EMI Music Publishing U.K. has entered into a long-term agreement with Chorion, one of Britain’s leading owner of classic literary-based brands.
According to the pact, EMI will now administer Cherion’s music catalogues through their exploitation on platforms such as television, audio, multi-media and other licensing agreements. Terms were not disclosed.
Intellectual property brands owned, developed and managed by Chorion include the literary works of writers such as Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Enid Blyton, Roger Hargreaves and Raymond Chandler.
London-based EMI Music Publishing U.K. senior vice president, media and business development Jonathan Channon said the agreement fits with the company’s strategy to develop relationships with leading media companies in order to expand business opportunities.
“Chorion’s wide portfolio of household brands gives us a major catalogue to represent worldwide and give our writers and artists new and unique areas to work in,” said Channon in a statement. “As publishers our job now must be not just be about administering rights but pro-actively exploiting those rights.”
Characters created by Cherion’s authors include fictional detectives Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Maigret and Philip Marlowe, as well as popular children’s brands including Noddy, the Famous Five, Mr Men and Little Miss.
In a separate announcement, EMI Music Publishing U.K. has inked a long-term deal to represent worldwide Abbey Home Media’s catalogue of music rights. Abbey Home Media Group is one of the U.K.’s leading creators and distributors of pre-school children’s programming.
“These two deals are great examples of the type of partners with whom we are looking to work and illustrate how the company here is diversifying and expanding into new areas and media outlets,” said EMI Music Publishing U.K. MD Guy Moot.