LOS ANGELES, CA and SANTA MONICA, CA, July 31, 2012 – Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, and Miramax, one of the world’s leading independent film and television studios, today announced an agreement under which Warner/Chappell will acquire the masters and publishing rights for all film music owned by Miramax. The agreement builds on the companies’ existing relationship through which Warner/Chappell administered Miramax’s film music publishing across most of Europe and South America. Terms are not being disclosed.
The Miramax music library contains music from Academy Award® winners The Cider House Rules, Chicago, Cold Mountain and Frida, acclaimed movies such as Gangs of New York, Finding Neverland, Good Will Hunting, Chocolat, Sin City, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and music from several hundred other Miramax films. The catalog includes works from celebrated composers such as Academy Award® winners Howard Leslie Shore, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, Gabriel Yared and Rachel Portman (the first female composer to win the Oscar® for “Best Original Score”) as well as Grammy Award® winner Danny Elfman.
Warner/Chappell will license performance rights from the Miramax music catalog in screenings and broadcasts of the films, and will develop new synchronization usages of the music across TV, film, advertising, games and the internet. The addition of the highly in-demand Miramax film catalog expands Warner/Chappell’s existing strength in providing music to film and TV production companies, advertising agencies and brands, and video game and new media companies.