Jason Boyarski

Jason Boyarski

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in New York, NY

Boyarski Fritz LLP
 | 1330 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1800
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-920-4925
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (60%),
  • Intellectual Property (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Technology Transactions (10%)
Attorney Profile

JASON BOYARSKI, selected as a top rated lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, has a broad array of legal and business experience in the entertainment, media, technology and consumer goods industries.  With past posts at some of the most distinguished powerhouse names in the business including Warner Music Group, NBC, Universal Music Group, BMG Music, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and Sony Music Entertainment, Jason's vast experience coupled with an innate ability to understand the thought-making process of creators while recognizing trends in the marketplace makes him a trusted and valuable advisor.

Today, through the representation of a diverse set of clients across many practice areas, Jason's practice is on the cutting edge of multi-industry trends. As a partner of the full service law firm Boyarski Fritz LLP, a firm he founded with longtime entertain­ment and media attorney David Fritz, Jason's expertise is well-rooted in deal-making, entertainment, technology, media, brands, consumer goods, intellectual property, content licensing, infringement claims, settlements, corporate matters, trademark, employment agreements, venture capital and other various transactions. 

Jason's practice runs the gamut of the entertainment, media, consumer goods and technology industries. The firm’s clients have included: music companies (BMG Music, Disney Music Group, Jingle Punks Music, Reach Music, ole Music, Reservoir Media, Blackheart Records, Burnett Music Group); recording artists (Marc Anthony, the Prince Estate, Wyclef Jean, Joan Jett, MKTO, Dawin, Chinx, Raekwon, Scott Bradlee, Carlos PenaVega, Kevin Rudolf, Ruben Blades); technology firms & mobile apps (Facebook, Mobli, OnRamp Digital, MusiXmatch, OnlineSheetMusic.com, Snippit, CycleCast, Sonicbids, Utab, Chosen, Create TV, Sveer, StageIt, Skio Music); film/television personalities & celebrity chefs (Daphne Oz, Jenny Hutt, Jane Hanson, Tiffany Derry, Nancy Fuller, Amy Palmer, Stanley “T” Evans, Corey Goldfarb); management and production companies (AAM, Electric Feel Music, Adam Alpert/Disruptor Music, Ozone Entertainment/Bret Disend, T3 Music); marketing and advertising agencies (DX Agency, Noise Marketing, Shark Branding); retailers and consumer goods brands (Giggle, Red Bull, MYX, Zarbees, DecoLav, Fred Water, Tiger J, Austin & Andrew Rosen of Theory); songwriters and music producers (Claude Kelly, Brody Brown, Adrian Young, Xplicit, Rob Fusari, E.Dan, Aaron Pearce, Marty James, Brandon Kinney); live event promoters (AEG, Legend River Entertainment, Dark Night Ventures); social influencers (Nash Grier, Cameron Dallas, Matty B); artists and galleries (Kii Arens, Marc Baptiste, Andi Potamkin); film & televi­sion companies (Style TV, Master of the Mix, Triage/Levity Entertainment, VPE); charitable foundations and educational institutions (Detroit Institute of Music Education), authors (Limor Aberman, Lauren Slayton, Tanya Zuckerbot, Sabrina and Samantha Kleier); and many more.

Prior to launching Boyarski Fritz LLP, Jason served as the Senior Vice President & GM for Warner/Chappell Music from 2008 to 2011. There, he oversaw the U.S. company’s East Coast operations and he was instrumental in facilitating and executing a broad array of the company’s core business, including the company’s acquisition strategy and the procurement and structuring of new artist and writer signings with recording artists, producers and writers, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, film and television projects, and other various new business ventures. Jason played a key role in the acquisition strategy, analysis and negotiation of multi-million dollar asset purchases and new signings or re-signings including Paramore, Katy Perry, Wale, Green Day, Claude Kelly, The Stereotypes, Uncle Kracker, Lil Wayne, The Runners, Fat Joe, Van Halen, Gucci Mane, Bryan Michael Cox, Kevin Rudolf, Trey Songz, Justice League, Matt White, Priscilla Renea and Michael Bublé, among many others. While at Warner, Jason also oversaw the company’s marketing initiatives, including brand strategies, website development, digital communication strategies including social media, and film/television marketing initiatives. Lastly, Jason initiated new business development in various areas, including new media arrangements, merchandising, grant of rights in traditional and non-traditional formats, and the monetization of the company’s digital assets and databases including its search portals and audio databases. Jason's long-standing relationships within the music community, including artists, lawyers, managers and various music licensees such as the major film and television companies, played a crucial role in his responsibilities for the company.

Jason also has vast experience in the marketing, sponsorship, consumer goods and branding world, as a partner in the inte­grated marketing agency HeadOverHeels Collective in 2008, which Jason co-founded in 2008 and served as the company's advisor through 2016.  HeadOverHeels provided marketing services (both traditional and social media activated) to companies in the entertainment, fashion, retail, media and consumer goods industries. There, Jason oversaw the company’s legal and business affairs, including the solicitation, negotiation and formation of client relation­ships, strategic alliances, sponsorship opportunities, brand integration and consultancy arrangements. Jason provides ongoing strategic counsel for the company’s corporate and intellectual property matters. Jason brokered new business op­portunities for the company’s clients which have included A&E Networks, Movado, Estee Lauder, Denon, Morantz, X-Rite, Pantone, Calvin Klein, FAO Schwarz, FotoCare and Comix Comedy Club.

From 2001 to 2008, Jason served various posts at Universal Music Publishing Group, which included over six years at BMG Music Publishing before it was sold to Universal. In his most recent position as Vice President, Legal & Business Af­fairs, Jason served as a key business and legal executive for all facets of the company’s business affairs and develop­ment, including the company’s U.S. publishing catalogs and production music divisions Killer Tracks, Master Source and FirstCom. While at BMG and Universal, Jason was instrumental in negotiating the initial signings and/or re-negotia­tions with high profile artists, producers and writers including Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Maroon 5, Nelly, Christina Agu­ilera, Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, Wu Tang Clan, Duncan Sheik, Ben Folds, Kenny G., Joan Jett, Chris Daughtry, Korn, Hall & Oats, Slayer, Ne-Yo, The All-American Rejects, Flyleaf, Britney Spears, Shania Twain, Pitbull, Wu Tang Clan, Macy Gray, Nas, Linkin Park and the songwriting group The Matrix, among many others. Additionally, Jason worked with corporate partners including MTV, ESPN, Hallmark, YouTube, Nike, Mattel, EA Sports, Paramount, Lionsgate and the NFL. Jason also over­saw the branding and trademark strategies relating to the company’s vast production music libraries and handled all of the company’s trademark rights management. Lastly, Jason served as a member of the company’s New Media Committee where he developed the company’s strategies in emerging technology markets such as ringtones, video streaming and subscription services.

Prior to joining BMG and Universal, Jason served for two years as an Associate in the Trade Practices & Regulatory Law Department at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, with a general focus in intellectual property law and mu­sic licensing. While at Weil, Jason represented various broadcasters and webcasters, including MTV and CBS, in the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) rate-setting proceeding in an effort to negotiate new royalty rates for the streaming of sound recordings over the Internet. Jason also represented the Radio Music Licensing Committee to obtain new public performance royalty rates with BMI, which involved the negotiation of a new license agreement for simultaneous on-line radio transmissions. Lastly, Jason negotiated an array of web-based license agreements for a wide range of clients including GE Capital and the NFL Players Association, and worked on a variety of general copyright and trademark matters. During his practice at Weil, Jason wrote several articles in the area of e-commerce, including publications in the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel and the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal.

Before Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Jason served as a clerk in the music division at Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Wein­stein, LLP from 1998 to 1999, where his various projects included the representation of Profile Records in its sale to Arista Records, as well as overseeing mechanical and synchronization license agreements on behalf of Ultra Records.

Prior to entering law school, Jason served in the Promotions Department at Epic Records/550 Music from 1996 to 1997 where he worked on projects including Celine Dion, Ben Folds Five and Ginuwine. Jason began his career in 1996 as a Production Assis­tant at NBC’s “Today Show” where he worked on location for various broadcasts including the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. 

Jason received his Juris Doctor from the Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum laude with a concentration in Intellectual Proper­ty Law and was inducted into the Order of the Coif as member of the top 10% of his graduating class. While attending Cardozo, Jason served on the editorial staff of the Cardozo Law Review as the Administrative Editor, was awarded the H. Bert & Ruth Mack Scholarship, and served as the Panels Chair of the Entertainment Law Society. The Cardozo Law Review published Jason's note entitled The Heist of Feist: Protection for Collections of Information and the Possible Federalization of “Hot News” (21 CARDOZO L. REV 871), which went on to receive First Place honors in the International Intellectual Property Writing Competition. 

Jason received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University.  While at Emory, Jason was a college rep and intern for Sony Music Entertainment’s Atlanta office.

Jason is currently a member of the New York State Bar, First Department and is also admitted to the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Jason currently resides in Brookville, New York.

 

About Jason Boyarski

Admitted: 2001, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.boyarskifritz.com/#!/sitepage_1

Honors/Awards:

  • BMG Rising Star, BMG, 2004
  • First Place Honors, International Intellectual Property Society's Writing Competition, 2000
  • Order of The Coif, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2000
  • H. Bert & Ruth Mack Scholarship, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1997

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Notary Public, New York State

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, The Recording Academy, 2016

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Executive Committee, T.J.Martell's Annual Family Day, 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

Transactions:

  • Jason Boyarski represented the Prince Estate in its performing rights deal with Global Music Rights.  Global Music Rights won the sweepstakes to represent the Prince catalog for performance licensing, signing a deal with Bremer Trust which has been overseeing the estate of the innovative artist. The deal covers the entire Prince catalog on a worldwide basis, both for released and unreleased tracks. Prince's catalog includes such hit songs as "Purple Rain," "1999," "When Doves Cry," and "Raspberry Beret."  Prince and his team had been administering his publishing catalog since the artist left ASCAP in 2014.  , 2016
  • Jason Boyarski represented Marc Anthony and his Magnus Media agency in a worldwide music publishing joint venture with Pulse Music.  The partnership seeks to grow Magnus’ music publishing division and creative team and sign Latin songwriters, producers and artists. Pulse will provide exclusive worldwide music publishing administration and sync licensing services for Magnus through Pulse Publishing Administration and Hitcher Music. , 2016
  • Jason Boyarski represented the Prince Estate in its global music publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.  Universal Music Publishing Group became the exclusive worldwide publishing administrator for Prince's entire song catalog, both released and unreleased.  It was one of the most publicized music transactions of the year., 2016

Representative Clients:

  • Jason Boyarski's clients have included: music companies (BMG Music, Disney Music Group, Jingle Punks Music, Reach Music, ole Music, Reservoir Media, Blackheart Records, Burnett Music Group); recording artists (Marc Anthony, the Prince Estate, Wyclef Jean, Joan Jett, MKTO, Dawin, Chinx, Raekwon, Scott Bradlee, Carlos PenaVega, Kevin Rudolf, Ruben Blades); technology firms & mobile apps (Facebook, Mobli, OnRamp Digital, MusiXmatch, OnlineSheetMusic.com, Snippit, CycleCast, Sonicbids, Utab, Chosen, Create TV, Sveer, StageIt, Skio Music); film/television personalities & celebrity chefs (Daphne Oz, Jenny Hutt, Jane Hanson, Tiffany Derry, Nancy Fuller, Amy Palmer, Stanley “T” Evans, Corey Goldfarb); management and production companies (AAM, Electric Feel Music, Charles Koppelman/CAK Entertainment, Adam Alpert/Disruptor Music, Ozone Entertainment/Bret Disend, T3 Music); marketing and advertising agencies (DX Agency, Noise Marketing, Shark Branding); retailers and consumer goods brands (Giggle, Red Bull, MYX, Zarbees, DecoLav, Fred Water, Tiger J, Austin & Andrew Rosen of Theory); songwriters and music producers (Claude Kelly, Brody Brown, Adrian Young, Xplicit, Rob Fusari, E.Dan, Aaron Pearce, Marty James, Brandon Kinney); live event promoters (AEG, Legend River Entertainment, Dark Night Ventures); social influencers (Nash Grier, Cameron Dallas, Matty B); artists and galleries (Kii Arens, Marc Baptiste, Andi Potamkin); film & televi­sion companies (Style TV, Master of the Mix, Triage/Levity Entertainment, VPE); charitable foundations and educational institutions (Detroit Institute of Music Education), authors (Limor Aberman, Lauren Slayton, Tanya Zuckerbot, Sabrina and Samantha Kleier);

Educational Background:

  • Juris Doctor, Cardozo School of Law, with a concentration in Intellectual Property, 2000
  • Bachelors in Business Administration at Emory University, 1996

Industry Groups

  • Advertising
  • Apparel
  • Apps & Websites
  • Book Publishing
  • Consumer Goods
  • Digital Rights
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Live Events
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Music Publishing
  • Production Companies
  • Production Music
  • Recorded Music
  • Retail
  • Social Media
  • Talent Agencies & Managers
  • Technology
  • Television
Office Location for Jason Boyarski

1330 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 1800
New York, NY 10019

 

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Last Updated: 5/23/2018

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