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David Zitzerman

Department of Law
University of Toronto


David Zitzerman, BA (Manitoba, Gold Medal-Highest Standing Arts) 1978, JD (Toronto), 1981, is a partner and head of the Entertainment Law Group at Goodmans LLP in Toronto, Canada. He is one of several lawyers dedicated exclusively to entertainment and media law. His practice focuses on the film, television and online media industries in Canada and the United States. His clients include independent producers, Canadian networks, Hollywood studios, US cable services, European broadcasters, film and TV distributors, publishers, game companies, talent guilds and agencies, writers and performers. Recognized as a leading entertainment lawyer by Euromoney’s Best of the Best 2017 (one of the top 30 media lawyers in the world), Martindale-Hubbell (Rated AV Preeminent 2006-2016), The 2016 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment 2016, The Best Lawyers in Canada (2010 Toronto Entertainment Lawyer of the Year) and Best of the Best in the 2016 Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers. Adjunct Professor of entertainment law at University of Toronto Law School. Member of the Canadian panel of Independent Film & Television Alliance arbitrators. Past speaker at Osgoode Hall Law School, Dalhousie Law School, University of Western Ontario Law School, Queen’s University Business School, Ryerson University, Cannes Film Festival, American Film Market, Canadian and American Bar Associations, Law Society of Upper Canada Media and Entertainment Law Conference and Bloomberg BNA Film Finance Conferences in LA and NYC. Frequent media industry commentator on the Business News Network. Co-author of Entertainment Law in Canada published by LexisNexis. Director of the Canadian Film Centre and member of the CFC Executive/Finance and Investment Committees. Advisory Board member of Ryerson RTA School of Media. Member of Film Ontario, Canadian Bar Association, ALAI Canada, Ontario Bar Association- Entertainment, Media & Communications Law Section, Canadian Media Production Association, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and WIFT-Toronto . Gold Patron of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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