Stegall, Kates join forces as co-publishers.

Warner/Chappell Music has teamed up with Biggest Picture, a company formed by singer, songwriter and producer Keith Stegall and music executive Alan Kates, to work as co-publishers for country and pop songwriters.

During the past 25 years, Stegall has co-produced or co-written more than 40 No. 1 hits and has penned songs for artists including Al Jarreau, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, George Strait, 98 Degrees, Mickey Gilley and Glen Campbell. The songs include Alan Jackson's "Dallas," "Don't Rock the Jukebox," and "Love's Got a Hold on You"; George Strait's "I Hate Everything"; Glen Campbell's "A Lady Like You" and 98 Degree' "I Do (Cherish You)."

Under the arrangement, Stegall and Kates will search for talented songwriters, while Warner/Chappell will provide resources and publishing expertise. The first three songwriters signed are Melinda Duncan, Jamie Paulin and David Vincent Williams. Williams co-wrote the 2002 Academy of Country Music Awards' Song of the Year, "I'm Movin' On," performed by Rascal Flatts.

"Keith has an astonishing track record of writing for and producing music's leading creative voices," says Richard Blackstone, Warner/Chappell chairman/CEO. "We are delighted to partner with both Keith and Alan on Biggest Picture Music, a venture that furthers our existing commitment to aligning ourselves with the industry's most talented songwriters and talent-finders."

"Alan and I are thrilled to join the Warner/Chappell family and continue our relationship with Richard Blackstone and his team," says Stegall. "With the talented group of writers we have assembled, I know we will have great success in building this venture."

In 2000, Zomba Music purchased the Big Picture catalog of some 600 copyrights and entered into a co-publishing futures deal with BP's writers and producers, including Stegall. Kates managed BP's operations. Blackstone was Zomba's chief of business affairs and creative operations at the time.

Separately, Warner/Chappell said today (Aug. 23) that it entered an exclusive worldwide co-publishing agreement with Stegall.