January 6th, 2014
I’m moderating this great event next week! Would love to see you there.
|New Trends in Music Licensing for Film and Television|
|Date/Time:||Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
|Pricing:||Free for NYWIFT and Women in Music members
$15 to Nonmembers
RSVP online by January 14th, 5pm (EST)
7 World Trade Center/250 Greenwich Street, NYC
check in at security desk downstairs
Women in Music has partnered with New York Women in Film & Television to bring you an experienced and passionate panel of experts in the world of music in film, TV, commercials and audio-visual works.
Music is an integral creative element of television programs, films and commercials. Music licensing generates a significant income stream for those in the music industry. The audiovisual and music industries have much to learn from each other on how to grow effective businesses and incorporate music in video successfully and effectively. From the nuts and bolts of music supervising and licensing to inside information on the businesses that are innovating solutions on the digital forefront, this panel will present information on some of the latest licensing deals, price points and platforms in the sync licensing space. The process of track placement, the art of music supervising, what creators of audio-visual product are searching for and challenges they face will be discussed, along with how music creators and copyright owners can increase sync license placements for their catalog.
Please join us as our two communities come together to exchange and discuss the latest trends and issues in sync licensing.
Please RSVP by no later than January 14th at 5pm EST. Photo I.D. is needed for entry into the building.
Susan Arnold, VP Commercial Music Group, SONY/ATV Music Publishing
Stephanie Diaz-Matos, Music Supervisor, Search Party (The Vow, Lost, Six Degrees, Smash, Friends with Kids)
Mark Frieser, CEO, Sync Exchange
Adam Kane Norcott, Director, Business Development & Creative Strategy, Music Dealers
Bentley Weiner, Director and Coordinating Producer, HBO Sports (Multi Emmy Award-winning series24/7)
Moderator: Jennifer Newman Sharpe, Esq., Entertainment Attorney and VP/General Counsel of Women in Music
Susan Arnold is an attorney whose practice has emphasized music business licensing transactions for more than two decades. She has worked for several major global companies, including Sony ATV Music Publishing, EMI Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment. Susan’s music business career began when she was in-house counsel and Business Affairs VP for PMG, an independent distributor of midline and budget physical product. She served for four years as the head of Sony Music’s Product & Copyright Administration department, which was responsible for the copyright registration and mechanical and synchronization licensing of all Sony Music domestic releases. She then served for six years as lead lawyer for EMI Music Publishing’s synch team. Arnold is currently directing sync licensing business affairs for Sony ATV’s Commercial Music Group.
Mark Freiser is an experienced executive and thought leader in the fields of music, entertainment and technology. He has developed and produced more than 200 business seminars, concerts and events, and co-developed and launched the official US Ringtone charts with Billboard Magazine. Under his leadership, the charting system launched in October 2004 within 180 days of development, tabulating more than 85% of US sales weekly, thereby establishing the foundation for Nielsen Mobile. He also launched and managed mobile market research consultancy, Consect, and is a regular columnist on music licensing for Billboard. Consect successfully organized mobile entertainment industry conferences for audiences, and developed content businesses for companies like Largardere and France Telecom. Frieser is responsible for a number of industry firsts, including helping to conceive the first hip-hop ringtone brand and label (Blingtones), the first mobile entertainment partnership with a major celebrity (Carmen Electra) and the first SMS-based game of skill for prizes and rewards (Text2WIN). As Senior Vice President of Marketing (BD and Content) at Zedge.net, he co-managed and developed the site’s redesign, grew its membership from 5 to 13 million, implemented SMS-based content services and managed high-level branded collaborations with Lionsgate, Overture Films, Starz Media, Thomas Dolby and many others.
Adam Kane Norcott is a strategic, music business professional based in New York City with several years of music licensing, publishing, sales, marketing and high level client management experience in North America and Australia (Asia Pacific). Adam previously worked for a division of EMI-Sony ATV Music Publishing for several years in New York City, placing artists works into television shows and promos produced by clients such as Showtime, HBO, Bell Media Canada, Yes Networks and PBS. He also consulted with a number of music licensing start-ups focused on helping independent artists to monetize their work by harnessing the power of synchronization. Adam is unique in that he is also a professional musician who has recorded, produced and written 4 independent albums to date. He has toured extensively in Nashville, Toronto, New York City and Sydney, Australia while enjoying radio play on NPR in the USA, and Triple J/FBIFM in Australia. Adam is very excited to bring his professional experience to Music Dealers. Adam is currently heading up their New York office, attending to the specific music and budgets needs of film, television and brand clientele on the East Coast and Canada.
Bentley Weiner has worked at HBO Sports for the past thirteen years, producing and directing a variety of programs. She is currently the Coordinating Producer of the network’s acclaimed sports documentary series, 24/7, and oversees all aspects of production on the show, including music discovery, selection and placement. She has also commissioned composers to score original pieces for the series, as well as for other projects she’s directed.
Moderator Jennifer Newman Sharpe is an attorney with a practice focusing on entertainment, intellectual property and media law. Jennifer works closely with creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative clients to develop strategies and negotiate agreements in order to maximize their opportunities, build positive relationships with collaborators, and protect and leverage their creative works. Her clients include musicians, producers, filmmakers, designers, artists, theater companies, authors, composers, recording studios, publishing companies, record labels and start ups. In addition, Jennifer’s firm also offers rights clearance services for producers, filmmakers, video game and digital content creators and record labels. Jennifer is vice president, general counsel, and a board member of the organization Women in Music.
September 24th, 2013
The Emmys were on Sunday night. I actually missed most of them, unfortunately, but am happy to report a full list of the winners:
Winner: Breaking Bad, AMC
Nominees: Breaking Bad, AMC; Downton Abbey, PBS; Homeland, Showtime; Game of Thrones, HBO; House of Cards, Netflix; Mad Men, AMC
Winner: Modern Family, ABC
Nominees: The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Girls, HBO, Louie, FX; Modern Family, ABC;30 Rock, NBC; Veep, HBO
MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Winner: Behind the Candelabra, HBO
Nominees: American Horror Story: Asylum, FX; Behind the Candelabra, HBO; Phil Spector, HBO; Political Animals, USA; The Bible, History; Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime
Nominees: Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC; Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime; Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS; Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E; Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC; Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC; Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO
Nominees: Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC; Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO; Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC; Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime; Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS
Nominees: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix; Louis C.K., Louie, FX; Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime; Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime; Jim Parsons,Big Bang Theory, CBS; Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
Nominees: Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO; Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO; Tiny Fey, 30 Rock, NBC; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO;Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Winner: Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO
Nominees: Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO; Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra, HBO; Toby Jones, The Girl, HBO; Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End, HBO; Al Pacino, Phil Spector, HBO
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Winner: Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime
Nominees: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX; Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime; Helen Mirren, Phil Spector, HBO; Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA; Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Nominees: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad, AMC; Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC; Jim Carter, Downton Abbey, PBS; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, HBO; Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC
Nominees: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC; Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS;Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, HBO; Christine Baranski, The Good Wife, CBS;Morena Baccarin, Homeland, Showtime; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men, AMC
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Tony Hale, Veep, HBO
Nominees: Adam Driver, Girls, HBO; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC; Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC; Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC; Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Tony Hale, Veep, HBO
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
Nominees: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Jane Lynch, Glee, Fox; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC; Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC; Merritt Wever,Nurse Jackie, Showtime; Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock, NBC; Anna Chlumsky, Veep, HBO
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Winner: Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals, USA
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX; Charlotte Rampling, Restless, Sundance; Imelda Staunton, The Girl, HBO; Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals, USA; Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias; Lifetime
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Winner: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Nominees: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX; Zachary Quinto,American Horror Story: Asylum, FX; Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra, HBO; John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime; Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel
Winner: The Voice, NBC
Nominees: The Amazing Race, CBS; Dancing With the Stars, ABC; Project Runway, Lifetime; So You Think You Can Dance, Fox; Top Chef, Bravo; The Voice, NBC
Winner: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
Nominees: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central; The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central; Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC; Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, NBC; Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO; Saturday Night Live, NBC
Winner: Louis C.K.: Oh My God, HBO
Nominees: The Kennedy Center Honors, CBS; Louis C.K.: Oh My God, HBO; Mel Brooks Strikes Back! With Mel Brooks And Alan Yentob, HBO; Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One), NBC; 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief
DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Winner: House of Cards, Netflix
Nominees: Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Breaking Bad, AMC; Downton Abbey, PBS;Homeland, Showtime; House of Cards, Netflix
DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Modern Family, ABC
Nominees: Girls, HBO; Glee, Fox; Louie, FX; Modern Family, ABC; 30 Rock, NBC
DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Winner: Behind the Candelabra, HBO
Behind the Candelabra, HBO; Ring of Fire, Lifetime, Phil Spector, HBO; The Girl, HBO; Top of the Lake; Sundance Channel
WRITING FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Winner: The Hour, BBC America
Behind the Candelabra, HBO; Parade’s End; HBO, Phil Spector, HBO; The Hour, BBC America; Top of the Lake; Sundance Channel
DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
Winner: Saturday Night Live, NBC
Nominees: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central; The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central; Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC; Portlandia, IFC; Late Show with David Letterman, HBO; Saturday Night Live, NBC
WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
Winner: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
Nominees: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central; The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central; Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC; Portlandia, IFC; Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO; Saturday Night Live, NBC
WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Homeland, Showtime
Nominees: Breaking Bad (“Dead Freight”), AMC; Breaking Bad (“Say My Name”), AMC;Downton Abbey, PBS; Game of Thrones, HBO; Homeland, Showtime
WRITING FOR COMEDY SERIES
Winner: 30 Rock (“Last Lunch”), NBC
Nominees: Episodes, Showtime; Louie, FX; The Office, NBC; 30 Rock (“Hogcock!”), NBC; 30 Rock (“Last Lunch”), NBC
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)
Winner: Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Nominees: Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Nathan Lane, Modern Family, ABC; Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie, Showtime; Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live, NBC; Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Will Forte, 30 Rock, NBC
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)
Winner: Melissa Leo, Louie, FX
Nominees: Molly Shannon, Enlightened, HBO; Dot-Marie Jones, Glee, Fox; Melissa Leo, Louie, FX; Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock, NBC
HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)
Winner: Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Project Runway, Bravo
Nominess: Ryan Seacrest, American Idol, Fox; Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, NBC;Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars, ABC; Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn,Project Runway, Bravo; Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance, Fox; Anthony Bourdain, The Taste, ABC
GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)
Winner: Carrie Preston, The Good Wife, CBS
Nominees: Margo Martindale, The Americans, FX; Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones, HBO;Carrie Preston, The Good Wife, CBS; Linda Cardellini, Mad Men, AMC; Jane Fonda, The Newsroom, HBO; Joan Cusack, Shameless, Showtime
GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)
Winner: Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal, ABC
Nominees: Nathan Lane, The Good Wife, CBS; Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife, CBS;Rupert Friend, Homeland, Showtime; Robert Morse, Mad Men, AMC; Harry Hamlin, Mad Men, AMC; Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal, ABC
August 31st, 2013
There have been a LOT of moves this month! All the details below…
TuneCore laid off Julian Groger, VP Marketing.
Sony Music hired Celine Joshua to be the new SVP of Digital Sales and Scott Van Horn SVP, Sales, Commercial Music Group.
Ivan Shulman was promoted to President of Radiate Media.
Warner/Chappell Production Music named Randy Wachtler President/CEO, replacing Randy Thornton.
Les Hollander joined Spotify as Senior Director/Audio Sales U.S.
ZUUS Media bought on Chris Gannett as its Chief Marketing Officer, Karma Gardner as VP of Strategic Sales, Andrew Schiffman as VP of Music Programming and Artist Relations, and Eric Turpin, VP of Affiliate Relations.
Ramsey Dean joined Groupon as Arts & Entertainment Buyer.
Universal Music Group Distribution promoted Linda Kury to VP, Sales.
Kobalt Music Group promoted Sas Metcalfe to the newly-created slot of President, Global Creative, from Executive Vice President Creative.
Other news at Kobalt- Kobalt Label Services (part of the Music Group) has tapped David Emery as UK Marketing Director. Emery, now a Beggars Group alum, will oversee UK marketing campaigns for KLS releases and operate out of London.
Ex-Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard just moved to Twitter, as Head of Commerce.
Spotify hired Jorge Esspinal as Head of Global Business Development.
Buzz Casey left his position as Director/Operations at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.
Warner/Chappell Music has hired Ann Sweeney as EVP/Digital Strategy & Policy, Stephen Dallas as VP/Digital Legal Affairs & Business Development, and Iain Morris as Head of Digital/Europe.
July 19th, 2013
The 2013 Emmy nominations were announced this week.
“American Horror Story: Asylum” is the most nominated program with 17 nominations. HBO also did well on the whole, with 108 nominations in total, 16 from “Game of Thrones.”
Personally, I’m rooting for anything “Downtown Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Mad Men.” I also was impressed with “Top of the Lake,” although generally unimpressed with Elisabeth Moss’s New Zealand accent.
Here is the full list:
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire”
Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
Carrie Preston, “The Good Wife”
Linda Cardellini, “Mad Men”
Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Nathan Lane, “The Good Wife”
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
Rupert Friend, “Homeland”
Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
Harry Hamlin, “Mad Men”
Dan Bucatinsky, “Scandal”
“The Big Bang Theory”
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Louis CK, “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Molly Shannon, “Enlightened”
Dot-Marie Jones, “Glee”
Melissa Leo, “Louie”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
Elaine Stritch, “30 Rock”
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”
Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
Bobby Cannavale, “Nurse Jackie”
Louis CK, “Saturday Night Live”
Justin Timberlake, “Saturday Night Live”
Will Forte, “30 Rock”
OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW HOST
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars”
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”
OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”
“Real Time With Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”
OUTSTANDING TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
“American Horror Story: Asylum”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“Top of the Lake”
LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C: hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End
Al Pacino, Phil Spector
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum
Imelda Staunton, The Girl
Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Charlotte Rampling, Restless
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum
Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra
John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: hereafter
Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake
February 28th, 2012
Paul Tarascio, former stage manager of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” has sued Jimmy Fallon for gender discrimination, claiming that after he was fired in 2010 he replaced by a “totally incompetent woman.”
Sister Sledge is suing Warner Music Group in an attempt to re-categorize digital sales as licenses, a change that could mean millions in extra royalties.
Kenny Rogers is also suing his label, Capitol/EMI, over the issue of digital royalty calculations as well as false accounting. His suit additionally alleges that Rogers received no compensation following EMI’s successful settlements with Limewire, Grokster, and Napster. For a full description of Rogers’ claims against Capitol, check out this Digital Music News article.
An anti-merger lawsuit was filed against SAG and its officers, alleging that that proposal to merge the two unions omits “necessarily due diligence” and is “deceptive.” The merger would merge the unions, but not the pension and health plans, which are legally separate entities. Plaintiffs include Martin Sheen, Edward Asner, Ed Harris, Valerie Harper, Nancy Sinatra, former guild president Alan Rosenberg and current board members Anne-Marie Johnson and David Jolliffe.
A federal judge rejected a lawsuit brought by Michael Jordan against Jewel-Osco for a congratulatory ad the company ran when Jordan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame three years ago. The court rejected Jordan’s argument that the ad infringed upon his trademark and instead determined that the advertisement was “noncommercial speech,” protected by the First Amendment, and that there was no indication of a “commercial transaction” in the ad.
Paramount Pictures has sued the estate of Mario Puzo, author of the book The Godfather on which the iconic films are based. The estate released sequels to the book in 2004 and 2006 and is set to release another one later this year. Paramount is seeking damages and preliminary and permanent injunctions to stop the sequel’s release, arguing that the sequels violate its trademark and copyright interests in the Godfather franchise and story.
January 30th, 2012
EMI is suing MP3 reselling startup ReDigi.
More EMI lawsuits.. The company (via the Irish Music Rights Association) has now sued the entire country of Ireland in a High Court action for not doing enough to require ISPs to block websites that are engaging in piracy.
The Velvet Underground has sued the foundation that manages the legacy of Andy Warhol arguing that the artist of their iconic ‘banana’ album cover artwork has no copyright or trademark ownership over the image.
PacketVideo and Spotify have settled the lawsuit brought by PacketVideo, alleging that Spotify infringed its patent relating to streaming music from a central source. Details of the settlement have not been disclosed.
Former Disney executive VP Glen Lajeski filed a lawsuit against the studio alleging that his contract was breached when the company fired him last June. Lajeski was let go purportedly without any cause and without the opportunity to cure. His employment contract was not due to expire until January 1, 2013.
December 30th, 2011
Croatian journalist James Braddock has sued Angelina Jolie for copyright infringement of his book, The Soul Shattering (his website discusses the legal dispute in detail). Braddock claims Jolie’s directorial-debut documentary, In the Land of Blood and Honey, infringes upon his 2007 book. Braddock allegedly discussed the book in detail with the Bosnian producer of the film before the film was made. The movie commenced production in 2010, and Braddock only recently filed the lawsuit, just weeks before the scheduled release. Because of the late timing, the judge seemed reluctant to grant Braddock’s motion for a temporary restraining order and Braddock withdrew the motion before the decision was finalized. The case was filed with the federal court in Illinois, but the judge has indicated a likelihood he will transfer it to California, given that the parties – Croatian and Californian – have pretty much no connection to the midwest state.
The Meester family will be having a peaceful Christmas, now that the Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester and her mother Constance Meester have resolved their legal dispute. The suit began over Leighton alleging that Constance misused the actress’s money, then developed into the issue of whether Constance was entitled to compensation for her alleged role in guiding her daughter’s career. Most recently, Constance withdrew her claims leading to a default judgment in favor of Leighton.
The estate of Bruce Gary, drummer of the band The Knack (best known for the song “My Sharona”) has sued Capitol Records, claiming unpaid royalties for digital downloads. The issue is whether digital downloads on platforms such as iTunes count as a ‘license’ of the master or a ‘sale’ of the phonorecords under the recording agreement. Phonorecords implies the physical album sale, rather than digital and the label pays significantly lower royalties to artists on sales than licenses. For a license, the royalty rate could be up to 50%, whereas for a sale the rate would likely be closer to 12%.
2011 has been a rough year for The Hangover II. Earlier this year, Tyson’s tattoo artist sued over the use of the iconic face tattoo. Now Louis Vuitton is suing, claiming that the bag carried by Zach Galifianakis marked LVM was a fake. In the scene, Galifianakis says, ” “Careful, that is.. that is a Louis Vuitton.” LV is suing under state and federal claims for unfair competition, false designation of origin, and trademark dilution. The full complaint can be read here.
October 5th, 2011
The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Black Law Students Association, the Office of Career Services and Black Women in Entertainment Law present:
“Show me the Money! Understanding what areas of entertainment law have been expanding and how to transition into them”
Monday, October 10, 2011
7:00-9:00PM, Moot Court Room, Cardozo Law School, 55 Fifth Avenue (corner of 12th Street), New York, NY
President and CEO of RightsFlow
Marilyn Haft Esq.
Marilyn G. Haft, P.C.
SVP of MTV’s Digital Global Business and Legal Affairs
Erika Munro Kennerly Esq.
Senior Director of Business Affairs at truTV/Turner Entertainment Networks
Earn 2 NYS MCLE transitional/non-transitional credits in the area of professional practice.
Fee: $0 **
To RSVP, please send your name and company info via email CardozoBWEL2011@gmail.com by October 6th, 2011
** Note from me: the email I got said zero dollars. This seems like it might be a typo though.
September 30th, 2011
Sacha Baron Cohen and NBC Universal won a lawsuit brought by Richelle Olson and her husband, owners of a bingo hall which was filmed as part of the movie Bruno. Cohen, acting as the character Bruno, selected the bingo numbers and after each number related the number to a fact about his former male partner. Here is a more detailed description, from a footnote in the opinion: “After Cohen called out the Bingo number 36, he states that “36″ was the age of his former male partner. Later, when he calls out the number 3, he says that his former partner’s birthday was “May 3.” When he later calls out the number 59, he remarks that 59 was the number of his hotel room he stayed in when he met his former partner, and a few minutes later when he announces number 42, Cohen offers that “42 inches was his partner’s chest size. Finally, after Cohen announces the number 7, he comments that he met his partner on “July 7.” Some members of the audience can be heard laughing after each comment.” The comments enraged Ms. Olson and Cohen was escorted by security from the building, after which Ms. Olson went unconscious while hysterically crying and hit her head on the concrete floor causing two brain bleeds and and leaving her wheelchair-bound. The California Appeals Court sided with Cohen though, claiming that his statements were protected by the Constitution as free speech in making the film and touched upon a socially important issue – homosexuality, gay culture and homophobia. The Olsons are now responsible for paying Universal and Cohen’s attorneys fees for the case.
“The singing of a song does not create a trademark,” according to a California judge that Madonna may not have clothing line trademark rights in the phrase “Material Girl.” Madonna and her company, Material Girl Brand, are being sued by LA Triumph, an L.A.-based clothing company that claims to have sold “Material Girl” clothing since 1997 and has a registered trademark. Madonna sold $85 million dollars of “Material Girl” merchandise in the 80′s but the judge, in denying her motion to dismiss, found that merchandise sales ancillary to her music career did not necessarily create a trademark in the brand for clothing. The case will go to trial in October where a jury will hear all of the facts and make a final decision.
Napolean Pictures, the production company behind Napoleon Dynamite, is suing Fox Searchlight for $10 million for allegedly underreporting royalties, taking improper revenue deductions, breach of contract, and negligent misrepresentation in connection with the hit 2004 indie comedy. Searchlight had agreed in a term sheet to pay 31.66 percent of net profits on home video, but the plaintiffs claim that a 2008 audit reveals that Fox was only paying net royalties on home videos at a 9.66 percent rate, in addition to underreported royalties and improper deductions.
Bruno Mars filed suit in the Central District of California Superior Court, in an attempt to get out of his publishing deal with Bug Music. Mars alleges that the contract has actually been terminated because Bug did not properly exercise an option to renew the deal.
The Saul Zaentz Co., producer of the 1996 best picture winner The English Patient, has sued distributor Miramax and its former owner the Walt Disney Co. for $20 million in profits from the hit drama, alleging that the companies hid revenue, improperly allocated and deducted expenses and fees, and engaged in self-dealing with respect to the film.
Pandora, the web service that allows users to customize radio stations based on listening preferences, is facing a class action lawsuit in Michigan. The lawsuit claims that Pandora is breaching customer privacy by making users’ profile pages, including favorite songs and listener history, publicly available and searchable online. Additionally, the class action asserts that Pandora is violating privacy by integrating users’ listening records with their Facebook accounts. These acts purportedly violate Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act and Consumer Protection Act. The plaintiffs are demanding statutory damages of $5,000 per person.
Charlie Sheen, Warner Bros. and Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre are settling their $100 million legal dispute. An official statement from WB: “Warner Bros. Television, Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen have resolved their dispute to the parties’ mutual satisfaction. The pending lawsuit and arbitration will be dismissed as to all parties. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality over the terms of the settlement.” Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but $25 million has been the rumor, which includes a reinstatement of the revenue stream from past episodes of Two and a Half Men (even those filmed before his media meltdown) that WB had denied Sheen after he filed the lawsuit.
In August, Lady GaGa submitted a complaint to the National Arbitration Forum that alleged that the website ladygaga.org was registered in bad faith and in violation of her trademark. The owner of the site responded that it was merely a non-commercial, unofficial fan site for Gaga that “does not have any sponsored links or links to third-party websites which market and sell merchandise bearing Complainant’s trademark.” The owner of LadyGaga.org got her reward on Wednesday when three panelists at the National Arbitration Forum ruled that Lady Gaga had failed to show that respondent lacked legitimate interest in the disputed domain name.
And event more Lady Gaga drama – The latest lawsuit targets Excite Worldwide LLC, which is using the Gaga name to sell cosmetics and jewelry.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is suing former COO Thomas Emrey for allegedly breaching his contract and fiduciary duties by leaving the company for DineEquity, which operates IHOP and Applebee’s. Universal says his employment contract ran through May 2012.
September 14th, 2011
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