Tara Parker, Carolyn Stamegna and David Zitzerman at The 2023 Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law Program


Tara Parker, Carolyn Stamegna and David Zitzerman will be speakers at two featured sessions at The Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law Program.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
9:00am - 4:45pm - Understanding Rights in Entertainment Property
Panelist:  Tara Parker

Picking up where the first day left off, you will continue to examine the essentials of one’s rights in entertainment property. The focus will be on understanding of who owns rights to the various art forms, how these rights are acquired and what can be done to protect these rights. Over this ad the next module, you will drill down on these issues in significant detail in order to ensure that you have a thorough appreciation of the issues involved, including:

  • An examination of copyright law in the entertainment industry
  • The rights that construct the chain of title and how to avoid common drafting pitfalls that would undermine the chain
  • How to effectively navigate the clearance process, including:
    • Finding the course of a right
    • Requesting a clearance
    • Understanding the timing involved in clearances and factoring this into other production decisions
    • What to do when a clearance is not approved
    • The lawyer’s role in reviewing the clearance reports and insurance forms and the risks inherent in the process
  • Collective administration and licensing
  • Understanding the impact of guild agreements

Thursday, February 16, 2023
9:00am - 4:30pm - Money: Where to Get it, How to Maximize it and Understand Your Profits
Panelists:  Carolyn Stamegna and David Zitzerman

The day begins with an in-depth session on film and television agreements, taught by experienced producers, lawyers and entertainment executives. This panel will provide you with a thorough understanding of the details you need to consider when negotiating or drafting various types of agreements. 

The focus will then shift towards how to maximize your money and understand your profits. You will learn from those who control, count and analyze the money earned and spent in the Canadian entertainment industry. They will discuss what you need to know to ensure that you are maximizing your ability to receive government funding and benefit from the tax credits available. 

Sessions will include a discussion about what you need to know when financing a co-production, the different tax credits available, how they relate to the CAVCO points and how to structure agreements to maximize your benefits. 

The day will also feature a look at alternate Canadian film financing structures. Topics will include:

  • The pros and cons
  • Domestic “Canadian content”
  • CRTC co-ventures
  • International treaty co-productions
  • Service productions

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