Music publisher Imagem is forming a joint venture focused on film and TV with former EMI Music Publishing executive vice-president Jonathan Channon.

Imagem is launching with a global deal to manage and exploit the music libraries of Avalon Distribution, which represents Avalon Television, Flame TV, Topical Television, Tinderbox Television and Liberty Bell Productions.

Imagem Music UK chief executive John Minch said: “Jonathan is at the forefront of music and media.

“He has made producers, broadcasters and film studios understand the value of music and IP ownership.”

Channon will be the venture’s managing director.