Long-term deal with Ridley Scott’s company will encompass all film and TV projects.

Scott Free London and Universal Music Publishing (UMP) have entered into a long-term strategic partnership. The deal will see UMP administer all of the music publishing rights retained by Scott Free across its slate of film and television projects to “maximize the opportunities available worldwide”.

The company, owned by filmmaker and producer Ridley Scott, produces a films and TV series including the Life in a Day documentary franchise and miniseries Labyrinth, based on Kate Mosse’s best-selling novel.  

Scott Free is also currently in post-production on Rowan Joffe’s thriller Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, and based on S J Watson’s best-selling novel. Upcoming features and TV projects including Blood Red Road, Get Santa directed by Christopher Smith (Triangle) and TV drama Effective Range.

UMP will work closely with Scott Free in areas including licensing music from their catalogue of works and advising on score composers. They will also provide strategic advice on all music-related aspects of Scott Free’s feature and TV projects.

Simon Mortimer, UMP VP of business development and media, said: “We are really excited and honoured to have entered into this partnership with Ridley Scott and Scott Free London. This is also great news for our songwriters and artists as we will be working closely with them on music strategy and production across all projects.”

Scott Free London’s head of business and commercial affairs, Carlo Dusi, said: “This new partnership enables us to access the invaluable know-how and expertise of Universal Music Publishing’s film and television music team. The company’s roster and catalogue is second to none and we are eager to explore the world of opportunities that this relationship opens up for us.”