The Spider-Man Chronicles: A Guide to a Year's Worth of Legal Action at Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

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05 Jul 2012

Philip Wm. McKinley
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

JAN. 23, 2012: An arbitrator rules that the producers of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark failed to post the required bonds for the employment of new director Philip W. McKinley and new choreographer Chase Brock, violating the collectively bargained agreement between producers and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). The two artists joined the production team of the Broadway show deep into the preview process, after the producers parted ways with Taymor. This ruling is legally binding and the bond due immediately.

FEB. 17, 2012: Producers announced Feb. 16 that they have reached a settlement with The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. The producers have agreed to pay Julie Taymor "full royalties for her director services for the New York production of Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, from the inception of the run through its duration pursuant to the terms of her Director's agreement, and to pay certain other amounts due to Ms. Taymor as a Collaborator, when the show's New York production recoups." The parties also reached an agreement with regard to compensation owed for subsequent productions. Taymor, according to the New York Times, will be paid $9,750 a week in royalties for the remainder of the show's Broadway run. The SDC, meanwhile, agrees that Taymor's services as a director and collaborator are completed, and that she will have no further involvement with the show in those capacities. All claims of breach on contract by the parties in the arbitration are withdrawn.


MARCH 2, 2012: A 46-page filing by Taymor in federal court is notable for revealing a long list of embarrassing, formerly private e-mails sent by the show's principals.


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