EMI Music Publishing U.K. has launched a new producer management division.

Anna Carpenter, currently of Native Management, will head-up the London-based unit in the post of GM, producer management for EMI Music Publishing U.K., with effect from March 1.

At Native Management, Carpenter is part of the team managing writers and producers including Karen Poole, Jimmy Hogarth, Matt Prime, Hannah Robinson and Steve McEwan. She previously served as creative manager at Zomba Music Publishing and as A&R manager at EMI Records before that.

The division marks the start of a concerted move into producer management for EMI Music. Initial steps were made in 2006 with the signing of Salaam Remi, who co-produced "Back To Black" by Amy Winehouse, to a producer manager arrangement.

"I've been approached to handle producers a number of times in the past and I've long felt that there were many synergies between a music publisher's creative department and producer management, so we made the first steps in with Salaam," comments Guy Moot, the U.K. affiliate's managing director. "This has been an organic development rather than a bolted on new business venture. We're now ready to make a big commitment to the business."

EMI Music Publishing U.K. has two existing recording studios near its Charing Cross Road offices, which will be run by the new division.