The Zomba Group of Companies has formed Zomba Screen Music, a personal management outfit designed to represent film and TV composers.
The new banner positions Zomba to grab a piece of a lucrative market. A-list composers can earn around $700,000 per film. It is also the first new firm in the field to be launched in many years.
Sources said the new banner will be run under the aegis of Neil Portnow, Zomba veep and West Coast operations chief, and will be positioned to rival the likes of big-gun agencies such as Gorfaine-Schwartz and Kraft/Benjamin, two of the industry’s leading composer rep firms.
Zomba Screen Music, which will seek up-and-coming composers as well as veteran baton wavers, will be uniquely poised to offer its composers access to projects developed by Zomba’s music publishing arm and its numerous la-bels.
It also boasts an alignment with its Segue Music, the town’s leading music editing firm, which handles the lion’s share of the industry’s pics annually, and from which work can be funneled to Zomba clients.
According to sources, the new firm will boast two arms: one that reps composers for work in feature films and an-other focusing on TV work.
Its execs also will work on developing and nurturing composers, rather than solely focusing on getting the next gig and earning a commission.
Zomba is expected to announce the new firm and the chiefs of the film and TV arms as early as next week.