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Legal Aspects of Producing: An Inside Approach To Navigating

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Start Date:
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
End Date:
Thursday, March 31, 2016
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time


Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - Thursday, March 31, 2016
5:30PM – 9:15PM (each night)

Pearl Studios
519 8th Avenue, 12th floor, (between 35th and 36th streets) 
New York, NY 10018
Studio B

This course is approved for up to 7.0 MCLE credit hours in professional practice for New York State Attorneys. This program is non-transitional and therefore not suited for newly-admitted attorneys.

For the fifth 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.

This program approved for up to 7.0 credit hours, in the area of professional practice for experienced attorneys only.  This program will not qualify for newly admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program.

NYSBA and CTI Alumni:
$285.00 for Both Days | $165.00 for One Day
Non-Members: $375.00 for Both Days | $225.00 for One Day
Students: $185.00 for Both days | $95.00 for One Day


Wednesday, March 30th

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    Registration  

6:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.   Introductory Remarks  

6:10 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.   Negotiating Rights and Production Contracts (1.5 credits)
Speakers: Jason Baruch, Esq., Sendroff and Baruch, LLP and Jason Cooper, Esq., Creative Artists Agency

Jason Baruch and Jason Cooper 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.

7:25 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.    Break

7:30 p.m. – 9:10 p.m.   Investor Fundamentals (2.0 credits)
Speaker: Daniel Wasser, Esq., Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo PC

Daniel 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 touch upon recent changes in the regulations allowing for crowd-funding and general solicitations.

9:10 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.   Wrap Up / Summary for Day One / Closing Notes

Thursday, March 31st 

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Registration

6:00 p.m. – 6:05 p.m.   Introductory Remarks

6:05 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.  Not for Profit Enhancement Agreements (1.0 credit)
Speaker: Carol Kaplan, Esq., Loeb & Loeb LLP

Carol will discuss the relationship among authors, not-for-profit theaters and commercial producers and the agreements governing the relationships among them.

6:55 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.  Engaging the Creative Team & Licensing (1.0 credit)
Speaker: Steven Chaikelson, Esq., Snug Harbor Productions

Drawing on his unique perspective as both a lawyer and general manager, Steven will discuss agreements for other key members of the creative and production team, including the director, designers and general manager. Steven also will address licensing and the life of a property after its first commercial production 

7:45 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.   Break  

7:50 p.m. – 9:05 p.m.   Emerging Trends in Theater Law   (1.5 credits)
Speakers: Seth Gelblum, Esq.,
Loeb & Loeb LLP,  Scott Lazarus, Esq., Lazarus & Harris LLP, Elliot Brown, Esq., Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo, P.C. and Loren Plotkin Esq., Levine Plotkin & Menin, LLP

Seth, Scott, Elliot and Loren will discuss emerging trends and hot topics in the theater such as 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.

9:05 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.   Wrap-Up / Closing Remarks 

For more information: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org | CTI Alumni Looking to Register Please Fill out the Registration Form or contact Beth Gould at 518-487-5674


Pearl Studios
519 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Online Registration is now closed please email bgould@nysba.org for questions.