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

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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. How to get investors for your theatrical production (tele-class) is a post from: The Law Offices of Gordon P.

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. In this post, I’ll briefly explain what subsidiary rights are, and why they’re such a big issue for producers and authors alike.

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.

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

The Importance Of A US Theatrical Release

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The best way to maximize foreign sales - and increase the likelihood of covering a picture’s budget - is with a US theatrical release. Higher movie revenues in foreign territories are generated by the consumer’s preference for titles released theatrically in the US.

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

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

SAG Sets Informational Meetings re TV/theatrical Agreement

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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 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.

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?

'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.

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.

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%.

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

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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

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.

Broken Windows

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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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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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.

Box Office

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The budget for the picture was $37 million and as of this writing, has already grossed over $57 million during its theatrical release.

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.

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.

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

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.

Introducing Theatre Producer Academy

Gordon P. Firemark

So, if you or someone you know is interested in producing theatrical entertainment, don’t wait to visit TheatreProducerAcademy.com. I’m really pleased to announce the launch of a new project I’ve been working on for the past few months.

How to get the best deal possible: Negotiation strategies I learned from my 5 five-year-old.

Gordon P. Firemark

In a theatrical production agreement, for example, a producer might increase the number of tickets available to the playwright, or provide for a special credit. Kindergartens must have upped their game. It seems they're teaching negotiating skills.

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?

How To Go Broke Despite Your Success, The Lady Gaga Way

Gordon P. Firemark

A track fails to crack the charts, a movie doesn’t open as well as was expected, a theatrical production gets poor reviews. Image credit: ama_lia (via Flickr). Guest Post by Jay Fleishman. She’s brilliant. She’s a flash in the pan. She’s original. She’s a hack.

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The Royalty Pool

Gordon P. Firemark

One of the most confusing terms in theatrical production agreements is the discussion of the “Royalty Pool”. What is the Royalty Pool?

Why theatre authors are more powerful than screenwriters.

Gordon P. Firemark

Authors of theatrical plays and musicals enjoy significantly more prestige than their screenwriting counterparts. Authors in theatre enjoy privileges and approval rights not held by their screenwriting brethren. Sometimes, this can lead to trouble for producers and playwrights alike.

Why people invest in entertainment

Gordon P. Firemark

Every week, I speak with producers developing their film or theatrical projects who struggle with the big challenge: finding the financing. In fact, most film and theatrical attorneys steer clear of helping clients find the money, focusing instead on the deal structures needed to lock-in the financing, once the funding source is identified. Who else, after all, has a greater interest in supporting a budding filmmaker or theatrical producer's career?

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

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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

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4 reasons why receiving Producer Credit may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

Gordon P. Firemark

In one recent case, for example, a credited producer with a minority financial interest in a theatrical production (and thus no real control over the project) was held vicariously liable for copyright infringement when the lead producer unilaterally decided not to pay the playwright.

The Future for Television or Google Wants to Burn Your Remote: More Google Union-Busting

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The American Federation of Musicians, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees and the Screen Actors Guild. (Net

How not to use the internet to find investors for your film or theatre project.

Gordon P. Firemark

Registration of securities is a time-consuming and often cost-prohibitive option for low-budget filmmakers and producers of theatrical plays and musicals. In recent weeks, I’ve begun to see more and more independent filmmakers and theatre producers using forums, chat rooms, and other internet-services to seek out investors for their projects. In most cases, these inquiries are couched in plain language: “Seeking investors for independent film” or similar.