2002 (as Retropolis Entertainment)2003 (as Shout! Factory)
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Products||Home video, music|
Shout! Factory TV|
Shout! Factory is an American home video and music company founded in 2003. Its video releases include previously released feature films, classic and contemporary television series, animation, live music, and comedy specials. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Shout! Studios, Westchester Films, Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, and Video Time Machine.
Retropolis Entertainment was founded by April 2002 as the company was negotiating with the five majors for distribution. The company's first product was Red, White & Rock, a joint release with PBS station WQED that was produced with Warner Strategic Marketing. In August 2002, Retropolis acquired Biograph Records. Retroplis was renamed Shout! Factory in April 2003. At that time, Shout had signed a press and distribution agreement with Sony Music Entertainment.
In March 2008, Shout! bought the Hightone Records catalog and added artists Tom Russell, Joe Ely, and Rosie Flores to its brand. Shout! agreed in May 2012 with Saban Capital Group to distribute its Beetleborgs, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Power Rangers and VR Troopers episodes. Shout! Factory in May 2012 acquired Oregon-based home entertainment company Timeless Media Group, adding programs to its expanding catalog, The Red Skelton Show, Peter Gunn, The Gene Autry Show, The Virginian, Wagon Train, Laramie, and The Roy Rogers Show, among others.
In June 2012, Shout! Factory announced a horror label called Scream Factory, specializing in classic and cult horror films on discs such as Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, They Live, The Howling, Lifeforce, Deadly Eyes, and others. In mid-June 2012, Shout! with Fred Seibert acquired Video Time Machine, a year and genre media iOS app, from Original Victories Inc.
IFC Midnight signed with Scream Factory by February 2015 for home distribution. Shout Factory launched on February 5, 2015 its Shout! Factory TV ad supported streaming services online and via Roku. Available shows and movies included 16 Werner Herzog films, Roger Corman cult films and TV shows including Father Knows Best and It's Garry Shandling's Show.
In June 2015, a minority stake in the company was taken by Cinedigm, while extending their home entertainment platform distribution agreement. Cinedign and Shout would then relaunch the Factory's streaming service and cross market each other streaming services.
On November 10, 2015, Shout! announced that it had acquired the rights to Mystery Science Theater 3000 from Best Brains Inc. and launched a "Bring Back MST3K" Kickstarter with the goal of producing up to 12 new feature-length episodes of the series, with series creator Joel Hodgson serving as executive producer. In January 2016, Concord Bicycle Music bought the Hightone from the company.
On May 18, 2017, Shout! Factory acquired the North American distribution rights to In This Corner of the World, with a U.S. theatrical release to take place in August 11, 2017, co-released by Funimation Films. On November 13, 2017, Shout! Factory announced the formation of Shout! Studios, a film and TV production and distribution arm. The first films to be distributed under the new banner include Humor Me, Big Fish & Begonia (co-distribution with Funimation Films), The House of Tomorrow, Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town, and Basmati Blues, all slated for a 2018 premiere.
Later that same year, Shout! acquired all worldwide distribution rights (including home video, television, and via its Westchester Films division, theatrical) to the ITC Entertainment library.
- Majordomo Records – an indie record label formed as an imprint and partnership with Shout! Factory
- Roger Corman's Cult Classics - sub-label started in 2010
- Timeless Media Group - sub-label acquired in 2012
- Scream Factory - sub-label started in 2012
- Shout Select - sub-label started in 2016
- Shout! Factory TV - streaming service
- Shout! Studios - film and TV production and distribution arm started in November 2017
- Westchester Films - distributor of classic films from Orson Welles, John Cassavetes, Elia Kazan, and material once distributed by United Artists (all part of the holdings of Westchester’s predecessor company Castle Hill Productions), as well as the Morgan Creek Productions and ITC Entertainment libraries.
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