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Matthew Vaughn’s MARV Launches MARV Music, Joint Venture With Warner Music Group

Tracks from FKA twigs with Central Cee, and Michael Bublé underway

Published on November 15, 2021

Leading British production company MARV and global music company Warner Music Group (WMG) have announced a new joint venture. Through a multi-year, worldwide agreement, the newly formed MARV Music label will work with new and established artists to create original music for films as well as standalone soundtrack and film-inspired album releases. With the launch of the label, Colin Barlow – former head of Polydor Records, RCA Records UK, and Geffen UK – has joined MARV Music as President, overseeing development, production, and distribution.

MARV Music’s first release will be a joint release with Parlophone entitled ‘Measure of a Man,’ performed by FKA twigs featuring Central Cee and written by Ivor Novello winner Jamie Hartman, John Hill, Amanda Ghost, Dominic Lewis, Jane Goldman, and Matthew Vaughn. The song will be released on 19th November 2021 and will be featured in the 20th Century Studios’ film, The King’s Man, by Matthew Vaughn. The prequel to the acclaimed Kingsman movies stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance; and is slated for worldwide release on 22nd December 2021.

Another upcoming MARV film, Silent Night, will feature Michael Bublé’s newly recorded original composition, ‘The Christmas Sweater.’ The track will make its debut later this month on the 10th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set edition of Christmas, the Warner Records artist’s multi-platinum, global chart-topper. Silent Night, set for release on 3rd December 2021, is directed by Camille Griffin and stars Keira Knightley and Lily-Rose Depp.

Matthew Vaughn said, “Music is an essential part of story-telling and film; and something I have always been passionate about. This partnership with Max, and one of the world’s leading record companies, gives us the platform to expand creatively, as well as grow our overall media business.”

Zygi Kamasa, CEO of MARV, said, “This joint venture marks the start of an ambitious musical journey with Warner Music Group and we welcome an experienced music executive like Colin to the MARV family. Alongside our scaled-up production activity launching multiple franchise films, it signals our ambition to work with the best artists to create world-leading music for film and music fans to enjoy for years to come.”

Max Lousada, CEO, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group said, “Together, music and film create powerful cultural moments, with songs playing a huge role in propelling a narrative and amplifying its emotional impact. This partnership is a dynamic way for our artists to collaborate with other original storytellers, expand their creative universes, and reach massive new audiences. Matthew is a game-changing filmmaker and imaginative entrepreneur and we’re happy to be joining forces with him, Zygi, Colin, and the team.”

MARV films currently in post-production include Tetris, directed by Jon S. Baird and starring Taron Egerton, which MARV is producing for Apple; and action-comedy School Fight, directed by acclaimed stunt director Damien Walters.

Staff Writer