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Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Defamation and Media Law, 2022

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2022

Chambers Canada, David Zitzerman - Ranked, Tier 1, Media and Entertainment: Canada - Nationwide, 2022

Chambers Canada, David Zitzerman - Ranked - Tier 1, Media and Entertainment - Nationwide, 2021

The Legal 500 Canada, David Zitzerman - Leading Individual, Media and Entertainment, 2021

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Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law, 2021

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Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2020

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Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2020

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Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2019

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Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Defamation and Media Law, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law, 2018

Lexpert Magazine, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada, Intellectual Property & Media, 2018

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Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2017

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Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Defamation and Media Law, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2016

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Defamation and Media Law, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2015

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2015

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Media, 2015

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Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2014

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law, 2014

Martindale-Hubbell, David Zitzerman - AV Peer Review Rated, Entertainment Law, Entertainment Finance

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2013

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment, 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law, 2013

Euromoney's Guide to the Best of the Best , David Zitzerman - Recognized, Media, 2013

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2012

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment, 2012

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law, 2012

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2011

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment, 2011

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law, 2011

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Media, 2011

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Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2010

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2010

Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment, Toronto, 2010

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law, 2010

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Media, 2010

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2009

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2009

Euromoney's Guide to the Best of the Best , David Zitzerman - Recognized, Media, 2009

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law, 2009

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Media, 2008

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law, 2008

Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment Law, 2008

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment, 2008

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment, 2007

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Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment, 2007

Lexpert Magazine, David Zitzerman - Ranked - Top 100 Industry Specialists in Canada, Media & Entertainment, 2006

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment, 2006

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Best Lawyers in Canada, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment, 2006

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment, 2006

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment, 2005

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, David Zitzerman - Recognized, Entertainment, 2005

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, David Zitzerman - Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment, 2004

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David Zitzerman

Partner

dzitzerman@goodmans.ca vCard
Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4172
Fax:   416.979.1234

David Zitzerman is a partner and head of the Entertainment Law Group at Goodmans LLP. He has exclusively practised entertainment law for over 25 years. His practice focuses on the film, television and on-line industries in Canada and the United States. His clients include independent producers, Canadian networks, Hollywood studios, US networks, cable services and OTT services, private equity investors, European broadcasters, film and TV distributors, publishers, game companies, talent guilds and agencies, writers and performers.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK

David’s representative work includes acting for:

Over-The-Top (OTT) Services

  • Disney+, CBS All-Access, and NBC Hayu in connection with the launch of their respective OTT services in Canada

Hollywood Studios and US Cable, Network and OTT Services

  • Amazon Studios, Netflix, Apple Studios, AMC, Discovery, EPIX, MGM, DreamWorks, YouTube, Disney, Showtime, Warner Bros., Twin Cities Public Television, Cloudco, Viacom, NBCU and CBS in connection with their productions in Canada

Canadian Clients

  • WildBrain, Entertainment One, Shaftesbury, Insight, Bell Media, Cineflix, 9 Story Media, Boat Rocker Media, Breakthrough, Music Canada, Nelson Education, the Writers Guild of Canada and Dr. Jordan Peterson

Investment Canada Act (ICA) Advice

  • NBCU, Elevation Pictures, Shaftesbury, Red Arrow, 9 Story Media, Argonon, Boat Rocker Media and Apple Canada

International Co-Productions and Joint Ventures

  • Sumitomo, Bento Box, Discovery Communications, Shaftesbury, NBCU, Fred Rogers Company, WGBH and Moody Studios

RECOGNITION

He is recognized as a leading entertainment lawyer by Who’s Who Legal Canada, The 2021 Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, the 2021 Chambers Directory (Band 1 –Media & Entertainment Canada) and The 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. He is recommended for both defamation and media law and entertainment law in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. He is included as a noted media lawyer in Euromoney’s 2020 Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, was named the “2020 Toronto Entertainment Lawyer” of the Year by Best Lawyers and one of the 30 leading media lawyers in the world (2002, 2010-2021) by Euromoney’s The Best of the Best. He is listed as a Global Elite Thought Leader in Entertainment in WWL: Thought Leaders –Global Elite 2022 and rated AV Preeminent (2016-2021) by Martindale-Hubbell.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

David regularly lectures on entertainment law, appears on BNN Bloomberg and CBC Radio and speaks at Canadian, U.S. and international entertainment-related seminars and podcasts. He is an Adjunct Professor teaching entertainment law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He has published a number of articles and is a co-author of “Entertainment Law in Canada” published by LexisNexis. David is a director of the Canadian Film Centre and is on the Program Advisory Committee of the Ryerson School of Radio & Television Arts and is an arbitrator for the Independent Film & Television Alliance. He is a member of Film Ontario, the Canadian Media Production Association, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and is a Gold Patron of the Toronto International Film Festival.
 

Education University of Toronto (J.D., 1981)
University of Manitoba (B.A., Gold Medal - Highest Standing in Arts, 1978)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association (Ontario)
Canadian Film Centre
Canadian Screenwriters Collection Society
Toronto International Film Festival
Ryerson School of Radio & Television Arts and Digital Convergence Executive Program
Canadian Law Review Advisory Board
Film Ontario
Canadian Media Production Association
Women in Film and Television-Toronto
Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television
Independent Film & Television Alliance Arbitration (Canadian Panel)