The History of Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory has been around for 12 years. 12 years! That’s quite an achievement and one we’re very proud to celebrate.
When we first founded Shout!, we were fairly fresh off our Rhino days, a company my brother Richard founded in the 1970s. We had an amazing run at Rhino: 25 years for Richard, 15 years for me and about the same for our partner, Bob Emmer.
In 2003, Richard decided to put together a new label. He got Bob involved, and then brought me 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 our timing wasn't so good in the music business, but the DVD business was on the rise. We jumped on the opportunity, while also keeping one hand in the music biz.
We were fortunate to maintain many great relationships from our Rhino days, which lead to a number of successful music-oriented audio and video releases. But then 2004 came, and with it, our initial foray into the genre that paved our way: TV on DVD.
We released the amazing TV show, Freaks And Geeks, packed with an absurd amount of bonus content and commentaries. We 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 we were able to navigate, thanks to our music business background.
Through the years, we’ve been able to add such extraordinary complete series sets to our catalog like All In The Family; Barney Miller; Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis and Route 66 (which we own outright). We’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 we’re in this business. These are sets we want to own ourselves!
On the music side, we were fortunate that Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss trusted us to reissue the Tijuana Brass catalog. We 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. We 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 our reputation for carefully curated releases grew, so did our opportunities. In the past several years, we’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, we’re living up to our own motto of staying dedicated to what we grew up on, but never outgrew. Please let us know what you think. We want to keep doing this for as long as possible. Your feedback helps us know more about what’s working and what’s not.
There are SO many amazing features on Shout! Factory, I was like a kid in a candy store looking at the different titles! So many things from my childhood that I would absolutely love to share with my kiddos!!! Number 1 on my list.... JEM!
JEM and the Holograms: The Complete Series
Before Lady Gaga and Rihanna, America had a truly outrageous animated pop star in Jem from the memorable 80’s pop culture series JEM and The Holograms. Best known for her iconic pink hair, star shaped earrings, musical numbers and 80s fashion, Jem knew how to rock her glamour, glitter, fashion and fame.
The highly popular series JEM and The Holograms boasts elaborate subplots, complex villains, and a staggering amount of original music, with 2-3 new songs written for each episode. The series follows Jerrica Benton, whose discovery of Synergy, a powerful computer companion, allows her to transform from co-owner of Starlight Music into rock star Jem. Teaming with her sister and best friends who form The Holograms, Jem sets out to make their musical dreams come true, even as she battles against the ruthless Eric Raymond and his musical protégés, The Misfits.
JEM and The Holograms ran from 1985-'88 in first-run syndication and still boasts a loyal and vocal fan base. The series was a joint collaboration of Hasbro Inc., Marvel Productions, as well as Sunbow Productions
Another AWESOME set I can't wait to share with my daughters,
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (Three Movie Gift Set)
Join Twilight Sparkle and her Canterlot High friends in three animated adventures! My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (Three Movie Gift Set), which includes the new full-length feature film, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games, will be released on October 13 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. The limited edition box set houses all three films released from the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls canon, Equestria Girls, Rainbow Rocks and Friendship Games. Complete with bonus features including audio commentaries, animated shorts and deleted scenes from Friendship Games, this gift set is perfect for giving this holiday season.
When a crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, Twilight Sparkle pursues the thief into an alternate world where she transforms into a teenage girl who must survive her biggest challenge yet…high school. With help from her new friends who remind her of Ponyville’s Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, she embarks upon a quest to find the crown and change the destiny of these two parallel worlds.
Canterlot High is hosting a musical showcase and Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy are going to be performing with their new band, The Rainbooms. A new girl group, The Dazzlings, arrive at CHS and convince everyone to turn the friendly showcase into a Battle of the Bands. Tensions mount and a reformed Sunset Shimmer realizes that the Dazzlings may not be ordinary girls and are after something far more sinister. The Rainbooms call on Princess Twilight to return to their world to help them perform a musical counter-spell so that they can win a battle that now determines the fate of the entire school.
Canterlot High meets its rival school, Crystal Prep Academy, in a competition that’s a long-standing tradition — the Friendship Games. Sunset Shimmer is tasked with keeping magic out of the games to avoid the appearance of impropriety while she and her friends compete against Crystal Prep’s top students led by someone with an equal amount of interest in Equestrian magic — this world’s Twilight Sparkle.
And OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! PEE-WEE!!!! How on earth did I forget about Pee-Wee?!?!
Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special
On October 6, 2015, Shout! Factory presents Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special as you’ve never seen it before – beautifully restored, remastered and in high definition, and complete with audio commentary and bonus featurette.
Join the whole Playhouse gang for one of the wackiest specials ever! With laughs for the whole family, this unique, triple Emmy®-nominated special offers all the imagination and charm of Saturday morning’s most outrageous TV series, which became a cultural milestone when it aired from 1986-1991. Pee-wee gets into the spirit of the season with lots of singing, dancing and other holiday fun with his Playhouse pals and more than a dozen celebrity guest stars as you’ve never seen them before.
Everything is going great for Pee-wee…until his Christmas wish list becomes so long that there won’t be enough presents for all the other kids in the world! When Santa Clause pleads for help, Pee-wee reluctantly learns a lesson about the true meaning of Christmas.
And My Little Pony! My 6 year old daughter LOVES this one!!! We have watched it 43 times already ;)
My Little Pony & Littlest Pet Shop: Winter Vacation
Join your favorite ponies and pets and all of their friends for an amazing collection of six wintery fun adventures! On October 6, 2015, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, presents My Little Pony & Littlest Pet Shop: Winter Vacation.
Winter vacation is a magical event, especially if you live in Equestria or are friends with a girl who can talk to animals! The perfect stocking stuffer, Winter Vacation pairs three episodes each of two beloved series—My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Littlest Pet Shop.
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic
Hearth's Warming Eve
Tanks for the Memories
Littlest Pet Shop
The Treasure of Henrietta Twombly
Winter Wonder Wha…?
And TRANSFORMERS ! My husband couldn't wait to share this one with my son... and he LOVES it! It has also been on replay over and over and over!!
Transformers Robots In Disguise: A New Autobot Mission
The lure of TRANSFORMRES saga begins a new chapter as BUMBLEBEE and a team of AUTOBOT action heroes embark on a new mission to protect and save Earth from a new faction of DECEPTICONS. Hasbro Studios’ new top-rated animated series TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, which airs on Cartoon Network, is the latest installment of TRANSFORMERS franchise and builds on the lore of both the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS. Featuring an all-new animation style, this new hit series is filled with exciting, action adventures and great humor for fans of all age.
On October 20, 2015, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE – A NEW AUTOBOT MISSION DVD, featuring five entertaining episodes and special behind-the-scenes bonus content. Packed with unforgettable AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON characters and action adventures, this new collectible DVD delivers fun-filled home entertainment that kids, parents and loyal fans will enjoy! This DVD is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $14.93.
The new mission begins as Bumblebee must step up to be leader in the years after we left the AUTOBOTS in Transformers Prime. Summoned by Optimus Prime to save Earth from a new DECEPTICON threat, Bumblebee puts his light-hearted mettle to the test after assembling a rouge team of Autobots action heroes. Bumblebee must balance his job fighting off evil with being equal parts squad leader and coach to a rascally team that needs constant coaxing to learn how to work together. The results are comical when the cool rebel SIDESWIPE, elite guard cadet STRONGARM, bombastic dinobot GRIMLOCK and overly-excited mini-con FIXIT must balance keeping the team together with chasing and capturing their new enemies in each adventure-filled episode.
TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE features the voice talent of Will Friedle (Boy Meets World), Darren Criss (Glee), Constance Zimmer (Entourage), Khary Payton (Teen Titans Go!), Mitchell Whitfield (TMNT) and Peter Cullen who voices OPTIMUS PRIME when he makes cameo appearances in this series.
And SOOOOOOOOOOO much more!!! There are SO many cool DVD's available from Shout! Factory. DVD's make the PERFECT stocking stuffers! Why not fill their stockings with movies you want to watch too!!! There are also a TON of DVD's for Mom & Dad's too... So check it out!
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