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19 do deal with Universal Publishing

By | Published on Friday 13 March 2009

Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment has entered into a new long term agreement with Universal Music Publishing which will see the major pubbery administering all future publishing interests created or acquired by the music and telly management agency.

The new deal does not effect the old 19 Songs catalogue, which was acquired by Dutch publisher Imagem, ironically off Universal Music, who in turn acquired it as part of their purchase of BMG Music Publishing. Selling 19 Songs was one of the conditions for the Universal/BMG deal getting European Commission approval.

Commenting on the new publishing deal, 19 founder and CEO Simon Fuller told reporters: “19 Entertainment is continuing to expand in music and across other areas of entertainment both here in the UK and in the States. We need to partner with the best commercial organisations, and Paul Connolly [UK and Europe chief of Universal Publishing] and his team here in London are second to none. We have ambitious plans for the next few years and I’m delighted to have concluded this deal with Universal Music”.

Connolly himself added: “19 Entertainment have been one of the dominant music and entertainment powerhouses for years and Simon Fuller and his team have consistently delivered success at the very highest level. We intend to build a wonderful musical legacy together and we are delighted to be representing their music publishing interests throughout the world”.