Why Filmmakers Should Be Cautious of Festival Licensing


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Steven C. Beer
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A graduate of Villanova Law School, Steven C. Beer is an entertainment attorney and author of a book entitled Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment: The Prudent Parent’s Guide. Steven C. Beer’s work as an author extends to his current position as a legal contributor to Documentary Magazine, in which he recently highlighted the risks filmmakers take when they procure festival licensing rather than full licensing for songs in a film.

A festival license for a song included in a documentary film is much more affordable than a full license, but the end result of failing to fully license a song may have far-reaching consequences. When a documentary screens at a major festival and receives a positive response, distributors may express a desire to purchase the film under the condition that the film is delivery-ready, meaning that the creator of the film has secured the rights to use all songs included in the score.

Considering that a well-placed song has the potential to make or break the creative atmosphere of a scene, a film without full licensing may signal to a distributor that the costs associated with procuring the film as it was shown at the festival may be too high, and may reduce a distributor’s interest in purchasing the film. Furthermore, in the event that a film is picked up by a distributor, the additional cost of full licensing after an initial investment in licensing for the festival incurs a much higher cost than simply purchasing the full rights to a song in the first place.

Learn more about music licensing in documentary films by reading the full article at http://www.documentary.org/column/legal-faq-facing-music.


Steven C. Beer Interviewed at the 2016 AFM Event


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Steven C. Beer
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Steven C. Beer is an accomplished entertainment lawyer who has served as a partner in the New York City law firm of Franklin Weinrib Rudell and Vassallo since 2012. As part of his professional activities, Steven Beer regularly attends major film festivals and industry gatherings such as Cannes, Sundance, and the American Film Market & Conferences.

The largest motion picture trade fair in the world, the American Film Market (AFM) & Conferences takes pace each fall in Santa Monica, California. At the 2016 AFM event, Vanessa McMahon interviewed Steven Beer for publication in the official AFM newsletter and on the official AFM website. The Beer interview detailed his considerable experience as both a practicing entertainment industry attorney and a published author.

Over the course of the interview. Mr. Beer touched on the roles he has played in the career cultivation of major stars such as Lady GaGa and Taylor Swift. He also offered advice to the next generation of undiscovered talent, telling aspiring entertainers to view themselves as entrepreneurs as well as performers and artists.

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 www.cityparksfoundation.org.

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

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Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment
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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.

Rooftop Films Showcases Movie White Girl at Brooklyn Event

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A partner with Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell and Vassallo, PC, Steven C. Beer works as a media and entertainment attorney for the New York City firm. Outside of the office, Steven C. Beer serves on the Board for Rooftop Films.

Established in 1997, Rooftop Films began atop an apartment building in Manhattan. Filmmaker Mark Elijah Rosenberg sought a way to get individuals together for screenings of new short films. Instead of renting out a theater, he took his projector, a sound system, and a white sheet to show films on his apartment’s roof. Rooftop Films has grown in its past two decades, and in 2015 alone, the nonprofit brought more than 200 films to 30,000 people during the summer.

The Rooftop Films Summer Series is its core program and the only outdoor festival of its kind. It shows independent films in New York City from May through August, and after the show, attendees enjoy live music and questions and answers from the filmmakers. One of these films, White Girl, was shown on August 11, 2016, at the Bushwick Generator in Brooklyn. Doors opened at 7:30, followed by live music performed by cuddle formation. The 88-minute film began at 8:30, followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker Elizabeth Wood.