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    Register Now for Legal Aspects of Producing: March 25th and March 26th
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      Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - Thursday, March 26, 2015 
      5:30PM – 9:15PM (each night)

      Snapple Theatre | 210 West 50th Street | New York, NY 10019 

      This program qualifies for up to 7.0 MCLE Credits in professional practice 

      NYSBA and CTI Members: $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

      For the fourth year, The Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, in collaboration with The Commercial Theater Institute, the industry's leading training program, will host an intensive 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 producing. 

      Led by the top entertainment lawyers in the business, the first day will cover all of the basics including acquiring underlying rights, engaging the dramatists and preparing co-producer and offering documents. The second day will focus on developmental productions, including enhancement agreements between commercial producers and not-for-profit theaters, as well as international licensing and subsidiary rights.  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.

      Wednesday, March 25th

      Negotiating Rights and Production Contracts
      Speakers: Jason P. Baruch, Esq., 
      Sendroff and Baruch, LLP and Presenter: Susan Mindell, Esq., Levine, Plotkin & Menin, LLP

      • Jason and Susan 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.

      Investor Fundamentals 
      Speaker: Matthew Lefferts, Esq., 
      Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo PC

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

      Thursday, March 26th 

      Not for Profit Enhancement Agreements
      Speaker: Carol Kaplan
       of 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.

      International Licensing & Transfers of Stage Properties; Subsidiary Rights
      Speaker: Marsha Brooks, Esq., 
      Brooks & Distler

      • Marsha will discuss the life of stage properties away from Broadway, including subsidiary rights and international licensing.

      Emerging Trends in Theater Law    
      Speakers: Seth Gelblum, Esq., 
      Loeb & Loeb LLP,  Scott Lazarus, Esq., Lazarus & Harris LLP and  Loren Plotkin Esq., Levine Plotkin & Menin, LLP

      • Seth, Scott 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. 

      For more information: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org | CTI Members Looking to Register Please contact Beth Gould at 518-487-5674

    • April 30-May 2, 2015 ASCAP Expo

      EASL Members get a discounted rate, please contact Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org for more information.


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