Big Deal chieftain and laird Kenny MacPherson celebrates his company's acquisition of Nashville-based admin house Words & Music by posing for a festive pic with W&M prexy Kim McCollum-Mele and Big Deal SVP/GM Nashville Pete Robinson. Later, bagpipes wheezed out seasonal carols and everyone quaffed great tankards of Glaswegian Cabernet.

W&M will take on most of Big Deal's domestic admin starting on 1/1.

Proclaimed MacPherson, "The foundation built in Nashville by Kim McCollum-Mele and her staff are a testament to those classic old-fashioned values we treasure: tenacity, independence, honesty and hard work. We have a unique opportunity to expand upon the base they've built, while continuing the steady, organic growth that Big Deal has enjoyed our first three years. While such a move was a natural and inevitable step in our evolution as full service publishers, we're very fortunate to be able to take such a critical next step with Words & Music.”

For her part, McCollum-Mele declared her excitement to join MacPherson and team, adding, "We have always prided ourselves in our service and honest relationships with our songwriters and publishers. This move allows us to expand upon that foundation in new and creative ways, growing what we've built over the past 13 years into a vibrant new business.”