The Disney Music Group (DMG) and Andscape are partnering on a new record label, Good Company Records. Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer D’Mile, talent manager Natalie Prospere and Grammy-winning mixing/audio engineer John Kercy are the founders of the new global venture.
In addition to signing and developing artists, Good Company will collaborate with other Andscape divisions on various projects. First up will be the Andscape documentary Shyne. The forthcoming film will chronicle Shyne’s life and journey from rap artist on Sean Combs’ Bad Boy label to becoming a member of the Belize House of Representatives.
Announcing the partnership with Good Company today (Feb. 14), Disney Music Group president Ken Bunt stated, “It’s special and unique to have a shared vision for the future of music, and the opportunity to visually tell new stories with Andscape. We can’t wait to collaborate with D’Mile, Natalie, John and the Andscape team to deliver on this goal.”
Added DMG head of creative Mio Vukovic, “We could not be more excited about working with the talented team behind Good Company and our partnership with Andscape. It allows us the dream of creating a home to cultivate and nurture Black artists through storytelling.” Disney Music Group houses Walt Disney Records, Hollywood Records, Disney Music Publishing and Disney Concerts.
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Andscape is the 2022 rebrand and expansion of ESPN’s former media platform The Undefeated. Dedicated to exploring all facets of Black identity, Andscape encompasses several divisions including editorial, book publishing, film/television and music publishing.
“D’Mile, Natalie and John are special individuals – each true to Andscape’s vision: deep and dimensional multi-hyphenate storytellers,” said Andscape vice president/editor-in-chief Raina Kelley in the announcement release. “We’re thrilled to welcome them to the Andscape family. This incredible partnership vaults forward Andscape’s evolution as a content creator across The Walt Disney Company.”
Prior to creating Good Company, D’Mile became the first songwriter in Grammy history to win back-to-back song of the year Grammys: for H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe” in 2021 and Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open” in 2022. Also in 2021, he won the Academy Award for best original song for co-writing and producing “Fight for You,” performed by H.E.R., from the film Judas and the Black Messiah. A producer of the year nominee at the 65th Grammy Awards on Feb. 5, D’Mile has also worked with Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson, among others.
The longtime manager of D’Mile and fellow Good Company co-founder Kercy, Prospere has also managed Grammy-winning artist Lucky Daye and songwriter/producer DJ Camper. She is also the creator of the Friends Only collective, focusing on forward-thinking business development and artist partnerships throughout the Caribbean and Black diaspora. Kercy’s resumé includes collaborations with Daye, Lil Wayne, Disclosure, Diddy, Ty Dolla $ign, Normani and more.
In a joint statement, D’Mile, Prospere and Kercy said, “We are so excited to partner with Disney/Andscape on Good Company. Disney is a place where we believe all of our creative ideas can come to life, and we are looking forward to where this partnership takes us!”
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