Continuing current duties, with focus on A&R

Polygram Music Publishing has tapped Nick Gatfield as prexy, filling the vacancy created by David Simone’s segue to Geffen Records. Gatfield will continue to helm Polydor Records’ U.S. operation, while focusing on acquiring and developing catalog as well as new artist signings for the publisher.

The nod to Gatfield had been expected (Daily Variety, Jan. 28) and gives PMP an artist-friendly chief with strong links to new and established talent and industry execs.

Under Gatfield, Polydor has shepherded successful discs from Tonic and the BeeGees, as well as the “Grease” revival disc and the “Pure Disco” compilations. The label is distributed through A&M Records.

“Nick has established links to the creative (community) and his solid A&R skills will help him identify potential publishing (pacts),” Polygram Music Group prexy Roger Ames told Daily Variety. “Nick intends to assemble an A&R powerhouse and has our full support.”

At Polygram, Gatfield — a former member of Dexy’s Midnight Runners — is charged with tapping his relationships to land the music industry’s newest and brightest, while overseeing the exploitation of the music publisher’s extensive catalog which boasts tunes from Van Morrison and Elton John, as well as Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, among many others.

Polygram also has deals with such prolific scribes as Desmond Child, Jon Bon Jovi, Lyle Lovett and k.d. lang that were inked by Simone, who significantly raised the publisher’s profile during his three-year tenure.

Simone landed a number of key deals, such as the early inking of Joan Osborne and pacts with the Cranberries, the Beastie Boys and Shania Twain.

Gatfield bowed the Polydor label in 1992 as the newest label in the Polygram family. He’ll report to Ames on the publishing side and A&M Records CEO Al Cafaro on Polydor matters.

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