Shout Factory Press Release: Shout Factory acquires rights to MADtv and BEETLEJUICE Animated Series

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Multi-Year Agreement Grants Shout! Factory Rights to

Pop Culture Television Properties

MADtv and BEETLEJUICE Animated Series

Los Angeles, California – November 5. 2012 – Shout! Factory announced a multi-property alliance to bring the memorable Warner Bros. television series MADtv (seasons two though five) and the animated series BEETLEJUICE to the home entertainment marketplace. The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive DVD rights to 97 episodes ofMADtv (1996-2000) and all 94 episodes of BEETLEJUICE for home entertainment releases in the United States and Canada. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos.

“We are excited about this new opportunity with Warner Bros. MADtv and BEETLEJUICE are two highly entertaining television properties with a large fan following. We look forward to presenting these two series on DVD and sharing them with a new generation of fans,” state the Shout! Factory founders.

Primetime Emmy®-winning series MADtv was one of the top rated late-night comedy staples in the 1990s and ran on Fox for fourteen seasons. This fast-paced and irreverent sketch comedy series is well-known for its outrageous movie and television parodies, cutting political satires, hysterical commercial and music video spoofs, biting social commentary and pop culture send-ups. The ensemble cast has created an impressive array of popular characters such as Michael McDonald’s man-child Stuart andMarvin Tikvah; Mo Collins’ Lorraine and Trina; Aries Spears’ Belma Buttons and Dollar Bill; Debra Wilson’ Bunifa andCocoa Latette; Bobby Lee’s Connie Chung and Kim Jong-il; Phil LaMarr’s Jaq the UBS guy and Desperation Lee; and Will Sasso’s accident prone handyman Paul Timberman and Michael McCloud. MADtv is a production of QDE. The executive producers are David E. Salzman, Quincy Jones and Dick Blasucci.

Featuring the voice talent of Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Roger Dunn and Elizabeth Hanna, BEETLEJUICE is the highly popular animated series adaptation of Tim Burton’s hit movie that ran successfully on television from 1989 - 1992. The series follows the imaginative adventures of Beetlejuice and human teenager Lydia Deetz in Neitherland. The television series was A NELVANA Production in Association with THE GEFFEN FILM COMPANY and TIM BURTON INC.
 

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So THAT's why Warner Archive was being so coy about Beetlejuice. Better Shout than them, I'd say.
Actually, given Shout's treatment of Larry Sanders, Transformers, GI Joe, Underdog, Leave it to Beaver and Power Rangers (among so many others), a complete set might just be on the boards (maybe even before or simultenously with Season 1).
 

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For Beetlejuice a complete series is the best unless they do volume sets, as the first three seasons where short, only the last was season was longer with 65 episodes as it was syndicated on FOX KIDS.
 

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