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S. Jean Ward

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

New York, NY, USA

Jean Ward is Of Counsel to Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz (NYC and L.A.) , with over 30 years’ experience representing US and international producers, authors, music publishers and other rights holders, theatre owners, creative personnel, and investors. She negotiates and structures domestic and international transactions including property and rights acquisitions, licensing, theatrical syndication financing and investor funds, creative personnel agreements, development deals, and a variety of other production agreements.   She also advises not-for-profit theatre companies on both rights acquisition and commercial co-ventures.

Ms Ward has been production counsel for Broadway and Off-Broadway productions of plays and musicals as well as first-class, Equity Tier and non-Equity U.S. and international touring productions.  She has worked with clients touring productions into Las Vegas casino venues and also with several casinos on the production and presentation of Las Vegas versions of Broadway shows.   She represents several prominent regional theatres in the US such as Lookingglass Theatre Company (Chicago) and one of Ireland’s premier theatre companies, Druid Ireland, and its artistic director Garry Hynes.

Ms. Ward graduated from Harvard Law School and has taught Law and Theatre at Columbia Law School and presented lectures on theatre law at Practicing Law Institute, bar association, and National Law Journal seminars. She has been named a New York area “Super Lawyer” for entertainment work by Law and Politics magazine for nine consecutive years.


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