RPL Client’s Film Celebrates Release

Earlier this year, RPL client Jessica Devaney, producer and founder of Multitude Films, premiered her newest documentary, Love the Sinner, at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film, which Ms. Devaney co-directed with Geeta Gandbhir, explores the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The film was released last week by the distributor Women Make Movies, a non-profit media arts organization that facilitates the…

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RPL Congratulates Client on Upcoming Documentary Premiere

RPL is proud to congratulate our client, Director and Producer Kate Webber, on the upcoming premiere of her new documentary Kim Swims! The film will have its world premiere on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Mill Valley Film Festival in Mill Valley, California. Kim Swims is a feature documentary about the story of Kim Chambers, an accomplished open water marathon swimmer, and her attempt to become the first woman to swim 30 miles…

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RPL’s Nicole Page Discusses Access and Trust for Unscripted Series at Realscreen West 2017

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, RPL Partner and head of the firm’s entertainment group, Nicole Page, spoke on a panel at Realscreen West 2017, an annual conference for the unscripted, non-fiction entertainment industry. The panel, “Trendwatch: All Access Unscripted,” focused on recent television series that take audiences behind the scenes of exciting lives, occupations, stories, etc., and the issues networks and production companies face in creating these series. Ms. Page addressed the specific challenge…

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Waiver of Future Employment Clauses: Legal Issues and Practical Tips from RPL Partner Alice K. Jump

When an employee is involuntarily terminated, hard feelings are likely to arise on both sides, particularly if the employee asserts some claim in connection with the termination.  It is therefore common, whether in the context of a general severance agreement or in connection with the settlement of a particular claim, for the employer to require that the former employee waive any right to seek future employment with the employer.  “No…

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RPL Partner Nicole Page Speaking at Realscreen West 2017

RPL Partner Nicole Page will speak on a panel at this year’s Realscreen West entertainment conference on June 6. The panel, “Trendwatch: All Access Unscripted,” will discuss the issues surrounding gaining access to organizations and individuals with amazing stories to tell. Ms. Page will specifically address potential legal pitfalls and how to avoid them. She will be joined on the panel by Abby Greensfelder, Co-CEO and Executive Producer for Half Yard Productions; Charlie…

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Defamation and First Amendment Workshop with RPL Partner Nicole Page– RESCHEDULED

Due to inclement weather, this event has been cancelled. News of the rescheduled date will be posted as soon as possible. On Wednesday, March 15th, RPL Partner Nicole Page will lead a workshop on defamation and the first amendment. Hosted by Women Make Movies, this workshop will look at how recent high-profile defamation cases could have a chilling effect on free speech, and how documentary filmmakers can protect themselves moving forward. Women Make Movies is a…

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RPL Associate Allison Grein Leads Workshop at Athena Film Festival

On Saturday, February 11th, RPL Associate Allison (“Ally”) M. Grein led a workshop entitled “Contract Landmines: How to Navigate and Negotiate the Legal Side of Filmmaking” as part of the 7th Annual Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. Ms. Grein helped participants understand the legal landscape of the business, including when to engage counsel and how to “decode” legal contracts related to filmmaking and the industry. Ms. Grein has spoken on a range of intellectual property, employment,…

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RPL Partner Nicole Page and Associate Allison Grein to Lead Workshop at Athena Film Festival

On Saturday, February 11th, RPL Partner and principal entertainment attorney Nicole Page will lead a workshop with Associate Allison (“Ally”) M. Grein entitled “Contract Landmines: How to Navigate and Negotiate the Legal Side of Filmmaking” as part of the 7th Annual Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. Ms. Page will help participants understand the legal landscape of the business, including when to engage counsel and how to “decode” legal contracts related to filmmaking and the industry.…

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RPL Sponsors 7th Annual Athena Film Festival

From February 9th to 12th, the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood will host their 7th Annual Athena Film Festival, a yearly celebration of women’s leadership on view in an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries, and short films that highlight powerful and courageous women in real life and in the fictional world. The four-day festival at Barnard College in New York City includes post-screening conversations with directors and talent,…

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RPL Managing Partner Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis Speaks on Panel at Inaugural Voice of a Woman Festival

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Reavis Parent Lehrer Managing Partner Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis appeared at the inaugural Voice of a Woman Festival NYC and spoke on a panel following the screening of “Equal Means Equal,” a feature documentary film that explores the unequal treatment of men and women under the United States Constitution.  Ms. Reavis spoke about the history of the civil rights movement, the state of laws that have…

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