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.

Imagine Dragons in 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' trailer

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 04 June 2015

'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' is the story of perennial layabout Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), who wiles away his time making lo-fi parodies of art-house films with his best friend Earl (Ronald Cyler II). This is until Greg’s overbearing mother (Connie Britton) forces him to visit his terminally ill classmate Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a girl he barely knows. They hit it off as Greg’s monotone humour keeps her entertained.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 14 April 2015

M People, George Thororgood, Foo Fighters and more featured in Shaun the Sheep Movie. The film was made by Aardman Animations who created Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run.

Years & Years feature in Boohoo 'We Are Us' campaign

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 09 March 2015

Boohoo have launched their ‘We Are Us’ campaign, encouraging everyone to become stylists of their own, sharing tips and ideas with fellow shoppers across social media. 

With their typical nod to artists making waves at the moment, the global online fashion retailer’s latest online advertisement features Years & Years' current No. 1 single 'King'.

UMPG pick up two Music + Sound Awards

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 05 March 2015

Ibeyi's ‘Oya’ and The Impossible Orchestra's adaptation of ‘God Only Knows’ both celebrated award wins at last nights Music + Sound Awards 2015. Ibeyi ‘Oya’ picked up an award for Best Sync / Use of Existing Music in a television program, single scene, for the programme Glue. Whilst The Impossible Orchestra's cover of The Beach Boys' ‘God Only Knows’ won best in the Re-Records + Adaptions category for the launch of BBC Music.

805 Million Names

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 16 February 2015

On February 14, together with the World Food Programme, UMPG's Swedish office helped Zlatan Ibrahimović play his most important game to date.

Underneath his sweater he had 50 new names tattooed. Names of people he’d never met, but still wanted to keep close. Names of some of the 805 million people suffering from hunger today. 

These people don’t often make the front page, yet hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

This is a campaign from the World Food Programme, the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year.

Click 'Read More' to see the campaign video.

Paddington is 'Born To Be Wild'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 10 December 2014

The iconic ‘Born To Be Wild’ by UMPG’s Steppenwolf takes centre stage in 2014’s hit Christmas movie 'Paddington'.