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Former 'Spider-Man' Musical Director Seeks $300k in Royalties

Julie Taymor claims she has not been paid royalties on ticket sales

June 10, 2011 11:45 AM ET
Julie Taymor with "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" cast members Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano.
Julie Taymor with "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" cast members Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano.
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Julie Taymor, the former director of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, is seeking an estimated $300,000 in unpaid royalties from the musical's producers. Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the union representing Taymor, has filed an arbitration claim on her behalf, claiming that the producers have no legal or ethical right to withhold royalties owed to her since she was removed from the project following months of scathing reviews, accidents and delays while the show was in previews.

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According to Laura Penn, the executive director of the union, Taymor has only received her original director's fee of $125,000 five years ago and has not been paid royalties on tickets since they went on sale in November. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has made an average of $1 million per week since opening in previews. The show will open officially on June 14th.

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