Sony/ATV Grabs Neighboring Rights On Mark Ronson, Snoop Dogg, More
May 7, 2015 at 12:19 PM (PT)
SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING has further strengthened its Neighboring Rights division with the addition of a series of high-profile signings to the roster, including MARK RONSON and SNOOP DOGG, among others.
Neighboring Rights are licenses related to the sound recording of a musical work and are due to the artists and musicians featured whenever there is a commercial exploitation of it such as through radio or TV airplay.
Also striking deals with the growing U.K.-based operation are DJ SNAKE, CEDRIC GERVAIS, THE MAGICIAN, LILY WOOD & THE PRICK, SHIFT K3Y, BLONDE and ARONCHUPA. The music publishing company announced its first signings last year with a lineup including PHARRELL WILLIAMS, NILE RODGERS, CLEAR BANDIT, KIESZA and the estate of LOU REED.
Commented SONY/ATV U.K. Managing Dir. and Pres. of EUROPEAN Creative GUY MOOT: “Our Neighboring Rights business continues to go from strength to strength and these additions to the roster will only make it stronger. It’s particularly gratifying to me to be reunited with MARK RONSON, someone who I have known and worked with over many years and who is deservedly having such an incredible year. He is the kind of artist who typifies what this division is all about. It’s set up to deliver a bespoke, focused and highly personal service to its clients, while is able to draw from the creative, business and administrative qualities of being part of the world’s leading music publishing company.”
The division is run by GEORGE POWELL, one of the industry’s leading Neighboring Rights experts, who previously oversaw Neighboring Rights at UK-based music licensing and rights organization PPL. POWELL joined SONY/ATV in 2013 as head of the division.
Added POWELL: “It’s been a successful year during which we’ve focused hard on strengthening our roster with artists who will be complementary to what we do. As relatively new players in this sector, I am happy we’ve gained the respect and trust of some of the biggest names in the game and shown them the benefits of working with us in this field. Lower client numbers ensure we keep this personal and also that the high levels of admin required to do this properly don’t get diluted.”