Nick Gatfield, Former EMI Exec, Calls Working Under Guy Hands' Regime 'Uncomfortable'
Nick Gatfield, Former EMI Exec, Calls Working Under Guy Hands' Regime 'Uncomfortable'

EMI is combining the synchronization and licensing staffs of its North American publishing and record label operations and putting them under one roof. The move helps the company execute a global rights management strategy initiated by Roger Faxon upon his appointment to EMI Group CEO.

The change is intended to foster greater co-operation between its recorded music and publishing companies and better represent and sell master recordings by EMI Music artists. The new unit will enable EMI to offer the greatest possible catalog of music from a single source to clients in advertising, film, TV, video games and other licensing sectors, according to the announcement.

Brian Monaco, who has been appointed to lead the division, has been named executive VP for North American Sales & Strategic Marketing at EMI Music Publishing. Monaco, who joined EMI Music Publishing as chief operating officer of the company's MusicResources sales team in 2007, will report to both Faxon and EMI Group COO Leo Corbett. He will continue to be based at EMI Music Publishing's New York offices.

In another staff move Doug James, formerly senior VP of EMI Music Publishing's film & TV unit, is now SVP and director at EMI Music, with responsibility for managing the relationship between the sales team and EMI Music and its artists. James will report to Faxon and EMI Music North America Chief Operating Officer Colin Finkelstein.

"This move creates an even stronger music licensing operation that reflects the way our North American clients want to do business," Faxon said in a statement. Creating this new operation will enable what I believe to be the strongest combined catalog of master recordings and compositions in the world to be represented by a strong sales force under unified management. That is good news for the people who license music, and it's good news for songwriters and artists.

Brian Monaco-who joined EMI Music Publishing in 2007 from the talent company he founded, Worldwide Talent Group-said in a statement, "The combined sync and licensing representation of EMI Music and EMI Music Publishing will enable clients to use our sales team as even more of a one-stop shop for all their music needs, and so allow us to create further opportunities for artists and writers across all genres and eras."

Meanwhile, EMI Music Publishing extend its long-term relationship with Alan Jackson through a new co-publishing agreement. The global deal will see EMI Music Publishing's represent Jackson's classic catalog of songs including "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)," "Remember When," "Good Time," "Small Town Southern Man," and "Drive".

The announcement of Jackson's deal extension with EMI Music Publishing comes days after he completed a new recording deal with EMI in Nashville. Jackson will shortly begin recording a new studio album, which will be his first released as a joint venture between ACR (Alan's Country Records) and Capitol's EMI Records Nashville label.

In other EMI news, Robert C Wright, former chairman and CEO of NBC Universal and vice chairman and executive officer of General Electric will join the board of directors of EMI Group Global, Ltd., the holding company of EMI.

Prior to that, Mr. Wright served as President of General Electric Financial Services and, before that, as president of Cox Cable Communications.

"Bob was one of the most revered CEOs of a major media and entertainment company and he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and insights that will help us guide the future of EMI," Stephen Volk, chairman of EMI Group Global Ltd and vice chairman of Citigroup, said in a statement.