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Shout Factory

Shout Factory

When they first founded Shout!, they were fairly fresh off their Rhino days, Garson Foos’s brother Richard founded in the 1970s. They had an amazing run at Rhino: 25 years for Richard, 15 years for him and about the same for one of their partners, Bob Emmer.

In 2003, Richard decided to put together a new label. He got Bob involved, and then brought Garson in. The optimist that he is, he thought it was a great time to launch a new entrepreneurial, independent audio and video company. It turned out that their timing wasn't very good in the music business, but the DVD business was on the rise. They jumped on the opportunity, while also keeping one hand in the music biz.

They were fortunate to maintain many great relationships from their Rhino days, which lead to a number of successful music-oriented audio and video releases. But then 2004 came, and with it, their initial foray into the genre that paved their way: TV on DVD.

They released the amazing TV show, Freaks And Geeks, packed with an absurd amount of bonus content and commentaries. They did the same with the infamous Canadian sketch comedy show, SCTV. Both of these legendary shows had not made it to video or DVD because of complex music rights issues through which they were able to navigate, thanks to their music business background.

Through the years, they’ve been able to add such extraordinary complete series sets to their catalog like All In The Family; Barney Miller; Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis and Route 66 (which they own outright). They’ve also served the hardcore fans of shows like the original Transformers, G.I. Joe and Power Rangers with limited-edition, specialty packaging, complete-series sets. Releases like these are why they’re in this business. These are sets they want to own themselves!

On the music side, they were fortunate that Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss trusted us to reissue the Tijuana Brass catalog. They began with an album of previously unreleased tracks from the classic TJB period - Lost Treasures - and then released deluxe versions of each of the classic albums. They produced several new records with the late, great Solomon Burke, a trilogy of cover albums by Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, and launched indie bands like The Airborne Toxic Event.

As their reputation for carefully curated releases grew, so did their opportunities. In the past several years, they’ve nurtured successful partnerships with such amazing companies as Hasbro Studios (My Little Pony, Transformers), Marvel Animation (Marvel Knights), Saban (Power Rangers), plus launched a line of horror films under the sub-label, Scream Factory (The Fog, They Live, The Vincent Price Collection).

Basically, they’re living up to their own motto of staying dedicated to what they grew up on, but never outgrew.

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