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Tara Parker


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

Tel:   416.597.4181
Fax:   416.979.1234

Tara Parker is a partner in the Entertainment Group at Goodmans.  Tara was recently named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Toronto Entertainment Law “Lawyer of the Year” and is also recognized as a leading entertainment lawyer by The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and Who's Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment. She is also recognized for media by Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers and the Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business.

Her practice focuses on representing major American and Canadian studios, broadcasters, independent producers, literary, artistic and business clients, in all aspects of the development, production, financing, licensing and distribution of film, television, book publishing, theatrical, music, video game and digital media projects.

In particular, Tara provides production legal advice, drafts and negotiates format option agreements, literary option/acquisition agreements, talent agreements, rights clearance agreements, broadcast licenses, distribution and other exploitation agreements, music license agreements, co-venture, co-production and production services agreements. As production counsel, Tara represents independent producers in production financing transactions, provides chain-of-title and corporate opinions, undertakes errors and omissions insurance review, provides advice regarding collective agreements and Canadian film and television tax incentives, and provides similar advice to entertainment clients throughout the development, production, and exploitation of film and television production.

Tara is a frequent speaker and panellist at seminars on a range of media-related issues.  She has been a guest lecturer on entertainment law and digital copyright at the University of Toronto Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, and for The Business of Film Course at the Cinema Studies Institute, Innis College; and has spoken at several Canadian and U.S. media law panels and seminars including: “Leading-Edge Strategies to Finance Independent Film” (TIFF); “Advising Clients in the Wake of Cinar v. Robinson” (OBA); “How to Manage the Pitfalls of Production in Canada” (OBA); “New Deals in Canadian Entertainment Law: Terms of Trade, Consolidation and Commercial Clauses” (OBA); “Domestic and International Co-Productions” (WIFT), “Master of Negotiation” (KidScreen); “Co-Ventures: Right for your Project?” (WIFT); “The Mobile Platform: Current Realities and Future Trends” (Entertainment Industries Summit); “Production Incentives” (Sundance); and “Licensing Non-Canadian Formats” (Entertainment, Advertising and Media Law Symposium), “Monetizing Digital Content” (Digital Theory Media).

She has appeared as a guest expert on the subject of “Reality Television” on the Business News Network (BNN).  Tara is a contributing editor to Canadian Forms and Precedents: Commercial Transactions – Information Technology and Entertainment published by LexisNexis and has contributed articles to various entertainment law publications relating to her area of practice.

Education University of Victoria (J.D., 1999)
University of Toronto (M.A. (Medieval History), 1995)
University of Toronto (B.A. (Honours, History and English, With Distinction), 1994)
Professional Affiliations

Past President and Chair of Crow’s Theatre
Law Society of Upper Canada
Ontario Bar Association, Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Past Section Executive
WIFT-T Women in Film and Television – Toronto
Film Ontario
Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television