Downtown Music Publishing has announced that the company has entered into an exclusive worldwide administration agreement with the Estate of Anthony Newley.
The deal includes several works from Newley’s collection including the Academy Award nominated original score for the musical production, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, with songs such as Pure Imagination, The Candy Man, Oompa Loompa, and (I've Got A) Golden Ticket.
"Newley was able to write songs that perfectly married grounded human sentiment with whimsical other-worldly flourishes, and we're honored to look after his beautiful catalog of works," said Jedd Katrancha, Downtown's executive vice president, Creative Services. "Furthermore, in his family we have found engaged and creative partners and together we look forward to sharing these songs that have meant so much to so many people."
"The entire family and I are very excited to partner with a forward-thinking publisher like Downtown," said Newley's daughter Tara Newley Arkle on the announcement. "From our initial meeting with Downtown, we felt confident that we had found a caring and creative home for our father's songs."
With a career of over 50 years, Newley's What Kind of Fool Am I? won the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989. His works have been performed by the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr., Muse, Michael Bublé, and Nina Simone, among many others.
"I am greatly impressed by the respect Anthony Newley's family has for their father's musical legacy, and thrilled they have found a home at Downtown Music," said Lisa Alter of Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP, who represented the Newley Estate on the signing.
By Will Nicolaides