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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RPL Partners Nicole Page and Larry Brocchini Present on Employee Misclassifaction for Anchin

On Tuesday, May 19, RPL Partners Nicole Page and Lawrence “Larry” Brocchini discussed Employee Misclassification: How to Protect Your Company from Labor Issues and Liabilities for Anchin, Block & Anchin’s semi-annual “CPE for CFO’s” seminar. This presentation covered the perils of worker misclassification in New York, focusing on frequently overlooked nuances between employees and independent contractors and why it is important to grasp the legal distinctions relating to each category.…

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RPL Attorney Nicole Cubides Talks Media Law With MFA Students

On April 27, 2015, Nicole D. “Niki” Cubides led a discussion with Hunter College graduate students earning a Masters of Fine Arts in Integrated Media Arts about the legal considerations in the production of non-fiction media, including documentary films. As part of her guest lecture, Niki spoke on a range of topics like formation of a production company, clearances, releases, crew agreements, and fair use.    

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RPL Attorneys Address “Inclusion and Exclusion in the Law” at Friends Seminary School

On April 29, 2015, Allison M. Grein and Helen D. “Heidi” Reavis presented to a group of students at the Friends Seminary School in Manhattan on “Inclusion and Exclusion in the Law.”  This discussion covered a variety of legal topics, from the recent marriage equality arguments before the United States Supreme Court, workplace discrimination, the recourse provided by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and what legal rights and…

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RPL Sponsors the Women’s City Club’s 2015 Civic Spirit Awards Dinner

On April 23, 2015, the Women’s City Club of New York held its annual Civic Spirit Awards Dinner.   Managing Partner Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis served as Event Co-Chair.  Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP proudly sponsored this event, honoring individuals who have made a real difference to New York and working New Yorkers. This year’s Civic Spirit Awards Dinner honored the founder of the Manhattan Theatre Club – Lynne Meadow, the Manhattan…

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