Through a group led by Act III Communications, in January of 2006, Norman Lear and his partner Hal Gaba purchased 50% of Village Roadshow Pictures (VRP), the film production division of Village Roadshow Limited, one of Australia’s leading entertainment and media companies. In addition to film productions, VRL also operates divisions in film exhibition; film; television and home video distribution; radio; and theme parks. VRP co-produces and co-finances about 6-8 movies per year with its principal co-productions partner Warner Bros., as well as other major studios and production companies. VRP has already amassed a library of more than thirty titles, including The Matrix trilogy; Miss Congeniality; Training Day; Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen; Mystic River; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory;Happy Feet; Where The Wild Things Are; Sherlock Holmes, and The Lego Movie.
Norman Lear is also chairman emeritus of the Concord Music Group, one of the world’s largest independent record and music publishing companies, committed to offering inspired, high quality popular music.