Sony/ATV Music Publishing has bolstered its European digital and international business affairs team to capitalise on the growth in streaming. The raft of appointments will enable the company to work more closely with international affiliates and digital service providers.
Mika Partanen has joined the London team in the newly-created position of director, digital business development. He reports to Moses Martiny, who has been promoted from VP digital, Europe to VP digital, international and UK to reflect the greater international focus of his role.
Jenny Lambert has been promoted from director to VP, digital & business affairs international.
The strengthening of the team has taken place as digital revenues continue to be increasingly important to Sony/ATV and its writers, as a result of streaming growth.
The European digital and international business affairs team will now work even more closely with Guy Henderson’s international team and Guy Moot’s UK team, while supporting the company’s offices and affiliates outside of the Americas.
Antony Bebawi, Sony/ATV’s EVP, digital and society relations international and UK, said: “We will now be better placed to share best practices with and learn more from our affiliates outside of Europe about each of their territories. As digital exploitation becomes increasingly important to our writers we want to ensure that we continue to strengthen our partnerships with the global digital services without forgetting the importance and diversity of national markets.
“One of our key strengths as a publisher is the fact that we have dedicated teams on the ground who have a deep understanding of their markets. This includes how their local services differ, how their national collection societies operate and the regulatory context within which music licensing functions. Bringing all of this together will enable us to deliver even better results for our songwriters.”
Martiny joined in 2015 to further develop Sony/ATV’s relationship with digital service providers. He is responsible for key digital negotiations for a range of pan-European services.
Lambert began her career as copyright assistant at CBS/SBK Songs before joining the then newly-created Sony Music Publishing in 1990, first as copyright manager and then as administration director. She later worked at EMI Music Publishing as European business affairs manager, transferring to Sony/ATV following the acquisition of EMI. She was promoted to director, digital & business affairs international in 2014.
Partanen joins Sony/ATV after four years at PRS for Music, where he was senior business development manager. He led the research and analysis in the Live Concert Tariff review for the UK’s live music sector, for which the Copyright Tribunal recently approved new rates.
(L-R) Jenny Lambert (VP, digital & business affairs international), Sarah Brighty (executive assistant), Antony Bebawi (EVP digital and society relations international and UK), Moses Martiny (VP digital, international and UK), David Stimson (director, digital - Europe) and Mika Partanen (director, digital business development).