New York (August 8, 2007) — Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp. has acquired Non-Stop Music, a production music library company. The move broadens WCM’s presence in the music publishing business; WCM will immediately begin joint marketing of the Non-Stop library and Warner/Chappell’s other musical properties to an expanded base of synchronization customers.
Formed by two musicians in 1981, Non-Stop Music has built a library of more than 35,000 song titles that it licenses to film, television, internet and corporate clients. Non-Stop also operates its own recording studio and has a stable of musicians it draws upon to compose original film scores, music for film trailers, television theme songs, theme music for corporate films and commercial jingles.
“We are thrilled to have this chance to expand WCM’s vibrant synchronization business with this exciting acquisition,” says Dave Johnson, CEO of Warner/Chappell. “Publishing has been one of the most stable areas of the music industry in recent years and with the rapid proliferation and ubiquity of traditional and digital media, this deal is an essential part of our strategy to create a more robust revenue stream.”
“This is truly one of the brightest moments in our 26-year ride in the production music library business,” says Randy Thornton, co-founder of Non-Stop. “We have been continually surprised and thrilled by the strong reception we have gotten for our library from our growing client list and look forward to be part of one of the more forward-thinking music companies in the world.”
Non-Stop Music co-founders Randy Thornton, Brian Hofheins and CEO Mike Dowdle will run Non-Stop as a division of Warner/Chappell Music and will report to Dave Johnson.