×

Sony/ATV Co-President Danny Strick Exits Company (EXCLUSIVE)

Danny Strick, Sony/ATV Music Publishing co-president and a longtime lieutenant of former chairman Martin Bandier, has left the company, Variety has confirmed. Former co-president Rick Krim left the company last year.

“With fondness and appreciation for his many contributions, I am sharing the news that Danny Strick is leaving the company,” chairman Jon Platt wrote in a note to the company’s staff. “When I came on board, Danny graciously agreed to maintain his leadership role in the U.S. and help with the transition.   His counsel and expertise have been invaluable over the last 10 months and I am immensely grateful for his collaboration. Danny’s notable accomplishments during his tenure as one of the most senior creative executives at the company include major signings across multiple genres.  He has worked closely with a winning team to attract and develop top-tier songwriters and producers, such as Jonas Brothers, Sarah Bareilles, A$AP Rocky, Alessia Cara, Fall Out Boy, Pitbull and G-Eazy, among many others.

“Track-record aside…as his colleagues, we know Danny to be an all-around class act.  Let’s please show our appreciation for Danny’s 15 years of service to Sony/ATV and wish him all the best.”

Strick declined comment via a Sony/ATV rep. While his next move is not clear, it would not be a surprise to see him joining Bandier’s next venture, which has not been announced but has been in the works for several months.

Based in New York, Strick joined Sony/ATV in 2004 and was appointed to the role of president in 2007 (a title he later shared, first with West Coast-based Jody Gerson and then Krim); he also headed up the company’s Latin and Nashville divisions, scoring a huge success in the former division with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s 2017 global smash “Despacito.” He joined the company after four years as a senior A&R executive at Maverick Records, where he signed Michelle Branch. He was previously president of BMG songs, a role he held from 1996-2000.

The move is the latest in chairman/CEO Jon Platt’s reorganization of the company’s ranks. New executives include Rusty Gaston as CEO in Nashville, Adrian Nunez as Vice President, Creative A&R, and 20th Century Fox veteran Cathy Merenda as Senior Vice President, Broadcast and Media Rights. Krim and communications head Paul Williams both left the company last year, with the latter being replaced by Dana Baxter.

Sources say Platt has also prioritized upgrades to SCORE, software that offers transparency to songwriters and faster access to their earnings (the only company to expedite foreign royalty payments), and, not least, his first priority as incoming CEO last April was to address pay disparities at the company by having all employees participate in the bonus pool derived from Sony/ATV’s acquisition of EMI Music Publishing. Initially, the pool was split between Bandier and several top executives.

Platt has also brought a pair of superstars with whom he’s long been associated to Sony/ATV: Beyonce and Rihanna.

As the world’s top music publisher. Sony/ATV is home to hits by Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Taylor Swift and Sia. Sony/ATV was ASCAP’s 2019 publisher of the year for pop. The company has led music-publishing market share in every quarter except one since 2013. It vaulted from fourth to first after the Bandier-helmed 2012 acquisition of EMI Music Publishing — where both he and Platt were top executives for many years — which brought it many valuable copyrights, including Jobete, the publishing wing of Motown Records .

More to come … 

More Music

  • Chaka Khan arrives at the Vanity

    Chaka Khan Joins Fergie in Pantheon of Memorable NBA National Anthem Performances

    It takes a lot to make a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” before the NBA All-Star Game trend higher on social media than the game itself, but Chaka Khan has managed what Fergie was able to two years ago, with a unique rendering of the National Anthem that threatened to render anything that followed [...]

  • Adam Lambert and Brian MayGlobal Citizen

    Watch Queen & Adam Lambert Re-Enact Band’s Live Aid Set at Australia Wildfire Benefit

    Queen + Adam Lambert rocked Australian fans with a re-enactment of the band’s iconic 1985 Live Aid performance at a benefit aiding those affected by the country’s recent bushfires. The band performed Sunday at a benefit for Fire Fight Australia at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, raising funds for bushfire relief, and gave concert goers an extra [...]

  • ALTADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Wiz

    Wiz Khalifa Surprises L.A. Middle School Students With Musical Instrument Donation

    Rapper Wiz Khalifa surprised a group of students at Los Angeles’ Eliot Arts Magnet Academy on Feb. 13 with a donation of musical instruments. The Grammy-nominated artist partnered with national music education nonprofit Little Kids Rock for the reveal. Little Kids Rock’s mission is to bring inclusive and culturally relevant music education programs to schools [...]

  • TobyMac, Toby McKeehan. TobyMac performs during

    TobyMac Shares Emotional Tribute to Late Son at L.A. Forum Concert (Watch)

    TobyMac was not about to make anyone wait for him to address the elephant in the room as he started his set Saturday night at L.A.’s Forum. Ten concerts deep into his “Hits Deep” arena tour, the Christian singer-rapper was clearly aware that fans want to hear him speak sooner rather than later about the [...]

  • Kobe Bryant Dead

    Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson Give Kobe Tributes at NBA All-Star Game

    Grammy-winning singers Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson paid homage to the late Kobe Bryant while singing at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago on Sunday. First, Latifah performed Stevie Wonder’s inspirational ballad “Love’s In Need of Love Today” and changed some of the lyrics in honor of Bryant, who died in a shocking helicopter crash [...]

  • Sir Elton JohnElton John in concert,

    Elton John Cuts Concert Short Due to Walking Pneumonia

    Elton John was forced to cut short a concert in New Zealand after falling ill with walking pneumonia, according to the BBC and multiple news outlets. The singer, who is continuing his multi-year farewell tour, lost his voice mid-way through his set at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday. “I’ve just completely lost my voice. [...]

  • Freestyle Love Supreme review

    'We Are Freestyle Love Supreme': Film Review

    For any Lin-Manuel Miranda fans whose hearts sank almost as quickly as they rose upon hearing that, yes, there’s a “Hamilton” movie, and no, it won’t be out for another 20 months, succor may be on the way in the form of a probably faster-arriving movie that features Miranda in almost as big a role, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content