The History of the Shout! Factory Website

Shout! Factory, LLC is a leading multi-platform media company devoted to film and TV distribution, development, and production. Founded by Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos in 2003, Shout! owns and manages a large portfolio of films, contemporary and classic TV series, animation, and documentaries. The company’s creative acquisition mandate has established it as a leading independent distributor, with partners and properties including GKIDS, Sesame Street, LAIKA Studios, The Jim Henson Company, The Carol Burnett Show, The Johnny Carson Show, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, ALF, ITV Studios, Major League Baseball Productions, and many others. Shout! Factory Kids focuses on live-action and animated kids and family properties as well as anime, and the company releases films and television shows in other genres under the Scream Factory and Shout Select imprints. Shout! develops, acquires and distributes new films via Shout! Studios, owns and operates libraries including Mystery Science Theater 3000 (in partnership with creator Joel Hodgson) and the Roger Corman New Horizons Pictures Library and operates the acclaimed streaming service Shout! Factory TV. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California.

We launched our website in 2009 with two complete collections from our partners at Hasbro – the G.I. Joe Footlocker and the Transformers 25th Anniversary Matrix Of Leadership Edition – and we sold out of every unit!

This experience told us that if we were fan-friendly and offered unique products and great service, collectors and casual fans would take interest.

Since then, we have grown in many directions: a horror brand called Scream Factory, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 series, Shout! Kids for the little ones, and lots of great collectible, nostalgic animation for the kid in all of us. We’ve had success with classic and vintage TV; our Shout Select brand, which now boasts over 150 star-studded and award-winning films; and uncovering rare music video and documentary gems that round out your collection. Most recently, we have developed an Anime collection and are looking forward to getting deeper into that world.

Hundreds of releases every year are embellished with bonus features. Sometimes we present extra content exclusive to the site, including posters, lithographs, collectible figures, digital downloads, and more to give you a great reason to come and check us out!  

In 2011, we brought the groundbreaking Canadian animated series ReBoot to market. This complete series was a really big success for us and sold even better in Canada than it did here in the U.S.!

2012 brought us a music junkie’s favorite in the Grateful Dead: All The Years Combine collection. This boxed set of concerts was our best seller that year and was one of the first of many music video collections that Shout! has secured the rights to and released, with an eye towards satisfying fans of many different genres of music.

2014 was a record-breaking year for us. We took a bold step forward and created another site exclusive with our partners at Saban, the Red Ranger Helmet! The Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Seasons was an elaborate undertaking and a great success. That same year, we also released Nightbreed: The Director's Cut in a numbered, limited edition set with an exclusive poster. This was a huge hit with fans and we again broke records on the site with it. Also in 2014, we released the Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Turkey Day Collection in a collector’s edition tin during that year's Turkey Day marathon. Featuring an iconic cover by Steve Vance, this was a solid seller.

In 2016, we initiated a partnership with NECA that has brought a new dimension to the site! They created exclusive figures of "Chucky" from Child's Play and "Rufus" from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. These collectibles sold out on the site and reinforced for us that Shout! fans love pop culture.

And then there are the Mystery Science Theater 3000 successes. In 2017, one of our top sellers was MST3K: Volume XXXVII, one of several MST titles that had the benefit of a website exclusive bonus disc. Our team brought back the Turkey Day marathon in 2013 and have carried on the tradition each year since. We are coming to the end of the classic MST3K episode issues and reissues, but happily Shout! Factory was able to raise beau coups of Kickstarter bucks to reboot MST3K in 2017, and so the episodes continue!

In 2017, we also had a killer Christmas with "Billy the Killer" action figure from Silent Night, Deadly Night arriving from NECA and getting all bundled up with the film. Lots of fans had a very Merry Christmas!

2018 saw the arrival of Alex Hirsch’s popular animated series Gravity Falls on Blu-ray and DVD with an exclusive lithograph—including some signed by Alex, himself! Also That same year, we released an exclusive SteelBook of Night Of The Demons with an exclusive “Angela” action figure from NECA that quickly sold out.

In 2019, we released Night Of The Creeps with a “Detective Cameron” action figure by NECA, authorized by fan-favorite actor Tom Atkins. We also took fans back to the Gamma Quadrant with our Blu-ray release of What We Left Behind: Looking Back At Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, sold with a site-exclusive bonus disc. And we reintroduced fans to John Carpenter’s classic Big Trouble In Little China with a new Blu-ray release and a limited edition 7” vinyl release featuring newly recorded music from the Horror Master himself.

In 2020, despite the unprecedented disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, we managed to produce one of our favorite releases to date, Friday The 13th Collection Deluxe Edition, offered with two website-exclusive posters.

And in 2021, we brought the first five Halloween films to 4K UHD, including newly recorded music from John Carpenter – in partnership with Sacred Bones Records - on 7” vinyl. Also that year, we released our biggest anime title to date, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: The Complete Series, including a deluxe, limited edition version.

We have been fortunate to have great packaging, unique cover art, posters, lithographs, collectible figures, and a hard-working team from acquisition to packaging to fulfillment and customer service to make it all happen. And most of all, we are grateful to the fans for all their support. Our fans are the best!

Basically, we're dedicated to bringing you the best of pop culture, both classic and new. Please let us know what you think. We want to keep doing this for as long as possible. We are constantly tweaking and updating the site – we recently added new payment methods and free shipping for U.S. orders over $50. Your feedback helps us know more about what’s working and what’s not.