DAVID FRITZ

Partner

 

dfritz@boyarskifritz.com

(212) 920-4925 ext.102

​DAVID FRITZ  is a seasoned and trusted entertainment and media veteran with a unique and robust history in a variety of businesses in all forms and fashions.  With experience at companies including Grubman, Shire & Meiselas P.C., Alliance Entertainment, and CAK Entertainment, David has been involved in a broad array of transactions and matters across many industries including media, fashion, technology, advertising, television, film, music, live events, consumer goods, retailers, charitable foundations and many more. 

 

Today, David is a founding partner at the full service law firm Boyarski Fritz LLP.  There, David's expertise is established in deal-making, intellectual property, corporate matters, consumer goods, and other various transactions across many platforms, which cover media and entertainment in a broad array of fields.  The firm’s clients have included: music companies (BMG Music, Disney Music, Jingle Punks, Create Music); recording artists (Marc Anthony, the Prince Estate, Lil Tecca, Wyclef Jean, Joan Jett, Bhad Bhabie, the Donny Hathaway Estate, Juke Ross, MKTO, the Antonio Carlos Jobim Estate, Dawin, The Village People, Raekwon from Wu-Tang, Kevin Rudolf); hit songwriters and music producers (Louis Bell, Frank Dukes, Tainy, Brody Brown, Xplicit, Rob Fusari, E.Dan, DVLP, Michael Pollack); technology firms and mobile apps (Musixmatch, Facebook, RunKeeper, Yokee); social influencers and celebrity personalities/chefs (Daphne Oz, Jane Hanson, Tiffany Derry, Stanley “T” Evans, Cameron Dallas); management and production companies (AAM, Electric Feel, Adam Alpert/Disruptor, T3/Homemade); marketing and advertising agencies (DX Agency, Shark Branding); retailers and consumer goods brands (Red Bull, Rumble, MYX, Zarbees, DecoLav, Fred Water); live event promoters (AEG, Legend River); artists and galleries (Kii Arens, Marc Baptiste); film and televi­sion companies (FilmNation, Triage/Levity); charitable and educational institutions (Detroit Institute of Music Education); authors (Lauren Slayton, Tanya Zuckerbot); and many more.

 

David began his career in 1992 as a lawyer at Grubman, Indursky, Schindler, Goldstein & Flax P.C., the entertainment law firm whose clients included Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Sting, P. Diddy and Martha Stewart.  During his seven years at the firm, David handled every imaginable type of music business transaction, including recording agreements, music publishing deals, catalog licenses, merchandising deals, record club agreements, soundtrack deals, and catalog purchases.  Among them, he represented Latin sensation Marc Anthony, R&B superstar Alicia Keys, Joan Jett, Evan & Jaron, David Lee Roth and the legendary record producer Phil Ramone (who produced albums for Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan, etc.). 

 

In 1998, while at Grubman, David co-founded a successful record company called Triage Entertainment which released a successful album series entitled “Mob Hits”, which to date has sold close to 1 million compilation albums across four separate series embodying songs that were included in mafia films including The Godfather, Goodfellas, Casino and Donnie Brasco.  In doing so, David secured Jerry Vale, the legendary Italian-American vocalist whose songs where included in Goodfellas and Casino, to act as the spokesperson for the album’s direct response TV commercial. Additionally, David licensed the Precious Moments brand (best known for their ceramic inspirational figurines sold in greeting card stores) and released a four album series of Precious Moments branded compilation albums which had combined sales in excess of 400,000 copies.

 

As a result of the successful launch of Triage Entertainment, David left Grubman in 1999 to form a joint venture record label called Medalist Entertainment with one of his clients: Alliance Entertainment (one of the largest record wholesalers in the country servicing over 13,000 stores with annual sales in excess of $1 Billion). Medalist specialized in the creation of compilation albums.  Medalist Entertainment spearheaded major promotions and custom-created compilations for major brands including McDonald’s (a $14 Million major summer promotion that David spearheaded by overseeing the creative, legal, marketing and execution), Linens ‘N’ Things, Hooters, HMV, Fitness Magazine, Walgreen’s and Barnes & Noble.  Medalist also launched the careers of Joe Bonamassa, a critically-acclaimed Blues guitarist and vocalist, and Michael Amante, the Italian-American tenor, who David discovered at Rao’s Restaurant, the famed NY eatery.  After selling Medalist Entertainment to Alliance Entertainment in 2002, David joined Alliance to oversee the acquired company as well as Innovative Distribution Network (IDN), Medalist’s sister distribution company with annual sales of over $40 Million from over fifty independent record labels.   

 

In late 2003, David left Alliance to start another independent music label, Triggerfish Entertainment.  In 2004, The Musicland Group (then owner of the Sam Goody, Suncoast Video and Mediaplay stores, totaling 900 retail outlets) entered into a deal with Triggerfish to develop proprietary CDs and DVDs for distribution in Musicland’s retail outlets. At the same time, David helped start Decent Xposure, a music marketing company that, among other things, rendered street team and internet marketing services to numerous TV networks.

 

In 2005, David also took on the responsibilities of administering the music publishing assets owned by Charles Koppelman's CAK Entertainment, which include songs written by such old-school rap legends as Marley Marl, Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane.  In addition, David managed the consulting practice of CAK Entertainment, which conducts marketing, brand development and advisory work for artists and companies including Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez (managing their apparel and lifestyle products rollout with Kohl’s Department Stores), Wendy Williams, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Online Sheet Music (digital sheet music retailer) and Human Potential Project (an executive management training company).  CAK is also a joint venture partner in Sheila Kelley's S Factor New York, the leading strip-tease dance instruction studio that has been featured on Oprah. 

 

In 2007, David became the lead investor in Myachi Industries, a toy/sports lifestyle brand, with the flagship product Myachi Original Hand Sack (www.myachi.com).  Under David's management and guidance, including key strategic marketing initiatives secured by David, the company’s sales increased fivefold as a result of wider international distribution and was the number one selling product at FAO Schwarz NYC and Toys ‘R’ Us Times Square. 

 

David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a minor in Fine Arts.  He received his Juris Doctor from the Hofstra University School of Law in New York. 

 

David is currently a member of the New York State Bar.  He currently resides in Roslyn Harbor, New York.