Sydney-based independent recording and music publishing company Origin has bought the administration rights to Warner/Chappell Australia's domestic catalog. The deal, announced today, is thought to be

Sydney-based independent recording and music publishing company Origin has bought the administration rights to Warner/Chappell Australia's domestic catalog. The deal, announced today, is thought to be worth more than A$1 million ($700,000).

Warner/Chappell’s local roster was put on the block as part of Warner Music's global downsizing. The local repertoire -- by 800 composers including pop performers Human Nature, Tina Arena and Jenny Morris -- represents about 10% of Warner/Chappell Australia's business, publisher sources say. The deal also includes Warner/Chappell's theatrical division, which represents Rogers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Launched in 1994 by Philip Walker and Philip Mortlock, Origin has grown to become one of the leading independent publishers Down Under, particularly in the synchronization business. Origin has 30 writers on its roster, including jazz trumpeter James Morrison, satirist Joe Dolce and folk singer Diana Anaid.

Walker has been an independent music publisher for more than 25 years, most recently as managing director of Leosongs. Mortlock joined Warner Music Australia’s recording division in 1975 and served for about 18 years, most recently as MD of EastWest.