The Jim Henson Company and Spirit Music Group have entered into a global, multi-year agreement in which the companies will co-own and co-publish songs, scores and soundtracks from future Henson films, television and web-based programming. In addition, Spirit will administer and promote Henson's extensive back catalog.
The wide-ranging deals cover Henson's entire media library. In all, the deal covers theme songs, cues and scores from more than 50 years' worth of feature films, television series and webisodes.
In addition to aggressively administering and re-purposing Henson's music library and related master recordings, Spirit creative staff will have an active presence on the Henson Hollywood lot. Spirit affiliate companies around the world will contribute both music and marketing ideas for Henson projects debuting in their territories.
"Studios and music publishers have always been fairly arms length in their dealings, and for us, music publishing has historically been a largely passive business,” says Peter Schube, president and chief operating officer of The Jim Henson Company. “Not anymore. We're looking forward to breaking the mold with Spirit, leveraging the broad and complementary expertise of our combined staffs to create a robust platform to market our music everywhere our fans are."