Warner U.K. vet signs 3-year deal

Fran Nevrkla has signed a new three-year contract as chairman/CEO of British collection society Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL). Nevrkla, former director of commercial and business affairs at Warner Music U.K., joined PPL in October 2000.

Nevrkla tells Bulletin he has more to accomplish at the society. "A lot of the dirty work has been done in terms of cutting costs, improving the efficiency of the organization, and creating better systems ... but there's still a lot to do," he says.

Nevrkla says a priority for the coming years is to improve the collection of revenues from overseas. Also high on his agenda is the collection of performance rights from new-media companies. "There has been a seven-year window during which they have used our repertoire without paying," he says. "They have to be disciplined, and they have to pay us."

Nevrkla is also exploring the possibility of combining some operations with British authors' body Performing Right Society.

PPL collects license fees from broadcast and public performance users on behalf of more than 3,000 record companies.