Dimensional Music Publishing, the New York-based private equity arm of investment firm JDS Capital Management, has acquired DreamWorks Music Publishing’s assets.
Artists and songwriters in the DreamWorks catalog include the Byrds, John Denver, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ricki Lee Jones. It also boasts newer artists Jimmy Eat World, Lifehouse, Alien Ant Farm and Papa Roach.
The catalog includes the songs “Take the A Train,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Disco Inferno,” “Monster Mash,” “Day-O,” “Hanging by a Moment,” “Amazed,” “Take Me Home Country Road,” “Rocky Mountain High” and “The Thong Song.” Music created for motion pictures and television programs produced by DreamWorks’ affiliated companies was not part of the sale.
“This transaction is consistent with our strategy of acquiring and operating quality assets in the media space,” JDS Capital Management CEO Joe Samberg said in a statement, “where our management team is focused on creating value by leveraging its shared expertise across the firm’s portfolio companies.”
The DreamWorks Music Publishing acquisition follows JDS Capital’s purchases of the Orchard, in July 2003; eMusic, in November 2003; and Digital Club Network, in May 2004.