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Sony Music Publishing UK names Naomi Asher to Vice President, Songwriter Services and Neighbouring Rights

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Sony Music Publishing UK has promoted Naomi Asher to Vice President, Songwriter Services and Neighbouring Rights.

Asher will remain based in the company’s London office, reporting to SMP UK Co-Managing Directors David Ventura and Tim Major.

In her new role, Asher will continue to oversee the company’s Neighbouring Rights division, and also serve as 'the go-to contact for SMP UK’s catalogue songwriters and clients and will be responsible for expanding opportunities and driving success for...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Concord Music Publishing sign Mount Kimbie to a global publishing agreement

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Concord Music Publishing has signed British electronic music band Mount Kimbie — Dom Maker and Kai Campos — to a new worldwide publishing deal, covering all works going forward including their new studio album 'The Sunset Violent'.

In addition to music from Mount Kimbie, Maker and Campos have signed for the development of their individual projects. The duo signed to Concord Music Publishing via the global A&R teams in London — Tom Coulson-Smith, Senior Director and Mary McGovern, Senior ...

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Canal+’s offer for SA’s MultiChoice considered ‘fair and reasonable’

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MultiChoice has concluded that the offer made by Vivendi-owned media group Canal+ to acquire the shares it does not already own in the South African pay TV service was "fair and reasonable," according to an independent board review made by MultiChoice and Standard Bank.

Canal+ made an offer to pay 125 rand in cash per MultiChoice share, or the equivalent of 35 billion rand (€1.72 billion), which valued the company at about 55 billion rand (€2.7bn). The offer is expected to close by April 20...

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Merlin unveils new initiative to help emerging technology platforms license repertoire from independent labels

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Licensing agency for independent labels Merlin has launched Merlin Connect to facilitate licensing repertoire from independent labels to emerging technology platforms.

"The initiative will make music licensing more accessible to a select group of promising emerging technology platforms by delivering fully cleared, quality music," said Merlin in a statement. "Our aim is to find and empower the next generation of music monetisation opportunities for Merlin’s membership of independent record l...

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