Pride Night with the New York Islanders


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New York Islanders

An attorney with a wealth of experience in media and entertainment law, Steven C. Beer earned recognition as one of the “21 Great Thinkers of Indie Film” in the online magazine The Wrap. He has been a partner in the New York City law firm of Franklin Weinrib Rudell and Vassallo for five years. Outside of the professional arena, Steven C. Beer is an avid ice hockey player and an active supporter of the New York City Gay Hockey Association.

On February 4, 2017, the New York City Gay Hockey Association (NYCGHA) joined with the New York Islanders to become the first New York City-based National Hockey League team to host a Pride Night in recognition of the gay community. In honor of the event, the NYCGHA booked a large block of tickets in the lower bowl section of the Barclays Center for a 7 p.m. game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

In addition to attending the game, participants in this historic Pride Night could choose to take part in a scrimmage on the Islanders’ ice during the afternoon hours. The NYCGHA also arranged a pregame gathering at a nearby restaurant and bar.


City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage Celebrates the Performing Arts

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A graduate of Villanova Law School, entertainment attorney Steven C. Beer is a partner in Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo in New York City. Alongside his professional activities, Steven C. Beer serves as a member of the board of trustees of the City Parks Foundation.

Focused on sports, arts, and education, the City Parks Foundation supervises a wide variety of programs in public parks throughout New York City. In its efforts to promote the arts, the City Parks Foundation oversees SummerStage, a festival that features everything from music performances to circus acts.

Founded in 1986, SummerStage has grown to become New York City’s largest performing arts festival. Each year, a number of popular artists perform at the festival, which comprises events across all five New York boroughs. SummerStage runs annually from June through late September.

In 2017, SummerStage will feature more than 100 free performances and benefit concerts. This year’s August and September lineup will include a number of prominent artists, including Phil Lesh, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, The War on Drugs, and Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’. Additional information can be found at

The Birth of Ice Hockey


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Ice Hockey

Media and entertainment attorney Steven C. Beer is a partner with New York City-based Franklin Weinrib Rudell and Vassallo. Outside of work, Steven C. Beer’s hobbies include ice hockey.

While ball-and-stick games are as old as civilization itself, the sport of ice hockey can trace its roots back to the Native Americans, who played a lacrosse-type game on the iced-over lakes, rivers, and ponds of what is now South Dakota. Field hockey was inspired by these games, and small-town Canadian youths began to fill their spare time during the winter playing field hockey on the ice.

However, it wasn’t until 1872 that a Halifax, Nova Scotia native named James Creighton landed in Montreal and introduced the game of “ice hockey” to the big city. Creighton brought both sticks and skates with him. The skates possessed rounded blades that were clamped onto boots and had been patented in 1866 by a company in Nova Scotia. Creighton began by teaching the sport to his friends. By 1875, they were practicing indoors at the Victoria Skating Rink.

The game could not be played indoors out of fear that the bouncing ball would cause damage. The ever-creative Creighton solved the problem by replacing the ball with a wooden disc, and in doing so, he created the first hockey puck.

Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment – A Helpful Guide

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Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment

A successful media and entertainment attorney for the firm of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell, and Vassallo in New York City, Steven C. Beer has published several articles related to the music, film, and television industries. Steven C. Beer is also the author of the book Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment: The Prudent Parent’s Guide from Start to Stardom.

Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment offers a comprehensive look at the issues parents face when their child wants to turn their passion for entertainment into a career. Available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle format, the book is written in a question-and-answer format, providing parents with practical information such as how to help children maintain a happy and healthy attitude while developing their career.

Additionally, Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment focuses on subjects like knowing the professionals to consult, how to find and prepare for auditions, financial aspects of the entertainment industry, and understanding the law related to children in entertainment.

Positions on a Hockey Team


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An entertainment attorney by profession, Steven C. Beer practices with Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo in New York City. In his free time, Steven C. Beer is an avid hockey player.

As the rules of the game of hockey dictate, six players from each team take to the ice. The teams each send out one goalie, who must stay within an area known as the crease. The goalie’s purpose is to block the puck from entering the net, and he or she can use any part of the body to stop it. Because this task can be quite dangerous, the goalie wears much more protective gear than other team members.

Each team also sends out two defensemen to block the opposing team’s forward line and protect their goal. The defensemen work in front of the goalie and behind the forwards. They typically stay behind the forward line, so that they can keep the puck outside of their zone when possible and block scoring attempts at their own goal.

Meanwhile, three forwards play mostly in the opponent’s zone and are primarily responsible for attempts on the opposing goal. The center assumes leadership responsibility for most such attempts, while the wings remain on the center’s left and right to be ready for passes. Working in collaboration, these three players work to set up shots and, ideally, score points for their team.

Addressing Specific Challenges Faced by Stage Parents


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Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment

A partner with Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, PC, for the past five years, Steven C. Beer has established a strong reputation in the media and entertainment sphere. The author of Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment: The Prudent Parent’s Guide, Steven C. Beer draws on his own experience as a stage parent.

In a 2015 article in the Huffington Post, Mr. Beer recounts having one of his sons earn a lead part in a traveling production of the Equity Playhouse Theater. At once, a host of new issues came to the fore, including questions as to how he and his wife would handle the supervision, housing, education, and compensation aspects of their 13 year old’s life.

A particular realization was that was that the rigors associated with a professional career at a young age bring numerous challenges. This is doubly true for those in the performing arts. While youth who pursue athletic careers follow a well-trod path, children in the performing arts do not have the school support network, camaraderie, and fan base that enable them to easily succeed and maintain balance.

Unlike sports parents, stage parents support their children in endeavors in which the competition is subtle but very real, as the children auditioning for roles are competing with each other, rather than banding together to contend a rival team. This has created the well-publicized archetype of the “bad stage parent.” This stereotype ignores the reality of the vast majority of stage parents wanting what is best for their son or daughter and needing the proper resources to enable this.

Laws Protecting Child Performers in New York State

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Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment

Steven C. Beer serves as a media and entertainment attorney in the firm of Franklin Weinrib Ruddell and Vassallo in New York City. A partner in the firm, Steven C. Beer also stands out as the author of the 2015 book Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment – A Prudent Parent’s Guide.

Because child actors are not covered by federal labor laws, each state has the jurisdiction to enact any legislation it feels prudent to protect young performers. In the state of New York, any performer under the age of 18 must have a child performer permit to accept any role outside of an educational setting or private home. To obtain such a permit, the parents must provide written consent, proof of the child’s age, educational status verification, and a certificate stating that the child is sufficiently fit to perform his or her duties.

The parents of a child performer are also responsible for establishing a trust account in accordance with the Coogan Law of 1939. Named after former child star Jackie Coogan, the law classifies all of a child performer’s earnings as property of the child. It also requires 15 percent of said earnings to go into a qualifying trust account, which the child can access after he or she reaches adulthood.