SESAC Honors Attorney Jay Cooper, More at Film & TV Composers Awards

Cooper (left) with SESAC CEO John Josephson

Music creators are “at a major crossroads” in seeking proper payment for their work, veteran entertainment attorney Jay L. Cooper said in receiving SESAC’s Visionary Award at its annual Film and Television Composers Awards Wednesday night at Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, Calif. Approximately 220 composers, songwriters and other members of the L.A. music community attended the event. Others honored for their music in films, TV, streaming media and advertising included Christophe Beck (“Trolls”), Danny Lux (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Dennis C. Brown (“Two and a Half Men”), John Swihart (“How I Met Your Mother”), Paul Buckley (“2 Broke Girls”), Evan Frankfort (“Dog Whisperer”) and Jon Ehrlich (“Goliath”).

Cooper, whose clients include Katy Perry, Sheryl Crow, John Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks and “The Voice,” said “something is wrong” when technology has made it possible for musicians to reach the widest audience in history, yet “income in the industry is down by 50 percent.

“We have to work together with the tech companies to find a way to fairly compensate composers and musicians,” he continued. “We are entitled to that. We haven’t found that way yet.”

Speaking to Variety prior to the awards ceremony, Cooper amplified the point. “The biggest challenge facing music creators is the public’s perception that music is free, and that they can access it without having to pay for it. There is value in music and it’s difficult to convince the world of that fact.” He concedes that it will be “a long road” to correct that problem and that the decline of basic music education in schools hasn’t helped. Still, he said he is “moderately optimistic” and sees “some movement in Congress” toward progress on the issue.

SESAC, a music-rights organization, recognized Cooper for “his outstanding contribution to the creative arts.” SESAC Holdings chairman and CEO John Josephson said, “Not only has he been a strong advocate for the creative rights for all of us in the music industry, but as a musician himself, Jay understands the passion that drives the creative community and the continued importance of protecting intellectual property.”

Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, who introduced Cooper, noted that in his pre-lawyer days as a saxophonist, he played with Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. In a video tribute, singer Katy Perry said she was “grateful that he looks out for me with so much integrity, humility and intelligence.”

Below is a full list of honorees:


Christophe Beck: Trolls

Danny Lux
Jason Derlatka
John Swihart
Jon Ehrlich
Matt Mariano

Andrew Sherman
Andy Hong
Brian Yessian
Dražen Bošnjak
Maggie McDermott
Michael Yessian

CABLE Television
Andrew Kaiser
Christophe Beck
Christopher Tyng
Craig Sharmat
Danny Lux
Dennis C. Brown
Devin Powers
Fred Rapoport
Jason Derlatka
Jeff Garber
John Swihart
Jon Ehrlich
Matt Mariano
Paul Buckley
Paul Rhim
Rick Butler

NETWORK Television
Cheche Alara: To Tell the Truth
Daniel McIntyre: Golf on CBS
Danny Lux: Grey’s Anatomy, Mistresses, Telenovela
David Dachinger: Golf on CBS
Devin Powers/Living Day: Running Wild with Bear Grylls
Evan Frankfort: Calling Dr. Pol, Dog Town, Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, Dr. Chris Pet Vet, Dream Quest, Game Changers with Kevin Frazier, Hidden Heroes, Innovation Nation, The Inspectors, Lucky Dog, Save Our Shelter
Guillermo Brown: The Late Late Show with James Corden
Hagar Ben-Ari: The Late Late Show with James Corden
Mikkel Heimburger: Running Wild with Bear Grylls
Paul Buckley: Odd Squad
Seth Jabour: Late Night with Seth Meyers
Syd Butler: Late Night with Seth Meyers
Five Hundred South Songs: Grey’s Anatomy, Mistresses
FRC Music Publishing: Odd Squad
Melywork: 48 Hours
Music Box Street: To Tell the Truth
Must See Music: Late Night with Seth Meyers
Radical Rob Tunes: Golf on CBS
Songfair Inc.: The Late Late Show with James Corden
Zoo to You Music: Calling Dr. Pol, Dog Town, Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, Dr. Chris Pet Vet, Dream Quest, Game Changers with Kevin Frazier, Hidden Heroes, Innovation Nation, The Inspectors, Lucky Dog, Save Our Shelter

LOCAL Television
Andrew Growcott: Celebrity Name Game
Bob DeMarco: The Doctors, Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Rachel Ray
Fernando Corona: Suelta la Sopa
Danny Lux: Raising Hope
David Catalano/Jillian DVG Music: Maury
Dennis C. Brown: Two and a Half Men
Devin Powers/Living Day: Crazy Talk
Devin Powers: Paternity Court
Glenn Sherman: Maury
John Swihart: How I Met Your Mother
Larry Brown: Missing
Matt Mariano: Raising Hope
Mauricio Arriaga: Antes Muerta Que Lichita
Michael Egizi: The Doctors, Entertainment Tonight, Hot Bench, The Insider, Rachel Ray
Michael Egizi/ME6121 Publishing: Dr. Phil
Paul Buckley: 2 Broke Girls, Noticiero Telemundo
Tim Mosher: Celebrity Name Game
29 New Tunes Publishing: The Doctors
335 Maple Music: Seinfeld
Beginning to Roar Inc.: Paternity Court
Best Music Hit Publishing: Antes Muerta Que Lichita
Fox Tunes Inc: How I Met Your Mother, Raising Hope
Music Box Street: Celebrity Name Game
Musica Telemundo: Noticiero Telemundo, Suelta la Sopa
Songfair Inc.: The Doctors, Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, Hot Bench, The Insider, Rachel Ray
Warner Hollywood Music LLC: 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men

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