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Media, Advertising and Entertainment Law

New challenges and opportunities are continually arising in the media, advertising and entertainment industries throughout Canada and the world. Cross-sectoral mergers and acquisitions are integrating previously independent functioning groups into cohesive operating units creating large vertically integrated media companies. These new mega-media companies play an essential role in Canada’s economy. At the same time, consumers are demanding greater and faster access to content on a variety of new distribution platforms. The convergence of technologies is creating new distribution channels giving rise to new rights management issues and evolving new funding and revenue models.

At Shibley Righton LLP, the team of lawyers who practice Media, Advertising and Entertainment Law are focused on all aspects of these industries and are committed to staying current and providing our clients with knowledgeable business solutions and unmatched personalized service. Our team has a diverse wealth of experience in the multimedia, advertising and entertainment fields of film, television, conventional broadcasting, exhibition, publishing, music, theatre, advertising and marketing, sports, mobile distribution, computer hardware and software, computer gaming and the Internet. We provide a full range of services at affordable rates on matters involving the development, protection, exploitation and use of client intellectual property rights in all media products and services; domestic and international transactions and federal, provincial and international tax credit programs and special production funds; and  corporate finance, securities and merger and acquisition transactions.

Our clients are based throughout North America and abroad and they reflect the diversity of the media, advertising and entertainment industry and include:

  • film, television, documentary, live theatre and new media independent producers;
  • animation studios, animators, writers, actors, directors, artists, managers, designers, talent agencies and talent representation, advertisers, advertising agencies, product placement and sponsorship, record labels, musicians, and composers; and
  • distributors, broadcasters, financiers, banks, investors and lenders.

Shibley Righton LLP is an active member of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), as are various members of our team, including James Minns who is an active member of the CMPA Copyright Committee and the Business Management for Media Professionals Committee of Women In Film and Television - Toronto (WIFT-T). Bill Northcote is also the co-author of the Canada chapter of the loose-leaf service Media, Advertising & Entertainment Law throughout the World published by Thompson West. Bill has also acted as external general counsel for a major record company, independent record companies and recording artists.

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News that Canadian residents will no longer be able to apply to appear on Jeopardy! due to international privacy law concerns is likely just a way for the popular TV quiz show to avoid the burden of investigating and complying with Canadian law, Toronto business and entertainment lawyer Bill Northcote tells AdvocateDaily.com.

Global News reports the quiz show hosted by Canuck Alex Trebek has long accepted Canadian contestants but as of this year, Canadians are shut out from applying for the time being. In a statement, the show’s producers stated:

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2016-03-21
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The recently passed Bill 17 is the first legislation in the province that expressly addresses child performers and protects a portion of their income, says Toronto entertainment lawyer Bill Northcote.

Northcote, partner with Shibley Righton LLP, says the Protecting Child Performers Act won’t be a big shift for those in the entertainment industry who already follow guidelines and best practices, but it will be a change for those outliers who do not.

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2015-06-23
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William L. Northcote, with the assistance of Isabelle Eckler Student-at-Law,  “Chapter 6 Canada (excluding the province of Quebec)” 2015 Vol. 1 Media, Advertising & Entertainment Law Throughout the World 177

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2015-04-02
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Editor:  Entertainment Law in Canada - Publication Date: 2000-01-01 - Publisher: LexisNexis Canada - Covers four major fields in the entertainment industry: film, television, music and sports. It specifically addresses the legal, income tax and business considerations that commonly arise in connection with the creation, development and production of artistic works and sports activities.

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2003-01-01

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