Chief Executive Advisor and Founder
Bob Emmer brings over thirty years of entertainment industry licensing, acquisitions, and business affairs experience to Shout! Studios. His business and legal skills are complemented by his creative abilities and industry relationships. His ability to identify and execute acquisitions, license and create new projects has proven to generate significant long-term value.
Bob oversees Shout!'s legal and business affairs activities, including major deal negotiations for content, as well as major contracts including distribution, manufacturing and financing. His entertainment experience has led to close relationships with many of the top entertainment attorneys, artist managers and rights holders; and Bob has great expertise in all issues surrounding music clearances. He also oversees Shout!’s international activities.
Bob previously served as Executive Vice President at Rhino Entertainment for twelve years beginning in 1984 where his responsibilities included business affairs, deal execution and project oversight for Rhino’s record, video and film divisions. During this period Rhino’s revenue increased to over $100M, largely driven by acquired and licensed video and audio product and integrated projects. In 1996, following the initial stage of Rhino’s acquisition by the Warner Music Group, Bob was recruited to serve as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs at WMG whose record labels include Elektra, Warner Bros, Atlantic and Rhino Entertainment.
Prior to joining Rhino Entertainment, Bob served as Director of Business Affairs for MGM/UA Home Video and Senior Vice-President, Creative and Business Affairs at Alive Enterprises, a multi-faceted entertainment management and production company. His early career includes assisting in the commercial development of numerous music talents, including Alice Cooper, Blondie and Teddy Pendergrass. Bob was also Executive Producer/Creator of the NBC late night music show Rock ‘n Roll Tonite.
Bob is a frequent panelist and guest lecturer at entertainment industry seminars. He has also taught several college courses on the music industry and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of UCLA’s Entertainment Extension School. He is a graduate of Loyola Law School and the University of Southern California.