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    Lawyers ~ Joel Katz

    Post  Moonlight on Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:09 am

    I have no idea what's in this collection of links, I've not had time to read them yet, I just found them posted elsewhere, along with the reference to the Frank DiLeo Hits Daily Double Interview, but seeing as Joel Katz was also mentioned by Frank, I thought I'd post them here now, rather than lose them:



    I thought I would add a few links to Joel Katz just for background info:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...062702410.html
    sony catalog, joel katz

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...d=a3cr9j9ErNeM
    sony catalog, joel katz

    http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jul...jackson-legal1
    will, joel katz
    http://www.allbusiness.com/media-tel...9378913-1.html
    Katz forms Evergreen Copyright Acquisitions -Music Publishing Jan 23, 2006


    Michael Jackson's Lawyers included:
    http://www.bitterlawyer.com/index.php/columns_detail_comment/michael_jacksons_top_10_representations/?cat_id=13

    Joel Katz
    • Greenberg Trurig, LLP
    • University of Tennessee College of Law ‘69
    Fast Fact: Before representing the King of Pop, the first client at his one-man law firm was Godfather of Soul James Brown. [UTK.edu]
    Pop Practice: Entertainment attorney at the time of Jackson’s death.
    “In a statement Friday, Joel Katz, Jackson’s entertainment affairs attorney, gave no clues to how Jackson disposed of his estate. ‘Michael Jackson was a perfectionist, and his business affairs are worldwide,’ Katz said. ‘Many of them are quite ongoing and will be dealt with appropriately.’”

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/204011/page/2
    sony atv, joel katz

    http://blog.taragana.com/e/2009/06/2...n-alive-11849/
    Entertainment daily

    http://news.surfwax.com/publishing/f...ublishing.html
    publishing news

    http://www.cmaworld.com/organization/board_of_directors/
    Joel Katz
    AEG live pres. ?


    Steve Moore
    AEG Live!
    President Elect

    Joel Katz
    Greenberg Traurig, LLC
    Special Counsel for Development


    Regarding the link above to CMA, now I've accessed it, I can't see Joel Katz listed as AEG live president on that site the link related to. Legal Council for CMA, yes, but I don't see AEG live pres. as ?/queried above by the original supplier of the links to mjjc ~ so that needs to be checked out, why did they post that originally? Was it there before, has it changed, is it an error? Or is it just querying does Joel Katz know the AEG Live president listed on there at the time?


    Most of the links are now fixed and working, plus some of the articles are posted in full below.


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    Re: Lawyers ~ Joel Katz

    Post  Moonlight on Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:16 am

    OK link 1 from above =


    Sony/ATV Plans to Keep Rights to Invaluable Beatles Catalogue

    Bloomberg News
    Sunday, June 28, 2009


    Sony/ATV Music Publishing, co-owned by Michael Jackson and Sony, will keep control of Beatles songs following the pop singer's death, said a person with knowledge of the venture's plans.

    Jackson, who died Thursday at age 50 in Los Angeles, owned 50 percent of Sony/ATV, which holds rights to more than 200 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as well as songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and others. His stake is worth about $1 billion, said Ivan Thornton, a private-wealth adviser who has worked with Jackson.

    Sony/ATV will continue to hold the Lennon and McCartney catalogue, said the person, who asked not to be named because the matter isn't public. Britain's Daily Mirror reported in January that Jackson planned to leave the Beatles rights to McCartney in his will to heal a rift between the musicians. Jackson paid $47.5 million in 1985 for the catalogue, outbidding McCartney and Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono.

    "Michael was very proud of this partnership," said Martin Bandier, chief executive of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. "For him this was about really honing his business skills in an area that he loved."

    Paul Freundlich, the New York-based media contact for McCartney, didn't respond to messages seeking comment on the status of the Beatles rights.

    "I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael," McCartney said on his Web site. "He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever, and my memories of our time together will be happy ones."

    Publishers license music and collect royalties, ensuring the owners are paid when a song is used commercially. Publishers can also be copyright owners.

    In 1995, Jackson merged the ATV collection with Sony-owned recordings to create Sony/ATV, said Jimmy Asci, a company spokesman. In 2006, Jackson offered Sony the option to buy half of his 50 percent stake in Sony/ATV, allowing the singer to refinance $300 million of loans.

    Jackson's entertainment attorney, Joel Katz, said he is traveling to Los Angeles to be with the family and will meet with "many of his professional associates."

    "Michael Jackson was a perfectionist and his business affairs are worldwide," Katz said. "Many of them are quite ongoing and will be dealt with appropriately."


    Jackson's solo albums "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Dangerous," "Bad" and "HIStory," were recorded with Sony's Epic Records and are among the top-sellers of all time, the company said.

    He sold 750 million records worldwide and released 13 No. 1 singles, Sony said. Warner Music Group owns publishing rights to his music, a spokesman said.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/27/AR2009062702410.html
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    Re: Lawyers ~ Joel Katz

    Post  Moonlight on Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:37 pm

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    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a3cr9j9ErNeM#

    Sony/ATV Said Planning to Keep Beatles Songs Post-Jackson Death

    By Andy Fixmer and Brett Pulley

    June 26 (Bloomberg) -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, the publishing venture owned by Michael Jackson and Sony Corp., will keep control of Beatles songs following the pop singer’s death, said a person with knowledge of the venture’s plans.

    Jackson, who died yesterday at age 50 in Los Angeles, owned 50 percent of Sony/ATV, which holds rights to more than 200 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as well Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and others. His stake is worth about $1 billion, said Ivan Thornton, a private-wealth adviser who has worked with Jackson and his family.

    Sony/ATV will continue to hold the Lennon and McCartney catalog, said the person, who asked not to be named because the matter isn’t public. The U.K.’s Daily Mirror reported in January that Jackson planned to leave the Beatles rights to McCartney in his will to heal a rift between the musicians. Jackson paid $47.5 million in 1985 to buy the ATV catalog, outbidding McCartney and Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.

    “Michael was very proud of this partnership,” Martin Bandier, chief executive officer of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, said in an e-mail. “For him this was about really honing his business skills in an area that he loved.”

    Bandier declined to comment further. Paul Freundlich, the New York-based press contact for McCartney, didn’t immediately respond to a phone call or e-mailed message seeking comment on the status of the Beatles rights.

    “I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael,” McCartney said in a statement posted on his Web site. “He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy ones.”

    Sony Option

    Music publishers license music and collect royalties, ensuring the owners get paid when a song is used commercially, such as in a live performance or in a television advertisement. Publishers such as Sony/ATV can also be copyright owners.

    In 1995, Jackson merged the ATV collection with Sony Corp.- owned recordings to create Sony/ATV, said Jimmy Asci, a Sony/ATV spokesman. In 2006, Jackson gave Sony an option to buy half of his 50 percent stake in Sony/ATV, allowing the singer to refinance $300 million of loans.

    Jackson’s entertainment attorney, Joel Katz, said in an e- mail that he is traveling to Los Angeles to be with the performer’s family and will meet with “many of his professional associates.” He declined to provide further details.

    “Michael Jackson was a perfectionist and his business affairs are worldwide,” Katz said in the statement. “Many of them are quite ongoing and will be dealt with appropriately.”

    Sales Spike

    Jackson’s solo albums “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Dangerous” and “HIStory,” were recorded with Sony’s Epic Records and are among the top-sellers of all time, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement.

    He sold 750 million records worldwide and released 13 No. 1 singles, Sony said. Warner Music Group Corp. owns publishing rights to Jackson’s music, according to spokesman Will Tanous in New York.

    Sony said it may boost production of the singer’s CDs after receiving “unprecedented” orders. The company’s music unit in Tokyo received orders for about 150,000 CDs related to the singer, according to Yoshikazu Takahashi, a spokesman for Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc.

    Albums featuring Jackson occupied 19 of top 25 rankings for best-selling music at Amazon.com Inc. as of 5:55 p.m. New York time, according to the company’s Web site.

    “His business mind was fascinating,” Thornton said yesterday in an interview. “We’d go to meetings with bankers and Wall Street people and once I explained the language to him, he totally got it. There was no formal education there, but his natural knack was off the charts.”

    To contact the reporter on this story: Andy Fixmer in Los Angeles at afixmer@bloomberg.net; Brett Pulley in New York at bpulley@bloomberg.net

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    Re: Lawyers ~ Joel Katz

    Post  Moonlight on Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:55 pm

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    Michael Jackson's will surfaces

    As a massive memorial is discussed, work begins on the star's complicated estate.
    July 01, 2009|Harriet Ryan

    The posthumous affairs of Michael Jackson boiled down to two things Tuesday: His memorial service will draw a huge crowd and the settling of his estate will be complicated.

    Beyond that was a storm of rumor, supposition and educated guess interrupted by snatches of information more intriguing than complete.

    An entertainment attorney who had worked for Jackson produced a 7-year-old will that named him and a music executive as executors. Lawyers for Jackson's mother, who had asked a court for control of his affairs a day before, said they were evaluating the validity of the document.

    Meanwhile, reports about funeral arrangements swirled, with a source close to family discussions telling The Times that one potential plan involved a memorial at Staples Center followed by a procession to Jackson's Neverland Ranch, where a more intimate service for family, friends and the music industry would occur.

    Law enforcement agencies strategized, school officials near the ranch mulled traffic congestion and broadcast outlets, anticipating one of the largest media events in years, began talking about how to share helicopters, satellite coordinates, video feeds and other resources. There was just one thing missing: official information.

    "We don't know the details of what any movement would be," said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Garrett. "We've heard rumors just like the media and the public."

    An attorney for Jackson's parents, Katherine and Joe Jackson, declined to comment on the funeral planning and said the couple's legal team was focused on evaluating the July 2002 will.

    "I just saw the will for the first time this morning. We are in the process of reviewing it. We did not see it prior to the filing. We wish we had known about it earlier," said attorney L. Londell McMillan.

    The document was produced by John Branca, a lawyer who began representing Jackson in 1980. Branca and Jackson parted ways in 2006 in a disagreement over other advisors, but on June 17 -- eight days before his death -- Jackson signed a letter once again retaining Branca as his lawyer, according to a source familiar with the relationship.

    The source, like many connected to the Jackson case, spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the situation.

    The 2002 will named Jackson's 79-year-old mother as guardian of his three children and ordered that all his assets be moved into an entity known as the Michael Jackson Family Trust, a source with knowledge of the will said. It appointed as executors Branca and John McClain, a founder of Interscope Records and an associate of Jackson since his youth, the source said.

    McMillan declined to comment on a Wall Street Journal report that the will splits Jackson's assets among his mother, children and one or more charities. The lawyer said it was "a good thing" and "part of the process" for those who had worked with the performer to produce documents related to his estate.
    "Mr. Jackson had a series of lawyers over time, and part of our challenge is to make contact with each and every one of those advisors to review their files," he said.

    In an appearance on "Larry King Live," a probate attorney said Branca "may not have the full picture" of Jackson's estate planning.
    "Things were in transition often in Michael's life," said lawyer Burt Levitch.

    Katherine Jackson has temporary custody of Michael Jackson's two sons and his daughter and temporary control of his estate with limited powers, including the right to secure his tangible assets. In court filings requesting those powers Monday, her lawyers checked a box indicating that the singer died without a will, but they acknowledged elsewhere in the documents that they had heard of a will but not seen it.
    "It was important for Mrs. Jackson to proactively take legal action and protect the well-being of the children and the personal property and belongings" of her son, McMillan said.
    He said he represented Jackson in the 3 1/2 years leading up to his death. McMillan said the entertainer never told him that he had rehired Branca but, he said, "It's possible."

    A statement issued Tuesday on behalf of Branca and Joel Katz, an Atlanta attorney who had been helping Jackson negotiate new record deals, said they "are now carrying out his wishes and desires as expressed in the last will and testament. It is their sincere desire that Michael's affairs be handled with dignity and respect."

    Branca, whose clients include Santana and Aerosmith, advised Jackson on what is acknowledged as Jackson's smartest business decision: Buying half of the Beatles' catalog in 1985 for $47.5 million. The catalog, supplemented over the years by the work of many other artists, is estimated to be worth at least $1 billion.
    In a May interview with The Times, Branca said he stopped working with Jackson because the entertainer brought into his inner circle "people who really didn't have his best interests at heart."
    "The paradox is that Michael is one of the brightest and most talented people I've ever known," he added. "At the same time, he has made some of the worst choices in advisors in the history of music."

    The other executor named in the will, McClain, worked with Michael Jackson, his sister Janet, and the Jackson 5 as well as with rappers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. He is best known for his work at Interscope Records, where he was responsible for bringing the controversial yet lucrative gangsta rap label Death Row Records into its corporate fold.

    An executor role would give Branca and McClain power to manage Jackson's finances while the court is settling his affairs, a process that could take years. Jackson, 50, died with more than $400 million in debt, but his assets -- including his musical catalog and his partial ownership of the Sony-ATV catalog -- outweigh his debts by hundreds of millions of dollars.

    "That is going to be a very important responsibility considering the size of the debts and the projected size of the estate. . . . There is also going to be a responsibility during that time to monetize the assets. The judge is going to want to make sure a responsible person is admitted," said Lawrence Heller, a veteran L.A. probate attorney who has handled estate planning for Sammy Davis Jr. and other celebrities.

    --
    harriet.ryan@latimes.com
    Times staff writers Chris Lee, Andrew Blankstein, Ari B. Bloomekatz, Ruben Vives and Raja Abdulrahim contributed to this report.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jul/01/local/me-jackson-legal1?pg=3
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    EverGreen grows global.(Joel Katz, David Schulhof and Richard Perna forms music publishing company 'EverGreen Copyright Acquisitions')(Brief Article)
    Daily Variety | January 23, 2006| Gallo, Phl
    Music industry veterans Joel Katz, David Schulhof and Richard Perna have created a full-service global music publishing company, EverGreen Copyright Acquisitions, by purchasing six catalogs, including Rykomusic.
    EverGreen Copyrights will be based in Nashville, with an additional office in New York. Perna in Nashville and Schulhof in New York will serve as co-CEOs of the company. Perna will oversee copyright and royalty administration: Schulhof. former VP of music at Miramax, will oversee the company's global film. TV and advertising department as well as creative ...


    Different article related:



    LONDON -- Kobalt Music Group has concluded an exclusive administration agreement with EverGreen
    Copyright Acquisitions LLC (EverGreen Copyrights) for the
    world ex-U.S., Canada and China.

    Under the deal, Kobalt administers more than 15,000 songs including works by Teddy Riley, J.J. Cale,
    Nick Drake, Cubanismo, Morphine, Zero 7,
    Supreme Beings of Leisure, Radio 4, Josh Rouse, John Martyn, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Violent Femmes, Rocket From The Crypt, and The Animal Collective.

    As part of the agreement, Kobalt
    will also represent all of EverGreen
    Copyrights’ works for synchronization
    in film, TV, and advertising.
    EverGreen Copyrights’ Nashville
    office will oversee its own copyright
    and royalty administration for the
    U.S. and Canada.

    Willard Ahdritz, Kobalt CEO and
    Founder, commented: "We are very
    proud to have been chosen by
    EverGreen Copyrights to be their foreign
    administration arm ex-U.S.,
    Canada and China. This is a significant
    deal and they have already put
    together exceptional catalogs of quality
    copyrights, which our Kobalt
    team will administer and exploit
    around the world."

    In January, music industry veterans
    Joel A. Katz, David K.
    Schulhof, and Richard W. Perna
    officially announced the formation of
    the EverGreen Copyrights, which has
    the financial backing of Lehman
    Brothers Merchant Banking. The
    company completed several acquisitions
    including the purchase of
    Rykomusic assets and Warlock
    Music catalogs, the Teddy Riley catalog,
    the Audigram catalog, the Bill
    Monroe Music catalog, and the
    works of Matt Slocum.

    “Given Kobalt’s transparency,
    direct society relationships, more frequent
    accountings, online registration
    and verification, and synch placement
    agents, Kobalt was the clear
    choice to handle EverGreen
    Copyrights’ administration and
    licensing in foreign territories,” said
    Perna, Co-Founder and Co-Chief
    Executive Officer of Evergreen
    Copyrights.

    http://www.kobaltmusic.com/newsletter/Summer%202006%20Newsletter.pdf.

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