UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP SIGNS MUSIC CATALOGUES OF WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. TO WORLDWIDE ADMINISTRATION AGREEMENT
Los Angeles, CA (April 10, 2009) – David Renzer, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) and Doug Frank, President, Music Operations, Warner Bros. Entertainment, announced today that UMPG has successfully negotiated a worldwide publishing administration agreement with Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., which includes Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Television Production.
Through the deal, UMPG obtains exclusive administration rights for the musical works Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. owns from its inception and including future works, and encompassing subsidiaries and affiliates Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Television Production (including Warner-Olive Music, Warner-Barham Music, and Warner-Hollywood Music); Lorimar Productions (including Marilor Music, Roliram Music, Goldline Music, Silverline Music, and Oakline Music); Castle Rock Entertainment (including Hazen Music, Beverly Drive Music, and 335 Maple Drive); and New Line Productions (including New Line Tunes, New Line Music, and New Line Melodies).
“We are thrilled to be working with Doug Frank and his team at Warner Bros. Entertainment,” said Mr. Renzer. “Our investment in our global administration infrastructure, and our commitment to creating the best systems for registration, collection, and tracking of copyrights, including our online royalty administration portal Royalty Window, continues to keep us ahead of the competition. We are thrilled that Warner Bros. Entertainment recognized this in choosing UMPG. We also look forward to working closely with Doug and his team to maximize all creative opportunities on new Warner Bros. films and TV shows given UMPG’s incredible roster of talent, and maximizing all creative opportunities for the important music catalogues of Warner Bros. Entertainment.”
“We are pleased to have signed our deal with David Renzer’s team at Universal Music Publishing Group,” said Mr. Frank. “For us, this choice was ultimately about who would provide us with the most efficient and comprehensive system for registration, collections, and tracking of copyrights. UMPG was the company that could do so while maintaining a firm commitment to the exploitation of our properties.”
The Warner Bros. properties include music from such well-known productions as the “Batman”, “Matrix”, “Harry Potter”, and “The Lord of the Rings” film franchises, as well as TV series ER (NBC), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Smallville (CW), Gossip Girl (CW), One Tree Hill (CW), Supernatural (CW), Chuck (NBC), Fringe (FOX), Privileged (CW), The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Nip/Tuck (FX), The Closer (TNT), The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS), Without A Trace (CBS), and The Mentalist (CBS), among others.
The Warner Bros. Entertainment catalogues were previously administered by Warner/Chappell.
Universal Music Publishing Group
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is the industry’s leading global music publishing operation and is part of Universal Music Group. UMPG represents music in every genre from many of the world’s top songwriters and catalogs including U2, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Coldplay, Jimi Hendrix, Juan Gabriel, Ciara, Dave Grohl, Prince, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Britney Spears, Beastie Boys, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Paul Simon, Henry Mancini, Christina Aguilera and Linkin Park, among many others. UMPG has a particular expertise in handling film and television copyrights including NBC Universal, Beacon Films, Bravo, Canal Plus, CNBC, Celador, DIC, Focus Features, Fremantle, GreeneStreet Films, MSNBC, Pressman Film Corp., Sci-Fi Network, Scholastic Entertainment, Telemundo, Trio, Universal Pictures, Universal Studio Entertainment, Viz Media, Volta, Working Title, and Mike Young Productions, to name a few. UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Production Music, Christian and Classical Music. For more information, visit: www.umusicpub.com.