Sony/ATV Music Publishing U.K. has signed hitmaking songwriter Wayne Hector to an exclusive, long-term publishing deal covering future copyrights. Until recently, Hector's works were covered under a d

Sony/ATV Music Publishing U.K. has signed hitmaking songwriter Wayne Hector to an exclusive, long-term publishing deal covering future copyrights. Until recently, Hector's works were covered under a deal with Universal Music Publishing.

Hector co-penned the U.K. No. 1 hit for Westlife “Flying Without Wings” and has writing credits on international pop hits for All Saints, Ronan Keating, Blue, Ruben Studdard and O-Town, among others.

The new agreement was set up by the publishing company's repertoire manager Simon Aldridge and Rak Sanghvi, who was recently promoted to oversee the London-based publisher's U.K. affiliate as managing director. "I'm delighted to have signed Wayne in my first week as MD here and I think it clearly illustrates the calibre of songwriter we want to be in business with," Sanghvi comments.

Hector's business manager Jackie Davidson adds, "Wayne was particularly impressed with (Sony/ATV U.S. president) Danny Strick who outlined a refreshingly clear vision of how the company would go about positioning Wayne's work in the U.S. marketplace."

During his career, Hector has written 32 international No. 1 singles and has had songwriting nods on 25 international, multi-platinum album releases, according to Sony/ATV. He is nominated for an Ivor Novello award at the May 26 gala in London for co-writing "All This Time" (S/BMG). The song, recorded by Michelle McManus, reached No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart in January 2004.