RPL Client to Premiere Documentary Film “Meru” in New York on Friday, August 14

We would like to congratulate Jimmy Chin, co-director and star, along with Conrad Anker and Renan Otzurk of the feature documentary film Meru, opening in New York on Friday, August 14, at the Angelika Film Center. Meru follows the journey of three elite climbers as they attempt to conquer the Shark’s Fin on India’s Mount Meru, a mountain that has defeated all previous attempts. The film has won this year’s Audience…

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RPL Associates Niki Cubides and Ally Grein Present to Learning Curve

On July 24, 2015, RPL attorneys Niki Cubides and Ally Grein presented on the topic of intellectual property protection to Learning Curve, a start-up accelerator for teens, to make exploring opportunities in “STEAMD” (Science Tech Engineering Art Math Design) engaging and meaningful. The presentation, which was held at New York University, addressed intellectual property concerns for young entrepreneurs when launching new businesses. Niki and Ally also discussed protecting brands and…

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RPL Associates Niki Cubides and Ally Grein Present to Young Startup Entrepreneurs with Venture For America

On July 22, 2015, RPL attorneys Niki Cubides and Ally Grein spoke to over 100 aspiring entrepreneurs selected to join Venture for America, a fellowship program that places top recent grads at startup companies in economically challenged cities across the United States. The presentation covered employment law considerations for startup entrepreneurs, including workplace discrimination, micro-inequities, employee privacy and use of social media. Niki and Ally also discussed professionalism considerations specific…

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RPL Client to Premier New Musical Film “Lucky Stiff” in NYC theatres and nationwide On-Demand

We are pleased to announce that our client’s film, “Lucky Stiff,” opens today in theatres in New York and nationwide On-Demand. Congratulations to the Lucky Stiff team! Lucky Stiff is based on the 1983 novel, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth and was later adapted for the stage in an off-Broadway production in 1988, winning the Richard Rodgers Award for that year. The movie…

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RPL Partner Nicole Page Speaks at UnionDocs Workshop on Documentary Fundamentals

RPL Partner Nicole Page recently spoke on a panel with filmmakers Chai Vaserhelyi, Jimmy Chin and Sam Cullman as part of the Documentary Fundamentals series hosted by UnionDocs. The Documentary Fundamentals: Planning panel covered essential business and legal issues for filmmakers, including rights and clearances, fair use, budgeting, structuring agreements for talent and crew, and more.

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RPL Attorney Niki Cubides Speaks with NYWIFT: Narrative Filmmaking

On May 29, 2015, RPL attorney Nicole D. “Niki” Cubides spoke with filmmakers enrolled in New York Women in Film & Television program, “From Script to Pre-Production – What it Takes to Move Your Project Forward.” Niki discussed legal considerations aimed at narrative filmmaking, including production company formation, investor challenges, collaboration and co-production deals and director agreements.

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RPL Partner Nicole Page Tackles Fair Use in Webinar Hosted by Women Make Movies

On June 11, 2015 RPL Partner Nicole Page hosted a webinar for Women Make Movies titled “Everything You Wanted to Know About Fair Use But Were Afraid to Ask“. In this webinar, Nicole delved into the crucial matter of understanding fair use and its relationship to copyright law. In discussing the legal nuances of fair use, Nicole provided real world examples of when and how filmmakers can rely on fair…

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RPL Attorney Niki Cubides Leads NYWIFT Workshop: Distribution Deal Points Unraveled

On May 12, 2015, RPL attorney Nicole D. “Niki” Cubides co-led a workshop for New York Women in Film & Television titled “Distribution Deal Points Unraveled” aimed at helping filmmakers navigate the major deal points of a distribution agreement. In this discussion, Niki covered topics including the “optimal” grant of rights, territorial rights issues, customary payment models, delivery and E&O expectations and other common “asks” by the distributor. She also…

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