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Act III is a multimedia holding company with interests in the recording, motion picture, broadcasting, and publishing industries, including Concord Music Group, and Village Roadshow Pictures Group.


The Concord Music Group
www.concordmusicgroup.com

Act III’s Concord Music Group is one of the world’s largest independent record and music publishing companies, committed to offering inspired, high quality popular music.  CMG’s family of labels includes Concord Records, Stax, Peak, Playboy Jazz, Stretch, Concord Picante, Telarc International, Heads Up International, and Fantasy Records. The combined catalog features over 3,000 albums from such legendary artists as Charlie Byrd, Rosemary Clooney, Herb Ellis, Stan Getz, Mel Torme, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Isaac Hayes, Thelonius Monk, Joe Pass, Art Pepper, Otis Redding, Vince Guaraldi, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughn, Sam  Cooke, and Count Basie.

In 2004, Concord Records, in association with Starbucks Hear Music, released Ray Charles’ final recording, Genius Loves Company, winner of 8 GRAMMY Ô Awards including Album and Record of the Year.  The label’s current roster includes GRAMMY © Award-winning artists Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Sergio Mendes, Michael Bolton, George Benson, Ozomatli, Eddie Palmieri, and Poncho Sanchez, among many others.  Concord’s acquisition of Fantasy in 2005 paved the way for the re-signing of rock icon John Fogerty, founder and songwriter of the legendary band Creedence Clearwater Revival.


Village Roadshow Pictures (VRP)
www.villageroadshowpictures.com

 
   

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 then thirty titles, including The Matrix Trilogy, Miss Congeniality, Training Day, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Mystic River, Two Weeks Notice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Happy Feet.


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