Former Zomba Music Publishing U.K. managing director Steven Howard is returning to the sector with a new company, TCB Music Publishing.

The publishing business, part of the TCB Group, has a global administration pact with Kobalt Music Publishing and is lining-up an album release for its first key signing, electro-soul outfit Unklejam.

U.K.-based Unklejam have struck a long-term, global, songwriting agreement with TCB Music Publishing and will issue their self-titled album through Virgin Records on Oct. 29.

Ahead of the set, TCB shepherded synch deals to expose Unklejam's music on U.S. TV show "Ugly Betty" and Electronic Arts computer game NBA 2008. The act's first two singles "Love Ya" and "What Am I Fighting For" charted in Britain; new single "Stereo" landed yesterday at retail.

"I've spent over 25 years of my career in music publishing so establishing a music publishing company to complement our other activities feels like a very natural move. It is a great time to be independent," says Howard in a statement.

"I feel very confident in being able to utilize contacts built up over many years, to offer a 'hands-on' personal service to a select group of talented individuals."

Howard had 25 years' experience with Zomba Music Publishing, during which time he signed and developed a host of major songwriters and artists including the Stone Roses, Billy Ocean, Joy Division, Womack & Womack and Daft Punk.

He left Zomba Publishing in September 2004, and launched the TCB Group, a diversified entertainment firm operating in artist management, brand consultancy and live event promotion. The group handles management for Bryan Ferry, Gabrielle and opera singer Natasha Marsh, among others.

Other writers signed to TCB Music Publishing include Tim Kay, whose credits include the theme tune for Jamie Oliver's new "Jamie At Home" TV series, and reggae DJ Nick Mannasseh, who has penned three songs on the upcoming Ava album on Virgin.