Film, TV & Media


Universal Music Publishing’s Film & TV Department creates opportunities for and licenses our catalogue of songs to film, television, advertising, computer games and stage productions: what is often referred to as ‘synchronisation’. We work closely with each writer to support their creative endeavours and both promote and protect their music at every stage of their career. The UK office has a 12 strong Film & TV team working alongside similar specialist departments in our offices around the world. Covering everything from a song’s first play on UK TV to a major US hit series or scoring original film music, we always treat every use of our artists’ music with equal importance.

Joy Division, New Order, Pixies and more included in the 'Gold' Soundtrack

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 01 February 2017

The new film ‘Gold’ tells the tale of Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break who teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez and Bryce Dallas Howard it’s in UK cinemas from 3rd February. The film includes five UMPG published songs. 

Frances for 'Fifty Shades Darker' soundtrack

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 13 January 2017

Frances has written 'What Is Love?' for the 'Fifty Shades Darker' soundtrack. The film stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, and opens on 10th February. Frances releases her debut album 'Things I've Never Said' on 17th March. 

Cadenza for Bose headphones

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 06 December 2016

The new ad for Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones featured an eerily empty London, and the mesmerising 'Alchemy' by Tala - co-written and co-produced by UMPG writer Cadenza. 

Johann Johansson for Waitrose Christmas ad

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 18 November 2016

Iceland’s Johann Johansson re-worked the cue from the award-winning ‘Theory of Everything’ soundtrack specifically for Waitrose's emotive Christmas advert 'Coming Home'.

Jamie N Commons for Littlewoods Christmas ad

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 09 November 2016

Littlewoods' Christmas ad 'The Christmas Walk' eschews the usual festive soundtrack, and instead features the swagger-filled 'Jungle' from Jamie N Commons - a collaboration with fellow UMPG writer Alex Da Kid. 

Jamie N Commons wins Sync Artist of the Year

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 21 October 2016

Jamie N Commons has won Sync Artist of the year at the Music Week Sync Awards, with a further three awards for UMPG including Best Sync – Trailer (Film), Best Sync – Film Soundtrack and Best Sync – TV Show Sport. 

'American Honey' soundtrack

Posted by Universal Music Publishing on 14 October 2016

'American Honey' is a critically acclaimed new film from writer/director Andrea Arnold, starring Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf, following a teenage girl who joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love. The film has a dark, contemporary soundtrack including five UMPG published songs.