Imagem Music signs Genesis, Phil Collins

Band chooses publishing company after 18-month search

LONDON -- Imagem Music has signed a long-term, exclusive administration agreement with the members of Genesis, Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford.

The publishing deal covers the catalogs of Genesis, Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford including Mike and the Mechanics.

Genesis have sold more than 150 million albums, according to a statement from Imagem, while Mike and the Mechanics reached No. 1 in the U.S. with "The Living Years"

In a separate deal with Philip Collins Limited, Imagem Music has also bought a 50% share of the copyrights in the entire Phil Collins catalog, which contains eight No. 1 hits in U.S. and U.K. including "Against All Odds," "Sussudio," "One More Night," "Two Hearts," "Another Day in Paradise," "Easy Lover" and "In the Air Tonight". Collins has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and has been awarded seven Grammys, one Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

"We are extremely proud that Tony, Phil and Mike have chosen us for their music publishing activities throughout the world," said Andre de Raaff, CEO of Imagem Music worldwide, in a statement. "We feel that they are among the great writers and have written many outstanding songs which will live forever. Their catalogs are a great addition to the wonderful portfolio of Imagem."

John Minch, CEO of Imagem U.K. and director business development and digital of Imagem International, added: "We invest in gold standard music copyrights and we are thrilled to have persuaded Genesis and Phil to come to us. We can offer all the creative flair, passion and enthusiasm of the very best independent with the financial muscle professionalism and global strength of a worldwide music publishing group. The Genesis management team took a long hard look at what we are building here and really liked what they saw. This is a very exciting time for us."

Tony Smith, manager of Genesis and Phil Collins, said they researched the publishing industry for 18 months before deciding on Imagem.

"We were keen to find a company that would approach the issues of the decreasing physical market while embracing the challenges of maximizing the opportunities available to music copyrights in the digital and synchronization arena, as well as recognizing that a large part of future income will be generated from these uses and that of performances," he said. "We think we have found the right combination of outstanding administration abilities and forward thinking partners in Imagem and Andre De Raaff, John Minch and their creative teams. "

Phil Collins added: "I am delighted and excited to be entering into this new partnership with Imagem and Boosey & Hawkes for the future, and look forward to working closely with them to get the best from all the songs that I've written over the years, along with any future projects I may enter into."