Practice/Industry Group Overview
Attorneys in our New York and Los Angeles offices have one of the premier theatre practices in the country, representing producers, playwrights, directors, designers, theatre owners, motion picture studios, licensing organizations, theatrical agents, not-for-profit theatres, and investors with respect to Broadway, Off-Broadway, Las Vegas, regional, touring and foreign productions.
We provide all of the legal services required with respect to theatrical productions, including securities offerings and other methods of production financing, copyright counseling, and in-depth knowledge of the financial and compensation structures in the live stage industry. Areas of representation include:
- Negotiating live stage rights agreements on behalf of producers, playwrights, bookwriters, composers, lyricists and other rights holders, including studios and licensing organizations, and providing analysis of copyright and privacy and publicity rights issues.
- Negotiating service agreements for individuals, including directors, designers, and performers.
- Preparing investment documents for theatrical productions, including analysis of securities and tax implications for domestic and foreign productions.
Leadership in Law
The 2008 edition of The Legal 500 United States, a law firm referral guide, lauded Loeb's "well-regarded theater practice" going on to say, "the firm provides a full service to theatrical clients, including advising on securities offerings and other methods of production financing, copyright counseling, negotiation of live stage-rights agreements, and negotiating service agreements for individuals, including directors, designers and performers."
Seth Gelblum, chair of the theatre practice, also recently received high praise in the 2008 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers, ranking lawyers and law practices through interviews with clients and competitors. Sources quoted by Chambers indicated that "courtesy and excellence" define theatre specialist Seth Gelblum who is "recognized as one of the leading practitioners in the structuring of theatrical finance" and whose "'wise, strategic and straight-to-the-point manner' has earned him high acclaim from clients and peers."
Seth D. Gelblum