UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA & SHOUT! FACTORY ANNOUNCE AUDIO DISTRIBUTION DEAL
UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA & SHOUT! FACTORY ANNOUNCE AUDIO DISTRIBUTION DEAL; VIVENDI VISUAL ENTERTAINMENT CANADA EXPANDS SHOUT! FACTORY DEAL TO INCLUDE ENTIRE VIDEO CATALOGUE
Toronto, ON and Los Angeles, CA, Monday, November 19, 2007 – Universal Music Canada (UMC), the country’s leading music company and Shout! Factory today announced that effective Monday, December 17, 2007 UMC will become the exclusive distributor of leading pop culture entertainment company, Shout! Factory’s audio & video products. Previously announced in July 2007, Vivendi Visual Entertainment Canada (VVEC), the video arm of UMC announced an exclusive agreement to distribute Shout! Factory’s new release, non-music video products. Furthermore, VVEC has expanded its existing deal with Shout! Factory to include their entire video catalogue effective December 17. The announcement was made today by Randy Lennox, President and CEO of Universal Music Canada, and Shout! Factory’s founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos.
“Shout! Factory has long been an exciting provider of audio and visual content,” stated Randy Lennox. “Their rich catalogue and incredibly extensive reissue program is indicative of their popular culture pedigree and we couldn’t be more excited to expand our already vibrant relationship.”
“We are constantly striving to strengthen our position as a leader in the music and home entertainment marketplace through the quality content we offer in the verticals of music , classic and cult TV/DVD series, sports programs, animation and independent films in North America,” said Garson Foos, President of Shout! Factory. “We’ve been successfully working with VVEC on our non-music video releases since September 2007. We are excited to be able to expand our relationship with Universal Music Canada. This partnership enables us to bring our diverse pop culture content to more of our loyal fans in Canada. This deal gives us a lot more control of our marketing efforts and brand management.”
Shout! Factory’s music and video catalogues contain nearly 300 skus, with several additional new releases monthly. The 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.
Established in 2003, Shout! Factory has amassed a wealth of pop culture favourites, as well as compelling new material. Founders of Shout! Factory previously launched Rhino Records, a pioneer in music compilations and retro-TV reissues. 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.
Shout! Factory’s audio products were previously distributed in Canada by SonyBMG.
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. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. Its fine products are distributed by Vivendi Visual Entertainment. For more on Shout! Factory, visit www.shoutfactory.com.
ABOUT UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA
Universal Music Canada, a unit of Universal Music Group, is Canada’s leading music organization maintaining an overall 38.5% year-to-date market share. For further information on Universal Music Canada, please visit www.umusic.ca.