Music and DVD imprint Shout! Factory has acquired the production company behind the popular “CD USA” and “CD UK” franchises with plans to expand its original programming and distribution network worldwide.
Shout!, created three years ago by former Rhino Records execs Richard Foos, Garson Foos and Bob Emmer, purchased Blaze TV, the U.K.’s market leader in music TV programming, on Thursday.
Blaze TV distributes content to 97 countries and has a library of more than 500 hours of music programming, much of it from the seven years “CD UK” has been in production. Blaze also produces ITV’s Saturday children’s show “SM:TV.”
“Strategically, this is a nice fit,” said Emmer, Shout’s chief operating officer. “Instead of having outside production companies handle everything we can now use an affiliated company to handle some productions.”
Shout! Factory’s bread and butter is music and DVD compilations plus concert videos, TV show DVDs and sports DVDs. Slate also includes new albums from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the latest disc from Mathew Sweet & Susannah Hoffs and the “Accepted” soundtrack. Shout! Factory will explore releasing past “CD” perfs on DVD.
Blaze TV will be run by its managing director Conor McAnally, who is also executive producer of “CD USA,” “CD UK” and “CD Live.”
“CD USA,” featuring live perfs from currently hot acts, is shown exclusively on DirecTV. McAnally is based in Hollywood.
Besides his “CD” shows, McAnally and Blaze have an agreement to do a music-based show shot at next year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and a four-hour New Year’s Eve show in Las Vegas. DirecTV has right of first refusal for any Blaze musical programming.
“Our expertise in TV for global markets will prove valuable to Shout! Factory’s future projects,” McAnally said.