Lisa Alter Named a 2021 “New York Power Lawyer” by The Hollywood Reporter

The firm is pleased to announce that Lisa Alter has again been selected to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual “New York Power Lawyers” feature, which spotlights the most influential attorneys in the entertainment industry who are based on the East Coast. The exclusive list focuses on only 20 NYC-area attorneys who are setting themselves apart from their peers in the media, music, fashion and theater industries.

Primary Wave Buys Stake in Publishing Catalog of the Waterboys’ Mike Scott

Terms of the deal include a share in all publishing rights and income streams, as well as master rights and income streams owned by Scott. Included in the deal are Fisherman’s Blues, This Is the Sea, and Whole of the Moon, the band’s most commercially successful single. In addition, says Primary Wave, it will work with Scott to secure marketing opportunities regarding his name and likeness.

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.

Luther Vandross Estate Strikes Deal With Primary Wave Music

The estate of legendary R&B singer Luther Vandross has struck a wide-ranging partnership with Primary Wave Music that sees the company acquiring a stake in the late artist’s publishing, master recording income stream, and name and likeness rights. The company will continue a long-term partnership with the estate to manage all assets.

Primary Wave Buys Stake in Gerry Goffin Catalog

Variety reports that Primary Wave has bought a ‘sizeable’ stake in the music publishing catalog of prolific songwriter Gerry Goffin. The deal includes a number of songs Goffin co-wrote with Carole King such as the No.1 hit Take Good Care of My Baby, The Loco-Motion, and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow which was famously recorded by the Shirelles in 1961. The deal also encompasses several songs Goffin wrote with other songwriters such as Russ Titelman, Barry Goldberg, and Michael Masser which include the Oscar nominated Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To) and the Golden Globe nominated So Sad the Song.

Raleigh Music Publishing Acquires Lee Morris Catalog, Including “Blue Velvet”

Raleigh Music Publishing announced that it acquired the catalog of American song writer Lee Morris, including the Billboard #1 hit, “Blue Velvet” which was made famous by Tony Bennett and Bobby Vinton. Also included in the deal are Bobby Vinton-recorded songs as such "Satin," "Someone I Used To Know," and "Tina"; Elvis Presley cuts like "Big Love, Big Heartache," "Barefoot Ballad" and "You Can't Say No In Acapulco"; Frank Sinatra's "If I Only Had a Match" (with Al Jolson) and "You Forgot All the Words"; and Nat King Cole's "I Don't Want to See Tomorrow."

Primary Wave Acquires Stake in Rights to Bing Crosby’s Estate

Primary Wave announced a new partnership Monday, October 11, 2021, with the estate of the late singer and actor, Bing Crosby, known for bellowing the definitive version of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” In the deal, Primary Wave acquired a stake in assets including the Bing Crosby Archives featuring thousands of recordings (many unreleased), artist royalties, writer royalties, and rights to radio, television and film productions, most notably the 1954 classic “White Christmas.” Primary Wave has also acquired a stake in Crosby’s name, likeness and rights of publicity.

Lisa Alter and Katie Baron Named to New York Metro “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” Lists for 2021

The firm is pleased to announce that Lisa Alter and Katie Baron were recently recognized by Thomson Reuters in its New York Metro “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” lists for 2021. Lisa was named a “Super Lawyer” and Katie was recognized as a “Rising Star.”

“Super Lawyers” is one of the most respected rating services in the legal profession, and it honors outstanding attorneys based on professional achievement, peer recognition, and independent research. Only the top 5% of lawyers in each state are selected to receive this honor. The "Rising Stars" distinction honors the top 2.5% of attorneys who are under the age of 40.

Lisa Alter and James Kendrick Named to 2022 Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America”

Lisa Alter and James Kendrick will appear in the 2022 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America,” one of the oldest and most respected guides to the legal profession. The selections are based on a comprehensive peer-review process that captures the consensus opinion of leading lawyers regarding the professional abilities of colleagues within common legal practices and geographical areas. Lisa and James were honored for their outstanding work in the following practice areas:

Lisa Alter: Copyright Law; Entertainment Law - Music
James Kendrick: Copyright Law; Entertainment Law - Music

Lisa Alter and Katie Baron Named 2021 “Dealmakers of the Year” by New York Law Journal

Lisa Alter and Katie Baron were recently selected to the New York Law Journal’s 2021 “Dealmakers of the Year,'' a distinguished list that profiles the most prominent and hardworking transactional attorneys in New York. Lisa and Katie will be recognized in an upcoming issue of Professional Excellence magazine and honored on October 13th at the New York Legal Awards ceremony taking place in New York City.