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Why he matters: With more and more stage musicals adapted from movies, Gelblum has been able to bridge the gap between Hollywood and the slow-yield business of Broadway. A fixture at opening nights, he this year negotiated music rights for EMI Publishing on Motown: The Musical and set up Sony’s unique firstlook deal with Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions to develop stage versions of studio hits.
Big deal: Gelblum helped settle director client Julie Taymor’s litigation with producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. “Julie’s an important artist, and this was really a terrible disruption in her career.”
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