Home Theater Spider Man Producers Cave In, Reach Settlement with Julie Taymor

The producers of “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” have finally caved in. They’ve settled with director-creator Julie Taymor on basic financial issues. They’ve agreed to pay her from November 2009 through her dismissal last spring. They’ve also agree to compensate her for touring productions, and compensation if and when “Spider Man” ever recoups its initial investment. Taymor is still suing over copyright issues. But this ends a very mean spirited, unnecessary episode. The producers only agreed to all this through The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, which arbitrated the complaint. Taymor worked on “Spider Man” for nine years and only made $150,000 through the time she was ousted. Nevertheless, the Tony Awards committee still considers her the show’s director. I wouldn’t be surprised if she won next June.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. Julie Taymor is an incredible talent and deserved to be treated better than she was. This is what happens when business starts to run creative.
    Bravo Julie. She will win the Tony for sure.

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