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Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. www.dentons.com.

Our Editors

Bob Tarantino

Phone: 416 863 4696

Bob 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.

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Gordon Esau

Phone: 604 443 7105

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Animation & Visual Effects Studios

The animation and visual effects industries have grown at a tremendous pace over the last several years. Each major new production tries to create effects that no one has used before. Dentons represents many of the best known animation studios, which we advise in connection with product creation using talent located in multiple jurisdictions.

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Advertising

New technologies, alongside traditional means of communication, give companies many ways to brand, distinguish, differentiate and persuade. Whether the message aims to inform, excite or inspire, anyone with a product or service to offer wants it to be known, appreciated, even adored—but never ignored.

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Digital Media

The world of entertainment has changed. Some of the most successful companies in recent years have focused their businesses on social networking, digital publishing, movie and music downloads, streaming audio and video content, online ad targeting and other innovative business models that deliver media and entertainment content to consumers, whenever, wherever and however they want it. Truly a global marketplace, the digital media space is filled with opportunity. Across music, film, TV, books, social media and games, there is growing, sustained interest from traditional investors as well as venture capital funds, angel investors, private equity firms and investment banks.

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Film & Television

Dentons has a long history of representing some of the leading companies in the film and television industries. We represent Hollywood studios, television networks and cable companies, and some of the best known animation and visual effects companies. We also represent leading production and distribution companies.

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Games

Whether virtual currency or intellectual property, data protection and privacy or tax and corporate structures; in the context of online games, social games, mobile or console games, game developers and publishers face a multiplicity of regulatory and other legal issues unique to the industry. The games sector changes constantly to take advantage of the introduction of new technologies and platforms, and so do the issues. Your customers are global, but the rules and regulations are local. In many cases, issues at the forefront today were unforeseen just five years ago.

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Media and Entertainment

The media and entertainment industries are constantly evolving. We know these diverse industries encompass many unique business areas. With the continuing change in the way that content is delivered and viewed, media and entertainment companies require leading-edge advice in many areas of the law—often in multiple jurisdictions.

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Media and Entertainment Finance

Fundamental to the production of many media and entertainment products is securing the financing necessary to successfully complete and release these products. The media and entertainment industries are dynamic businesses which require innovative financing structures and the legal expertise to ensure proper implementation.

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Media Regulation

To find success in the communications and media sectors—locally, regionally or globally—you need a partner who understands the pace of change in the industry and knows the decision- and policy-makers who matter.

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Music

The shift to digital distribution has been a catalyst for disruption in the music industry’s business models. From major record companies and independent labels to music publishers, concert venues and promoters, manufacturers, wholesalers, from e-commerce and “brick and mortar” retailers to digital distributors, artists, producers, managers and agents, the music business has scrambled to take advantage of new revenue streams and opportunities for cost reductions, while navigating an evolving worldwide competitive and legal landscape. Furthermore, music is integrated into other digital and traditional media products and services, including advertising, games and social networks, not to mention film and television.

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