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Shout! Factory
Retropolis Entertainment
Industry Entertainment
Founded 2002 (as Retropolis Entertainment)
  • Richard Foos
  • Bob Emmer
  • Garson Foos
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Key people
  • Richard Foos (CEO)
  • Bob Emmer (COO)
  • Garson Foos (President)
Products Home video, music
  • Scream! Factory
  • Shout! Select
  • Shout! Factory Kids
Owner Cinedigm (minority)[1]
Divisions Shout! Factory TV
Shout! Studios
Westchester Films

Shout! Factory is an American home video and music company. Founded in 2002 as Retropolis Entertainment, 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.[2] In August 2002, Retropolis acquired Biograph Records.[3] Retroplis was renamed Shout! Factory in April 2003. At that time, Shout had signed a press and distribution agreement with Sony Music Entertainment.[4]

In March 2008, Shout! bought the Hightone Records catalog and added artists Tom Russell, Joe Ely, and Rosie Flores to its brand.[5] Shout! agreed in May 2012 with Saban Capital Group to distribute its Beetleborgs, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Power Rangers and VR Troopers episodes.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] In mid-June 2012, Shout! with Fred Seibert acquired Video Time Machine, a year and genre media iOS app, from Original Victories Inc.[9]

IFC Midnight signed with Scream Factory by February 2015 for home distribution.[10] 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.[11]

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.[1]

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.[12] In January 2016, Concord Bicycle Music bought the Hightone from the company.[13]

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.[14] 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[15]), The House of Tomorrow, Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town, and Basmati Blues, all slated for a 2018 premiere.[16]

In March 2018, Shout! Factory acquired the New Horizons film library from its founder Roger Corman; Shout! will distribute this catalogue in North America, Europe, Russia and Australia.[17]

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.



  1. ^ a b Lang, Brent (June 25, 2015). "Cinedigm Takes Minority Position in Shout! Factory". Variety. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  2. ^ "In the News". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. June 22, 2002. p. 8. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  3. ^ Gallo, Phil (August 20, 2002). "Retropolis buys jazz/blues label". Variety. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  4. ^ "In the News". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. April 5, 2003. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Jazz news: Shout! Factory Acquires Hightone Records Catalog". All About Jazz News. LRI Publicity. March 31, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Shout! Factory, Saban Sign Home Entertainment Distribution Deal". The Hollywood Reporter. March 12, 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  7. ^ Barnes, Mike (May 17, 2012). "Shout! Factory Acquires Timeless Media Group". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  8. ^ Wright, Eddie (June 1, 2012). "Shout! Factory Launches Horror-Centric Scream Factory Line!". MTV News. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  9. ^ Barnes, Mike (June 10, 2012). "Shout! Factory Buys Apps, Enters Video Time Machine". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Scream Factory, IFC Midnight Partner for Exclusive Home Media Deal". Fangoria. February 16, 2015. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  11. ^ Snider, Mike (February 5, 2015). "Shout! Factory brings classics and cult TV, movies to Net". USA Today. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  12. ^ Busch, Anita (2015-11-10). "'Mystery Science Theater' Goes To Shout! Factory". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-03-19. 
  13. ^ Christman, Ed (January 14, 2016). "Concord Bicycle Music Acquires HighTone, Bandit Records Assets". Billboard. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  14. ^ McNary, Dave. "Japanese Animated Film 'In This Corner of the World' Scheduled for August Release". Variety. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  15. ^ Frater, Patrick (February 16, 2018). "Chinese Animation 'Big Fish & Begonia' Set for April U.S. Release". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved April 6, 2018. 
  16. ^ Busch, Anita. "Shout! Factory Launches Shout! Studios, Acquires Three Films For Release". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
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  18. ^ "Majordomo Records". Majordomo Records. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 

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