UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING PRODUCTION MUSIC ACQUIRES TOP FRENCH PRODUCTION MUSIC COMPANY, KAPAGAMA S.A.
Los Angeles, CA (July 27, 2009) – David Renzer, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) and Gary Gross, Worldwide President, Universal Publishing Production Music (UPPM), today announced that UPPM has acquired the publishing assets of French production music company, Kapagama S.A.
UPPM serves the burgeoning business that creates, produces, and licenses music for use in film/TV, advertising, broadcast and corporate clients. Owning both the Master and the Copyright for the composition, UPPM allows clients to license music both in an easy and affordable one-stop shop.
Through this agreement, Kapagama will stand as a separate company within UPPM under the leadership of its current president Jean-Michel Gallois-Montbrun.
Kapagama SA is one of the key players in production music in France and Germany, and is the co-owner of the successful Kosinus catalogue. From its Paris headquarters, Kapagama manages worldwide distribution of highly regarded production music catalogues such as Kosinus and AX’s, and also represents a number of well-known international catalogues in the local French market. From its office in Germany, Kapagama GmbH represents Kosinus, AX’s, X-Ray Dog, and West One Music, amongst others.
Kapagama’s Kosinus library has been developed under the skillful hand of producer Eric Mallet, and currently comprises a catalogue of over 200 CDs. Kosinus is regarded by many users around the world as a creative, distinctive and highly effective production music catalogue. Through this agreement, the long term partnership between Kapagama and Kosinus is maintained and Eric Mallet will continue to develop Kosinus with the full support of Kapagama and UPPM.
Regarding the new agreement, Mr. Gross said, “We are very happy that Kapagama has chosen to team up with UPPM and are very pleased to contribute to the development of Kosinus, and its very creative yet very producer-friendly music that will be a great added value to the existing UPPM catalogues.”
Mr. Gallois-Montbrun said, “As the preeminent supplier of high level production music throughout the world, Universal Publishing Production Music was the natural choice to market the Kapagama and Kosinus music internationally. Their global marketing vision under the leadership of Gary Gross and Jean-Phillipe Allard made us want to be part of the Universal Publishing Production Music family.”
Universal Publishing Production Music (a unit of Universal Music Publishing Group), is the leading production music group in the world, with a diverse and comprehensive portfolio of over 5,000 CDs of UMPG-owned repertoire, encompassing over 100,000 titles from over twenty-five different labels. The company’s catalogues include Atmosphere, Bruton, and Chappell from the U.K, Chronic Trax, EVO, FirstCom, Killer Tracks, MasterSource, Network Music, and OneMusic from the U.S., Galerie, Koka Media and Kosinus from France, Match Music from Sweden, UBM from Germany, RCAL from Italy, and Vitamin A from Australia. Universal Publishing Production Music has production music library operations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Benelux, Hungary, Italy, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia, Spain, Greece, Turkey and throughout Asia.
UPPM Libraries are consistently a top choice for all major television networks, film studios and corporate clients of all sizes. Recent major motion picture placements include; “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Sex In the City,” “Love Guru,” “Bolt,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” “Hamlet 2,” “The Mummy 3,” “Tropic Thunder,” “American Teen,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Superhero Movie,” and more. Television placements have included “The Tudors,” “The Mentalist,” “Ugly Betty,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Army Wives,” “Burn Notice,” “Prison Break,” “Medium,” “Unhitched,” “America’s Next Top Model,” and “Law & Order,” to name a few. Recent advertising campaigns include Virgin Blue Airlines, Mercedes Benz, Philips, Peroni, Quizno’s, and Dodge, among others.
About Universal Music Publishing Group
With 47 offices in 41 countries worldwide, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is the industry’s largest global music publishing operation and is part of Universal Music Group. UMPG represents music in every genre from many of the world’s hottest songwriters and catalogs including U2, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Coldplay, Nelly, Ciara, Dave Grohl, Prince, Diana Krall, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Britney Spears, Godsmack, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, No Doubt, 3 Doors Down, Beastie Boys, Anastacia, Robbie Williams, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Paul Simon, Henry Mancini, Christina Aguilera and Linkin Park, among many others. UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Production Music, Christian and Classical Music. For more information, visit: www.umusicpub.com.