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) 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), as well as productions by DiC Entertainment (including the Mario television shows, The Legend of Zelda, and the Sonic the Hedgehog television shows) and sports (including Major League Baseball and Warren Miller ski titles). They have also released DVDs of Merchandise-Driven Hasbro cartoons (including Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem and My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic) and 1990s Nickelodeon programs (such as Rocko's Modern Life, The Wild Thornberrys and Hey, Dude!). The company also has the home video rights to Mystery Science Theater 3000 (which was formerly distributed by Rhino). Saban granted them the rights to distribute their Tokusatsu adaptations, including the first 18 seasons of Power Rangers.
Shout! Factory CD and music DVD products are distributed by Sony Music Entertainment. As of June 2007, their nonmusic DVD titles are distributed by Vivendi Entertainment.