Reservoir Acquires Shapiro Bernstein, Including 16,000 Copyrights

Reservoir has acquired publisher Shapiro Bernstein and the company’s over 16,000 copyrights, which includes songs recorded by The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Michael Jackson, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Elton John, and many more.

Through the new deal, Shapiro Bernstein’s catalog and global administration network will integrate into Reservoir, with an eye toward adding further value to the catalog through Reservoir’s global sync, creative and marketing teams. In addition, the two companies will work together to identify new catalogs and creative opportunities to pursue through a new joint venture agreement.

Founded in New York’s Tin Pan Alley in 1900, Shapiro Bernstein is home to evergreen songs such as “In The Mood,” made famous by Glenn Miller, “Rockin’ Robin” (performed by Michael Jackson), “Let There Be Love” (Peggy Lee / Nat King Cole), “Ring of Fire” (Johnny Cash), “Papa Loves Mambo” (Perry Como), as well as contemporary hits like “I Gotta Feeling” (Black Eyed Peas), “Lose Control” (Missy Elliot) and “Crush” (Jennifer Paige).

“It is an honor to have been chosen to be the caretakers of such important copyrights and one which we do not take lightly,” said Reservoir President and COO Rell Lafargue. “We look forward to working with Michael, his brother Doug Brettler, and the members of the Shapiro Bernstein team who are joining Reservoir to find new creative avenues and opportunities for this rich catalog and its songwriters. Together, we will ensure that the music continues to live on and inspire generations for many years to come.”


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