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First Wave taps Web for source music

Vancouver-based sci-fi series First Wave is courting undiscovered music talent from around the globe through a new Internet partnership. Series producer Peace Arch Entertainment, Web music promoter MP3.com and distributor Pearson Television International are the principals in a project that invites...
December 1, 1999

Vancouver-based sci-fi series First Wave is courting undiscovered music talent from around the globe through a new Internet partnership. Series producer Peace Arch Entertainment, Web music promoter MP3.com and distributor Pearson Television International are the principals in a project that invites musicians to preview coming scenes of First Wave on the Net, and compose accompanying music for use on the show.

The production will select and license 30 songs to be featured on the series. ‘Besides the efficacy of identifying and importing broadcast quality music into the production process, our new relationship with MP3.com affords global music exposure, cross-promotional opportunities and potentially wider distribution to emerging recording artists,’ says Steve Love, VP of music publishing at Pearson. Composer candidates must register with MP3.com when they submit their work for consideration.

First Wave also has access to the existing MP3.com catalog. ‘We have focused on using cool, cutting-edge music from new bands to give the series a particular flavor,’ says show creator Chris Brancato. ‘With MP3.com on board, we can literally reach out to artists around the world.’

First Wave, which is in its second year of a three-year, 66-episode order, airs on SPACE in Canada and Sci Fi Channel in the U.S. The first season debuted in March.

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