The Playroom Theatre
151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor
With panelists Ryan Bogner, Director of Creative Development and Production for RKO Stage; Joey Monda, General Manager, Off-Broadway: Disaster!, Unbroken Circle, COAL (Confessions of a Liar), Producer Broadway’s Allegiance.; Barbara Zimmerman, President of BZ/Rights & Permissions (regularly clearing music for Broadway shows and regional theaters).
"Licensing" is a word that is bandied about in both the music and theater worlds, but it means dramatically different things in different contexts. We will clarify the distinctions between licensing a show and optioning a work for production, as well as obtaining underlying rights to a property you want to bring to the stage. Do you want to use existing music in a play? What are the costs, pluses and minuses of licensing a catalog of music and creating a Jersey Boys? Is a catalog or "jukebox" musical more cost effective than a show with an original score? What are some smart strategies to use when negotiating all of this? Can your character sing a snippet of that pop tune? What about film clips and images, or even a copyrighted furniture design in your production? Did you clear the walk-in music you pipe through the theater to set the mood? We'll also talk briefly about public domain – what is it? (It can save you a bundle!) And we will discuss licensing product from one media to another, film to stage, book to play and address any other questions that attendees may have about licensing.