BMG acquires Sydney-based production house Big Bang & Fuzz
BMG has acquired Sydney-based Asia-Pacific production music house Big Bang & Fuzz (BBF) to expand its BMG Production Music business unit.
The acquisition, announced this morning, will allow BMG Production Music to service the Asia-Pacific region for TV and radio broadcasting, film and trailer production, advertising and brand clients.
Founded in 1998, Big Bang & Fuzz is one of the largest independent production music companies in the Asia-Pacific region.
It focuses on sub-publishing premium international catalogues – including BMG‘s recent additions of AXS (France) and Altitude & Must Save Jane (UK).
Its clients include ABC, Airbnb, CNBC, DDB, Dubai Media, Foxtel, Fremantle Media, IKEA, JWT, Netflix, Qantas, Turner Broadcasting, TVNZ, Saatchi & Saatchi, SBS, Singapore Airlines, SingNet, STAR, Toyota, and Vodafone.
Following the deal, Big Bang & Fuzz founder Andrew Jones will become VP BMG Production Music Asia Pacific.
He and his team will move into BMG’s Sydney offices.
Jones will report to BMG Production Music worldwide managing director Geert-Willem Koolhof.
The move brings the number of territories with a BMG Production Music office presence to six – US, UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and Australia (covering Asia-Pacific).
Andrew Jones said, “This is a win-win deal for all concerned.
“Our clients will get access to the vast BMG Production Music catalogue, my staff get the benefit and support of being part of a significant international company, our existing family of labels gets added support, resources, and growth, and BMG gets what we honestly believe is the best, most client-focused production music team in the region.”
Heath Johns, managing director of BMG Australia, added, “What Andrew and his incredible staff have built with BBF is undeniable and this landmark deal is further evidence of BMG’s commitment to the Australian music market.
“In just over 2 years, BMG Australia has built an enviable domestic publishing roster.
“We are in the process of building a blue-chip recordings pipeline that we are incredibly excited about.
“To now welcome a world class organization like BBF into our Sydney office is a genuine realization of our vision to provide a region leading full-service music operation”
Commented John Clifford, who was recently promoted to Global SVP sales, marketing & repertoire of BMG Production Music, “This is a significant step forward for BMG Production Music, giving us at a stroke a leading position in one of the most exciting and important regional markets in the world.
“Andrew has built a very dynamic and well-regarded independent business with a great reputation. I am thrilled to welcome Andrew and his team to BMG.”