UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Form 10-K/A
(Amendment #1)
(Mark One)
þ
 
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015

Or
o
 
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Commission file number: 000-50621

DOLPHIN DIGITAL MEDIA, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Florida
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
86-0787790
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
 
 
2151 LeJeune Road, Suite 150-Mezzanine, Coral Gables, FL
 
33134
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number (305) 774-0407

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class
 
Name of each exchange on which registered
 
 
 
Common Stock, $0.015 par value per share
 
None

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None

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

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

Indicate by a check mark if 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. þ Yes  o No
 
 
 

 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
 þ Yes o No

Indicate by a 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. o

Indicate by a check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
 
Large accelerated filer o
 
Accelerated filer o
 
Non-accelerated filer o
 
Smaller reporting company þ

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

The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold, as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter:  $1,570,658

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of the registrant’s common stock as of April 27, 2016: 139,875,502.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
 
 
NONE



 
 
 
 
 
EXPLANATORY NOTE

This Amendment No. 1 amends the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, filed by Dolphin Digital Media, Inc. (the “Company”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 31, 2016 (the “Original Filing”). The Company is filing this Amendment No. 1 to include the information required by Part III of Form 10-K. The information required by Items 10-14 of Part III is no longer being incorporated by reference to the Proxy Statement as the Proxy Statement is not expected to be filed with the SEC within 120 days of December 31, 2015. In addition,  in connection with the filing of this Amendment and pursuant to the rules of the SEC, we are including with this Amendment new certifications of our principal executive officer and principal financial officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.  Accordingly, Item 15 of Part IV has also been amended to reflect the filing of these new certifications.

No changes have been made in this Amendment to modify or update the other disclosures presented in the Original Filing. This Amendment does not reflect events occurring after the Original Filing or modify or update those disclosures that may be affected by subsequent events. This Amendment should be read in conjunction with the Original Filing and the Company’s other filings with the SEC.

PART III
 
ITEM 10. DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS, AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE.

Directors and Executive Officers

Our directors and executive officers and the positions held by each of them are as follows:
(a)  
Directors

NAME
 
AGE
 
PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION
William O’Dowd IV
 
 
46
 
Chairman, President and CEO
Michael Espensen
 
 
64
 
Director
Nelson Famadas
   
43
 
Director
Mirta A Negrini
   
52
 
Director, CFO, COO
Nicholas Stanham
   
47
 
Director

(b)  
Executive Officers

NAME
 
AGE
 
PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION
William O’Dowd IV
 
 
46
 
Chief Executive Officer
Mirta A Negrini
   
52
 
Chief Financial and Operating Officer
 
Biographical Information of Directors and Executive Officers

William O’Dowd, IV. Mr. O’Dowd has served as our Chairman, President and CEO since June 2008.  Mr. O’Dowd founded Dolphin Entertainment, Inc. in 1996 and has served as its President since that date.  Dolphin Entertainment is an entertainment company specializing in children’s and young adult’s live-action programming.  In July 2011 the Company purchased from Dolphin Entertainment, Inc. an exclusive option to acquire certain rights in and to the script for a motion picture. In March 2016, we acquired Dolphin Films from Dolphin Entertainment.

Qualifications.  The Board of Directors (the “Board”) nominated Mr. O’Dowd based on his significant industry experience including having founded Dolphin Entertainment, a leading entertainment company specializing in children’s and young adult’s live-action programming.
 
 
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Michael Espensen. Mr. Espensen has served on our Board since June 2008.  From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Espensen served as Chief Executive Officer of Keraplast Technologies, LLC (“Keraplast”), a private multi-million dollar commercial-stage biotechnology company.  From 2009 to present, Mr. Espensen has also served as Chairman of the Board of Keraplast.  While serving as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Espensen was responsible for overseeing and approving Keraplast’s annual budgets and financial statements.  Mr. Espensen is also a producer and investor in family entertainment for television and feature films. Between 2006 and 2009, Mr. Espensen was Executive or Co-Executive Producer of twelve made-for-television movies targeting children and family audiences.  As Executive Producer, he approved production budgets and then closely monitored actual spending to ensure that productions were not over budget.  Mr. Espensen has also been a real estate developer and investor for over thirty years.

Qualifications.  The Board nominated Mr. Espensen to serve as a director of the Board because of his business management and financial oversight experience both as the current Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of a multi-million dollar company and as a former Executive Producer in the made-for-television movie industry, as well as his valuable knowledge of our industry.

Nelson Famadas. Mr. Famadas has served on our Board since December 2014. Since 2015, he has served as President of Cien, a marketing firm that serves the Hispanic market.  Prior to Cien, Mr. Famadas served as Senior Vice President of National Latino Broadcasting (“NLB”) from July 2011 to the beginning of 2015.  NLB is an independent Hispanic media company that owns and operates two satellite radio channels on SiriusXM.  From July 2010 to March 2012, Mr. Famadas served as our Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for daily operations including public filings and investor relations.  Mr. Famadas began his career at MTV Networks, specifically MTV Latin America, ultimately serving as New Business Development Manager.  From 1995 through 2001, he co-founded and managed Astracanada Productions, a television production company that catered mostly to the Hispanic audience, creating over 1,300 hours of programming.  Mr. Famadas has over 20 years of experience in television and radio production, programming, operations, sales and marketing.  As Executive Producer, he received a Suncoast EMMY in 1997 for Entertainment Series for A Oscuras Pero Encendidos.   

Qualifications.  The Board nominated Mr. Famadas to serve as a director of the Board because of his significant prior management experience as a co-founder and former manager of a television production company, as well as his current management experience with a broadcasting company.

Mirta A Negrini.  Ms. Negrini has served on our Board since December 2014 and as our Chief Financial and Operating Officer since October 2013.  Ms. Negrini has over thirty years of experience in both private and public accounting.  Immediately prior to joining the Company, she served since 1996 as a named partner in Gilman & Negrini, P.A., an accounting firm of which Dolphin Digital Media, Inc. was a client.  Ms. Negrini is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Florida.

Qualifications.  The Board nominated Ms. Negrini to serve as a director of the Board because of her significant accounting experience gained as a named partner at an accounting firm of which the Company was a client prior to Ms. Negrini’s employment.

Nicholas Stanham, Esq. Mr. Stanham has served on our Board since December 2014.  Mr. Stanham is a founding partner of R&S International Law Group, LLP in Miami, Florida, which was founded in January 2008.  His practice is focused primarily in real estate and corporate structuring.  Mr. Stanham has approximately 20 years of experience in real estate purchases and sales of residential and commercial properties.  Since 2004, Mr. Stanham has been a member of the Christopher Columbus High School Board of Directors.  In addition, he serves as a director of ReachingU, a foundation that promotes initiatives and supports organizations that offer educational opportunities to Uruguayans living in poverty.

Qualifications.  The Board nominated Mr. Stanham to serve as a director of the Board because of his experience as a founding partner at a law firm as well as his business management experience at that firm.
 
 
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Corporate Governance

Compliance with Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act

Based solely on a review of Forms 3 and 4 and amendments thereto furnished to us under Rule 16a-3(d) of the the Exchange Act during the year ended December 31, 2015, our executive officers and directors complied with all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to them.

Code of Ethics

The Board has adopted our Amended and Restated Code of Ethics for Senior Financial Officers (“Code of Ethics”).  Our Code of Ethics sets forth standards of conduct applicable to our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial and Operating Officer to promote honest and ethical conduct, proper disclosure in the Company’s periodic filings, and compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.  Our Code of Ethics is available to view at our website, www.dolphindigitalmedia.com, under the Investor Relations section.  We intend to provide disclosure of any amendments or waivers of our Code of Ethics on our website within four business days following the date of the amendment or waiver..

Audit Committee and Audit Committee Financial Expert

We currently have a standing Audit Committee.consisting of two directors, Michael Espensen, Chairman and Nicholas Stanham.  Our Audit Committee operates pursuant to an Audit Committee Charter, which was adopted by our Board of Directors, setting forth the responsibilities of the Audit Committee.  The Audit Committee Charter can be found at our website at www.dolphindigitalmedia.com.

Pursuant to its charter, the Audit Committee is responsible for establishing our audit policies, selecting our independent auditors and overseeing the engagement of our independent auditors.  The Audit Committee Chairman reports on Audit Committee actions and recommendations at Board of Directors meetings.  The Board of Directors has determined that each member of the Audit Committee meets the independence requirements under NASDAQ’s Marketplace Rules and the enhanced independence standards for audit committee members required by the SEC.  In addition, the Board has determined that Mr. Espensen meets the requirements of an audit committee financial expert under the rules of the SEC.

Procedures for Recommending Nominees to the Board

During 2015, no material changes have been made to the procedures by which shareholders may recommend nominees to our Board of Directors.

ITEM 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION.

Summary Compensation Table

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  All Other  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Salary
 
 
Bonus
 
  Compensation  
Total
Name and Principal Position
 
Year
 
 
($)
 
 
($)
 
  ($)  
($)
William O’Dowd IV
 
 
2015
 
 
$
250,000(1)
 
 
$
-
 
 $
574,947(2)
 
$
824,947(3)
Chairman, President and CEO
 
 
2014
 
 
$
250,000
 
 
$
-
 
 $
578,615
 
$
828,615
                                   
 Mirta A Negrini
   
2015
   
$
150,000
   
$
50,000(4)
 
$
-
 
$
200,000
Chief Financial and Operating Officer
   
2014
   
$
150,000
   
$
-
 
$
-
 
$
150,000
 
 
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(1)
 
For 2015, we accrued the full amount of Mr. O’Dowd’s salary of $250,000 but did not make any payments on this amount.
(2)
 
This amount includes life insurance in the amount of $48,384, interest paid on compensation outstanding in the amount of $186,513 and interest paid on the Revolving Promissory Note in the amount of $340,050 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. For additional information on the applicable provisions in Mr. O’Dowd’s employment agreement and the Revolving Promissory Note, please see “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence” beginning on page 7 of this Amendement 1 of Annual Report on Form 10-K/A.
(3)  
This amount does not include an amount for bonus as Mr. O’Dowd waived his right to receive any annual discretionary bonus for the year ended 2015.
(4)
 
Ms. Negrini earned a $50,000 bonus for the year ended December 31, 2015 that was paid in 2016.
 
Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

None of the executive officers named in the table above had any outstanding equity awards as of December 31, 2015 and 2014.

William O’Dowd Employment Agreement
 
On September 7, 2012, we entered into an employment agreement with our Chief Executive Officer, Mr. O’Dowd.  The employment agreement was effective January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014 and continued for an initial term of three years, thereafter, subject to a two-year renewal at the option of the CEO. On December 31, 2014, Mr. O’Dowd notified us that he was renewing his employment agreement for a period of two years, effective January 1, 2015.  The agreement states that Mr. O’Dowd will receive annual compensation of $250,000.  In addition, Mr. O’Dowd is entitled to an annual discretionary bonus as determined by our Board of Directors.  Mr. O’Dowd is eligible to participate in all of our benefit plans offered to our employees.  In 2012, Mr. O’Dowd received a signing bonus of $1,000,000 as consideration for entering into the agreement and waiving any claim to compensation for services rendered prior to the agreement.   Any compensation due to Mr. O’Dowd under the agreement and unpaid and accrued by us will accrue interest on the principal amount at a rate of 10% per annum from the date of the agreement until it is paid.

Our employment agreement with Mr. O’Dowd provides for severance payments under certain circumstances.  The material terms of the severance provisions are as follows:
 
Termination by the Company for Cause
 
In the event of a termination for Cause, Mr. O’Dowd shall receive base salary and benefits through the date of termination only, together with any bonus that has been earned as of that date.  “Cause” is defined as:
 
(1) a material violation of any of the material provisions of the employment agreement, or the material rules, policies, and/or procedures of the Company, or commission of any material act of fraud, misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty or theft against or from the Company, if such violation is not cured as soon as is reasonably practical, and in any event within sixty (60) days after written notice from the Company.
 
(2) a material violation of any law, rule or regulation of a governmental authority or regulatory body with jurisdiction over the Company or Mr. O’Dowd relative to the conduct of Mr. O’Dowd in connection with the Company’s business or its securities, if such material violation is not cured as soon as is reasonably practical, and in any event within sixty (60) days after written notice from the Company.
 
(3) the conviction of Mr. O’Dowd of a felony under the laws of the United States of America or of any state.
 
 
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Termination by the Company Other than for Cause
 
The Company may terminate Mr. O’Dowd’s employment in its sole discretion at any time; provided, however, that in the event such termination is not due to death, disability or Cause, as each is defined in the employment agreement, the Company may terminate the employment agreement upon three (3) months’ prior written notice.  If Mr. O’Dowd is terminated other than for Cause, he will be entitled to receive any bonus that he earned as of the date of termination, plus base salary only (i.e. no fringe benefits, additional bonus, or other compensation) for the one year period following termination.
 
Voluntary Termination
 
If Mr. O’Dowd voluntarily terminates his employment, he shall receive base salary and benefits through the date of termination only, together with any bonus that he earned as of that date.
 
Change in Control
 
If, within one year after a Change in Control the Company terminates Mr. O’Dowd’s employment with the Company other than for Cause, or if Mr. O’Dowd voluntarily terminates his employment, Mr. O’Dowd will receive:
 
(1) an amount equal to the sum of (A) his aggregate base salary (at the rate most recently determined) for a period equal to the remainder of the term (the “Severance Period”), and (B) an amount equal to the greater of (i) his bonus payment for the year preceding the date of termination, and (ii) the annual average of his bonus payment during the two (2) years immediately preceding the date of termination, in a lump sum within 30 days after the date of termination.
 
(2) any and all benefits accrued under any incentive plans and benefit plans to the date of his termination.  The amount, form and time of payment of such benefits shall be determined by the terms of such incentive plans and benefit plans, and for purposes of such plans, Mr. O’Dowd’s employment shall be deemed to have terminated by reason of retirement.
 
(3) continued coverage under health, dental, disability, accident and life insurance plans or arrangements made available by the Company in which he or his dependents were participating immediately prior to the date of his termination as if he continued to be an employee of the Company, provided that, if participation in any one or more of such plans and arrangements is not possible under the terms thereof, the Company will provide substantially identical benefits.
“Change in Control” is defined as (i) the ownership by any entity, person, or group of beneficial ownership, as that term is defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, other than Mr. O’Dowd, of more than 40% of the outstanding capital stock of the Company entitled to vote for the election of directors (“Voting Stock”), (ii) the effective time of (a) a merger or consolidation of the Company with one or more other corporations as a result of which the holders of the outstanding Voting Stock of the Company immediately prior to such merger hold less than 80% of the Voting Stock of the surviving or resulting corporation, or (b) a transfer of all or substantially all of the property of the Company other than to an entity of which the Company owns at least 80% of the Voting Stock, or (iii) the election to the Board of Directors of the Company, without the recommendation or approval of the incumbent Board of Directors of the Company, of the lesser of (a) three independent directors or (b) directors constituting a majority of the number of directors of the Company then in office.
 
Mr. O’Dowd’s employment agreement also contains non-compete and non-disclosure provisions.
 
Mirta Negrini Employment Arrangement
 
On October 21, 2013, the Company appointed Ms. Negrini as its Chief Financial and Operating Officer, at an annualized salary of $150,000. The terms of Ms. Negrini’s employment do not provide for any payments in connection with her resignation, retirement or other termination, or a change in control, or a change in her responsibilities following a change in control.
 
 
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Director Compensation

We have not paid our directors any compensation for serving on our Board of Directors in 2015.
 
ITEM 12.
 
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS.
 
The table below shows the beneficial ownership as of April 27, 2016, of our Common Stock held by each of our directors, named executive officers, all current directors and executive officers as a group and each person known to us to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of our outstanding Common Stock.  As of April 27, 2016 we had 139,875,502 shares of our Common Stock outstanding.  Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC.  Except as indicated by footnote and subject to community property laws, where applicable, to our knowledge the persons named in the table below have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares of Common Stock that are shown as beneficially owned by them.  In computing the number of shares owned by a person and the percentage ownership of that person, any such shares subject to options, warrants or other convertible securities held by that person that were exercisable as of April 27, 2016 or that will become exercisable within 60 days thereafter are deemed outstanding for purposes of that person’s percentage ownership but not deemed outstanding for purposes of computing the percentage ownership of any other person.
 
In the table below beneficial ownership is divided by class as follows: (i) Common Stock; (ii) Series B Preferred; and (iii) Series C Preferred.  Currently, only Common Stock has voting rights, as neither series of preferred stock currently has a right to vote on matters properly brought before our shareholders, other than as required by applicable law.  The Series C Preferred is not currently convertible into shares of Common Stock, and it is not currently expected that such conditions will be satisfied within the next 60 days.  Consequently, a holder of Series C Preferred does not currently beneficially own (as determined in accordance with Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) any shares of Common Stock as a consequence of holding shares of Series C Preferred.
 
NAME AND ADDRESS OF OWNER(1)
 
# OF SHARES OF
COMMON STOCK
   
PERCENTAGE** OF CLASS
 
William O’Dowd, IV(2) 
    99,837,074       54.4 %
Michael Espensen
    11,100       *  
Nelson Famadas
    68,696       *  
Mirta Negrini
    ––       *  
Nicholas Stanham
    524,699       *  
All Directors and Named Executive Officers as a Group (5 persons)
    56,741,569       40.6  
Alvaro and Lileana de Moya(3)
    10,400,000       7.4  
Pozo Opportunity Fund II(4) 
    13,675,215       9.8  
Félix Quevedo(5)
    8,670,740       6.2  
T Squared Partners LP(6) 
    13,847,675       9.9  
                 
   
NUMBER OF SHARES
   
PERCENTAGE OF CLASS(7)
 
Series B Preferred
               
William O’Dowd, IV(8) 
    2,300,000       70 %
T Squared Partners LP
    1,000,000       30 %
                 
Series C Preferred
               
William O’Dowd, IV
    1,000,000       100 %
*
Less than 1%.
**
Percentages based on 139,875,502 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of April 27, 2016.
 
 
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1)
Unless otherwise indicated, the address of each shareholder is c/o Dolphin Digital Media, Inc., 2151 Le Jeune Road, Suite 150, Mezzanine, Coral Gables, Florida, 33134.
 
2)
Includes 43,700,000 shares issuable upon the conversion of Series B Preferred held by Dolphin Entertainment, Inc., of which William O’Dowd, IV is the sole owner.  William O’Dowd, IV has sole voting and investment powers with respect to the shares held by Dolphin Entertainment, Inc.
 
3)
Includes (i) 3,000,000 shares held by the Alvaro de Moya Revocable Trust; (ii) 3,000,000 shares held by the Lileana de Moya Revocable Trust; (iii) 4,000,000 shares held by the Lileana de Moya Lifetime Trust and (iv) 400,000 shares held by the Alvaro de Moya Grantor Retained Annuity Trust.
 
4)
Justo Luis Pozo is the principal of Pozo Opportunity Fund II (700 Biltmore Way #1011, Coral Gables, FL 33134).  Includes (i) 12,656,000 shares held by Pozo Opportunity Fund II; (ii) 37,500 shares held by Justo Pozo, Trustee FBO Zulita Pina Irrevocable Trust; (iii) 35,000 shares held by Justo Pozo ACF Ricardo S. Pozo U/FI/UTMA and (iv) 946,715 shares held by Justo Luis and Sylvia E. Pozo.
 
5)
Félix Quevedo is a member of the Octopus Entertainment Group LLC and QB Investments LLC (8210 NW 27th Street, Suite 205, Doral, FL 33122).  Includes (i) 8,225,616 shares held by Octopus Entertainment Group LLC and (ii) 445,124 shares held by QB Investments LLC.
 
6)
Mark Jensen and Thomas M. Suave are both principals of T Squared Partners LP (PO Box 606, Fishers, IN 46038).  Includes: (i) 7,000,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of a common stock purchase warrant (the “Class E Warrant”); (ii) 7,000,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of a common stock purchase warrant (the “Class F Warrant”); (iii) 19,000,000 shares issuable upon the conversion of Series B Preferred and (iv) 6,253,822 shares held by Mark Jensen and/or Thomas M. Suave and related entities owned by Mark Jensen and/or Thomas M. Suave.  The Class E Warrant, the Class F Warrant and, with respect to the Series B Preferred, the Preferred Stock Exchange Agreement contain provisions that prevent conversions/exercises to Common Stock to the extent that after giving effect to such conversion/exercise, the holder (together with the holder’s affiliates) would beneficially own in excess of 9.9% of the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately after giving effect to such conversion/exercise.
 
7)
Percentages based on 3,300,000 shares of Series B Preferred and 1,000,000 shares of Series C Preferred, in each case issued and outstanding as of April 27, 2016.
 
8)
2,300,000 shares of the Series B Preferred are held by Dolphin Entertainment, Inc., of which William O’Dowd, IV is the sole owner.  William O’Dowd, IV has sole voting and investment powers with respect to the shares held by Dolphin Entertainment, Inc.
 
ITEM 13.
 
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE.
 
Certain Relationships and Related Transactions
 
On March 7, 2016 we, DDM Merger Sub, Inc., our direct wholly-owned subsidiary (“Merger Subsidiary”), Dolphin Entertainment, Inc. and Dolphin Films, Inc., a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of Dolphin Entertainment (“Dolphin Films”), completed our previously announced merger (the “Merger”) contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated October 14, 2015.  As a result of the Merger, we acquired Dolphin Films.  As consideration for the Merger, we issued 2,300,000 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.10 per share, and 1,000,000 shares of Series C Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.001 per share to Dolphin Entertainment. Our CEO, Mr. O’Dowd is the founder, president and sole shareholder of Dolphin Entertainment, which is the sole shareholder of Dolphin Films.

In connection with the Merger, the Company and T Squared Partners LP (“T Squared”) entered into a Preferred Stock Exchange Agreement pursuant to which, on March 7, 2016, the Company issued 1,000,000 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock to T Squared in exchange for 1,042,753 shares  of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, previously issued to T Squared. .
 
On December 31, 2011, we signed an unsecured Revolving Promissory Note (the “Note”) with Dolphin Entertainment, Inc. an entity wholly owned by Mr. O’Dowd in the amount of $2,120,623 with an interest rate of 10% per annum. During the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, Dolphin Entertainment, Inc. loaned the Company $2,797,500 and $166,000 and was repaid $3,267,000 and $2,096,856 of principal.  During the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, $340,050 and $368,709 was expensed in interest. We recorded accrued interest of $1,126,590 and $786,007 on our consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. On March 4, 2016, we converted the outstanding principal and interest of the Note at $0.25 per share into 12,293,640 shares of our common stock.
 
 
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On September 7, 2012, we entered into an employment agreement with Mr. O’Dowd for a period of three years effective January 1, 2012.  The agreement was for annual salary of $250,000 and a one- time bonus of $1,000,000.  Unpaid compensation accrues interest at a rate of 10% per annum. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, our CEO notified us on December 31, 2014, that he would renew his employment contract for a period of two years effective January 1, 2015.  As of December 31, 2015 and 2014, we had recorded $523,145 and $336,633, respectively of accrued interest and $2,000,000 and $1,750,000, of accrued compensation related to this agreement.  We recorded $186,513 and $161,513 of interest expense for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.

On March 10, 2010 we issued to T Squared Investments, LLC (“T Squared”) the Class E Warrant for 7,000,000 shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.25 per share. On September 13, 2012, the expiration date of the Class E Warrant was extended to September 13, 2015.  On September 13, 2012, we also issued the Class F Warrant, which is for 7,000,000 shares of our common stock, with an exercise price of $0.25 per share.   T Squared can continually pay us an amount of money to reduce the exercise price of the Class F Warrant until such time as the exercise price of the Class F Warrant is effectively $0.0001 per share.  At such time, T Squared will have the right to exercise the Class F Warrant via a cashless provision. Effective September 13, 2015, the Class E and Class F Warrants were extended until December 31, 2018 with substantially the same terms as herein discussed.  T Squared did not make any payments during the year ended December 31, 2015 to reduce the exercise price of the warrants. T Squared may not exercise the Class E or Class F Warrant  if post the exercise, T Squared would be above a 9.99% ownership level of the Company.

Director Independence

We are not listed on a national securities exchange; however, we have elected to use the definition of independence under the NASDAQ listing requirements in determining the independence of our directors and nominees for director.  In October 2015, the Board undertook a review of director independence, which included a review of each director and director nominee for director’s response to questionnaires inquiring about any relationships with us.  This review was designed to identify and evaluate any transactions or relationships between a director or any member of his immediate family and us, or members of our senior management or other members of our Board of Directors, and all relevant facts and circumstances regarding any such transactions or relationships.  Based on its review, the Board determined that Messrs. Espensen, Famadas and Stanham are independent.  Mr. O’Dowd and Ms. Negrini are not independent under NASDAQ’s independence standards, its compensation committee independence standards or its nominations committee independence standards.
 
ITEM 14.
 
 PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES.

BDO USA, LLP (“BDO”) served as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.

The following table shows the fees that we were billed for audit and other services provided by our independent auditors for the periods set forth.

 Fees Paid to BDO
   
 
 
 
 Year  
Year
 
  Ended  
Ended
 
  12/31/2015  
12/31/2014
 
Audit Fees(1)
$ 124,100   $ 95,000  
Audit-Related Fees(2)
  18,500     -  
Tax Fees
  -     -  
All Other Fees
  -     -  
 
           
Total
$ 142,600   $ 95,000  

1)
Audit Fees— this category includes the audit of the Company’s annual financial statements, review of financial statements included in the Company’s Form 10-Q Quarterly Reports and services that are normally provided by the independent auditors in connection with engagements for those fiscal years.
 
2)
Audit-Related Fees— this category consists of assurance services by the independent auditors in connection with the Company’s proforma financial statements related to the acquisition of Dolphin Films, Inc. and included in our proxy statement filed with the SEC on January 15, 2016.
 
 
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The Audit Committee of the Board reviews, and in its sole discretion pre-approves, our independent auditors’ annual engagement letter including proposed fees and all audit services provided by the independent auditors. Accordingly, our Audit Committee approved all services rendered by BDO during fiscal year 2015, as described above. The Audit Committee has not implemented a policy or procedure which delegates the authority to approve, or pre-approve, audit or permitted non-audit services to be performed by BDO.  The Board may not engage the independent auditors to perform the non-audit services proscribed by law or regulation.

Consistent with these policies and procedures, the Audit Committee approved all of the services rendered by BDO during fiscal year 2015, as described above.

PART IV

ITEM 15. EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

 
(3) Exhibits

The exhibits listed on the accompanying Index to Exhibits are filed as part of this Report.
 
Exhibit Index
 
Exhibit No.
 
Description
   
31.1
 
Certification of Chief Executive Officer of the Company pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.*
   
31.2
 
Certification of Chief Financial Officer of the Company pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.*
 
* Filed herewith.

 
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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
 
 
DOLPHIN DIGITAL MEDIA, INC.
 
       
Dated: April 27, 2016
By:
/s/ William O’Dowd IV  
   
William O’Dowd IV
 
   
Chief Executive Officer
 
       

 
 

 
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