16 DEC 2021

Universal and Banijay sign a publishing and production music agreement

Under the terms of the deal, Universal Music Publishing Group 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.

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L-R Simon Baker, Antonia Gilham, Jane Carter, Jody Gerson, Mike McCormack, and Owain Walbyoff

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Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publisher, and independent content creation and distribution group Banijay 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”.

Furthermore, as part of the agreement, Universal Production Music will represent Banijay’s existing global catalogue spanning more than 30.000 tracks across some of the world’s most popular shows.

“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,” said Mike McCormack, UK Managing Director at Universal Music Publishing Group.

Antonia Gilham, Global Director, Music & Secondary Rights at 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”.

Lastly, Jane Carter, Universal Production Music UK Manging Director and Vice President of Global Repertoire, commented: “We are extremely proud to be in a production music partnership with Banijay. With Universal Music global offices and expert teams working alongside Banijay productions, we are looking 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 maximizing music-related revenues and expanding creative and commercial opportunities worldwide.