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Nationwide - Canada Media & Entertainment
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3 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Goodmans LLP

Goodmans is recognized worldwide as a leading Canadian entertainment law firm. Our Entertainment Law Group represents a large cross-section of major North American film, television, digital media and publishing companies, as well as many individual directors, authors and screenwriters, actors and film and television personalities.

We assist our clients with structuring and optimizing production financing, negotiating international co-productions and CRTC co-ventures, arranging Canadian content tax credit applications and assisting in sales to distributors and broadcasters in Canada and abroad. We advise our domestic and foreign clients on Canadian tax and legal issues such as film tax credits and Canadian withholding tax, preparing talent contracts, dealing with Canadian guilds and unions and advising on Canadian foreign investment rules and domestic broadcast regulatory requirements.

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What the team is known for

Goodmans is a renowned Toronto-based law firm and a major force in the entertainment sector. Its entertainment group provides legal services to prominent players in film, television and online entertainment services. It represents domestic and international clients across the spectrum of their commercial issues, spanning financing, transactions, international projects and co-ventures, talent agreements and talent contracts. The team also offers coverage of specialist areas such as digital media and federal and provincial film, foreign investment and tax issues affecting the film industry.

Strengths

"I feel very confident with their ability to spot issues and get ahead of any problems while maintaining a practical approach."

"Goodmans is excellent at sifting through complex matters and providing concrete, straightforward legal advice."

"They have a great grasp of our business and utilise that understanding when assisting with complex matters."

Work highlights

A Goodmans team has provided production advice to Amazon Studios regarding several major TV series filmed in Canada.

Notable practitioners

David Zitzerman provides guidance on a host of corporate, regulatory and production deal structuring issues to a broad client base of film studios, television producers and OTT streaming services. He is based in Toronto where he heads the entertainment law group at Goodmans.
"David is one of the top entertainment lawyers in the world."

Jaclyn Seidman is a Toronto-based lawyer who advises on production and financing matters for Canadian and international film and TV producers. She also assists clients with IP portfolio acquisition and protection issues.
"Jaclyn is always available and very reactive to our needs. She is a true partner to our business." "We would be lost without her intelligence, curiosity, ferociousness and attention to detail."

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