Warner Music: HARTBEAT and Warner Chappell Music Announce Exclusive Music Publishing Partnership
First-of-its-kind partnership for Kevin Hart’s HARTBEAT will allow WCM to administer all music composition rights – past, present and future – for the global multi-platform media company
Warner Chappell Music (WCM) and Kevin Hart’s global cross-platform media company, HARTBEAT, today announced an exclusive music publishing partnership. Under the agreement – a first of its kind for HARTBEAT – WCM will administer all copyrights to HARTBEAT’s musical compositions, covering future programming as well as past works from shows such as Die Hart and Hart to Heart. WCM will also help build HARTBEAT’s music catalog across HARTBEAT Studios, HARTBEAT Media and PULSE, in addition to providing creative support for a variety of musical projects and accessing its songwriting talents and music library from award-winning production.
Ashley Winton, Senior Vice President of Creative Services at WCM, said, “This deal was made possible through the support of our co-presidents Guy Moot and Carianne Marshall, and we are all very proud that HARTBEAT has trusted us as the first publishing partner.We have an exciting opportunity to not only administer their music, but also to cultivate ties with our songwriters for future projects.
Jeff Clanagan, President and Chief Distribution Officer of HARTBEAT, shared, “HARTBEAT is thrilled to partner with leading global publisher Warner Chappell Music to develop and create a one-of-a-kind HARTBEAT music library. This partnership marks a pivotal moment for HARTBEAT as the company seeks to develop its own music publishing arm as part of our broader brand intellectual property.”
WCM North America President Ryan Press added, “Kevin and I grew up together in Philadelphia, and it’s an honor to be able to help him grow HARTBEAT’s music publishing business in Expanding into music is a natural next step, and all of us at Warner Chappell look forward to working with him, Jeff, Bobby and his team to bring their creative vision to life.”
HARTBEAT Studios is the originator of financing, developing and producing film and television content at the intersection of comedy and culture; while HARTBEAT Meia connects consumers around the world through events, games, music publishing, Web3 initiatives and an extensive distribution network. PULSE serves as HARTBEAT’s branded entertainment studio and creative and cultural advisor to top brands.
HARTBEAT was represented in the deal by Bobby Francis/Brand Engine Media, Law Offices of Daryl D. Jones PC and Ramo Law PC