Three of Hollywood's very well known top stars, Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, and Barbra Streisand, signed legal documents in 1969 to form their own movie production company. The First Artists Production Company, LTD (operated from 1969—1980), was created to finance the production and distribution of movies, starring Newman, Poitier, and Streisand.

This company was owned and operated by the three great film stars. They had the company seek out others for key administrative, operational, and production jobs. It also offered other artists and filmmakers unprecedented chances to make films.

Each of the principal artists (stars) made an initial commitment to produce and star in three movies. Plus, they caused the company to work on TV production projects, music publishing, and sound recordings (music albums and songs). Movies made by the company include: "Pocket Money" (1972), "The Getaway" (1972), "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972), "Up the Sandbox" (1972), "A Warm December" (May 1973), and "A Star Is Born" (1976, the most financial success, grossing $80 million on a $6 million budget).

The company, First Artists, was able to create good opportunities for many new artists. The new young and diverse talents, from all parts of the U.S. and the world and from all ethnic and minority groups, indicated that they were forever grateful for all of the career chances that they got from working for First Artists, Inc.

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