BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), the world's leading global music publisher, has signed an exclusive, worldwide agreement with STX Entertainment (STX), it was announced today by Jody Gerson, UMPG Chairman and CEO, Sophie Watts, President of STX Entertainment, Thomas McGrath, STX's Chief Operating Officer, and Jason Markey, Executive VP and head of music for the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
Through the agreement UMPG will administer and represent the studio's future soundtracks, scores and catalogue of related music publishing rights across all media. STX is currently on track to produce, market and distribute 12-15 major motion pictures a year. Upcoming films from the company include the thriller Secret in Their Eyes, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts; The Boy, a horror film from director William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside), starring Lauren Cohan ("The Walking Dead"); and the epic action-drama The Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali from writer-director and 4-time Academy Award nominee Gary Ross.
"STX Entertainment is an exciting new studio and media company with a fantastic production slate and we have great respect for the entire management team. I'm very pleased to be a part of this opportunity to work with STX from the ground floor and look forward to a long and creative partnership," said Gerson.
"As we have been building our studio, we have aligned ourselves with the best and most respected market leaders in the industry. Universal Music Publishing Group is a pivotal pillar as we add music to our portfolio of ancillary content and distribution partnerships," said Watts. "To have our motion picture music rights represented all over the world by UMPG gives us the support of a true global giant, and we are thrilled that Jody Gerson and her team are our partners. This is a win-win for both of our companies."
Added McGrath, "I am pleased to once again be associated with Universal Music Publishing, with whom I have enjoyed many fruitful collaborations during my career."
"I have worked with every major administrator and publishing company in the industry and the team at UMPG is far and away the most forward thinking, innovative and aggressive I have ever worked with. We are in great hands with Jody, Brian and their hands-on global team of experts in creative, licensing and administration," said Markey.
"We are very proud of this new relationship with STX Entertainment. It's a great opportunity to collaborate musically and we're excited to work even more closely with Jason and their talented film executive team," said Brian Lambert, UMPG EVP/Head of Film and TV Music.
About STX Entertainment
STX Entertainment is a fully integrated motion picture, television, and digital global media company specializing in the production, marketing, and distribution of talent-driven films, digital, and television programming. It is the first major entertainment media company to be launched at this scale in Hollywood in more than twenty years.
STX Entertainment is led by prolific businessman Robert Simonds and was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, Managing Partner of TPG Growth, a division of leading global private investment firm TPG, which has $75 billion of capital under management. In addition to backing from TPG Growth, other investors include blue chip financial partner Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China, Gigi Pritzker, co-founder and CEO of film and television production company OddLot Entertainment, and Beau Wrigley, former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others.
STX Entertainment's motion picture division recently released their first feature film, the critically-acclaimed box office success The Gift. The company recently acquired Hardcore, an adrenaline-fueled action film shot in first person point-of-view, written and directed by Ilya Naishuller; and Desierto, a gripping and suspense-filled thriller directed by Jonás Cuarón and starring Gael García Bernal, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Currently in production are The Space Between Us starring Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson; and Besties starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick. Additionally, STX has five films set to start production over the next 4 months.
For more information about STX Entertainment, please visit our website at www.stxentertainment.com
About Universal Music Publishing Group
UMPG is one of the world's leading music publishing companies and represents music in every genre from some of the world's most important songwriters and catalogs. These include ABBA, Adele, A Great Big World, Jhené Aiko, Alex Da Kid, Axwell & Ingrosso, Burt Bacharach, Bastille, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Jeff Bhasker, Justin Bieber, Rubén Blades, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Michael Chabon, Desmond Child, The Clash, Coldplay, J.Cole, Elvis Costello, Miley Cyrus, Jason Derulo, Neil Diamond, Disclosure, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Florence + the Machine, Future, Martin Garrix, Ariana Grande, Al Green, Haim, Emile Haynie, Jimi Hendrix, Hit-Boy, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jeremih, Billy Joel, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Tobias Jesso Jr., Nick Jonas, Luke Laird, Linkin Park, the Mamas and Papas, Shawn Mendes, Miguel, Nicki Minaj, Stephan Moccio, Mumford & Sons, Jimmy Napes, R. City, Randy Newman, New Order, Ne-Yo, Rudy Perez, Steve Perry, Otis Redding, Darius Rucker, Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Stax (East Memphis Music), Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, U2, Keith Urban, Troy Verges, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more.
As the leader in film and TV music administration, UMPG works with most major studios and productions companies worldwide representing such companies as Warner Bros Entertainment, Universal Studios, HBO, DreamWorks, DreamWorks Animation, NBC and Sesame Workshop, among many others. For more information please visit www.umusicpub.com.
SVP Marketing and Communications, UMPG
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