UMPG SIGNS DEALS WITH WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT, BURT BACHARACH
Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed its worldwide music publishing administration agreement with Warner Bros. Entertainment, which will cover the music from Warner Bros. Picture, New Line Production and Warner Bros. Television production.
The deal covers new releases as well as the Warner Bros. catalog, which includes: “Casablanca,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “The Departed,” the “Batman,” “Matrix,” “Harry Potter,” “The Hobbit,” and “The Lord of the Rings” film franchises.
It also includes such TV properties as “The Big Bang Theory,” “Person of Interest,” “2 Broke Girls,” “The Closer,” “Fringe,” “The Mentalist,” “Southland,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Friends,” and “E.R.”
“We’ve developed a unique, collaborative relationship with WBE that has enhanced our ability to serve WBE’s creative needs as well as foster special opportunities for UMPG’s songwriters,” said UMPG executive VP/head of film and television music Brian Lambert.
Warner Bros. Entertainment president of music operations Paul Broucek said renewing the long-standing association ensures consumers will have access to "cherished musical works and that all of our stakeholders benefit from UMPG’s scale and expertise.”
Michael J. Sammis, UMPG executive VP of operations/CFO worldwide added, “Our global administration efforts have helped revitalize the WBE catalog and dramatically increase their worldwide revenues. We look forward to continuing to provide WBE with superior customer service and doing all we can administratively and creatively to maximize their catalog value.”
In another big move, UMPG has signed an exclusive administration deal for North America.with legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach. The company already administers Bacharach's music in France, Australia, Greece, and Southeast Asia (excluding Japan).
The deal includes his entire New Hidden Valley Music catalog, which includes the songs he wrote with Hal David for Dionne Warwick such as "I Say A Little Prayer," "Walk On By," and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose." It also includes such hits as "This Guy's In Love With You," "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me," and "Raindrops Keep on Fallin' On My Head.
Besides Bacharach's many past accomplishments, the songwriters remains active, collaboration with such other songwriters as Bernie Taupin and J.D. Souther as a musical he is working on with Elvis Costello. Moreover, as part of the new arrangement, Bacharach will with a number of UMPG Nashville songwriters, beginning with Lori McKenna.
"Burt Bacharach is simply one of the greatest songwriters of all time," UMPG chairman/CEO Zach Horowitz said in a statement. "We look forward to working his legendary catalog and couldn't be more excited about being involved with his new work as he continues his storied career."
UMPG Nashville executive VP/GM Kent Earls adds that he was "thrilled to learn that [Bacharach] wants to especially focus on county music, a genre where he enjoyed one of his first big hits with 'The Story of My Life' for Marty Robbins…We and our UMPG Nashville writers are looking forward to some magic collaborations."
IMAGEM NABS COUNTING CROWS, JIMMY CLIFF, JASON NEWSTED, HUNTER HUNTED
Imagem Music USA announced a number of deals. First off, it has signed a worldwide, multi-year administration agreement with Counting Crows, who last month completed a U.S. tour that saw a download code for the band's latest live album, "Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow given out to each ticket holder.
In another deal, Imagem Music USA has signd a worldwide, multi-year administration deal with Jimmy Cliff, who is touring the U.S. In a statement, Cliff's manager Ernie Gonzales noted that Imagem has a diverse roster of quality artists, combined with a staff instilled with passion and creativity, which is why Cliff partnered with the company.
Moving over to metal, Imagem has signed former Metallica bass player Jason Newsted to a worldwide, multi-year administration deal. The bass player is now fronting his own band named after him; and Newsted earlier this month released its debut album, "Heavy Metal Music." Imagem Music USA president Richard Stumpf welcomed him to Imagem by labeling Newstead a "heavy metal titan."
Finally, Imagem Music USA has signed a worldwide, multi-year co-publishing agreement with Hunter Hunted. Imagem A&R executive Molly Seel termed Hunter Hunted one of the most exciting bands coming out of Los Angeles.
PARALLEL GETS SONGS OF BIGGER PICTURE
Parallel Music Publishing has acquired the 2,000 song catalog of Songs Of Bigger Picture, including such works as "Better Dig Two," "Mama's Broken Heart" and "Til My Last Day." Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In a statement, Parallel Music Publishing managing partner Tim Hunze said, "We're very excited to continue expanding…[parent's] Parallel Entertainment's footprint in Nashville."
ROYALTY EXCHANGE AUCTIONING OFF COOLIO PERFORMANCE REVENUES
The Royalty Exchange plans on auctioning off the performance revenues for Coolio's song catalog on Aug. 29. The catalog, which generates about $23,000 in annual revenue, will have a minimum starting bid of $140,000.
ROUND HILL SIGNS MARTI FREDRIKSEN
Round Hill Music signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Marti Frederiksen, who has collaborated with such diverse artists as Aerosmith, 3 Doors Down, Sheryl Crow and Rascal Flatts either in a songwriting and/or producer capacity.
In another deal Round Hill said it signed an up and coming songwriter Tatiauna "Tatu" Matthews to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal. The songwriter has songs on current and upcoming records by Eve, and the Vamps, Jessee Campbell, and Chrisette Michelle.
BMG & BIG DEAL GET BRETT BEAVERS FOR JV
BMG and Big Deal Music have signed Nashville songwriter and producer Brett Beavers to their newly formed joint venture. Beavers has written songs for Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Lee Ann Womack, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Billy Currington, Kelly Pickler, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lonestar and Dierks Bentley. He is currently working on upcoming projects for Dustin Lynch and Canaan Smith.
As part of the deal, BMG will handle global administration services and proactively exploit Beavers' catalog.
In a statement, Beavers said he was happy to continue his relationship with the Big Deal executives such as Kenny MacPherson and Dale Bobbo, who had worked with him when he was signed to Chrysalis.
In a separate unrelated deal, BMG Chrysalis has signed composer, producer, conductor and arranger Christopher Lennertz to a worldwide administration agreement, while also inking a co-publishing agreement on select projects. Lennerts, who has composed scores for movies such as "Identity Theft," and "Alvin & the Chipmunks," as well as for such TV shows as "Revolution" and "Supernatural."
Lennertz, who owns the Sonic Fuel Studios recording and production facility said he looks forward to having BMG handle his catalog "and to explore the myriad of opportunities to create new music with their fantastic roster in the worlds of film, television, interactive and beyond."
OLE JV WITH TIMBALAND'S BLUE STONE SIGN GARLAND MOSLEY
The ole joint-venture with Timbaland's Blue Stone Music Publishing has signed Garland Mosley, Timbaland's brother, to a worldwide administration contract. The signing of Mosley, whose stage name is Sebastian, represents the first deal for the ole-bluestone joint venture, whose copyrights include cuts on the latest albums from Justin Timberlake and Jay Z, as well as cuts by Demi Lovato and Bubba Sparxxx.
UNFILTERED RECORDS LAUNCHES UNFILTERED TRACKS
The Unfiltered Record label, home to Ivy, the Postmarks, Paco and Brookville, has launched an online music licensing house, dubbed Unfiltered Tracks, which specializes in offering music supervisors, moody, atmospheric indie pop.
The tool offers music supervisors a user-friendly search engine which can scour affordable pre-cleared tracks which are written and owned by the artist, which means one-stop shopping for both the recording and composition, according to the company.
The search engine doesn't require a long sign-in process and provides free mp3 downloads so tracks can be tested with the context of supervisors' projects.