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Influential Canadian Music Attorney Ed Glinert Passes

TORONTO, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Canada's music industry is in shock with the sudden passing of Ed Glinert on May 21, 2011 at the age of 63. He died as a result of a stroke.

With the formation of Casablanca Media Acquisitions in Toronto in 2004, Glinert staked a significant claim in Canada’s under utilized independent music publishing world.

A subsidiary, Casablanca Media Publishing, serves as Canadian representative for a number of internationally renowned catalogues including Carlin, Bug/Windswept, Arc, Trio, 20th Century Fox, and S1 (Dreamworks).

With more than 25 years' experience as an entertainment lawyer in Canada, Glinert had substantial expertise in assisting clients—including Ray Charles, David Letterman, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Jim Carrey and Howie Mandel–in the acquisition, financing, and distribution of catalogs and intellectual property assets.

Prior to becoming an entertainment lawyer, Glinert operated Toronto-based booking agency Frederick Lewis Artist Placement Bureau from 1967 to 1971.

He was later the co-owner of National Variety Promotions, an adult contemporary concert promoter that presented such acts as Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, and Steve Lawrence and produced the stage play “Pirates of Penzance,” starring Barry Bostwick and Andy Gibb.

In 2001, Glinert set up Casablanca Media Acquisitions to capitalize on an increasing demand for entertainment content from global cable and digital broadcasters. He went on to acquire significant catalogs of music, TV and video properties.

A co-founder of two different Canadian children’s labels (Children’s Group,
best-known for Susan Hammond's Classical Kids album series. and Casablanca Kids), Glinert remained involved in the record business as a co-owner of Solid Gold Records and the internationally renowned house label Trax. – by Larry LeBlanc