, including but not limited to, its ownership interests in its subsidiaries, to secure the prompt payment, performance and discharge in full of all of the Company’s obligations under the Debenture.

 

The Company received $2,500,000 in cash from the offering of the securities. The net proceeds of the offering, approximately $2,475,000, will be used by the Company for working capital purposes.

 

Director Independence

 

The common stock of the Company is currently quoted on the OTCBB and OTCQB, quotation systems which currently do not have director independence requirements. On an annual basis, each director and executive officer will be obligated to disclose any transactions with the Company in which a director or executive officer, or any member of his or her immediate family, have a direct or indirect material interest in accordance with Item 407(a) of Regulation S-K. Following completion of these disclosures, the Board will make an annual determination as to the independence of each director using the current standards for “independence” that satisfy the criteria for the NASDAQ.

 

As of April 17, 2016, the Board determined that the following directors are independent under these standards:

 

Greg Suess, Jordan Schur, and Michael Breen.

 

The Company has a standing Compensation Committee, a standing Audit Committee and a standing Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. As of April 17, 2016, the Board has determined that Mr. Suess, sole member of the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, is an independent director.

 

Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.

 

Audit Fees

 

(a) The aggregate fees billed by Li & Company for the audit of the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 were $0 and $32,500.

 

The Company’s current independent registered public accounting firm, Rosenberg Rich Baker Berman & Company (“RRBB”), was engaged on February 16, 2016. The aggregate fees billed by RRBB for the audit of the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were $42,000 and $48,000.

 

Audit Related Fees

 

(b) Li & Company did not bill the Company any amounts for assurance and related services that were related to its audit or review of the Company’s financial statements during the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015.

 

RRBB did not bill the Company any amounts for assurance and related services that were related to its audit or review of the Company’s financial statements during the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015.

 

45
 

 

Tax Fees

 

(c) The aggregate fees billed by Li & Company for tax compliance, advice and planning were $0 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and $0 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

 

The aggregate fees billed by RRBB for tax compliance, advice and planning were $10,575 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and $14,000 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

 

All Other Fees

 

(d) Li & Company did not bill the Company for any products and services other than the foregoing during the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

 

RRBB did not bill the Company for any products and services other than the foregoing during the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

 

PART IV

 

Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules.

 

Exhibit No.   Description
     
2.1   Share Purchase and Share Exchange Agreement, dated November 5, 2010, by and among GoEnergy, Inc., Strato Malamas, an individual and the majority stockholder of GoEnergy, Inc., Kick the Can Corp., a Nevada corporation, Kicking the Can, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company and the majority shareholder of Kick the Can Corp., and certain shareholders of Kick the Can Corp. that are signatories thereto (as filed as Exhibit 2.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on November 16, 2010).
     
3.1   Certificate of Incorporation of GoEnergy, Inc. (as filed as Exhibit 1.1 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form SB-2, filed with the SEC on March 25, 2003).
     
3.2   Bylaws (as filed as Exhibit 2.1 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form SB-2, filed with the SEC on March 25, 2003).
     
3.3   Certificate of Amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation of GoEnergy, Inc., dated December 6, 2010 (as filed as Exhibit 3.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 13, 2010).
     
3.4   Certificate of Correction, dated December 8, 2010 (as filed as Exhibit 3.4 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 13, 2010).
     
3.5   Second Certificate of Correction filed January 20, 2011 (as filed as Exhibit 3.5 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on January 25, 2011).
     
3.6   Certificate to set forth Designations, Voting Powers, Preferences, Limitations, Restrictions, and Relative Rights of Series A Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.0001 par value per share (as filed as Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 13, 2010).
     
3.7   Certificate of Amendment to Certificate to set forth Designations, Voting Powers, Preferences, Limitations, Restrictions, and Relative Rights of Series A Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock, $.0001 par value per share (as filed as Exhibit 4.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on April 25, 2011).

 

46
 

 

3.8   Certificate of Amendment to Certificate to set forth Designations, Voting Powers, Preferences, Limitations, Restrictions, and Relative Rights of Series A Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock, $.0001 par value per share (as filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on March 30, 2012).
     
3.9   Amended and Restated Series A Certificate of Designations, dated March 29, 2012 (as filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on March 30, 2012).
     
3.10   First Amendment to the Bylaws of Wizard World, Inc. (as filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the SEC on November 21, 2016).
     
4.1   Form of 2011 Series A Common Stock Purchase Warrant (as filed as Exhibit 4.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on April 25, 2011).
     
4.2   Form of Convertible Promissory Note, dated August 19, 2011 (as filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on August 30, 2011).
     
4.3   Form of Series A Common Stock Purchase Warrant (as filed as Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on April 5, 2012).
     
4.4   Form of Senior Convertible Debenture (as filed as Exhibit 4.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on April 5, 2012).
     
10.1   Director Agreement, dated January 18, 2011, by and between GoEnergy, Inc. and Vadim Mats (as filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on January 18, 2011).
     
10.2   Director Agreement, dated March 23, 2011, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Michael Mathews (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on March 25, 2011).
     
10.3   Consultant Agreement, dated March 23, 2011, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Michael Mathews (as filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on March 25, 2011).
     
10.4   Form of 2011 Series A Subscription Agreement (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on April 25, 2011).
     
10.5   Director Agreement, dated May 9, 2011, by between Wizard World, Inc. and Greg Suess (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on May 9, 2011).
     
10.6   2011 Stock Incentive and Award Plan (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on May 12, 2011)
     
10.7   Amendment to the 2011 Incentive Stock and Award Plan (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on September 15, 2011).
     
10.8   2011 Amended and Restated Stock Incentive and Award Plan. (as filed as Exhibit 10.8 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on April 16, 2012).
     
10.9   Form of Non-Qualified Stock Option Agreement (as filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on May 12, 2011).

 

 
 

 

10.10   Director Agreement, dated May 13, 2011, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and John M. Macaluso (as filed as Exhibit 10.10 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on April 16, 2012).
     
10.11   Director Agreement, dated May 25, 2011, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and John Maatta (as filed as Exhibit 10.11 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on April 16, 2012).
     
10.12   Employment Agreement, dated May 25, 2011, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Gareb Shamus (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on May 31, 2011).
     
10.13   Form of Subscription Agreement, dated August 19, 2011 (as filed as Exhibit 10.13 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on April 16, 2012).
     
10.14   Office Service Agreement, dated January 18, 2011, by and between Kick the Can Corp. and NYC Office Suites (as filed as Exhibit 10.11 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on September 13, 2011).
     
10.15   Internet Domain Name Assignment Agreement, dated January 2011, by and between Gareb Shamus Enterprises, Inc. and Kick the Can Corp. (as filed as Exhibit 10.12 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on September 13, 2011).
10.16   Mid-Ohio Acquisition Agreement, dated November 13, 2010, by and between Kicking the Can L.L.C and GCX Holdings LLC (as filed as Exhibit 10.15 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K/A, filed with the SEC on November 16, 2011).
     
10.17   Form of Senior Convertible Debenture, dated December 6, 2011 (as filed as Exhibit 10.17 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on April 16, 2012).
     
10.18   Subscription Agreement, dated December 21, 2011, by and between the Company and the Michael Mathews 2011 Children’s GRAT (as filed as Exhibit 10.18 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on April 16, 2012).
     
10.19   Consultant Agreement, dated March 23, 2011, between Wizard World, Inc. and Michael Mathews (as filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on March 25, 2011).
     
10.20   Employment Agreement, dated March 19, 2012, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and John M. Macaluso, individually (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on March 19, 2012).
     
10.21   Option Agreement, dated March 19, 2012, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and John M. Macaluso, individually (as filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on March 19, 2012).
     
10.22   Indemnification Agreement, dated March 19, 2012, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and John M. Macaluso, individually (as filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on March 19, 2012).
     
10.23   Form of Subscription Agreement (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on April 5, 2012).
     
10.24   Second Amended and Restated 2011 Incentive Stock and Award Plan (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on July 13, 2012).
     
10.25   Director Agreement, dated March 17, 2013, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Paul L. Kessler (as filed as Exhibit 10.25 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on April 1, 2013).

 

47
 

 

10.26   Director Agreement, dated March 17, 2013, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Kenneth Shamus (as filed as Exhibit 10.26 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on April 1, 2013).
     
10.27   Director and Officer Indemnification, dated March 17, 2013, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Paul L. Kessler (as filed as Exhibit 10.27 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on April 1, 2013).
     
10.28   Director and Officer Indemnification, dated March 17, 2013, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Kenneth Shamus (as filed as Exhibit 10.28 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on April 1, 2013).
     
10.29   Non-Qualified Stock Option Agreement, dated March 17, 2013, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Paul L. Kessler (as filed as Exhibit 10.29 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on April 1, 2013).
     
10.30   Non-Qualified Stock Option Agreement, dated March 17, 2013, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Kenneth Shamus (as filed as Exhibit 10.30 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on April 1, 2013).
     
10.31   Form of Commercial Real Estate Lease by and between Bristol Capital, LLC and 225 California Street, LLC, as lessors, and Wizard World, Inc., as lessee (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on April 24, 2013).
     
10.32   Amended and Restated Employment Agreement, dated September 16, 2014, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and John Macaluso, individually (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on September 19, 2014)
     
10.33   2011 Third Amended and Restated Stock Incentive and Award Plan. (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on September 29, 2014)
     
10.34   Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of CON TV, LLC, by and among Wizard World, Inc., Cinedigm Entertainment Corp., ROAR, LLC and Bristol Capital, LLC (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on November 20, 2015)
     
10.35   Amended and Restated License Agreement by and between Wizard World, Inc. and CON TV, LLC (as filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on November 20, 2015)
     
10.36   Amended and Restated Services Agreement by and between Wizard World, Inc. and CON TV, LLC (as filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on November 20, 2015)
     
10.37   Employment Agreement by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Randy Malinoff, individually (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on March 7, 2016)
     
10.38   Employment Agreement, dated July 15, 2016, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and John D. Maatta (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on July 20, 2016)
     
10.39   Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation and Non-Disclosure Agreement, dated July 15, 2016, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and John D. Maatta (as filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on July 20, 2016)

 

48
 

 

10.40   Indemnification Agreement, dated July 15, 2016, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and John D. Maatta (as filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on July 20, 2016)
     
10.41   Option Agreement, dated July 15, 2016, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and John D. Maatta (as filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on July 20, 2016)
     
10.42   Employment Agreement, dated November 8, 2016, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Randall S. Malinoff (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on November 14, 2016)
     
10.43   Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation and Non-Disclosure Agreement, dated November 8, 2016, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Randall S. Malinoff (as filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on November 14, 2016)
     
10.44   Indemnification Agreement, dated November 8, 2016, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Randall S. Malinoff (as filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on November 14, 2016)
     
10.45   Non-Qualified Stock Option Agreement, dated November 8, 2016, by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Randall S. Malinoff (as filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on November 14, 2016)
     
10.45   Form of Securities Purchase Agreement by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Bristol Investment Fund, Ltd. (as filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 2, 2016)
     
10.46   Form of 12% Senior Secured Convertible Debenture issued by Wizard World, Inc., in favor of Bristol Investment Fund, Ltd. (as filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 2, 2016)
     
10.47   Form of Warrant issued by Wizard World, Inc. to Bristol Investment Fund, Ltd. (as filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 2, 2016)
     
10.48   Security Agreement by and between Wizard World, Inc. (as filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 2, 2016)
     
10.49   Consulting Services Agreement by and between Wizard World, Inc. and Bristol Capital, LLC (as filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on January 5, 2017)
     
21.1   Subsidiaries*
     
31.1   Certification by the Principal Executive Officer of Registrant pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a))*
     
31.2   Certification by the Principal Financial Officer of Registrant pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a))*
     
32.1   Certification by the Principal Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002*
     
32.2   Certification by the Principal Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 *
     
101.INS   XBRL Instance Document *
     
101.SCH   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema *
     
101.CAL   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase *
     
101.DEF   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase *
     
101.LAB   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase *
     
101.PRE   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase *

 

* filed herewith

 

49
 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

  WIZARD WORLD, INC.
     
Date: April 17, 2017 By: /s/ John M. Maatta
  Name: John D. Maatta
  Title: Chief Executive Officer
    (Principal Executive Officer)
    (Principal Financial Officer)
    (Principal Accounting Officer)

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature   Title   Date
         
/s/ John D. Maatta   Chief Executive Officer, President, Principal Executive Officer, Principal Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, Director   April 17, 2017
John D. Maatta      
         
/s/ Paul L. Kessler   Executive Chairman   April 17, 2017
Paul L. Kessler        
         
/s/ Greg Suess   Director   April 17, 2017
Greg Suess        
         
/s/ Jordan Schur   Director   April 17, 2017
Jordan Schur        
         
/s/ Michael Breen   Director   April 17, 2017
Michael Breen        

 

50
 

 

Wizard World, Inc.

 

December 31, 2016

 

Index to the Consolidated Financial Statements

 

Contents   Page(s)
     
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm   F-2
     
Consolidated Balance Sheets at December 31, 2016 and 2015   F-3
     
Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Years Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015   F-4
     
Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit) for the Years Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015   F-5
     
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Years Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015   F-6
     
Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements   F-7

 

F-1
 

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Board of Directors and

Stockholders of Wizard World, Inc.

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Wizard World, Inc. as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2016 and 2015. Wizard World, Inc.’s management is responsible for these consolidated financial statements. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of Wizard World, Inc. as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, and the consolidated results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

/s/ Rosenberg, Rich, Baker, Berman & Company

 

 

Somerset NJ

April 17, 2017

 

F-2
 

 

Wizard World, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

  

   December 31,
2016
  December 31,
2015
       
Assets          
           
Current Assets          
Cash and cash equivalents  $4,401,217   $4,723,699 
Accounts receivable, net   187,819    407,142 
Inventory   -    39,552 
Prepaid convention expenses   704,711    990,401 
Prepaid insurance   96,076    37,654 
Prepaid rent – related party   181,796    - 
Prepaid taxes   13,984    293,984 
Other prepaid expenses   13,666    7,210 
Total Current Assets   5,599,279    6,499,642 
           
Property and equipment, net   215,948    250,786 
           
Security deposit   19,912    21,066 
           
Total Assets  $5,835,129   $6,771,494 
           

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

          
           
Current Liabilities          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $937,773   $1,577,439 
Unearned revenue   1,574,938    3,731,498 
Due to CONtv joint venture   224,241    111,741 
           
Total Current Liabilities   2,736,952    5,420,678 
           
Non-current Liabilities:          
Convertible promissory note - related party, net   1,456    - 

Derivative liabilities - related party

   6,498,737    - 
           
Total Non-current Liabilities   6,500,193    - 
           
Total Liabilities   9,237,145    5,420,678 
           
Commitments and contingencies          
           

Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

          
Preferred stock par value $0.0001: 20,000,000 shares authorized; 50,000 shares designated Series A convertible preferred stock par value $0.0001: 50,000 shares designated; 39,101 shares issued and converted        - 
Common stock par value $0.0001: 80,000,000 shares authorized; 68,535,036 and 51,368,386 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   6,855    5,138 
Additional paid-in capital   21,132,386    17,341,268 
Accumulated deficit   (24,529,440)   (16,013,296)
Non-controlling interest   (11,817)   17,706 

Total Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

   (3,402,016)   1,350,816 
           

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

  $5,835,129   $6,771,494 

 

See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements

 

F-3
 

 

Wizard World, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

    For the Years Ended  
    December 31,
2016
    December 31,
2015
 
             
Revenues                
Convention   $ 21,994,433     $ 22,905,636  
ConBox     707,101       1,120,535  
                 
Total revenues     22,701,534       24,026,171  
                 
Cost of revenues                
Cost of revenue     16,002,088       18,760,031  
Write-off of obsolete inventory     164,903       -  
                 
Total cost of revenues     16,166,991       18,760,031  
                 
Gross margin     6,534,543       5,266,140  
                 
Operating expenses                
Compensation     4,468,149       5,396,798  
Consulting fees    

687,054

      625,111  
General and administrative     2,561,586       2,126,059  
                 
Total operating expenses     7,716,789       8,147,968  
                 
Loss from operations     (1,182,246 )     (2,881,828 )
                 
Other expenses                
Interest expense     (26,676 )     (2,909 )
Loss on disposal of equipment     (36,876 )     -  
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities     (1,829,709 )     -  
Derivative expense     (5,110,879 )     -  
Loss on investment     -       (24,997 )
Loss on CONtv joint venture     (262,500 )     (1,324,727 )
                 

Total other expenses

    (7,266,640 )     (1,352,633 )
                 
Loss before income tax provision     (8,448,886 )     (4,234,461 )
                 
Income tax provision     -       -  
                 
Net loss