Act III Communications
Norman Lear is chairman of Act III Communications, a multimedia holding company with interests in television, motion pictures, and licensing. Lear is the recipient of a 2017 Peabody Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Medal of Arts, which he received from President Bill Clinton in 1999. He founded the Business Enterprise Trust and the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Lear left a career in television in 1980 to form People for the American Way, a nonprofit organization designed to speak out for Bill of Rights guarantees and to monitor violations of constitutional freedoms. He began his television writing career in 1950, going on to create hit shows such as “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” and “Good Times.” Lear’s company revamped his 70s-era sitcom “One Day at a Time,” now centered around a Cuban-American family. The show, now in its third season, airs on Netflix Inc.