Detroit, MI, July 30, 2021 — North Star Media, a premier, family-owned, music licensing and publishing company based in the Detroit, MI area, is proud to announce the acquisition of royalty rights to all the original music written for the award-winning “Shrek” motion picture franchise. The purchase, North Star’s largest acquisition to date, comes as the company is marking its 20th anniversary in business as a leading international provider of music for film, television, advertising, and video games.
North Star Media is spearheaded by Jordan Dorfman, President and CEO, and John Sepetys, Senior Vice President of A&R. Regarding today’s announcement, Dorfman said, “We are absolutely thrilled about this ‘Shrek’ catalog acquisition! It’s not every day that we come across such a unique opportunity as this. ‘Shrek’ is one of the most original, creative, and beloved animated characters in recent entertainment history. With theme park attractions, toy lines and a Broadway show, it’s a story and character that have become culturally significant, with reach that stretches far beyond just movie and TV screens. And, coincidentally, like us, Shrek also turned 20 years old this year. We couldn’t have selected a better catalog to help us celebrate our mutual milestone. Furthermore, we’re extremely excited for the much-anticipated release of ‘Shrek 5: Rebooted’ in 2022.”
ABOUT THE “SHREK” MUSIC CATALOG:
The “Shrek” original music catalog includes music from all four feature films in the franchise (“Shrek,” “Shrek 2,” “Shrek the Third” and “Shrek Forever After.”) The catalog is comprised of 643 tracks written by Harry Gregson-Williams – an English composer and producer who boasts an incredible resumé over the past three decades. His credits include: both the “Call of Duty” and “Metal Gear” video game series; the “Chronicles of Narnia” film series; the “X-Men” film series, the films “Enemy of the State,” “The Rock,” “Antz,” and many more.
NORTH STAR MEDIA CELEBRATES ITS 20TH:
Regarding his company’s 20th anniversary, Jordan Dorfman said, “North Star Media is a family-owned and operated business in every sense of the word. While we pride ourselves on offering the personal service and attention of a boutique publisher, we are fortunate to enjoy the solid financial backing of our parent company (North Star Partners.) As such, we have the ability to offer the reach, resources and expertise of a much bigger industry player.”
Adds John Sepetys, “Our creative mission is twofold – first, we’re here to serve the music supervisors, and we do our best to provide thoughtful, curated playlists featuring tracks that are easy to clear and on point with their needs. Our second goal is to take great care of our artists, understanding that every artist views licensing differently, so we’re always respectful of their parameters. Creatively, we can be as hands-on or as hands-off as an artist wants, but, bottom line, we’re here to help them earn a living while making their dreams come true.”
ABOUT NORTH STAR MEDIA:
Founded in 2001 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (near Detroit,) and owned and operated by the Dorfman Family, North Star Media is a renowned music licensing and publishing company that has secured thousands of music placements in film, TV, advertising, and videogames.
The company’s catalog is home to the hottest indie offerings, some platinum-selling hits, and everything in-between. The company has representatives in Los Angeles (Patricia Blair), New York (Leigh Henrich), Portland (Mallory Zumbach), Detroit, and globally via a network of international sub-publishers.
Over the past 20 years, North Star’s brand clients have included: Adidas, American Airlines, Burton, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Converse, Delta, EA Games, Ford, Fox Sports, GoPro, Hilton, MasterClass, Maybelline, Michael Kors, Microsoft, NASCAR, Nike, Nintendo, Nissan, Nordstrom, Panasonic, Porsche, Pepsi, Reebok, Samsung, Sephora, Taco Bell, Tanqueray, Target, T-Mobile, Tostitos, Truly Spiked & Sparkling, Victoria’s Secret, Volkswagen, and WWE.
North Star’s TV show clients have included: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House of Cards”, “Shameless,” “America’s Got Talent,” “In The Dark,” “Queen of the South,” “Riverdale,” “Euphoria”, “Cloak and Dagger”, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”, “Love”, “Sneaky Pete”, “Lucifer”, “Power”, “Mozart In The Jungle”, “Animal Kingdom”, ESPN College Football National Championship, “Monday Night Football”, NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp,” “NCIS: LA, “Entourage,” “Law & Order,” MTV’s “The Challenge,” “Pretty Little Liars,” E! “Fashion Week”, “Dawson’s Creek” and “Sex in the City.”
In the world of motion pictures, North Star has provided music for “Queen of Katwe” (Disney), “Wonder” (Lionsgate), “The Purge: Election Year” (Universal Studios), “Cats & Dogs 3” (Warner Bros.), “Get A Job” (CBS Films), “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount Pictures), “Duplicity” (Universal Pictures), “Walk the Line” (20th Century Fox), and more.
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