You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sony/ATV Publishing Names David Ventura and Tim Major to Head U.K. Company

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Chairman and CEO Jon Platt announced today that David Ventura and Tim Major will head up the company’s U.K. operations.

Ventura is promoted to president & co-managing director and Major to co-managing director, replacing previous managing director Guy Moot (who in January took over Platt’s previous role as CEO of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing). Both report to Jon Platt and take up their new roles immediately.

In a related move, William Booth  is promoted to executive VP and chief operating officer, and will report to Ventura and Major.

“Our U.K. company is critical to the global success of Sony/ATV, so I am delighted to have two exceptionally experienced and talented executives leading it,” Platt said. “David Ventura has a rare gift for A&R that brings out the best in our songwriters and builds enduring, successful careers. David’s abilities are complemented by Tim Major’s incisive legal skills and business acumen. I am confident that our U.K. team will deliver our strategy of making Sony/ATV the ultimate home for songwriters.”

Ventura said: “This new role is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am grateful to Jon for the confidence and trust he has placed in me. I am very lucky to be entering into this new chapter with Tim Major who is incredible as my partner. I believe we complement each other very well and our dynamic is without doubt a motivating force. I am ready to get started!”

Tim Major said: “It’s an honor to be given this opportunity at such an exciting time for the company. David and I have forged a strong partnership over the years and we share a clear vision for the future. We are also very fortunate to benefit from the experience, wisdom and knowledge of William in his new role.”

Ventura joined EMI Music Publishing’s London office in 2010 as VP of European creative, having previously served as creative director of NRJ Music, part of the Paris-based NRJ multimedia group. He moved across to Sony/ATV in 2012 following the acquisition of EMI Music Publishing as VP of A&R for Europe and was made head of A&R for the U.K. in 2015 when he took on the additional title of SVP of international. Among the artists and songwriters he has signed or worked with are Clean Bandit, Martin Solveig, Passenger, Kygo, Jorja Smith, Sigrid, and more recently Octavian, Banx & Ranx and Skepta.

Major joined Sony/ATV U.K. in 2013 as legal & business affairs manager and rose to general counsel/VP, Legal & Business Affairs in 2017. He trained as a solicitor at London law firm Russell-Cooke and started his music career at the British recorded music industry trade association the BPI in 2007 as an in-house lawyer before joining Universal Records in 2011 as legal & business affairs manager for commercial media partnerships & globe.

Booth joined Sony/ATV UK in 2012 as deputy managing director from PRS for Music where he was director of licensing. He was deputy managing director of EMI Music Publishing UK, which is now part of Sony/ATV, from 2003 and 2010 and before that spent 10 years at Sony/ATV as SVP, Europe. He also worked at London Records and began his legal career at London law firms Clintons and Harbottle & Lewis.

Popular on Variety

More Music

  • Born to Be Live: 'Easy Rider'

    Born to Be Live: 'Easy Rider' Gets a Concert/Screening Premiere at Radio City

    In a year full of major 50th anniversary commemorations — from Woodstock to the moon landing — why not one for “Easy Rider,” Dennis Hopper’s hippie-biker flick that was released on July 14, 1969? That was the idea when a rep for Peter Fonda, who starred in the film as the laid-back Captain America, reached out [...]

  • Rob Thomas Sammy Hagar

    Sammy Hagar Joins Rob Thomas for 'Smooth' Performance (Watch)

    Who do you call when your pal Carlos Santana has plans on a Friday night? If you’re Rob Thomas, you recruit another famous friend, rocker Sammy Hagar, who turned up to help the singer close out the latest show of his Chip Tooth Smile tour with a performance of “Smooth” at the Fox Performing Arts [...]

  • US record producer The-Dream arrives for

    Top Music Publishers Come Together for Songs of Hope Honors

    The 15th annual Songs of Hope honors united songwriters, music industry insiders and more than a few preeminent doctors at producer Alex Da Kid’s Sherman Oaks compound on Thursday night. Jimmy Jam returned to host the event, which served as a fundraiser for the ever-vital City of Hope medical treatment center as well as a [...]

  • Monkees/Badfinger/Nazz Supergroup Takes Beatles' 'White Album'

    Monkees/Badfinger/Nazz Supergroup Gets Back to '68 by Touring Beatles' 'White Album'

    The 50th anniversary re-release of 1969’s “Abbey Road” may be just days away, but that doesn’t mean Beatles fans have been there and done that when it comes to celebrating ’68. Todd Rundgren, the Monkees’ Mickey Dolenz, Badfinger’s Joey Molland and several other name musicians of a certain vintage are teaming up to go out [...]

  • Rob Cowan, Greg Silverman'The Conjuring 2'

    Greg Silverman’s Stampede, School of Rock Team for Unscripted Series (EXCLUSIVE)

    Former president of Warner Bros. Pictures Greg Silverman is partnering with School of Rock through his content creation company Stampede. The collaboration with the music school will create exclusive content, starting with the development of an unscripted series.  School of Rock operates a network of performance-based education franchises that offer students of all ages guidance [...]

  • 'Downton Abbey' Music Gets 'Bigger, Better,

    As 'Downton Abbey' Hits the Silver Screen, the Music, Too, Gets 'Bigger, Better, Grander'

    When “Downton Abbey” fans hear that familiar strings-and-piano theme, a Pavlovian response ensues: Get to the television immediately, because you don’t want to miss a minute of the addictive Crawley family melodrama to follow. This week, with the “Downton Abbey” movie reaching theaters on Friday, fans can’t wait for their fix of Lady Mary and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content