UMG tunes up for tube

Outfit to forge partnerships with other prod'n houses

Universal Music Group is moving into TV production.

Its new division, Globe Prods., intends to make reality-style entertainment shows and fare featuring some of UMG’s high-profile performers, such as U2, Scissor Sisters, Keane and Andrea Bocelli.

“I hope we can find new ways of presenting music on television, and the promotional aspect is just the tip of the iceberg,” Universal Media Group Intl. chairman-CEO Lucian Grainge said on Monday. “My vision for Globe is to develop ground-breaking television formats that can be successful worldwide.”

The new outfit, in the pipeline for nine months, intends to forge partnerships with other production houses and has already held discussions with U.K. terrestrial webs.

Globe’s ambitions extend beyond music programs and include sitcoms, cartoons and documentaries.

Globe is in production on a docu featuring British rocker Paul Weller and helped make “Girls Aloud: Off the Record,” a fly-on-the-wall skein about the group that aired on Channel 4 sister station E4 this year.

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