Copyright Reps Jump Across Town to Starrett Lehigh Building
Tom Acitelli Oct. 6, 2009, 11:37 a.m.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, representing the copyrights of artists including Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Andrew Lloyd Weber and, of course, the eponymous duo themselves, is moving across town to the Starrett Lehigh Building at 601 West 26th Street. Previously located at 35 East 21st Street, Rodgers & Hammerstein signed a 14-year lease for 10,382 square feet on the third floor.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II founded the organization in 1944 to represent their musicals and songs. Its purview now extends to more than 12,000 songs, 900 concert works, 200 writers and 100 musicals. Earlier this year, the organization was acquired by the Netherlands-based Imagem Music Group, the world’s largest independent music publisher.
The organization plans to move to its new space later this month. The asking rent was $29 a square foot.
Paul Haskins of CB Richard Ellis represented Rodgers & Hammerstein. Landlord S.L. Realty Services was represented in-house by Peter Thorsen.