Theme Music For Popular French Radio Show

Earn from royalties generated from opening and closing theme music for the popular French radio program L'Heure Du Crime.


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Top Bid: Alex G

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: $100,000
Bidding Increment: $4,000
Closing Price: $116,000
End Date: Jun 07, 2018, 3:07 PM MDT
Investment Term: 10 years*
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $42,776
Royalty Type:

Public Performance and Mechanicals 

Buyer Fees:


First Payment: July 2018

*Please see the FAQ tab for more information on the 10-year investment term.

What rights are included?

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


This single song asset features royalties from theme music used in the long-running French radio series L'Heure Du Crime  “Crime Generik.” The song serves as the recognizable opening and closing theme played during each episode.

The program has aired on RTL every Monday through Thursday evenings for over eight years, with RTL adding a rebroadcast on Friday in late 2017. The host Jacques Pradel is a well-known investigative journalist, writer, radio and TV host.

“Crime Generik” is the featured opening/closing theme of every single episode.  In 2018 alone, L'Heure Du Crime has produced over 50 episodes. The public performance royalties for "Crime Generik" account for 95% of this offering's income over the last year.

SACEM (the French royalty distributor) also collects mechanical royalties for the song. Mechanical royalties are paid when music is either physically sold (CDs), downloaded (iTunes), or streamed online (Spotify). As the winning bidder, you’ll collect these royalties as well. Mechanical royalties make up 5% of earnings for this catalog in the last year.

Key Drivers

“Crime Generik” is used during the introduction and closing of every episode of L'Heure Du Crime. So you have the opportunity to earn royalties every time the show airs on the radio or is streamed on-demand. The radio show is the primary driver of earnings for this asset -- the song’s royalties are directly related to L'Heure Du Crime's airing.

The radio series is still producing new episodes, and is available via podcasts, resulting in a steady royalty income for “Crime Generik.” It’s important to take into consideration that if L'Heure Du Crime begins to air less frequently (currently 4 days a week) or stops airing at all, royalties for “Crime Generik” would decrease.

It's also worth noting that the radio station RTL has some long-running radio programs still on-air: Les Grosses Têtes (broadcasting since 1977!) and Ca Peut Vous Arriver, which has been on-air since 2001. 

Want to learn more about theme songs? Check out our blog post here.

What Is Being Sold?

10 years of payments derived from 100% of the seller's interest in the songwriter's share of public performance and mechanical royalties attributable to the musical composition “Crime Generik” (SACEM Work Code: #24-839-83411).

How Does This Asset Make Money?

Every time an episode of L'Heure Du Crime and uses “Crime Generik” and airs on the radio, you earn royalties. Royalty Exchange will administer the SACEM payments and the first distribution you will receive is July 2018, to be paid in August 2018.

Unless the buyer opts out of the opportunity, this listing will automatically be relisted as a "Buy It Now" sale at a premium over the closing price. The relisted asset will remain live until it is purchased, or until its first royalty distribution. This gives the winning bidder the chance to earn an immediate return on the asset while awaiting the first royalty payment.

About The Royalty Distributors

SACEM collects and distributes authors' rights for the broadcast in public (audiovisual media, concert halls, festivals, Internet services, movie theatres, shops, etc.) and for the reproduction on media (disc, video, legal digital file, DVD, CD-ROM, video game, etc.) of the works it represents. Founded in 1851, SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music), is a non-profit non-trading entity owned and managed by its members according to the business model of a cooperative. For more information on SACEM’s distribution schedule, click here.

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