Publishing Briefs: UMPG's Andrew Jenkins Named ICMP Chair; Imagem, Reel Muzik Werks Ink Deals
Publishing Briefs: UMPG's Andrew Jenkins Named ICMP Chair; Imagem, Reel Muzik Werks Ink Deals

UMPG EVP of International Andrew Jenkins Named ICMP Chair
The Universal Music Publishing Group executive VP of international Andrew Jenkins has been elected as chair of the International Confederation of Music Publishers at the organization's general assembly annual meeting, held at MIDEM on Jan. 29. He will serve a two-year term.

The ICMP secretary general said in a statement that the Jenkins appointment "will provide strong visibility and leadership for the 53 countries and territories around the world where ICMP has a presence through its membership and the some 10,000 music publishers… that we represent globally."

Imagem Music USA Inks Two Worldwide Publishing Deals
In separate deals, Imagem Music USA has signed worldwide, multi-year co-publishing agreements: with songwriter/producer Peter Stengaard, who has been producing such acts as the Pussycat Dolls, JoJo and Donna Summer; and with electro-rock band Parade of Lights.

Stengaard also has several songs and themes placed in TV shows and upcoming movies; and in the summer of 2011, Warner Bros. Records signed his artist N.I.N.A., who is currently in the studio working on songs for her debut album.

Stengaard has moved to Los Angeles from Denmark and Imagem, in conjunction with his manager, Twenty First Republic, will be working to raise awareness about him in the Los Angeles music community, said Imagem Music creative director Jon Pikus in a statement.

Meanwhile, Parade of Lights, which is in pre-production for an EP entitled Born To Live, Born To Love, scheduled to be released later this year, consists of core members Ryan Daly, formerly with Hellogoodbye, and Anthony Improgo, who played drums in Metro Station. Parade of Lights, managed by Seth Keller for SKM Artist Management and Brian Saliba for Bogus Productions, has had recent music placement in "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," MTV's The Real World," and "Jersey Shore."

Reel Muzik Werks Becomes Global Administer For Toys, Animation, La Toya Jackson
Reel Muzik Werks, an indie music publisher specializing in film/TV and based in El Segundo, Calif., has announced a series of deals, beginning with a sub-publishing agreement M.E.G. Toys, a toy manufacturer and licensing company specializing in children's character lines. Reel Muzik will serve as global administer for the music rights for all of its properties, including Puppy In My Pocket, Adventures in Pocketville, and Power Buggz.

In addition, Reel Muzik said it will serve as global administrator for Toonzone, which develops, produces, licenses and markets animation for film and television.

In yet another deal, Reel Muzik Werks has signed an expanded sub-publishing agreement with Cleveland, Ohio based AG Properties, which oversees such brands as Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears as well as new series like Twiested Whiskers and Suchi Pack.

Finally, Reel Muzik Werks will serve as global administrator for both the writing and publishing interest of La Toya Jackson and her publishing company, Ja-Tail Enterprises, LLC, which is headed by Jeffré Philips, according to the announcement.

"La Toya is a world class entertainment figure and music is just one of her main areas of interest; we are looking forward to working with her to further develop her music catalogue," said Reel Muzik Werks president Teri Nelson Carpenter in a statement. Carpenter, the company further announced, has been elected to serve as an at-large board member of the Copyright Alliance.