How to get investors for your theatrical production (tele-class)

Gordon P. Firemark

How to get investors for your theatrical production (tele-class). Finding investors and donors for theatrical productions is a challenging task. Broadway Producer Michael Roderick and Theatrical Attorney Gordon Firemark will lead this tele-class in exploring Backer Auditions, donor presentations and other approaches to engaging prospective financiers for theatrical productions. I’m pleased to be a part of this tele-class being offered next Thursday, the 13th.

Subsidiary Rights Clauses in Theatrical Production Contracts. What’s the big deal?

Gordon P. Firemark

One of the most heatedly negotiated provisions in theatrical production licenses these days is the Subsidiary Rights Clause. If you’re contemplating a license for production of a play or musical (whether as author, producer or in some other capacity), it’s important to consult with a skilled, knowledgeable theatrical attorney to draw up the contracts.

The merging of Book, Lyrics and Music in theatrical collaborations: A complex and frequently mishandled issue.

Gordon P. Firemark

An important, and frequently mishandled point in theatrical collaboration agreements is the clause declaring when, precisely, “ merger &# of the collaborators’ respective contributions to the play or musical occurs. Not to be confused with the Integration clause found in many contracts, merger is the point (in time) at which the various creative elements are deemed to be merged or joined into a unified, single work. Under U.S.

SAG TV/Theatrical Contract Ratified Overwhelmingly, 78%-22%

Digital Media Law

In a stunning defeat for the hardline Membership First faction, SAG's TV/theatrical contract passed overwhelmingly, by a 78%-22% margin (almost 4 to 1), those numbers according to the guild. Variety first reported the story, prior to the guild's announcement, with a 1% difference in the numbers. Significantly, even in the faction's stronghold, the Hollywood division, the vote was an enormous 71% to 29% in favor, or almost 3 to 1.

The Importance Of A US Theatrical Release

DealFatigue

The best way to maximize foreign sales - and increase the likelihood of covering a picture’s budget - is with a US theatrical release. If a client is trying to sell the foreign rights for a movie about paint drying or a smart, material-driven movie and the paint drying movie has a guaranteed US theatrical release, the buyers will usually if not always take the former over the latter.

SAG Executive Director: TV/Theatrical Deal Will Pass

Digital Media Law

SAG has a number of other expired agreements —smaller fry than the SAG-AFTRA commercials agreement (expected to be ratified when votes are tallied tomorrow night) and the pending TV/theatrical agreement, but nonetheless important to those who make their living from them. Circling back, I saved the toughest question for last: what if the TV/theatrical agreement fails to pass?

SAG Sets Informational Meetings re TV/theatrical Agreement

Digital Media Law

The TV/theatrical ballots will go out May 19 (about ten days from now) and are due back by mail on June 9. For more information call the National TV/Theatrical Contracts Hotline (323) 549-6665 or email contract2009@sag.org. You can also find more information on the upcoming referendum, including details of the tentative agreement, by visiting the TV/Theatrical Contracts Center at www.sag.org or by emailing contract2009@sag.org.

SAG TV/Theatrical Ballots Later Than Expected; SAG Litigation Continues; and More

Digital Media Law

The ballots for SAG’s recently approved TV/theatrical contract won’t be going out until mid to late May, a source tells me, several weeks later than the early May target that the Guild stated as recently as a week or so ago. BTW, a copy of the proposed TV/theatrical agreement is available here. In contrast, the TV/theatrical contract will probably pass with a yes vote in the 60%-75% range, roughly in the neighborhood of the AFTRA deal, which achieved 62%.

Sony Claims 'Wild Oats' Lifetime TV Premiere Breached Deal for Theatrical Release

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Sony admits to not making a license fee payment — but claims for valid reason. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Netflix Insists On Right to Jump Theatrical Release for Relativity's Films

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The streaming giant has initiated an arbitration proceeding — and argues a bankruptcy judge can't stop it from streaming "Masterminds" and "The Disappointments Room." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Broken Windows

DealFatigue

Producers of any new film hope to see it distributed in a number of distribution windows starting with an exclusive theatrical release and continuing through to wide release on multiple distribution platforms typically over the course of 12-18 months. Only a small fraction of the movies produced each year get a theatrical release in the US. So a domestic theatrical in it of itself drives the value of foreign distribution rights up.

Ken Davenport visits LA: Producers Perspective Social January 29th.

Gordon P. Firemark

Theatre law Broadway theatre Ken Davenport New York Theatre Theatrical producerOne of the blogs I read religiously is Broadway Producer Ken Davenport ‘s “Producer’s Perspective&#. Ken’s insights and predictions about the business (and art) of theatre are always interesting and thought-provoking. Ken is coming to L.A. later this month, and he’s holding a social meetup on Saturday January 29th, at the Pig N’ Whistle 6714 Hollywood Blvd.

Broken Windows

DealFatigue

Producers of any new film hope to see it distributed in a number of distribution windows starting with an exclusive theatrical release and continuing through to wide release on multiple distribution platforms typically over the course of 12-18 months. Only a small fraction of the movies produced each year get a theatrical release in the US. So a domestic theatrical in it of itself drives the value of foreign distribution rights up.

Broken Windows

DealFatigue

Producers of any new film hope to see it distributed in a number of distribution windows starting with an exclusive theatrical release and continuing through to wide release on multiple distribution platforms typically over the course of 12-18 months. Only a small fraction of the movies produced each year get a theatrical release in the US. So a domestic theatrical in it of itself drives the value of foreign distribution rights up.

SAG, Studios Reach Agreement on Basic Cable and Animation

Digital Media Law

The deals are similar to the TV/theatrical agreement reached last week. Details: The Hollywood Reporter

Box Office

DealFatigue

The budget for the picture was $37 million and as of this writing, has already grossed over $57 million during its theatrical release. The picture stands to make substantially more when (and if) it goes into wider theatrical release internationally and through ancillary exploitation on video and pay/free TV.

Box Office

DealFatigue

The budget for the picture was $37 million and as of this writing, has already grossed over $57 million during its theatrical release. The picture stands to make substantially more when (and if) it goes into wider theatrical release internationally and through ancillary exploitation on video and pay/free TV.

Box Office

DealFatigue

The budget for the picture was $37 million and as of this writing, has already grossed over $57 million during its theatrical release. The picture stands to make substantially more when (and if) it goes into wider theatrical release internationally and through ancillary exploitation on video and pay/free TV.

Aaron Sorkin's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' May Be Headed to Trial in June

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Plus, Scott Rudin is given two weeks to film his theatrical production for use at the potential trial. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Culture Business THR Online Aaron Sorkin Scott Rudin Broadway Theater

Judge Rules AMC Must Face Antitrust Lawsuit For Depriving Spanish-Only Filmgoers

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A Texas judge rejects the theatrical giant's dismissal bid. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Regal Settles Monopoly Suit Led by Mark Cuban's Landmark Theatres

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

According to the plaintiff, the theatrical giant has agreed to back down from clearances in the nation's capital. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

AMC Theaters Blamed for Depriving Spanish-Only Moviegoers of 'Star Wars'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Theatrical giants face antitrust lawsuits — and litigants attempt to use the power of the force. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Harper Lee Estate Sues Over Aaron Sorkin Adaptation of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The lawsuit alleges that the theatrical production from Scott Rudin alters characters, setting and the legal proceeding at the heart of the book. read more. THR, Esq. Business Culture USA Business THR Online Aaron Sorkin Jeff Daniels Scott Rudin Books Broadway Theater

Appeals Court Rules 'Point Break' Parody Is Entitled to Copyright Protection

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The case concerns a producer fighting with a playwright over a theatrical adaptation to the 1991 film starring Keanu Reeves. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online

Music Rights and Licensing in Theatre (Free Webinar)

Gordon P. Firemark

I’ll explore the various ways in which music is used in theatrical entertainment, from traditional- and jukebox musicals, to incidental, scene-change music, to concert and cabaret performance. This Friday, I’ll be presenting a webinar on music rights and licensing in theatre, Admission is free, and space is limited to 50 attendees.

Blake Shelton Slams Tabloid's "Appalling" Evidence of Alcoholism

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Besides giving a declaration that he's never too drunk to perform on "The Voice," the singer argues his tweets are "theatrical." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Culture Business THR Online

Playwright of 'Point Break' Parody Wins $250K Trial Verdict

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Jamie Keeling proves her version of making fun of the 1991 film belongs to her -- and another theatrical production company can't copy it. read more. Movies THR, Esq

Relativity Says Netflix Is Putting Successful Reorganization at Risk With Streaming Threat

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge is asked to stop the streaming giant from jumping the theatrical release of "Masterminds" and "The Disappointments Room" read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

'Hangover II' Tattoo Lawsuit: Warner Bros. Will Alter DVDs If Case Doesn't Settle Soon (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni A Missouri judge has set a February trial date but the studio says it will digitally change the mark on Ed Helms' face after the film's theatrical run. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

Why most “work made for hire” agreements in theatre don’t work.

Gordon P. Firemark

The trouble is, theatrical works aren't listed. As always, whether you're a producer, playwright, composer or lyricist, it's wise to consult an experienced theatrical attorney before proceeding with any business deal. Writers and Producers familiar with the way things are done in Hollywood have surely seen the ubiquitous term “Work Made For Hire” in their contracts.

How Musicals Get Financed – summer workshop

Gordon P. Firemark

In this hands-on workshop, Theatrical Attorney/Producer Gordon Firemark will walk participants through the process of financing plays and musicals. This summer, I’m going to be leading an ANMT Musical Theatre Bootcamp workshop for aspiring producers. Thinking about producing yourself? Wondering what makes producers tick? Looking for financing for your new show?

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‘Age of the Hobbits’ Set for Cambodian Release Under New Title

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Cambodian-made mockbuster will get a theatrical release in Cambodia as “The History of Mankind.” read more. The Business The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movies Warner Bros. THR, Esq. New Line Cinema Heat Vision MGM Business

How Musical Theater projects get financed

Gordon P. Firemark

Theatrical Attorney/Producer Gordon Firemark will walk participants through the process of financing plays and musicals. Starting next Tuesday, I’ll be leading a theater financing workshop at the Academy For New Musical Theater. If you’re interested, it’s not too late to sign up! Just Visit ANMT.org, by clicking the links below. HOW DOES A MUSICAL GET FINANCED? Thinking about producing yourself? Wondering what makes producers tick? Looking for financing for your new show?

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WGA Fights Over Movie Rights to 'Hogan's Heroes'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner A federal judge denies Bing Crosby Productions' attempts to halt an arbitration initiated by the WGA to allow the show's original writers to exploit theatrical motion picture rights to the popular 1960s show. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business Labor

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Crash! Bob Yari loses more than $6 million in court decision

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: Bob Yari Productions has just been ordered to pay three international film distributors more than $6 million for not theatrically releasing two films in the U.S. The films are "Addicted" starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, and "Accidental.

'Chicago' creative team sues Miramax for profits

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: The creatives behind the original Broadway musical "Chicago" are accusing Miramax of some accounting theatrics in connection with the hit 2002 film. Nicole Fosse, heir to director/choreographer/co-writer Bob Fosse, along with composer John Kander and the.

How Musical Theater projects get financed

Gordon P. Firemark

Theatrical Attorney/Producer Gordon Firemark will walk participants through the process of financing plays and musicals. Starting next Tuesday, I’ll be leading a theater financing workshop at the Academy For New Musical Theater. If you’re interested, it’s not too late to sign up! Just Visit ANMT.org, by clicking the links below. HOW DOES A MUSICAL GET FINANCED? Thinking about producing yourself? Wondering what makes producers tick? Looking for financing for your new show?

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Front Money – what it is, how it works

Gordon P. Firemark

Front money, or Seed money, as it is often called, is a common first round of capital for a start-up businesses, including many independent films and theatrical projects. An experienced theatrical or film finance lawyer should be able to prepare a suitable front money agreement very quickly and at modest cost. Front Money – what it is, how it works. What is Front Money?

Hollywood Docket Top 5: 'Hurt Locker' tops pirate list; 'Couples Retreat' model sues; Seinfeld slander sequel?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Summit Entertainment, the film's distributor, was unable to significantly increase its theatrical booking last week because of policies by the nation's. Fresh off its best picture win at the Oscars, "The Hurt Locker" has become the most pirated movie online.

Hollywood Docket Top 5: AFTRA-SAG harmony; photography copyrights questioned; musicians vs. politicians

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

AFTRA's board has unanimously approved joint bargaining with SAG on the guilds' TV-theatrical contracts set to expire June 30, 2011. THR] Thousands of song copyrights are entangled in a complicated court battle between Carbert Music and May-Loo Music. Carbert, the.

Second 'Love Guru' pirate to plead guilty

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Paul Bond A second person has agreed to plead guilty in the case involving a copy of "The Love Guru" ending up on the Internet a day before its theatrical release. The whole affair could serve as a cautionary.

Happy New Year, Viacom vs YouTube: Colbert, 'South Park' guys dragged into case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The discovery portion of the three-year-old case recently ended, but not before some theatrics that raise questions about whether. By Eriq Gardner Will Viacom's massive copyright infringement case against YouTube finally get to trial in 2010? Don't bet on it.

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast: Ken Davenport

Gordon P. Firemark

He also runs a number of theatrical websites including DidHeLikeIt.com and YourBroadwayGenius.com. He also runs a number of theatrical websites including DidHeLikeIt.com and YourBroadwayGenius.com. Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast. Episode 3: Ken Davenport. In this episode of Entertainment Industry Insights, I speak with Broadway Producer Ken Davenport.