Optimum goes on the record

Company kicks off music label

CANNES — Optimum Releasing, the U.K. distrib recently acquired by StudioCanal, has launched a record label to release compilation albums, audio books and movie soundtracks.

Optimum Sounds will be headed by Simon Marks, formerly the co-founder and joint manager of Universal Music’s Family Recordings label. He previously led dance label Azuli Records.

First release will be a triple CD titled “Extended Seventies — The Dawning of the 12 Inch,” followed by “Feel the Spirit — Other Worldly Folk Songs & Psychedelics.” Audio books will include E.B. White reading his children’s classic “Charlotte’s Web.”

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