Whizz Kid Entertainment signs music administration agreement with EMI Music Publishing
London, June 2008 – EMI Music Publishing and leading independent production company Whizz Kid Entertainment have signed a strategic partnership agreement, it was announced today.
The deal will see the UK’s number one publisher administer the publishing rights in Whizz Kid’s commissioned themes and incidental music on a global basis. Recent programmes produced by Whizz Kid include ‘Help! I’ve Got A High Maintenance Wife’ (FIVE), ‘Celebrity Predictions’ (Channel 4) and Beauty and the Best (Living TV).
EMI Music Publishing will also team up with Whizz Kid to develop opportunities for new and established songwriters, as well as working together to offer brand-led marketing solutions to clients. The production house is already responsible for a number of hit music TV shows including ‘The Nokia Green Room’ and ‘The JD Set Presents’ (both on Channel 4).
Whizz Kid Entertainment was founded in 2006 as a joint venture between renowned producer Malcolm Gerrie, and Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited. The company is at the forefront of the UK and international marketplace for branded content and advertiser-funded programming, and has also produced a series of high-profile televised events including the ‘Orange British Academy Awards 2008’ and the ITV1 New Year’s Eve show ‘Countdown to Midnight: Take That & Guests Live at The O2’. The deal announced today was brokered by TV music consultant Ken Bolam and EMI Music Publishing’s Senior Film & TV Manager Howard Price.
Malcolm Gerrie, Chief Executive of Whizz Kid Entertainment, said: “I am thrilled that Whizz Kid Entertainment will be represented by the leading music publishing company in the world. EMI Music Publishing’s roster of songs and songwriters is unparalleled, and we’re looking forward to working with them across the many opportunities now available for the use of music both on television and online.” Jonathan Channon, Executive Vice President of Media & Business Development at EMI Music Publishing commented: “It’s a testament to our expertise in rights administration and exploitation that a company as successful and progressive as Whizz Kid wants to work with us. Malcolm Gerrie is one of the true pioneers in music and entertainment television, and we’re looking forward to working with him and the entire Whizz Kid team on a wide variety of music-based projects.”
About Whizz Kid Entertainment
Whizz Kid Entertainment was launched in 2006 and is owned jointly by IMAC (Ingenious Media Active Capital) and former Initial CEO Malcolm Gerrie. The company was created to produce top quality programmes across a wide-range of genres including Entertainment; Factual Entertainment; Events and Music and has experienced in-house specialists in each field.
In a short time Whizz Kid Entertainment has secured a raft of TV commissions including HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELTON! (ITV1), THE ORANGE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS (BBC1), BEAUTY AND THE BEST (6 part series for Living TV), music-reality show THE GREEN ROOM (Channel 4), the British Academy Television Awards (BBC1) and GEORGE MICHAEL: THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY (Channel 4) plus a major on-line production – the moonlight signing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for Bloomsbury Publishing.
About EMI Music Publishing
EMI Music Publishing’s 1.3 million copyrights include some of the best-known songs ever written, such as “New York New York”, “You’ve Got A Friend”, “The James Bond Theme”, “Lady Marmalade”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Always On My Mind”, “Over The Rainbow”, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Singin’ In the Rain”. Its current hit-making writers and producers include Arctic Monkeys, Natasha Bedingfield, James Blunt, Cathy Dennis, Duffy, Calvin Harris, My Chemical Romance, Mark Ronson, Sam Sparro and Amy Winehouse.
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