Martin Bandier
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United States

Sony/ATV Music Publishing


Chairman / CEO

While he’s leaving Sony/ATV at the end of March 2019, after barely more than 10 years, Bandier, 77, leaves behind a company he piloted into position as the world’s biggest music publisher — it was fourth when he took charge in 2007. In fact, the man with the Midas touch has built every publishing company he’s run — including The Entertainment Company, SBK and EMI — into a powerhouse. With more than 3.5 million songs by the likes of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Drake, his Sony/ATV has topped market share every quarter over six years except one. And it’ll grow even bigger with Bandier’s multibillion-dollar parting gift: a deal that has Sony/ATV acquiring shares of a company he once ran, EMI Music Publishing.


  • EMI Music
  • SBK Entertainment
  • Songwriters Hall of Fame


  • Syracuse University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Sony/ATV Chief Martin Bandier Thanks Artists, Staff in Final Year-End Message (Read)

Sony/ATV Chief Martin Bandier Thanks Artists, Staff in Final Year-End Message (Read)

Earlier this year, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Chairman/CEO Martin Bandier announced that he will be stepping down from his post at the end of March, 2019, when his contract expires. It is a matter of fact and not opinion to say that he is one of the greatest music publishers in history and has built the company into a global juggernaut that has topped Billboard's Publisher's Quarterly chart every quarter except one in the past six years. Variety has obtained a...


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