Peter Brodsky is now Sony/ATV Music Publishing's executive VP of business and legal affairs, Billboard.biz has learned.

The former head of BMG Music Publishing business and legal affairs is expected to take an aggressive role in Sony/ATV's digital licensing and major acquisitions. The appointment comes at a time when chairman/CEO Marty Bandier is ramping up his new team to move up from the No. 4 spot among the major publishers. Bandier took the reins at Sony/ATV in March after leaving EMI Music Publishing.

Even though Billboard.biz spotted Brodsky with Bandier in June at the Songwriters' Hall of Fame VIP cocktail party in New York, neither would confirm the move at the time. Minutes later, Ann Sweeney, whom Brodsky replaces at Sony/ATV, was spotted at the Warner/Chappell Music table during the ceremony, seated near a former colleague, CEO Dave Johnson. Sweeney's deal to serve as Warner/Chappell executive VP, reporting to Johnson, was announced last month.

Sources close to the Brodsky deal say that it was no easy task to convince Universal Music Group, the new owner of the BMG publishing unit that is still integrating the two operations, to let Brodsky out of his old contract. But now, the sources say, Brodsky's Sony/ATV deal is done.

Bandier could not be reached for comment.

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