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Four decades of innovation and leadership

Originally published in Jamaica Observer – March 27, 2024.

In the dynamic world of multimedia production, longevity is often a rare feat. Yet Phase Three Productions has not only endured but thrived over the past 40 years, cementing its position as an industry trailblazer in innovation and adaptation.

“Phase Three actually started as renting tapes,” said CEO Richard Delano Forbes Jr, reflecting on the company’s origins in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

He recounted how his father, Richard Delano Forbes Sr, fuelled by a passion for electronics and an innate curiosity for technology, transitioned his hobby into a thriving business.

“My father saw it as the ‘third phase’ of his life,” Forbes Jr explained, “the first phase being a customs officer, the second phase being the birth of his child — me — and the third being his venture into business.”

In the nascent years of multimedia production, when technological barriers loomed large, Phase Three embraced innovation as a survival strategy. Forbes Jr recalled the challenges his father faced in acquiring equipment and funding, leading to a culture of ingenuity and invention within the company. He could not afford to buy everything so he started building. This resourcefulness laid the foundation for Phase Three’s reputation as a pioneer in the industry.

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