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    March 29 and 30, 2017
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    • March 29 - March 30, 2017: Legal Aspects of Producing: An Inside Approach to Navigating the Theatrical World



      Actors' Temple 
      339 West 47th Street, (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
      New York, NY 10036 

      Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Thursday, March 30, 2017 
      5:30PM – 9:15PM (each night)


      For the sixth year, The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the New York State Bar Association, in collaboration with The Commercial Theater Institute (CTI), the industry's leading training program, will host an intensive 2-evening CLE seminar focusing on the roles that theatrical lawyers have in guiding both new and seasoned industry professionals through all of the stages and legal aspects of theater producing.  

      Led by the top entertainment lawyers in the business, the first evening will cover all of the basics including acquiring underlying rights, engaging the dramatists and preparing co-producer and investor offering documents. The second evening will focus on developmental productions, including enhancement agreements between commercial producers and not-for-profit theaters, as well as other agreements with key members of the creative team and licensing.  Then veterans in the field will discuss emerging trends and issues, provide case studies and help producers and entertainment counsel navigate through some of the most common (and some esoteric) pitfalls of the theater business.


      Negotiating Rights and Production Contracts  
      Jason B and Jason C will discuss the various sources of underlying rights (including films, music catalogs and life rights) and engage in mock negotiations of an underlying rights agreement and production contracts with authors. 
      Speakers: Jason Baruch, Esq., Sendroff and Baruch, LLP and Jason Cooper, Esq., Creative Artists Agency

      Investor Fundamentals 
      Dan will walk the group through Front Money Agreements, Joint Venture Agreements among producers, Co-Producer and Associate Producer Agreements between lead producers and major financiers and Offering Documents (i.e., the operating agreement or limited partnership agreement, and related subscription documents) between producers and investors.  Dan also will discuss recent changes in the regulations allowing for crowd-funding and general solicitations. 
      Speaker: Daniel Wasser, Esq.,
       Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo, PC

      Thursday, March 30, 2017 

      Not for Profit Enhancement Agreements 
      Carol will discuss the relationship among authors, not-for-profit theaters and commercial producers and the agreements governing the relationships among them.    
      Speaker: Carol Kaplan
       of Loeb & Loeb LLP

      Engaging the Creative Team & Licensing
      Using his unique perspective as both a lawyer and general manager, Steven will discuss other key agreements besides the rights agreements, including agreements with the director, choreographer, members of the design team and music staff. Steven also will talk about licensing and the life of a property after its first commercial production.         
       Steven Chaikelson, Esq., Snug Harbor Productions   

      Emerging Trends in Theater Law                                                                   
      Our distinguished panel will discuss emerging trends and hot topics in the theater such as recent fair use cases (e.g., "Jersey Boys", "Hand to God" and "3C"), director entitlements to author income, general solicitations and crowd-funding of productions, increasing demands of underlying rights holders such as film companies, changing requirements of not-for-profit theaters mounting developmental productions, amortization and the role of the Dramatists Guild. 
       Elliot Brown, Esq.Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo, PCScott Lazarus, Esq., Lazarus & Harris LLP and Jean Ward Esq., Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

      For more information: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org

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