SOURCE: Animation Collective

October 08, 2007 12:11 ET

Universal Music Publishing Group Signs Animation Collective to Exclusive, World-Wide Publishing Agreement

Universal Music Publishing Group to Represent Original Music From Animation Collective's Hit Children's Programming

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2007) - Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced today the signing of Animation Collective (www.animationcollective.com), an innovative creator of children's programming for a variety of mediums, to an exclusive world-wide publishing administration agreement.

Through the agreement, UMPG will administer Animation Collective's entire catalogue of original music created for its popular animated and live-action children's programming including "Ellen's Acres," "Thumb Wrestling Federation: TWF" as well as "Kappa Mikey," the number one rated original series on Nicktoons Network. The deal encompasses worldwide administration rights as well as synchronization rights worldwide.

"UMPG is extremely pleased to have been selected to administer Animation Collective's musical copyrights," said Scott James, Senior Vice President of Music for Motion Pictures & Television, and New Technologies World-wide, UMPG. "It is our goal to provide unsurpassed service in collection and administration, while expanding the synchronization licensing possibilities of the catalog by presenting innovative new opportunities."

"UMPG's global reach and track record make them the ideal administrator of our song library," said Larry Schwarz, CEO of Animation Collective. "As Animation Collective continues to build our library of wholly owned content, we're also expanding our catalogue of original music. We differentiate our original songs just as we do our shows -- by making them fun, unique and memorable so that kids all over the world will want to experience them again and again."

All of Animation Collective's series on-air, in development, or in production feature original pop and rock songs. Certain series episodes have also been produced as musicals. In February 2008, "Kappa Mikey" will premiere its much anticipated two-part "Karaoke" episode that features 10 original songs.

About Universal Music Publishing Group

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is the industry's leading global music publishing operation and is part of Universal Music Group. UMPG represents music in every genre from many of the world's top songwriters and catalogs including U2, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Coldplay, Nelly, Juan Gabriel, Ciara, Dave Grohl, Prince, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Beastie Boys, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Paul Simon, Juanes, Henry Mancini, Christina Aguilera and Linkin Park, among many others. UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Production Music, Christian and Classical Music. For more information, visit: www.umusicpub.com.

About Animation Collective

With original content in over 38 countries and in 18 languages on television, broadband, wireless, books and consumer products, Animation Collective is the U.S.'s leading independent creator of children's entertainment. Proprietary productions include: "Kappa Mikey," the highest rated original series on Nicktoons Network and Nickelodeon's first-ever global acquisition, "Three Delivery" for Nicktoons, YTV, and the BBC, "Thumb Wrestling Federation: TWF" for the Kids WB, YTV and the BBC, and "Ellen's Acres" for Cartoon Network and ABC Australia. Work for hire productions include: the new Speed Racer series for Nickelodeon and "The Incredible Crash Dummies" for 4KidsTV. Animation Collective is the largest provider of original content for KOL, America Online's kids channel and Red, its teen channel.

Contact Information

  • UMPG PR CONTACT:
    Heather Brown
    Senior Dir. of Marketing and Communications
    Ph: (310) 235-4870
    E-mail: Email Contact

    ANIMATION COLLECTIVE PR CONTACT:
    Tina Satter
    212.947.1099
    Email Contact