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David Zitzerman

Partner

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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4172
Fax:   416.979.1234

David Zitzerman is a partner and head of the Entertainment Law Group at Goodmans.  He has exclusively practised entertainment law for over 25 years.  His practice focuses on the film, television and on-line industries in Canada and the United States.  His clients include independent producers, Canadian networks, Hollywood studios, US networks, cable services and OTT services, private equity investors, European broadcasters, film and TV distributors, publishers, game companies, talent guilds and agencies, writers and performers.

David was the Gold Medalist in arts at the University of Manitoba and has a J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School.  David joined Goodmans in 1986 and became a partner in 1990.  He is rated AV Preeminent (2016-2017) by Martindale-Hubbell.  He is recognized as a leading entertainment lawyer by Who’s Who Legal Canada, The 2018 Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and The 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.  He is recommended for both defamation and media law and entertainment law in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.  He is included as a noted media lawyer in Euromoney’s 2017 Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, was named the 2010 Toronto Entertainment Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers and one of the 30 leading media lawyers in the world (2002, 2009-2017) by Euromoney’s The Best of the Best.  

David is a member of the Canadian panel of arbitrators for the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).  He is an Adjunct Professor teaching entertainment law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, a guest lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School and is a frequent commentator on entertainment industry issues for the Business News Network (BNN) and other media outlets.  He has published a number of articles in entertainment law journals and is a co-author of Entertainment Law in Canada published by LexisNexis.

David is a director and serves on the Executive and Investment Committees of the Canadian Film Centre, is a director of the Canadian Screenwriters Collection Society, is on the Program Advisory Committee of the Ryerson School of Radio & Television Arts, is a Gold Patron of the Toronto International Film Festival and is a member of Film Ontario, the Canadian Media Production Association, Women in Film and Television-Toronto, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Canadian Association of Recording Artists.

Education University of Toronto (J.D., 1981)
University of Manitoba (B.A., (Gold Medal - Highest Standing in Arts), 1978)
Professional Affiliations

Director - Canadian Film Centre, Canadian Screenwriters Collection Society
Gold Patron - Toronto International Film Festival
Advisor - Ryerson School of Radio & Television Arts and Digital Convergence Executive Program
Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) - Media and Communications Law Section Member