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BMG releases the first David Bowie film to be officially sanctioned by his estate

BMG releases a new film about David Bowie called moontime daydream, describing it as “a definitive new portrait” of the late star.

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Written, directed, edited and produced by filmmaker Brett Morgen, the documentary is the first David Bowie film to be officially sanctioned by his estate.

BMG says the film, including its title track Moontime Daydreamis largely based on Bowie’s catalog of songs from 1970 to 1977, in which BMG has a 25% interest.

BMG acquired its 25 percent interest in the Bowie song catalog in 2010 when it acquired independent publisher Chrysalis for $168.6 million, a deal in which BMG also acquired interests in songs by Michael Jackson and Blondie.

The company says its relationship with the Bowie catalog is “unaffected” by Warner Music Group’s recent acquisition of the Bowie song catalog.

Warner acquired all of Bowie’s song rights held by the Bowie Estate for more than $250 million in January. MBW believes another rights holder, UK-based Bucks Music Group, will retain part of the publisher’s stake. WMG owns the author’s share.

Bowie’s catalog includes hits like changesstarman, Ziggy Stardust, The Jean Genie, All The Young Dudes, Life on Mars, Rebel Rebel, Fame, Young Americans and golden years.

According to BMG, filmmaker Brett Morgen (The child stays in the picture, Cobain: Montage of Heck, Jane) has “merged David Bowie’s music and art into a sublime, kaleidoscopic cinematic odyssey that explores Bowie’s creative, spiritual and philosophical journey.”

BMG says the film will feature never-before-seen footage, performances and music, and will be guided “solely by Bowie’s narration.”

Moontime Daydream contains 47 music tracks mixed from their original strains, with Bowie’s longtime collaborator and friend Tony Visconti serving as the film’s music producer.

Moontime Daydream is the first film in a multi-picture deal between Brett Morgen and BMG for IMAX productions. The film will be released on IMAX in select markets.

BMG and its co-producing partner Live Nation Productions, the film’s executive producers and financiers, have licensed the US distribution rights to Neon, while Universal Entertainment International will handle the film outside the US.

North American cable and streaming rights have been licensed to HBO and HBO Max.


The upcoming documentary marks BMG’s latest music-related film project.

BMG’s recent film and television projects include: DIO: Dreamers never die, David Crosby: Remember my name, and the documentary Joan Jett, Bad reputation; Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records; and echo in the canyon.

The company also recently partnered with Pulse and Quickfire Films and Lewis Capaldi for his first feature-length documentary (BMG is the longtime music publisher of Capaldi’s songs).

Elsewhere, in March 2021, BMG signed a multi-faceted global partnership with the Montreux Jazz Festival that will include a three-part documentary series celebrating the history of the music festival.


Also in the film world, BMG entered into a long-term exclusive agreement with Netflix in June 2021 to manage and manage the on-demand video giant’s music publishing rights worldwide outside of the United States.

As part of the agreement, BMG became the exclusive global music partner for Netflix-produced hit films and TV shows such as The Queen’s Gambit, The Crown, Extraction, Stranger Thingsand Emily in Paris.

“BMG is proud to build on our long-standing relationship with the David Bowie Estate and to work hand-in-hand with our partners Live Nation Productions to bring Brett Morgen’s vision to the big screen.”

Fred Casimir, BMG

Fred Casimir, BMG’s EVP Global Repertoire, said: “This has been a five-year labor of love to honor one of the greatest catalogs of songs in music history.

“BMG is proud to build on our long-standing relationship with the David Bowie Estate and to work hand-in-hand with our partners Live Nation Productions to bring Brett Morgen’s vision to the big screen.”music business worldwide

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