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Metropolis celebrates 25th birthday with launch of publishing division

Metropolis Music Publishing is led by former Imagem exec Rupert Hollier

Storied west London studio Metropolis, the most successful independent recording facility in Europe, today announced the launch of Metropolis Music Publishing, the latest addition to the Metropolis Group of studio, mastering, production and artist services.

Led by former Imagem executive Rupert Hollier (pictured, left, with Ian Brenchley, CEO of Metropolis), the new publishing division – comprising “the core disciplines of administration, A&R, sync and supervision” – says it already has “several film and TV projects in the pipeline for the next year”, including supervising the music for forthcoming Martin Scorsese film Tomorrow.

“Publishing [is] the final part of the transition of Metropolis into a full-service music company,” comments Brenchley. “Having worked with Ru on previous projects, it seemed like the perfect fit when the opportunity came up to work together. As an executive across both the film and music landscapes, he really is without equal.

“We now have an unrivalled culture that spans music creation, recording, mixing, mastering, production and distribution. Our culture is all about harnessing those opportunities and putting the artist first, from songwriting to mixing and mastering. Our environment is a creative one, and we really believe this will lead to an exciting next chapter in our history with Ru at the helm.”

Hollier, who is described as “bring[ing] together a traditional music publishing background [with] a wealth of experience in film supervision”, adds: “Metropolis is an institution, and its significance to both pop history [and] commitment to embracing change is something that really excites me. As a small, adaptive team, we are able to offer a point of difference, and our ancillary values always ensure it’s about the artist, providing the resources for our acts to flourish – not only in sync, but also in terms of collaborations and songwriting camps.

“We work in an incredibly diverse and flexible way across film and TV sync, providing not only supervision services, but score funding and soundtrack release. [W]e want to represent stand-out artists in their space […] it is not about chasing volume, but maximising each and every opportunity for our clients”.

The Metropolis Group sponsored the lifetime achievement award, won by John Pellowe, at the 2014 Pro Sound Awards (see Metropolis supports Awards, only hours left to buy tickets!).