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.

Jamie N Commons wins Sync Artist of the Year

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 21 October 2016

Jamie N Commons has won Sync Artist of the year at the Music Week Sync Awards, with a further three awards for UMPG including Best Sync – Trailer (Film), Best Sync – Film Soundtrack and Best Sync – TV Show Sport. 

'American Honey' soundtrack

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 14 October 2016

'American Honey' is a critically acclaimed new film from writer/director Andrea Arnold, starring Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf, following a teenage girl who joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love. The film has a dark, contemporary soundtrack including five UMPG published songs. 

Black Mirror Season 3

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 14 October 2016

Charlie Brooker's brilliantly sinister and dystopian series returns for Season 3 - streaming on Netflix from 21st October. 'Black Mirror' explores "a twisted high-tech near future where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide". UMPG have 12 songs featured in the series. 

Music Week Sync Awards nominations

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 03 October 2016

UMPG have a 10 nominations for the 2016 Music Week Sync Awards – in categories including Film Soundtrack, Film Trailer, Sync Artist of the Year and Sync team: Publisher. Click through to read the full list of UMPG nominations. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 20th October. 

The Undertones for Gucci Cruise 2017

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 20 September 2016

The Undertones 'My Perfect Cousin' soundtracks the Gucci Cruise 17 campaign. The spot features acclaimed actress Vanessa Redgrave, alongside an eccentric cast of characters, filmed in the grounds and interior of Chatsworth House. 

'Bridget Jones' Baby' soundtrack

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 30 August 2016

The soundtrack to 'Bridget Jones's Baby' features 10 UMPG published songs, including music from Adele, Lily Allen, Years & Years, Annie Lennox & more. 

'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'