David Zitzerman
David Zitzerman
Partner at Goodmans LLP
(416) 597-4172
(416) 979-1234
333 Bay St, Suite 3400, Bay Adelaide Ctr, W Twr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1983 (ON)
Head of Goodmans' 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 OTT services, European broadcasters, distributors, publishers, private equity investors, talent guilds/agencies, and writers/performers. Recognized as a leading entertainment lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent), Lexpert®, The Legal 500 Canada, Who’s Who Legal, The Best Lawyers in Canada (2020 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year), Euromoney’s Best of the Best (one of top 30 media and entertainment lawyers in the world in 2019), and Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers. 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.
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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.
9 Story Media Group (9 Story) acquired animation studio Brown Bag Films on August 17, 2015. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.