Film, TV & Media


Universal Music Publishing’s Film & TV Department creates opportunities for and licenses our catalogue of songs to film, television, advertising, computer games and stage productions: what is often referred to as ‘synchronisation’. We work closely with each writer to support their creative endeavours and both promote and protect their music at every stage of their career. The UK office has a 12 strong Film & TV team working alongside similar specialist departments in our offices around the world. Covering everything from a song’s first play on UK TV to a major US hit series or scoring original film music, we always treat every use of our artists’ music with equal importance.

'Mullholland Drive' named best film of 21st century

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 25 August 2016

David Lynch's 'Mullholland Drive' has been named the greatest film of the 21st century in a poll by BBC Culture, which consulted 177 film critics from 36 countries. UMPG publish the soundtrack via both David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti. 

Netflix 'Stranger Things' soundtrack

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 15 August 2016

The following UMPG published songs feature in the cult Netflix series 'Stranger Things': 

New Order - 'Elegia'; The Clash - 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go'; The Smiths - 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out'; The Bangles - 'Hazy Shade Of Winter'; David Bowie - 'Heroes' (Brian Eno co-write); Modern English - 'I Melt With You'; Joy Division - 'Atmosphere'; Jefferson Airplane - 'White Rabbit'

Tourist 'Run' for EA Sports FIFA 17

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 02 August 2016

Tourist ‘Run’ provides an apt soundtrack for EA Sports’ latest promo for their new FIFA 17 game. The spot introduces the new player faces of FC Bayern who star in FIFA 17, including Neuer, Lewandowski, Costa, Coman, and Müller.

Jamie N Commons for BBC's Olympic Games trailer

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 08 July 2016

Jamie N Commons’ new single  ‘Not Gonna Break Me’ has been selected by the BBC as their theme song for the forthcoming Olympic Games coverage. ‘Not Gonna Break Me’ was written, recorded and produced solely by Jamie, who plays almost every instrument on the song - its heavy groove and haunting vocals giving depth to the song’s irrepressible message. 

UMPG songwriters feature in Ab Fab The Movie

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 08 July 2016

Based on the hit TV show, 2016 sees the welcome return of Absolutely Fabulous in Movie form, directed by Mandie Fletcher and written by Jennifer Saunders. The acclaimed film features a soundtrack including songs from Formation, INXS, Jason Derulo and Nancy Sinatra.

The film follows the much loved Edina and Patsy still ‘oozing glitz and glamour’, still living the high life we’re used to. After being blamed for an accident at a fashionable launch party, they become embroiled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi.

Eliza and The Bear for 'Kids in Love' film

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 27 June 2016

Eliza and The Bear have written the title track for new British coming-of-age film ‘Kids in Love’. Set in London, the film follows a group of young Londoners exploring the highs and lows of being single and falling in love, trying to tread the line between freedom and responsibility. 

Coldplay and Noah and The Whale for 'Home'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 20 June 2016

Coldplay ‘Adventures of a lifetime’ and Noah and the Whale ‘5 Years Time’ both feature in the soundtrack to new short film 'Home', which aims to drive awareness of the current refugee crisis. Released to coincide with UNHCR’s World Refugee Day on Monday 20th June, the film presents the migration experience in reverse - showing a comfortable English family experience a life changing journey of their own.