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Jamie Firsten, Monique McAlister, Tara Parker, Jaclyn Seidman and David Zitzerman at the Entertainment & Media Law Symposium 2019
May-02-2019

David Zitzerman quoted in "Now more expensive to sue multiple online infringers", Law Times
April-29-2019

Amalia Berg, Tara Parker and David Zitzerman at Women in Film & Television Toronto's Introduction to Entertainment Law
November-17-2018

David Zitzerman at The Banff World Media Festival
June-10-2018

Tara Parker, Carolyn Stamegna and David Zitzerman at The Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law
January-22-2018

David Zitzerman quoted in "How do you erase Kevin Spacey from a Hollywood movie?", CBC News
November-10-2017

David Zitzerman quoted in "Should we have a ‘Canadian values’ test for films and TV shows?", The Globe and Mail
February-10-2017

David Zitzerman at Prime Time in Ottawa 2017: The Age of Experimentation
February-02-2017

David Zitzerman interviewed on "TIFF 2016: The anatomy of a film deal", on BNN
September-09-2016

Goodmans at the Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law 2016
January-25-2016

Goodmans at the LSUC's Crowdfunding Primer for Business Lawyers
March-12-2015

Goodmans at the Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law 2015
January-19-2015

David Zitzerman interviewed in "Sony cancels 'The Interview'", on BNN
December-18-2014

David Zitzerman interviewed in "Netflix to take on Hollywood", on BNN
September-30-2014

David Zitzerman quoted in "Stairway to Lawsuit", The National
May-20-2014

David Zitzerman at The Writers Guild of Canada's 2014 National Forum
April-27-2014

David Zitzerman at the International Film & TV Finance Summit 2014
March-19-2014

Goodmans at the Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law
February-26-2014

David Zitzerman at Toronto Ontario on Location in LA 2014
January-21-2014

David Zitzerman quoted in "Rare Beatles tracks briefly on sale to extend copyright", CBC News
December-17-2013

David Zitzerman at the International Film & TV Finance Summit, NY
December-02-2013

Goodmans Presents: Crowdfundamentals: Legal Risks of Crowdfunding
November-25-2013

David Zitzerman at the OBA's Hot Topics & Ethical Dilemmas in Entertainment, Media & Communication Law
September-26-2013

David Zitzerman at the 2013 World Film Festival
August-28-2013

David Zitzerman at the TIFF Filmmakers Boot Camp
August-08-2013

David Zitzerman at the British Film Commission's Toronto Seminar on UK TV Tax Incentive
July-24-2013

Goodmans at the Entertainment and Media Law Symposium
April-26-2013

David Zitzerman at Osgoode Hall Law School's Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Conference
February-15-2013

David Zitzerman at the University of Toronto's Entertainment and Sports Law Society Conference
February-11-2013

David Zitzerman at the Third Annual Duke Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium
January-25-2013

David Zitzerman at Insight's Copyright Law and Practice in Canada Now
December-04-2012

David Zitzerman at the CBA's Copyright Conference
October-02-2012

David Zitzerman interviewed by Lexpert on “What do the Copyright Act amendments mean for entertainment law?”
July-09-2012

David Zitzerman interviewed on BNN
May-07-2012

David Zitzerman at the BNA/CITE 12th Annual International Film & TV Finance Summit
March-22-2012

David Zitzerman at the BNA/ATLAS 11th Annual New York International Film & TV Finance Summit
September-22-2011

David Zitzerman at the 11th Annual International Film & TV Finance Summit
March-03-2011

David Zitzerman at Prime Time in Ottawa
February-17-2011

David Zitzerman at the 2010 New York International Film & TV Finance Summit
September-27-2010

David Zitzerman at the 2009 New York International Film & TV Finance Summit
October-05-2009

David Zitzerman and Tara Parker at Entertainment, Advertising and Media Law Symposium
April-17-2009

David Zitzerman at Osgoode’s 11th Annual Entertainment & Sports Law Conference
March-13-2009

David Zitzerman at the 2009 International Film and TV Finance Summit
February-02-2009

Carolyn Stamegna and David Zitzerman at the 2008 New York International Film & TV Finance Summit
September-23-2008

David Zitzerman and Carolyn Stamegna at the Film/TV Production & Finance Summit
April-10-2008

David Zitzerman quoted in "Tories plan to withhold funding for 'offensive'productions", Globe and Mail
February-28-2008

David Zitzerman and Carolyn Stamegma at the 2008 International Film & TV Finance Summit
February-04-2008

David Zitzerman quoted in "MPD will stay Canadian, says EdgeStone", Playback Magazine
June-27-2007

David Zitzerman quoted in "Murdoch close to win at Dow Jones", National Post
June-26-2007

David Zitzerman at the Playback Mobile Forum 2007
May-17-2007

David Zitzerman and Carolyn Stamegna at the Entertainment, Advertising and Media Law Symposium
April-28-2007

David Zitzerman quoted in "Labor peace breaks out across Canada", Playback Magazine
March-05-2007

David Zitzerman and Carolyn Stamegna at the International Film & TV Finance Workshop
February-05-2007

David Zitzerman quoted in "CRTC To Vet $2.3B Deal: Goldman Sachs partner: Key is who is in charge of mergedcompany", National Post
January-11-2007

David Zitzerman to speak at the Sheppard Mullin/Deloitte International Panel - AFM 2006
November-06-2006

David Zitzerman to speak at the American Film Market: Location Expo
November-04-2006

David Zitzerman interviewed in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
October-01-2006

David Zitzerman quoted in "Success Return on Reality", Toronto Star
May-28-2006

David Zitzerman at the International Film & TV Finance Summit
March-07-2005

ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries 2004 Annual Meeting
October-07-2004

Seminar on Hong Kong-Canada Film and TV Co-production
October-05-2004

International Film and Television Finance Summit
March-24-2004

The Canadian Institute’s Film and TV Financing Summit
March-23-2004

David Zitzerman

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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 heads the Entertainment Law Group at Goodmans. He has exclusively practised entertainment law for over 25 years.

David’s practice focuses on the film, television and on-line industries in Canada and the United States. He represents independent producers, Canadian networks, Hollywood studios, U.S. 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.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK

David’s representative work includes acting for:

Over-The-Top (OTT) Services

  • Disney+, CBS All-Access, NBC Hayu and Quibi in connection with the launch of their respective OTT services in Canada

Hollywood Studios and US Cable, Network and OTT Services

  • Amazon Studios, Netflix, Apple Studios, AMC, Discovery, EPIX, DreamWorks, YouTube, Disney, Crown Media, IDW, Viacom, Starz, NBCU and CBS in connection with their productions in Canada

Canadian Clients

  • Shaftesbury, Insight, Kew Media, Bell Media, Brain Power, 9 Story Media, Boat Rocker Media, Breakthrough, Music Canada, Nelson Education, the Writers Guild of Canada

Investment Canada Act (ICA) Advice

  • Elevation Pictures, Shaftesbury, Red Arrow, Kew Media, 9 Story Media, Argonon, Boat Rocker Media and Apple Canada

International Co-Productions and Joint Ventures

  • Sumitomo, Bento Box, Discovery Communications, Shaftesbury, NBCU, Fred Rogers Company, WGBH and Moody Studios

RECOGNITION

David is rated AV Preeminent (2016-2019) by Martindale-Hubbell. He is recognized as one of the two leading media and entertainment lawyers in Canada in Expert Guides: Best of the Best (2019).

David is recommended as a leading entertainment lawyer by Who’s Who Legal Canada, the Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2019), and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2018).

David is included as a noted media lawyer in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers (2019).

David is recommended for both defamation and media law and entertainment law in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada and was named the “2020 Toronto Entertainment Lawyer of the Year”.  He was also recognized as one of the 30 leading media lawyers in the world (2009-2019) by Euromoney’s The Best of the Best.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

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 CBC, Bloomberg BNN and other media outlets.

David has published a number of articles in entertainment law journals and is a co-author of Entertainment Law in Canada published by LexisNexis.

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

Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association (Ontario)
Canadian Film Centre
Canadian Screenwriters Collection Society
Toronto International Film Festival
Ryerson School of Radio & Television Arts and Digital Convergence Executive Program
Open Screenplay
Film Ontario
Canadian Media Production Association
Women in Film and Television-Toronto
Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television
Canadian Association of Recording Artists