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Canadian Film & Television Business & Legal Practice
By: Tony Duarte, B.A., J.D., Bob Tarantino, (Editor)
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Written by a lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the industry, this practical reference pulls together the legal and business issues of film and television development, production, finance, and distribution, in a single source. This resource takes you behind the scenes and offers a wealth of information including:
  • Easy to follow checklists outlining the business and legal issues relating to development, production, distribution and licensing
  • A critical analysis of relevant case law
  • A comparative analysis of Canadian and U.S. practice and law
  • An explanation of copyright, trademarks, confidential information, defamation, privacy, publicity and personality rights and Criminal Code offences
  • Common entertainment agreement clauses, issues and precedent forms
  • A look at production financing, tax credits, loans completion guarantees, insurance aspects and other financing considerations
  • Music issues such as licensing, ownership, rights and royalties, plus sample licences and a composer agreementÂ… and much, much more!
About the Author
Tony Duarte, B.A., J.D. is the author of the legal text entitled Canadian Film & Television Business & Legal Practice, published by Carswell. Mr. Duarte is a partner at Duarte Spiel LLP and is also an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he teaches the Entertainment and Sports Law course.
Mr. Duarte is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Business Administration. He articled with the legal department of Telefilm Canada and with Strathy, Archibald and Seagram (now part of Gowling WLG). In 1986 he joined Allegro Films Inc., then one of Canada's most active feature film production companies, and served as its Vice-President of Business and Legal Affairs and founding President of its domestic theatrical distribution subsidiary.
In 1990 Mr. Duarte became Legal Counsel to The Ontario Film Development Corporation (now called the Ontario Media Development Corporation).
Since 1992 Mr. Duarte has been in private legal practice in entertainment law. He represents producers, institutional investors, distributors, writers and others in the film and television industry. He has been legal counsel to the producers of numerous motion pictures and television productions including Home Again, In Darkness (the Academy Awards Best Foreign Picture Nominee in 2011), I'm Yours, Trigger, Oliver Sherman, Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town, Love It or List It, Diamonds, Guns, How She Move, All Hat, Comeback Season, Monkey Warfare, Beowulf & Grendel, Lie with Me, Touch of Pink, One Dead Indian, When Night is Falling, Dead Aviators, Dog Park, The Red Violin, The Perfect Son, Twitch City, New Waterford Girl, Love Come Down, Between Strangers, and Lives of the Saints.
Bob Tarantino, counsel at Dentons Canada LLP, focuses his practice on the interface between entertainment and intellectual property law, with an emphasis on film and television production, financing, licensing, distribution, and IP acquisition and protection. His clients range from artists and independent producers to Canadian distributors and foreign studios and financiers at every stage of production, from development to delivery and exploitation. The immediate past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association's (OBA) Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section, he is the contributing editor for Canadian Film & Television Business & Legal Practice, authored by Tony Duarte. Mr. Tarantino plays an active role within the legal community, including serving on the OBA's Governance Committee, Pro Bono Committee and Council, and serving on the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada's Copyright Policy Committee and as a member of the Canadian Intellectual Property Review's Editorial Board.