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 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.

Pride Night with the New York Islanders


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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 www.cityparksfoundation.org.

The Birth of Ice Hockey


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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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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.