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Lessons Learned: Ghostwriter Tony Schwartz disparages Trump and his book “The Art of the Deal”

  By Erin Thiele and Barry Neil Shrum, Esq. In the mid-1980s, Donald Trump approached Tony Schwartz to ghost write his autobiography.  At this point in time, Trump was in his early 30s and did not have a great deal of life experiences about which to write a personal biography.  So, according to Schwartz, he [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on Lessons Learned: Ghostwriter Tony Schwartz disparages Trump and his book “The Art of the Deal”

Sorting out the DOJ Ruling and its impact on performance rights

The first of the month (August 2016), the Department of Justice issued a summary of findings with regard to two court orders that govern the operation of two of the U.S. performing rights organizations (the “PRO’s”), ASCAP and BMI.  If it stands, the decision will also affect the third PRO, SESAC.Songwriters and music publishers around [...]

By | August 8th, 2016|Client Activity, Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville, Songwriting|Comments Off on Sorting out the DOJ Ruling and its impact on performance rights

The Cat’s in the Cradle: The adventures of child sensation Maddie Ziegler

By Erin Thiele and Barry Neil Shrum, Esq. From the reality television show, Dance Moms to best-selling Sia album covers (including Chandelier, Elastic Heart, Big Girls Cry and Cheap Thrills), Capezio commercials, to featured judging on So You Think You Can Dance, 13-year old dancer Maddie Ziegler is the hottest teen sensation right now, and [...]

By | July 24th, 2016|Dance, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law|Comments Off on The Cat’s in the Cradle: The adventures of child sensation Maddie Ziegler

Purple Reign: Lessons Learned from Prince

By Morgan Wisted & Barry Neil Shrum Just over half way through, and already it has been a tough year of losses in the music industry. Glenn Frey, one of the members of my favorite band of all time, the Eagles, kicked off the year early when he passed in January, shortly after [...]

By | July 20th, 2016|Entertainment Industry News, Music Law|Comments Off on Purple Reign: Lessons Learned from Prince

Direct Sound has success at NAMM in the Music City Center

A special thanks to my client and friends at Direct Sound Headphones, who made the short trek from their headquarters outside of St. Louis, MO to Nashville to be a part of the show.  Nashville was hosting the  prestigious annual event for National Association of Music Merchandisers for the second year now. In the photo I [...]

By | July 2nd, 2016|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row Nashville|Comments Off on Direct Sound has success at NAMM in the Music City Center

AMFM Entertainment Cuts Electronic Dance Music Deal with Mogul Boys Production

For many years now, I have represented Freddie May in his various endeavors, including his production company Starpath Productions. About 10 years ago, Freddie started working with a young female artist living in rural Kentucky, Anne Marie Riney. Ann Marie had a passion for electronic dance music. Drawing from his experience as a DJ in [...]

By | September 26th, 2015|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on AMFM Entertainment Cuts Electronic Dance Music Deal with Mogul Boys Production

Leopardi Featured on Forbes!

Kudos to my good friend and old client, Jay Leopardi, one of the foremost branding experts in the country was recently featured on Forbes.com in an article by contributor George Bradt.  The article is titled The New Reality of Social Media: Engaging your Audience Where They Are.  The article highlights Jay’s wealth of experience in [...]

By | January 25th, 2014|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on Leopardi Featured on Forbes!

Leopardi’s Common Denominator appears in bright lights in the Big Apple

If you look closely at the bottom of photograph to left, you’ll see my client, Jay Leopardi, and his new show Common Denominator, featured in the bright lights in New York City.  None other than Times Square!  Congrats to Jay and president of IC Places, Inc., owners of PunchTV, who will fund and host the [...]

By | July 31st, 2012|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Music Industry|Comments Off on Leopardi’s Common Denominator appears in bright lights in the Big Apple

Jay Leopardi to produce new television series, Common Denominator

My client and long term friend, Jay Leopardi continues to build a remarkable brand.  Not only is Jay working the THE Shark, Daymond John on several projects, but he just landed a tr emendous opportunity in the world of entertainment.  Jay has agreed to produce a series of interviews with various bu siness leaders to take his viewers on [...]

By | July 25th, 2012|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law|Comments Off on Jay Leopardi to produce new television series, Common Denominator

Warner Music Group’s Quarterly Report Signals Future Trends

By Nathan Drake & Barry Neil Shrum Warner Music Group's ("WMG") year-end financial reports for 2010 came as little surprise when you take into account two factors:  (1) the general economic downturn in the U.S. and (2) the continued piracy in the global music industry.  See the report on WMG’s website here.  WMG has been [...]

By | February 21st, 2011|Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Row News, RIAA|Comments Off on Warner Music Group’s Quarterly Report Signals Future Trends