Netflix Taps BMG for Music Publishing Rights Outside U.S.
BMG has signed on to manage and administer Netflix's music publishing rights outside the U.S. The exclusive agreement covers elements such as scores, featured songs, transition cues and themes for all Netflix-owned original programming, including TV series, docs and feature films.
"It is an understatement to say we are excited to be working with Netflix," said Zach Katz, BMG US president repertoire and marketing. "This agreement is a significant endorsement of the BMG team and platform from one of the most forward-thinking and innovative entertainment companies in the world."
Inside the U.S., Netflix has its own music publishing unit to manage rights for originals.
Netflix Originals include popular shows like Orange Is the New Black, Stranger Things and Narcos, and movies such as Adam Sandler's The Do-Over and last year's Pee-Wee's Big Holiday. Netflix is fast approaching the 100 million subscriber mark (currently 93) and operates in more than 190 countries.
In a statement, Netflix director of music licensing Dominic Houston said the company was "particularly impressed by the commercial and technology expertise of BMG, and are excited to see what opportunities we can develop together."