Jonny Thompson is Executive General Manager of International at Nichion, Inc. Nichion, which is owned by the TBS television network, is one of Japan’s largest and most successful music publishing companies. Mr. Thompson’s career began in 1990 when he joined the Japanese label MMG Records as Manager of International Liaison. In 1994, with the acquisition of MMG Records by Warner Music, Mr. Thompson joined Warner Music Japan where he became Executive Assistant to the Chairman, and, in 1996, Assistant General Manager for International. In 1999, Mr. Thompson joined Smile Music Publishing, the music publishing division of local Japanese artist management agency Smile, as Director of New Media Development. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Thompson served as A&R Director and General Manager for International at Victor Entertainment and JVC Entertainment Networks. In 2005, Mr. Thompson joined Nichion, Inc. in his current role as Executive General Manager for International, with responsibility for overseeing the marketing and management of Nichion’s broad number of International catalogues.
Established in 1963, Nichion is one of Japan’s largest and most successful music publishing companies. Nichion administers or controls both Domestic and International copyrights, and as a music publishing company is a direct affiliate of Tokyo Broadcasting System, or TBS, one of Japan’s leading television networks. In terms of Domestic repertoire, Nichion administers or controls a domestic music catalogue of nearly 40,000 titles. In addition to its Domestic catalogue, Nichion is also one of Japan’s leading sub-publishers for International repertoire.