Danny Strick, a 15-year veteran of Sony/ATV, is leaving the major publisher, MBW has confirmed.
Strick, who most recently held the title of Co-President of the U.S at the company, was praised today as a “class act” by Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt in an internal note.
The exit of Strick (pictured) is another chapter in the changing face of Sony/ATV since Platt took over from the firm’s former boss Marty Bandier at the end of Q1 last year.
In the near-12 months since Platt’s arrival, the exec has shaken up the executive structure of Sony/ATV, bringing in the likes of Rusty Gaston as CEO in Nashville.
Platt has also made major new hires in A&R (Adrian Nunez – VP of Creative A&R), as well as Human Resources (Elicia Felix-Hughey – SVP, Global HR), Broadcast & Media Rights (Cathy Merenda – SVP, Broadcast & Media) and Communications (Dana Baxter – SVP, Corporate Comms).
Going the other way, exec exits under Platt at Sony/ATV have included two favourites of Bandier’s reign: the publisher’s former co-President, Rick Krim, plus its ex-Nashville boss Troy Tomlinson, who has joined UMPG.
Platt has also prioritized upgrades to Sony/ATV royalty portal SCORE, introducing greater transparency and faster access for songwriters wishing to receive earnings.
And don’t forget Platt’s first big move: ensuring that all Sony/ATV employees received a monetary bonus for their contribution to the growth, and ultimate acquisition, of EMI Music Publishing.
Danny Strick joined Sony/ATV in 2004 having previously worked at the likes of Maverick Record and BMG.
MBW heard during Grammy week that ex-Sony/ATV boss Bandier may soon emerge as the face of a nine-figure-backed new venture in the music biz – could Strick or Krim end up joining their former leader?
Jon Platt’s internal memo to staff today (February 5) regarding Strick’s exit can be read below:
With fondness and appreciation for his many contributions, I am sharing the news that Danny Strick is leaving the company.
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.
-jonMusic Business Worldwide