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.
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.
my good friend Tony Berman has posted a very good article on Copyright Authorship on his Multimedia Entertainment Law Online News blog.