The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide [NOOK Book]

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The entire range of individuals involved in entertainment—performers, writers, and directors to box office managers, theater board members, and theater owners—will find comprehensive answers to questions on every aspect of theater business and law. Written by attorney, producer, and playwright, this book reveals hundreds of insider strategies for minimizing legal costs, negotiating contracts, and licensing and producing plays. It also features expert, practical advice on such topics as tax risks and liabilities,...
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The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide

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Overview


The entire range of individuals involved in entertainment—performers, writers, and directors to box office managers, theater board members, and theater owners—will find comprehensive answers to questions on every aspect of theater business and law. Written by attorney, producer, and playwright, this book reveals hundreds of insider strategies for minimizing legal costs, negotiating contracts, and licensing and producing plays. It also features expert, practical advice on such topics as tax risks and liabilities, safety regulations, organizing the theater company, financing, box office management, not-for-profit management, and much more. Plus everything is explained clearly, written without a lot of legal jargon.
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Editorial Reviews

Robert C. Harris
A concise, informative, and well-organized introduction to basic legal and industry issues, presented in a reader-friendly style. While particularly recommended for aspiring producers, it is also a handy reference tool for the more seasoned theater veteran, as well.
senior partner, Lazarus & Harris, LLP, and adjunct professor of entertainment law, Hofstra University School of Law
Dennis Zacek
An entertaining, easy-to-read, practical resource for anyone interested in the art and craft of play production.
Artistic Director, Victory Gardens Theater
Tony Forman
This is a cery useful compendium of essentials, from the mundane to To find a straightforward, factual, but also somewhat humorous collection of facts and practices in this business is refreshing and unusual. This is destined to become a textbook that gets dog-eared from constant reference.
managing director, Madison Repertory Theatre
Library Journal
Grippo, a theatrical attorney, producer, and commercially produced playwright, has filled a hole in theater literature with this one-stop guide to theater law for non-attorneys. It covers everything from organizing a theater company to dissolving one. As anyone who has worked in even the smallest theater knows, legal issues touch every aspect of producing a play, from obtaining performance space and licensing plays, to managing commercial and nonprofit companies, to safety and taxes. While not going into specifics-which would be impossible, as state and local laws vary greatly-Grippo provides checklists of the questions producers need to address at each stage of a production. He is the first to state firmly that this book is "not a substitute for legal advice," and he clearly disclaims responsibility for himself and the publisher should anyone decide to use it as such. Yet Grippo does promise that by addressing the questions presented here, a producer will greatly decrease the amount of money spent on attorney's fees. Highly recommended for theater, law, and small business collections.-Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581159837
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 540 KB

Meet the Author

Charles Grippo is an attorney, producer, and playwright. He owns New Lincoln Theatre Productions, Holiday Road, and Charles Grippo Productions. In Chicago, he has produced plays by Neil Simon, David Mamet, and Kathleen Tolan. His plays, which include Sex Marks the Spot, Bedroom Follies, A Wife's Tale, Santa's Children, The Tooth of the Matter, Salvage Job, and Wait for the Wind, have been produced by theater companies in New York, Chicago, and California. His adaptation of Wait for the Wind was published in Hardboiled Detective in 1995. He has written articles on theater law for the Chicago Alliance for Playwrights and is currently working on a novel in the legal thriller genre about a female attorney. A member of the Dramatists Guild and director emeritus of Chicago Alliance for Playwrights, he practices entertainment and real estate law.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why You Need This Book
  • Chapter 1: Organizing a Theater Company
  • Chapter 2: Your Performance Space
  • Chapter 3: Licensing Plays
  • Chapter 4: Producing Original Plays
  • Chapter 5: Commissions and Company-Generated Works
  • Chapter 6: Financing Commercial Theater in a Limited Partnership
  • Chapter 7: Managing the Nonprofit Theater Company
  • Chapter 8: Joint Ventures
  • Chapter 9: Box Office Management
  • Chapter 10: Artistic Staff
  • Chapter 11: Safety
  • Chapter 12: Taxes
  • Chapter 13: Wrapping Up
  • Appendix A: Play Licensors
  • Appendix B: Dramatists Guild
  • Appendix C: Collective Bargaining Agents
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