Film & TV


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.

UMPG writers for McDonald's 40th Anniversary ad campaign

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 08 September 2014

Three songs from UMPG writers appear in McDonald’s recent 40th Anniversary ad campaign, which sees various people experiencing ‘rite-of-passage’ moments - such as driving for the first time after passing their test - and demonstrates how McDonald’s plays a part in these seminal moments.

Clean Bandit for the new M&S food campaign

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 05 September 2014

Marks & Spencer have made a seductive return to food advertising with their new campaign ‘Adventures in Imagination’, urging customers to be more adventurous in their cooking by using a fresh variety of ingredients.

The beautifully shot ad is soundtracked by Clean Bandit’s number one single 'Rather Be', co-written by UMPG’s Jimmy Napes. The Cambridge band’s breakthrough single brings a brilliantly recognisable energy to the film, thanks to their trademark, infectious string line which effortlessly accompanies the fast-flowing, hunger-inducing food action.

UMPG nominated for six Music Week Sync Awards

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 28 August 2014

Universal Music Publishing have been nominated for 6 awards across 5 categories at this year’s Music Week Sync Awards; a ceremony that recognises excellence within sync teams from publishers, labels and ad agencies, as well as music supervisors and individual syncs.

Sync partnerships for tracks by Lily Allen, Alanis Morrisette, Raleigh Ritchie, Starship and Roachford have all earned nomination whilst UMPG's Film & TV department have also been nominated in the Best Publisher Sync Team category.

The Music Week Sync Awards will take place on 2nd October at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London.

INXS, Albinoni and more for 'The Inbetweeners 2'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 14 August 2014

The Inbetweeners return in feature-length style as hapless ‘fwends’ Neil, Will and Simon receive an invite from Jay to join him on his gap year in Australia - promising them it is the ''the sex capital of the world''. With their lives now rather dull compared to their chaotic school days and legendary lads holiday, it's an offer they can't refuse. Once again, they put growing up temporarily on-hold, and embark on the backpacking trip of a lifetime in an awful car…

UMPG Artists soundtrack 'The Only Way Is Essex'

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 13 August 2014 Twelve series in and ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ is still as addictive as ever… and so is the music! Universal Music Publishing’s signings helped compose over 50 songs used in Series 13, ranging from the likes of established pop acts such as Lily Allen, Example and Klaxons to buzz-worthy up and comers such as Bondax, Kimberly Anne, and Saint Raymond.

Rondor Music / UMPG and DreamWorks Animation announce global publishing agreement

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 03 July 2014

Lance Freed, President of Rondor Music, yesterday announced that DreamWorks Animation and Rondor Music International, a subsidiary of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), have agreed to an exclusive, worldwide music publishing administration agreement. The long term deal includes the entire DreamWorks Animation music catalogue created over the past two decades, as well as music included in future DreamWorks Animation films, television programs and live entertainment properties.

UMPG artists soundtrack 'Made In Chelsea' Series 7

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 25 June 2014

'Made In Chelsea' isn’t just about love, heartbreak and drama in West London – it’s also about the music! Universal Music Publishing signings helped compose over 25 songs used in Series 7 of the hit e4 show, ranging from buzz worthy up and comers such as Raleigh Ritchie, Saint Raymond and Kimberly Anne to established acts such as Franz Ferdinand and Klaxons.

Eliza and the Bear help Bulmers shine

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 12 May 2014

Launching the new ‘Shine’ #LiveColourful campaign, Bulmers have unveiled a kaleidoscopic new advert to promote their range of ciders in the run-up to summer.