Music Publishing Group inks deal with Warner Bros Entertainment


MUMBAI: Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has 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. 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," said Universal Music Publishing Group chairman and CEO David Renzer.

"We are pleased to have signed our deal with David Renzer’s team at Universal Music Publishing Group. 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," added Warner Bros. Entertainment president, music operations Doug Frank.

The Warner Bros. properties include music from films like Batman, Matrix, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings film franchises, as well as TV series ER, Two and a Half Men, Smallville, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Supernatural, Chuck, Fringe, Privileged, etc.

The Warner Bros. Entertainment catalogues were previously administered by Warner/Chappell.