SHOUT! FACTORY PARTNERS WITH VIVENDI VISUAL ENTERTAINMENT
NEW MULTI-YEAR NON-MUSIC VIDEO DISTRIBUTION DEAL
Los Angeles, March 23, 2007 – Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E), has entered into a multi-year distribution agreement with leading pop culture company Shout! Factory. Under the agreement, V V E will distribute all of Shout! Factory’s non-music video products, including documentaries, feature films and TV/DVD box sets. The announcement was made today by Tom O’Malley, General Manager, Vivendi Visual Entertainment with Shout! Factory’s founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos.
“Shout! Factory has established itself as one of the industry’s top purveyors of pop culture films and television product,” stated Mr. O’Malley. “Whether they are uncovering old favorites or producing new ones, their product is distinguished by its creativity and appeal that spans generations.
Shout! Factory president Garson Foos commented, “We’re extremely excited and optimistic about our future with Vivendi. Tom and his crew have a lot of expertise in the rental market – an area of growth for us. They have an experienced and motivated staff that can put a lot of focus on our products and work with us collaboratively to maximize our business in traditional and non-traditional sales channels.”
Established in 2003, Shout! Factory has amassed a wealth of pop culture favorites, as well as compelling new material. Founders of Shout! Factory previously launched Rhino Records, a pioneer in music compilations and retro-TV re-issues. Since establishing Shout! Factory, they have brought the same sensibilities in creating a unique product line comprised of classic, contemporary and cult TV series, sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries. TV/DVD box set highlights include the Super Mario Brothers Super Show, Inside The Actors Studio, Freaks and Geeks, SCTV, That Girl and The Electric Company.
Shout! Factory’s video products were previously distributed by Sony Wonder, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The company’s audio catalog, and future music CD and music DVD releases, will continue to be distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated boxed sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. More information on Shout! Factory is available at www.shoutfactory.com.
About Vivendi Visual Entertainment
Vivendi Visual Entertainment, a division of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), has become a leading force in home entertainment and a favorite choice among independent producers of films and top independent studios. The company’s goal is to provide the highest quality of marketing, sales and distribution services. V V E’s select product line features family, comedy, foreign, Latin, urban, fitness and theatrical releases. Studio partners include Bauer Martinez Distribution, Bodywisdom Media, Codeblack, Film Mates, First Independent Pictures, Freestyle Home Entertainment, Melee Entertainment, New Light Entertainment, Palm Pictures, Rising Entertainment, RuffNation Films, Salient Media, Uwe Boll Productions, Voy Pictures and Xenon Pictures. V V E benefits from UMGD’s award winning team and customer-centric culture. UMGD’s recent awards include American Business Awards, three consecutive NARM awards for Distribution Company of the Year and numerous retail awards. www.vivendivisualentertainment.com.