Shout! Factory is an entertainment company founded in 2003 by Richard Foos (co-founder of Rhino Records), Bob Emmer (former Warner Music Group and Rhino executive) and Garson Foos (former Rhino executive, and Richard's brother) initially as a specialty music label. It focuses on enriched music catalog reissues, home video/DVD projects, and television properties.
Conceived as a retro pop culture label, Shout! Factory DVD projects include:
- Live music shows (by acts such as X, The Blasters, Heart and Barenaked Ladies
- Music documentaries (The Fearless Freaks, about the Flaming Lips, and The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, about the Sex Pistols)
- Animation (including multiple Home Movies seasons, Pucca and Code Monkeys)
- Live-action television (Freaks and Geeks, My So-Called Life, Inside The Actors' Studio, California Dreams, Small Wonder)
- Productions by DIC Entertainment (including the Mario television shows, The Legend of Zelda, and the Sonic the Hedgehog television shows)
- Sports (including Major League Baseball and Warren Miller ski titles)
- Merchandise-Driven Hasbro cartoons (including Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem, Littlest Pet Shop (2012) and My Little Pony)
- 1990s Nickelodeon programs (such as Rocko's Modern Life, The Wild Thornberrys and Hey Dude!).note
Shout! Factory has the home video rights to Mystery Science Theater 3000 (which was formerly distributed by Rhino) and is a producer for the 2017 revival series Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return. They have a reputation for rereleasing obscure titles on DVD, and successfully securing seemingly unreleasable episodes of MST3K, such as the Gamera films and others licensed from Sandy Frank. Saban Brands granted Shout! the rights to distribute their tokusatsu adaptations, including the first 17 seasons of Power Rangers. When North American distribution of several Studio Ghibli movies shifted from Disney to GKIDS, Shout! Factory distributed the home media re-releases. They have the home video rights to the Disney series Gravity Falls, and Netflix and Production I.G's B: The Beginning. In 2020, they acquired the bulk of the Stephen J. Cannell Productions catalog.
Shout! Factory CD and music DVD products are distributed by Sony Music Entertainment. Beginning in June 2007, their nonmusic DVD titles are distributed by Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment.
Due to the sheer amount of content they have, they have their own free streaming service, Shout! Factory TV, which can be accessed through apps of its own and via other streaming services like Pluto TV.
Shout! Studios, launched in 2017, is their arm focused on content development, such as theatrical distribution for films and producing original television programming.
The distribution and production arm Shout! Studios has released the following original productions:
- Abduction (2019)
- Basmati Blues
- Camp Cold Brook
- The House Of Tomorrow
- Itsy Bitsy
- Jay Sebring Cutting To The Truth
- Lets Scare Julie
- Long Way North (US theatrical)
- Memory Hole
- Mystify Michael Hutchence
- Standing Up Falling Down
- What We Left Behind Star Trek DS 9
Scream Factory is their sublabel that specializes in Horror films. It has an extensive catalog with several categories, including The All Night Horror Marathon note , The Amityville Triple Feature note , The Friday the 13th Collection, Halloween: The Complete Collection, and The Vincent Price Collection.note