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Sony/ATV bulks up its European digital and international team

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has made a series of key promotions and appointments within its European digital and international business affairs team.

Jenny Lambert has been promoted to VP of digital & business affairs international (she was previously director of digital & business affairs international). Meanwhile Moses Martiny has been promoted from VP of digital for Europe to VP of digital for international and UK.

Finally, Mika Partanen (formerly senior business development manager at PRS for Music) joins the publisher to take up the new role of director of digital business development. The appointments are part of an increased emphasis on digital at the music publisher.

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European indies say Sony’s acquisition of EMI “has to be blocked”

As Sony Music Publishing moves to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, European independent trade body Impala says a deal on this scale – and the market consolidation it will deliver – must be stopped.

It has lodged a complaint with the European Commission, urging the deal be derailed as it believes it will have serious negative repercussions for smaller players in the market.

“Our view is that the transaction has to be blocked,” said Helen Smith, executive chair of Impala. “EMI would have a better future as a stand-alone operation or combined with another smaller music company to make a more effective competitor to the majors. That would be the best outcome not only for competition but also for cultural diversity and consumer choice.”