August Wilson to be Honored in Hollywood
CDAS is pleased that Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning playwright August Wilson will be honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fred Bimbler is counsel to the Estate of August Wilson.
Proposed Guidelines for Resumption of Motion Picture, Television and Streaming Productions
Earlier this week, the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force released proposed policies and guidelines for the recommencement of productions, known as the White Paper. As of June 1, the White Paper was submitted to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and California Governor Gavin Newsom for review. The Task Force, comprised of the Alliance of
“The Good Lord Bird” Trailer Just Released
CDAS represented producer Blumhouse in its deal to acquire rights to the James McBride book, the deal with Ethan Hawke (who stars as abolitionist John Brown), and the deal with Showtime where the miniseries will premiere on August 9. Watch the trailer here.
Congratulations to CDAS Client Colson Whitehead on Winning a Second Pulitzer Prize
Just announced, Colson Whitehead received the Pulitzer Prize for The Nickel Boys. He was previously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2017 for his best-seller The Underground Railroad, making him one of only four authors to win the Pulitzer twice for fiction.
Content in Quarantine: Copyright Best Practices During a Pandemic
At a time when we are stuck at home, working or “working” (or, sadly for many, not working) the tenet that content is king has never been more relevant. From Disney+ releasing “Frozen II” and “Onward” early to help placate restless youngsters, to DreamWorks releasing “Trolls World Tour” for “theatrical” in-house rental, to Instagram sensation
Three Tips for Broadway Producers Recording their Shows for Streaming Platforms
Broadway producers interested in recording musicals for streaming platforms should pay attention to a new lawsuit. The complaint was filed by Chapman Roberts, a Broadway music arranger, and alleges that a team of Broadway producers entered into an agreement with the plaintiff in 1994 to make original vocal arrangements of some famous songs from Jerry
YouTube Launches Stick Figure’s “Stay Home With: Yungblud”
“Stay Home With: Yungblud,” a weekly series featuring the U.K. recording artist and his band as they create music while in quarantine, premiered this week as part of YouTube’s “Stay Home #With Me” campaign. Amy Stein represented producer Stick Figure Entertainment in the license agreement with YouTube and agreements with Yungblud and his label, Interscope.
Andrea Cannistraci Negotiated with HabeshaviewTV for “Enchained” to be the First Feature Film on the New Streaming Platform
Enchained, which airs beginning April 18,2020, premiered in Ethiopia in 2019 to critical and popular acclaim. Advisor to the International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA), Andrea represented the film and filmmaker Moges Tafesse in this deal. See the trailer here.
Marc Hershberg was Featured at NAMT’s Technology & Theatre Virtual Conference
CDAS Entertainment attorney Marc Hershberg fielded questions at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Technology & Theatre Virtual Conference: Digitizing the Fourth Wall, a curriculum designed to help regional theatres, in particular, use new digital technologies to reimagine staged theatrical storytelling.
Contractual Disruptions: How They Arise and How to Prepare
With the recent spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and its unprecedented precipitation of social-distancing, work-from-home policies, shelter-in-place orders, and limitations on foreign travel, many individuals may be questioning whether certain contractual obligations are excused. This article provides a primer on the contract concepts of force majeure, impossibility and impracticability, and related provisions that affect,