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Saying It With SongsPopular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema$

Katherine Spring

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199842216

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199842216.001.0001

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(p.158) Appendix 3 Timeline of Relationships between Film and Music Companies

(p.158) Appendix 3 Timeline of Relationships between Film and Music Companies

Saying It With Songs
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Company Activity

Publishing Outlet

1928 Aug.

Paramount acquires 50% of Harms, Inc. (and subsidiaries1)

Famous Music Corp.

1928 Sept.

MGM acquires 50% of Robbins Music Corp.

Robbins Music Corp.

1928 Nov.

Fox agreement with DeSylva, Brown & Henderson and acquires U.S. rights to Salabert (France)

DeSylva, Brown & Henderson Crawford Music Corp.

1929 Jan.

Warner Bros. acquires M. Witmark & Sons

M. Witmark & Sons

1929 Aug.

Warner Bros. acquires Harms, Inc. (and subsidiaries)

Music Publishers Holding Corp.

1929 Oct.

Fox creates Red Star Music Co.

Red Star Music Co.

Created as subsidiary

1929 Nov.

RCA (parent co. of RKO) acquires Leo Feist, Inc. and Carl Fischer, Inc.

Radio Music Corp.

Paramount acquires 80% of Spier & Coslow, Inc.

Spier & Coslow, Inc.2


(1) Harms was the parent company to T. B. Harms, Chappell & Co. (U.K., soon to be Chappell-Connelly), Green and Stept, Atlas Music Co., and New World Music Co. It also owned 50 percent of shares in Remick Music and 20 percent in DeSylva, Brown & Henderson.

(2) Paramount continued to publish film songs with Harms, Inc. (then part of the Music Publishers Holding Corp.).