BMG acquires chunk of BBC Worldwide’s music publishing catalogue

BMG has acquired the rights to a portion of BBC Worldwide’s music publishing catalogue, including the theme tunes of banner shows including Luther, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Frozen Planet.

Incidental music from Doctor Who and Wolf Hall is also included in the deal, which is believed to cover around 1,000 copyrights.

Among the catalogue are works by a number of big name composers including Ty Unwin, Murray Gold, George Fenton, Paul Englishby and Debbie Wiseman.

BMG UK EVP Creative and Marketing, Alexi Cory-Smith said: “It’s a real honour to be entrusted with these great BBC works from world class composers that have made numerous important contributions to British culture throughout their careers.

Alexi Cory-Smith

“It’s a real honour to be entrusted with these great BBC works from world class composers.”

Alexi cory-SMITH, BMG

“Shows like Luther, Doctor Who, Mrs Brown’s Boys and many others in this catalogue are household names and the composers behind them have unrivalled track records. As with all our clients at BMG, we’re committed to providing them with similarly unrivalled service and transparency.”

Murray Gold has been nominated in BAFTA’s Best Original Television Music category twice for Doctor Who in 2009 and 2014. The BMG acquisition itself contains incidental music from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, series six, seven and eight, and the series seven Christmas special.

Paul Englishby’s work on Luther has similarly earned him a BAFTA nomination. Music from the hit crime drama’s first, second, third and fourth series, along with the show’s theme tune are among Englishby’s works in the BMG acquired catalogue as well as works from Musketeers series two and Inside Me.

Meanwhile, Debbie Wiseman’s work on Wolf Hall, which is also part of the BMG deal, saw her win the 2016 Royal Television Society West Award for Best Composer, Drama.Music Business Worldwide

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