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Sony/ATV extends and expands deal with Mark James

By | Published on Thursday 28 January 2021

Mark James

Sony/ATV has signed a new deal with songwriter Mark James. The agreement also secures the major publisher extended rights for his three most successful songs, ‘Suspicious Minds’, ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ and ‘Always On My Mind’.

James originally signed with publishing firm Screen Gems in 1971, while it was still owned by the Columbia Pictures movie studio. It was then acquired by EMI in 1974, and then became fully part of Sony/ATV as part of its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing in 2018.

Of the new deal, Sony/ATV’s SVP Business Affairs Jonas Kant says: “Mark’s songwriting is a testament to the enduring power of music in our lives. Throughout the years, we have all heard Mark’s iconic songs in the theatre, on the radio and TV, and of course at the karaoke bar – and his music will continue inspiring fans in the future. We couldn’t be happier to extend our creative partnership with Mark”.

James adds: “I’ve always stayed with something that works. My relationship with Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc goes back to 1971 and I’ve enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship working with Sony/ATV marketing and promoting my catalogue. I’m thankful that, in 2021, my songs are still being embraced by new generations of listeners around the world”.