Michael Lippman, Partner
“I’ve probably put together more deals backstage at concerts than by telephone.” -Michael Lippman
Through a diverse client roster that maximizes opportunity in ever changing trends while minimizing the risk of being completely focused on one genre, Lippman Entertainment is positioned at the center of all aspects of the music business. Early in his career Michael observed that record producers and songwriters, are artists in their own right, and lacked proper guidance. Michael started a management firm representing select recording artists and for the first time ever, created a business managing record producers and songwriters ensuring that all players in the creative process were protected and properly rewarded. Hailed as an innovator in negotiating entertainment contracts, his advice is often sought after by his colleagues. Michael’s intuitiveness for brokering diverse talents and commitment to the success of a project is renowned and maintains his broad power base within the industry.
Nick Lippman, Partner
Nick Lippman is a Partner at Lippman Entertainment. He’s focused on guiding the company’s impressive artist and producer roster in today’s multi-faceted music business. His industry experience started with an internship at EMI Records at age 15. After, he enjoyed a successful stint at Interscope, before joining Lippman Entertainment in 2004. He was named a partner at Lippman Entertainment in 2014.
Combining innate “record biz” acumen, a trailblazing spirit, and an informed understanding of digital trends, he set a new paradigm for multi-platinum pop rock icons Matchbox Twenty in 2007. At Nick’s urging, the band became the first in history to sell a full-length album, Exile on Mainstream, on a USB wristband in the mass market. The record debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was quickly certified Gold. The group continues to sell wristbands at all live shows, allowing fans to purchase the audio of performance they just attended—a model soon adopted by Bruce Springsteen, George Michael, and others. Also, for that tour cycle, Nick also orchestrated a tie-in with Facebook and eHarmony where online daters went on their very first date at a show on the Exile tour.
He continued pushing the envelope with Matchbox Twenty in 2012. Initiating a groundbreaking cross-promotion between the artist, Facebook, and Spotify, he launched a campaign incorporating the concept of “Timeline” and listeners’ own memories of the group as set up for the release of their latest record North. The record would debut #1 on the Billboard Top 200—their first to do so in their 15 year career. Eventually, he helped grow the band’s social following to over 1.8 million fans in less than 10 months. The digital rollout included of a trend-setting artist app. This was the first time a band included both augmented reality and geo-fencing on tour to communicate directly with fans, an innovation lauded by Billboard in 2013.
In setting up George Michael’s 2014 album Symphonica (a #1 debut in the UK and four other countries), Nick engineered a slick roll out. The artist’s web site underwent a “black out”, inciting the fans to question his next move. Then, he launched an interactive app and unique events throughout the two weeks leading up to the album’s release.
He also developed a groundbreaking “Digital Tour Book” that reinvigorates the classic tour program and pushes it online with modern technology. It started with Matchbox Twenty, and will be mass released in 2017.
Nick reintroduced Ryan Cabrera into the marketplace with a highly successful 2013 tour that showcased the artist to a new younger audience. He created an online monthly charity event called Live From Ryan’s Living Room, which raised over $100,000 for various charities. Ryan signed with Dynamite/Caroline/Capitol Records in 2014. His other recent signings include 18-year-old Pop Star Madi Wolf and Southern California sensation, Radical Something.
In 2011, 360 Magazine included him among its “Top 100 Innovators, Intellectuals, Peacemakers, and Trendsetters” list with Bono, Jay-Z, Michelle Obama, and more. He received a 2012 nomination for Billboard Magazine’s “40 under 40″. He built strategic partnerships with top startups like Headliner.fm, one of Billboard’s “Top 10 Startups of 2011”, Daqri, one of Billboard’s “Top 10 Startups of 2013”, and 2014’s SXSW top 10 accelerators Fliptu. He also teamed with both G-TV and YouTube to create the MCN, G-TV Music.
In 2015 Nick started the technology Incubator Ava Jade, LLC. Ava Jade specializes in connecting amazing technology with the entertainment world emphasizing on the music industry. Nick sits on the Board of Advisors for fast growing technology startups; Co-Promote, Crowdzilla, Ampsy, Top-Fan, Fan Flex, Gigmor and Rage On. To date each one of these companies has grown exponentially since Nick joined the respective teams.
In the summer of 2016, Nick introduced the world to the First Ever Hologram Selfie Experience, where fans who purchased VIP packages will have the opportunity to sing in real time next to Rob Thomas, both in Hologram form. Within minutes, the footage is emailed to the fan to share with friends, family and on social media. This is truly a unique and once in a lifetime experience. This went off extremely well garnering huge press from tier one outlets as well as fan satisfaction.
As well in the summer of 2016 Nick and his business partner and father Michael, was featured in Billboard Magazine’s “From The Desk Of”. In September of 2016, Nick signed rapper Chris Webby as a management client.
Nick’s passion and acumen drives results and breeds loyalty. “It’s about understanding the transformation in the business and being proactive without being too eager,” he said. “Risk taking is inherent in show business but as managers we need to focus on taking calculated risks, that protect and impact artists, enhance the fan experience, and move the industry forward.”
Father-Son Management Team Michael & Nick Lippman on Rooming With David Bowie, Fighting for George Michael and Streaming’s Threat to the Industry
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Terry Lippman – Executive Consultant
Terry Lippman has 30 plus years of experience in the entertainment field; specializing in music, and throughout the years has been associated with 100’s of millions of records sold.
In the mid 1980′s, he joined forces with his brother to help build the Lippman Entertainment (LE) brand. LE became one of the world’s most successful of its kind developing record producers and recording artists around the globe. At LE, Terry was also involved in producer and artist management, music supervision, publishing and a record label (Mika Records). Some of his producer clients at LE were Mike Clink (Guns & Roses), Nellee Hooper (Madonna) and Matt Serletic (Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty) and many more. Terry was also was very involved in the management of Matchbox Twenty in the formative years.
On his own, in the late 90’s, Terry continued his successful run as an executive producer, producer and artist manager. Some of his producer clients included Mike Fraser (Aerosmith, Metallica), Jim Wirt (Incubus and Hoobastank), Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones). He also managed the very successful hard rock band, Adema, who was signed to Arista Records. Adema’s lead singer, Mark Chavez, is the half brother of Jonathan Davis of Korn.
Terry ventured into the reality TV world, co- creating and producing a VH1 pilot about a band of three brothers and their best friend called Madison Rose and was a consultant for Shure for five years. During his tenure there he helped to create “Behind the Glass”, conducting many of the interviews himself.
In 2010, Terry reunited with LE, where he continues to bring his veteran managerial skills and experience in the music business in its effort to develop new business in the digital age.
Also, for the past few years, Terry has been writing and developing screenplays.
Matt Goldberg, Manager
Before embarking on his music career, Matt Goldberg was a Natural Gas Clerk on the NYMEX. There he learned the skills how to work in a fast paced, volatile market, which lends itself well to the entertainment business. When he realized music was his passion, he continued his education at the Institute of Audio Research, where he earned a degree in audio engineering.
From there, he worked at Sean “Diddy” Combs’ studio “Daddy’s House”. During his time, MTV was filming their #1 series Making the Band (which filmed a lot at “Daddy’s House”). He became close with Day26 and their management and transitioned that relationship into Tour Managing. Day26’s debut album “Day26” debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 and follow up album “Forever In A Day” debuted at #2 on Billboard 200 charts, both albums debuted #1 U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums. Matt worked on tours with platinum superstar Trey Songz and Mateo.
Moving from Tour Managing to Artist and Producer Managing, Matt began working with Roxwell and RoxCore Management. Some of the clients he worked with include: Frank Ocean, Scarface, DJ Paul, Dawn Richard (Diddy Dirty Money), Pop Levi / Jr. Hi and Terraplane Sun.
TP Sun’s hit “Get Me Golden” was featured in several TV Shows and Films such as, 21 Jump Street, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Franklin & Bash, Suits and a national Citibank commercial, to name a few. Also, producers Cook Classics (Outasight- Tonight Is The Night, RIAA Certified Platinum), which debuted on X-Factor, was featured in Pepsi’s “Who’s Next” campaign and many other commercials, Sound Mob (Kirko Bangz- Drank In My Cup, RIAA Certified Platinum) and Jr. Hi (Childish Gambino- The Party, Grammy Nominated Best Rap Album). He also helped produce showcases at SXSW.
In 2015, Matt was introduced to Nick Lippman and have been targeting exciting new talent to work on together ever since.
Jeremy Lopez, Head of Branding / Manager
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, California born, Jeremy Lopez packed his bags after high school and never looked back. From day one, there was never a question he would work in music. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream and attended music school with a focus on Music Business Administration, Production and Engineering.
Three months before graduating top of his class, Jeremy had secured a then rare, and soon to be coveted, internship at the world renowned Westlake Recording Studios, artistic home of such music legends as Michael Jackson and Elton John, and frequented by popular artists like Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears. Working his way up from intern, to runner, assistant engineer, to engineer, Jeremy watched, listened and gleaned from some of the industry’s most respected artists, producers, record label executives and A&Rs.
After being in the room, working side by side, and interacting with such big-hitters he so strongly admired as David Foster and Simon Cowell, there was no doubt there was much more to the business than anyone could learn in school. Passionate and hungry, Jeremy was like a sponge, soaking up everything he could, learning as he went, and eventually discovering he had his own distinct opinions and point of view about the process. As time went on, he became more and more empowered to voice those opinions, and more and more they were heard and utilized. It was clear Jeremy had something to offer beyond engineering and assisting others on the technical side. On more than one occasion, he was offered jobs by record label A&Rs and music executives for, when he was “done with engineering.” Eventually, Jeremy decided, although he fully enjoyed all the exposure, connections and experiences he had at Westlake Studios, after three and half years, it was time to move on.