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The ‚Äėresponsive and deeply knowledgeable‚Äô group at Dentons provides ‚Äėexcellent value for money‚Äô. The group has strong expertise across a broad range of media, entertainment and broadcasting matters, but is best known for being ‚Äėextremely strong in film finance‚Äô. In Toronto, Jim Russell¬†is a ‚Äėleader in the entertainment law area‚Äô and recently advised music publishing company ole on a $500m credit facility with 12 US and Canadian banks. The group also counts Lions Gate Entertainment, Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation and QVC among its clients. Vancouver-based Gordon W Esau¬†,¬†who represents several major Hollywood studios, US television networks and US-based independent production companies, and Toronto-based entertainment specialist Ken Dhaliwal¬†are also acknowledged experts.

Put simply, Goodmans‚Äô media and entertainment practice¬†provides ‚Äėspectacular counsel‚Äô, with clients highlighting its ‚Äėunmatched¬†level of knowledge and service‚Äô. The group fields lawyers¬†specializing in the full range of film and television, digital media and book publishing, and is held up by many as a ‚Äėtop choice for both day-to-day issues and high-level strategic matters‚Äô. Department lead David Zitzerman¬†is ‚Äėthe best in Canada‚Äô and acted for Discovery Communications in its formation, together with Corus Entertainment‚Äôs Nelvana, of a new venture to produce kids' entertainment content. In another highlight, Carolyn Stamegna¬†advised eOne on the cross-border production financing for the second season of the television series Ransom. Tara Parker, who is ‚Äėvery strategic and creative¬†with great negotiation skills‚Äô, is also a key contact.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP‚Äôs specialist¬†copyright and entertainment group counts some of Canada‚Äôs most¬†successful artists and media companies among its clients. Casey Chisick¬†is widely lauded as ‚Äėthe best in Canada for copyright law‚Äô, while Leonard Glickman¬†is recommended for his broad practice spanning music, TV and sports law ‚ÄĒ together they co-chair the department from Toronto.

FASKEN‚Äôs practice has a strong record in broadcasting-related issues, particularly on the regulatory side. Rogers is a key client and the firm provides ongoing advice on its pay-per-view sports agreements and other matters ‚ÄĒ Ottawa-based counsel Stephen Whitehead¬†leads that work. In Montreal,¬†Christian Leblanc¬†advised a coalition of broadcasters in opposing Bell Canada‚Äôs attempt to overturn the CRTC‚Äôs Wholesale Code. In Toronto,¬†Barbara Miller¬†is a key contact for film financings and production and co-production agreements.

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô¬†group at Gowling WLG¬†stands out for its ‚Äėexceptional service, responsiveness and industry knowledge‚Äô. In particular, Toronto-based team lead Susan Abramovitch¬†ranks as ‚Äėone of the leading entertainment lawyers in Canada‚Äô; she has¬†recently undertaken work for¬†Retriever Records, Secret City Records and Azrieli Foundation, among others.

Miller Thomson’s sizeable media and entertainment practice is split between its offices in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Vancouver-based Eva Schmieg is widely regarded as a leading light for her experience in film and television financings. Montreal-based Dean Chenoy is also recommended for film, television, publishing and video gaming-related matters.

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