LOS ANGELES (Top40 Charts/ Downtown Records)
Downtown Records announced today the launch of Immortal Music
Publishing. The new venture, spearheaded by co-founders Josh Deutsh and Terence Lam, will take a two pronged approach to growth. Immortal Music
Publishing will have a focus both on emerging talent and simultaneously look to grow the business through catalog acquisitions and administration and co-publishing agreements with established writers.
Immortal's initial slate of signings include a world-wide administration agreement with No Other Music. No Other Music
is a new music publishing endeavor formed by Jake Friedman and Jason Foster of the artist management company We are Free, and Mike Sniper, founder of indie label Captured Tracks and Omnian Music
Group. This agreement sees Immortal administer No Other Music's catalog including 2014 Polaris Music
Prize nominee Mac DeMarco. "Jason, Mike and I are used to working from the ground up in all facets of artists' careers, and No Other Music
will be an extension of what we do best," says Friedman. "We are extremely excited to partner with the Immortal team, who share our values as an independently owned music company focused on emerging talent."
In addition, Immortal has signed groundbreaking rapper/producer Le1f, who will release his XL Records debut in 2015, as well as agreements with a number of writers currently on the Downtown Records roster including: Ellis Ludwig-Leone (San Fermin), Amalie Bruun (Ex Cops), Thomas
Arsenault (Mas Ysa), Dillon Groeneman (Slow Magic), Nicholas Principe (Port St. Willow), Lawrence Rothman, and Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans (YACHT).
"Music Publishing is in our DNA as a business and we are thrilled to announce the launch of Immortal and its exceptional team," says Deutsch. "As in past endeavors, I see tremendous opportunity for growth in the publishing space. Immortal Music
Publishing offers songwriters and artists the best quality services along with a premium administration platform. We have always been a very proactive sync licensing company, and with the expertise and energy of the Downtown/Immortal team, we are excited to work with the most compelling writers and catalogs to create and increase value."
Deutsch and Lam have tapped Eric Scott as Vice President, Publishing Operations to lead the new division. Scott has most recently held senior positions at BMG Chrysalis and Spirit Music
Group. Scott will be based in Immortal's New York headquarters and report directly to Deutsch and Lam.
"We are thrilled to have Eric spearheading Immortal," says Co-Chairman Lam. "He brings tremendous experience to the position and has already made a significant to Immortal's culture. Eric will be an incredible resource for the company's songwriters and business partners alike."
Downtown and Immortal have also bolstered their staff in other areas with the hiring of Miles Catalano and Wyatt Wolfram. Wolfram joined the team in April as Manager, A&R and Writer Relations and will work directly with Immortal's roster to facilitate all aspects of the creative process. Wolfram joins Immortal from BMG Chrysalis where he worked closely with the heads of Creative, Marketing, and Finance.
Catalano joins the Creative Marketing staff from Warner Brothers Records as Senior Director, Film and TV Licensing and will focus on film, TV, and trailer placements for both Downtown Records and Immortal Music
Publishing. Catalano is based in the Downtown/Immortal Los Angeles office. Martine Carlson also joins the creative marketing staff as Coordinator, Licensing Administration. Catalano and Carlson report to Vice President of Licensing and Brand
Partnerships, Jen Pearce, who oversees all licensing and strategic marketing for the label and publishing company.
Earlier this year, Downtown Records announced a strategic partnership with Relativity Media, whereby Relativity acquired a stake in Downtown Records and its sister business units, Downtown Events and Immortal Music
Publishing. Relativity, a next generation media company, will afford Immortal a broad range of synergies for the publishing company and its writers across Relativity's film, TV, brand partnerships, fashion and digital studio divisions. Additionally, Immortal and Relativity will seek to partner on a variety of publishing acquisitions, including catalog purchase and administration deals as well as large scale transactions to be managed and administered by Immortal.
About Downtown Records
Since 2006, Downtown Records has been a leader in independent music, utilizing its broad platform to discover and cultivate today's most exciting and acclaimed artists. With dedicated recorded music, music publishing and events business units, the company continues to bring the most compelling emerging artists to the mainstream.
Downtown Records is home to a broad spectrum of artists representing the vanguard of contemporary music. Downtown's artist roster and catalog feature cutting edge artists including Gnarls Barkley, Santigold, Cold War Kids, Justice, Miike Snow, White Denim, Major Lazer, Duck Sauce, Chet Faker, Mos Def, Mapei, David
Gray, Autre Ne Veut and Die Antwoord
among many others. Music
fans and tastemakers everywhere look to Downtown to deliver today's freshest music.
About Immortal Music
Publishing is the newest member of the Downtown Records LLC family, joining its sister companies Downtown Records and Downtown Events. Immortal's hands-on, service based approach to music publishing makes it a unique destination for both developing and established songwriters. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, Immortal provides a full range of publishing services including in-house administration, writer relations, copyright management and sync licensing.
Relativity (relativitymedia.com) is a next-generation global media company engaged in multiple aspects of content production and distribution, including movies, television, fashion, sports, digital and music. More than just a collection of entertainment-related businesses, Relativity is a content engine with the ability to leverage each of these business units, independently and together, to create content across all mediums, giving consumers what they want, when they want it.
Relativity Studios, the company's largest division, has produced, distributed or structured financing for more than 200 motion pictures, generating more than $17 billion in worldwide box-office revenue and earning 60 Oscar nominations. Relativity's films include Oculus, Safe Haven, Act of Valor, Immortals, Limitless, and The Fighter. Upcoming releases include Beyond the Lights.