Bicycle Acquires Glen Ballard's Aerostation, Interest in Hamlisch Catalog
In separate deals, Bicycle Music has acquired Glen Ballard's Aerostation Corporation music catalog and a significant interest in Marvin Hamlisch's catalog. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Ballard has written and produced mega chart-topping hits by Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews Band, Goo Goo Dolls and Wilson Phillips, as well as compositions for Christian Aguilera, Sarah McLachlan, Shakira and Van Halen, among others. In addition to co-writing "Man in the Mirror for Jackson, Ballard co-wrote and produced Alanis Morissette's blockbuster 1995 album, "Jagged Little Pill."
Hamlisch's catalog of iconic copyrights include music to the Tony Award Winning musical, "A Chorus Line." As a songwriter, he penned numerous hit songs, including "One," "The Way We Were," "Life Is What You Make It," "The Last Time I Felt Like This," "Through The Eyes of Love," and "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows." He has also provided scores and songs for numerous films, including "The Way We Were," "The Sting," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Same Time Next Year," "Ice Castles," "Shirley Valentine" "The Mirror Has Two Faces," and "Sophie's Choice."
For the Hamlisch deal, Stephen E. Sessa and Joanne J. Suk at Reed Smith provided legal services and conducted legal due diligence for Bicycle Music and its affiliates; while John Frankenheimer, partner and chairman emeritus at Loeb and Loeb, represented Hamlisch in the catalog sale process, and with Debra A. White provided legal services.
Spirit Acquires Entire Guercio Catalog
Spirit Catalogue Holding and its affiliated company Spirit Music Group now own the entire catalog of the publishing companies owned by James William Guercio, the legendary producer known for his work with Chicago and the Buckinghams, among others.
Two years ago, Spirit acquired a 60% interest in those publishing catalog and now has acquired the remainder from Guercio. The song catalog includes music recorded by Chicago through the 1970s, an era including 11 albums and such hits as "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is," "Color My World" and "Saturday in the Park." Also included in the deal are the Buckingham hits "Kind of a Drag," "Don't You Care," "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)" and "Susan," as well as several mid-'70s hits by seminal funk band Rufus, including "Close the Door," "Everlasting Love" and the much sampled "Hollywood."
Additionally, the Spirit companies will continue to own and manage a significant stake in Guercio's producer royalties for the classic Chicago and Buckinghams releases, as well as Blood Sweat & Tears' eponymous 1969 breakthrough album, which featured the standards "You've Made Me So Very Happy," "And When I Die" and "Spinning Wheel".
Since inking the initial deal in September 2009, the Spirit staff has been actively working the catalog to a wide range of media, including Miramax' feature "The Switch," trailers for Universal's "Couple's Retreat" and Dreamworks' "Puss N Boots"; network television shows "C.S.I. Miami," "Bones, Rules Of Engagement," "Ugly Betty," "The Cleveland Show" and "So You Think You Can Dance;" for network branding campaigns for ABC and Fox; for a national advertising campaign for Nestle's Crunch; and for such videogames as "Rock Band 3" and "DJ Hero 2." The company's overseas staff has similarly given Guercio songs a higher profile via placements in a Volkswagen ad in Australia, a Mitsubishi ad in Japan, feature films in Germany, Norway and Scandinavia, according to the announcement.
Warner/Chappell and Combustion Sign Brett James
Warner/Chappell Music and its joint venture partner Combustion Music have signed Grammy Award winner Brett James to a worldwide co-publishing agreement for his future works. Additionally, Warner/Chappell will co-publish a selection of his past works, and has established a co-publishing venture with James' boutique publishing company, Cornman Music, enabling him to sign songwriters to publishing deals.
Besides winning a Grammy in 2006 for Best Country Song as one of the co-writers of "Jesus, Take the Wheel," over the past decade James has had more than 300 of his songs recorded by some of the biggest artist in the industry including Rascal Flatts, Daughtry, Bon Jovi and Backstreet Boys, according to the sannouncement.
Imagem Teams up With Buma/Stemra, PRS
Imagem Music Group has forged a pan-European licensing scheme with the Dutch collecting society Buma/Stemra and the UK's PRS for Music to license and administer its catalog to digital music service providers.
The announcement follows previous notification to all other European collecting societies that it would be withdrawing its online rights from them as of December 31, 2011, which means the agreement with Buma/Stemra and PRS is effective Jan. 1, 2011.
PRS, SACEM Announce Agreement with Emaar for First Public Performance License in UAE
PRS for Music and SACEM have announced an agreement with Emaar Properties PJSC ("Emaar") to license the public performance of music that accompanies 'The Dubai Fountain' -- the water, light and music spectacle in Dubai.
According to the announcement, the deal is the first significant public performance license issued in the United Arab Emirates and a significant step forward in raising awareness and promoting the value of music rights in the Gulf.
At present, there is no local collecting society operating in the area, so creators do not receive royalties when their music is publicly performed at concerts, on television, radio or in films.
PRS for Music and SACEM are working in partnership with government authorities in the region, to help establish a local society. In the meantime they are looking to license direct to protect members' rights in the UAE.
The Dubai Fountain, which the announcement describes as the world's tallest performing fountain, uses a range of music from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. This new deal will ensure that those creators whose music is choreographed to the performing fountain will now earn royalties.
Thierry Desurmont, VP of the SACEM management board said in a statement: "Among its 132, 000 members, SACEM has in fact 15,500 foreign right holders of which 5,000 are from the Arab World. He labeled the agreement "a new step towards the recognition and protection of the interests of Arab creators in the world."
Emaar Properties PJSC MD said the company values intellectual property rights, while the announcement said discussions are underway regarding licensing requirements for its other properties and interests
Copyright Alliance Announces Legal Advisory Board
The Copyright Alliance today announced the establishment of a legal advisory board to help advance copyright strategy.
In addition, the board will help the organization develop a variety of projects and programs including providing assistance to individual artists and creators, hosting educational events and webinars, expanding work with law schools and young lawyers, and contributing writing and research.
The Board launches today with 14 founding members: Loeb & Loeb LLP; Jenner & Block LLP; Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP ("MS&K"); Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP; Covington & Burling LLP; Crowell & Moring LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Proskauer Rose LLP; Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP; Arnold & Porter LLP; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP;Shearman & Sterling LLP; Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; and Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP.
ASCAP Country Awards Set for November 6
ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) will stage its 49th Annual Country Music Awards on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland.
The invitation-only event, which marks the start of the week leading up to the CMA Awards, will honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs from April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011.
The 49th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will include the announcements of the Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The evening will feature performances by several award-winning songwriter/performers.