Monthly Archives: September 2007

Industry mourns death of theatre lawyer Floria Lasky

Floria Lasky, lawyer to some of the greats of the theatre business died September 21st at age 84. Ms. Lasky, a partner in Fitelson, Lasky, Aslan & Couture represented the top tier of talent in theatre, including Elia Kazan, Tennessee Williams, Jerome Robbins, Burl Ives, Frederick Loewe, David Merrick, Gypsy Rose Lee, Jule Styne, and countless others. Her career serves as an inspiration to other entertainment lawyers in the theatre.

Will Broadway go dark this October?

The New York Post reports that Broadway stagehands, members of  the trade union IATSE (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), may face a lockout if their union continues to take an uncompromising stand on employment policies.  The big issue appears to be the union staffing requirements  during load-in, the days during which a new show is installed in a theatre.

Producers  are represented by  The League of American Theatres and Producers. Some producers have indicated that unless  a deal comes together within the next week or two, a lockout is lkley in October.  Strategically, this is unsurprising, since October tends to be a slower period for Broadway producers, before  things lead up to the booming holiday season.

Broadway's last work stoppage came in 2003, when musicians went on strike or four days befor the Mayor stepped in to get things back on track.  Broadway is a nearly $1 Billion industry, so city officials are again watching closely.

Law and Video Podcast

Coming in September: “The Law and Video Podcast, with Entertainment Attorney Gordon Firemark” from the folks that brought you TheDVshow. The podcast will be recorded live on Tuesdays. I’ll be taking listener calls and answering questions about business, intellectual property, contracts, etc. For more information, see the press release: Law and Video Podcast – Press… Continue Reading

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