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.

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.

Chambers Profile for Lisa Alter

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.)