Shout! Factory, a content distribution company, announced this week it’s hired Jeffrey Thompson for a newly created digital media position.
Thompson, a former Conde Nast Entertainment and Walt Disney Company executive, will serve as the company’s VP of digital strategy and business development.
Shout! Factory, which was founded by former record company executives Garson and Richard Foos and Bob Emmer, focuses on direct-to-consumer sales of existing music, television, and films but is looking to expand its digital presence.
That’s where Thompson comes in. He’ll be responsible for “leverag[ing] Shout!’s unique content curation abilities,” according to a release. Thompson’s background “will lead to more direct-to-consumer distribution of the company’s expansive pop culture library to include mobile, tablet, apps, online and connected TV platforms, especially important given the launch of Shout! Factory’s highly rated Video Time Machine app.”
“We look forward to his playing a big role in the growth of this critical area for the company,” co-founder Garson Foos said in a statement. “We’re currently undergoing significant growth at a time of exciting change in the entertainment industry and technology trends. Sharing pop culture faves that we love across multi-screens is an integral part of our expansion strategy.”
As part of that growth strategy, Shout! Factory, which calls itself a multi-platform entertainment company, announced Friday it’s acquired from DC Medias the U.S and Canadian distribution rights to “Dead Shadows,” a popular French horror action thriller.