Sony/ATV Music Publishing

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing is an American music publisher owned by Sony Entertainment.wikipedia
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Michael Jackson

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The company was formed in 1995 with the merger of Sony Music Publishing and ATV Music, which was owned by entertainer Michael Jackson.
In 1984 Robert Holmes à Court announced he was selling the ATV Music Publishing catalog comprising the publishing rights to nearly 4000 songs, including most of the Beatles' material.

Sony Music

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In August 2019, management of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment were merged under the newly formed Sony Music Group. McCartney, with Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, offered £21 million but the offer was declined by Grade who decided not to sell Northern Songs separately after other suitors, including CBS Songs, EMI Music Publishing, Warner Communications, Paramount Pictures and the Entertainment Co. showed interest in buying ATV Music as a whole.
Its music publishing division Sony/ATV is the largest music publisher in the world.

Martin Bandier

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McCartney, with Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, offered £21 million but the offer was declined by Grade who decided not to sell Northern Songs separately after other suitors, including CBS Songs, EMI Music Publishing, Warner Communications, Paramount Pictures and the Entertainment Co. showed interest in buying ATV Music as a whole.
Martin N. "Marty" Bandier (born July 21, 1941) is an American music industry executive who is the CEO/Chairman of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Lew Grade

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Associated Television (ATV) was a British television broadcasting company founded in 1955 by Lew Grade.
ITC became a wholly owned ATV subsidiary in 1957, That same year ATV established a music publishing division with ATV Music and gained a half interest in Pye Records in 1959, later Pye became a wholly owned subsidiary.

Brian Epstein

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Northern Songs was co-owned by Lennon, McCartney, Brian Epstein and Dick James, who owned a controlling interest.
By 1969, Lennon and McCartney had lost control of all publishing rights to ATV Music Publishing.

Pye Records

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ATV entered the music industry in 1958 when it acquired 50% of Pye Records, a British record company.
This company, which owned Beatles publisher Northern Songs, was bought by Michael Jackson in 1985 and later merged with Sony to form Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Northern Songs

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ATV acquired Northern Songs, publisher of the Lennon–McCartney song catalogue, in 1969.
Jackson later merged his published catalogue with Sony Corporation of America's to form Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Paul McCartney

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The catalog featured almost every song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
In January 2017, McCartney filed a suit in United States district court against Sony/ATV Music Publishing seeking to reclaim ownership of his share of the Lennon–McCartney song catalogue beginning in 2018.

Hickory Records

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The venture included music publishing rights to 55,000 country music songs, including the music of Hank Williams, The Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison, and the master recordings of the defunct label Hickory Records.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing revived the label in 2007.

Acuff-Rose Music

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In July 2002, Sony/ATV Music Publishing bought veteran country music publisher Acuff-Rose Music for $157 million.
Currently, the company's catalog is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Sony Entertainment

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing is an American music publisher owned by Sony Entertainment.

EMI Music Publishing

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McCartney, with Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, offered £21 million but the offer was declined by Grade who decided not to sell Northern Songs separately after other suitors, including CBS Songs, EMI Music Publishing, Warner Communications, Paramount Pictures and the Entertainment Co. showed interest in buying ATV Music as a whole. In 2012, an investor consortium led by Sony/ATV Music Publishing acquired EMI Music Publishing to become the largest music publishing administrator in the world, with a library of over three million songs.
Sony, through its Sony/ATV Music Publishing unit, acquired about 30% of EMI Publishing.

Paramount Pictures

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McCartney, with Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, offered £21 million but the offer was declined by Grade who decided not to sell Northern Songs separately after other suitors, including CBS Songs, EMI Music Publishing, Warner Communications, Paramount Pictures and the Entertainment Co. showed interest in buying ATV Music as a whole. Other major studios that rely on Sony/ATV's administration include Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV Networks, Showtime, CBS, and DreamWorks (all since the Famous Music acquisition); Sony Pictures (except the studio's 1993-2012 catalogue, which is owned by Ole Media Management), 20th Century Fox, A+E Networks, Endemol Shine Group, Hit Entertainment, ITV Studios, ITC Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists, and Orion Pictures.
Also, in 2007, Paramount sold another one of its "heritage" units, Famous Music, to Sony/ATV Music Publishing (best known for publishing many songs by The Beatles, and for being co-owned by Michael Jackson), ending a nearly-eight-decade run as a division of Paramount, being the studio's music publishing arm since the period when the entire company went by the name "Famous Players."

Associated Television

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Associated Television (ATV) was a British television broadcasting company founded in 1955 by Lew Grade.
ATV Music eventually settled into the hands of Michael Jackson before being merged into Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

EuropaCorp

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On June 27, 2017, Sony/ATV agreed to administer the music publishing rights of French motion picture company EuropaCorp, soon after acquiring 1,500 music copyrights from the studio.
In June 2017, EuropaCorp signed a music publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

John Branca

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Jackson was first informed that the ATV catalog was up for sale in September 1984 by his attorney, John Branca, who had put together Jackson's earlier catalogue acquisitions.
These deals prompted Marty Bandier, CEO and chairman of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, to call Branca the "number one music publishing lawyer in the country."

Penny Lane

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The only Beatles song in the Northern Songs catalog that was excluded from the sale was "Penny Lane", the rights to which were gifted by Holmes à Court to his then-teenage daughter Catherine before the sale, as it was her favorite Beatles song.
As of 2009, Catherine Holmes à Court-Mather was still the copyright owner of "Penny Lane", which is one of only five Lennon–McCartney songs not owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Dial Records (1964)

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Sony/ATV also owns the masters of Dial Records, Four Star Records and Challenge Records.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns the Dial Records catalogue today.

SBK Records

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CBS Records' previous publishing division, CBS Songs, had been sold to SBK Entertinment in 1986.
SBK Records was part of the EMI Group, but became dormant as of 2007, when Martin Bandier left EMI Publishing for Sony Corp.'s Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

List of Sony/ATV Music Publishing artists

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This is a list of songwriters, artists and bands published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Challenge Records (1950s-60s label)

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Sony/ATV also owns the masters of Dial Records, Four Star Records and Challenge Records.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns the catalog today.

Showtime (TV network)

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Other major studios that rely on Sony/ATV's administration include Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV Networks, Showtime, CBS, and DreamWorks (all since the Famous Music acquisition); Sony Pictures (except the studio's 1993-2012 catalogue, which is owned by Ole Media Management), 20th Century Fox, A+E Networks, Endemol Shine Group, Hit Entertainment, ITV Studios, ITC Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists, and Orion Pictures.
A new company that assumed the Viacom name kept Paramount Pictures, the MTV Networks and BET Networks cable divisions, and Famous Music (the latter of which was sold to Sony-ATV Music Publishing in May 2007).

Hank Williams

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The venture included music publishing rights to 55,000 country music songs, including the music of Hank Williams, The Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison, and the master recordings of the defunct label Hickory Records.
In 2006, a janitor of Sony/ATV Music Publishing found in a dumpster the unfinished lyrics written by Williams that had been found in his car the night he died.

Famous Music

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Another company acquisition was made in 2007, when Sony/ATV purchased Famous Music, a music publishing business with song catalogue of more than 125,000 songs including "Moon River" and "Footloose", for $370 million.
In May 2007, Viacom sold Famous Music to Sony/ATV Music Publishing co-owned by Sony and Michael Jackson for a reported $370m.

Extreme Music

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Extreme Music is a production music arm of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.