BMG Production Music has announced the acquisition of independent UK production music company Deep East Music and the French production music label Tele Music.
Deep East Music was started in London in 2007 by Ciaran McNeaney and Alex Marchant and incorporates the labels DEM, Zest and Scorched Score as well as representing Q-Factory in the UK. Although they will now be a core part of the BMG PM organisation, Deep East Music will continue to operate in the UK as a separate entity.
Speaking about the acquisition, John Clifford, BMG Production Music SVP global sales, marketing & repertoire, said, “I am delighted to welcome Ciaran, Alex and the rest of the Deep East team to BMG Production Music. We have known them for several years and have always been thoroughly impressed with the way they have built and grown their business, combining great creative ideas with inspiring marketing, brilliant service and outstanding attention to detail.”
In a jointly issued statement, Ciaran McNeaney and Alex Marchant, who will both report to Clifford, said: “After a decade of independent music-making and syncing, the whole Deep East team is excited to start a new chapter as part of BMG Production Music. Following their impressive global strategy and achievements, we look forward to joining forces, and together, contributing to BMG’s vision for excellence in repertoire, personal service and music licensing for the modern media landscape.”
BMG Production Music’s acquisition of French production music label Tele Music, follows the company’s acquisition of AXS Music in 2017 – which established the foundation for BMG Production Music’s French operation based in Paris, headed by Jérôme Keff.
BMG Production Music France, managing director, Keff, said: “Integrating the Tele Music business to our current Production Music operations France is a tremendous opportunity to grow our business and extend our reach. Together with our remastered AXS label, we are excited to re-introduce Tele Music to the French media market, and to the world.”
John Clifford added: “Tele Music was one of the last great, independently owned production music catalogues with a rich heritage in our business. Like KPM, DeWolfe and others, the Tele Music catalogue represents a piece of production music history. We are thrilled to extend the BMG Production Music repertoire line-up with all that Tele Music offers and excited to make this available to our clients, and Tele Music fans around the world.”
In April, BMG acquired Big Bang & Fuzz (BBF), the leading Asia-Pacific production music house, to further expand its BMG Production Music business unit.