Goodmans is recognized worldwide as a leading Canadian entertainment law firm. It is “Most Frequently Recommended” according to the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. The head of the Group, David Zitzerman, was selected as a “2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Canada” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. 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.
Our foreign clients include Netflix Studios, Amazon Studios, Google, NBC Universal, Random House, Fox, Bento Box, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Tornante, Little Airplane, BBC America, AMC, Universal Pictures International, Comcast, Black Bear Pictures, CBS, Argonon, Participant Media, Endemol, TNT, Out of the Blue, Paramount, Smithsonian Channel, Disney ABC Cable, Working Title, Discovery, Nickelodeon, VH1, DreamWorks, Starz, Cartoon Network, Spike TV, MTV Networks, Comerica Bank, HSBC, Natexis Banques Populaires, Imperial Capital Bank, US Bank, CIT Financial, Bank of Ireland, City National Bank , Providence Equity Partners, Shamrock Capital and New Bridge Film Capital.
Our domestic clients include CTV, 9 Story Media, Kew Media Group, Cineplex, Insight Productions, Creative Wealth Media, Shaftesbury, Nelson Education, EntertainmentOne, The Stratford Festival, Canadian Film Centre, The Historica-Dominion Institute, Urban Post, Boat Rocker Media, Toonbox Entertainment, 90th Parallel, Export Development Canada, Rogers Telefund, Royal Bank, OMERS, CIBC, Independent Film Financing, Canadian Screenwriters Collection Society, Westwood Creative Artists and the Writers Guild of Canada. In the sports field, Goodmans represents Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC), Insight Sports and the NHL Players Association among others.
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.