-- President Obama's choice for IP czar is a step closer to being confirmed. The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Victoria Espinel as the Administration's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Now, the approval process will move to the floor so that the full Senate can vote on it. "Today's action is another important hurdle cleared in the process of installing our nation's first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator," National Music Publishers Assn. president and CEO David Israelite said in a statement. The NMPA had previously endorsed Espinal and upon the committee approval, Israelite reiterated the organization's support for her.

-- Cherry Lane Music Publishing has signed a multi-year administration agreement with Lionsgate Music Publishing LLC. Cherry Lane will administer and exploit Lionsgate's catalog of film and TV music and individual songs for the North American region.

-- Primary Wave Music Publishing & Marketing and contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman have signed a "strategic partnership" which includes Primary Wave having a hand in marketing Chapman's name and likeness. Chapman has released 17 albums to date and along the way has won five Grammy awards, seven "artist of the year" Dove awards and 56 Gospel Music Association awards, according to Primary Wave. Primary Wave purchased Chapman's publishing interest and administration rights for his catalog of songs and entered a co-publishing arrangement for Chapman's future songs.