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3/7/17

Sony/ATV U.K. has bolstered its A&R team with the appointment of BMG exec Alastair Kinross as Senior A&R Manager and former Ministry of Sound man Alex Sparks as A&R Manager. The duo join the pubco after a run of recent success.

Kinross is known for signing M.I.A. and ZAYN songwriter Levi Lennox. He spent more than four years at BMG where he was A&R and Creative Manager in the U.K., then Director U.K./U.S. Songwriter Relations in Los Angeles where he coordinated all U.K. writing trips to the West Coast.

Sparks’ arrival follows a three-year period at Ministry of Sound where he was A&R consultant. His signings include Rhodes, Format B and Louis Cherry.

Based in London, they both report to Head of A&R, U.K., David Ventura, who said: “We are delighted to haveAlastair and Alex in the Sony/ATV family. They are very talented A&Rs with a great passion for music.” (Pictured, from left, are Alastair Kinross, David Ventura and Alex Sparks).

The pubco has enjoyed 51 consecutive weeks as publisher or co-publisher of the U.K. #1 single thanks to tracks by Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit and James Arthur, as well as international acts Drake, The Chainsmokers and Mike Posner.