ASCAP Statement on Reports of Discovery Networks New Policy Toward Composers
December 19, 2019
Back end royalties for composers who write for TV, cable and streaming shows are critical to their being able to sustain a livelihood. ASCAP is very alarmed by the reports of Discovery Networks new policy toward composers which would have a devastating impact on their royalty streams and make it near impossible for them to make a living from their creative work. Composers should have agency and choice when it comes to licensing the music they create, but an ultimatum is not a choice. Composers are an important part of the creative teams that make a show successful and it is disappointing that Discovery would not recognize the true value their work brings to their shows.
We hope Discovery Networks will do the right thing and reconsider their position against composers.