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Year called to bar: 1983 (ON)
Head of Goodmans LLP's Entertainment Law Group. Focuses on film, TV, and online media in Canada and US. Clients include independent producers, Canadian and US networks, Hollywood studios, cable and streaming services, European broadcasters, distributors, publishers, private equity investors, talent guilds/agencies, and writers/performers. Recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Canada, The Legal 500 Canada, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada (2020 Toronto Entertainment Lawyer of the Year), Lexpert, The Lexpert/ALM Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Euromoney’s Best of the Best and rated AV Preeminent (2012-2022) by Martindale-Hubbell. Member of Canadian panel of IFTA arbitrators. Adjunct Professor of entertainment law at U of T. Frequent commentator on entertainment industry issues for Bloomberg BNN. Co-author of Entertainment Law in Canada (LexisNexis). Director and serves on Executive and Investment Committees of the Canadian Film Centre. Director, Canadian Screenwriters Collection Society. Advisory Committee member of Ryerson RTA School. Member of Film Ontario, Canadian Media Production Association, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, and WIFT – Toronto. Gold Patron of Toronto International Film Festival.
Kew Media Group Inc. (TSX: KEW) (Kew), a special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC), created one of the world’s most significant independent content platforms by directly acquiring six companies - Content Media Corporation plc, Architect Films Inc., Bristow Global Media Inc., Frantic Films Corporation, Media Headquarters Film & Television Inc. and Our House Media Inc. – and indirectly acquiring control of Aito Media Oy, Campfire Film & Television LLC, Collins Avenue Productions LLC, Jigsaw Productions LLC and Spirit Digital Media Limited.
Nelson Education Ltd. (Nelson), Canada’s leading education publishing company, completed a sale of substantially all of its assets to 682534 N.B. Inc., now operating as Nelson Education Ltd., in exchange for the compromise and release of approximately US$270 million of first lien secured debt obligations.