Shout! Factory and FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) have announced a deal to bring popular ‘80s animated series M.A.S.K. to the home entertainment market. Under the multi-year agreement with FME, Shout! will be the exclusive home entertainment distributor with digital rights to the first 65 episodes of the action-packed series in North America. The deal was announced by Shout! founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and by Jeff Siegel, VP home ent. for the Americas at FME.
“This deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises continues to build on our proven success with some of the premiere animation and family-friendly brands in the marketplace,” the Shout! partners stated, “We are delighted with this opportunity.”
FME’s Siegel added, “FME is dedicated to bringing content from our extensive catalogue, including a classic series like M.A.S.K., to the home entertainment marketplace. We are thrilled for Shout! Factory to bring this long lost, retro series from the ‘80s to its fans in North America.”
M.A.S.K. debuted in 1985 and featured the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, a secret organization led by Matt Trakker that fights crime in an unusual way—using specially charged masks, they are imbued with extraordinary powers which allow them to fight the villains of V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). The team also has super vehicles capable of a wide range of actions and transformations, such as changing from a car into a jet or submarine. The series proved popular in its original run and spawned toys, comics and video games.