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Hanson exits EMI

LONDON — Ian Hanson is stepping down as EMI Group COO, effective immediately, the music major said Tuesday. Hanson was promoted in January from EMI Music senior vp, chairman's office, reporting to then-EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli. On an interim basis, Mike Clasper will assume Hanson's worldwide duties, which involved responsibility for the recording division's business affairs and operations functions, including global distribution, manufacturing and digital supply chain.

Cherry Lane, Zimmer deal

NEW YORK — Cherry Lane Music Publishing has signed film composer Hans Zimmer to a worldwide, long-term administration agreement covering his interests in about 500 tracks of his work. Included under the deal are Zimmer's interest in tracks from such films as "Gladiator," "The Pledge" and "With Friends Like These." The agreement does not cover future work.

11 pledge to stop junk ads

BRUSSELS — Eleven major food and drink companies pledged Tuesday to stop advertising junk food to children under 12 by the end of 2008. The move to self-regulate comes after the European Commission warned that advertising bans would be imposed on the industry if it failed to comply with overall EU health policy aims. The pledge — which covers television, print and Internet advertising — was signed by Coca-Cola, Groupe Danone, Ferrero, General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft, Mars, Nestle, PepsiCo, Unilever and Burger King. Together, these companies represent about two-thirds of EU food and beverage advertising spending.

Sony taps Lee as senior vp legal

Audrey Lee has been appointed to the newly created position of senior vp in the distribution legal affairs group at Sony Pictures Entertainment. She reports to Corii Berg, deputy general counsel and executive vp legal affairs, and will oversee the legal issues involved in distribution of content for the domestic pay TV, non-European international TV, digital/ online/mobile and home entertainment and worldwide digital cinema.