Music Publishing News: Windswept Classics & Itochu Corp. Acquire Trio/Quartet Catalogs From Leiber/Stoller In Mid-Eight Figure Deal

LOS ANGELES--()--May 7, 2003--Windswept Classics, Inc. and Itochu Corporation have acquired the Trio Music and Quartet Music catalogs from Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in a mid eight figure deal, it was announced today by Evan Medow, CEO of Windswept Holdings LLC.

Trio/Quartet's copyrights include "Fever," "What A Wonderful World," "It's In His Kiss," "Happy Together," "Be My Baby," "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," "Cool Jerk," "The Twist," "Under The Boardwalk," "River Deep, Mountain High," "Do You Believe In Magic," and almost 20,000 other titles including the music publishing rights to the scores of many hit Broadway shows including "Godspell."

Leiber and Stoller will continue to own and operate Leiber & Stoller Music Publishing, home to their spectacular catalog of hits including, "Jailhouse Rock," "Stand By Me," "Kansas City," "Love Potion #9" and most of the songs from the smash Broadway review, "Smokey Joe's Cafe."

Windswept Holdings' CEO, Evan Medow stated, "The Trio/Quartet catalogs hold some of the great songs of the 50's, 60's, and 70's and we are incredibly excited to be involved with these great songs. If you use songs, you can expect to hear from us."

Windswept Classics, Inc. and Windswept Holdings LLC are subsidiaries of Japan's largest media conglomerate, Fuji Television Network, Inc. and Fujipacific Music, Inc. Itochu Corporation is one of Japan's largest trading companies.

Fuji Television Network's Senior Executive Vice President, Masaki Miyauchi stated, "The Trio/Quartet catalogs contain a treasure of classic pop songs loved the world over. This exciting acquisition will represent an important element of Fuji Television Network's overall media strategy."

Fujipacific Music's President, Ichiro Asatsuma stated, "With the proliferation of new media, the opportunities for music licensing seem almost limitless. As a music publisher, the timeless hits of the Trio/Quartet catalogs offer a great opportunity."

Trio/Quartet will be managed worldwide by Windswept Holdings LLC.

Contacts

MHI
David Millman, 323/852-1428
david@mhi.net

Contacts

MHI
David Millman, 323/852-1428
david@mhi.net