Beer, Rudolph brew up film, music banner

R&B FM taps Fragner as topper

Steven Beer and Larry Rudolph, founding partners of the entertainment law firm of Rudolph & Beer, have formed film and music shingle R&B FM, while welcoming Lisa Fragner to head the new banner.

Since 1993, boutique Rudolph & Beer has specialized in music, film, licensing, new media and sports law. A separate entity devoted to the increasingly convergent film and music industries, R&B FM will offer strategic production services, from packaging and producing films with artists and other talent to licensing music, negotiating soundtracks and serving as producers’ reps.

Rudolph & Beer’s clients and strategic associates include Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake of ‘N Sync, Aaron Carter, Leslie Carter and Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, O-Town (“Making the Band”), Eden’s Crush (“Popstars”), LFO, Mikaila and Tanya Mitchell.

Its urban clients include Sugar Hill Gang, Ruff Ryders, members of the Wu Tang Clan and Blackground Records.

On the film side, Beer was involved with such pics as “Sling Blade,” “Star Maps,” “Three Seasons,” “Tumbleweeds,” “The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack,” “Black and White” and recent Sundance fave “L.I.E.”

The firm has repped Total Film Group, Myriad Pictures, Lions Gate, Winstar, the Shooting Gallery, Open City Films, Bigel/Mailer Prods., Janus Films, Solaris Prods., Belladonna Prods., producer Arielle Tepper and Academy Award-winning docu filmmaker Barbara Kopple.

At the upcoming Cannes, Beer and Fragner will advance the plans and projects of R&B FM.

The same frequency

“R&B FM builds upon what we have been doing for a while now,” Beer said. “We have been able to collaborate with domestic and foreign distributors and music labels to help artists exceed the borders of their personae established by a particular CD or a musicvideo.”

As for the hiring of Fragner, he said, “Lisa’s experience, key relationships with talent and knowledge of the marketplace complements our established niche and vision.”

Most recently head of East Coast production and development at Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fragner has spent the last four years as a production and development exec for that company on both coasts. She began at Searchlight as an assistant to former prexy Lindsay Law.

Fragner has been closely involved with the development and production of such films as “The Full Monty,” “The Ice Storm,” “Slums of Beverly Hills,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Paradise Road,” “Woman on Top,” “Boys Don’t Cry” and the recently released “Kingdom Come.”

The following are the company’s current projects:

  • “What Are Friends For,” the working title of a new pic starring and conceived by Britney Spears. Co-starring Kim Cattrall and Dan Aykroyd, pic is directed by Tamra Davis and produced by Ann Carli in association with Filmco; firm partner Larry Rudolph serves as an executive producer. The film completes principal photography this week.

  • “Empire,” the directorial debut of Bronx-born songwriter and music producer Frank Reyes, starring John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard and Denise Richards, currently in post-production. Shot in New York City and produced by Danny Bigel and Michael Mailer, “Empire” was co-exec produced by Steven Beer. He brought the project to Bigel and Mailer, who financed the film, and the firm served as production counsel.

  • “The Last Party,” a verite look at the 2000 presidential race directed by Donovan Leitch, featuring narration and interviews by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Currently in post-production, pic is produced by Rudolph & Beer client Stanley Buchthal’s Dakota Film Group in association with Palisades Pictures, Offline Entertainment and Camouflage Corp. The film’s soundtrack will feature such contemporary bands as Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam, covering legendary activist-oriented songs from the 1960s and ’70s. The firm served as production counsel.

  • “My Generation,” two-time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple’s take on the three Woodstock festivals and the generations of youth in attendance. Beer serves as producers’ rep and legal counsel and is in talks with theatrical and broadcast distributors.