Thursday, October 2, 2014

9/30 Chris Montan, The Lion King: The Legacy Collection

Montan began his association with The Walt Disney Studios in 1984 and, three years later, was named vice president of music for motion pictures and television. In 1991, he began a four-year stint as senior vice president, music. In 1995, he entered into an exclusive five-year arrangement with Disney to produce motion pictures and provide consultation on a variety of music-related projects. In that role, he most recently served as producer of the acclaimed 1997 TV musical production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" (starring Whitney Houston and Brandy); and as executive producer of "Annie," a major new television musical for "The Wonderful World of Disney," airing on Sunday, November 7th on ABC.

Under Montan's guidance, soundtracks from eight of the Studio's theatrical releases ("Cocktail," "Beaches," "The Little Mermaid," "Pretty Woman," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," "The Lion King," "Pocahontas") have been certified multi-platinum. Sales for "Pretty Woman" surpassed the five million unit mark. Additionally, many of the Studio's songs and scores that were created during his tenure have received Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award recognition.

Among his other Disney credits, Montan served as executive music producer for such recent Disney animated features as "Pocahontas," "Toy Story," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Hercules," "Mulan" and "Tarzan."

The Lion King: The Legacy Collection

Walt Disney Records' newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, will celebrate the anniversaries of Disney's most cherished and classic properties that have been enchanting audiences for generations. Through 2015, Walt Disney Records will celebrate 12 anniversaries including 'Pinocchio' (75th), 'Fantasia' (75th), 'Cinderella' (65th), 'Lady and the Tramp' (60th), 'Sleeping Beauty' (55th), 'Mary Poppins' (50th), 'The Lion King' (20th) and 'Toy Story' (20th), among others.

To honor these musical landmarks, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection will feature the beloved original soundtracks, plus valuable documentary content that tells the story behind the music. Each album will feature newly created artwork from Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios ('Tangled,' 'Winnie the Pooh,' 'Wreck-It Ralph'). The illustrations, inspired by the original properties, will celebrate Disney's rich heritage and create a unified look for the entire collection.

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