Downtown Music Publishing, home to prominent film composers including Hans Zimmer, Atticus Ross, Marco Beltrami, Trevor Rabin, Heitor Pereira, and the late Sir George Martin, has announced separate agreements with Court TV and Indian Paintbrush.
Downtown has purchased the music rights to Forensic Files from CourtTV, covering music cues from the crime series’ 406 episodes and iconic theme song composed by Alan Palanker and Robert Kahn. Additionally, the company will be administering the music catalogs from film production house Indian Paintbrush, home to Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and Isle of the Dogs, among others.
“Preserving and promoting culture is a key component of our mission at Downtown,” said Andrew Sparkler, Downtown’s Senior Vice President, Business Development. “From building up suspense in Forensic Files to acting as an invisible cast member in a Wes Anderson movie, our recent partnerships represent true examples of how songwriting can impact a multimedia experience, irrespective of language or dialogue.”
These agreements are illustrative of Downtown’s continued expansion into owning and managing an increasingly diverse portfolio of music copyrights. Downtown recently recruited Bruce Lampcov as Head of West Coast Business Development to continue building Downtown’s roster of media companies, film composers and prominent artist and songwriter catalogs, and will soon be expanding its Los Angeles office with a move to a new building in Hollywood.
Through Downtown’s affiliate, Songtrust, the world’s largest technology platform for songwriting royalties, the company is able to collect royalties for film score, television cues, and other media directly from over 120 countries and more than 20,000 unique income sources worldwide.
In addition to its roster of composers, Downtown manages music from storied operas, plays, Broadway shows, films, and television programs such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Porgy and Bess (featuring the iconic “Summertime”), The Defiant Ones, Law Abiding Citizen, Welcome Back Kotter, Party of Five, and 12 Years a Slave.