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Jeffrey S. Sacharow
Partner



  • Intellectual Property
  • Entertainment

  • American Bar Association

  • California State Courts

  • University of California at Santa Cruz
    (B.A. 1979)

  • Loyola Law School At Los Angeles
    (J.D. 1985)
    • Dean's List, 1984-1985 Academic Year
    • Dean's List, 1983-1984 Academic Year
    • Loyola Law School
    • Entertainment Law Journal
    • Survey Editor and Staff Member

Analytical surveys of William Boyd v. T.V. National and American Broadcasting Co.
Warner Bros., Inc.
Entertainment Law Journal
Volume 4, 1983-84

Legal Expertise

Intellectual property and entertainment law, including the representation of  buyers and sellers  in the purchase and sale of music publishing and other entertainment related assets, the representation of recording artists, producers and songwriters in all facets of their careers in the entertainment industry, including the negotiation and documentation of recording agreements, producer agreements, sponsorship agreements, co-publishing agreements, and agreements surrounding live events, the representation of music publishers as outside business and legal affairs counsel and with respect to sophisticated intellectual property issues including termination rights issues under §304 (c) and §203 of the U.S. Copyright Act, renewal rights issues, and rights management both domestically and internationally.


Biography

Jeff has been practicing law since 1985, specializing in the music business since 1987. Jeff started his career in the music business in 1987 as associate counsel at the firm of Fischbach, Medow & Perlstein, a boutique entertainment law firm which represented, among other clients, the then fledgling Virgin Records where the firm acted as Virgin's outside business & legal affairs department. In that capacity, and among other things, Jeff drafted and/or negotiated the recording agreements for some of Virgin's most prominent artists including Roy Orbison, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, Smashing Pumpkins and Paula Abdul, among others.

Jeff left the firm in 1994 to run the business and legal affairs department at Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co., which, at the time and until its sale to EMI Music Publishing in 1999, was one of the largest independent music publishing companies in the world. Windswept enjoyed an unprecedented run of success during the 6 year period that Jeff worked at the company during which time Windswept inked such prominent deals as the administration agreements with rock icons Pete Townshend and Greg Allman, the songwriter agreement with the worldwide pop sensations The Spice Girls and developed and actively exploited its existing catalogue of compositions which included songs from Willie Nelson (e.g., "On The Road Again", "Crazy", "Angel Flying Too Low To The Ground", etc.), John Mellencamp (e.g., "Jack & Diane", "Hurts So Good", "Small Town", etc.) and such classic copyrights as "Louie", "Shout", "Ann", "Why Do Fools Fall In Love", "Tequila" and "La Bamba", among others. Jeff was also integrally involved in the formation and negotiation of Hitco Music, Windswept's joint venture agreement with record industry icon L.A. Reid.

Jeff returned to private practice in December, 1999 after Windswept's sale to EMI Music Publishing. In the decade which followed, Jeff, building on his six years of in house experience as a music publisher, honed his expertise in music publishing by among, other things, representing both buyers and sellers in a number of sophisticated purchase and sale transactions including representing: Legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in the 2003 sale of Trio Music Company, Inc. and Quartet Music, Inc. to Windswept Holdings (this sale included the sale of such iconic pop classics as "Fever", "What A Wonderful World", "I Got You I Feel Good", "Happy Together", "Do You Believe In Magic", "Its In His Kiss", "Under The Boardwalk", "The Twist", "Walk Away Renee" and "Chapel of Love", among many others); Fortress Investments as intellectual property counsel in connection with Fortress' 2005 refinancing of certain loans made to Michael Jackson (this representation included a comprehensive diligence examination of the Sony/ATV music publishing catalogue on Fortress' behalf), Dan Burgoise and Fred Burgoise in the 2006 sale of Bug Music, Inc. to Crossroads Media; First State Media Group in its April, 2007 acquisition of Dimensional Music Publishing LLC (this catalogue, among other things, included the DreamWorks Music publishing catalogue), Bug Music, Inc. in its June, 2007 acquisition of Windswept Holdings LLC and T/Q Music, Inc., First State Media Group in its October 2007 acquisition of the Wind Up music publishing catalogues (this catalogue included hit copyrights written by Creed, Evanescence, Finger Eleven and Seether, among others); FS Media Holding Co. (Jersey) Limited in its August 2009 acquisition of the Sheryl Crow music publishing catalogue; Maurice Williams in his March, 2010 sale to The Adage Group IV of his writer share of royalties to his iconic hit "Stay", and the heirs of Chris Kenner and the widow of Frankie Lymon in their January, 2011 sale to the Adage Group V of their writer share interests to "Land of 1000 Dances", "I Like It Like That", "Something You Got" and "Why Do Fools Fall In Love".

Jeff joined the Firm as a founding partner in January, 2010.