WMC 2011 Schedule Panelist

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Allen Jacobi, Esquire Allen Jacobi is a pioneering entertainment industry attorney who has successfully been able to combine music, motion picture and television into a single career. He is a record label president who has earned a platinum reputation among musicians and industry insiders, a film attorney working with major studios and independent film makers, and a television industry attorney representing superstar actors, television programs and newscasters. Allen‟s practice, almost from its inception, included film work representing independent producers and the licensing of music for use in film. Mr. Jacobi acquired and licensed the rights to the underlying literary property for the novel used as the basis for Village of the Damned, which ultimately was produced by Universal Pictures directed by John Carpenter and starring Christopher Reeves and Kirsty Alley. Mr. Jacobi has recently concluded negotiations for the distribution of a motion picture entitled “Stonerville” starring Leslie Nielson (his last film), Pauly Shore and other iconic comedic actors. The film is scheduled to be released in February 2011. Mr. Jacobi is General Counsel for Miami World Cinema Center, a not for profit film center dedicated to the support of the independent film community in South Florida and attract filmmakers worldwide to the benefits of filming in South Florida. Mr. Jacobi served as Executive Producer for the Film “Bridge to Havana” which documented an historic event taking place in Havana, Cuba with such stellar artists as Bonnie Raitt; Gladys Knight; Peter Frampton; Joan Osbourne; Jimmy Buffet and many more. The motion Picture was aired nationally on PBS and the accompanying soundtrack album reach #3 on the Billboard World Music Chart. Over the years Mr. Jacobi has represented many filmmakers and award winning documentarians such as Travisty Productions. Mr. Jacobi has licensed hundreds of songs for the inclusion in documentaries, independent feature films and commercials including the soundtrack album for the motion picture Ruthless People which starred Danny DeVito and Bette Midler. On behalf of his music clients, Jacobi has been awarded gold and platinum records from such internationally acclaimed artists as The Eric Clapton Band, Trick Daddy, Inner Circle, Gloria Estefan, The Miami Sound Machine, Marilyn Manson, Two Live Crew, to name a few. Jacobi may be best known for his defense for the obscenity charges against Two Live Crew, the victory of which made global news. Early in his career, Mr. Jacobi represented most of the exponents, of what was then known as, the Miami Sound, made famous by such artists (and Jacobi clients) as Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas, Peter Brown, KC & the Sunshine Band, etc. He represented many of the producers responsible for consistent number one hits including Foxy. Miami‟s proximity to the Carribean gave Mr. Jacobi the opportunity to work with Jamaican legends, among them Jimmy Cliff, Third World, Zap Pow, Yellowman, Dennis Brown, the Bob Marley Foundation, etc. In the area of Jazz, Mr. Jacobi represented such icons as Lionel Hampton (Grammy nominated album „Sentimental Journey‟), the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Jaco Pastorius and Ahmad Jamal (for whom he acted as Executive Producer for his Grammy nominated album „Digital Works‟). Some other Jacobi clients include Cameo, Firefall, Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi (Traffic), two time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada, Producers Ron and Howard Albert (Crosby, Stills & Nash; Eric Clapton; Rolling Stones), and visual artist Peter Max. Jacobi was attorney and co-founder of Atlantic distributed Radio Records which produced the number one Billboard hit single „Stars on 45‟ (Gold). His interest in the music business was so keen that he became involved in the other aspects of the record business, such as marketing, promotion, A&R and sales. In 1990, Mr. Jacobi was offered his own label; by 1991 Pyramid Records/Sony was a reality. The first signing by Jacobi as label head was Eagles guitarist and vocalist Joe Walsh. The first album was called Ordinary Average Guy. The single, also entitled "Ordinary Average Guy", leaped to the #1 position on the rock chart and the album sold over 350,000 copies. Also released on the label were international superstars, Asia, Earth Wind & Fire, Robert Palmer, Stray Cats, The Doobie Brothers, Public Enemy, Lalah Hathaway (#1 single Forever, For Always, For Love), Edgar Winter, Stephen Stills, country star Ty Herndon, Earthrise – The Rainforest Album featuring: U2; Paul McCartney; Elton John; Sting; Paul Simon; REM; Seal; Peter Gabriel; Dire Straights; Queen and Genesis and others. In August 2008, Pyramid released Latin Urban sensation Baby Ranks‟ new album, and on August 27, the album entered the Billboard Latin Music Chart. Presently flying up the Latin Pop Charts is the single “Dejame Quererte” which is featured on Secada‟s newest album “Otre Vez” in stores February 2011. In 2003, Mr. Jacobi co-founded The Tube Music Network, a music channel which featured heritage rock artists, and brought an MTV alumnus to run the network. In late 2004 Jacobi negotiated his buy out of The Tube. In 2005, Pyramid released two-time Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stephen Stills‟ fist solo studio album in 14 years, “Man Alive!” In January 2007, Jacobi joined forces with Joel Katz, Atlanta attorney and music industry veteran, to develop a 24-hour musical channel branded “The Billboard Channel.” In 2009, they were joined by Television Entrepreneur Gary Turner. The Channel‟s launch is projected for Fall 2010. Increasingly Mr. Jacobi‟s practice has grown to include the acquisition and distribution of digital rights, and the representation of corporate entities such as Chartbuster Karaoke (the nation‟s largest producer of Karaoke music), Promo Only, Core DJ‟s, New York Spring Water, Title Water, etc. Mr. Jacobi has spoken as an expert in the entertainment industry at The Washington DC Music Forum, The Winter Music Conference, ASCAP Seminars, East Coast Music Forum and other music conferences and symposiums. He has appeared on national television on The Phil Donahue Show, The Geraldo Rivera Show, CNN, MTV, VH-1 Good Morning America and numerous news items on national media throughout the years. Mr. Jacobi has been quoted in such publications as Rolling Stone Magazine, Billboard Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The London Times, etc.