Music Used in Reality TV Shows

Earn 50% of public performance royalties for a catalog of music featured in reality TV on E!, MTV, BET, & More


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Top Bid: Andrew C

Historic royalty income is no indication of future royalty income. Future royalty income is dependent upon future sales and licensing revenue generated by the sound recordings or compositions associated with this listing.

Starting Price: $4,700
Bidding Increment: $200
Closing Price: $14,500
End Date: Apr 12, 2018, 3:13 PM MDT
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $2,063
Royalty Type: Public Performance
First Payment: June 2018
Buyer Fees: $250 ASCAP Assignment Fee


Bid on 50% of public performance royalties for this catalog of production music. Production music is a vital part of the TV and radio industry. In fact, the Production Music Association’s Joe Saba called it a “$1 billion global industry hidden in plain sight.” Over the last four quarters, 50% of the catalog generated $2,063.

Music in this catalog is featured in popular reality TV series such as E's Keeping Up With The Kardashians, BET’s The Gary Owen Show, MTV's Challenge Rivals, and many more. The highlight of the catalog's placements is from E's long-running reality TV series Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Music placed throughout the series accounts for 68% of the catalog's historic income. The long-running show aired in 2007 and is currently on its 14th season. Reruns of the show air regularly… and if an episode that uses one of these songs airs, you earn royalties.

If you'd like to learn more about production music, check out this link.

Key Drivers

Availability in Music Libraries. Demand for music in TV shows, films, and commercials is tremendous. To meet their music needs for all these uses, brands and production houses are turning to production music. The music in this catalog is available for use in the Viacom and Bunim/Murray libraries. As the winner of this auction, you will benefit from these songs being part of large production house libraries.

Viacom produces reality TV shows on MTV, Spike, TV Land, and VH1. Bunim/Murray is a production house responsible for reality TV successes like Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Real World, and more. These companies have licensed music from this catalog to their production libraries. Whenever they create an episode, they pull music from their vast production music libraries to use in the program. If music from this catalog is used in future series/shows, you and the seller will both earn royalties.

What is being sold?

50% of the seller's interest in the publisher's share of public performance domestic (U.S.) royalties attributable to the seller's catalog of musical works. See the “Financials” tab for a full track list.

How does this asset make money?

Every time a network airs a television show that uses any of the songs in this catalog, a public performance royalty is generated. This means every time Keeping Up With The Kardashians or any other show, uses music from this catalog and airs on television, you will earn money. ASCAP makes payments quarterly and the first distribution you will receive is June 2018.

What rights are included?

50% of the seller's interest in the publisher's share of public performance domestic (U.S.) royalties attributable to the seller's catalog of musical works. See the “Financials” tab for a full track list.

  Musical Composition Sound Recording
Copyrights included? No
Public Performance
Non-Interactive Streaming
Sources: Internet Streaming, AM/FM & Satellite Radio, TV/Film/Commercial Performances, etc. Internet Streaming, Satellite Radio, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements & Performances, Samples, etc.
Distributors: ASCAP

About the Royalty Distributor

ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. It is a membership association of more than 575,000 composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP also represents music creators worldwide through agreements with affiliated international societies.

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