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Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

Billboard: SonyATV & Hans Zimmer Form Joint Venture

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MSC Pick: Sony/ATV's Extreme Music and Hans Zimmer Form Joint Venture: The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop

Sony/ATV Music Publishing's production music arm Extreme Music has partnered with composer Hans Zimmer and his business partner Steve Kofsky to create the joint-venture Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop.

The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop will focus on creating bespoke show-specific libraries and scores for unscripted, reality, documentary and light drama television productions. Bleeding Fingers, based in Santa Monica, has worked on more than 30 shows over the last 12 months while the company was in a proof of concept phase.

"We're not scoring to picture, but we're creating tones for the characters and cues for different areas – heartbreak, disappointment," Extreme Music CEO Russell Emmanuel, who is taking on the role of Bleeding Fingers CEO, tells Billboard. "We create a number of tracks specifically for that show and hand over a package of stems and drones, giving the music editor a tool box to self-score the show. Then they are creatively invested."

Emmanuel and Remote Control co-owner Steve Kofsky, who will be Bleeding Fingers' chairman, are beginning to staff the operation by hiring a creative manager and an assistant with an eye to add two more. Jacob Shea, who has been in the Remote Control camp for almost six years, has been hired as the lead composer.

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