SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading next generation studio, has acquired rights through its joint venture with Wind-up Records' music publishing affiliates, to songs written by 17-year-old actress/singer/songwriter Emily Osment, one of the stars of TV's "Hannah Montana," as part of its continuing expansion into music publishing, it was announced today by Lionsgate Music President Jay Faires. Osment, who recently won "Best Sidekick" at the Teen Choice Awards and was nominated for a People's Choice Award, has already begun writing material for her first album which has a planned release for Summer 2010.
"It's exciting to be working with a young artist who has already proven herself in Lionsgate's core businesses of film and TV, and we look forward to working with Emily and the Wind-up Records team as she makes her move into music," said Faires. "We are launching a music publishing business with some of the most exciting, cutting edge young talent in the industry, along with some of the most entrepreneurial and innovative recording acts in the industry."
Emily's debut EP, All The Right Wrongs, was released on October 27, 2009 and debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart. The EP features the hit single "All The Way Up," which is currently in the Top 10 at Radio Disney. Famed video director Roman White (Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson) directed the video for the single which premiered on Yahoo Music and in less than 3 months already has over a million plays on YouTube.
"Emily is a talented songwriter and is extremely passionate about music," said Wind-up Records President Edward Vetri. "Wind-up is very excited to have her as a music artist, within our development model, and we look forward to working in partnership with Lionsgate Music to bring the most value to her publishing and to make hers a long and successful career."
"I am so excited I am getting the chance to finally share my music with everyone," Osment said. "I have been playing guitar and writing songs since I was little so it seems like this album has been in process for years. The opportunities and amazing people I have been so fortunate to work with have literally been a dream come true. I can't wait for all of my very patient fans to hear the music that's been such a huge part of my life for the past two years."
Although this is Osment's first recording project, the budding vocalist recorded the song "I Don't Think About It" in 2008 for the film "THE HAUNTING HOUR: DON'T THINK ABOUT IT," in which she also starred. The song was number one for 9 weeks on Radio Disney and to this date has sold more than 300,000 downloads. Osment also recorded a remake of "Once Upon A Dream" for the 50th anniversary Platinum Edition release of "SLEEPING BEAUTY." The video for the song drew 900,000 YouTube views in less than four days. Earlier this year, she starred in the Disney Channel movie "Dadnapped" for which she also recorded the song "The Hero In Me." Osment currently has nearly 400,000 followers on Twitter. To follow Emily Osment on Twitter go to http://twitter.com/emilyosment or check out her other sites www.officialemilyosment.com, www.myspace.com/emilyosment, www.imeem.com/emilyosment, and www.youtube.com/emilyosmentschannel.
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading next generation studio with a strong and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel platform assets. Its most recent film, PRECIOUS, has generated remarkable per screen averages at the box office in limited release and expanded to 629 screens on November 20. The Company's home entertainment business has grown to more than 7% market share and is an industry leader in its box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
About Lionsgate Music
Lionsgate Music oversees music for Lionsgate's film and TV slate, builds the Company's music publishing assets and releases its soundtracks and scores. The music team has received two Oscar nominations for Marco Beltrami's score for 3:10 TO YUMA and for Bird York's song "In The Deep" for Best Picture Academy Award Winner CRASH. Current and upcoming projects include the soundtrack for PRECIOUS, released through Matriarch/Geffen Records and featuring a lead track from Mary J. Blige. PRECIOUS is directed by Lee Daniels (MONSTER'S BALL) and presented by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. The film has already generated rave critical reviews and a remarkable per screen average at the box office in its limited release rollout. Additional upcoming projects include the Jim Sheridan film BROTHERS, scheduled for release in December featuring music from U2, as well as music for such upcoming films as THE EXPENDABLES, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li, FIVE KILLERS, starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher, KICK ASS, starring Nicolas Cage, and Academy Award winning director Paul Haggis' THE NEXT THREE DAYS, starring Russell Crowe. The Lionsgate Music team is also working on the Starz! television series Crash, featuring music from Paul McCartney and The Doors, the third season of AMC's Emmy-winning series Mad Men, scored by the critically lauded composer David Carbonara, and its live musical revue, Mad Men Live Revue, which premiered last fall to rave reviews at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre, with more productions upcoming.
About Wind-up Entertainment
Wind-up Entertainment Inc. is a privately owned company that was founded in March 1997. Wind-up Records, a subsidiary of Wind-up Entertainment, is currently the largest independently owned and operated label in the United States. The label's roster features Evanescence, Seether, Finger Eleven, Hawthorne Heights, Cartel, the entire Creed repertoire, and more than a dozen developing artists which include Company of Thieves, Stars of Track and Field, Thriving Ivory, Civil Twilight, Pilot Speed and others. Wind-up Entertainment also houses the publishing concerns Sakyamuni Music Publishing, LLC, Bodhi Music Publishing, LLC and Renfield Music Publishing, Inc., as well as Pronto Merch, LLC, a full-scale retail, on-line and tour merchandising company. Wind-up Entertainment also operates Wind-up Artist Development Corporation and Wind-up Touring, LLC.
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