In this episode of Entertainment Industry Insights, I speak with Nat Mundel, Founder of Voyage Media, and Co-Founder of TODpix.Mr. Mundel's vision is to streamline and democratize the entertainment industry by creating new business models, services and tools that help filmmakers more effectively develop, produce and distribute their projects.
Voyage Media, established in 2002, has helped filmmakers develop, package and sell over 2000 entertainment projects ranging from movies, TV series and branded entertainment. In addition to hundreds of emerging filmmakers, Voyage and its team members have served A-list organizations such as Anonymous Content, Jerry Bruckheimer, Paramount, Lionsgate, Dimension, Alcon Entertainment and more.
TODpix, launched in 2012, is the industry’s first theater on demand (TOD) distribution platform and partners with filmmakers and studios to digitally deliver movies in theaters to match audience demand.
In an earlier life, Nat was a professional rock climber and high altitude mountaineer, owning and operating a successful guiding company, Global Explore. He is a pilot, surfer, and life-long learner. He is married, has a daughter, and lives in Topanga, California. Continue Reading
Authors in theatre enjoy privileges and approval rights not held by their screenwriting brethren. Sometimes, this can lead to trouble for producers and playwrights alike.
A recent article at The Guardian asks: “Should a playwright have the final say over a production?. The piece reports on an issue that arose recently when a disgruntled Australian playwright made a very strong statement against a production of his play.
On the opening night of Lachlan Philpott's new play, “Alienation”, the author removed his name from the production, and placed a note on each seat in the theatre declaring, “this production does not reflect my original scripted or communicated intentions as the playwright.”
The producers, the Perth Theatre Company later refuted this in their own statement, essentially calling Philpott's statements “inaccurate and unwarranted”.
But the incident has spurred some in the theatre to reexamine the power and authority of the playwright, and to question whether changes are needed. (if they're possible at all).
Authors' rights in Theatre are far more expansive than in film, television, etc.
Historically, the playwright (or the bookwriter, composer and lyricist of a Musical) has/have been given great deference when it comes to creative matters relating to their work. Under most production contracts, in fact, the author is given a right of approval that is very nearly absolute.
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Episode 3: Ken Davenport
In this episode of Entertainment Industry Insights, I speak with Broadway Producer Ken Davenport.
Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer whose credits include Macbeth, Kinky Boots, Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13, as well as Altar Boyz, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom, and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage Off-Broadway.
He also produced the award winning These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country. Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple's iPhone, named one of Crain's “40 Under Forty” and is one of the co-organizers of TEDxBroadway.
Combined, Ken's productions have grossed more than $100 million worldwide and are being produced internationally in over 25 countries including Germany, Mexico, France and Korea. He created and developed the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star, as seen on “The Today Show,” and a smartphone app called AT THE BOOTH, which has been featured on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” and called “Ingenious! The best thing to happen to New York theater since, well, the introduction of the TKTS® booth!” He also runs a number of theatrical websites including DidHeLikeIt.com and YourBroadwayGenius.com.
His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia and others. Current projects include his adaptation of the novel and film Somewhere in Time, premiering at Portland Center Stage this spring; Garage Band premiereing at George Street Playhouse in the fall as well as bringing the first ever revival of A Few Good Men to Broadway. For more information,
Jersey Boys’ use of Ed Sullivan Clip is fair use Last week, in an interesting (and rare) theatre law case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s judgment in favor of the company producing the Broadway hit musical Jersey Boys. SOFA Entertainment, Inc., owner of the Ed Sullivan Show footage had sued… Continue Reading
Every week, I speak with producers developing their film or theatrical projects who struggle with the big challenge: finding the financing. In many cases, they’ve come to me as an entertainment lawyer, thinking I have the magic solution. Sadly, I don’t. In fact, most film and theatrical attorneys steer clear of helping clients find the… Continue Reading
Writers and Producers familiar with the way things are done in Hollywood have surely seen the ubiquitous term “Work Made For Hire” in their contracts. It's often a surprise, however, when they learn that in the theatre, Work Made For Hire is the rare exception, rather than the rule. What is a Work Made For… Continue Reading
Last week (December 20, 2012), a jury awarded a playwright $250,000 in a case concerning her parody of the 1991 film “point break” The film, starred Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, and Gary Busey in a story about FBI Agent Johnny Utah’s infiltration of a team of surfing bank robbers. In 2003, playwright Jamie Keeling came… Continue Reading
It could happen to any of us. It seems that the much-anticpated production of Rebecca, based on the Daphne du Maurier novel has been cancelled. The reason? The money fell through. It could happen to any of us, at any time. Producing theatre is a complex alchemy, combining hundreds of elements to create magic. But ultimately,… Continue Reading
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
The Case of Feldman v. Pro Football, Inc. __ F.3d __, Nos. 09-1021, 09-1023, decided on March 25th, 2011 isn’t, strictly speaking, an entertainment law case, but it could have implications for clients in the theatre business, who struggle with decisions about how to accommodate patrons with disabilities. Continue Reading