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The world of arts and entertainment — whether it be music, film, television, live theatre, games or books — can be very creative and exciting. It is also a very challenging and complex environment, particularly for those working behind-the-scenes. If you are working in the industry, as a producer, business affairs professional, artist or lawyer, it is essential that you have a solid understanding of the legal aspects of your work. The Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law was created to provide those with or without a law degree with a comprehensive and practical overview of entertainment law in Canada.

This program is SOLD OUT! Please register to join the waitlist.

Now in its eighth year, led by Program Director Susan Abramovitch, and taught by a highly distinguished faculty of experts drawn from the music, film, television, gaming, live stage events and publishing industries, this Certificate covers the key principles you need to know, together with practical insights, strategies and tactics for tackling the most pressing issues in entertainment law. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire a comprehensive overview, and to “drill down” into the key issues and challenges that you will likely encounter. You will also receive materials prepared by OsgoodePD’s expert faculty which will serve as a valuable ongoing resource.

What You Will Learn:

  • What it takes to get a deal done in the music, film, television, book publishing, live stage and gaming industries
  • Issues to consider when negotiating with “the talent”
  • How the collective bargaining process works
  • How tariffs in music are set and how collective rights translate into royalties for artists
  • The rights that construct the chain of title and how to avoid drafting pitfalls that would undermine it
  • How to effectively navigate the clearance process
  • Strategies to employ when negotiating and drafting option, distribution, format and licensing agreements for film and television
  • The importance of boilerplate clauses in contracts and the risks inherent in using them
  • How to maximize access to government funding and benefi t from tax credits
  • Financing a co-production: what you need to know
  • How to understand net profits
  • Canada and U.S. tax issues that arise for people in the entertainment industry


Program Director

  • Susan Abramovitch, Gowling WLG LLP


  • Susan Abramovitch, Gowling WLG LLP
  • Dina Appleton, EVP, Business and Legal Affairs, Boat Rocker Media
  • Brent Arnold, Gowling WLG LLP
  • René Bissonette, Gowling WLG LLP
  • Jamie Brown, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer, Frantic Films
  • Casey Chisick, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Daniel Cole, Rowling WLG LLP
  • Ken Dhaliwal, Dentons Canada LLP
  • Jane Dietrich, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Lisa Drolet, Vice President, Production Financing, Entertainment One
  • Mark Feigenbaum, U.S. Attorney/Accountant
  • Darlene Gilliland Tonelli, Inter Alia Law
  • Elysse Goldman, VP, Business & Legal Affairs, Shaftesbury
  • Hilary Goldstein, Buchli Goldstein LLP
  • Alistair Hepburn, Director, Film, Television & Digital Media, ACTRA Toronto
  • Alan Hollingsworth, Vice President & Partner, HUB International Limited
  • Kelly Jenkins, Director, Media Finance, Bank of Montreal
  • Tracey Jennings, Partner, Tax, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Mark Le Blanc, General Counsel, TVO
  • Jamie Leece, SVP Games and VR, Major League Baseball
  • Michael Levine, Chairman, Westwood Creative Artists
  • Jean Martin Masse, CAO, wrnch
  • Nghia Nguyen, Vice‑President, Business & Legal Affairs, Boat Rocker Media
  • Tara Parker, Goodmans LLP
  • Richard Rapkowski, Distribution Executive
  • Kevin Sartorio, Gowling WLG LLP
  • Stephen Selznick, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Victoria Shen, Special Advisor, ACTRA Toronto
  • Carolyn Stamegna, Goodmans LLP
  • David Steinberg, Dentons Canada LLP
  • Veronica Syrtash, SVP, Business Affairs & Corporate Development, Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA)
  • Bob Tarantino, Dentons Canada LLP
  • Aaron Unrau, Manager, Agreement Administration, Writers Guild of Canada
  • Toni Vanderlaan, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • David Zitzerman, Goodmans LLP



Fees include online attendance and 120-day access to the program archive.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive a certificate upon completion of The Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law. Participants must attend all program days and successfully complete the post-program multiple choice assessment to receive the certificate.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Stéphane McRoberts at smcroberts@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

February 22-26, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST


Online - Live, Interactive

Fee per Delegate

$2,995 plus HST

Newly Licensed (2018-Present): $1,497.50 plus HST

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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Producers
  • Business Affairs Analysts
  • Directors of Business Development/Business Affairs
  • Development Executives
  • In-House Counsel
  • Entertainment Lawyers in Private Practice
  • Union and Guild Professionals
  • Publishers
  • Contract Managers and Administrators
  • Rights Managers and Directors
  • Funding Administrators
  • Policy Advisors

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“The caliber of the presenters was incredible. Having professionals working at the highest levels in their fields sharing their knowledge and expertise was amazing. I found this course to be incredibly valuable. Thank you.”

Erin Dean, Program Manager, Creative Saskatchewan (2016)

“The best CPD programme I have attended in the past 10 years. Comprehensive & comprehensible.”

Lynda Covello, LPC Consulting International

“Very wide breadth of info, covering a lot of topics. Overview was great. Good to see how various aspects of Entertainment Law all interact.

Laurie Christianson, Manager of Contracts and Documents, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

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