I've just received word that the film "Eternal" www.eternalthemovie.com, which features Magnatune artist Solace www.magnatune.com/artists/solace is now showing in Canada, and will be shown in the USA nationwide in early 2005.
Wildkoast, the film's producers, have a press release announcing the distribution deal here: http://www.heretv.com/news.asp?id=28
This is Magnatune's first music license to a major budget film, and thus is a real milestone for us. While we do many film licenses every month (for indie, small-budget films) we've had a really hard time cracking big-budget films, where entrenched music licensing firms dominate.
To try and get bigger projects, we've been paying for a "lead service" which tells us about major TV and Film projects looking for music, and send 10-15 custom CDRs in response to these "requests for music" and in 18 months have never even gotten an acknowledgement.
This deal with "Eternal" came about from our high-visibility web presence. For example, if you search for "music license" or "music licensing" on Google, Magnatune comes up in the top 2 hits.