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How to make sure your production doesn’t get shut down.

How to make sure your production doesn’t get shut down.

How to make sure your production doesn't get shut down.

In the past few months, the news has carried several stories about plays and musicals being “shut down” by authors. In this post, I'll explain why, and also how savvy producers can avoid a similar fate for their productions.

Shows ordered to close by authors

In June, at least two productions were forced to close right after opening. A produxtion of David Mamet's “Oleana”,at Milwaukee's Alchemist theatre was shut down after the author and his representatives learned that a lead female role was being played by a man. And, a much anticipated production of “Hands on a Hardbody” at Theatre Under the Stars in Texas found itself shut down abruptly after one of the authors attended a performance and discovered that the order of scenes and songs had been changed by the production's director. But this isn't a brand new phenomenon. In 2009, I wrote about a situation in which Stephen Sondheim ordered an Australian production of “Company” closed unless the unauthorized “cuts” were restored. And last year, I wrote this blog post on the subject. In cases like this, producers risk total loss of their investments in the productions. The sad fact is, it's all easily avoided.

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20 ways to use your entertainment lawyer in the new year.

20 ways to use your entertainment lawyer in the new year.

Are you missing opportunities because you're not using your entertainment lawyer?

If you're like most people, you don't think much about having a lawyer on your side until you need advice, or to make or defend against some kind of threat. But having an experienced entertainment lawyer on your team can do much more for your career or business in the entertainment industry if you take advantage of all the ways you can use your lawyer. Here, in no particular order, is a list of ways you might not have thought about to use your lawyer to full effect:

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Asked & Answered – Can I use another film’s title or scenes in my screenplay?

Asked & Answered – Can I use another film’s title or scenes in my screenplay?

Q: Cat asks whether it's practical to mention other films' titles, and to quote dialogue or include a clip of a scene from another movie in her screenplay, or will it deter producers from getting interested in her project.

A: My answer in the video below:

 

 

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Entertainment Law Update Episode 037 – Top Ten Stories of 2012

Call us with your feedback:(310) 243-6231 In this Episode: Crystal Skull lawsuit Persian Barbie dispute Age of the Hobbits injunction Artist Sues EA over throwback Ravens uniform and our completely unscientific top-ten stories from 2012 Entertainment Law Update is brought to you by Clio, the best way to manage your practice online. Clio allows you… Continue Reading

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 036 – Faulkner, Einstein, Superman and talent managers…

Call us with your feedback:(310) 243-6231 In this Episode: William Faulkner’s suit against Sony Pictures and Woody Allen; Warner Brothers has won an important victory in the Superman litigation, Albert Einstein’s likeness is now in the public domain, and a group representing talent managers is suing California officials over the state’s licensing statute for agents… Continue Reading

Entertainment Law Update Podcast, Episode 33 – Cease and Desist, but nicely

      Call us with your feedback:(310) 243-6231 In this Episode: J. Geils Band Trademark Dispute Two Three’s Companys is a crowd Copyright Royalty Board unconsitutional Jack Daniels sends the sweetest cease and desist ever and more… Entertainment Law Update is brought to you by Clio, the best way to manage your practice online.… Continue Reading

Broadway’s Spiderman: weaving a tangled web

When Spiderman:Turn Off The Dark’s original writer/director ,Julie Taymor, sued the show’s producers late in 2011, nobody was particularly surprised. Ms. Taymor’s lawsuit alleged numerous counts, including the obvious breaches of contract, and the not-so-obvious copyright infringement claims. That suit seeks millions in unpaid fees and royalties allegedly due Taymor, and an order enjoining the… Continue Reading

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