Gordon Firemark helps artists, writers, producers and directors achieve their dreams in the fields of theater, film, television and new media. Since his admission to practice in 1992, he has focused his attention on providing sound practical, legal and strategic advice to his clients so they can make smart deals, grow their businesses, and do great things.
Gordon is the producer and host of Entertainment Law Update., a podcast for artists and professionals in the entertainment industries. His practice also covers intellectual property, cyberspace, new media and business/corporate matters for clients in the entertainment industry. He is the author of The Podcast, Blog and New Media Producer's Legal Survival Guide.
Mr. Firemark served two terms as President of the Board of Directors of The Academy for New Musical Theatre (now renamed New Musicals, Inc.). In the past he has served on the Boards of Governors of The Los Angeles Stage Alliance , (the organization responsible for the annual Ovation Awards for excellence in Theater) and the Beverly Hills Bar Association , where he served as liason to the Association's Entertainment Law Section (of which he is a former chairman).
He holds a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Oregon, and earned his law degree at Southwestern University School of Law. Before opening The Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark, Mr. Firemark was a partner with the Business Affairs Group, a boutique entertainment law firm in Los Angeles. He has also worked in the legal and business affairs departments at Hanna Barbera Productions and the MGM/UA Worldwide Television Group, and started his legal career as an associate at Neville L. Johnson & Associates, a West L.A.firm specializing in entertainment litigation.
Gordon is an alumnus of the Commercial Theatre Institute, and an accomplished producer of stage plays and musicals. He serves as CEO of Fierce Theatricals , which produces small cast musicals, cabaret shows and regional tours. He is the founder and chief instructor at Theatre Producer Academy, a one-of-a-kind online training program for those who produce plays and musicals.
He has been involved with the entertainment industry in one way or another since his youth as a sound, lighting, and special effects technician in the theatre. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked in the television industry, producing and directing live sports telecasts, public affairs programming commercial announcements, documentaries, and industrial videos.
Mr. Firemark has taught courses in Entertainment Law at Columbia College Hollywood; Business Law at Loyola Marymount University; and Theatre Law in the innovative Online Entertainment LLM program at Southwestern Law School. He has also offered courses in Theater Law at Cypress College, and Entrepreneurial Studies at California Institute of the Arts. Mr. Firemark has served as a moderator and featured panelist at seminars sponsored by the Beverly Hills Bar Association, California Lawyers for the Arts,Theatre LA, and the Oregon Artist's Rights Coalition. Hehas also been a guest lecturer at Southwestern University School of Law, Loyola Law School, California Western School of law, UC Irvine, and California State University, Northridge.