Always looking for a way to keep you from illegally using a clip of their music on a YouTube video of your next-door neighbor getting kicked in the crotch, Warner Bros. has handed over the administrative reigns for its movie and TV music to Universal Music Publishing Group, whose fancy software is apparently second-to-none in the biz.
The new deal puts UMPG in charge of seeking out royalties for the current catalog and future music produced for Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. TV, Lorimar Prods., Castle Rock and New Line. That includes movie music and soundtracking from Batman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and a boat-load of others, plus TV music from "ER", "Gossip Girl", "Nip/Tuck", "Smallville" and more.
The switch was apparently motivated by UMPG's "Royalty Window" portal, which is a "more advanced system to handle the worldwide registration and tracking of music copyrights and royalty administration."
Doug Frank, president of music operations for Warner Bros., had this to say: "For us, this choice was ultimately about who would provide us with the most efficient and comprehensive system for registration, collections and tracking of copyrights. UMPG was the company that could do so while maintaining a firm commitment to the exploitation of our properties."