Dentons Canada LLP

Media & Entertainment Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Dominant name in the Canadian and international film and TV market, working closely with industry players on domestic and cross-border production financing, acquisitions, private equity investment and international co-productions. Clients include Hollywood studios and US and Canadian television networks and production companies, as well as those working in the music, book publishing and internet entertainment service industries. Clients also benefit from its specialists in media, broadcasting and communications regulatory law. Well placed to advise media industry clients on related employment and tax law issues.

Strengths A source commented: "The team working with us at Dentons is truly invaluable. They really care about our best interests and take the time necessary to walk us through difficult scenarios."

Interviewees note: "Dentons' entertainment team is one of the best in the country. The diversity of their strengths makes it a well-rounded group."

Work highlights Assisted Banger Media with various issues relating to music documentary series Hip Hop Evolution, including financial advice and licensing negotiations.

Notable practitioners

Bob Tarantino
enjoys a strong reputation for his knowledge of copyright issues affecting clients in the music and film industries, among others. Sources say: "Bob is very knowledgeable and responds quickly but thoughtfully."

David Steinberg
is "dependable and responsive" and "a true teammate,"according to clients.His practice extends across the gamut of legal issues related to film and television production, including matters of licensing and distribution.

Jim Russell
acts for a client base of leading banks and major studios on production financing as well as a range of regulatory matters. Interviewees praise his "relevant, timely advice," with one adding: "He's my most trusted business adviser and he has never let me down."

Juliet Smith
assists a number of domestic and US-based studios with a variety of production legal issues. Clients characterise her as "extremely experienced and knowledgeable" and praise her ability to "resolve issues efficiently."

The "fantastic"
Ken Dhaliwal
attracts plaudits from sources for providing "down-to-earth advice and flexible solutions." He is well placed to advise on the financing and structuring of domestic and international film and television productions.