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Tara Parker on "Entertainment lawyers go the distance when structuring reality TV deals", The Lawyers Weekly

October-12-2007

Lawyer Tara Parker
Area Entertainment

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Excerpt from "Entertainment lawyers go the distance when structuring reality tv deals", The Lawyers Weekly by Tara Parker:

Canadian entertainment lawyers who deal with format programs must tackle complex legal issues, expanding the scope of their traditional area of expertise.

For example, if a Canadian producer or broadcaster wishes to license format rights from a foreign underlying rights holder, counsel needs to negotiate, structure and document the deal between the licensee and format owner in such a way that the program will qualify, if possible, for Canadian tax incentives (note that reality television is currently considered an ineligible genre under the guidelines of the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office).

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