Ex-Sony Music executive Pat Handlin plots a comeback with Kyle Sandilands and Samantha Jade


Samantha Jade and The Veronicas lead exodus of artists from Sony Music after workplace misconduct scandal – as former executive Pat Handlin plots a comeback with Kyle Sandilands

Kyle Sandilands may be about to go into business with Sony Music’s former vice president of A&R, Pat Handlin.

Handlin, who is engaged to pop star Samantha Jade, was stood down from Sony Music Australia last year after an HR investigation into ‘toxic workplace’ allegations.

But the ousted executive is starting a new venture with Sandilands, and Jade ‘could be among the first signings’, reports The Music Network. 

Making moves? Kyle Sandilands (pictured) may be about to go into business with Sony Music’s former vice president of A&R, Pat Handlin

The Veronicas, who recently parted ways with Sony, may also be on the duo’s hit list, according to the industry publication. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sandilands’ manager for comment.

Sandilands previously defended Pat’s father, former Sony Music Australia CEO Denis Handlin, following a Four Corners investigation into a ‘toxic’ culture at the label.

First up: Singer Samantha Jade (pictured in December last year) 'could be among the first signings', reports The Music Network. She is engaged to Pat Handlin

First up: Singer Samantha Jade (pictured in December last year) ‘could be among the first signings’, reports The Music Network. She is engaged to Pat Handlin

The former CEO denied the ABC’s allegations, and Sandilands later supported Handlin Snr on his Sydney breakfast radio show.

Samantha announced her engagement to Pat in January 2019, after they reportedly started dating around mid-2017.

Pat was one of two Sony Music Australia executives to be stood down last June following the abrupt departure of his father Denis.

Targets: The Veronicas (pictured in June 2019), who recently parted ways with Sony, may also be on the duo's hit list, according to the industry publication

Targets: The Veronicas (pictured in June 2019), who recently parted ways with Sony, may also be on the duo’s hit list, according to the industry publication

Allegations: Pat Handlin (right, with fiancée Samantha Jade) was was stood down from Sony Music Australia last year following an HR investigation into 'toxic workplace' allegations

Allegations: Pat Handlin (right, with fiancée Samantha Jade) was was stood down from Sony Music Australia last year following an HR investigation into ‘toxic workplace’ allegations

A New York-based spokesperson for the label confirmed to The Music Network last August he was ‘no longer with the company’.

He had joined the company in 2006 as an intern before rising up the ranks to vice president of artists and repertoire.

Pat was placed on indefinite leave on June 22, 2021, along with the senior vice president of human resources, Mark Stebnicki.

Gone: Pat was placed on indefinite leave on June 22, 2021, along with the senior vice president of human resources, Mark Stebnicki

Gone: Pat was placed on indefinite leave on June 22, 2021, along with the senior vice president of human resources, Mark Stebnicki

Denis Handlin had resigned a day earlier after the company launched an investigation into its other workers over allegations of bullying and harassment.

Handlin Snr was one of the most powerful and influential figures in the music industry, helping stars like Delta Goodrem and Jessica Mauboy achieve global fame.

Sony Music is investigating claims of bullying and harassment in its Australian office with the HR probe being led from the company’s U.S. headquarters.

Family business: Denis Handlin had resigned a day earlier after the company launched an investigation into its other workers over allegations of bullying and harassment. (Pictured with Delta Goodrem in August 2004)

Family business: Denis Handlin had resigned a day earlier after the company launched an investigation into its other workers over allegations of bullying and harassment. (Pictured with Delta Goodrem in August 2004)

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