Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Jody Gerson segued from one power post to another in 2008 when she joined Sony/ATV as co-president after 17 years of helming EMI Music Publishing’s West Coast operation. Reuniting with former EMI boss and current Sony/ATV chairman/CEO Martin Bandier (see No. 4), Los Angeles-based Gerson oversees the company’s A&R, film, TV and gaming departments. Gerson, thanks to her publishing savvy, vision and an unerring sense of who’s got next, signed a then-15-year-old Alicia Keys and later Norah Jones–both were just the precursors to such Sony/ATV signings as Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias and Odd Future. Gerson struck a deal last year with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon to bring “Drumline”-the 2002 movie she co-produced with Dallas Austin, Tim Bourne and Wendy Finerman-to Broadway. A regular near the top of Billboard’s annual Women in Music list, Gerson said Sony/ATV’s goal in the changing music industry is “to create copyright revenue in whatever way possible. We are on everything.”
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