MPL Communications

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MPL Communications
Holding company
Founded 1971
Founder Paul McCartney
Headquarters London, New York City

MPL Communications (which stands for McCartney Productions Ltd.[1]) is the holding company for the business interests of Paul McCartney. In addition to handling McCartney's post-Beatles work, MPL is one of the world's largest privately owned music publishers through its acquisition of numerous other publishing companies.[2] MPL is based in London and New York City.


It was founded on 12 February 1971, under the name Adagrove Limited, and by the time McCartney wanted to distance himself from Apple Corps and Allen Klein, it had changed its name to McCartney Productions Ltd. when it bought the rights to a film adaptation of Rupert Bear on 11 April 1970, the day after the Beatles broke up.[3] McCartney stayed with Apple Records until it folded in 1975. The first mention of MPL appeared on Wings' 1975 LP Venus and Mars.

MPL publishing owns a wide range of copyrighted material – covering nearly 100 years of music – by composers including McCartney, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Jerry Herman, Frank Loesser, Meredith Willson, Harold Arlen and many others,[2] with songs, such as “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” (made famous by Al Jolson), "I'm Glad There Is You", "Blue Suede Shoes", "That'll Be the Day", as well as McCartney-Lennon's "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" in its catalogue (those songs were credited with McCartney-Lennon originally.). MPL also controls 25 subsidiary companies.[4]

McCartney's second eldest daughter, photographer and photo editor Mary McCartney, runs the picture department.

In October 2006, the Trademark Registry in London reported that MPL Communications had started a process to trademark McCartney's name on saleable goods.[5]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ ltd, company check. "MCCARTNEY PRODUCTIONS LIMITED. Free business summary taken from official companies house information. Free alerts. Registered as 01239320". Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Music Licensing for Film, TV, Web, CDs, Performance and Merchandising - MPL Music Publishing Inc. - MPL Communications". Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, eds. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 9780711983076. 
  4. ^ List of MPL subsidiary companies
  5. ^ Muir, Hugh (14 October 2006). "McCartney bids to trademark his name". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 

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