Hipgnosis Songs has acquired Big Deal Music Group and introduced board its senior workers, with Kenny MacPherson changing into CEO of Hipgnosis Songs Group and reporting on to founder and CEO Merck Mercuriadis. He’s joined by Co-Presidents Casey Robison and Jamie Cerreta and Govt Vice President Dave Ayers (New York) in addition to Senior Vice President Pete Robinson (Nashville) all of whom have signed new five-year contracts, in keeping with the announcement. Phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed.
The blockbuster transfer follows Hipgnosis’ appointment earlier this week of business veterans Ted Cockle as president and Amy Thomson as chief catalog officer, to not point out the corporate’s aggressive acquisitions of music catalogs since its founding in July of 2018. It strikes the rapidly rising firm onto a brand new degree, bringing in a full-service U.S. music platform with a group of 35 staff that has largely labored collectively since 2012. Big Deal Music shall be rebranded to Hipgnosis Songs Group efficient instantly.
Big Deal’s portfolio of copyright pursuits in hit songs consists of Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” and “Deal with You Higher,” One Path’s “Story of My Life,” Panic on the Disco’s “Excessive Hopes,” Niall Horan’s “Gradual Palms” and Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Completely happy Man.” Its writers embrace Teddy Geiger, Julian Bunetta, John Ryan, Joe London, Kamasi Washington, Sharon Van Etten, Sylvan Esso, Jake Sinclair, Dan Wilson, St Vincent and My Morning Jacket. Its catalog consists of greater than 4,400 songs.
Based on the announcement, the acquisition shall be funded from the proceeds of Hipgnosis’ fairness fundraise in July 2020 and thru the difficulty of 17,609,304 new Strange Shares issued at a worth of 120.65p per strange share.
Hipgnosis Songs lately launched its annual report, which confirmed its revenues hovering in its first full yr of enterprise, climbing to $81 million within the 12 month interval led to March 2020 from round $8.9 million within the previous interval. The agency, which has been on an unprecedented acquisition binge of hit songwriter and producer catalogs — been shopping for up catalogs by hitmakers starting from Timbaland and Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart to Jack Antonoff and Jeff Bhasker — started buying and selling on the London Inventory Trade in July of 2018. Between March 2019 and March 2020, the corporate spent almost $700 million to amass 42 catalogs.
Mercuriadis (pictured above, left, with MacPherson, Cerreta and Robison) mentioned: “During the last two years it has been my privilege to assemble and work with a world class group of people of the best calibre. With this acquisition, and following the appointment of Ted Cockle and Amy Thomson earlier this week, the dimensions and high quality of individuals working with me to drive shareholder returns reaches new heights and units our firm on the trail for the following chapter of its progress. This can be a greatest at school group and we now have the useful resource to be on prime of each music’s future all day day by day and I’m delighted to welcome Kenny, Casey, Jamie, Dave, Pete and the opposite 30 plus new group members into the Hipgnosis Household.”
MacPherson, mentioned, “Collectively my companions and I’ve spent our careers figuring out and nurturing among the most iconic songwriters in up to date music and creating worth for our buyers. During the last eight years at Big Deal Music my companions and I constructed a significant cultural legacy by assembling an unimaginable group of artists and label companions and world class songwriters. We look ahead to bringing these creators and their monumental expertise with us as we be part of Merck and his group at Hipgnosis. What Hipgnosis has assembled in such a short while is actually outstanding – a listing of over 13,000 compositions from among the most necessary creators within the historical past of music.”
Big Deal Music Group was represented within the transaction by Shot Tower Capital led by David Dunn and Rob Regulation; Wallace E. Christner and Rebecca J. Newman at Venable LLP and Elliot Groffman and Paul Gutman at Carroll Guido Groffman Cohen Bar & Karalian, LLP.
Mercuriadis spoke of the corporate’s progress and philosophy in his assertion saying the deal. “I’ve at all times been clear that I imagine we’ve got an necessary duty with regard to our culturally necessary songs and the gold-standard songwriters which have entrusted them to us. We will now take what’s the damaged conventional music publishing mannequin and exchange it with our idea of Tune Administration the place we nurture, love and get essentially the most out of our songs by placing essentially the most into them. Kenny and his group are captivated with our Tune Administration philosophy and our mutual ardour and experience is an ideal storm when mixed with our evergreen catalogue.
“This is a crucial transfer within the evolution of Hipgnosis Songs in our capability to ship on the promise of Tune Administration not solely globally however now within the coronary heart of the world’s largest music market.”