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.

John Lewis advert features a 'Tiny Dancer'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 25 August 2015

Five years after 'Your Song' was used in a memorable John Lewis Christmas campaign, Sir Elton John is back to soundtrack yet another advert for the department store. 

This lovely little film is featuring the original recording of 'Tiny Dancer' written by John and Taupin and recorded in 1971. 

Little known fact is that this song was not released as a single in the UK but have featured on several films and is considered one of Elton’s many hits.

Gabrielle Aplin's 'Home' used in international trailer for 'Brooklyn'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 27 July 2015

'Brooklyn' is the latest feature from director John Crowley (Boy A, Closed Circuit). The film, starring Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson, is set in 1950s Ireland and New York during which young Ellis Lacey (Ronan) has to choose between two men and two countries.

Ritz Crackers use bespoke re-record of Irving Berlin’s 'Puttin' On The Ritz'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 13 July 2015

Ritz Crackers have unveiled a brand new campaign launching their latest product, 'Ritz Crisp & Thin', a baked savoury snack designed to “shake up snaking”.

The glitzy, dancing film features a bespoke re-recorded version of Irving Berlin’s timeless classic ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’, with Grammy-award winning UMPG artist Gregory Porter bringing his trademark soul and grace to the new track.

Beats campaign feat. Jamie N Commons picks up four awards at Cannes Lions Festival

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 06 July 2015

This year’s Cannes Lions Festival saw R/GA’s Beats By Dr. Dre – 'The Game Before The Game' campaign pick up four prestigious awards. The advertisement features music from Universal Publishing’s very own Jamie N Commons as the young British singer-songwriter teamed up with American alt-rock group X Ambassadors.

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.