Homework Assignment

Acquiring Underlying Rights
Dana Singer
March 22, 1999

Please reply to this inquiry by Friday 3/26 if you would like feedback.

"Hi- As you know I have produced several Broadway plays and musicals over the past several years but never one based on underlying materials. After watching the great box-office success of "Shakespeare in Love" culminating Sunday with Oscars for Best Picture and Best Screenplay by Mark Norman and Tom Stoppard, I have approached Harvey Weinstien of Miramax about making a Broadway musical based on the film. He thought it was a great idea and asked me to propose a deal. I thought Tom Stoppard, who is one of my favorite playwrights, might consider writing the book and I would like to approach Elton John and Tim Rice to write songs. Please let me know what you think is the best way to proceed and what type of proposal I should make for the Underlying Rights in the film. Your prompt attention is appreciated.-Bob"

Suggestion: Go to -
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"RealAudio Spring 1999 TeleCourses"
to listen to RealAudio file with guest speaker Dana Singer, former Executive Director of the Dramatist Guild ("Acquiring Underlying Rights").

As preparation for next week's TeleCourse with Marvin Krauss, listen to RealAudio with Jean Ward ("Negotiating Author Agreements").

For those who may have missed last week's class or would like to re-audit, a RealAudio file has been posted as:
"March 22, 1999 class-Introduction"

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