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Helping others learn to practice Entertainment Law… at Solo Practice University

I’m honored to have been asked to join the faculty at Solo Practice University, a web-based legal education community created by Susan Cartier Liebel of Build a Solo Practice, LLC.  Solo Practice University™ (SPU)  teaches legal professionals about the practical aspects of running a law practice.  This kind of instruction is not given in law… Continue Reading

In a World mourning the loss of Don LaFontaine

The industry mourns a legend.  One of the greatest voice-over artists of all time, Don LaFontaine , passed away on Sunday.  He will be sorely missed. Mr. LaFontaine made famous the “In a World….” opening of movie trailer voice-overs.  His deep, resonant voice appeared in over 5000 movie trailers, and numerous other tv commercials, films,… Continue Reading

Latest Episode of the Law and Video Podcast

    Law and Video is the first live, call-in podcast to clear the air on legal issues for filmmakers and videographers who are looking for answers to questions related to starting a production business, copyright issues, contracts, intellectual property and distribution. We record live on Tuesdays at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern.  Visit us at … Continue Reading

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

Hobbits, Orcs Sue New Line

A group of New Zealand based actors has filed suit against New Line Cinema claiming the studio has failed to abide by contract terms relating to merchandising rights for the Lord Of The Rings movies. Specifically, the lawsuit claims that the actors were entitled to 5% of the net revenue from sales of merchandising bearing… Continue Reading

No Permit Required – Handheld Filming & Photogaphy in NYC

The City of New York has agreed to relax its film permit requirements. According to the Associated Press, Filmmakers and photographers using handheld equipment on city streets will no longer be required to obtain permits. In January, 2006 The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of an award-winning filmmaker detained by… Continue Reading

Student Sues Board of Education for showing 'Brokeback Mountain' in class.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a 12-year-old girl and her grandparents have sued the Chicago Board of Education alleging that a substitute teacher showed “Brokeback Mountain” in class. The complaint claims that Jessica Turner was traumatized after viewing the movie in her 8th grade class last year. They want $500,000 in damages for the… Continue Reading

"All the World's a Stage" – Basics of Theatre Law for Hollywood lawyers.

On Monday, June 4th, 2007, Gordon Firemark will present “All the World’s a Stage” – Basics of Theatre Law for Hollywood lawyers. The Theater is among the first-developed of America’s entertainment industry businesses, and a significant body of law exists surrounding this business, yet the legal, regulatory and collectively bargained frameworks within which theater producers,… Continue Reading

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