Lapidus, Root & Sacharow, LLP
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Jeffrey S. Sacharow
Partner



  • Intellectual Property
  • Entertainment

  • California State Courts
  • United States District Court Central District of California

  • 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

Mr. Sacharow has been practicing law since 1985, specializing in the music business since 1987.

While Mr. Sacharow represents or has represented clients in all facets of the music business, and represents a broad range of clients including recording artists, songwriters, producers, record companies and music publishers, Mr. Sacharow has developed a specialty in the area of music publishing and specifically in the area of the purchase and sale of music publishing assets.

Mr. Sacharow has represented both buyers and sellers in a number of sophisticated music publishing transactions over the past several years. Among other transactions, Mr. Sacharow has represented:

  • 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 catalogue  (e.g., The Beatles catalogue and the Hank Williams catalogue) on Fortress' behalf.

  • Dan Burgoise and Fred Burgoise in the 2006 sale of Bug Music to Crossroads Media;

  • First State Media Group in its April, 2007 acquisition of Dimensional Music Publishing LLC, a company which had, among other things, previously acquired the DreamWorks Music publishing catalogue;

  • Bug Music, Inc. in its June, 2007 acquisition of Windswept Holdings LLC and T/Q Music, Inc.; T/Q Music, Inc. was the successor entity which owned the copyrights previously owned by Trio Music Company, Inc. and Quartet Music, Inc.;

  • First State Media Group in its October 2007 acquisition of the Wind Up music publishing catalogues - catalogues which 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 catalogue;

  • The Fred Ahlert Music Group as co-counsel in its August, 2012 sale to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC; this Great American Songbook catalogue included rights to such classic compositions as Bye Bye Blackbird, Stormy Weather, I've Got the World on a String, I'll Be Seeing You and Carolina Moon, among many other compositions; and

  • X-Ray Dog Music, Inc. in its December, 2014 sale to Selectracks, Inc.; X-Ray was one of the leading music production libraries specializing in the creation and exploitation of musical cues for motion picture trailers.

  • Fuji Music Group, Inc. as co-counsel in its December, 2015 sale to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited of a majority interest in the Arc Music catalog; this catalogue included rights to many classic copyrights written by iconic writers such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf and Memphis Slim, among others.

  • Fuji Music Group, Inc. as co-counsel in its December, 2016 sale to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited of a majority of Fuji's interests in the Six Palms and Third Story catalogs; this catalogue included rights to many classic copyrights written by iconic writers such as Fred Neil (Everybody's Talkin), Tom Waits and Tim Buckley, among others.

  • Griffin Royalty, Inc. and the Merv Griffin Living Trust as co-counsel in the March, 2017 sale to Sony/ATV Music Publishing of the sellers' interests in the Jeopardy! Theme and other musical selections written by Merv Griffin.
  • Mr. Sacharow' current music publishing clients include Bert Berns Music (Cry Baby, Hang On Sloopy, I Want Candy, Piece of My Heart, Tell Him, Twist & Shout etc.), Disney Music Publishing, Fuji Music Group (The Arc catalogue and the Six Palms and Third Story Music catalogues), Fujipacific Music, Ragmar Music/Rittenhouse Music/Society Hill Music (Time Is On My Side, Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby, Pata Pata etc.), Reach Music Publishing, Reel Muzik Werks, Riptide Music Group and STX  Music Publishing, among others.

    For the first seven years of his practice Mr. Sacharow worked as associate counsel for a music business transactional law firm which essentially acted as the outside business and legal affairs department for Virgin Records and a number of other Virgin group companies (e.g., Virgin Music and Virgin Vision), among other corporate clients.  The firm also represented artist clients such as Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Ted Nugent and Frankie Beverly and Maze.

    Mr. Sacharow left that firm in 1994 to become in house counsel at Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.., first as Vice-President, Business & Legal Affairs and later as Senior Vice-President, Business & Legal Affairs.   Windswept was, until its sale to EMI Music Publishing in 1999, one of the largest independent music publishers in the world which at the time owned or controlled copyrights written by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Pete Townshend and Gregg Allman, among others, as well as several classic copyrights such as Louie Louie, Barbara Ann, La Bamba, Celebration and others.

    Mr. Sacharow was integrally involved in several key acquisitions and other transactions at Windswept, including the acquisition of the Stiff Shirt Music catalogue from L.A. Reid, the formation of Hitco Music (Windswept's joint venture with L.A. Reid), the Pete Townshend administration agreement, the Gregg Allman administration agreement, and the acquisitions of the Englishtown Music catalogue, the Calhoun Street Music catalogue, the API music publishing catalogue and the Kicking Bird Music catalogue, among other music catalogue acquisitions.

    Mr. Sacharow returned to private practice in 2000, after Windswept sold its catalogue to EMI Music Publishing.

    Mr. Sacharow formed the firm of Lapidus, Root, Franklin & Sacharow, LLP with partners Greg Lapidus, Henry Root and Darryl Franklin in 2010. Lapidus, Root & Sacharow, LLP was formed in 2012 after Mr. Franklin left the firm.