Hartmanns to publish five songs for 'Sir Billi'

Husband-and-wife duo ink deal with Uni Music Publishing

LONDON -- Universal Music Publishing has struck a deal with the husband-and-wife creative team of Sascha and Tessa Hartmann -- who have spent five years in production on the CGI-animated movie "Sir Billi" -- to publish five original songs for the movie.

In postproduction, the movie features the singing of Shirley Bassey and the voice of Sean Connery; the pair is together on a feature for the first time since they were both involved in "Goldfinger."

Universal will publish Bassey's version of the title song, "Guardian of the Highlands," with lyrics by Tessa Hartmann, who penned them with Bassey in mind.

Sascha Hartmann composed the music, and Tessa Hartmann wrote the lyrics for the five featured original songs.

Universal and Glasgow-based Billi Prods. remain tight-lipped about the four other artists being lined up for the songs, written by the Hartmanns.

Alan Cumming, Miriam Margolyes, Ruby Wax, Alex Norton, Ford Kiernan, Greg Hempill, Barbara Rafferty, John Amabile, Larry Sullivan and U.S.-based newcomer Chris Jai Alex also lend voices to the movie.

Connery is an executive producer and has been heavily involved with what is a labor of love for the husband-and-wife team since its inception five years ago.

The movie centers on a retired skateboarding veterinarian who lives in a remote Scottish village and spearheads the rescue of an illegal fugitive who also happens to be a beaver.

The duo have cut together teaser footage, and Tessa Hartmann said they are recruiting an international sales partner for the project.
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