• TALKBACK: Episode 1 - It’s Not My Story, It’s Yours: Appropriation Vs. Appreciation

    FEATURING:

    Christine Toy Johnson, Larissa FastHorse, Diep Tran, David Henry Hwang, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, and Anita Hollander

    SUMMARY:

    The inaugural episode of The Dramatist Presents: Talkback features Larissa FastHorse, Diep Tran, David Henry Hwang, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, and Anita Hollander. These special guests, along with podcast host Christine Toy Johnson, examine the line between cultural appropriation and appreciation in the modern theatrical landscape.

    TALKBACK entertains frank conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion. It asks the tough questions but doesn’t have all the answers. It digs into dialogue that’s vital and messy and real.

    The Dramatists Guild of America is committed to exposing and eliminating the systemic biases that exist in all aspects of our field. We commit to doing this both within our own organization and with advocacy throughout our field. We take on this commitment on behalf of the plurality of our membership whose career paths are made demonstrably steeper by an unequal distribution of resources, mentorships, recognition, and productions. The Dramatists Guild invites all members of the theatre community to join us in taking concrete steps to challenge stereotypes of otherness and to address conscious and unconscious bias in our decision-making processes.

  • #DGuknow: Copyright 101

    FEATURING:

    Deborah Murad, Director of Business Affairs and Amy VonMacek, Manager of Business Affairs

    SUMMARY:

    Due to the recent Supreme Court decision in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC stating that actual approval of a copyright application by the United States Copyright Office is required before suit can be filed, we have updated our video to reflect current case law.

    The Dramatists Guild is thrilled to share the first video in our brand new #DGuknow series, an office-wide collaboration that seeks to break down confusions and misconceptions regarding the business of dramatic writing, making the information more easily accessible to dramatists like you.

    First up: #DGuknow: Copyright 101 for Dramatists Copyright is at the center of what it means to be a working writer in theatre today. But what exactly does that mean? Amy VonMacek, DG Manager of Business Affairs, sat down with Deborah Murad, DG Director of Business Affairs, to learn more about what copyright is, what it isn't, and what it means to you as a working professional.

    Watch Deborah explain why copyright is so important, what is protected under copyright, how to protect your copyright, and more!

    Executive Producer: Amy VonMacek, Theme Composition: Ioana Preda Buburuzan, Production and Design: Kristin Kapinos and Gabriel Drozdov

  • Ask BA: International Copyright and Licensing

    FEATURING:

    Ralph Sevush, Executive Director of Business Affairs & General Counsel,  Tonda Marton, Literary Agent and President of The Marton Agency, David Faux, Of Counsel, Deborah Murad, Director of Business Affairs, and Amy VonMacek, Manager of Business Affairs

    SUMMARY:

    Ralph Sevush, David Faux, and guest Tonda Marton, literary agent and president of The Marton Agency, discuss international copyright and licensing practices and insight into international copyright treaties.

    Guest Speaker: Tonda Marton has been  running The Marton Agency since 1992 when she took over the agency that her aunt Elisabeth Marton founded in 1953.  She was born in Los Angeles and raised there and overseas.  Tonda has a BA from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and an MFA in stage directing from UCLA.  Because of her nomadic childhood, she speaks French, Spanish, Italian, and German which has often proved useful in selling plays and musicals overseas.

    The Marton Agency handles foreign language rights for American plays and musicals. They are a full-service agency for overseas producers and foreign literary agents.

    For more information on Guild Services, you can visit us at www.dramatistsguild.com/contract-reviews-and-business-advice-writers or call 212-398-9366 

  • ASK BA: The Real Person in Your Play

    FEATURING:

    Ralph Sevush, Executive Director of Business Affairs & General Counsel,  Lloyd Jassin, Attorney, and Amy VonMacek, Manager of Business Affairs

    SUMMARY:

    Do you need permission?
    What kind of release will you need?
    What is the difference between the right of privacy and right of publicity? 

    These questions, and more, are answered by Ralph and Lloyd in our illuminating ASK BA webinar. 

    Guest Speaker: Lloyd J. Jassin provides counseling to book publishing, television, theater, new media, arts and entertainment clients on contract, licensing, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, libel, right of privacy and general corporate law matters. His practice includes drafting and negotiating publishing and entertainment industry contracts, intellectual property due diligence, trademark prosecution, dispute resolution, and litigation. His expertise in intellectual property and organizing business entities, has enabled him to represent clients throughout their growth cycle. Besides individual and corporate clients, he also represents trade and industry groups such as the Audio Publishers Association (APA) and Publishers Marketing Association (PMA). Mr. Jassin has achieved national prominence with his book, The Copyright Permission and Libel Handbook (John Wiley & Sons), co-authored with Steven C. Schechter. 

    Before forming his own firm, Mr. Jassin was associated with Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, a nationally prominent intellectual property firm where he worked with clients engaged in the publishing, television, music, fashion, and character licensing industries. Prior to that, he was an attorney in the law department of Viacom Enterprises, a division of Viacom International, the world's largest independent distributor of feature films and off-network television programming. At Viacom, he was involved in the domestic and foreign distribution of programs such as The Cosby Show, The Honeymooners, The Andy Griffith Show, The Twilight Zone, and Terrytoons animation library. At Viacom, he was actively involved in entertainment and character licensing. 

    For more information on Guild Services, you can visit us at www.dramatistsguild.com/contract-reviews-and-business-advice-writers or call 212-398-9366 

  • ASK BA: Collaborations

    FEATURING:

    Ralph Sevush, Executive Director of Business Affairs & General Counsel and Deborah Murad, Director of Business Affairs and Amy VonMacek, Manager of Business Affairs

    SUMMARY:

    What makes a good collaborator? 
    Who owns the work? 
    Who controls the work? 

    These questions, and more, are answered by Ralph and Deborah in our informative Collaborations webinar. 

    The Guild offers members a robust set of tools to assist in the fine art of collaborating:

    COLLABORATION AGREEMENTS 
    It is in the best interest of parties to enter into a collaboration agreement early in the creative process, to avoid potential difficulties that could arise at a later time. The Guild offers two agreements to aid in this process. Collaboration Agreement for Musicals and a separate Collaboration Agreement for Plays

    FIND A COLLABORATOR
    Theatre is undoubtedly a team sport. We're here to help you find great teammates. Whether it's someone with a different skillset - i.e., a librettist to your composer, a lyricist to your playwright - or maybe someone with a similar background, our service exists to help build lifelong creative partnerships. Are you looking for a collaborator for a new project? Find one today by creating a listing in Find a Collaborator

    For more information on Guild Services, you can visit us at www.dramatistsguild.com/contract-reviews-and-business-advice-writers or call 212-398-9366 

  • ASK BA: Fair Use

    FEATURING:

    Ralph Sevush, Executive Director of Business Affairs & General Counsel,  Jordan Greenberger, ESQ, and Amy VonMacek, Manager of Business Affairs

    SUMMARY:

    Fair use is the doctrine that allows a person to use excerpts of copyrighted material without having to ask the copyright holder. So just how much of a song or poem can you use in your play without having to ask permission What falls under fair use? It depends! Ralph and Jordan answer questions about using copyrighted material and having your material used by others.

    Guest Speaker: Jordan Greenberger is an attorney who focuses his practice on intellectual property law. Jordan represents clients in copyrighttrademarklitigation, and transactional matters. Individuals and businesses from various industries - including consumer products, digital media, entertainment, film & photography, food & beverage, fashion, publishing, music, retail, technology, and theatre - have trusted Jordan to protect their interests and guide them through the legal process. Prior to founding his own practice, Jordan was a member of the Intellectual Property and Litigation departments at a highly regarded New York City law firm (Moses & Singer LLP), and earlier he worked in the Business & Legal Affairs department of a major record label. Jordan has compiled a music litigation blog since 2007, has published articles concerning intellectual property law and ethics, and is an experienced arbitrator. Jordan was selected as a New York Metro “SuperLawyer” in 2019 for business litigation, and he was selected as a "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers in 2015-2018.

    For more information on Guild Services, you can visit us at www.dramatistsguild.com/contract-reviews-and-business-advice-writers or call 212-398-9366