Hollywood film composer and songwriter Bryce Jacobs is the first global signing to Chris Murphy’s new enterprise, Murphy Rights Management (MRM).
Jacobs joins MRM as a songwriter and producer for key new, unannounced projects. His existing catalog now becomes available for sync opportunities via MRM, and he’ll be expected to create new master recordings through the arrangement.
The musician's credits are many and varied. While working at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions, Jacobs played a role in the writing and production of various hit films, video games and television shows. He has worked with "Game of Thrones" composer Ramin Djawadi, and injected his talents into such projects as Warner Brothers' "Clash of the Titans", MGM/UA's "Red Dawn", EA's "Medal of Honor" and "Need for Speed - Shift 2", Activision's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3", ABC's "Flash Forward" and 20th Century Fox's "Prison Break" and "Breakout Kings". Jacobs has also performed on the scores of such films as "Rango", "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", "Puss in Boots" and "Savages".
In early 2012, Jacobs completed a unique work for the feature film "Bad Karma," starring Ray Liotta and Dominic Purcell. Last year, he worked closely with Zimmer as composer and featured guitarist on the Ron Howard film "Rush," and he completed another song/score for the feature film "Drive Hard", starring John Cusack and Thomas Jane and slated for a 2014 global release.
Jacobs came to the attention of Murphy through Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) Chairman Zach Horowitz and via a fortuitous meeting in L.A.
In a statement, Murphy describes Jacobs as “one of the most talented and innovative songwriters, arrangers and producers I’ve ever met. He is a major new signing for MRM.”
Murphy recently launched his Sydney-based rights management firm with an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement through UMPG, and a first signing in Australian rock band Lepers and Crooks.
"I am truly excited to be working with CM and his team,” Jacobs says of his deal. “CM is someone who not only has an extremely impressive history, but also continually cultivates a sharp and global approach of ingenuity through dynamic thought processes. I very much look forward to the path that lies ahead."
Murphy, who guided the stellar rise of INXS, has big plans for his new venture. “The end model of our business is to get ourselves right across the southern hemisphere," he recently told Billboard.biz. "The second phase I want us to become the premium publishing rights management business in the southern hemisphere. That’s the end goal, to get into markets where we can help to make a difference but at the moment are problems."