Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publisher, and Banijay, the world’s largest independent content creation and distribution group, has announced an exclusive global publishing and production music agreement.
Under the terms of the deal, UMPG will work with Banijay Brands (Banijay’s extensive brand and commercial arm), which has a portfolio spanning some of the world’s most recognizable shows, including Peaky Blinders, Survivor, Temptation Island, Lego Masters and Hunted.
As part of the agreement, Universal Production Music will represent Banijay’s existing global catalogue spanning 30,000-tracks across some of the world’s most popular shows.
Mike McCormack, UMPG UK Managing Director, said: “This new partnership with one of the leading, most ambitious and creative new media companies in the world is an extremely important one for UMPG, not only in the UK but globally. We look forward to a mutually successful collaboration.”
Antonia Gilham, Global Director, Music & Secondary Rights, Banijay added: “Combining our extensive and ever-evolving portfolio of standout brands with Universal’s music excellence makes perfect sense. In a world where IP is king, exploring new avenues for exploitation is key and through this collaboration, we have no doubt there is room to further innovate our revenue streams to bring additional value to our creative home.”
Jane Carter, Universal Production Music UK Manging Director and Vice President of Global Repertoire, said: “We are extremely proud to be in a production music partnership with Banijay. With Universal Music’s global offices and expert teams working alongside Banijay productions, we look forward to supporting their portfolio and working collectively on ground-breaking new initiatives.”
With more than 120 production entities across 22 territories worldwide, Banijay has an impressive catalogue of over 110,000 hours of content – for which Banijay Brands manages much of its brand and commercial exploitation, including music. This new partnership with UMPG, led by Gilham for Banijay, will focus on maximising music-related revenues and expanding creative and commercial opportunities worldwide.