Practice Areas

Theater and Other Live Entertainment

Levine Plotkin’s live stage entertainment practice is among the foremost in the United States.  Our attorneys’ reputations and relationships with key principals and representatives all over the world allow for a zealous but pragmatic approach to deal-making, guided by the long-term interests of our clients in this ever-evolving industry.

We represent many of the leading producers working in the theater, and advise them through the entire process of developing and rolling out new work, from the initial acquisition of underlying rights, all the way through to international licensing and exploitation in other media.  Each season, the firm acts as production counsel to multiple new productions on Broadway and on tour.  Certain of these productions have achieved the highest level of cultural prominence and financial success, which has given the firm a significant role in many of the business and legal innovations which today constitute industry custom.

We also represent a number of acclaimed playwrights, librettists, composers and lyricists, as well as the parties controlling some of the most celebrated theatrical properties in the canon.  The breadth of our representation of these individuals and properties allows us to counsel artists effectively at each stage of their careers and in each phase of a particular project’s development.

The firm’s live stage entertainment practice also includes the representation of many top general managers, merchandisers, touring companies, financiers, underlying rights holders, agents and others involved in the theater, such that virtually every production on Broadway involves our clients in some capacity.  The scope of our involvement gives our attorneys a nuanced understanding of the artistic, business and legal realities which shape the industry, and allows us to counsel our clients in an appropriately holistic manner.