Universal Music Publishing Group Signs Danny Elfman to Worldwide Publishing Deal

Film Music Magazine • October 14, 2009

David Renzer, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced the signing of award-winning, Hollywood blockbuster composer and Oingo Boingo co-founder Danny Elfman to a worldwide publishing deal. The deal encompasses the entire Oingo Boingo catalogue, as well as all publishing interests Danny Elfman has retained in his film and television compositions, and includes the publishing interests he retains in new works.

Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman started Oingo Boingo (originally called the Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo) for Richard’s directorial debut, Forbidden Zone – now considered a cult classic by Elfman fans. Hit singles from the band included in the publishing deal are, “Weird Science,” “Just Another Day,” “Winning Side,” “Dead Man’s Party,” “When the Lights Go Out,” “Little Girls,” and “Only a Lad.”

Elfman has composed numerous original scores for films including Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure; Beetlejuice; Edward Scissorhands; the re-make of Planet of the Apes, the Grammy-winning Batman; Nightmare Before Christmas; Mission: Impossible; Darkman; Charlotte’s Web; Dick Tracy; To Die For; Spider-Man 2; Meet the Robinsons; A Civil Action; Sleepy Hollow; Hulk; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Milk; Men In Black (1997’s biggest hit of the summer); Men In Black II; Wanted; The Corpse Bride; Chicago; and Terminator Salvation, to name a few. Among his television work is the theme song to “The Simpsons.”

Elfman has composed for over seventy film projects and his works have been included on nearly fifty soundtrack albums. Currently, Elfman is composing the original score for Tim Burton’s 2010 release of Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway. He is also composing The Wolfman directed by Joe Johnston, starring Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, and Anthony Hopkins.


By Adam DiTroia on October 22nd, 2009 at 10:19 am

Big fan of his. Looking forward to The Wolfman and Alice in Wonderland!

By film composer Nathan Rightnour on October 26th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

big news! a small victory for the film composer industry

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