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JASON BOYARSKI, selected as a top rated lawyer by Billboard, Super Lawyers and New York Magazine, has a broad array of legal and business experience which runs the gamut of the entertainment, media, consumer goods and technology industries. With past posts at some of the most distinguished names in media and entertainment (including Warner Music, NBC, Universal Music, BMG Music, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and Sony Music), Jason's vast experience, coupled with his 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 founding partner of Boyarski Fritz LLP, Jason's expertise is well-rooted in deal-making, entertainment, technology, media, branding, consumer goods, intellectual property, content licensing, infringement claims, settlements, corporate matters, trademark, employment agreements, venture capital and other various transactions.
The firm’s clients have included: music companies (BMG Music, Disney Music, Jingle Punks, Reach Music, Create Music); recording artists (The Prince Estate, Marc Anthony, Joan Jett, Paul Oakenfold, Lil Tecca, Wyclef Jean, Babyface, Nico & Vinz, The Donny Hathaway Estate, Juke Ross, MKTO, The Estate of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dawin, Raekwon from Wu-Tang, Aluna George, Kevin Rudolf); hit songwriters and music producers (Louis Bell, Frank Dukes, Tainy, Brody Brown, Wes Weiss, Xplicit, Rob Fusari, E.Dan, Claude Kelly, DVLP, Haze); technology firms and mobile apps (Musixmatch, Facebook, Song Quiz, 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/Austin Rosen, Adam Alpert/Disruptor, Homemade Projects, Talent X, Lex Borrero/NEON16); 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, Dreamstage, Legend River); artists and galleries (Kii Arens, Marc Baptiste); podcast, film and television companies (AudioUp, FilmNation, Triage/Levity); charitable and educational institutions (Detroit Institute of Music Education); authors (Lauren Slayton, Tanya Zuckerbot); 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 strategy and procurement of new artist and writer signings with recording artists, producers and writers, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, and film and television projects. Jason played a key role in in the multi-million dollar signings or re-signings including Paramore, Katy Perry, Wale, Green Day, Claude Kelly, The Stereotypes, Uncle Kracker, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Van Halen, Gucci Mane, Bryan Michael Cox, Kevin Rudolf, Trey Songz, Priscilla Renea and Michael Bublé, among many others. While at Warner, Jason also oversaw the company’s marketing initiatives, including brand strategies, website development, and digital communication strategies including social media. Lastly, Jason initiated new business development in various areas, including new media arrangements, merchandising, and grant of rights in traditional and non-traditional formats.
While at Warner, Jason also gained vast experience in the marketing, sponsorship, and branding world, as a partner in the integrated marketing agency HeadOverHeels Collective, which Jason co-founded in 2008. The company provided marketing services 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 brokered new business opportunities for the company’s clients which included A&E Networks, Movado, Estee Lauder, Denon, Pantone, Calvin Klein and FAO Schwarz.
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. Jason was instrumental in negotiating the initial signings and/or re-negotiations with high profile talent 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, Britney Spears, Shania Twain, Pitbull, Macy Gray, Nas, Linkin Park and 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 served as a member of the company’s New Media Committee where he developed the company’s strategies in emerging technology markets.
Prior to joining 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.