Sony/ATV's Weller, KMP's Schedler exit.

Several German music publishing companies have announced management changes effective in the new year.

Berlin-based Mike Weller, Sony/ATV Music Publishing VP for Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Central Europe yesterday (Jan. 5) announced that he has left the company to pursue "an attractive new task."

It is believed he will be taking a top management position within another publishing company. Weller will likely announce details of his new venture at the Midem trade show Jan 23-27 in Cannes.

Weller had been Sony/ATV VP for 14 years. For the time being, his functions will be handled by GM Patrick Strauch, reporting to London-based Guy Henderson, Sony/ATV VP of Europe.

The close of 2004 also saw the resignation of Munich-based Rudi Schedler, managing director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at Universal Music-owned Koch Music Publishing.

Schedler plans to set up an independent publishing company but will continue to work for KMP in an advisory capacity for six months. Rainer Bischof, head of administration at the company, took interim duties as MD on Jan. 1.

Schedler was recruited in 1982 by Koch Music founder Franz Koch to help build up KMP. Koch sold his company to Universal in 2002. Under Schedler's management, KMP became the leading publisher of German-language pop music.

In other news, Michael Kudritzki is retiring after more than 45 years as MD of Berlin-based Edition Meisel. The publishing company is now in the hands of Sven Meisel, who had co-managed for many years with Kudritzki.

Kudritzki was a member of the management board of the German Music Publishers Assn. He was also a member of the supervisory board of German authors and publishers collecting society GEMA.