Shout! Factory

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Shout! Factory
Type Private
Industry Entertainment
Founded 2003
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Key people Richard Foos, CEO (Founder)
Bob Emmer, COO (Founder)
Garson Foos, President (Founder)
Products DVD, Blu-ray Disc, CD, digital video, digital audio
Subsidiaries Timeless Media Group
Scream Factory
Website www.shoutfactory.com

Shout! Factory, LLC, founded in 2003, issues DVDs and Blu-ray Discs of previously released feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music, and comedy specials. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records, and Video Time Machine.

History[edit]

Shout! Factory was founded in 2003 by Bob Emmer, Garson Foos and Richard Foos, three principles from Rhino Records. After selling Rhino to Warner Bros, the three set out to launch a new retro pop culture label. Their first releases included Blues and Jazz CDs from the Biograph label, a Fats Domino CD and DVD and several documentaries (Superstar: The Life And Times Of Andy Warhol, What Happened To Kerouac?). It was with the release of fan favorite Freaks & Geeks in 2004 that Shout hit its stride and shifted towards a reputable and celebrated TV on DVD company. That same year, they released a brand-new CD with actor William Shatner (produced by Ben Folds) and started putting out classic SCTV box sets.

In 2005, Shout! Factory obtained the rights to trumpeter Herb Alpert's catalog, launching the Herb Alpert Signature Series of CDs. That included The Lonely Bull, South Of The Border, Lost Treasures, Whipped Cream & Other Delights and others. They also got the rights to talk show host Dick Cavett's library and started releasing theme sets like Rock Icons, Ray Charles (including all his visits to the show), John & Yoko Collection and others. They also jumped into children's animation with a deal with DiC entertainment. C.O.P.S. The Animated Series and Heathcliff And The Catillac Cats were the first releases from that deal. On the sports side, they entered into a licensing deal with Major League Baseball, releasing themed and World Series DVDs through 2010.

In 2006, Shout got the rights to Cartoon Network staple Home Movies and released each season set, and ultimately a complete series box. Other pop culture releases ensued, including a pair of The Electric Company multi-disc sets, the re-envisioned Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream & Other Delights Rewhipped, a series of Elvira's Movie Macabre DVDs and the first of what would be three covers CDs with Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs, called Under The Covers Vol. 1. Still earning a reputation for classic TV, Shout got the rights to America's Funniest Home Videos, That Girl, Punky Brewster and The Weird Al Show, all of which debuted in 2006.

By 2007, classic TV on DVD was a major focus, with season sets of McHale's Navy, Ironside, The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet and themed and actor-specific editions of Inside The Actor's Studio. Meanwhile, they also started releasing prog-rockers Emerson, Lake and Palmer's and Grateful Dead alum Mickey Harts' catalogs.

In 2008, Shout bought the Hightone Records catalog and added artists like Tom Russell, Joe Ely and Rosie Flores to its brand. At the same time, they were ramping up their place as a children's animation destination and continuing with a heavy TV on DVD schedule. They took over the Mystery Science Theater series and released a 20th Anniversary set and have continues to put out box sets of episodes never before released on DVD.

It was 2009 that Shout reached another big milestone when it struck a deal with children's TV producers Hasbro, releasing the original Transformers and G.I. Joe animated series box sets. That same year, they released their first MLP DVD, My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Collection. Shout continues to release several Hasbro entities, including the popular series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

In 2012, Shout started releasing titles by both Saban (Power Rangers, Mutant Turtles) and Marvel (Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Knights). It was at the end of 2012 that Shout also launched a sub-label called Scream Factory. Horror films, new and old, were licensed from major studios like MGM, Fox and Universal.

Now in its 11th year, Shout continues to release complete-series sets of classic TV -- both Bob Newhart: The Complete Series and Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series -- have been announced for 2014. They join complete releases like All In The Family, Route 66 and Barney Miller. [1]

Licensing deals[edit]

Shout! Factory has agreements with, among others, Marvel Entertainment, Hasbro, Nickelodeon/Paramount Home Entertainment, Classic Media, Universal Pictures, MGM, and Saban Capital Group. Releases under these agreements have included the complete Joss Whedon/John Cassaday series of Astonishing X-Men, plus Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers and Iron Man: Extremis on DVD and Blu-ray;[2] the original Transformers, G.I. Joe and Jem cartoons, Power Rangers, and VR Troopers.[3]

In mid-2012 Shout! Factory announced a horror sub-label called Scream Factory, specializing in classic and cult horror films such as Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, They Live, The Howling, and others being released to DVD and Blu-ray.[4]

Related companies[edit]

In 2012, Shout! Factory acquired Oregon-based home entertainment company Timeless Media Group, adding programs like the following to its ever-expanding catalog: The Red Skelton Show, Peter Gunn, The Gene Autry Show, The Virginian, Wagon Train, Laramie and The Roy Rogers Show among others.[5]

Shout! Factory also acquired blues/roots label HighTone Records and continues to oversee its back catalog.[6]

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