BMG more Restless after license pact

BMG Entertainment Intl. has inked a long-term worldwide license agreement with Restless Records, the music arm of Arnon Milchan’s Regency Enterprises. The pact further expands BMG’s relationship with Restless, which its North American arm inked to a domestic distribution deal earlier this year.

Under the terms of the new agreement, which are effective immediately, the marketing of Restless repertoire will be handled by RCA Records outposts located in territories around the world. The RCA label is a division of BMG.

Korea and some territories in Southeast Asia are excluded from the new BMG deal as pre-existing licensing pacts are still in effect.

Heinz Henn, senior veep of marketing for BMG Entertainment Intl. and the orchestrator of the deal, said he pacted with Restless because label co-prexies William Hein and Joe Regis “have managed to create a company renown for its integrity, commitment to quality and long-term artist development.”

Hein predicted BMG’s “fantastic international operation will greatly benefit Restless and its artists.” Restless was previously distributed through the Warner Music Group’s pipeline.

Bowed in 1991 by Hein and Regis, Restless has inked a number of interesting talent deals in addition to acquiring the Twin/Tone Records catalog, which gives it access to material from such key artists as Soul Asylum, the Jayhawks and the Replacements.

Regency, which acquired the label in 1996, is the parent of New Regency Prods., the producers of the upcoming “L.A. Confidential” and such films as “Tin Cup,” “JFK,” “Pretty Woman” and “A Time To Kill.”

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