Seymour Ira Feig, noted entertainment lawyer and law professor, died at his home in Scarsdale, N.Y. on February 3. He was 93.
From 1950-70 Feig worked for TV, film and entertainment companies including Walt Disney Productions, Columbia Pictures, the William Morris Agency, Creative Management Associates (now known as ICM), the National Association of Theater Owners, Brut Productions and Paramount Records, where he served in various business and legal affairs positions.
In 1975, Feig established his own entertainment law practice in Midtown Manhattan, representing clients in the television, motion picture, book publishing, music recording and dance industries. Feig was involved in negotiations leading to Tom Cruise’s first movie role in “Taps,” Irene Cara’s debut recording in “Fame,” and a number of early ’80s rap and hip-hop artists including Fat Boys, Newcleus (“Jam on It”) and club favorite Indeep (“Last Night a DJ Saved My Life”).
Feig grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, the son of Eastern European immigrants. He received a full scholarship to St. John’s University, where he was one of a handful of Jewish students, and his Jesuit education served him well later in life when the Southern Baptist Convention sought a New York-based entertainment lawyer to represent its radio and television interests. At the initial meeting, Feig surprised his client with his knowledge of both broadcasting and catechism.
Feig attended New York Law School at nights, receiving his LLB (now known as a JD) in 1950. Upon graduation he joined the legal department of RKO Radio Pictures, having previously worked part-time as an usher in the company’s Brooklyn movie theaters.
Feig also loved to teach, and after a short period teaching the business of entertainment at the New School for Social Research in Greenwich Village, he joined the adjunct staff at New York Law School, where he was Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law from 1983 until 2006.
Feig is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gloria; a daughter and two sons; and three grandchildren.