SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 27 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate's music business
continued to expand its diverse and growing artist roster with the signing of
the bluegrass group The Infamous Stringdusters to a three-year worldwide
publishing administration agreement, it was announced today by Lionsgate Music
President Jay Faires. Lionsgate Music is an affiliate of Lionsgate (NYSE:
LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio.
Lionsgate will administer The Infamous Stringdusters' debut album, Fork
In The Road, which earned the band three International Bluegrass Music
Association (R) awards, in addition to their upcoming self-titled album set to
release on June 10th. The band is currently signed to Sugar Hill Records, the
label that broke Nickel Creek and Ricky Skaggs and worked with Dolly Parton.
"I was in Nashville for the Americana Music Conference last year and a
friend dragged me to the Station Inn to see The Infamous Stringdusters,"
Faires said. "Everything about them reminded me of why I got into this
business: phenomenal songs, great musicianship, and crowd reactions. It gave
me goose bumps."
Taking home the "Song of the Year," "Album of the Year," and "Emerging
Artist" awards at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association awards,
The Infamous Stringdusters made a powerful mark with their debut album. The
first single from their initial release has been on the bluegrass music charts
for well over a year. Members of The Infamous Stringdusters have collaborated
with Grammy winners Earl Scruggs and Dolly Parton, Grammy-nominated Bering
Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Vanessa Carlton and many other notable acts. Their
non-conventional approach and prominent musicianship has not only
distinguished them from the traditional bluegrass community, but has led to an
extensive touring schedule of over 150 shows per year including an upcoming
month-long tour in Europe this May.
Lionsgate's music team has recently generated Marco Beltrami's Academy
Award (R) nominated score for the hit 3:10 TO YUMA, provided songs from a
diverse roster of artists including Bob Dylan, Miles Davis and the Andrews
Sisters for the Golden Globe (R) winning television drama MAD MEN, innovative
main title covers from Linkin Park, Randy Newman and Elvis Costello for the
television comedy hit WEEDS, the Flaming Lips' new end title for the hit
comedy GOOD LUCK, CHUCK, and Dr. Dre's end title for the action film WAR.
Since receiving an Academy Award (R) nomination for Bird York's "In The Deep,"
penned for Lionsgate's Best Picture Academy Award (R) winning CRASH, the
company has doubled the asset value of its music publishing operations.
Lionsgate Music is an innovative, entrepreneurial and diversified company,
complementing Lionsgate's filmed entertainment content leadership with a
growing role in all facets of music IP.
Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio and is a
premier producer and distributor of motion pictures, home entertainment,
family entertainment, television programming and video-on-demand content. Its
prestigious and prolific library of nearly 12,000 motion picture titles and
television episodes is a valuable source of recurring revenue and a foundation
for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is
synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the
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