Exec will be responsible for West Coast ops

Jody Gerson, who has been running EMI Music Publishing’s West Coast operation for 17 years, has been named co-president, Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Gerson, who will be based in Los Angeles, will have overall responsibility for the company’s West Coast operations, including A&R, marketing, film and television. The move reunites her with her former boss at EMI, Sony/ATV chairman and CEO Martin Bandier.

East Coast ops, Nashville and Latin America will continue to be overseen by Danny Strick, who has extended his agreement with the company. He will also continue to run the publisher’s label, Hickory Records.

Gerson and Strick will report directly to Bandier.

Prior to joining Sony/ATV Music, Gerson was executive VP Creative, EMI Music Publishing, where she was responsible for signing Alicia Keys, Enrique Iglesias, and producers Jermaine Dupri and Dallas Austin among others. She recently had expanded her role into the movie business, co-producing “Drumline” for 20th Century Fox and “ATL” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

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