BBC sells off music rights for hit shows to BMG

BBC sells off music rights for hit shows to BMG

BMG has obtained the rights to more than 1,000, potentially profitable, copyrights within BBC Worldwide's music publishing catalogue.

This share includes works commissioned for some of the most popular contemporary programmes on British television.

Theme tunes, cues and background music from BBC shows such as Luther, Mrs. Brown's Boys and Frozen Planet are included in the deal as well as incidental music from Doctor Who (including its 50th anniversary episode) and Wolf Hall.

Included in the deal are works by a number of well known composers including Ty Unwin, Murray Gold, George Fenton, Paul Englishby and Debbie Wiseman.

“It's a real honour to be entrusted with these great BBC works from world class composers that have made numerous important contributions to British culture throughout their careers,” said BMG UK EVP creative and marketing, Alexi Cory-Smith. “Shows like Luther, Doctor Who, Mrs Brown's Boys and many others in this catalog are household names and the composers behind them have unrivalled track records. As with all our clients at BMG, we're committed to providing them with similarly unrivalled service and transparency.”

“We’re looking forward to working with BMG to ensure the value of these compositions continues to be properly and appropriately recognised,” said Dominic Walker, the director of radio and music at BBC Worldwide to BBC News.

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Music Week Radar, 26th May 2016

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