Allen Jacobi is a pioneering entertainment industry attorney who has successfully been able to combine music, motion picture and television into a single career. As the record label president of Pyramid Records, Mr. Jacobi has earned a platinum reputation among musicians and industry insiders, a film attorney working with major studios and independent film makers, and a television industry attorney representing superstar actors, television programs and newscasters.
Mr. Jacobi has spoken as an expert in the entertainment industry at The Washington DC Music Forum, The Winter Music Conference, ASCAP Seminars, East Coast Music Forum, North American Entertainment Sports & IP Law Summit and other music conferences and symposiums. He has appeared on national television on The Phil Donahue Show, The Geraldo Rivera Show, CNN, MTV, VH-1, Good Morning America and numerous news items on national media throughout the years. Mr. Jacobi has been quoted in such publications as Rolling Stone Magazine, Billboard Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The London Times, etc.
On behalf of his music clients, Mr. Jacobi has been awarded gold and platinum records from such internationally acclaimed artists as The Eric Clapton Band, Trick Daddy, Inner Circle, Gloria Estefan, The Miami Sound Machine, Marilyn Manson and 2 Live Crew. Mr. Jacobi may be best known for his defense for the obscenity charges against 2 Live Crew. The victory made global news.
Early in his career, Mr. Jacobi represented most of the exponents of what was then known as the Miami Sound. His clients included Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas, Peter Brown, KC & the Sunshine Band, etc. Mr. Jacobi also represented Foxy and many of the producers responsible for consistent number one hits.
Miami’s proximity to the Carribean gave Mr. Jacobi the opportunity to work with Jamaican legends, Jimmy Cliff, Third World, Zap Pow, Yellowman, Dennis Brown, the Bob Marley Foundation, etc. In the area of Jazz, Mr. Jacobi represented such icons as Lionel Hampton (Grammy nominated album ‘Sentimental Journey’), the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Jaco Pastorius and Ahmad Jamal (for whom he acted as Executive Producer for his Grammy nominated album ‘Digital Works’). Other Jacobi clients past and present include Cameo, Firefall, Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi (Traffic), two time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada, Phillip Michael Thomas, Internationally renowned actress Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Winslow, Producers Ron and Howard Albert (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones), and visual artist Peter Max.
Mr. Jacobi was attorney and co-founder of Atlantic distributed Radio Records which produced the number one Billboard hit single ‘Stars on 45’ (Gold). Allen’s interest in the music business was so keen that he became involved in the other aspects of the record business, such as marketing, promotion, A&R and sales.
In 1990, Mr. Jacobi was offered his own label. By 1991, Pyramid Records/Sony was a reality. The first signing by Jacobi as label head was Eagles guitarist and vocalist Joe Walsh. The first album was called Ordinary Average Guy. The single, also entitled “Ordinary Average Guy”, leaped to the #1 position on the rock chart and the album sold over 350,000 copies. Also released on the label were international superstars, Asia, Earth Wind & Fire, Robert Palmer, Stray Cats, The Doobie Brothers, Public Enemy, Lalah Hathaway (#1 single Forever, For Always, For Love), Edgar Winter, Stephen Stills, country star Ty Herndon, Earthrise – The Rainforest Album featuring: U2, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, Paul Simon, REM, Seal, Peter Gabriel, Dire Straights, Queen, Genesis and others. In August 2008, Pyramid released Latin Urban sensation Baby Ranks’ new album, and on August 27, the album entered the Billboard Latin Music Chart. Presently flying up the Latin Pop Charts is the single “Dejame Quererte” which is featured on Jon Secada’s newest album “Otre Vez” released in February 2011.
In 2003, Mr. Jacobi co-founded The Tube Music Network, a music channel featuring heritage rock artists and brought in an MTV alumnus to run the network. In late 2004, Mr. Jacobi negotiated his buy out of The Tube. In 2005, Pyramid released two-time Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stephen Stills’ fist solo studio album in 14 years, “Man Alive!” In January 2007, Jacobi joined forces with Joel Katz, Atlanta attorney and music industry veteran, to develop a 24-hour musical channel branded “The Billboard Channel.” In 2009, they were joined by Television Entrepreneur Gary Turner. The Channel’s launch is projected for Fall 2011. Mr. Jacobi has signed young artists, such as San Francisco rock band Finish Ticket to Atlantic Records, Miami R&B rap trio MMC da Click to Atlantic, and Miami rapper Prospectt to Cash Money. He is presently in negotiations with BMG to sign English rock quartet The 45′s to a publishing and artist development agreement
Increasingly Mr. Jacobi’s practice has grown to include the acquisition and distribution of digital rights, and the representation of corporate entities such as Digitrax (the nation’s largest producer of Karaoke music), Promo Only, Core DJ’s, Israeli technology company, YouTab, etc.