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SONY/ATV IS JAMES' GANG
1/27/21

Mark James, whose songwriting credits include “Suspicious Minds,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” and “Always on My Mind,” has signed a new deal with Sony/ATV, renewing his long-standing alliance with Screen Gems/EMI.

“Mark’s songwriting is a testament to the enduring power of music in our lives,”  Sony/ATV Senior Vice President, Business Affairs Jonas Kant said. “Throughout the years, we have all heard Mark’s iconic songs in the theater, on the radio and TV, and, of course, at the Karaoke bar—and his music will continue inspiring fans in the future.”

James’s songs include Elvis Presley’s “Moody Blue,” “Sunday Sunrise” by Brenda Lee, “One Hell of a Woman” by Mac Davis, and “Everybody Loves a Rain Song” by B.J. Thomas. James’ big break occurred in 1968 when Thomas recorded “The Eyes of a New York Woman.”

He is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and will soon be inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame

WCM UPS DIGITAL DUO
1/21/21

Warner Chappell Music has promoted to executives—Natalie Madaj and Daniel Lang—to oversee the publisher’s commercial digital initiatives around the globe,

Madaj has been upped to Senior Vice President, Digital Licensing, Americas, and Lang is now VP, Digital Licensing, EMEIA. Both continue to report to Eric Mackay, EVP, Global Digital Strategy.

“Natalie and Daniel have been instrumental in strengthening our relationships with digital service providers and helping to ensure that our songwriters get paid fairly and quickly,” Mackay said. “Having hired them both, it's been incredibly rewarding to see how much they’ve grown over the years, and I’m excited to have them continue to take on more responsibility.”

Madaj, who joined Warner Chappell in 2018 as VP, Digital Licensing, North America, has helped lead digital licensing negotiations and forge partnerships with Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Spotify and others. She’s also played a key role in supporting Warner Chappell’s regional affiliates in Canada and Latin America.

Lang joined in 2017 as Digital Account Executive, before being promoted to Head of Digital Licensing, EMEIA in 2018. He has expanded the scope of the publisher’s multi-territory licensing strategy and strengthened relationships with key partners such as Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, Deezer and Facebook.

SONY/ATV UPS AUDRY J. ASHBY
1/19/21

Sony/ATV has upped Audrey J. Ashby to SVP, Business Affairs and Catalog. Based in the company’s N.Y. office, Ashby reports to EVP, Business Affairs and General Counsel, Peter Brodsky.

As SVP, Ashby manages the relationships with Sony/ATV legacy songwriters and catalogues like Valerie Simpson, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Pete Moore, Marvin Gaye, Ron Miller and Sandy Linzer, among others.

Her responsibilities include fostering and maintaining relationships, extending existing agreements and negotiating new contracts.

“I am so happy to congratulate Audrey on this well-deserved promotion. With her decades of experience and deep relationships with some of our most important legacy songwriters and catalogues, Audrey is truly an irreplaceable member of our team,” shared Brodsky.

“The music business is an amazing field, and every day brings new opportunities. I want to thank Sony for this opportunity, and I look forward to earning continued success with Jon, Peter, and our incredible songwriters,” added Ashby.

With over 3 decades of experience, Ashby first started at CBS Songs, which later became SBK and then EMI. She became VP, Copyright Administration and Research in 2002 before leading the copyright department. While still at EMI, Ashby moved to business affairs then joined Sony/ATV’s business affairs team when EMI was acquired by the company.