I wrote a blog about Jeremy Piven. My lawyers told me to not to post it.

Last week I had the pleasure, along with the other Speed-the-Plow producers, of seeing the cathartic production The Piven Monologues:  A Collection of Internet Comments Related to the Controversy Surrounding Jeremy Piven’s Abrupt Exit from the Broadway Production of Speed-the-Plow Due to the Alleged Illness of Mercury Poisoning from Over-Consumption of Sushi down at Joe’s Pub.

What was interesting to me about the production, besides my personal connection to the material, and my fondness for the work of its wunderkind director, Alex Timbers, was that the dialogue was made up entirely of actual comments about the sushi scandal, taken from internet chatter on websites of all different shapes and sizes (a similar construct to My First Time, which I have another personal connection to).
It was another example of what I call “Theater 2.0.”
And the good news is that this playlet was more fun than a fish fry.
Unfortunately, the party pooper (also known as Piven) ended the fun the next day when he slapped The Public with a cease and desist letter, threatening to sue.
Sigh.
I wrote a long blog about my feelings regardingThe Piv’s premature e-lawsuit-ulation, and where exactly I think he ranks on the douche-o-meter.
Unfortunately, my lawyers advised me not to post it.
So, I’ll just say this . . .
To the writers of The Piven Monologues:
It would give me great pleasure to produce your show . . . but only if we do it in LA.
And we can give the proceeds to this charity.
Give me a call.
(In true “The show must go on even in the face of legal action” style, The Public is going ahead with the second performance of The Piven Monologues.  More info here.)

I have nothing to say.

From the NY TImes:  Arbitrator Rules In Favor of Jeremy Piven in ‘Speed The Plow’ Dispute.

Well, that ends that.

Since this post is so short, I thought I’d introduce a new feature on The Producer’s Perspective called ‘Summer Movie’, where we highlight the success or lack thereof of a summer motion picture.

For our first edition, we’re going to focus on a film called The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard which featured a very interesting cast.

And that very interesting cast conjured up a sickly 29% on the RottenTomatoes.com tote board.

Uh-oh.  This just in.  Due to an unexplained illness, this will be the first and last edition of our new feature, ‘Summer Movie’.

Special Saturday Post: We are proceeding with arbitration.

The official statement:

The grievance went as expected yesterday. The grievance committee (made
up of League and Equity representatives) did not rule for either side,
and we will be filing for arbitration as provided by our contract.

Read more here.

BREAKING NEWS: The official statement re: the Jeremy Piven grievance proceeding.

Many of you have been calling, emailing and stopping me on the street asking about the results of today’s proceedings.  Our official statement is below.  Unfortunately, I can’t comment any further at this time . . . although I’d sure like to.  🙂

A grievance hearing was held today in accordance with the Equity-League Production Contract regarding the matter of Jeremy Piven and Speed-the-Plow.  Following the terms of the collective-bargaining agreement, a panel of five League representatives and five Equity representatives met and heard the positions of the parties.  The League and Equity representatives were unable to reach a unanimous decision.  The Producers have the rights, as a  next step, to proceed to arbitration.

This news deserves its own post: Speed The Plow Recoups!

Score one in the win column . . .

As you can expect, this one feels even sweeter than other shows of mine that have recouped, because of what we have been through lately (and if you don’t know what I’m talking about then come out of the cave, the weather is fine).
All of us on the Producing team owe an incredible debt of gratitude to Neil Pepe and everyone on the Speed team who seamlessly transitioned us from our departed “star” to our understudy (Jordan Lage) to Norbert to Bill, while maintaining the production’s quality and even increasing it.
And a big thank you to the audiences that keep coming to see great actors in a great play.  3 weeks left!

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