Tara Parker at the Entertainment & Media Law Symposium 2011
April 15 - 16, 2011
Donald Lamont Learning Centre
Law Society of Upper Canada
Friday, April 15, 2011
2:35 - 3:35 pm: Format Licensing
Speaker: Tara Parker, Partner, Goodmans LLP
As Canadian versions of international format programs become increasingly popular, issues relating to format licensing are arising more frequently for practitioners, in-house counsel, and business affairs departments. In particular, ensuring that the initial format licensing is structured properly is essential in minimizing, or managing, potential financing and certification complications when making a Canadian version of an existing program. In this workshop, a panel of experienced facilitators will take you through some of the key issues in format licensing, including financing options, negotiating strategy, the role and rights of the former licensor, the role and involvement of the format licensor, Canadian Program certification options, and key provisions in the format licence/option agreement.