Dave Stewart Signs With BMG For Music, Book, TV Content
June 22, 2015 at 11:18 AM (PT)
Musician, songwriter, producer and creative entrepreneur DAVE STEWART has signed a wide-ranging agreement with BERTELSMANN-owned new model music company BMG, for not just music, but also book and TV content, as well as a string of other innovative projects.
BMG is the only music company integrated into a full-service global media business. It will also utilize STEWART’s skills as a creative entrepreneur to generate new synergies between BMG’s sister companies.
BMG will exclusively administer music publishing rights to DAVE STEWART’s solo output, including his work with fellow BMG writer MICK JAGGER (the GOLDEN GLOBE-winning "Old Habits Die Hard" on the "Alfie" soundtrack), supergroup SUPERHEAVY ("Miracle Worker"), NO DOUBT ("Underneath It All"), EURYTHMICS ("I’ve Got a Life"), STEVIE NICKS ("In Your Dreams") and JOSS STONE ("Karma"), as well as his future work.
This includes songs he has co-written with artists on his own label such as THOMAS LINDSEY, THE LAKE POETS, HOLLIE STEPHENSON and SHEL, and the latest single by his daughter KAYA STEWART, "In Love With A Boy," one of the hottest new records at U.S. Pop radio;
BMG will administer rights to all contestants’ songs from the forthcoming prime-time NBC songwriting talent show "Songland," created and executive-produced by STEWART "The Voice" producer AUDREY MORRISSEY.
NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY, a division of sister BERTELSMANN company PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, will publish STEWART’s long-awaited autobiography next year.
STEWART will record a live concert program for "BERLIN Live," BMG’s collaboration with pan-EUROPEAN cultural television broadcaster ARTE.
Creative social network TALENTHOUSE, for which STEWART is the Creative Director and investor, is working with BMG to create new remixes of tracks from the seminal TROJAN RECORDS reggae catalog as well as working on a documentary for the iconic label.
STEWART will act as a brand ambassador for BMG, responsible for driving new business opportunities through his extensive network, both to BMG and its sister BERTLESMANN companies.
BMG EVP International Writer Services THOMAS SCHERER commented: “DAVE STEWART is not only one of the supreme writers, artists and producers of the past three decades, he is also a polymath active right across the entertainment industry with a unique ability to tap into the zeitgeist and to communicate with fellow artists. We are delighted he has decided to partner with BMG.”
Added STEWART: “BMG takes music publishing on to a new level. It’s creative, transparent and fair and no other music company can offer a multi-platform deal like this. Many companies talk about synergy, but few have pulled it off. BMG is a new company with a new approach, but at heart it’s a music company which really understands artists.”
Said BMG CEO HARTWIG MASUCH: “DAVE STEWART’s enormous range of accomplishments is a reminder that in our connected world, music no longer exists in its own self-contained bubble. With the backing of BERTELSMANN, BMG is committed to helping artists and writers capitalize on the vast number of opportunities now open to them.”