Martin N. Bandier is Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a position he assumed on April 1, 2007. Bandier oversees Sony/ATV’s global music publishing activities, including talent and copyright acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and the development and implementation of the company’s long-term strategic initiatives.
Mr. Bandier’s move to Sony/ATV matched one of the most renowned music-publishing executives in the industry with the company that controls some of its most valuable catalogue assets and boasts a stellar roster of the most active and popular current artists and writers. The Sony/ATV catalogues include some of the biggest names in music, like the Beatles, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Wyclef Jean, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Richie Sambora and Hank Williams as well as some of the industry’s leading songwriters and producers, including Linda Perry, J.R. Rotem, John Shanks and Diane Warren. Its growing current roster of chart-topping artists include Akon, Sara Bareilles, Kenny Chesney, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Sarah McLachlan, Pitbull, Mike Posner, Rascal Flatts, Shakira and Taylor Swift.
Within months of joining Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Mr. Bandier negotiated the acquisition of the Famous Music catalogue from Viacom, which is widely considered one of the world’s largest and most sought-after music catalogues. It comprises 125,000 songs, including scores from films such as “The Godfather,” “Braveheart” and “Mission Impossible” and titles by songwriters such as Shakira and Akon. Mr. Bandier also oversaw the acquisition of the Lieber Stoller catalogue, which includes one of the world’s best known songs “Stand By Me,” as well as over twenty of the greatest songs ever recorded by Elvis Presley, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and “Treat Me Nice.”
Prior to joining Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Mr. Bandier ran EMI Music Publishing for over 16 years. Under his leadership, it became the world’s largest and most successful music publishing company, as he acquired the rights to some of the most famous songs ever written and signed many top songwriters and artists.
Mr. Bandier’s involvement in the music industry dates to 1975, when he, Sam LeFrak and Charles Koppelman formed the Entertainment Company, where he achieved hits with a number of best-selling songs. He went on to co-found the Entertainment Music Company and SBK Entertainment World, where he modernized music publishing by expanding the use of the catalogue in commercials, films, sound recordings and stage productions. He also set up an advanced collection system for SBK’s vast copyright holdings. SBK sold its music publishing interests to Thorn EMI in 1989, and Mr. Bandier was appointed head of the combined music publishing division, EMI Music Publishing. He catapulted the company to new heights with the purchase of a number of major catalogue acquisitions, taking it from the fourth largest music publishing business to the number one ranking.