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Publishing departures: Platt leaves EMI, Sanghvi leaves Sony/ATV

By | Published on Wednesday 27 June 2012

EMI Music Publishing

Long-term senior EMI Music Publishing executive ‘Big’ Jon Platt has confirmed he is departing the music publisher’s US division, according to Billboard.

A leading player in urban music publishing, having signed the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Diddy, Beyonce, Drake, Usher and Ludacris over the years, there have been rumours Platt might be leaving the EMI publishing business for a few weeks.

The EMI publishing company is, of course, set to be split from the EMI record company later this year, as part of a takeover by a Sony-led consortium. Assuming that deal gets regulator approval, it will mean Sony/ATV will control the EMI publishing company, which is likely to remain an autonomous unit, but with a somewhat streamlined workforce. Whether the uncertainty of EMI Publishing’s immediate future has motivated Platt’s departure isn’t known.

That said, one of the rumours regards a possible new employer for Platt is Sony/ATV itself, he having worked with the Sony publishing firm’s top man Marty Bandier when he previously headed up the EMI company. Though some gossipers reckon that is an unlikely move, and point to a possible role at Warner Music’s publishing company instead, or a possible alliance with Jay-Z at Roc Nation.

Elsewhere in the Sony/ATV/EMI empire (even though technically that empire doesn’t exist yet), Music Week is reporting that the UK MD of the Sony publishing business, Rak Sanghvi, has also announced his departure. It’s not clear what his immediate plans are.