Lutzker & Lutzker lawyers are deeply involved with the arts on both a professional and a personal level. Our clients include companies involved in producing, financing and distributing motion pictures and television and video programming, as well as those in the music industry, theater and the visual arts. The firm regularly counsels these clients on intellectual property, contract, financing, rights acquisition and other business matters. A significant part of the firm’s litigation practice concerns enforcement of the intellectual property rights of creative artists. From starting their own art gallery specializing in the work of self-taught artists from around the globe to organizing the national touring exhibition from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Arnold and Susan Lutzker have been dedicated to the arts at all levels.
- This moving feature film tells the story of a group of middle-school children in Whitwell, Tennessee who set out to collect one paper clip for every soul lost in the Holocaust and learned a lifelong lesson of tolerance in the process. It was released by Miramax in 2002, has been shown in theaters throughout the United States and has won numerous audience awards at film festivals.
- Arnold and Susan Lutzker were instrumental in creating the concept for the exhibition. In addition, the firm served as legal counsel to the sponsoring Palace Arts Foundation, which was created to promote international understanding through the arts and chaired by Richard C. Barkley, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey. The firm’s responsibilities included negotiating and drafting the governing protocol with the Government of Turkey and the agreements with the venue museums, obtaining State Department indemnity, and working with the exhibition consultants, vendors and licensees in connection with the exhibition and related fund-raising, public affairs, merchandising and publishing activities. The exhibition and its catalog received critical praise and was seen by 150,000 visitors in Washington, D.C. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, at the San Diego Museum of Art and at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. According to the Embassy of Turkey, the exhibition contributed to a 27% increase in tourism to Turkey during 2000.
- Supervising litigation in Italy on behalf of legendary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann (High Noon, From Here to Eternity) over the wrongful colorization of The Seventh Cross. The litigation has resulted in an injunction and an award of 100,000 euros in favor of the director’s heir.
- Working with the heirs of legendary filmmaker John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen) on moral rights issues in France.
- Assisting the late film director Sydney Pollack’s claim against alteration of Three Days of the Condor in Denmark.
- Supporting director Phillip Noyce in arbitration over claim of extensive cutting of his film Thunderheart.