MovieScore Media

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MovieScore Media is a Swedish record label devoted to original film scores, founded in 2005 by former film music journalist Mikael Carlsson. The label is the main business activity of Carlsson's company, MovieScore Media Sweden.[1]

MovieScore Media has produced over 200 soundtrack albums,[2] focusing primarily on scores composed by up and coming composers and from smaller, independent feature films such as Pete Calandra's scores for the films Jellysmoke and Unknown Soldier. However, the label has also released soundtracks by established composers, including Academy Award winning composers Dario Marianelli and Gabriel Yared, Grammy Award nominated composer Ryan Shore, Basil Poledouris and Michael Kamen and Ivor Novello Award-winning composer Francis Shaw, as well as from films and television shows by bigger studios and companies, such as Warner Bros., BBC and Constantin Film.[3]

In terms of distribution strategies, MovieScore Media was first introduced as an online label dedicated to digital distribution, primarily via Apple's iTunes Store, only. In 2007, the label expanded its business to include limited edition of CDs in addition to the established digital distribution.[4] MovieScore Media's CDs are distributed by RSK Entertainment in Europe and MVD Entertainment in North America.

In 2013, MovieScore Media entered into an agreement with another independent soundtrack label, Kronos Records, to collaborate on the production of CD releases of its albums and work together on wider distribution strategies. The labels claimed that the agreement would result in an increase of albums being released on CD, as opposed to digitally distributed albums only. [5]

MovieScore Media was nominated for the 'Film Music Record Label of the Year' award by the International Film Music Critics Association in six years in a row from 2007-2012. [6]

Screamworks Records release of Ryan Shore's soundtrack for The Shrine, received a 2012 Grammy Award nomination for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.


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