Tara Parker on "Entertainment lawyers go the distance when structuring reality TV deals", The Lawyers Weekly
Excerpt from "Entertainment lawyers go the distance when structuring reality tv deals", The Lawyers Weekly by Tara Parker:
Canadian entertainment lawyers who deal with format programs must tackle complex legal issues, expanding the scope of their traditional area of expertise.
For example, if a Canadian producer or broadcaster wishes to license format rights from a foreign underlying rights holder, counsel needs to negotiate, structure and document the deal between the licensee and format owner in such a way that the program will qualify, if possible, for Canadian tax incentives (note that reality television is currently considered an ineligible genre under the guidelines of the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office).
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