Universal Music Publishing has agreed a strategic partnership with filmmaker Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free London.
The deal will see UMPG administer all of the music publishing rights retained by Scott Free London across its film and television projects to maximise their opportunities worldwide.
The two companies will work closely across a number of areas including licensing music from Scott Free London’s catalogue.
UMPG will advise on score composers as well as providing strategic advice on all music-related aspects of Scott Free London’s feature length film and TV projects.
“We are really excited and honoured to have entered into this partnership with Ridley Scott and Scott Free London,” said Universal Music Publishing’s VP of Business Development and Media Simon Mortimer. “This is also great news for our songwriters and artists as we will be working closely with them on music strategy and production across all projects.”
Scott Free London’s head of Business and Commercial Affairs Carlo Dusi said: “This new partnership enables us to access the invaluable know-how and expertise of Universal Music Publishing’s film and television music team. The company’s roster and catalogue is second to none and we are eager to explore the world of opportunities that this relationship opens up for us.”
Scott Free London produces a wide range of films and TV series including the YouTube-backed Life in a Day, Britain in a Day and Japan in a Day as well as the two-part television adaptation Labyrinth based on Kate Mosse’s best-selling novel.
The company is also currently in post-production on Rowan Joffe’s thriller Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, and based on S J Watson’s best-selling novel.
It also has a number of upcoming major feature film and TV projects including Blood Red Road, Get Santa by Black Death director Christopher Smith, and major TV drama Effective Range.