Shout! Studios Strikes First-Look Deal With Quincy Newell’s TwentyOne14 Media

Shout! Studios, the multi-platform filmed entertainment distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, on Oct. 14 announced a first-look deal with entertainment executive Quincy Newell and his content production company, TwentyOne14 Media.

The deal calls for Newell and TwentyOne14 Media to develop and produce multicultural focused entertainment with Shout! Studios. The wide-ranging deal covers all media, including feature films, series, and short-form content.

“We have known Quincy for many years. He holds an extensive background and success in marketing, development and production. His creative vision helped propel many films to industry and press acclaim,” Shout’s founders and CEOs, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, said in a joint statement. “We are thrilled to welcome Quincy. We know that he and TwentyOne14 Media will be one of our prime partners to bolster our slate of original productions.”

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Newell said,“Shout! is the perfect partner to align with on this mission. It’s refreshing to have a partner that understands, diversity is good business.”

Newell launched TwentyOne14 Media after spending the past 30 years working in business, marketing and distribution at UrbanWorks Entertainment, Vivendi Entertainment, and Lionsgate.

He also co-founded Codeblack Entertainment, where he produced the 2009 Sundance Film Festival official selection Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy, Kevin Hart’s independent hit Laugh at my Pain, Showtime Network’s “Shaq All Star Comedy Jam” franchise, and various stand-up comedy specials. Newell also received an NAACP Image Award nomination for his role as producer on T.D. Jakes’ Woman Thou Art Loosed: on the 7th Day.

Following the company’s acquisition by Lionsgate, Newell went on to serve as EVP and GM of the Lionsgate label Codeblack Films.

Shout! Factory Names Steven Katz VP of Business Affairs

Steve Katz

Shout! Factory June 8 announced the appointment of Steven Katz to VP of Business Affairs. Katz will oversee the business and legal aspects of Shout’s film and television acquisitions, distribution, development, production, rights management and legal operations. The announcement was made by Shout founders and co-CEOs Bob Emmer and Garson Foos.

“As we embark on a year of growth across multiple business sectors, I am thrilled to welcome Steven on board as part of our growing team at Shout,” Emmer, to whom Katz reports, said in a statement. “He brings substantial experience in entertainment, licensing, distribution, and original productions. We look forward to Steven playing a major role in the company’s executive team.”

Katz joins Shout! Factory after 10 years at Kew Media Group and its predecessor Content Media Group as VP of Business & Legal Affairs. Prior to that, Katz was at Sidley & Austin, Endeavor, and several talent management companies.

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Shout! Factory Announces Original Roger Corman Documentary Series

Shout! Factory Dec. 17 announced that its filmed entertainment distribution and production arm, Shout! Studios, has partnered with China’s Ace Film HK Company and Friendship Films to produce “Corman’s Hollywood,” a new multi-part documentary series about the life and works of pop cinema director Roger Corman and his wife and business partner, Julie Corman.

Created, written, and co-produced by Ashley Sidaway and Robert Sidaway from Friendship Films, the 13-episode series explores the career odysseys of the Cormans, uncovers inside backstories on many popular Corman movies, and provides a candid portrait of a trailblazing indie filmmaking duo.

The series follows Shout! Factory and Ace Film HK Co.’s March acquisition of Corman’s New Horizons Picture catalog featuring 270 movies and TV series. Titles include Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, The Trip, The Wild Angels, Death Race 2000, Piranha, Bloodfist, Black Scorpion, Little Shop of Horrors, Eat My Dust! and Humanoids from the Deep, among others.

Filmed over four months in Los Angeles, “Corman’s Hollywood” draws on a filmography spanning seven decades. The series offers viewers access inside the Cormans’ cinematic universe and features extensive in-depth interviews.

Corman and his wife share stories and defining moments from their movies, recall talent and young filmmakers they mentored, as well as provide behind-the-scenes perspectives for the films they produced.

Corman, recipient of an honorary Oscar in 2009, produced more than 350 films and directed 60 others. He influenced a generation of Hollywood filmmakers and screen talent, including Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Peter Fonda, Jonathan Demme, Gale Anne Hurd, Diane Ladd, Tommy Lee Jones, Harry Dean Stanton, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Talia Shire, Charles Bronson, Joe Dante, Peter Bogdanovich and Sally Kirkland.

Julie Corman worked with Demme, John Sayles, Catherine Hardwicke, Robert King, Bill Pullman, Martin Sheen, Peter Billingsley, Jon Lovitz, and Mario Van Peebles, among others.  She was chair of the graduate film department at NYU.

“It has been a rewarding and emotional experience to share some of the great moments and memories from so many of our films over seven decades,” Roger and Julie Corman said in a statement. “We have been privileged to work as independents in Hollywood that in a way has allowed us to bring our stories to the screen for audiences around the world. Our hope is that audiences get as much pleasure and fun from this series as we had making these films.” 

Calling Corman one of the most “prolific” producers and directors in Hollywood, Shout’s founders and co-CEOs Bob Emmer and Garson Foos say his and Julie’s ingenuity and independent spirit resonate far beyond the silver screen and today’s entertainment industry.

“It’s important that their insights and stories continue for generations to come,” Emmer and Foos said.

Shout! Studios will distribute the series in North America across multiple formats. Red Sea Media is handling international sales, excluding Asia where Ace Film will handle distribution.