Alter Kendrick & Baron Listed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

The firm is pleased to announce that it has been selected for inclusion by U.S. News & World Report on its 2022 list of “Best Law Firms.” The firm achieved rankings in the practice area of Entertainment Law - Music and Copyright Law. 

“Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading attorneys in the respective practice areas. Peers and clients evaluate firms based on a set of criteria including responsiveness, cost-effectiveness, integrity and civility, as well as whether they would refer a matter to the firm and/or consider the firm a worthy competitor.

Joyce Dollinger Speaks on “Basics And Production Deals” for Music Business Law Conference

On October 29, 2021, Joyce Dollinger participated on a panel for the annual Music Business Law Conference, co-organized by Joyce and hosted by the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The two-part session, entitled "Basics And Production Deals,” began with an overview of the elements of Management, Publishing, Recording, and Merchandising Deals. The panel continued, focusing in on Production Deals, including how they evolved and how they are viewed, negotiated, and implemented.

Chris Isaak Joins Primary Wave for Catalog Deal, JV With Sun Records

Primary Wave has announced a new, multi-faceted partnership today with Grammy-nominated artist Chris Isaak, including a multi-million dollar acquisition of a 50% stake in Isaak's master recordings. The California native's new partnership with Primary Wave also includes a new recording contract with Sun Records -- which Primary Wave recently acquired -- as well as the establishment of a joint venture that will allow Isaak to sign new artists of his choosing in partnership with Sun. (Subscription required to read the full article.)

Reservoir Acquires Iconic Tommy Boy Music, Groundbreaking Hip-Hop Label

New York-based music-rights company Reservoir has acquired the groundbreaking New York-based hip-hop and electronic label Tommy Boy Music, according to an SEC filing. The deal comprises more than 6,000 masters, including such iconic hits from the ‘80s and early ‘90s as Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” and Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force’s “Planet Rock.”

Chambers USA 2021 Guide Ranks Alter Kendrick & Baron, Lisa Alter

Alter Kendrick & Baron and founding partner Lisa Alter have been recognized by the world’s leading legal ranking guide Chambers USA as being among the top law firms and legal practitioners in the country in the field of Media and Entertainment: Music - New York for 2021. Chambers is a prestigious ranking organization that selects the top lawyers and law firms across the country on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities valued by clients.

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Lisa Alter Speaks on “The Terminators” Panel for Billboard Pro Spotlight Series

Lisa Alter recently participated in a panel entitled “The Terminators” for Billboard Pro’s Spotlight series “Creators and Copyright,” which aired May 14, 2021. During the webinar, Lisa and her fellow panelists discussed copyright termination, a complicated feature of U.S. copyright law that allows creators to terminate a grant of copyright.

Lisa Alter Interviewed by Fast Company on Music Catalog Sales Boom

Lisa Alter was recently asked by Fast Company to comment on the rise of songwriting catalog deals in the industry. “Some of the more aggressive players have raised the bar in terms of pricing, speed of closing—it’s become a very intense business,” said Lisa. “Going back a number of years, these deals could drag on for months. We are just in a boom in the business.”

Influence Media Buys Stake in Julia Michaels’ Song Catalog

Influence Media Partners, a music and entertainment fund with an emphasis on female artists and songwriters, has acquired a portfolio of select copyrights from the catalog of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Julia Michaels. The deal includes the pop writer’s publishing stake in songs performed by Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and more.
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For Music Rights Deals, the Hits Keep Coming

Tempo Music Investments, a private-equity backed partnership, has quietly bought up music from the Jonas Brothers, Florida Georgia Line, Wiz Khalifa and some top producers. And they’re not done: The firm has more than $1 billion available to keep buying, an indication that the hot market for music intellectual property will continue. (Subscription required to read the full article.)

Primary Wave Acquires Recorded-Music, Music Publishing and Master Recording Producer Rights to Patrick Leonard catalog.

Primary Wave has announced that it acquired Recorded-Music, Music Publishing and Master Recording Producer Rights to Patrick Leonard’s catalog. The deal encompasses Leonard’s share of hits by the likes of Leonard Cohen (“You Want It Darker,” “It Seemed the Better Way,” “If I Didn’t Have Your Love”), Jewel (“Hands”), and his songwriting royalties for classics by Madonna (“Like A Prayer,” “Frozen,” “La Isla Bonita”). Leonard’s production and writing credits also include work with Roger Waters, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Cetera, and more. (Subscription required to read the full article.)