Goodmans is recognized worldwide as a leading Canadian entertainment law firm. We have lawyers exclusively practising entertainment law, specializing in film and television, digital media and book publishing. By blending this expertise with the regulatory work of our communications practice group within the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, we distinguish ourselves from other Canadian law firms with comparable practice areas.
Goodmans 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 NBC Universal, Random House, Fox, Ted Rogers Company, Tornante, Little Airplane, BBC America, AMC, Universal Pictures International, Lagardère, Live Nation, Key Brand, Comcast, Airshowbuzz LLC, CBS, Endemol, TNT, National Geographic, Out of the Blue, Paramount, Showtime, Disney ABC Cable, Working Title, Discovery, Nickelodeon, E! Entertainment, VH1, Dreamworks, Starz, Cartoon Network, Classic Media, RH1, IMAX, Spike TV, Scholastic, MTV Networks, Comerica Bank, HSBC, Natexis Banques Populaires, Imperial Capital Bank, US Bank, CIT Financial, Bank of Ireland, Citi National Bank and New Bridge Film Capital.
Our domestic clients include CTV, Cineplex, Insight Productions, Frantic Films, Shaftesbury, Nelson Education, Distribution 360, The Stratford Festival, Canadian Film Centre, The Historica-Dominion Institute, Four Seasons, Marble Media, Temple Street Productions, SFA Productions, Cookie Jar, 90th Parallel, Export Development Canada, Bruce Mau Design, 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 foreign clients who are producing on location in Canada by advising them 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 regulatory requirements. For our Canadian clients, in addition to the services described above, we also assist with government funding applications, 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. Our entertainment lawyers also represent several noted Canadian authors and literary agencies in their negotiations with book publishers and packagers as well as adaptation of literary works to film.