Sunday, January 30, 2011

Heenan Blaikie and the entertainment industry

Heenan Blaikie’s Entertainment Law practice has been representing the legal interests of the entertainment industry for over three decades. Our internationally recognized group is the largest in the field in Canada. Based in Canada, the United States and abroad, our clients are involved in all areas of entertainment, including film, television, new media, video gaming, communications and music. They include major studios, broadcasters, independent producers, distributors, financial institutions, Internet service providers, software publishers, video game developers and publishers, special effects and post-production houses, as well as multimedia and animation studios. Many well-known directors, writers, producers, performers and other successful artists are also long-standing clients of ours.

The lawyers in our Entertainment Law practice are counsel to some of the most significant players in the entertainment industry. Some of our representative work includes:

• Acted as legal counsel for Electronic Arts in their establishment of operations in Canada.

• Represented Lions Gate Entertainment in connection with a $210-million slate financing deal led by Goldman Sachs.
• Represented Canada Film Capital Limited Partner-ship[CFC],an affiliate of Rainmaker Income Fund, in connection with a $33-million revolving credit facility with Royal Bank of Canada.
• Counsel to Vice Magazine and its sub-sidiaries Vice Records and Vice Films. We represented Vice Magazine in the launch of the magazine in Japan, Australia, the U.K., Sweden, Italy, Germany and New Zealand, and represented Vice Films in their partnership with MTV Networks

Heenan Blaikie provides its entertainment clients with fully integrated areas of corporate financing, international co-productions, labour and employment, intellectual property, merchandising and licensing, media and communications, litigation support, competition and trade, and other areas of law that assist Canadian and international clients to establish and carry on business in the Canadian media and communication sectors.

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