Reservoir Media Acquires Reverb Music

Reservoir Media Management has acquired Reverb Music, a U.K. music publishing firm, with 30,000 copyrights and agreements and more than 100 songwriters.

As part of the deal, Reverb MD Annette Barrett will remain the head of the London office and European operation, which will continue under the Reverb brand, according to the announcement.

Reverb's songwriter roster includes Jamie Hartman who has worked with the Wanted and Joss Stone; writer-producer John Fortis, who has worked with Ellie Goulding and Prodigy; Peter Gordeno, who has worked with U2, George Michael, Seal and serves as musical director and touring keyboardist for Depeche Mode; and Italian writer-producer Matteo Saggese, who has worked with L Divo, Zucchero , Adrianno Celantano.

"The acquisition of Reverb Music builds on Reservoir's already robust infrastructure by adding an administrative and creative presence for our company and our songwriters in the United Kingdom," Reservoir executive VP Rell Lafargue. "I look forward to integrating the Reverb catalog and welcoming the team, as well as a host of incredibly talented songwriters."

Reservoir also made a big acquisition in April 2010, when it announced it was buying the music publishing assets of TVT Music Enterprises, which brought to its roster producer Scott Storch, Nyceboy, the Cinematics, the Holloways, Devo Springsteen and Big Reese.

Steve Perry Signs With Universal Music Publishing

The Universal Music Group Publishing has signed ex-Journey lead singer Steve Perry to an adminstration agreement for the world outside North America. The deal includes all songs written by Perry throughout his career including those with Journey.

"One of the greatest voices in the history of rock also wrote or co-wrote some of rocks greatest songs," Universal Music Publishing Group chairman and CEO Zach Horowitz said in a statement. "We look forward to working with him on both his iconic catalog and his new songs."

Among the songs Perry wrote or co-wrote include, "Don't Stop Believin,'" "Oh Sherrie," "Any Way You Want It," "Foolish Heart," "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," "Open Arms," "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'," "Who's Crying Now," "Lights," and "Stone in Love."

Imagem Expands Theatrical Licensing to Europe

The Imagem Music Group has expanded its US-based theatrical licensing division, R&H Theatricals, by creating a European branch headquartered in the London offices of Imagem UK. The new division, which will launch in January, which will be headed by Vivien Goodwin who has been named its MD.

Previously, Goodwin had worked at Samuel French Ltd., the theatrical licensing house and publishing firm, for nearly 24 years, with the last 13 serving as that firm's MD. As part of the European effort, senior R&H staffer Bert Fink will transfer to London for a year to take on a new role in new business development, holding the title of SVP of Europe.

R&H Theatricals Europe will represent a catalogue of over 100 musicals including such Broadway evergreens as "South Pacific," "Oklahoma!," as well as such properties as "Footloose," and "White Christmas" throughout the UK and across the European market.

"I couldn't be more thrilled about this exciting new chapter for R&H," Rodgers & Hammerstein president Ted Chapin said in a statement. "Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II always knew the importance of the British and European market, and they both loved London, where they had a production office for many years. Today, as part of a global company, our new London branch will give us the opportunity to reinvigorate our catalogue throughout Britain and across the Continent."

The R&H portolio is currently represented in Europe by 
Josef Weinberger Ltd., who will work closely with Goodwin and her new staff to ensure a smooth transition, according to the announcement.

While acknowledging the great job that the Weinberger team had done representing the R&H catalogues, Imagem U.K chief executive John Minch said in a statement, "Bringing the business in-house now is a logical move, especially given the work we already do with musicals from the Warner-Chappell catalogue. Having Vivien Goodwin join us is a real coup; it means that we will be able to build up a musical theatre rights business alongside our classical, pop and library music publishing businesses."

BMG Ireland Signs Little Green Cars

BMG Ireland has signed a worldwide music publishing deal with Little Green Cars, the Dublin band, which is signed to Glassnote Records in the U.S and Universal Island In the U.K., according to the announcement.

The band will tour the U.S. in October and its album, due out next year, was produced by Markus Dravs, who has worked with Mumford & Sons, Coldplay and Arcade Fire.

"Little Green Cars are an Irish band with incredible songs, worldwide potential and a great team around them," BMG Ireland MD Mary Ann Slim said in a statement. "We are delighted that they have decided to entrust us with their work."

Little Green Cars manager Daniel Ryan noted in a statement, "BMG really impressed us with their passion for the band's music, and it certainly helps that they have a Dublin office."

Hit House Signs Danail Getz

The Hit House has signed Danail Getz a composer of music for trailers, including those promoting "Prometheus," "Ice Age: Continental Drift," "Men In Black 3," "The Hunger Games," "The King's Speech" and more, according to an announcement from the South Torrance, Calif.-based firm.